Home Related Projects? ASR has you Covered!

Home Related Projects

Home Related Projects:

It’s been a long day. Running around at work, shuffling the kids here and there, grocery shopping, making family meals etc. When you pull up to your home do you feel relaxed and happy or struck by clutter and a feeling of unease? Let American Standard Roofing help with your home related projects.

Home Importance:

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Our home is our nest, it is our temple and our place of refuge. When we come home, we all long to feel at peace with our surroundings and fully able to relax and unload after a busy day. We are a family too, and we understand the security of having a ‘roof over your head.’ A roof that protects you from the elements, that provides shelter and warmth and that looks perfectly balanced with the rest of your home.

Why is Roof Important?

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A roof is often the last thing we think about in the chaos of our busy day, however it’s one of the primary things we need to provide safety for our family. Why wait to come home on a rainy day to have to run around playing the chase the leak with a pan game?! You deserve to relax knowing that your home is doing it’s job, while you do yours.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Call us at American Standard Roofing for an expert complimentary color scheme consultation. You have our satisfaction guaranteed! At ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out

If you’re curious about the condition of your roof, call us! We offer free Wellness Checks – we have your family covered!

Importance of a Good Roofing System Explained for Homeowners

Good Roofing System

If you’ve ever wondered how important good roofing system is for your home, our team at American Standard Roofing here in Southfield Michigan has some useful insights for our readers.

Good Roofing System is Essential:

Protect Home

A home is a place of safety and security. It provides shelter in harsh weather. A good roofing system is as important as your house foundation. Your house’s structure relies on the roof being solid. A good roof is fundamental to protecting your home. Here at American Standard Roofing, we know how our customers value their homes and for that reason, we go out of the way to make sure our customers are happy with our services.

Extreme Weather & Quality Roof Installs:

Severe Weather

A good roofing system provides protection from extreme weather conditions. This is where a high-quality roof install and materials wins over cheap and lower quality roof jobs. Our crews are licensed and certified roof installers using the top quality materials to make sure your roof lasts longest. We use name brand manufacturer products to provide ultimate peace of mind and satisfaction to our customers.

Keeping Out Moisture:

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Our team explains that a good roofing system keeps all types of moisture out of the house. Moisture prohibits a roof from doing it’s job. We see a lot of cases where homeowners are not aware of moisture leaks in their older roofs as signs are not prominent enough. This is a problem because moisture gives way to bigger issues such as structural damage, mold growth etc. We highly recommend getting an inspection done. If you are in metro Detroit, feel free to give us a call and we will help!

Good Roofing System is Energy Efficient:

Cost Efficiency

Energy efficient roofing systems save homeowners a lot of money. We have seen cases where energy usage increases as high as 50 per cent because roof is inefficient. This means your furnace is having to work double time to keep your home warm in winters because of a bad roof. This also means your air conditioner is working harder to keep your home cool during summers. All this is avoidable by installing a good roofing system.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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At ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

 

Daylighting Southfield MI: Consider Energy Savings Smartly

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Daylighting Southfield MI:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss the concept of daylighting and specifically, daylighting in Southfield MI. We will discuss the concept itself, what the pros are, and bust some of the myths surrounding daylighting in Southfield MI area. Sit tight, we have a very interesting read for you coming up.

So What is Daylighting?

Our team explains that daylighting Southfield MI is:

The practice of placing sky-lights or windows on any form of architecture so during the day sunlight provides effective internal lighting for the homes in Southfield Mi area.

Using Daylighting Strategy Effectively:

Solution

The strategy of using daylighting basically helps illuminate interiors of homes and buildings without having to rely on electrical lights exclusively. As we have talked about in multiple posts before, electric bills account for up to 40% of power consumption. Less reliance on electrical power means lowered bills. Our team advises the strategy of using daylighting Southfield MI by installing skylights and light tubes in your home.

Saving Money by Being Cost Efficient:

Cost Efficiency

Our team advises that the best time to install skylights is when homeowners decide to go for re-roofing. That said, skylights can be installed at any time. Our team advises mixing up interior lighting with daylights to come up with a good mix of interior lighting. Our team also recommends incorporating photo-sensor technology. This helps in further conserving energy by sensing when artificial light is not needed.

