Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Proofing Tips For Your Roof

Winter is here.  Temperatures are plummeting and soon we will begin to see ice and snow everywhere we go.  The Farmer’s Almanac informs us that this winter is going to be chillier than normal.  The bitter cold temperatures can wreak havoc on our roofs not to mention heavy snowfalls or snowfalls that melt and refreeze.  To ensure that your roof is in tip top shape for winter now is the time to inspect and winterize.  A little preparation can go a long way in saving your home from serious damage due to the winter weather.
As always if you feel uncomfortable up on your homes roof don’t chance it.  Roof repair is something all roofing contractors are used to doing.  Call a professional.  Not only do they know exactly what to look for as far as damage that is beginning on your roof, they also have the skill and tools to complete the task at hand without issue. 
Winter Proofing Your Roof
  • Your roof needs to be inspected throughout the year.  This is never more important than before the winter season.  Not only should you inspect the roof but check out the shingles and the gutters as well. 
  • Gutters should be free of debris to allow water to flow through them with ease.  If there is an issue it is so much simpler to address without piles of snow in the gutters.  If the gutter is clogged with leaves ice dams can occur and ruin shingling.
  • Your roof should be cleared of all fallen debris.  Twigs, leaves and large branches are all detrimental to your roof.  Also, stagnant water can be captured and stored more easily under roof debris.  This is just one reason that it is better to have a clean roof going into the winter season.
  • Check the interior of your home as well.  Check the attic for small brown spots that indicate a leak.  The same would be noticeable on drywall ceilings.  If you spot anything that indicates a leak you must find out where the cause of the issue lies and fix it.  If left untreated severe damage can occur. 
  • Look at the sealant around the roofs perimeter as well as around flashing, chimneys and skylights.  Add an extra bead of caulk and sealant around the edges if you suspect any loose or cracking areas.  It never hurts to take the old sealant off and replace it with new if you can tell it is aging.
  • Once winter is in full swing it is a good idea to purchase a solid roof rake.  This one tool can save you a ton of money.  When you see that snow is piling up on the roof you can easily remove the snow around the edges.  This will help to prevent ice dams and prevent heavy snow loads from piling up on your roof.
Roofing contractors are your best source of information when it comes to roof repair and preventative maintenance.  In order to keep your roof in top shape it is important that you take care of it.  Preventing issue before they arise is the key to a well maintained home.  

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs. You will find them at today.

Simple Roof Maintenance Tips

No matter where you live the seasonal climate changes can take a toll on your home.  During the spring you are inundated with storms and wet weather while summer offers us lots of humidity and steamy temperatures. Fall is beautiful with perfect temperatures and then comes winter.  Here in the north winter is full of bizarre weather trends.  You can have one day with a foot of snow, the next brings in an ice storm and the week could end with sunny temperatures.  You can see how these drastic changes in the weather can make it difficult to maintain the integrity of your homes roofing.
It is crucial that you prepare your home ahead of time.  Simple maintenance can help to ensure your home is well prepared for the winter.  It can help ensure that your home and roof are not damaged during the winter season.
Winter weather is often a combination between rain, ice and snow. In order to prevent your homes roof from leaking it is important to make sure that the roof is in tip top shape.  If your roofs condition is good it is far less likely to develop a leak.  As the end of fall approaches take time to inspect your roofs condition.  Grab a ladder and head out onto the roof.  Clear away extra debris and fallen leaves.  Check for cracked and missing shingles.  Inspect your shingles to see if they are rotting or missing large chunks of asphalt and grit.  These old, withered shingles should be replaced.  If you are not comfortable doing this yourself hire a roofing contractor.  They are equipped with the right tools to inspect and repair any damage seen on your homes roof.
Fall and spring are the two seasons in which it is really important to inspect your homes gutters.  Gutters only work as intended if they are clear of debris.  If the gutters empty out close to your home you will need to dig trenches using plastic drains and pea gravel and elongate the area in which the drain.  It is important that the gutters so not empty close to your home as that often leads to leaks within your homes basement through cracks in the foundation.   Gutters must be cleaned out often.  Water must freely flow through them to prevent damage.
Other maintenance tips to keep your home running efficiently throughout the winter season is to check for cracks in the weather stripping around the doors and windows of your home.  Repairing even the smallest cracks will improve the homes efficiency.  This helps keep your homes heating and cooling systems functioning properly as well.

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter Roofing Part 2

In our last installment we learned that roofing contractors were prepared to handle roofing in all types of different elements, including the cold harsh winter.  We took a look into why it was so important to the main structure of your home to have roof repairs done when they are needed and present a problem.  If left to wait until warm weather moves into the area a small roofing repair could turn into a roofing contractor’s nightmare. 

