Safeguard Your Home Against Summer Storm Damage

We know that we’re thinking ahead, but it doesn’t hurt to be proactive about the protection of your house. Summer is just a few months away, which means preparations need to undergo now! How can you prepare for any summer storms that might come your way?

Your Port Huron roofing company is here to help you before and after the storm. Like we said, it doesn’t hurt to be safe. Your Home Against Summer Storm Damage – Articles – Networx Warm sunny days and balmy evenings are what usually come to mind when we think about summery weather. But that’s only part of the picture. Summer often brings heavy, humid conditions, followed by furious storms. While these do tend to clear the air and cool things off (at least for a few days), intense wind, rain, and thunderstorms also have the potential to destroy. Protect your home against damage from these forces of nature with the following 7 suggestions.

A raging summer windstorm is capable of bringing down large branches or even entire trees, threatening nearby vehicles and power lines, your house, and your family members. Take preventive action by regularly checking trees and shrubs on your property. Look for loosely attached limbs, rot, disease, or insect infestation. Any of these problems indicates that the tree is more likely to shed a branch or worse. Hire a professional to trim the tree or if necessary, remove it completely. Protect yourself against another type of danger by making sure the tree service you call is fully insured and properly equipped with safety gear – tree removal can be risky work!

Lightning can occasionally cause a power surge (an unusually high amount of electricity briefly surging through the wiring). This is not good news for your sensitive electronic devices and appliances, such as computers, digital washing machines, and so on, which may end up permanently disabled. Installing surge protectors can help prevent this situation, but they are not foolproof. If severe weather conditions are forecast, unplug individual devices or power strips from their outlet (don’t just switch them off).

In the middle of a rip-roaring summer thunderstorm, you really want a good solid roof over your head. Inspect your roofing regularly, at least twice a year, as well as after any severe weather, looking for buckled, cracked, or missing shingles or any other signs of wear and tear. This can generally be done using binoculars, with your feet planted safely on the ground. Prompt roof repair will help keep you and your belongings dry and will help avoid the need for a more serious fix further on down the line. For anyone who lives in a hurricane-prone area, roof clips or hurricane straps can prevent an even more serious problem – having your roof literally blown off by the force of the wind.

Rain and floodwater that get into your home are capable of doing severe damage to furniture, appliances, and other belongings, as well as the structure of the house itself. Help to head them off by sealing cracks in places like the foundation and walls, next to windows and doors, and around the chimney and vent pipes. Clear dead leaves or other debris out of your gutters and downspouts, so that even a ferocious downpour will be directed away from the foundation of your home. If you have a basement, guard against flooding by setting up a sump pump, preferably one with an automatic moisture sensor. A smart home program will alert you to any suspicious levels of moisture, even when you are away from the house.


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Siding Material 101

Siding – What exactly is it and how does it benefit your home? How do you decide what type of siding material best fits your home? Have no fear, we have answers to your questions! Siding material comes in all shapes and sizes and vary from home to home. To help you decipher all of it, here is an article breaking it down.

As your Shelby roofer, Roof One Michigan will provide you with siding insights and services for the benefit of your home. Give us a call! Material Comparison | Home Siding Products A number of residential siding materials are available for homeowners looking to enhance the appearance and performance of their homes. However, because no two home siding products are created equal, deciding which is the best fit for your situation can be extremely difficult. The following siding material comparison is meant to make your decision a little easier; by knowing the basics about the most popular products, you’ll have a better idea of which ones are worth a closer examination, and which ones are simply not right for your home.

Aluminum siding is a very affordable cladding option. However, since it requires more upkeep than vinyl siding (and often looks about the same), this residential siding material is now being taken off nearly as often as it is being put on. If you’re looking to replace your old aluminum siding with a different material, it’s important to note that some places will actually recycle old aluminum siding (and some will even pay you money for it)!

Vinyl siding has been popular for decades now. While its promises of “no maintenance” are not entirely accurate, most other home siding products are truly a little more needy than vinyl. Since low-quality vinyl siding has been known to become very brittle when cold and fade in direct sunlight, you’ll want to avoid the cheapest vinyl siding products. When it comes to affordability and longevity, however, this material presents a good combination of both.

Brick has been one of the most well-regarded home siding products on the market for centuries. It looks great, it holds up almost indefinitely, and it gives a home an air of classic authenticity that few other materials can match. Unfortunately, true brick siding is very expensive. To cut costs, some choose to use brick on part of their home and another siding material on the rest; others opt for brick veneer, which looks and feels just like the real thing, but costs a lot less.

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Low Slope Roofing vs. Steep Slope Roofing

Everyone needs a roof, but what type of roof system is best for your building? What’s the difference between low slop and steep slope?

At Roof One Michigan we provide commercial buildings with low slope roofs. We have been repairing and installing commercial low slope roofing for decades.  We have witnessed  many interesting issues!  Old buildings, new construction, remodels, you name it, when it comes to commercial roofing in Michigan, we’ve done it…And with outstanding results.

Roof system types | Everybody Needs a Roof Low slope roofing includes water impermeable, or weatherproof, types of roof membranes installed on slopes less than or equal to 3:12 (14 degrees).

Low-slope roofing There are five generic classifications of low slope roof membranes or systems. Click on a roof system for more information.

Built-up roof (BUR) membranes Metal panel roof systems for low-slope applications Polymer-modified bitumen sheet membranes Single-ply membranes Thermoplastic membranes (e.g., PVC, TPO) Thermoset membranes (e.g., EPDM) Spray polyurethane foam-based (SPF) roof systems Most low-slope roof membranes have three principal components: Weatherproofing layer or layers — the weatherproofing component is the most important element because it keeps water from entering a roof assembly.

