Have a relaxing and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
-The American Classic Team
Have a relaxing and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
-The American Classic Team
Rockford, MI – This beautiful home is close to finishing its beautiful exterior. As our siding crew was wrapping up they snapped this picture to capture the roof and the siding. This home has been roofed with CertainTeed’s Landmark Shingles in Moire Black and the siding, board & batten, and shake are Variform’s Twilight Shadow. We are excited to see how this home’s exterior will look once the mason arrives to add the stone. One thing is for sure: this Rockford home will have amazing curb appeal.
Start looking around at roofs in your neighborhood and you will begin to realize that there are a variety of colors to choose from when it comes to asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Before considering a new roof many homeowners are often under the impression that there are only black and gray shingles. Shingle manufactures, such as CertainTeed and IKO, have a wide variety of shingle colors.
Your new roof will be a feature on your home for the next 20-30 years and it is an important aspect of the curb appeal. The roof should complement the rest of your exterior (siding, stone, brick, and/or any other out buildings on your property).
Here are a few tips....
- Use a complementing color to the rest of your exterior.
- Don’t rush it! There are many shingle options out there, so talk to a trusted roofing professional.
- Always check the shingle color next to your existing exterior.
- Think about curb appeal and resale value if you think at some point you’ll be selling your home.
Last but not least, always refer back to your roofing professional. He/She will have examples of shingles installed if that will help aid you in the decision making progress. American Classic associates have a database of a variety of shingles that we have installed with different exteriors. These pictures can aid you in the decision making process. Also, feel free to check out our Roofing Gallery Page.
Hudsonville, MI – This beautiful home is being built in Hudsonville, MI. The builder has chosen to use one of the trendiest color schemes in the home market right now: White Siding, Moire Black CertainTeed Landmark Shingles, and Galvalume Striated Metal Accent Roofs. This home is a stunning example of the how to make crisp white siding stand out with black asphalt shingles and metal roofing accents.
If you’ve lived in your home for 15+ years, it’s bound to happen – A roof replacement. A new roof can be an unavoidable expense. However, the cost of a shingle roof replacement is much more affordable compared to metal, slate, and/or tile roofs.
Shingles are affordable, readily available, and are a time-tested roof application. Be sure to find a licensed roofing contractor with plenty of experience to install your new shingles.
It’s best to get a quote from a reputable roofing contractor before awarding your work. Here are the main factors a contractor will consider when preparing your quote:
American Classic is able to offer you a turn-key roof when you are ready for a roof replacement. We will quote your project with the highest quality shingles (Certainteed, IKO) and roofing accessories. We will also provide dumpster services using our own American Classic Dumpster Services. Our roofing installers are licensed and provide a high quality roof with top notch service from tear off to clean up.
Keep in mind if you are a do-it-yourselfer, American Classic Roofing and Building Supply can provide all of the Roofing Materials you will need to re-roof your home. We also offer delivery services and will load your roof with shingles to aid you in a faster roofing process.
American Classic is Michigan’s Roofing Headquarters.
Has your garage or home accumulated some clutter this winter? Spring is the perfect time of year to focus on some Spring Cleaning! American Classic Dumpsters has competitive 3 Day Dumpster Rentals to help you declutter.
American Classic has the perfect solution to get rid of all of your clutter. We offer cost effective, reliable, and convenient dumpsters for any size project. From household junk, construction debris, roofing projects, yard waste, or tackling some spring cleaning, our crew can save you time and money on your waste removal needs.
We have four different dumpster sizes (10,20, 30, 40 yard) to handle a wide variety of projects. Call us today and we can assist you in determining the size dumpster you need and the time frame you will need it for.
Living in Michigan this week may have you feeling…well…left out in the rain. As a homeowner, it’s important to pay attention to your home's gutters. Observing how your gutters perform in a rain storm will help you to know if they are in need of replacement and/or repairs.
By looking for certain signs you can save yourself from many other maintenance problems down the road. The ultimate goal of your gutters is to shed the water off of you roof and away from the house.
Here is a list of things to look for to know the condition of your current gutter:
These are just a few of the most noticeable signs of potential gutter failure. If you can catch these early you can cut down on any potential water damage.
Grand Rapids, MI: We are excited to help announce and be a part of the exciting new development in Grand Rapids. The Brix at Midtown, a new 287-unit apartment community under construction off Michigan Street and Benson Avenue. The project is on target to have luxury apartment homes ready for occupancy this summer.