A roofing issue that is commonly seen and easily avoided is ice dams.  These occur when snow melts and water is left to run down the path of the roof.  The water melts the under section of snow and finds crevices that are often undiscovered by a natural rain.  The snow that is closest to the roof melts before the top layer of snow because of the heat loss coming from the home attic which causes a water layer called an ice dam that can present issues.  This is the most common time to find a leak in your roof.  Roofing contractors advise that you prevent ice dams from occurring with a bit of prevention. If you find you are unable to provide these services for yourself call on a 
licensed roofer and they will offer assistance in clearing potential ice dam issues. 

professional roofing contractor can replace an entire roof no matter what weather conditions exist.  Even in the above example with ice freezing under shingles it is possible to replace your homes roof.  They break the projects down into categories; flat roofs are the easiest in the winter, shingle roofs are the next best option in winter roofing and lastly the hard winter roof replacement which are neither flat nor dependent upon tar for adhering.  

Flat roofs are easy because of the process that is used to install them.  Residential flat roofs adhere using two different methods: one that uses a torch to adhere the roof to the base surface and those that mechanically attach.  Either system can be installed no matter what the outside temperature is. 

Shingle roofing, which is seen on most homes in the North, are those that see the most damage in the winter time.  When hiring a contractor to replace your homes roof in the winter there are a few precautions to take.  Winter roofing can be done and is safe but should only be done by roofers who understand the special requirements that need to be taken.  The roofer must understand the settings needed during the winter when using their nail guns.  A winter roofing contractor must never over drive the roofing fasteners. The pressure on the nail gun must be set to prevent the nail from going too far into the material.  It is also important that the crew understands how to prevent low nail.  Dust can change everything when it comes to your roof so be sure the contractor takes into consideration the outside surroundings before winter roofing begins. 

Roofing that is considered difficult use metal roofing, slate, composites and cedar shakes.  They can’t rely on being seamless after installation and don’t have the benefit of being held in place with a tar strip.  They are installed with the use of clips, screws and nails.    Roofing with these materials is possible in the winter but does require special care.  Instead of a nail gun the roofer must painstakingly hand nail in the cold.  In high winds, metal roofing is difficult to install as the large panels are easily pulled by the wind.

It is important to remember that roofing in the winter is possible no matter what material roofing you have on your home currently or that you wish to install.  The part that needs to be considered is that you have hired a roofer that is skilled in the special winter weather techniques some roofing materials require when installed in the colder months.  

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at toda

Winter Roofing Part 1

Not all home improvement projects can be planned out.  Many homeowners, especially in the North, find their homes in need of roof repair or replacement just as the weather has turned cold.  It is a common thought that roofing renovations can hold off until it warms up however this is not always the case.  Homeowners are not only concerned with the quality of the roofing to be accomplished in the winter but also the inconvenience they perceive roofing in the winter is on roofing contractors. Really the only concern that homeowners need to focus on is making sure that quality roofing can happen in the winter.  If roofers didn’t throughout the winter it would be safe to say that many roofing contractors would be out of business by the spring.  Winter roofing repairs and shingle roof replacements are possible even during the colder winter months.  In this article we will provide answers to winter roofing concerns.
When it comes to roofing jobs there are two categories that projects fall under; roofing repairs and roof replacements.   When it comes to roof repairs any repair needing to be done can be accomplished no matter what the weather is outside.  If you are considered about the seal between shingles not coming together because of the lack of warmth don’t worry as roofing contractors will use a heavy duty caulking to provide the same protection and tight seal.  If the repair is not done and homeowners proceed to let the shingles remain off the roof the damage to the structure that will be done turns a minor repair into a major one.
With winter comes not only cold temperatures but also snow.  Once snow piles onto the roof repairs often become very difficult.  Repairs should be done before heavy snowfalls to avoid leaving an opening for large amounts of snow to fall and then melt.  When the snow melts the possibility is there for the water to seep into the home which leads to structural issues as well as dry wall problems.  When snow melts it often can find a way into your home that might not have been prevalent with the rain alone.  Water that freezes seems to have a way into spots that we never even considered.  If this occurs the damage that happens is often extensive if not taken care of right away.  This is why roofing contractors don’t only work when the sun is shining.  Necessity calls at all times of the year.
We will continue our discussion on winter roofing and roof replacement during the cold in our next installment.  It is important that homeowners realize that home improvements don’t wait for the weather to warm up; contractors understand this and are prepared to work even in the elements.

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Maintaining the Integrity Of Your Homes Roof

