Siding Job Done Right: What To Ask Your Contractor

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Siding Job Done Right:

If you’re looking for siding job done right, look no further. Our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss siding job done right. In addition we will also discuss issues that homeowners should remember to discus with their contractors.

Talk To Your Contractor:

Our team advises that for siding job done right, it is essential homeowners talk to their contractor. Most of us only buy siding once or twice in a lifetime, so there is a lot to learn before getting started. When choosing contractors to give you quotes, you will need to know what type of siding are you looking for. Different siding materials require different skill sets to install them, and some types require special tools. Often a contractor will only install one or two types, so you will need to ask before having them come out.

Types of Sidings:

Our team took out the time to discuss types of sidings and above mentioned issues. We will talk about the three major types. A siding job done right requires that homeowners be aware of which type to use for their homes.

1. Aluminum:

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This is the type of siding that you normally see on older homes, and used to be a top choice. Since the price of aluminum has been increasing over recent years, it has been primarily replaced by less expensive vinyl siding. Aluminum is desirable since it is virtually maintenance free. You don’t need to paint it, and it is easy to wash clean with soap and water. It is very durable, resists dents, and is fireproof. Aluminum siding will last about 20 years before the finish starts to fade, and then it can be painted after that if desired. It comes in many different textures and designs, and can be installed vertically or horizontally.

2. Vinyl:

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Another type is vinyl. One of the most popular options today, vinyl is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials, and looks very similar. You can find vinyl in virtually any style. Since it is made out of PVC, a type of plastic, it is easy to mold into many different shapes. From cedar shake, to carriage house, to woodgrain, there are a huge number of options and colors to choose from. The color is molded through the plastic, so scratches are hidden very well, and a higher quality vinyl is very durable. It will require nothing more than a good cleaning once a year. Some styles are even insulated .However, if you choose the discount option, you can expect the quality to be much less. The cheapest versions are known for blowing off in high winds, as well as being easily cracked and damaged. It is also less fire resistant than aluminum and will slowly burn.

3. Wood:

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Commonly used on historic homes, or new homes that are built to appear historic, wood has a look all of it’s own. While vinyl sidings can mimic the look of wood, they will never be able to match the rich, dimensional look that wood provides. However, wood is substantially more expensive than vinyl, and requires much more maintenance. In order for wood to last, you should expect to paint or reseal it every 3-5 years. Properly maintained, wood siding can last for 100 years or more, but if poorly maintained, you will quickly see signs of rot and pests. Wood is also very flammable, another factor to consider.

4. Fiber-Cement:

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Becoming increasingly popular, fiber-cement is often used as an alternative to wood. It is cheaper than wood, with a similar look, but is maintenance free like vinyl. It is also available in forms that look like brick and stucco, but is much less expensive. It is fireproof, and properly maintained, it will last 25-50 years or more. However, it is more difficult to install than other types of siding, and requires special tools. If you are interested in fiber-cement siding, you should find a contractor who is experienced in this type of material. It is also prone to moisture problems, so if you live in a very wet climate, it may not be your best option.

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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. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. 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 and types for your home.

Homeowners Dilemma: How To Get Rid Of Woodpeckers

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Wondering how to get rid of woodpeckers?

Here at American Standard Roofing, we get a lot of questions from homeowners who are inquisitive about woodpeckers. While everyone enjoys the birds singing, flowers blossoming and bees buzzing, no homeowner wants woodpeckers pecking on the outside of their home damaging it. The most frequently asked question is the most important one: how to get rid of woodpeckers. Homeowners in particular are interested to knowing about preventive measure that can be taken to limit the damage caused by woodpeckers. Another most frequently asked question we get is why these woodpeckers hammer on the outside of the houses.

Our experts have done some research on how to get rid of woodpeckers. We will discuss all of these important issues and give some tips and advice on how to keep your home woodpecker free and how to get rid of woodpeckers the safe way.

Why do Woodpeckers peck on the outside of my home?

In order to learn how to get rid of woodpeckers, readers first need to learn on why woodpeckers hammer on the outside of the house. According to Cornell Lab Study published in the journal Human-Wildlife Impacts there are four main reasons why woodpeckers peck on the outside of your home

  1. The bird is trying to mark it’s territory by making a loud noise.
  2. Because the woodpecker wants to create a nest. In that case the hole they make will be round and large.
  3. The woodpecker might be feeding off on insects living on the inside of the sidings and trimmings.
  4. The bird might be storing food. Different breeds of the bird are known to store acorns in those holes they peck.

Our roofing experts would also like to point out that the most common culprits in the Michigan area are the Acorn, DownyHairy, Pileated, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

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Preventive Measures:

So what kind of deterrents and preventive measures will work when it comes to how to get rid of woodpeckers? Here is a list of things compiled by our experts.

Lighter Colors:

The same Cornell Lab Study cited earlier also points out that aluminum and vinyl sidings that are lighter in color are less likely to be pecked and damaged by woodpeckers. The drawback however is pretty obvious. If they continue hammering, it can get loud and frustrating for homeowners. Woodpeckers usually stop hammering in the spring time when they start breeding. This is because they mostly hammer to attract a mate and to mark their territory. If you want to see results in how to get rid of woodpeckers, go for lighter color sidings.

Wood gets more damage:

How to get rid of woodpeckers? This is a big one. Wooden sidings and trimmings compared to metal or aluminum, get damaged more if woodpeckers hammer on them. A good measure would be to switch to metal or aluminum, depending on the area the home is built in.

Commercial areas get less damage:

Homes built near wooded areas are obviously more vulnerable to damage caused by woodpeckers. Comparatively, homes in commercial areas are less prone to damage caused by the birds. This is because wooded areas are more of a natural habitat for the bird.

Call the Exterminator:

If the pecking is due to woodpeckers looking for food, the holes made on the outside will be small and irregular. This is opposite of when they are making a nest (in which case the hole will be round and large). If you see irregular holes, the problem is more than likely insects inside your trimmings and sidings. Woodpeckers eat larvae of insects. An exterminator will know how to get rid of woodpeckers and be able to get rid of the insect problem permanently.

Other Methods:

According to a study published in Journal of Wildlife Management, there were six preventive measures tested to see how to get rid of woodpeckers. They also were tested to see if they could prevent long-term damage from woodpeckers. These methods included using life-sized plastic owl and fishing lines with plastic eyes (to give the scare-crow effect), using reflective streamers with shiny coating, sound system with calls of a hawk to scare woodpeckers and roost boxes among others. Test results showed that scare crow effect techniques only worked in the beginning. Later on the woodpeckers got used to them. The only effective method was using the streamers whose color and wind effect kept woodpeckers from doing damage.

In addition to above deterrents, our experts also suggest that they have heard of some success with homeowners using reflective tape and strips of aluminum foils along the places where there is damage. Sometimes windsocks and pinwheels work too. Sometimes people use bird nets for gardens to get some extent of effectiveness. Unfortunately nothing works 100% all the time, and homeowners need to engage in variety of tricks to keep woodpeckers at bay.

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 preventive measures for your home.