Ameristar Exteriors, Inc.
Ameristar Exteriors, Inc.
Replacing your business’ roof, or other exterior components, is an extremely important step to take in order to protect the integrity and life expectancy of your investment. At Ameristar Exteriors, we are committed to providing property owners with solutions that offer unparalleled protection from destructive exterior elements. As exterior restoration specialists, we focus on the removal and replacement of all types of commercial exterior projects, as well as aid in the recovery from storm damage. Our experienced, competent, and reliable field representatives are dedicated to meeting your exterior improvement needs in the most professional manner. Whether the integrity of your roof and/or siding system is past its peak, or has been recently damaged from destructive storms, rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in an effort to restore your property back to its previous condition.
At Ameristar Exteriors, it is critical that our specification driven installation standards meet or exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for optimum performance upon every job we perform. This approach provides you, our valued customer, with the greatest performance value and maximum system service life for your roofing investment.
Our products are the most “tried and true” as well as the most innovative available today.
A storm is defined as, “any disturbed state of an astronomical body’s atmosphere, especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather.” Severe storms are capable of producing heavy winds that transport substances through the air, such as frozen bits of precipitation with fast updrafts, commonly known as hail. Hail producing heavy thunderstorms generally lead to negative impacts to lives and property, capable of destroying anything within it’s path of destruction.
How are hail stones formed?
Hail is a large frozen raindrop produced by intense thunderstorms, where snow and rain can coexist in the central updraft. As the snowflakes fall, liquid water freezes, forming ice balls that will continue to grow as more and more droplets are accumulated. Upon reaching the bottom of the cloud, some of the ice balls are carried by the updraft back up to the top of the storm.
As the ice balls once again fall through the cloud, another layer of ice is added and the hail stone grows even larger. Typically the stronger the updraft, the more times a hail stone repeats this cycle and consequently, the larger it grows. Once the hail stone becomes too heavy to be supported by the updraft, it falls out of the cloud toward the surface. The hail stone reaches the ground as ice since it is not in the warm air below the thunderstorm.
Recent Storms in Saint Louis, MO:
Several waves of severe thunderstorms left a swath of wind and hail damage across not only the St. Louis metro area, but adjacent parts of Downtstate Illinois and eastern Missouri on April 28, 2012. Hail was reported in size from golf ball to tea cup diameter. Homeowners who suspect that they have sustained hail or wind damage should contact a trained roofing contractor who can assess your property and represent your best interests.
7 reasons Ameristar Exteriors, Inc. is the #1 choice for your exterior improvement needs:
Reason #1- Peace of mind
We pride ourselves on the knowledge and expertise we have gained on developing and performing the right roofing solutions for each and every one of our customers. Expect the best decisions with quality work and impeccable service.
Reason #2- Integrity
Reason #3- Experience
Reason #4- Knowledge
Reason #5- Training
Reason #6- Communication
Reason #7- Service
A critical component of any good home design is proper attic ventilation. Improper attic ventilation affects energy consumption, and roof life. It also causes water damage, and mildew and mold problems.
Roofing contractors report that 56% of homes they check have poor ventilation, meaning if you are thinking of getting your roof replaced then you’re likely to have poor attic ventilation. The temperature inside a poorly ventilated attic can reach 165 °F during the summer. In the winter, a poor ventilated attic will fail at removing moister from the roof and allow mold and mildew to grow. In addition during the winter, it also increases the likelihood of an ice dam forming on your roof.
Proper attic ventilation on your roof will help you save money on your energy bill during the summer by keeping the attic temperature at about 105 °F. Proper Ventilation will extend the life of your roof while protecting it from algae and mildew damage.
We encourage you to watch an informative video on Attic Ventilation by clicking on the link “Attic Ventilation.”
At Ameristar Exteriors, we truly believe in the power of knowledge. The foundation and success of our company is highly credited to the knowledge and experience that our expertise has taught us throughout the years. We are committed to a standard of excellence in all that we do. As one of the top leading roofing, siding, and gutters contractors nationwide, we understand that it is our priority to spread the knowledge about how homeowners can protect their greatest investment and preserve the integrity of their exterior home systems, i.e. roof, siding, gutters, etc.
Occasionally, we come across articles that we feel will be beneficial to our readers. John D’Annunzio has written a series of articles for FacilitiesNet discussing factors that determine roof longevity. Below is a brief description and link to each article.
This first article discusses key components to proper design that include wind uplift calculations, drainage design, thermal factors, perimeter edge design, and existing building conditions. It also discusses the selection of materials and systems that are compatible with existing building conditions. Proper design should always focus on providing a long-term roofing system.
The second installment explains that not all roof materials are the same and not all materials are suitable for all buildings. Applied materials should be new, free of all excess moisture, and manufactured in compliance with ASTM standards. Proper material storage at the project site is also required.
In addition, the roof is one of the only major building components that is partially or fully constructed on-site. A large percentage of premature roof failures occur due to improper workmanship.
Finally, the third article describes how applications of roofing materials in conditions not suitable to the material’s constraints (too hot, too cold, in wet weather) will contribute to premature failure.
No matter the roof type, all roofs require a certain level of attention. Roofs are exposed to the elements 24 hours a day, every day of the year. One of the most important reasons to implement an annual roof maintenance program is to extend the service life of the existing roof system.