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Roofing

When should you repair or replace a roof?

Most people only think about roof repair when there is a leak. However, roofing experts say that it’s important to consider the condition of your roof and make repairs before any major damage occurs. Roof replacement may become necessary if the roof is too damaged to be repaired. Signs of roof damage that you can’t ignore This is one of the most obvious signs that there is a problem with your roof. If you see water stains on the ceiling, it’s likely that there is a leak in the roof. Another sign of [...]

2022-09-27T11:13:45-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , , |

How mold damages your roof, and how can you prevent it?

Mold on your roof is not only unsightly, but it can also lead to structural damage and shingle damage. In order to prevent mold damage, it’s important to understand the conditions that promote its growth. Additionally, regular roof inspections can help you catch any potential problems before they become bigger issues. What causes mold to grow on roofing shingles? Mold needs three things to grow: food, moisture, and warmth. Roofing shingles provide an ideal food source for mold, and the shady, moist conditions on your roof make it the perfect place for mold to thrive. Mold thrives in humid [...]

2022-09-27T11:34:28-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , , |

Roof Replacement in Walled Lake, Michigan

Here is a job we just completed in Walled Lake, a beautiful city in western Oakland County, Michigan. The new shingles are Atlas Pinnacle in the Majestic Shake color, which gives a nice, natural earthy look. Even though the overall color is close to the original shingle, the way the Atlas Pinnacle Majestic Shake shingle are designed gives it an awesome sense of depth. The picture below has a closer look at the shingle. With the alternating colors and shadow lines at the top, it has a really awesome look to it that makes it really pop [...]

2022-09-27T12:16:13-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

How moisture and bad ventilation can damage your roof

Madison Heights, MI We recently replaced a roof right by us here in Madison Heights. We expected some wood damage, since we did an inspection from inside the attic, but what we found during the tear off was surprising. The moisture damage actually ate a hole right through the roof’s wood decking, with mold stains running throughout the board. While water damage can damage the roofing, the real damage can be done by mold in the attic or walls and to the interior of your home if it gets bad enough. One of the essential [...]

2022-09-27T13:58:25-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

How to Choose a Home Improvement Contractor Without Getting Ripped Off

Springtime in Michigan has specific signs it has arrived like Morel mushroom hunting, yard work, Robin sightings, geese flying north, and the growing fix-it-list for your home. To take on the spring season and tackle that growing fix-it-list you will eventually need to hire a contractor to do some work. Top Tip – When hiring a contractor to do a project on your house, know that in Michigan if a project totals $600 or more in Labor and Materials the contractor must be licensed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.  Before you contact [...]

2022-09-27T14:32:32-04:00Categories: Roofing|

How Do Ice Dams Affect Your Roof In Michigan?

Ice dams and ice icicles are forming on many houses and homes during winter here in Michigan. In this article, we cover what an ice dam is, what causes ice dams, short and long-term fixes, and how to prevent ice dams. What is an ice dam? Ice dams form when there is a build-up of snow and your roof heats up to 32 degrees or more. When your roof is above 32 degrees it will melt the snow touching the roof, which runs down to the eaves, refreezes, and turns to ice. This melt [...]

2022-09-27T15:36:51-04:00Categories: Roofing|

Another Roof Installed Near Us In Madison Heights

We just completed another roof replacement near us, here in Madison Heights.  With this customer, they had a tree branch fall onto their roof.  Since the entire roof was due for a replacement, we opted to repair the damage as the entire roof got replaced. Madison Heights Roof Tear-Off We started by tearing off the existing shingles.  Once we got to the bare roof decking, all damage from the tree branch falling was then repaired.  We then installed six feet of ice & water barrier, then installed Owens Corning Pro Armor synthetic underlayment on the remaining portions of the roof. [...]

2022-09-27T15:43:01-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

Adding a Dormer to the Roof in Clarkston Michigan

Here is a job we finished last month where we added a dormer onto their main roof line to match the look of their garage. Dormers are one of the most cost effective ways to increase the curb appeal of your home.  While we didn’t do it with this job, they can also be used to add square footage to the rooms below where the dormer is installed… also increasing the value of the home. Clarkston Michigan Dormer Framing We started by framing in the dormer on the existing roof. [...]

2022-09-27T16:08:30-04:00Categories: Roofing, Siding, Uncategorized, Vinyl Siding|Tags: , |

A Royal Oak Roof our Company Just Finished

Here is a roofing job our company just completed near us in Royal Oak. With this house we stripped off all of existing 3-tab shingles and replaced them with Owens Corning Duration shingles, which provide great protection of the roof for the price. It also includes a 50 year warranty through Owens Corning. Royal Oak Existing Roof This roof had a 3 tab shingle which are thinner than the shingles we use, so they don’t last as long. You can also notice some of the damage in the valleys where the rain and weather cause wear. [...]

2022-09-28T09:31:42-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |

Roofing Replacement in Warren, Macomb County, Michigan

Here is a full roof replacement we just completed in Warren.  Two layers of old roofing shingles were stripped off down to the wood.  From there we replaced any damaged wood we found.  We used six feet of ice and water protection across the bottom of the roof, with Owens Corning Pro Armor synthetic wrap around the remaining pieces.  Finally, we shingled the roof with Owens Corning Duration Tru Definition Shingles in the Quarry Gray color. Warren Michigan Roof Before Here is what the roof looked like before.  We had two layers of shingles that needed to be [...]

2022-09-28T10:44:48-04:00Categories: Roofing|Tags: , |