Premier Introduces Affordable Slate-styled Shingles Rated for West Michigan Weather

February 13th, 2017 by IFI Admin

Have You Always Wanted a Slate Roof, But Were Afraid of the Cost?

Many of our customers around Grand Rapids and West Michigan love the look of a slate roof, and Premier Roofing & Exteriors is pleased to present a rugged and cost-effective alternative. Belmont Luxury Shingles are specifically designed to match the aesthetic of slate roofing at a fraction of the cost. They stand up to the brutal Michigan weather while altogether eliminating the maintenance a slate roof demands.

When it comes to replicating the authentic appearance of natural slate, Belmont™ truly hits the mark with its rich hues and high contrast shadow lines. This luxury shingle’s layered construction and blended coloration artfully emulate the classic slate roof look West Michigan homeowners are looking for. Belmont™ Luxury Shingles are made from top-grade roofing asphalt that is reinforced with a strong fiber glass base mat, built to endure and come backed by a lifetime-limited manufacturer warranty. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Ready For Winter Part 1: Fall Roof Work for Better Winter Weathering

October 5th, 2015 by IFI Admin

Fotolia_11171892_XSIt’s officially autumn in Grand Rapids, MI, and that means winter is not far behind. Is your roof ready for another West Michigan winter? In our three-part series, we’ll help local homeowners avoid the scourge of ice dams and other winter weather perils with some simple pro-active tips and possible advance remediation. Don’t want to do it yourself? Contact Us for a Free Pre-Winter Roof Inspection, gutter cleaning services, gutter guards, or repair estimates!


1. Clean Your Gutters

The first, and simplest thing to do come autumn is to clean, and guard your gutters. If you’re a Do-It-Yourself type, you can clean your gutters on most homes using a ladder, safety harness, and hose or hand-scoop. If you’re truly intrepid, you may use a power washer, but be careful you don’t apply too much force or cause unsafe conditions. After removing debris from your gutters, be certain to clean the area around your downspouts. You want to avoid a build up of debris, ice and snow here to prevent gutters from backing up during freezing rain and snow melt events.

To make this job easier for NEXT year, consider “guarding” your gutters. Gutter guards help avoid blockage in gutters that ultimately can lead to ice dams.

2. If Able, Visually Inspect Roof Surface

While you’re cleaning your gutters, it’s a great time to look for the following problems that should be repaired before winter:

a) Missing Shingles – do not leave these for spring. Call us for a repair estimate but do not go through winter with missing shingles!

b) Flashing condition – look for areas where flashing is coming away from your chimney, soil stack, vent or other roof projections. Flashing prevents these areas from leaking.

c) Shingle deterioration and/or organic growth – Moss and lichens are more than a cosmetic issue on many kinds of roofing materials – asphalt shingles, roll roofing, wood shingle roofs, wood shake roofs. By holding moisture against the roof surface, lichens and moss speed the wear of the asphalt shingle surface in freezing climates by increasing frost damage to the mineral granule coating on the shingles.

In some cases, a roof cleaning can gently remove organic matter to extend the life of shingles. In other cases, shingles may be too fragile to withstand cleaning and may require replacement, preferably with algae-resistant asphalt shingles.

d) Hail Damage – If you’ve had a hail storm over the last year and haven’t had your roof inspected, now would be a good time to get a Free roof inspection. Damage can be difficult to assess and document if you let it over-winter.

3. Next stop is your ATTIC

  • Check for stains and evidence of past leaks
  • Inspect your home for air leaks in the ceiling so warm air doesn’t leak into the attic. Doing so will not only prevent ice dams from forming, it will limit cold air drafts inside and reduce energy bills.

Read our next installment coming soon about Roof Ridge Vents and Air Flow to Avoid Ice Dams.




Getting Ready for Winter Part 2: Ice Dams Be Damned

September 24th, 2015 by IFI Admin

Fotolia_51481622_XSSome winters are rougher than others in Michigan in terms of Ice Dams, and while at Grand Rapids Roofing by Premier, we’re hoping for a mild winter, we’re ready if it’s rough!  Understanding and managing attic air temperatures through insulation and venting is one of the best proactive steps you can take to avoid ice dams this winter.

