5 Michigan Winter Tips to Protect Your Home from Potential Damages

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As a homeowner, we hope you never find yourself singing, "I Will Survive" as you pray your home makes it through another Michigan winter. It's important to do some preventative maintenance and to know the warning signs that your home may need some TLC before the snow begins to blanket your roof.

1. Feeling Drafty - check your home for interior drafts. Here are the areas to check for drafts: doors, windows, attic hatches, crawl spaces, basement, etc.

   Top of your list should be your attic. Because heat rises you'll want to be sure your attic is secure and that you're not paying for the heat to escape up and out of the attic.

2. Remove Roof & Gutter Debris - Before the snow begins to fall it's important to be sure that your overhangs haven't collected leaf debris and gutters aren't clogged with leaves. Most important is that the gutters & downspouts are clear of debris so that as the ice melts the water will drain properly. Clogged gutters will lead to ice damming. Ice dams will keep consistent moisture around your home. Standing water can potentially damage your home's siding and/or foundation.

3. Prevent Ice Dams - Large masses of ice can form at the edge of your roof creating an ice dam. An ice dam will prevent any melting snow from draining off of the roof properly. On occasion, ice dams can be tricky to see. However, it is important to know what to look for to prevent water damage to your home.

   Ice dams can be identified by large icicles or by water running down the house. However, if you have a steeper roof or skylights an ice dam may be difficult to see. Keep in mind walking your roof can be dangerous. If you don't feel comfortable be sure to contact a contractor to identify any potential issues for you.

   **Important Note** Removing ice dams can be a tricky job even for a skilled roofing technician. Attempting to remove them yourself can be dangerous and can cause damage to your roof. If you think you have an ice dam, American Classic can help. Our crews can identify ice dams, carefully remove them, repair any damages that may have occurred, and protect your home from future damages.

4. Don't BEAT the Heat... KEEP the Heat - Be sure that you have a good amount of evenly distributed insulation. Insulation aids in keeping your home warm where you need it. It also stops the transportation of heat to under your shingles where it will help reduce the formation of ice dams.

5. Removing Snow - We've all seen the crazy pictures of homeowners on their roofs with a snow blower to remove snow build up. While we don't recommend you haul your snow blower on your roof we do recommend you remove any excess snow accumulation. Removing the snow will help prevent ice dams and damage to your roof.

   To know when to remove snow from your roof, we use the following Rule of Thumb: Rake it every 6 inches or so of snowfall.

   **Warning** Never put any salt products on your roof. Salt will discolor your shingles.

 

We hope you have found these tips helpful. Should you have any questions or need any assistance with your home be sure to call American Classic. Our service technicians will be able to assist you with any questions you have regarding your home.


Stunning New Home in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Mi - This beauty is about to be home to a Grand Rapids family and American Classic was blessed to have played a part in the project. The uniqueness of this home and beauty of the setting surround it are amazing. We wish the family well as they make memories in their new home.

"Home is where your story begin."

Our Crews installed the roof in CertainTeed's Landmark Shingle in Moire Black with black drip edge. The siding that we installed was Hardie's Pre-Finished Linen Panles and Revere's Vinyl Siding in Linen.

American Classic - Home is Where the Heart Is

Bailey, MI - American Classic is proud to be stationed in Bailey, MI & Greenville, MI and proud of our strong roots in our local communities. Our showrooms in both Bailey and Greenville boasts a beautiful set up to view the materials that we install on each home we work on (shingles, siding, stone, deck materials, doors, windows, all of the necessary accessories, and so much more). Contractors and homeowners can purchase any of these materials from our office.

Stop by and check us out. We look forward to welcoming you to our home! The below video highlights our location located on M37 in Bailey, MI.

Metal Roofing in Norton Shores, MI

All in a day's work!  American Classic's metal roofing installers are busy running all over Michigan installing beautiful accent metal roofing sections on new construction builds and remodels.   They get some amazing views like this one in Norton Shores.  American Classic installed Silver Metallic Striated Metal Roofing Panels.  Our Shingle Crew was here earlier and installed Certianteed's Landmark Shingles in Pewter with white drip edge.

Stay tuned the American Classic Siding Crew is hard at work getting the siding buttoned up on this beautiful new building!  We'll share pictures soon!

