3 Things You Never Knew About Shingles

There’s much more to roofing than meets the eye. For roofing in Livonia, MI, we’re your experts who worry about the small details so you don’t have to. One of those details is shingles. Although shingles can seem simple on the surface, they are often a little more complex than many realize. Here’s some things you might not have known about shingles:

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Roofing Shingles

Since roofing shingles are the most popular type of material for the roof, most people assume they know what shingles are all about. That may have been true 50 years ago, but shingles have come a long way since then. Take a closer look at your options when it’s time for a new roof.

They’re Not Just Rectangular

When you think about shingles, you have a pretty good idea of what the finished product is going to look like. Sure, there might be variations in color or thickness, but you imagine neat rows of rectangular shingles. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re looking for a unique look for your home, you’ll be happy to learn that shingles come in a variety of shapes, including diamond and curved shapes.

There’s More Than Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are what you think about when someone says “shingles,” but there are more choices these days. For instance, metal shingles will give your home a more traditional look, but they’ll last twice as long as traditional shingles. Shingles can also be made from wood — often called “shakes” — stone, or clay.

They Can Prevent Moss and Algae Growth

If you’ve ever had black streaks on your roof, you may be surprised to learn that this comes from algae growth, not dirt. Algae and moss grow on roofs that remain damp, usually when there are trees blocking the path of the sun. If you don’t want to think about cutting down the trees, you could get shingles that have small copper granules embedded in the asphalt. These prevent moss and algae growth.

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The Differences Between Black and White Roofing Options


Choosing the right roof type and color to fit your house or business can be a daunting task. If you need help navigating roofing in Dexter, MI, we can help discuss what roofing options would be best for your property. The following article discusses the pros and cons of choosing between black and white roofs:

Black vs. White Roofing

There’s much more to selecting a roof membrane than color – but it’s not a black-and-white decision. The environmental benefits of exposed-membrane, low-slope roofing systems with high solar reflectance and thermal emittance have been established by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and others. Generally white in color or with white surfacing, these membra nes reduce the solar radiation collected by roofing surfaces, which lowers the roof-surface contribution to the energy used to condition air and to the local environment. (All cool roofs are included as white roofs in this article because tan and other membranes meet high reflectance/emittance requirements.) But white isn’t always best.

Why Not a Black-and-White Decision?
If high solar reflectance and emittance are better, and generally found in white membranes, why isn’t the decision black and white? There are three reasons.

Reason No. 1: Surface Temperature vs. Durability .
Some manufacturers propose that a white membrane equals greater durability, which is a misleading claim. Any membrane will be more durable if its surface temperature is lower on any roof; however, a cooler membrane in a particular location on a particular building isn’t necessarily more durable than a different membrane on the same building that’s not as “cool.” Although it may be necessary (by law) or desirable to use a white membrane, that membrane isn’t necessarily more durable than a black membrane. Carl G. Cash, in The Relative Durability of Low-Slope Roofing, described the mean local temperature (thermal load) and its effect on membrane durability. All membranes show lower durability in southern U.S. climates compared to more temperate climates. Many white membranes are less durable in all climates, and less durable than black membranes in any climate. 

Reason No. 2: Heating Benefits in Cold Climates .
Some manufacturers propose that a black membrane lowers heating costs by more than any penalty for added cooling costs, which is also a potentially misleading claim. There are scientific and common-sense arguments about the comparison of black and white membranes in temperate climates. For many buildings in temperate climates, there is no air conditioning and no reduced air-conditioning energy benefit for the use of a white roofing system, and there is some heating benefit to black roofing in the winter (the benefit varies with the amount of sunshine); however, even if you don’t air condition your building, you may want it cooler in the summer.

Reason No. 3: Environmental Benefits of Durability. The benefits of the CRRC Rating Program, the U.S. DOE’s ENERGY STAR program, and other government regulations requiring high-reflectance (and high-emittance) membranes don’t address the environmental benefit/penalty of durable/less durable roofing membranes. While there are acknowledged limitations on the evaluations of reflectance and emittance values, they’re still useful tools.

The environmental benefits of any roofing decision can be thought of as part of the quality and value understanding of the cost (initial and/or life-cycle) and durability. If you’re limited to solar reflectance standards (e.g. ENERGY STAR), you’re led to white roofing. If you’re limited to proven service life, you’re more likely to determine that a black membrane is appropriate.