Benefits of Daylighting:

Benefits

Our team here is a big advocate of daylighting. So obviously, we have a list of the benefits which should make you agree with us.

  1. Lowered energy costs – it reduces the usage of artificial light indoors thereby reducing the energy costs.
  2. Environmentally friendly – it reduces load on power plants, lowers green house gas emissions and helps reducing pollution (air & water).
  3. Can contribute to LEEDS certification by optimizing energy performance, using recycled materials and increasing daylight.
  4. Reduction in energy costs means increase in productivity spending.
  5. Aesthetically pleasing environment in which to work at for employees and be more productive.
  6. Adds to the real-estate value of the building.

Some Myths Busted:

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Now, our team of experts will finally discuss the daylighting Southfield MI myths and bust them.

  1. They are expensive: no they are not. There are a bunch of different types of skylights available with varying prices.
  2. The building will get too hot: this is not true because there is a reflective lens on top and opaque lens on bottom. In fact it helps in bringing in light from all angles.
  3. Roof will be more prone to leaks: not true because if you have certified and licensed contractors who do quality work, you should not see a leak.

CALL US FOR ALL YOUR ROOFING NEEDS!

 

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Here is the bottom line: Call us today. We can guide you about proper daylighting Southfield MI. We are great with installing skylights, and we have great specials going on right now! We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Roof Flashing: What Is It And Why Is It Important?

Roof Flashing

Roof Flashing:

Roof flashing is often the most under-discussed roofing element in the entire roof flashing system. While Shingles might be the most talked about factor in the roof flashing system, flashings are equally important to prevent leaks and natural elements penetrating the roof. Our team here at American Standard Roofing can not emphasize enough on the importance of proper roof flashing installation. In today’s post will discuss in detail what roof flashing is. We will also go over how to inspect it for durability, its types and discuss it’s lifespan.

What Is Flashing?

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Flashing is basically a strip of material that is bent to fit your roof, and then installed in areas that need extra protection from water. It is designed to allow the roof and walls to expand and contract with temperature changes, without cracking and allowing leaks. In short, it is a thin layer of waterproof material that keeps water from getting into places it doesn’t belong. Examples of areas that may require flashing are around chimneys and other penetrations, where brick walls meet your roof, and where shingled areas meet flat roofs. Residential flashing is often made out of aluminum, but you might also see steel, lead, rubber, and various kinds of liquid flashing.

Roof Flashing Is Not Always Visible:

Invisible Flashing

Our team notes that homeowners aren’t always going to be able to see the flashing on their roofs. While some areas are exposed and fairly obvious, like where shingle meets brick, others may be hidden behind siding or other roofing materials. It is always a good idea to hire professional. They can better identify if your roof flashing needs work.

Inspecting Your Flashing:

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It is a good idea to do a basic inspection of your exposed flashing every year when you clean your gutters. Look for areas that are peeling away from the wall, severely corroded, or look bent or damaged in any way. If you aren’t sure, call your roofer for an annual inspection. Once water starts penetrating an area, it can cause a substantial amount of interior damage very quickly. Our team of experts advises it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Lifespan of Roof Flashing:

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If you are having your roof replaced, it is best practice to get new flashing at the same time. Since you can see and access all parts of your roof flashing when the shingles are removed, this is the best time to replace it. Some roofing companies include flashing replacement in their estimate. Be sure to ask what is included when you are getting your bid. While flashing materials are designed to last at least the life of your roof, you will still need to maintain them. Resealing and caulking flashing periodically is normal. Same for making any necessary repairs after storms and harsh weather.

Types of Roof Flashing:

Roof flashing are found in a variety of materials. Our team will discuss the common types of roof flashing and their attributes underneath.

  1. Aluminum: This type of flashing is easy to form. It is durable and relatively inexpensive. Be careful as aluminum corrodes if left in contact with alkaline materials like concrete or fiber-cement siding. It also will degrade from contact with the copper rich preservatives in treated wood in deck framing.
  2. Copper and Lead-Coated Copper: This type of flashing is expensive but durable. It is also harder to form than aluminum. Copper is more compatible with newer types of wood preservatives.
  3. Lead: Lead roof flashing is very soft and easy to bend.It is also durable. It does carry some health risk. It is a favorite of masons for chimney flashing.
  4. Galvanized Steel: This type of flashing is relatively inexpensive. The drawback is that it is not as durable as other choices.
  5. PVC: PVC (polyvinyl chloride) flashing is easy to work with. It is not affected by-treated wood. Our team considers that to be an advantage in deck building.