To prevent ice dams, you need to keep the roof cold so that the snow on the roof dissipates without making large amounts of meltwater that then refreezes. The underside of the roof deck should not exceed 30 F. The way to achieve this is to ensure that there is adequate insulation, ventilation, and to seal all gaps that let warm air pass into the attic from the house.

Improving Ventilation

Ventilation introduces cold air into the attic and allows heated air to escape rapidly. One of the best things homeowners can do to help prevent ice dams is to add Ridge Vents to their roof to improve ventilation.

Benefits of Ridge Vents

  • Works year-round to ventilate the attic
  • Provides evenly distributed ventilation along the entire underside of the roof
  • Slim design for visual appeal
  • Provides a higher volume of airflow per square foot of attic area than any other fixed-vent system
  • Design maximizes airflow across the entire underside of roof sheathing
  • Changes in wind direction have no significant effect on vent performance
  • Wind driven rain resistant to 100 MPH

Contact Us for information about economical and pro-active Ridge Vents.

Improving Insulation

If you decide to add more insulation to your attic to help control the temperature, note that it is important to keep an air space between the roof deck and the insulation in order to prevent a condensation buildup that can delaminate the roof deck. Prior to insulating, install polystyrene rafter air channels.

More insulation on the attic floor helps keep the heat where it belongs.

Additional Tips to Stop Heat Leaks

  • An unsealed attic hatch or whole-house fan is a massive opening for heat to escape. Cover them with weatherstripped caps made from foil-faced foam board held together with aluminum tape.
  • Make sure that the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents all lead outdoors through either the roof or walls, but never through the soffit.
  • Spread fiber-reinforced mastic on the joints of HVAC ducts and exhaust ducts. Cover them entirely with R-5 or R-6 foil-faced fiberglass.
  • Seal around electrical cables and vent pipes with a fire-stop sealant. Also, look for any spots where light shines up from below or the insulation is stained black by the dirt from passing air.
  • Old-style recessed lights give off great plumes of heat and can’t be insulated without creating a fire hazard. Replace them with sealed “IC” fixtures, which can be covered with insulation.

Need help getting your home ready for winter? Contact Us for a free attic and ventilation inspection.



Getting Ready for Winter Part 3: How Much Snow Weight Can Your Roof Support?

September 24th, 2015 by IFI Admin

Snow load for michigan roofsAt Grand Rapids Roofing by Premier Exteriors, we’re helping West Michigan Homeowners get ready to meet — and beat — old man winter. Though the leaves have barely started to turn, early-bird homeowners can help ensure their roof is ready to withstand the rigors of a Michigan winter.

In this primer, learn from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety how to assess the risk of rooftop snow and ice accumulation.

If you’d like to inspect the condition of your roof before the snow flies, Call 866.497.7663 or Click for a FREE pre-winter roof inspection by Premier.

Evaluate Your Risk of Rooftop Snow/Ice Accumulation

Melting snow tends to more quickly run off of steep sloped roofs with slopes greater than 3 inches of slope in 12 inches of horizontal distance, particularly the steeper ones that are typically found on houses in northern climates. Ice and snow tend to more readily accumulate on low slope and flat roofs over porches, lanais, or parts of a home that are next to a taller section of the house, especially during high winds.

How much snow is too much for your roof to handle?
Estimate How Much the Snow on Your Roof Weighs Using These Guidelines from IBHS

Fresh snow: 10–12 inches of new snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lb per square foot of roof space, so you could have up to 4 feet of new snow before the roof will become stressed.

Packed snow: 3–5 inches of old snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lb per square foot of roof space, so anything more than 2 feet of old snow could be too much for your roof to handle.

Total accumulated weight: 2 feet of old snow and 2 feet of new snow could weigh as much as 60 lb per square foot of roof space, which is beyond the typical snow load capacity of most roofs.