Many homeowners don’t understand how important their homes roof is to the structure of their home.  Not many of us take time to climb a ladder to inspect the roof.  That is our nature.  We have an out of sight, out of mind mentality.  If the problem is not obvious and we don’t see it from where we stand on the ground we don’t further inspect.  However, this is the wrong approach to have when it comes to your homes roof maintenance.  If homeowners took the time to evaluate their roofs or to hire a roofing contractor to come out and inspect the roof they would save thousands of dollars.  Roof maintenance verses a new roof equals a ton of cost savings and money in their pockets.  Here are some tips to prepare your homes roof for the long, cold winter that is right around the corner.
As with anything it is always recommended that you call in the professionals before you attempt any home repairs or maintenance on you own.  This is important when it comes to your roofs maintenance.  A roofing contractor is a professional and will know what to look for in regards to damage to your roof.  What looks like something major to us might be something very minor and easily fixed with help from a roofing contractor.  Also there is the safety factor to consider as well.
To begin maintaining your roof it is important to start at the outer most part and work upwards.   Roof maintenance starts with gutter maintenance.  Gutters should be cleaned twice a year at the end of fall and the end of spring.  This allows the water to remain free to flow through the gutters and into the downspouts without clogging.  If gutters are left filled with debris the water run-off has nowhere to go and can freeze causing damage to the gutter as well as to the shingles, overtime causing damage to the structure of your home as well.
As mentioned earlier most damage that occurs on your roof will go unseen from ground level.  You may never notice that you are having issues with your shingles or roof structure without climbing on a ladder to check it out up close.  Some common issues with shingle roofs are curling, buckling or blistering.  If any of these are seen it is time to begin considering a new roof.  These are all signs that your shingle roofing’s life expectancy is coming to an end.
There are other repairs to consider when you are examining your roof and shingles.  Take for instance the materials around your chimney.  If they are coming loose or show extensive wear it is time to replace them.  All the materials around your chimney, pipes and other vents into the home through the roof must be kept in place and free of wear.  Additional roofing tar or caulk can be applied, when needed.  This will help with water leaks and prevent water from freezing underneath the area and causing extensive damage to the roofs structure.
Check the shingles to ensure that they are not losing an excessive amount of granules.  The granules on the shingles protect the roof’s structure from ultraviolet rays as well as adding weight to the shingles.  If you notice an abundance of granule loss consider looking into replacing your roof soon.
A new roof can be installed on your home during any season.  Obviously the winter element of snow slows roofers down a bit but it can be done.  The best time to look into having your roof replaces is during the spring and fall seasons when the weather is favorable.  There is less delay in scheduling during these nonpeak times as well.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Fall Roofing Maintenance

Roofing inspections done twice a year can save homeowners a ton of money in the long run.  Preventative roofing maintenance can prevent homeowners from having to make costly repairs down the road.  Not only are exterior roof inspections important to maintain your roof it is important to safeguard against all leaks throughout the winter season.
When your roof leaks damage to the interior and exterior of your home can be quite extensive. Water that puddles up underneath your homes shingles can cause the underlayment to fail or warp.  Also, water and moisture that leaks into the home can cause issues with mold and alga growth in the attic and behind drywall.  When a leak occurs and damage is done to the interior of the home it is possible that everything down to the floor could need to be replaced.
In order to prevent this from occurring it is crucial that you maintain your roof.  Keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for the winter.
Inspect your homes interior and exterior roof area.  It is important to do this twice a year during the fall and spring seasons.  Inspecting the roof on a rainy day can be helpful especially when you are doing it yourself.  This will enable you to see leaks as they are occurring.  If it is possible hire a roofing contractor to conduct the roof inspection.  They will know exactly what they are looking for.  If you choose to take this task on yourself here are some tell-tale signs that you are experiencing a leak in your roof.
Check the joints, seams and vents for mold or mildew.  It is also important to look at the wooden beams within the attic to see if any warped wood is present.  The last thing to look for in the attic is any presence of stained insulation.  If moisture has been prevalent in your attic it may not appear to the naked eye, you will need to know what you are looking for.  An obvious sign is water dripping in from the insulation, wood or vent areas after a rain has occurred.
If you find a potential leak, it is time to call in the roofing professionals.  They will advise on a plan of action to prevent any further leaks and to clean up the damage that has occurred from the original leak.  It is so important to find and stop leaks from occurring.  Leaks left untouched can cause bigger issues throughout the winter.
Ice dams are another issue that can occur during the winter season that are easy to prevent.  In order to keep ice dams from occurring it is important that your roof has adequate ventilation.  This allows the attic temperature to remain the same temperature as the exterior temperature.  Maintaining a constant temperature keeps the gables, soffits & roof ridges the same temperature as both the attic and outside temperature.
Proper care of your roof with help to increase its longevity.  With the cost of a new roof being well over a few thousand dollars it is crucial to expand the life expectancy of your roof with proper seasonal care.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Benefits Of Shingle Roofing

Shingles are one of the most common materials used in roofing today.  Meeting with a roofing contractor will help to determine is shingling is the best option for your home. The most important piece of the puzzle is that the roofing material you choose is the right style for your roof and roofing desires.  There are a number of options available to fit a variety of budgets and needs.  Shingles tend to be an option that is often more often chosen over other types of roofing materials.

One of the biggest advantages of asphalt shingling is that it tends to be one of the most inexpensive roofing materials to purchase and install.  Roofing contractors can often install a shingle roof at about half the costs involved with the installation of metal roofing.  Manufacturing asphalt shingles is relatively inexpensive when compare it to the cost of other available roofing material options.  Your roof is a large part of your homes curb appeal.  It is important to remember this especially when you’re considering selling your home soon after installing a new roof.  You are more apt to get the money that you put into a new shingle roof out of your homes resale values over that of a metal roof.

Another reason shingle roof tends to be purchased more often than any other material for roofing is the ease of installation.  Roofing contractors charge less to install shingle roofs because the process is simpler.  Shingles are extremely flexible and can be easily manipulated to fit most any homes structure.  Some homeowners with a lot of experience in construction even find that they can install a shingle roof without too many issues.  This is not recommended because even one shingle installed improperly could cause hundreds of dollars in damage to the roof’s structure.