Call us for all Your Roof Flashing, Siding & Gutter Needs!

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American Standard Roofing serves all Metro Detroit area and a covers a 50 mile radius of the region. We offer our services to each and everyone within this service radius. We are Michigans #1 roofers and we have earned that title! Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and gutter needs. We are happy to help!

2016 Roofing Trends: An Insight Into What We Will Be Seeing

2016 Roofing Trends & Insights

2016 roofing trends can be predicted from last year’s market analysis. Here at American Standard Roofing, we believe that introspection is an essential part of progress. That is why we want to pay special attention to our work last year in order to accurately get insight on 2016 roofing trends. Our belief is that in order to better position our company for growth, we have to look at market conditions and recognize previous and 2016 roofing trends.

2016 ROOFING TRENDS:

Shortage of Skilled Labor:

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Our team suggests that this is one of the biggest industry trends recognized. Companies all across the market in this industry are struggling. It is getting harder to find and retain quality workforce.  In this post, we will go into depth on this trend as it is the biggest one of 2016 roofing trends. We will try to dissect it more for our readers.

FACTORS:

The shortage of skilled labor is a result of following factors.

1. Recession Times:

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Times have been hard on us. Many experienced workers left the roofing market during the recession times to find other work and just simply did not return. Then there were those who did rough it out during the recession but are at a retiring age. Or simply at an age where they just do not want to continue.

2. Lack of Interest:

Lack of Interest

On top of the older workers population and seasoned workers we have to cater for a whole generation. These younger workers no longer consider construction and roofing business as a worthy career option. In addition to that, many high school construction programs have diminished over time. They have decreased or even discontinued trade and industrial classes. Instead, more ‘higher status’ or ‘white collar’ career options are now being presented. With older workforce retiring, there is no one available to fill the empty slot.

In short, these two factors are key in determining why there is a shortage of skilled labor. Consequently they determine why 2016 roofing trends are showing what they are.

The Challenge:

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So, now the challenge becomes how to attract and retain people to the industry. And how to bring in new workforce to the construction industry. What is important to note is that this new generation, also called millennials, is growing fast. It will soon take over the Generation X and baby boomer generations. It will be a huge challenge to attract this generation to the roofing and construction industry.

The Solution:

Solution

Our team of experts at American Standard Roofing we have recognized these challenges and are taking steps to address them. A good first step for potential recruits would be to provide quality incentives. That would be to start thinking about flexible schedules, paid time-off and opportunities to grow.

While we can not speak for everyone else, our company is looking at opportunities for telecommuting and open work spaces to encourage innovative thinking. We recently, in fact, did a complete office redecoration for ideal employee conditions. We are also in the process of creating apprenticeship and looking into mentoring programs. Our goal is not just to attract young workers. We aim to have a place that can attracts and retains employees of all ages. We believe that our biggest asset is our workforce. Despite the shortage of skilled labor, we believe we can achieve industry success by employee satisfaction, communication and suitable workplace culture.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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Even though labor shortage is the biggest one among the 2016 roofing trends, are here for you. And we are here full force with quality workforce! We are certified and licensed roofing contractors, with over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Bad Credit Roof Financing: Making Roofing Loans Easier

Bad Credit Roof Financing

Bad credit roof financing has become a primary hurdle for homeowners in the roofing industry today. Our team here at American Standard Roofing advises prospective bad credit roof financing homeowners looking for roofing loans, to be extremely careful. Finding a professional roofer with great background, experience and reputation is essential. That said, when majority of roofing companies hear that you are looking for bad credit roof financing, they start using unsavory tricks. Multiple ‘plans’ suddenly start popping up for bad credit roof financing, along with options that sometimes homeowners do not need. Their salespeople try to force down more projects on you piggybacking on the bad credit roof financing and loan. Here at American Standard Roofing we think this is extremely unprofessional behavior. Our business philosophy is simple: the more aware customer is the better it is for everyone. That is why we have an article for you today that will discuss in-depth bad credit roof financing and loans for better homeowner awareness.