Presently, we have useful and on-going science related to solar reflectance/emittance. We have the 10-year-old work by Cash related to durability and life-cycle costs. But we don’t yet have a thorough understanding of the environmental cradle-to-grave costs of any black roofing membrane compared to a white membrane, such as environmental risks of manufacturing, installation, and disposal. For now, we base our evaluation on the best data we have from the CRRC, the DOE, and Cash.

Beyond Black vs. White
Black membranes need not create black roofs. Vegetated green roofs can use black membranes because performance isn’t affected by the membrane solar reflectance. Ballasted black membranes can have similar performance to white membranes. Built-up membranes can be surfaced with ENERGY STAR cap sheets, creating a white membrane. Coatings can be applied to low-performing membranes, based on solar reflectance and emittance, to meet the California Energy Code. (Long-term durability in terms of coatings is a concern, and is the subject of testing; some coatings, such as methyl methacrylate, are likely to be durable.)

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How to Ring in the Fourth of July in Michigan

The 4th of July is almost here and here at Roof One Michigan, your go-to Port Huron roofing contractors, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate. We wanted to share this list of things to do in our beautiful state in July.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Events in Southeast Michigan

Fourth of July is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate America’s independence than with enormous explosions in the sky? This Independence Day, southeast Michigan residents are celebrating with tons of fireworks displays – and all you have to do is find the right one for you and your family. In this roundup, Metro Parent lists some of the biggest, brightest and best displays happening all over Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Take a look at this list, bring some blankets, or a chair, kick back and have a blast at one of these local shows.

Note: Events are listed in date-order, and some are part of larger festivals.

Lake St. Clair Metropark Fireworks

June 30, 2017

  • Time: 10 p.m. Wednesday
  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Cost: $10/vehicle before 5 p.m. $15/after 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 586-463-4332

Do you have a boat, or know someone who does? If so, park it on the lake to enjoy this display. Get there early to enjoy fun on the beach before the the show.

Grosse Pointe Farms Regatta and Fireworks

June 30-July 2, 2017

  • Time: dusk Saturday
  • Address: Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 313-885-6600 (Grosse Pointe Farms City Hall)

The 2017 Regatta is hosted by the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club and features a free concert all weekend, and a fireworks display on Saturday. Performers include Soul Provider Band, LLC and Rock of Asia.

Salute to America

June 30-July 3, 2017

  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; fireworks start around dusk
  • Address: Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $25-$29/ages 13-plus, $15.50-$19.50/3-11, free/2 and under, $6/parking
  • Phone: 313-982-6001

It’s a four-day celebration of America’s independence, which includes games and activities for kids, music by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and a fireworks’ display to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, among much more.

Willow Metropark Fireworks

July 1, 2017

  • Time: 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Willow Metropark, 23200 S. Huron Road, New Boston
  • Cost: free; $10/vehicle entry before 5 p.m., $15/after 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 734-697-9181

Head to the park early to enjoy the pool and other entertainment before this Independence Day display.

Freedom Fireworks at Groveland Oaks Park

July 1, 2017

  • Time: dusk Saturday
  • Address: Groveland Oaks Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Cost: $15/vehicle
  • Phone: 248-634-9811

Head out to the campground to enjoy a fireworks display, hosted by the Village of Holly. Consider camping June 30-July 4 because more fun happens throughout the weekend.

Lake Orion Fourth of July Fireworks

July 1, 2017

  • Time: dusk Saturday (rain date is Sunday, July 2)
  • Address: Green’s Park, 100 S. Park Blvd., Lake Orion
  • Cost: fees apply
  • Phone: 248-343-2215

Pick a spot on the front or back of the lake and watch the two fireworks displays light up the night, at the same time. There’s a big boat full of kids’ activities happening this night, too.

Whitmore Lake Fireworks

July 1, 2017

  • Time: dusk Saturday
  • Address: Whitmore Lake, viewing area across from the post office (9725 Main St.)
  • Cost: free; donations welcome
  • Phone: 734-449-2880

This annual patriotic display kicks off your weekend of Independence Day celebrations.

White Lake Fireworks

July 1, 2017

  • Time: dusk Saturday
  • Address: White Lake, Highland Township
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 231-893-4585

Gather in Goodrich Park to see this annual display, which is put on by the White Lake Rotary.

Stars and Stripes Festival

July 2, 2017

  • Times: 10:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Freedom Hill County Park, 15000 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights
  • Cost: free; fees apply for rides
  • Phone: 586-493-4344

This big bad display closes out this annual shebang on Sunday night, but you can head out Thursday-Sunday for tons of family fun.