When it comes to maintaining a shingle roof it is fairly simple and most homeowners can achieve a long lasting roof with minor yearly maintenance.  Shingles are lightweight and simple to replace.  For most shingle roofing repairs you will not have to involve a professional roofer.  Algae on shingles are also easy to maintain and prevent.  With the use of copper strips at the peak of your roof you can prevent the growth of algae and moss on your shingle roof.

Shingles add to the curb appeal of your home. Shingles come in several different styles as well as a variety of colors to fit your homes unique look.  Many professional roofers have software that allows them to take a picture of your home and change the look using different colors and styles of shingles before making any purchases.  This allows you the freedom see the change before committing to it which is so nice especially for homeowners looking to do something new with their homes exterior.

To reach your homes full potential when it comes to a new roof the best option is to start by contacting a local roofing contractor.  Most offer a free initial consultation where they can discuss different options in roofing materials as well as associated costs and the time frame for installation.

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Decisions To Be Made When Installing A New Roof

When I became a homeowner six years ago I could have never guessed the number of decisions that would need to be made. Every home improvement endeavor we venture to take on turns into fifty different decisions that need to be made before work is even started. The same can be said of exterior improvements on your home as well. Our homes new roof, for instance required a variety of decisions we weren’t even aware would need to be made. Not only are there a variety of shingles, there are choices within each shingle category including styles, colors and warranties. Who would have ever known there was so much to roofing? 

To narrow down the choices you will need to make when looking into a new roof start by determining a reasonable budget as well as a sensible time frame that you desire for the roof to last. If you are looking to live in your home for another thirty years and don’t want to have to deal with replacing the roof every again that will affect the choice you make when picking out a material for your roofing. 

Asphalt Shingles 

The most commonly used material in roofs today is asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive to manufacture therefore is a cheaper material to purchase when installing a new roof. The truth is that it is an easier material to work with when installing a new roof as well so hiring a roofing contractor will be less expensive when installing asphalt shingles. If considering asphalt you will also need to decide if you want to go with three tab shingles, laminated or architectural shingles. Shingles can be found in a variety of colors and often last anywhere from twenty to thirty years if installed and maintained correctly. 

Wood Shingles 

Wood shingles are super nice to use when looking for a natural appearance to your roof. The main disadvantage is that you pay extra for these aesthetically pleasing shingles. Wood is more expensive over the asphalt roofing counterpart. Consider though that wood shingles last anywhere from thirty to fifty years with proper upkeep. The longer lifespan and pleasing natural look may be worth the extra expense.

Metal roofs an option that is growing in popularity. Metal is a perfect material to use when looking to add to the longevity of your flat or extremely steep roofline. Metal roofs are not cheap but last up to fifty years. You can choose from solid metal or constructed metal shingles. Not only is metal roofing a material that is known for longevity it is incredibly durable and is reasonable priced when taking into consideration the length of time it will last you. There are also a variety of colors available in metal shingle roofing.

 Slate and Tile Shingles 

Both slate and tile shingling options are unique. They are not found on the majority of homes. Slate and tile are popular because they are incredibly durable and have a one of a kind appearance. If you are looking for something to allow your home to stand out from other homes in the area consider slate or tile. Your roofing contractor will check to ensure your roof’s structure is stable enough to support the extra weight.

 Your new roof is filled with important decisions that need to be made. It isn’t all about the style and color of the new roof. You will need to look at a variety of options in roofing materials as well as the longevity that you hope your roof installation results in. 

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs. You will find them at today.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“Why should we consider upgrading to a metal roof?”

  • Metal roofs last a lifetime!
  • Metal roofs are retrofitted for your home.
  • Environmentally friendly, metal roofing is made from recycled steel.
  • Metal roofing eliminates snow build up from ice dams in the winter.
  • Metal roofs are more energy efficient than a standard asphalt shingle.
  • American made and manufactured steel.
  • Metal roofs are 100 MPH wind resistant.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What You Need To Know About Your Shingle Roof

When it comes to creating an environment that is most conducive to the elements and to your roofs well-being you can add a few simple things to your roofing maintenance to help.  Cleaning eaves and trimming tree branches that come in contact with your roof are just two ways to help.  It also helps to keep areas free of leaves and debris that could potentially produce blockage and rot.  These areas include your homes dormers, chimneys, vents and plumbing stacks. At least two times a year hire a roofing contractor or get on your roof clear debris, maintain and reseal areas that are in need and repair your roof in all areas that need to be touched up.
There are several things you should know about the shingle roofing process.  When you are getting your new roof it is important to consider that your yard and home will be turned into a construction site.  As far as waste goes replacing your existing roof with a new roof will generate anywhere between five thousand and ten thousand pounds of waste. Roofing contractors take between one and three days to thoroughly remove and replace your homes roof.  Throughout the process your home till maintain a crew of men.  This means that you will need extreme patients throughout the new roof process to handle the vibrations, noise and roofing crew.
One question that every roofing contractor is asked during the installation of their roof is about the rain and if occurs during the installation of their new roof.  When it comes to rain and your new roof you should note that all contractors do their best to protect your home from the rain and in fact all weather elements.   When it is overcast or a chance of rain exists experienced roofing contractors will only open and work on a section of the roof that is easily closed off if the rain does come.  Experienced roofing contractors always check weather radars and keep track of patterns that exist as they are working on installing any new roof.
It is important to note that with any work being done on your home that the contractors should not only be licensed but also insured.  The roofing contractor that is installing your new roof should offer workers compensation for their employees.  If an employee is injured while installing your new roof they will be covered under their employer’s workman’s compensation policy as long as the roofing contractor is insured.  This is one reason it is so incredibly important that your roofing contractor is insured.
Your new roof and roofing shingles are incredibly important when it comes to the integrity of your home.  To protect your home be sure to look for roofing contractors that offer experience, insurance and workmanship warranties.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