Ice: 1 inch of ice equals 1 foot of of fresh snow.
Snow Removal May be Necessary to Avoid Roof Collapse

If you are in the “danger zone” according to chart above or if the loads you estimate based on the thickness of the various types of snow and ice exceed 20–25 psf, you should consider removing snow from your roof. For safe removal that won’t endanger you or damage your roof, use a snow rake with a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing on the ground or hire a snow removal contractor.


Watch the CertainTeed Living Spaces Extreme Home Makeover Winner

September 15th, 2015 by IFI Admin

certainteedlivingspacesDanielle Braley and her son, Harrison, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, won a $75,000 CertainTeed® Living Spaces® Home Exterior Makeover. Watch the first two webisodes now, then check back regularly to watch the entire renovation process from start to finish.

Watch the first webisode here:

Watch the second webisode here:

Win a $100,000 Home Makeover with CertainTeed

March 26th, 2015 by IFI Admin

homemakeoverGrand Rapids – Grab the Video Camera and Get Going!

CertainTeed, the nation’s leading manufacturer of building materials and one of Premier’s preferred manufacturers, is holding another Home Makeover Video contest, starring you, your family, and your creative ideas.

Be funny, be creative, be bold – Don’t forget to show us how YOUR home would be a good candidate for the makeover, inside and out. Share photos and shots of your home and why it needs a makeover. Be sure to enter early. The sooner your video is posted, the more time you’ll have to accumulate votes.

Check out the complete rules, FAQS and some Tips and Tricks for shooting a great video entry on the CertainTeed Contest site!

How to enter

Here’s what you’ll need to do for your chance to win the $100,000 Living Spaces® Home Makeover Contest for 2015:
Shoot A Fun, Creative Video and Enter Now!

Check out the complete rules, FAQS and some Tips and Tricks for shooting a great video entry!
Get Your Friends to Watch the Video and Vote For Your Chance to Win!
A Star is Born!

contestinsetDates & Eligibility


Start : March 01, 2015 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)
End : May 31, 2015 @ 11:00 pm (US/Eastern)


Start : March 01, 2015 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)
End : June 07, 2015 @ 11:00 pm (US/Eastern)

Eligibility : You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Grand Prize

$100,000 Home Makeover that includes siding, trim, fence, decking, railing, roofing and insulation products and installation. Comprised of exterior home renovations and attic insulation with CertainTeed products including installation up to $75,000 and a tax gross-up payment estimated to up to $25,000. Please see rules for complete details.

First Prizes

Up to 9 First Prizes will be awarded. Winners can select from a large assortment with an Approximate Retail Value of $500 each. Please see rules for complete details.

New Shingle for Cold Weather Handling Unveiled by CertainTeed

February 26th, 2015 by IFI Admin

NorthGateloOne of the things that sets Premier Roofing apart from the competition is that we know what it takes to protect West Michigan homeowners year-round, and we’re passionate about sourcing the best materials for extreme conditions. This week, CertainTeed unveiled NorthGate™, the newest designer asphalt roofing shingle offering that’s designed to sustain high impacts and low temperatures. NorthGate boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability and a rich mixture of surface granules for added aesthetic depth and dimension.

Currently available in the Northwest region of the U.S., NorthGate is designed to endure harsh, cold-weather elements affronting the roof. The new shingle’s SBS composition allows it to remain flexible at temperatures as low as 0° F, making it easier to install in cold climates. Plus, the two-piece laminated fiberglass-based shingle meets the requirements of UL 2218 Class 4 for impact resistance – the highest rating possible.

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Why Choose Premier?

February 17th, 2015 by exbyp

happycustomersIf you are visiting this website then chances are your home needs some type of improvement. Selecting the right contractor to perform the work is critical to making sure you have a successful experience.

Premier is your family owned Roofing and Exteriors specialist. Premier has 4 Locations throughout Michigan and Indiana to service your home’s needs. In addition to being readily available at any of our offices, Premier is fully Bonded, Licensed and Insured for your complete peace of mind.

Ready to get started? Fill out our Free Estimate Request Form and send it to us today! We are ready to start your project!

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