Bad credit roof financing shouldn’t be a hurdle for homeowners!

Bad Credit Roof Financing Hurdles

There has been a decline in some distasteful practices in financial sector over last few years. This has resulted in more cleansed environment in terms of greedy and wolfish common practices. However, unfortunately, the home improvement and roofing industry still have loopholes for bad credit roof financing that can hurt homeowners.

Discounted cash prices or bad credit roof financing?

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Homeowners need to understand is importance of quality products and service for the roof. This comes even before the bad credit roof financing loan. After you have decided on that, let the contractor know you are interested in financing. Any earlier and you risk being taken advantage of. This is because most roofing companies have a knack for selling things homeowners rarely need. One important thing to note here though is that usually contractors will provide a discounted cash price when you bring up bad credit roof financing. It is up to the homeowner to decide if that is a good option. In the end, the homeowners need to decide whether monthly payments (which usually come with added costs) is more feasible for their wallets, or a discounted total payment is the way to go. It all depends on individual circumstances.

Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate:

 

Negotiations

We cannot emphasize on this enough. The best way to negotiate your bad credit roof financing is by considering the total amount you are willing to pay. It is not by playing around with monthly payment amounts. Negotiate your bottom line. A common trick contractors use is throwing a low monthly payment at you. A low, fixed month payment is great. But is it great if you have to pay the amount for over a decade? Will it be okay if you miss a payment and the amount suddenly triples? Not so much. Negotiating terms before hand is also important because taking out bad credit roof financing loans comes with great responsibility. This also needs to be negotiated seriously because it comes with high chance of accumulating debt over a period of time as well. Not to mention the impact it will have on borrowers credit history.

Make your down payment after much consideration:

Think Before Making Downpayment

Homeowners need to pay special attention when making down payment for the bad credit roof financing loan. Do not let contractors change numbers mid way through the projects after you have made the down payment. A homeowner can get caught making a huge down payment and then having to pay more because original quoted amount gets changed because of ‘unforeseen circumstances’. Simply because customer has an open credit line does not give contractors the reason to charge more.

So what are some kinds of bad credit roof financing and loans?

Bad Credit Roof Financing Loans

Luckily, there is a wide variety of bad credit roof financing available. The best advice to look for such a loan is to check banks, credit unions and other lending institutions. Most of them are willing to work with bad credit. There are other options as well like personal loans, credit cards, and other lines of credit that we will discuss in detail underneath. Besides this, another option is to talk to your roofing professionals. If it is a reputable company, they should be able to offer bad credit roof financing with ease. Following are a few ways homeowners can look in getting loans:

  1. Professional Contractors: Your contractor might even be able to offer you financing. Many companies have relationships with lenders that allow them to apply for a loan for you, and the lender would pay the contractor directly. These types of loans are specific for construction, and often have 0% interest rates and other promotional specials. However, just like a credit card, if you miss a payment the interest rate will usually go up substantially, so make sure keep track of when payments are due.
  2. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I: This loan can work for people looking for bad credit roof financing. If you are a home owner and you do not have a lot of equity built up, you can generally get qualified for this. It is very simple how this works. Any lending institution (such as bank or credit union) will provide loans from their funds and FHA will insure them against any loss they might take if borrower defaults. This loan can be taken to work on roof repairs, replacements and even some luxury item renovations. Here is a link to the program’s website for more information.
  3. Credit cards: These are a good mode of obtaining a loan, and their more feasible if their interest rates are low. Homeowners do need to have good to moderate credit to qualify for that, however, in most cases. Many customers with bad credit opt for applying for credit cards that have a security deposit with them and a lower credit line. These type of credit cards are easier to obtain when looking for bad credit roof financing. If you’re good with managing finances, this can work out well. Break up the cost in monthly payments and do not charge anything else to the card. An excellent tip from our experts here at American Standard Roofing.
  4. Equity Line of Credit (HELOC): This is another option customers can look into. Existing home owners can put their home as collateral for a loan and then use it for roof repairs/replacements. More information about HELOC can be found here. This type of line of credit is generally only used for large expenses. They can include medical bills and necessary home improvements. A good idea is to draw on this line of credit. Then finance a new roof with this credit, and pay it all off over time eliminating further need for search of roofing companies that finance. Home refinancing and home equity lines of credit are different in that you are putting up your home as collateral for the money they are loaning you. You should discuss with your banker what the best option is for your situation.
  5. Build Your Savings: Start saving! That is the best option among all other for bad credit roof financing. Start putting away a fixed amount today. This will gradually build up for that rainy day when you need a new roof.
  6. Grants: Finally, if you have tried looking into all other options for bad credit roof financing, and still come short, do not worry. Most areas in the US have allocated grants from the federal and state government. Homeowners will have to check with local building administrators and talk to community members check what is available. While they rarely cover whole amount of project, they can still cover a major chunk of costs without hurting the wallet.

