25
July
2018

Preventing Animals from Damaging Your Commercial Building

Preventing Animals from Damaging Your Commercial Building
Whether it’s to hide out from the heat or to find better shelter, sometimes animals seek out commercial buildings as their homes. And, honestly, it’s no wonder when the temperatures are reaching over 100 degrees every day in North Texas. Unfortunately, these animals can be detrimental to the structural integrity of your building. To keep animals from ravaging the roof system, try these preventative measures.

If you hear scratching, tapping, or scampering noises above you, it’s likely that there are raccoons, squirrels, or other animals in your building. While the heat can be brutal, don’t let the cute faces of these animals fool you. These animals can carry diseases, are noisy, and are destructive. Look for the following warning signs to protect your commercial property.

Loud Noises

The critters that like to infiltrate roof systems are loud. You can hear them scampering above, attempting to set up camp in your attic space. Listen carefully for any strange noises to see if you have any unwanted tenants in your building.

Property Damage

A clear sign that animals are attempting to make a home in your commercial structure is property damage. Raccoons and other critters are climbers. They crawl up to the roof system, scratching the building, and damage your roof shingles, chimney, and other roof systems. You can also inspect your gutters and interior corner moldings for any damage as indication of animal infestation.

Strong Smells

Finally, if critters have made their way into your building, you’ll smell them. Animals don’t have the luxury of a toilet, so eventually you’ll begin to smell their urine and feces left above you.

If you ever suspect animals have infiltrated your commercial building, contact Wildlife Control Services. Take action quickly; contact a professional and handle the issue efficiently.

To be preventative, make sure that landscaping is cut back from the building. Animals have easy access to your roof system with overhanging tree branches. Keeping trees cut back will make it more difficult for them to make their way onto the roof.

Animals take advantage of any easy access to your structure and the building interior. Invest in chimney caps, roof vent covers, and underground fencing. This protects the structural integrity of your commercial building.

11
July
2018

Benefits of Slate Roofing Shingles

Benefits of Slate Roofing Shingles
Serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex since 1989, Joe Hall Roofing offers a wide range of residential roofing materials. From aesthetic appeal to durability, choosing a roofing shingle is an important decision. At Joe Hall, we work with the leading manufacturers to provide our customers with high quality, lasting roofing solutions. But today, we are going to focus on slate roofing shingles.

There are endless benefits to slate shingles. Not only are they durable, but they are manufactured to increase your home’s curb appeal. All of our slate shingles are geared for maximum performance to ensure that your roof is secure for many years to come.

If you’re looking for a quality, timeless roof, natural slate roofing is the perfect solution. Slate roofing is long lasting, durable, and incredibly unique. Installing slate is unique in that slate nails are a critical part of a slate roof’s life expectancy.

Our team of roofing experts are trained and educated to install slate roofing shingles using copper slating nails to ensure a long lifetime. Nailing is the most important skill required for good slate work. The unique nail must be driven far enough below the surface of the slate into a countersunk hole made by a hammer to ensure that the slate won’t rest on the head of the nail. Conversely, the nail can’t be driven too far down or it will break the slate. The best way to nail a slate shingle into place is to hold it down and sneak the nails in just below the surface.

To accomplish this meticulous task, our roofing contractors have years of experience and are skilled in their trade. It’s important for homeowners to understand how precise the process of slate roofing is to account for the additional time it takes to roof a home with slate roofing. Because slate nails are more like hangers than fasteners, they hold the slate on the roof instead of holding them to the roof. A slate roof, if shaken, will rattle. And, while that might not be comforting, it’s completely safe and secure.

Benefits of Slate Roofing

Slate is the perfect roofing material as it won’t erode, burn, or wear out—for the most part. While slate roofing isn’t timeless, it is one of the most durable and long-lasting roofing materials on the market. Slate isn’t merely sedimentary rock from a quarry that’s cut into rectangles. This material is designed to combat Mother Nature. Its unique qualities make it perfect as a residential roofing solution.

Natural slate is worth the investment. Not only is it durable, it exceeds all other roofing materials. It combats winter months as well as Texas heat in the summer months. The return on investment on slate roofing is the best available.

Insurance Benefits

Slate roofing options range from Monier Lifetile and Ludowici to China Slate and Tru Slate (GAF). These manufacturers provide slate tiles that meet Class IV resistance. Most insurance companies give a substantial discount to their policy holders for the Class IV product being on their roof.

27
June
2018

Commercial Roofing Services that Prolong a Roof’s Lifetime

Commercial Roofing Services that Prolong a Roof’s Lifetime
At Joe Hall Roofing, we specialize in commercial roofing services. Serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we understand the unique needs of North Texas buildings—having heat resistant, energy efficient, and lasting roofing products. If your commercial structure is absorbing heat and making energy bills skyrocket this summer, consider the benefits of roofing services to prolong your roof’s lifetime.

Our commercial roofing contractors receive consistent training in the latest roofing innovations. With new technologies available, we ensure that our contractors have the proper experience and expertise to transform your roof system. Leading technologies in the commercial roofing systems include roof restoration, white roof installations and maintenance, energy efficient roofing solutions, and more.