The Importance Of Roofing Ventilation

When you are getting a new shingle roof one of the most important things to remember is the roofs ventilation.  It is super crucial to the life span of your roofing shingles.  With the weather that we experience here in the north we need roofing that withstands the heat of summer and the cold build-up of the winter season with accelerating the aging process of your asphalt shingling.
With proper air circulation and installation it will not matter what the weather outside of your home is the smaller the chance that your shingles will leak, blister, curl or rot.  With a licensed roofing contractor installing your shingle roof, on top of proper installation and air circulation you greatly increase the validation on your shingle manufactures warranty.
Using a roofing contractor to install your new roof is beneficial for a number of reasons.  One of the most important is that the workmanship warranty is more likely to cover a defect in your new shingle roof from poor workmanship.  If you feel the workmanship on your roof lead to any of the following first contact your contractor to make sure that they have a chance to rectify the issues you are having; from there you will be able to recoup money spent to redo the roof from: insufficient nail usage to secure shingling, poor shingle alignment, or improper vent and flashing installation.  This is very rare and when using licensed, reputable roofing contractors is often unheard of.
Workmanship warranties don’t cover pre-existing conditions or problems that occur that are not directly related to poor workmanship.  This would be the case with weather related conditions such as wind and hail, condensation, ice dams, defects from the materials used or structural problems from sagging overhangs and trusses that dip.
One defect that is not covered under a workmanship warranty is ice dams.  Ice damns come about from the continual cycle we experience in the north of freezing, thawing and re-freezing.  Ice develops on the peak of the roof and then melts during the thaw only to re-freeze at the edge of the roofing shingles.  Eventually this additional ice and snow builds up creating a dam affect under your shingles with leads to leaking.  Ice dams are produced from many different causes including improper vapor barrier which in turn does not allow excess heat to escape into the attic, air leakage through plumbing, lights and more, inadequate attic ventilation.
You can avoid ice dams by eliminating excess air leakage with the installation of vapor barrier and sealing air leaks that are visible.  When you improve the insulation in your attic you also improve upon the chance you will experience an ice damn.   Proper insulation keeps the attic cool which lowers the chance of melting snow that occurs with warm air leaking.  Another key aspect in avoiding ice dams and roofing issues is to reduce the humidity in the living space with your home.
Solutions to ice dams can often be expensive.  To ensure proper care and that your roofing issues are being properly handled it is important to call upon a local roofing contractor.  With the experience of a roofing contractor along with their knowledge of different roofing issues they are more equipped to tackle your roofing challenges especially if you experience ice dams.
When it comes to shingle roofing, metal roofing or in fact any type of roofing maintenance is involved in prolonging the roofs life expectancy. Your roof is one part of your home that is exposed to the elements and all weather conditions non-stop. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and three hundred sixty five days a year the climate affects your roof as it is exposed during each and every season: summer, fall winter, and spring.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of shingle roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Curb Appeal and Your Roof

When it comes to first impressions you only get one chance; that is why it is called the first.  Your homes first impression comes from its curb appeal.  This isn’t something most homeowners think about when it comes to home improvements and renovations. The reality is that curb appeal can truly end up being the deal maker or breaker when it comes to selling your house.  Without a doubt, one of your top priorities when it comes to improving your home should be the home’s exterior.  Things to consider are the homes landscaping, windows, siding and most importantly the homes roof.

Your homes roof is beyond important when it comes to curb appeal as well as structural integrity.  Your homes roof is one of the main aspects of your home seeing that is covers about fifty percent of the home visible surface. The roof often goes unnoticed by homeowners as it is not something that requires constant attention.  With your homes roof often yearly maintenance is enough to keep the roof functioning structurally as well as looking good therefore it is often something that is overlooked with the overall curb appeal of your home.

The time will come when your home needs a new roof to maintain curb appeal and maintain its structure.  An experienced roofing contractor is the best source of information when it comes to the installation of a new roof.  Many homeowners are inclined to select a roofing material based on their limited knowledge in roofing, the color of the shingles or even the price.  An experienced roofer takes all of this into consideration as well as more important criteria such as durability, climate, weather conditions, and exposure.  With this information they find a roofing material that will not only withstand the test of time, add curb appeal but also give you the best value for your new roof. 