Think quality of work, not just costs:

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Just like everything else in the world, the right balance is very important. While costs might be important, remember that a bad installation can come back and haunt you. There needs to be a good balance between the quality of work and products and the costs incurred by the homeowner. Sure bad credit roof financing is harder to get. But that doesn’t mean you should compromise on quality.

Other important questions to consider when considering taking out a loan:

  1. Another important thing to consider when working with bad credit roof financing is asking yourself if you really need the loan. Is it actually need or a want? Will you be able to survive without taking out this loan?
  2. Will the new roof or any other improvement being done from this loan actually increase your home’s value?
  3. At this time, when you are planning on taking out a loan and in need of bad credit roof financing, can you really afford the renovation? In case of roof, can you afford it in terms of monthly payments or discounted cash price?
  4. Finally, will there be any tax deductions you can claim at the end of the year? Are there any credits that you as a homeowner can earn due to taking out this loan?

Have you shopped around?

Compare Lenders

The above info-graphic is from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Most of the homeowners do not do necessary homework when it comes to taking out a loan. Keeping in mind the above types and conditions e mentioned, there are a variety of bad credit roofing loans out there with different interest rates. Our advice to homeowners is simple: get multiple quotes from several different contractors and lenders. You should get quotes from contractors before approaching lenders so that you’ll know how much you need to borrow. Our team also advises getting a minimum of at-least 3 quotes from different contractors.

One of the benefits for that is when you approach a lender to get a loan, they will have an easier time determining bad credit roof financing amount. This will also go on to show the lending institution that you are serious about the work that needs to be done. It will also go on to show that you have done your homework and have come to them for borrowing after due diligence. In addition, homeowners should also check with their local bank or credit union that they have an ongoing relationship with over the years. These lending institutions might be willing to work with homeowners they have known for a long period of time despite bad credit and other circumstances.

Getting more than 1 quote for the roof job also enables homeowners to find the best and the most cost effective plan tailored for them. This effectively will reduce the cost of the project and make the bad credit roof financing amount lower making it easier to get the loan.

So what should homeowners do? Go online, talk to people for referrals and do your homework when looking for contractors. There are many out there but you will have to differentiate the good ones from the bad ones. That is not an easy task in itself given the market saturation when it comes to roofing professionals.

A few things you should be looking for in contractors:

  1. Make sure contractors are licensed, bonded and insured.
  2. Make sure they offer full warranty of the product along with labor. Here at American Standard Roofing we offer 30 year product and labor warranty.
  3. Make sure the contractors are reputable. Go online and check their reviews. Customer satisfaction is key. Online reviews are an excellent way of judging how contractors treat their customers. Our reviews are best in the business.
  4. Talk to people in the community. Referrals are an excellent way of finding good contractors.

How does Credit Score Matter?

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Above is an excellent infographic from credit.org that shows what credit scores lending institutions consider when making decisions about bad credit roof financing. While not exact, it should give homeowners an idea of how interest rates vary as credit scores go up or down.

While it may look scary, but here at American standard Roofing, we work with multiple financial institutions who will work with you.

GIVE US A CALL TODAY!

We are Michigan’s #1 roofers. We have been in the roofing business for over 36 years and know what we’re doing. Over a period of time we have built relationships with a bunch of financial institutions. We will work with you and get you on your way to getting that new roof. Call us today at (248) 350-2323 or visit our website here.