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We Offer Financing Solutions

We realize the dilemma that some of our customers can face when exterior work on your home creeps up unexpectedly.  After all, it's not every day you expect a leaky roof, wind storms, or other inconveniences.   It can put a pinch on your wallet.  Often the work needs to be done quickly to not prolong any further damages.  We are excited to be able to now offer our customers financing if needed.  Call us for further details or ask your professional sales associate.

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Roofing & Siding in Allendale, MI

The landscape surrounding GVSU’s campus in Allendale continues to change as more and more student housing is built.  We are excited to be a part of such tremendous growth in Allendale.  The new student housing building is nestled in amongst other apartment buildings.  The American Classic Crews installed IKO Shingles in Driftwood and will soon complete the siding (Variform’s Vinyl Siding in Twilight Shadow).

American Classic wishes all incoming and returning GVSU students a GREAT academic year!!

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Shingle & Metal Roofing and Siding in Middleville, MI

This beauty will soon be home to a wonderful family that will make lots of memories here.  What a fun project to be a part of!  The first picture displays one of our crews in action.  We are the proud installers of CertainTeed’s Landmark Shingles in Moire Black, Metal Roofing in Burnished Slate, and Variform’s Vinyl Siding in Dover White.  


New Home in Newaygo

This beautiful lakefront home in Newaygo received its exterior installation from American Classic's crews. The roof, siding, stone, and gutters were all supplied and installed with the following materials:

The Shingles are Highland Slate's Black, the Stone is a mix of Alpine Mist and Mystic, the siding is Pacific Blue, and the Gutters match the siding color. 

This drone video as well as others can be view on our website as well as on our Youtube Channel: American Classic Roofing & Building Supply.


Updated Exterior on the Muskegon River

American Classic is excited to be able to show our customers this drone video of a home which received some TLC this past summer. American Classic supplied and installed new shingles, siding, stone, gutters, and windows. They also were able to build an overhang for the front door.

The Shingles are CertainTeed Pewter, the siding is Brunswick D4 with Pewter Shake, the Stone is Shadow Ledgestone Chardonnay, the Gutters match the soffit with Classic Cream, and the Windows are part of NorthStar's Vinyl 1000 Series.

You can view this video and more on our Youtube Channel: American Classic Roofing& Building Supply.


End of Summer Blow Out

As summer begins to draw to a close, American Classic would like to offer their customers the opportunity to grab this limited-time offer:

Free Upgrade to GAF Timberline American Harvest Shingles

For Pricing & Further Details please call 231.834.5905


Timberline American Harvest Color Options

  • Saddlewood Ranch
  • Nantucket Morning
  • Brandywine Dusk
  • Golden Harvest
  • Cedar Falls
  • Appalachian Sky
  • Adobe Sunset

Additional Benefits of Timberline

  • Custom-Designed Color Palette: Specially designed to compliment your exterior
  • Extra-Dimensional
  • Great Value: Architecturally stylish, but practically priced
  • Safe: Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories, the highest rating possible
  • Stays in Place: Dura Grip Adhesive used

2017 Summer Reviews

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We love hearing from our customers about their projects! Check out some of our 2017 summer reviews:

"I cannot believe the guys worked in that heat until they were done. Everyone seems to have a specific task and they go at it. I was amazed. The Salesman was not pushy just laid it out the way it was going to be. Pricing was right on and accurate as well. We both were truly "amazed with the efficiency of the work crew."

"Both the home and barn turned out great! Thanks again"

"Nice group of guys. Friendly and fun to talk with. Did a great job of keeping the site cleaned up and were willing to work long hours to get the job done."

"Very good job installing the roof."

"The quality looks great. At the end of the day, this is most important. Thanks for a job well done."

"Salesman scheduled the job around my wife's 3rd shift job and the crew whipped out the work in 2 days. Great Job by both and the Team."

"Salesman was very helpful, the crew was friendly, fast and cleaned up after the job very well."

 


New Out Building in Irons, Michigan

American Classic Roofing & Building Supply was excited to supply this homeowner with material for their new out building.  This out building turned out wonderfully.  The materials and colors selected complement one another perfectly.  Out buildings may not be the focus of a home but they still play into the curb appeal.  We would be happy to assist you in giving your out building a facelift that will complement your home.  This homeowner chose Variform Siding in Bayou Blue with White Corners, Plygem Stone in Shadow Ledge PA Lime, Restoration PVC Trim, and for the roof top CertainTeed Landmark Shingles in Moire Black.