The developer has a strong belief in "Michigan First" and has partnered with many Local West Michigan Contractors to assist in the completion of this beautiful building.
To view pictures of and read more about this exciting addition to Grand Rapids please see the links below.
Along with the popularity of the Home DIY Network we find a lot of homeowners attempting to be weekend warriors when it comes to a variety of home projects. The popularity of DIY isn’t exactly a bad thing as there can be a lot of satisfaction in completing projects to better your home. However, when it comes to large scale home improvements there are some important things to consider before just giving it the old college try.
Roofing is a skilled trade that requires knowledge, proper safety precautions, and experience. Early spring in Michigan is typically when many homeowners start to evaluate the condition and longevity of their roof. Should you decide that it is time for a makeover on your roof we wanted to provide you with the top 6 reasons you should hire a Professional Roofer.
#6 Cost Savings – To a do-it-yourselfer that might sound absurd. One might assume doing it yourself would lead to a significant cost savings. However, professional contractors can get materials for less and they already have all of the necessary tools to complete the project.
#5 Access to Best Materials – Trust us when we say all roofing materials are not created equal. When it comes to protecting your home and all of your valuables you want to be sure to use quality materials that will prolong the life of your roof.
#4 To Re-Roof or Repair – Professional roofers have an eye for when a roof (especially in older homes) can be salvaged with a few repairs or if it is best to have the whole roof replaced.
#3 Speed – The roof of your home is protecting your family, valuables, etc. Many DIY homeowners who attempt to replace their roofs find that it takes weeks in some cases. An expert team can finish a roof and clean up in a significantly shorter time span. The less time your roof is open to the elements the better off your home and family will be.
#2 – Warranties/Insured – Warranties on labor and materials can be requested from a roofing contractor. Also, Professional Roofers are required to have the proper insurance coverage to protect themselves, their team, and the homeowner.
#1 SAFETY – Working on a roof can be very dangerous. It is imperative that the proper safety precautions and procedures are followed when roofing a home. Roofing contractors know how to get each project done safely and have the proper equipment to insure their team’s safety.
American Classic would love to assist you or help answer any questions you may have when it come to your upcoming project.
Rockford, MI - We had the opportunity to assist this homeowner in giving their home exterior a facelift. Our crew removed the original siding and shutters. We refreshed the look of this home using Plygem's Variform Siding in the color Pewter. To highlight the gables and the front porch we decided to install something other than horizontal siding. While horizontal siding was installed on the majority of the home, on the front porch we installed Board and Batten, and in the gables you will find Vinyl Shake. The change in exterior color has transformed the curb appeal of this home!
Stone can be a simple accent or a main attraction to the interior or exterior of your homes. American Classic is a proud supplier and installer of Ply Gem Stone Veener. Ply Gem Stone has superior products that is hand-crafted. Each stone is carefully chosen to exhibit a natural look.
Our masons have a vast array of experience installing stone veener. Typically the stone is used on the exterior of home as an accent to the siding, on an indoor fireplace to give the craftsman style look, and we've had some customers use it to jazz up walls in their homes.
The possibilities really are endless. Contact us today with any upcoming projects or to view Ply Gem's Stone offerings.
Lowell, MI: Recently, American Classic was given the opportunity to assist the owner of this Historic School House to remodel the exterior. We were excited to assist in refreshing the curb appeal of this beautiful landmark. Our crews refreshed the siding with James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding with a woodgrain texture. Each window was trimmed to add to their character. The crew also finished out the newly added welcoming front porch. This was a fun project to be a part of! Now passerby can't help by notice this restored school house.
Come see us at the Grand Rapids Remodeling & New Home Show. The show is January 6-8, 2017 at the Devos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. American Classic will be showcasing our superior product offerings for roofing, siding, doors, windows, decking, gutters, and stone. We will also have on display one of our highly recognizable patriotic dumpsters. We hope to see you there! Stop by, say hi, and enter your name in our raffle to win gift cards to Ruth Chris Steakhouse & Celebration Cinema!
Merry Christmas from all of us at the American Classic Team! We wish you a blessed New Year! We look forward to being your one stop shop for all of your exterior needs in the 2017.
Every house has a story. When you’re on the lake shore you want your house to stand out amongst the rest as the boaters are motoring by. This already adored A-Frame on the channel between Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan was in need of a face lift. American Classic’s crew came in and made this A-frame stand out and get noticed with a reside renovation. Now as you motor through the channel you can’t help but take note of this beautiful home. Check out our before and after photos.