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Metal Roof vs Shingles: A Comparison

Metal roof vs shingles

Ask any homeowner and they’ll tell you that the whole metal roof vs shingles debate is something that can not be ignored. Each have their pros and cons. In the end, it is the homeowner’s decision which one to choose. The roof is arguably the most important surface in a home. It is the most exposed area of the entire house. Natural elements and extreme temperatures are always testing it. A properly installed, right material roof can end the debate between metal roof vs shingles. But there are many factors to consider.

Metal Roof vs Shingles: Pros & Cons

So where does that leave you? Our experts have weighed-in on the whole metal roof vs shingles debate and come up with a handy guide. It is excellent for homeowners to evaluate their options. It also lets them choose which type of roofing they want.

Shingles:

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Positives

  1. Homeowners and roofing professionals alike trust shingles. And there is a good reason for that as well. Shingle roofing has been in the home improvement industry for over a century now. An important point to remember when considering the metal roof vs shingles debate.
  2. Shingles, and specifically asphalt shingles, are super economical. That is their biggest selling point when people are debating metal roof vs shingles.
  3. Roof shingles are extremely easy to work with, perhaps the easiest in the roofing industry. They are easy to handle and pretty straightforward to put on. A complete roof install for these can be done in as little as one day.
  4. They are extremely easy to repair just like their installation. According to experts here at American Standard Roofing, shingle repairs can be done within a day.
  5. While the basic asphalt simple colors for cost effectiveness, shingles also come in good variety of styling options as well. Thicker, high-end laminate ones are available in the market with variety of colors as well. Something to consider when debating metal roof vs shingles option.
  6. Shingles have a proven record for decent performance in the industry. Depending on the make and line, shingles come with manufacturer warranties for generally up to 20 years.

Negatives

  1. The common consensus among roofing professionals is that shingles do not hold up well to severe weather conditions. Shingles that are element-resistant are available, but they are usually twice as expensive. They are more prone to have mildew and moss etc. This can shorten their lifespan. A big con when considering the metal roof vs shingles debate.
  2. Shingles can be quiet heavy on the roof. This is especially true for higher-end shingles. This is because expensive shingles are thicker, textured and laminated.
  3. While shingles may have styling options, they ultimately have a dull outlook when comparing metal roof vs shingles.
  4. Shingles have a much shorter lifetime than metal roofs. They are also dependent on how much maintenance a homeowner provides.
  5. Finally, shingles are harder to recycle when comparing metal roof vs shingles.

Metal Roof:

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Positives

  1. Metal roof are the lightest in the industry. The kind of metal is varied. It can be anything from the lightest aluminum to heavier steel. But it is still lighter in weight than shingles installed on the roof.
  2. Roofing professionals agree on the higher durability and longevity when comparing metal roof vs shingles. Copper and zinc metal roofs in Europe are known to have lasted for over a century.
  3. Metal roofs have a longer warranty from manufacturers. Most generally offer a 50 year limited warranty. That is much higher than a standard 20 year offered on shingles.
  4. Our experts suggest that metal roofs have excellent wind-resistance. They are fireproof and excellent in preventing leaks as well. Some insurance companies even provide lower premiums on metal roofs. This exceptional performance in harsh weather conditions is a must to consider when comparing metal roof vs shingles.
  5. Metal roofs are usually made from recycled content and are highly recyclable. They are also very energy-efficient. An important point to consider comparing metal roof vs shingles is that they are highly environment friendly.

Negatives

  1. Costliness is a metal roof’s biggest downfall. They are very expensive. On average, our experts suggest metal roofs cost three times as much as a shingled roof. Stainless steel, copper and zinc metal roofs can cost even more.
  2. Metal roofs are not that common in residential settings. This might give a feeling that metal roof vs shingles, are not as aesthetically pleasing.
  3. Past perception issues can play a big role in metal roof vs shingles debate. Long ago, basic metal roofs corroded in under a decade. Coastal areas had metal roof buildings with rust on them as well. These days, newer metal roof and products are treated specifically with new-age technology for durability. However, age-old perception can become quite a negative when deciding between metal roof vs shingles.
  4. Low end steel roofs and products are still available in the market. Our experts advise against using them. They tend to be thinner and lower quality build. That consequently makes them less durable.