Roofing contractors also have the added advantage of experience with different roofing materials and styles.  Roofers have the ability to look at the exterior of the home and recommend products that will enhance the existing exterior.  This is also true of homeowners that are looking into changing the exterior all together as well.  There is more to roofing that choosing between shingles and metal roofing.  Asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles just like metal roofing.  Roofing professionals will create a roof that enhances your homes curb appeal using appropriate materials that will stand the test of time taking into consideration natural elements that affect your roofs durability.

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today. 

Hiring A Professional Roofing Contractor Saves Time and Money

Many homeowners attempt home renovations every day that are better off left to the professionals.  When it comes to a new roof, hiring a professional roofing contractors will not only save you time but money as well.  Roofing is an art that is perfected overtime.  Seasoned roofers not only offer experience but provide guarantees on a structurally sound, climate resistance roof.  Hiring a roofing contractor also guarantees you won’t be falling off your roof anytime soon!

When looking to find a roofing contractor to install or to make repairs on your roof consider checking online for a list of local roofers.  The internet is a great resource to find professional roofers in your area along with reviews, testimonials and pictures of roofs that they have recently installed.  Many contractors offer free in home consultations.  Take your time online to narrow down the roofers in your area you are considering for your new roof and consult with each of them separately about your new roof.   Choosing a roofing contractor will come down to more than just the price quoted.  As a homeowner time on site, professionalism and a variety of other factors will come into play as you choose the roofer you wish to work with. 

When hiring a roofing contractor look to make sure that they are properly licensed and insured.  Each employee must be licensed.  A license is only one piece of evidence that helps to prove that the contractor you are hiring has expertise but is one that is extremely important.  Insurance is another aspect of roofing that is an absolute must.  When an accident occurs, you as the homeowner could be held liable if the roofing company does not have insurance to cover their entire team.  Roofing contractors understand and will often offer up a copy of their insurance policy when giving you a formal quote for your new roof.

The quote itself will contain a list of materials needed based on price verse quality.  A ten year roof may be less expensive right now however in the long run is this little bit of savings important or is a long lasting roof more important.  The quote will also contain a list of labor costs as well as incidental costs.  If this amount seems high in consideration of other quotes that you have received question the contractor to see what all is included.  Customer references are also listed on a roofing estimate.  Carefully look at all of the companies references especially when it comes to homes similar to yours.  Drive by the home and see if you are visually satisfied with the quality of the roof.  Ask the homeowner questions about professionalism, clean up and their overall experience with the roofing contractor.  This will give you a decent idea if you should consider hiring them to install your homes new roof. 

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Ins and Outs Of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

When it comes to roofing for your home asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for homeowners and roofing contractors alike.  The advantages that come along with asphalt shingles when compared to numerous other roofing materials are plentiful.  Advantages with shingle roofing ranges from ease of maintenance to the cost savings in materials and installation.
Upkeep and Shingle Roofing Maintenance
The most advantageous characteristic with asphalt shingles for homeowners is the ease of maintaining and keeping up with the roofing material.  With many different types of roofing materials there is a standard amount of maintenance required to keep the roofing’s appearance up as well as the function of the roofing.  With asphalt roof they continue to look fresh and updated for years after initial installation with very little maintenance and upkeep. Shingle roofing is also easily repaired if damaged from the weather and often does not require hiring a roofing contractor to repair the roof.
Shingle Roofing Installation
Roofing contractors have mastered the art of installing asphalt shingles.  They are the simplest of roofing materials to be installed.  A normal home can be stripped and re-shingles in one day.  Some varieties of shingles require special tools to install.  Asphalt shingles are durable, solid and are suited for a variety of roof designs.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing Appearance
Asphalt shingling comes in a variety of colors and textures.  Any style home, no matter what can be shingled with asphalt while maintaining its true identity.  Asphalt shingling can be created to achieve the presence of natural materials while maintaining al of the advantages.  If you like the look of cedar shakes, wood, tile or slate a shingle can be created to take on the look and feel of the ideal material.  Why is this good you ask?  This is ideal for shingle roofs that wish to appear expensive while keeping with the benefits of asphalt shingle roofing.
Costs Associated with Shingling
Another major advantage of roofing shingles is that they remain the most inexpensive materials to apply to your homes roof.  Shingles are readily manufactured in large volumes so they remain a low-cost product to produce.  Roofing contractors are also less expensive to hire when installing shingles.  As mentioned earlier shingle roofing is easily removed and applied.  It takes fewer days to install a new roof or replace an existing roof with shingles.
Shingle Roofing Weight
Another advantage that comes along with shingles is that they are incredibly lightweight and durable in comparison to other types of roofing materials.  They are suitable to use in most any type of roofing structures.
These are some of the benefits associated with asphalt shingle roofing. They are easy to maintain to stay looking fresh and up to date as well as being inexpensive to manufacture and install.  The price of roofing is always going to be costly but using shingle roofing keeps the cost of materials and installation to a minimum while being a material that is durable and made to withstand a number of climates from harsh winters to warm summers. 
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.  