Steep slope roofing includes watershedding types of roof coverings installed on slopes exceeding 3:12 (14 degrees).

Steep-slope roofing There are six generic classifications of steep slope roof coverings.

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What You Need To Know About Insulation

Insulating your attic is the #1 way to save on heating and air conditioning bills. With energy costs rising, insulation becomes more important to home and business owners with each passing season. Whether to keep out the cold, or keep the cool in, maximizing your R-values can pay for itself many times over the lifetime of a building. Roof One contractors know of and offer a dizzying array of products to button up your building in every location, bringing you the greatest value and efficiency Insulation | Insulating an Attic If you’re looking for your next home improvement project and want to do something sensible that has immediate returns on your investment, consider installing or upgrading your attic insulation. More than any other place in the home, quality insulation in the attic promises to give you the most benefits. Studies show that most homes will pay for the cost of installing attic insulation within 3-6 years. It may not sound sexy, but attic insulation is one of best functional home improvement projects out there.

More heat is lost through poor attic insulation than from any other place in your home. If you think about it, it makes sense. Heat rises and when it rises through your home, it ends up leaking through the attic. On the other hand, many attics are the farthest place in the home from the central air conditioning and can be the hottest room in the house. Thus, attics need to be insulated from the heat and the cold. Whether you’re trying to improve the energy-efficiency of your home or make your attic space comfortable, attic insulation is almost universally a great idea.

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The Importance of Roof Vents

What is a roof vent and what does it do? Does every home have one, and if not, should you get one? The answer is yes! The role of the roof vent is often underplayed and looked over by homeowners. However, a roof vent plays a critical role of protecting the lifespan of your roof and attic.

As a roofing company we highly advise you to check out this article and contact us to continue the discussion of figuring out what’s best for your roof! Vents – What to Know About Protecting Your Home | HomeAdvisor The relationship between the roof and attic is one that many homeowners don’t understand. Some homeowners have heard that their roofs may not have adequate ventilation and think someone is trying to get them to sink a bunch of money into a superfluous home improvement project. In fact, roof vents are critical to extending the life of your roof, especially in newer homes. Given that putting in a new roof tends to be the most expensive home improvement installation of a home’s lifetime, protecting your roof is a vital piece of responsible homeownership.

You may have learned that older homes have little, if any, roof ventilation and seem to be holding up just fine. Older homes tend to have inferior weatherstripping, window insulation, and generally are not as airtight. This makes for extremely low energy-efficiency, but enough overall air circulation to combat the lack of roof ventilation. Upgrading your insulation and putting in replacement windows will dramatically cut down on your utility costs, but it may also create a ventilation problem. Condensation may begin to form on your windows and moisture may begin to infiltrate your roof as well, causing ice dams or rot on the roof frame. To circumvent this problem, adequate roof ventilation in the form of some type of roof vent is absolutely necessary.

If you have cathedral ceiling, roof ridge vents is the roof ventilation system of choice, but any number of roof vent systems can be generally effective. Roof vents include roof ridge vents, soffit vents, and gable vents. Each of these vents have slightly different designs themselves but can also overlap. For example, a soffit vent is a type of ridge vent, but ridge vents don’t necessarily have to be installed at your roof soffits. Studies are notoriously unreliable, as they are conducted in controlled, laboratory settings that often don’t play out in real homes. Older roof ridge vents would allow blowing snow to enter your attic space, causing structural damage. That problem was fixed. The technology is getting better and better, but we still don’t know anywhere near everything about roof ventilation. One of the only things you can trust is that any roof ventilation system will be better than no ventilation in modern homes.

Hip roofs can be more difficult to ventilate than other roof designs. The long continuous roof area makes for naturally more difficult ventilation, but it also makes ventilation more important. Soffit vents and a power attic fan tend to work best in combination, and although ridge vents and attic fans can interfere with each other and reduce efficiency, they still get the job done. If you need to install any kind of roof ventilation and especially hip roof vents, you should talk to multiple contractors. You may be discouraged if you find their suggestions contradict one another. They may both have valid points for your particular roof and local climate conditions. Try to find a roofing contractor who seems to have a good sense of how roofs work in general and one who is keeping up the latest roof ventilation research. Again, we may discover in another ten years a comprehensive roof vent system, but you can’t wait that long. Different systems may have different pros and cons, but installing roof vents now can help extend the life of roof and attic.


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Benefits of Commercial Metal Roofs

As roofing contractors we are always looking for new ways to bring you the latest and greatest. With spring here and summer around the corner, it may be time to consider updating your roof. Have you ever thought about metal? Though underrated, metal roofs can actually provide multiple benefits to you and your building.

Let us know your thoughts about metal roofs. Benefits of Commercial Metal Roofs at Affordable Prices | Techno FAQ  Large scale businesses and industries would never invest in cheap roofing systems, and will always install the best quality metal sheet roofs for extra strength, protection and durability. But now this trend is being copied by the medium and small scale commercial buildings too. The strength of sheet metal roofs has been proven with time and aging, and people have seen that these last longer. Hence, many small scale businesses are also getting metal roofs these days for their offices.The number of commercial buildings, both big and small, with metal roofs is now increasing across the whole of Texas.

There are a lot of advantages of metal roofs over concrete roofs, and they are as follows:

-A big reason to get metal roofing is to increase the aesthetic value of the buildings, and also get special features that are possible only with metal roofing. You get lots of designs in the exterior for styling and show. Hence, the building as a whole looks great.

-Well weather coated and treated metal roofs only need little maintenance. You just need to periodically check that the coating has not worn off. Being maintenance free, it will also relieve you from labor costs and a separate quota in budget for roof repairs every few years. A well built metal commercial roof will last for more than 5 decades without constant care, repairs and little maintenance. Read more…


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