Metal Roof vs Shingles: The Verdict

Verdict Metal Roof vs Shingles

Our experts say that the final decision is always the homeowners. Both materials are versatile, offering diversity in different areas. Both have their pros and cons as well. But for the metal roof vs shingles debate, in the end, it all depends on what the homeowners prefer.

So there you have it! Remember to give us a call for your roofing needs. We handle metal roofing as well as shingles. We have been in the business for over 36 years and we stand behind our work. Our professionals take pleasure in providing quality service and products. We meet or beat any quotes from our competition.

Simple Guide to Roofing Companies That Finance

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While there are many roofing companies that finance, homeowners need to do due diligence for best results. Looking for ways to pay for your new roof is no easy task. We have created a simple guide on roofing companies that finance after thorough research, weighing-in on options and different essential factors.

Why the Roof?

Roofs are an essential part of any building or house. They protect the inside of the building from natural elements such as all sorts of precipitation and extreme temperatures. Needless to say, without a roof, a building is incomplete. A perfect roof is even more important for your home. It improves the aesthetics as well as durability of the home. That is why paying special attention to roofing companies that finance is an essential ingredient of the entire mix. A new roof can be costly, tiresome and downright depressing to figure out small details. Details like how to pay for labor, products, services etc.

Fortunately for our readers, we have done most of the work for you guys. In today’s post, we will talk about different options for loans, rebates, and methods helpful to you. This will essentially cut your time in half when you are researching on roofing companies that finance.

Quick Glance at Roofing Companies That Finance:

Government Loans & Rebates

FHA Loan

A loan called Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I is available to US citizens looking for roofing companies that finance.This loan includes roof financing. Most property owners with limited home equity and good credit generally get qualified for this. How this works is very simple. A bank will or a qualified lender will provide these loans from their own funds and FHA insures them against any loss they might take. This can include roofs and even renovations to some luxury items like new patio, swimming pools, outside fireplaces etc. More information on roof financing can be obtained from the program’s website.

Energy Efficient Roofing

heat reflecting roofheat absorbing roof

For homeowners looking into energy efficient roofing solutions, we strongly recommend contacting Department of Energy. There are multiple rebates and tax credits available that can apply towards a new roof. We also highly recommend checking out Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. Their website can be accessed here. DSIRE has multiple incentives for making energy improvements to any home and also helps in financing. This can help in eliminating or short-listing the search for roofing companies that finance.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

No interest credit cards are also a good way for your roof financing. Homeowners do need to have good credit to qualify for that however. An excellent tip from our experts here at American Standard Roofing is that homeowners should avoid charging anything else to this card. This will make the card roof specific eliminating need for further search of roofing companies that finance. Homeowners should break up the cost into twelve monthly payments. It is a great option for homeowners if they are organized and careful.

Home Equity Line of Credit

HELOC

Homeowners have another option as well. A line of credit that uses an owner’s home as a collateral. It is called Home Equity Line of Credit. The information brochure for HELOC can be accessed over here. This type of line of credit is generally only used for large expenses. They can include medical bills and necessary home improvements. A good idea is to draw on this line of credit. Then finance a new roof with this credit, and pay it all off over time eliminating further need for search of roofing companies that finance.

Savings

savings

The best option for getting your roof done, among all these roofing companies that finance, is drawing from your savings. Start putting away a fixed amount that you can spare, into your savings account. This is very important if you know that you will need a new roof in a few years. Even if homeowners are able to pay a quarter of the new roof’s price, it will make a world of difference on their wallets.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. Having a new roof is not hard. It simply requires proper knowledge of roofing companies that finance. It also depends on available resources at hand. In addition it also requires considerable patience from the homeowners. For above mentioned or other ways of getting a loan, feel free to call us. We have been in the roofing business for over 36 years. We also know of multiple independent financing and loaning institutions as well that can help. Give us a call for any of your roofing needs. We’ll be happy to help.

Roof And Siding Color Combinations For Your Home

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One of the biggest hurdles that homeowners run into is deciding their roof and siding color combinations. Here at American Standard Roofing, we are devoted to help our customers out in whatever way we can. In this post, we will go over a few of the colors homeowners can look into. We will show what aesthetics these colors bring to the table. We will talk about roof and siding color combinations that will help homeowners bring a sense of personality to their home as well.