Wolverine Lake Tiki Night and Fireworks

July 3, 2017

  • Time: dusk Monday
  • Address: Launched centrally from Wolverine Lake
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-624-1710

Enjoy two spectacles brightening up the night sky: a variety of Tiki candles on the shore and, of course, the fireworks show over the lake.

Manchester Fireworks Display

July 3, 2017

  • Time: dusk Monday
  • Address: Carr Park, 600 W. Main St., Manchester
  • Cost: free, donations welcome
  • Phone: 734-904-2658

This annual display is set to start at around 10:15 p.m., and is put on by the Manchester Mens Club. Get there early to get a good seat.

Sylvan Lake Fireworks

July 3, 2017

  • Time: 10 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Over Sylvan Lake and Otter Lake, Waterford
  • Cost: free, donations welcome. Parking fees apply
  • Phone: 248-682-9870

The Oakland County Boat Club sponsors this fun display, which shoots off from a barge in the center of the lake.


Clawson Fourth of July Festival Fireworks

July 4, 2017

  • Times: dusk Tuesday
  • Address: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., Clawson
  • Cost: fees apply
  • Phone: 248-589-0334

The annual celebration features musical performances, an arts and craft show, a carnival, fun run and more. If you head out on the Fourth, you can celebrate America’s independence the right way with this spectacular fireworks display.

Independence Fest in Clarkston

July 4, 2017

  • Times: dusk (10 p.m.) Tuesday
  • Address: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Cost: parking fees apply
  • Phone: 248-625-8223

The day kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by a craft show, games for kids, inflatables, music, carnival rides and much more. Stick around until the end because a fireworks display shoots off shortly after dusk.


Oakland County Fair

July 7, 2017

  • Time: fireworks dusk on opening day (Friday July 7); Full fair runs July 7-16 (visit website for listing with full schedule of times)
  • Address: Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Cost: $10/parking and entry, $5/admission if you walk into the grounds
  • Phone: 248-634-8830

Kick off your fair week with a beautiful fireworks display on opening day. Stick around through July 16, 2017, for lots more hometown family fun.

Uncle Sam Jam

July 7, 2017

  • Time: 10 p.m. Friday
  • Address: Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 586-493-4344

The whole weekend offers a midway, petting zoo, animal exhibits and more leading up to a huge fireworks display.

Seymour Celebration Fireworks in Oxford

July 7-8, 2017

  • Time: dusk Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Seymour Lake Township Park, 2795 Seymour Lake Road, Oxford
  • Cost: free, $5/parking after 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, fees/ride wristbands
  • Phone: 248-628-1720

The festival runs July 7-8, 2017, and features all of the fun of a hometown carnival including rides and live entertainment. Catch two spectacular firework displays Friday and Saturday at dusk. For more events, visit metroparent.com


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How to Keep Your Roof in Great Condition This Summer

Summer is a beautiful time full of cookouts, days spent at the lake, and quality family memories. The last thing anyone wants to worry about is roofing problems. Trust your local East Lansing roofing company to help with any summer roofing issues that may come up. This article also has some tips to prevent any summer roofing headaches that may be headed your way:

3 Important Summer Roofing Tips

Here comes the sun; it’s time to have some fun! Summer is almost upon us, and with it comes the rise in heat. Make sure your home is prepared for the warmer temperatures with these three important summer roofing tips from Pacific West Roofing:

Tip #1: Check your insulation/ventilation—Your attic can reach up to 150° F during the summer! Without proper insulation, your cool, air conditioned home can have its temperature skyrocket. You should also make sure your exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom are vented properly. Improper installation can lead to moisture buildup, moldy plywood, and costly repairs.

Tip #2: Clear your drains and gutters of debris—By cleaning out your gutters and drains, you will prevent overflow and damage during the seemingly random rain storm that is almost guaranteed to hit every summer.

