The Facts About Ice Dams

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Ice dams can damage gutters

What Are Ice Dams? Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter. This heat, combined with heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof. Melting snow on the upper roof and in the valleys then runs down…

Roof Algae Removal

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Roof Algae

In southeast Michigan, blue-green algae can sometimes appear on the outside of your roof shingles. The best way to approach this is to use a highly basic chemical solution, such as zinc sulfate. When people see moss on their roof, they may not be aware that it will damage their roof and even will promote…

How Summer Weather Can Ruin Your Roof

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Extreme heat can cause damage to roofing materials

Here in the Detroit area, this summer has been chock full of weather that most would consider extreme. Rainfall, high winds, hot temperatures and sweltering humidity abound. This extreme heat we’re living through now is the summertime equivalent to the massive snowstorm we encounter in the winter. Did you know your roof is being tested…

Home Maintenance Summer Checklist

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Dirty roof

Summer has arrived and the sun is beating down on us here in Michigan. The sun damages roofs more than you’d imagine. As we have mentioned in the past, your roof protects one of your biggest assets, your home. There are a few reminders below of items to keep an eye on this summer. If…

10 Tips to consider for your next roofing project

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New shingle roof

Beautiful weather is here and everyone seems to be outside enjoying it lately. We, here at Pro Home Improvement, are busy working on hundreds of roofing projects all across southeast Michigan, so we love this weather as well. Since roofing project season is in full swing, we wanted to bring you some reminders and tips…

The Danger of Snow on Roofs

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Snow covered street

This is the Michigan winter we were all expecting – snow has arrived. This is great news for snowmobilers, skiers and ice fishers. But, the rest of us might be grumbling a little bit while cleaning off our windshield in the morning and suffering through our morning commute. Snow accumulations also has an effect on…

Fall Roofing Maintenance – 3 Tips to Inspect Your Roof

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autumn lake

Autumn is here, as you can tell by the brilliant colors and brisk temperatures. If you have an asphalt roof, this is the perfect time to perform a check-up on your roof. It’s much better to find and fix small issues now before they become big, expensive problems during the upcoming winter season. For most,…

What is Your Roof’s Lifespan?

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Cleaning Gutters

We get the question all of the time, how do I know when I’ll need a new roof? Of course, this is a difficult question to answer without any additional information. There are some rules of thumb for average lifespan of a roof and we can begin with these. An average asphalt roof will last…

10 Rules for Roof Maintenance

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Damaged Shingles

Keeping up with roof maintenance can ensure your roof will last for many years, many times up to 30 years or longer. Needing a new roof can be expensive and with a few monthly and quarterly maintenance tips, you can avoid and put off needing a new roof for many years. Here are the biggest…