Below you will find our guide to different color hues, what compliments which shade. This simple guide will help add personality to any home. Homeowners can use this for great roof and siding color combinations for a great looking home.

COOL

cool colors

Blues, purples and greens are considered to be on the cooler end of the color spectrum. These are relaxing and calming colors. They have a sense of serenity about them. Our expert advice: you can not go wrong with shades of gray and blues as a roof and siding color combination. Either one of the colors can be used as an anchor color or an accent for a great looking home.

WARM

Warm colors

Reds, yellows and oranges are considered to be warm colors on the spectrum. Different shades of deep oranges and golden yellows bring about a lively vibe to their surroundings. Our expert advice: reds with a tone of gray are best suited for traditional houses in rural areas and old cities. Also, we recommend trims with subtle tones of browns, reds and yellows. It will enhance the rustic feel, and that great roof and siding color combination.

LIGHT

Light Colors

Light colors include whites and other softer more pastel colors. They bring a pure and clean feel. Plain light colors however can be cumbersome. Lights are a generally recommended color to be used on your home’s trim. The reason is because the eye goes to the lighter color in the combination first. For great roof and siding color combinations our experts advise adding more color to the lights. This will bring more personality to your home.

FRESH

Fresh Colors

Light shades of yellow and green are symbolic of joy and happiness. Darker shades represent maturity. For an excellent roof and siding color combinations our experts recommend using these fresh color in old, greener areas with lots of trees. Fresh colors are generally considered more casual and are mostly used for bungalows and cottages.

NEUTRAL

Neutral Colors

This is basically the go-to color for suburbs. Colors like iron gray, tan, brown that have a neutral feel to them. These colors are used for modern buildings. They are safe yet add a hint of sophistication. Our experts advise using black and darker colors for roofing and siding combinations that look hip and chic.

DARK

Dark Colors

These colors include dark grays, blues and greens. They represent sophistication and contemporary architecture. Our experts recommend darker shades with white trims to bring out the contrast and personality of your home. For a great roof and siding color combination, we also recommend using darker shades for urban areas.The mix of old and contemporary architecture will develop your home build it’s own personality.

ROOF AND SIDING COLOR COMBINATIONS: OUR ANALYSIS

Remember, main siding color is a big determinant for a great color combination. This will be the most prominent color of the home. Most people shy away from using darker colors, but our experts advise otherwise. Darker colors on the body of your home tend to anchor the home to the surrounding environment. It gives a much more neutral feeling than if you go lighter. It is also important to have the right level of contrast between your trim and accents. Our experts suggest more subtle color combinations because of the low contrast. This will help to blend more easily with the landscape and the neighborhood. Color combinations with a lower contrast also easily mesh into surrounding environment.

Be sure to give us a call at (248)350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs. You can also visit our website for any help or ideas your might need for roof and siding color combinations for your home.

 

Expert Tip From Professionals at American Standard Roofing

Roof

When you have a problem, turn to the pros for advice. Don’t get caught with sudden, costly repairs. Keep a close eye on your roof and learn how to spot problems. American Standard Roofing have been in business for over 36 years. We are here to help. This quick and short post will provide an expert tip from our professionals.

Leaking roofs can cause a lot of damage if not fixed right away. As covered previously by us, most leaking roofs do not necessarily require new roofs. Most leaks are failures in flashings. This can cause thousands less than in fact replacing the entire roof.

Your roof also plays a major factor in the overall efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems. In both hot and cold weather, moisture in the attic can become trapped and condense on the rafters. That is why it is important to insulate it properly. This moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness. This can result in increased energy costs. As we all know, winter is upon us and while we like to stay warm. At the same time it is also important to improve efficiency. To help prevent ice build up in the winter, make sure you have properly installed foam or cardboard baffles in the inlets of your home.

Solution to your roof could be very simple. The best tip any homeowner can get is that it is very necessary to call an honest, reliable and reputable roofing professional to have your roof checked out.

Remember to use a roofing company with a dedicated service department, like American Standard Roofing. Customer service, honesty and professionalism are our number one priorities. We are a premium roofing company that serves both residential and commercial customers in Metro Detroit areas and beyond.