Tip #3: Inspect your roof for damage—Study your attic for any moisture damaged or moldy areas, and monitor any potential problem areas as the summer progresses. Be sure to check your roof for small signs of damage, such as missing, loose, or otherwise damaged tiles or shingles. These small spots can quickly become large and costly repairs.  Read more at portlandtribune.com

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Choosing the Right Roof for Your Climate

Michigan weather can be tricky. From rain to wind to snow, we get it all here in the Northern Midwest. To help protect your roof from the craziness of Michigan weather, it is important to know what kinds of roofs do best in our particular climate.  No matter the harsh weather that Michigan is known for, your roof needs to be ready. As weather can have such an impact on your roof, it is best to consult your local Shelby roofer to ease the decision-making process. For more info, consult this quick roofing solutions guide for different climates:

Best Roofing Solutions For Harsh Weather Conditions

Snow/ Summer Rain

Pitched roofs are those that are visible as you approach a building. This type of roofing system will likely be best for snow and rain.  Melting snow and summer rain will be able to make its way off the roof leaving less risk of water damage.

There are many material options for pitched roofs, including shingles, wood shake, tile, metal or slate. For areas with heavy snow accumulation, metal might be preferable because other materials may lead to costly ice damage issues. Depending on the specific factors affecting your facility or building, metal options range from cold-rolled steel or zincalume to painted steel, painted aluminum, or even copper or zinc.

One of the most important decisions you can make for a pitched roof is the underlayment because it will impact its durability. For example, a #30 felt is the typical underlayment for tile and metal; however, synthetic or modified underlayments tend to have a longer service life.

Heavy Rain / Strong wind

Either a pitched roofing system or a flat roof would be ideal for heavy rain and strong winds with each having its pros and cons. The advantage of a pitched roof is water drains rapidly. The downside is that depending on how strong the wind is roof material can be stripped away, or in a worst-case scenario, the roof can uplift and detach from the walls.

If properly installed, flat roof systems will hold up to strong winds, but are more susceptible to water leakage after heavy rain. With proper maintenance and annual inspections, this roofing system is also a great fit for many building facing heavy rain and strong winds, but just be sure to use a material that is continuous with no open seams.

Materials make all the difference. For a pitched roof, shingles are the most popular because of their water resistant properties. However, they are not waterproof and rely heavily on the roof’s slope to drive water off the roof. Again, metal could also be a good choice for these types of weather conditions. Materials for a flat roof include TPO, PVC, built-up systems and spray polyurethane foam, — to name a few — and each has its benefits. For example, spray polyurethane foam is fairly simple to maintain and provides insulation and soundproofing.

Dry Heat / Summer Storms

In dry desert climates like Arizona, Utah and Nevada, a pitched or flat roofing system will work. However, with both roofing systems, you need to consider that thermal shock is a possibility. Thermal shock occurs when a roof that has been baking in the sun is rained on. The rain rapidly draws heat out of the roofing material, causing it to shrink as it cools. This rapid cooling can cause the roofing material to crack because it is shrinking on the surface faster than the bottom can accommodate. With rain, the roof temperature may drop as much as 100 degrees F. within a matter of minutes, which places a severe strain on the roof system.

As for materials, the flat roof materials (mentioned above) are standard. However, it is key to note that the heat and sun damages organic roofing materials faster than elsewhere and regular maintenance is encouraged. For a pitched roof, you can get creative and have anything from metal to shingle, to tile. If you choose to go with tile, they are available in a selection of profiles and colors ranging from hand-made sun-dried “sandcast” tile to clay and concrete.

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Addressing the Consequences of Roof Leaks


Roof leaks are a complete nuisance. The drip-drip-drip of falling water through a ceiling can drive anyone insane. More than just annoying, roof leaks are often incredibly damaging to the overall integrity of your roof. To prevent any further damage, consult roofing companies and get it fixed to save yourself some serious headaches in the long run.

How to Address 5 Consequences of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks. The mother of all maintenance concerns that property managers and building owners face. Roof leaks equate to time and expenses that you might not have budgeted for.  How can something so physically small cause such large problems? Beyond the damage to the roof itself, roof leaks can create several major headaches inside the building. Called “consequential damage,” these issues are unlikely to be covered by any roofing system warranty, and if left to fester, the cost of addressing these issues can be exponentially higher than what it would have cost to proactively maintain your roof in the first place. Here are five common forms of consequential damage from roof leaks: 

Here are five common forms of consequential damage from roof leaks: 

1) Ceiling tiles falling and causing damage to inventory: It doesn’t take much of a leak before water causes walls, floors and ceilings to deteriorate to the point it also damages inventory, furniture and equipment inside the building. Now the leak is impacting your ability to sell, manufacture or simply perform work.

  • What to do: It’s most important to determine the source of the leak to temporarily stop the water intrusion, so first check the most common leak points: missing flashing, cuts, tears, holes and open seams.