The Appeal Of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the most sought after materials for new roofs.  There are a number of benefits that make metal roofing appealing to both homeowners and roofing contractors alike.  When comparing metal roofing to shingle roofing you will find that the cost is almost double however the longevity of the roofing material more than doubles.  We will look deeper into metal roofing advantages and disadvantages throughout this articles.
As stated above metal shingling is known for its durability and longevity.  An asphalt shingle roof is warranted to last anywhere between twelve to twenty years.  This will be determined by the type of climate the home is located within as well as the shingle material that was purchased.  Metal roofs have been thought to last upwards of fifty years.  This is quite impressive when it comes to roofing longevity. 
Metal roofing is created from materials that do not decompose and withstand the wrath of even the most difficult climates.  Shingles are created from fiberglass and asphalt granules. Shingle roofing literally starts to decompose the minute the roof is installed.  This will vary according to the climate in the area in which the roof is installed as well. 
Metal roofing comes in a variety of colors, style, patterns and designs.  The choice of metal roofing you decide upon will come from any number of factors including the preferences with your region, the style of architecture that surrounds your home and neighborhood as well as the climate in the area that you reside.  Metal roofing can be found to match literally every homeowners needs. 
As with asphalt shingling you can get metal roofing in a variety of styles to resemble a number of styles associated with roofing.  If you like the look of shakes, slate, tile, shingles or traditional vertical and horizontal roofing, metal shingles can be created to match your desires. 
Another benefit to metal roofing is the environmental impact it has.  Asphalt shingles are slowly taking over landfills due to their inability to decompose.  Think about this picture.  In one year twenty billion pounds of shingles land in fills throughout the United States.  If you were to fill semi-trailers full of shingles, this would create an unbroken line of traffic from New York to Los Angeles and back again.  This is not the case with metal roofing.
Metal roofing comes from fifty six percent recycled materials from production to installation.  This is far superior to shingle roofing.  Metal roofing also lasts for over double the amount of time a shingle roof does which means less waste to fill our landfills. 
Metal roofing is a premium material which means it adds value to your homes resale value.  If you are considering living in the home for quite some time after installing a new roof metal saves you the hassles of hiring a roofing contractor to install your roof once again.  With the use of metal you will install the roof once, increase the value of your home and never worry about the costs or hassle associated with roofing in general.
For more information on metal roofing consider looking online for local roofing contractors and metal roofing suppliers.  Getting quotes from a number of sources will assure that you get the best deal, warranty and roofing contractor to install your new metal roof.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Local Roofing Contractor Specializing In Shingle Roofing

Summer is the perfect time for Michigan homeowners to look into replacing their older shingle roofs.  For a free estimate contact Home Pro Roofing of Michigan and their professional roofing contractors.  For more information feel free to check them out online at  You can always call to schedule an appointment for a roofing quote.  We service all styles and roofing material types including composite asphalt shingles and metal shingling; Michigan's most popular options in roofing.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

All There Is To Know About Shingle Roofing Part Two

In our last installment on shingle roofing we learned a great deal about the different types of shingles including fiberglass and organic. We also learned about the different options including three tab shingles and architectural shingles. In this installment we will look into the different styles, colors, durability and cost of asphalt shingle roofing.

When it comes to the style of your roof it is getting harder and harder to tell when shingles have been applied. Improved technology in creating asphalt shingles has created shingles that mimic the look of several other popular styles of roofing material including slate, wood shakes and tile. Asphalt shingles can also be shaped to mimic certain styles including scallops that compliment Victorian style homes or squares those suite Colonial homes. Asphalt shingles are available to suite just about any style home or style roofing you are looking for while continuing to be cost effect and durable; both important features of asphalt shingling.

Another area that asphalt shingles has going for it is the selection of colors available. Depending on what color and style your home is there is a complimentary color of asphalt shingle available to enhance it. You can find a variety of tones ranging from gray to black, tan to beige, and red to brown. Manufacturers of shingles are also mixing light and dark tones to compliment your homes style. Many roofing contractors have software available that will allow you to actually "try" the color on your home before you purchase the materials.

Shingle roofing comes with a variety of warranties as well. The shingle warranty is equivalent to the durability of the shingle. Consider the shingles warranty carefully. Roofing is expensive and is not something homeowners want to take part of on a routine basis. Climate, roof pitch, sunlight and regional changes can all affect the durability of your shingles. Consider the style of your roof, your climate and above factors when considering the shingle warranty you will be looking for in your homes shingles.

Replacing your homes roof is not an inexpensive task. Roofing materials and labor is expensive no matter where you live. It is especially pricey in areas where you are limited by seasonal changes as to when you can replace your roof. The average ten by ten section of roofing can range in cost from one hundred dollars to two hundred dollars. There are several factors that go into this cost including the pitch of your roof, the material chosen, if you are shingling over shingles or if you have stripped the roof as well as the warranty given on materials and the roofing contractor's labor.