2) Slip and falls:  It’s rarely a good sign when someone from human resources gets involved in your maintenance business, but that’s precisely what can happen when water from roof leaks causes slip and fall hazards – i.e. workers’ comp claims – inside the building. Litigation risks worsen if the building is one where customers would be present. 

  • What to do: To prevent slips and falls due to wet flooring, make sure you take immediate action to clean up the water, mark off the affected area, post “wet floor” signage and use absorbent mats. 

3) Wet insulation:  When insulation gets wet it does a number on your utility costs. It goes from being an insulator, saving you money, to a conductor, costing you additional money to heat and cool the building. 

  • What to do: Identifying wet insulation before it gets to the point of becoming a major issue typically involves infrared scans. Make infrared inspections a regular part of your routine maintenance program to save considerable dollars in the long run. Remove any wet insulation you find, and replace it with the same R-value thickness.

4) Mold/insects/contamination:  Further, wet insulation is a breeding ground for mold, and it’s not uncommon to find instances of mold and bacteria growth in and around a roof system resulting from leaks. Insect infestation is another potential consequence. Costs to mitigate mold or exterminate insects can add up, not to mention code violations and disruptions to business operations. 

  • What to do: Your first step should be to further inspect the area to try and identify the extent of the mold and the source of the leak. No mold remediation is complete without locating and repairing any remaining building leaks, and no roof repair/restoration is quality work if it involves covering over mold contamination. 

5) Acceleration of the age of the roof:  The key to managing roof-related expenses is to get the most service life out of the roof as you can. You want to avoid costly replacements as long as possible through timely and disciplined maintenance, repairs and restorations. Water that penetrates the roof through a leak gets under the roof membrane and damages the deck, seams and mechanical fasteners, which in turn compromises your roof. In colder climates this can lead to ice formation under the laps, which, through expansion, further stresses the building and roof. 

  • What to do : Seek information on roof asset management programs that not only include visual and infrared analyses, but also extensive testing of the roof membrane, to calculate a roof’s service life expectancy and determine whether roof replacements can be delayed through cost effective restorations and/or repairs.

Roof leaks are no joke. Water is the silent enemy of roof systems, and it’s no picnic once it gets inside the building, either. Properly maintain and inspect your roofs. Have a reliable, trustworthy contractor on speed dial and don’t hesitate to make the call. 



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Why You Should Hire a Roofing Contractor Instead of Doing it Yourself

There are a lot of great weekend DIY projects out there, but roofing is often best left to professional roofing contractors. Before you set out to repair or update your own roof,  schedule a consultation with local Michigan roofing contractors to help you consider your options.


Depending on what field you are specialized in, you might have absolutely no knowledge of how roofing works, and what the best techniques are. Most roofing professionals spend hours upon hours working with other contractors, perfecting the skill before setting out in business on their own. They are licensed and know exactly how much material will be needed for your home. Those setting out to do this project for their own home have a tendency to either grossly over, or underestimate how much material will be needed.

No amount of research and studying will give you the same knowledge that experience can. You don’t want to make an experiment out of your home—get the roof replaced properly the first time to prevent further projects from being needed. By doing a poor job yourself, you will only be spending more money hiring somebody else to come take care of the mess you created.


Every day brings an unfortunate number of falling accidents; many resulting in extreme injury or even death. Do all you can to avoid these situations and be safe. When you are learning a new skill, most of your attention is dedicated to completing the task, not your surroundings. In some cases this is just fine, but when it comes to fixing the roof, this is downright dangerous. If you do choose to take on this task, be sure you have somebody there working beside you, to ensure you are safe throughout the entire process.

Not only do professionals have the knowledge to get the job done right, they also have the tools needed for whatever challenges your roof may possess. Their equipment allows them to do all the repairs, and remain safe as well. Even though roofing has been around for years, the technology and techniques have continued to change. Let somebody who has been through all the twists and turns of the industry finish the task.


If you do it right the first time, doing your own roof may save you a little bit of money, but will take an immense amount of your time. Most people don’t know what they are doing when the head up to the roof and begin the project. This only makes it more difficult. The time you spend may be for nothing if you make even the smallest mistake.

For those who make a major mistake, it is then necessary to call a roofing professional, which will cost you much more in the long run. If the roofing company makes a mistake, they will come and fix the problem, usually at no extra cost to you. When you make a mistake, you are left with the disaster. Why You Should Hire a Roofing Contractor Instead of Doing it Yourself


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