The best advice when it comes to roofing is to purchase top grade, high warranty shingling that is backed by a certified, licensed roofing contractor. Even if it is a bit more expensive you save yourself all the time, money and hassle of having to replace your roof again the future. Once you replace your homes roof once you will understand that it is not a process you will want to have to endure every ten years.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs. You will find them at today.

All There Is To Know About Shingle Roofing Part One

There is a lot to know when it comes to your homes roof especially when it comes time to replace it.  Shingles are the most common type of roofing seen in the North.  This comes down the simple fact that when it comes to roofing material shingles are durable, readily available and one of the least expensive roofing option.

When it comes down to shingles there are two basic types which include fiberglass and organic shingles.  Fiberglass shingles are created using a fiberglass matting that is weaved together, covered with an asphalt coating and coated in ceramic granules.  The asphalt coating helps to protect your roof from the weather by creating a waterproof barrier.  Ceramic granules help protect the roof from harmful ultra violet rays that can quickly deteriorate roofing materials that are left unprotected. Fiberglass shingles are a durable, lightweight option in roofing.

Organic shingles are similar in look to fiberglass shingles but differ in how they are made.  Organic shingles are formed using a mat that is created from recycled felt paper that has been layered together. The felt paper is saturated with asphalt to create a waterproof barrier.  The organic shingle is then coated with asphalt that is embedded with ceramic granules. Organic shingles are produced with forty percent more asphalt than traditional fiberglass shingling.  Homeowners will find organic shingles are more flexible, rugged and environmentally friendlier that fiberglass however less absorbent which can cause some warping over time.

When it comes to the size of shingles you will find that no matter what shingle material you are using be it fiberglass or organic that they will measure about twelve by thirty six.  Although they are all the same size there are two different styles including a three tab shingle and an architectural shingle. Three tab shingles can be recognized by the cutout tabs that make up their long lower edge.  This style creates the look that each shingle is a separate piece although it really is only one strip.  This style is the most popular and common in shingle roofing.

Architectural shingles do not have tabs however the lower portion of the shingle is laminated with an extra layer of asphalt.  This gives a contour look to the shingle and offers dimension to the roofing.  The asphalt creates a bond that seals the shingles together with the other layers of shingles.  Architectural shingles are not good for every type of roof. Be sure to talk with your roofing contractor if you plan on going with architectural shingles to ensure that they are a good choice with the slant of your roof.

In our next installment on shingle roofing we will look into different shingle styles, colors, durability and costs.  There is so much to take into consideration when you are looking to replace your homes roof.  It is one of the most expensive repairs needed in home maintenance and upkeep.  Choose roofing material based on research and recommendations from the roofing contractor that you hire to install your new roof. 
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Importance Of Spring Roofing Inspections

When spring weather hits after a long, cold Northern winter homeowners start to get the itch to revamp their homes. This includes interior and exterior improvements ranging from replacing roofs to complete kitchen renovations.  Improvements that we will use and enjoy everyday always seem like the choice we want to make when allocating funds to renovations.  When contemplating what renovation to do next it isn’t always about what we want but sometimes what our home needs.  Your roof is your homes umbrella; if you need roof repair or roof replacement it is important that this is completed to prevent damage to the structure of your home. 

new roof is a big investment financially.  Roofing contractors can help you better understand the importance of keeping your roof’s structure and shingling in top shape.  A roof that has damage to the roofing materials including the underlayment and shingles is more susceptible to costly repairs down the road.  Leaky roofs lead to mold and water saturation that can compromise the structural integrity of your home.  As costly as replacing your roof can be structural damage to your home is worse not only on your pocket book but also the disruption to your life.

To save yourself from the stress that can be caused from a leaky roof or other roof damage it is important to hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof at least once a year.  As a homeowner it is crucial you do regular visual inspections for obvious signs of roof damage but a thorough inspection once a year by a licensed roofing contractor is critical. 

roofing contractor knows exactly what to look for when it comes to damage to your roof; especially when the damage is not obvious and is just beginning to occur.  As a homeowner look for obvious signs such as streaking on the shingles, buckled and curled shingling, missing granules from the shingle, rusted flashing, moss and mold.  Also inspect the attic to look for any signs of water damage or leaks.  If you notice any extra moisture a roof inspection by a professional is an absolute must.  Keep track of your energy bills as well.  If you see a large jump in energy use this is a pretty good sign you need to have an inspection done on your roof.

As a homeowner it is essential that you maintain your home.  The same is true for your roofing.  I mention this as it is not as obvious as maintain something visual like your homes landscaping.  Often the roof maintenance is overlooked.  At least once a year, if not twice, you should venture up on the roof with the sole purpose of cleaning your ventilation system and exhaust vents.  This is also a great time to caulk any areas of wear around pipes and vents as well as painting any metal that is exposed and rusting. This is also the perfect time to maintain your gutters.

Many homeowners focus too much on the interior of their homes especially when they are considering putting the home on the market.  This is a huge mistake.  The curb appeal and first impression that a buyer has of your home plays a vital role in the emotions buyers feel touring your home.  A fresh, clean well maintained exterior can sway a buyer because let’s be honest the idea of redoing the kitchen is more appealing to buyers and their extra funds than adding a new roof.