Roof restorations are not merely for faulty roofs that need repairs. Instead, this process is designed to apply high-tech reflective and emissive products to your roof system to extend the life of your roof while saving you money on your energy bill. To provide our customers with the highest quality services, we partner with the leading product providers, such as GAF, Firestone, Lapolla Industries, ER Systems, MBCI, and DECRA. These commercial roofing product manufacturers specialize in commercial roofing technologies. Providing customers with the most innovative and effective products available in the market.

Once you’ve had a commercial roof installed, routine maintenance is necessary to extend the life of your roof system. We understand that your time is valuable, so we work efficiently and respectfully, allowing your businesses to continue without disturbances. Preventative maintenance allows professional roofing experts to identify small problems before they become big problems. We inspect and repair minor issues to prevent costly replacements.

In addition to roof restorations and maintenance services, Joe Hall Roofing Commercial Division offers roof replacement and new construction services. To complete this process, a commercial roofing contractor with schedule a consultation to discuss your unique needs in detail. We provide photographs of your existing roof and expose any problems found during our roof inspection. When a new roof design is necessary, we use state-of-the-art computer design software to provide you with the best option for your specific roof system.

Roof replacement can be costly and timely. We are sensitive to your building and understand the need for the function of your building to be maintained without distraction. Our contractors are experts in their field and work to create a peaceful work environment for your tenants.

If you have any concerns regarding your commercial property, call Joe Hall Roofing and we will send a roofing expert to your building to assess your roof system, inspect your roof, or schedule restoration services.

15
June
2018

Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Heat in the Summer Months

Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Heat in the Summer Months
North Texas residents are all too familiar with summer heat. Every year, we close the blinds, shut the blackout curtains, crank up the air conditioner, and invest in cold cotton sheets! It’s these small things that can make the house a little cooler and summer a little more tolerable.

Did you know that by making small changes throughout the home can make a drastic difference in the temperature of your home, all while reducing your energy bill costs? Here are some tips and tricks to reducing your home’s heat.

Cool Roof

One of the most obvious ways to reduce heat through the roof system is by investing in a cool roof. This innovative technology is designed to reflect sunlight and absorb less heat. Cool roofs are accomplished by using a highly reflective type of paint, tiles, or shingles. Though cool roofing solutions are more prominent in commercial structures, there are residential treatments that can be applied to your home to reduce your energy costs and the heat of your home.

Insulation

Insulating your attic can make a huge difference in the temperature of your home. If your attic is hot, your home will be hot, too. Allow an expert to install the proper insulation to your attic.

Tree Shade

Planting a tree in front of the direct sunlight your home receives will act as a barrier to your home. Allow the tree to absorb the heat instead of your brick. A tree in bloom can block about 70 percent of solar radiation from entering your home. And, they add gorgeous landscaping to your yard—it’s a win-win.

This tip can obviously take time to establish, so think ahead. Also be conscious of how close you plant a tree to your home, because once the tree is established, you don’t want it to affect your foundation. Some plants that help provide shade include crape myrtle trees, dwarf fig trees, and mimosa trees as well as banana plants, sunflowers, palms, and lemon grass.

Window Shades

We already have blackout curtains and blinds. But consider the benefit of window shades on the exterior of your home. Having this helpful shade can make a huge difference in the temperature of your home. Exterior window shades are designed to block the heat while still allowing light through.

Shut Doors

Regardless of the size of your home, when you have an entire house to cool in the heat of summer, your air conditioner is working overtime. To prevent stress to your A/C, shut the doors of rooms you’re not using. This alleviates pressure on your A/C unit, keeps the room you’re occupying cooler, and reduces your energy bill.

Make small changes to your summer lifestyle and you’ll notice a difference in the temperature of your home as well as your energy bill.

18
May
2018

Preparing Your Commercial Roof System for the Summer Heat

Preparing Your Commercial Roof System for the Summer Heat
When you think of a season that does the most damage and is the hardest on a roof, you probably think winter. With all of the rain, sleet, and snow, the winter months put a lot of pressure on a commercial roof—literally. But, did you know that summer, especially in North Texas, can bring brutal heat that actually is more harmful than winter weather?

Because of the heat mixed with the long hours of daylight and the crazy, unpredictable thunderstorms that always happen at least a couple of times each summer, commercial roof structures are at more danger during the summer months.

It’s important that building owners be aware of the summer heat and make preventative maintenance a priority.

The summer heat in Texas is brutal. And the roof is the first thing exposed to this heat. Heat causes expansion. And, thus, when the heat is gone—when the sun sets—shrinking takes place. This is a natural process, but the repetition of stretching and shrinking of a roof causes wear and tear and weakening to a roof system.

Other side effects of this process include cracks that develop as different parts of the roof shrink and expand at different rates. Then, once the roof system has cracks in it, it becomes susceptible to leaks.

While this process is natural, there are some preventative measures you can take to limit the amount of damage to the roof system.

To preserve your building, you need to preserve your commercial roof. Having a routine roof inspection helps you to know if any damage has already been done. Hiring a professional for a commercial roof inspection is ideal, to minimize damage, which often happens from foot traffic. A professional also knows what to look for—signs of wear and tear, any areas that are vulnerable to mishaps, and a vitality report of your roof surface.

During the inspection, a professional will look at the chimney, vents, skylights, and any other gap to make sure that every hole is sealed properly with flashing. Over time, flashing becomes loose, cracks, wears out, and becomes porous. An inspection finds any loose flashing and prevents leaks.

Finally, a professional will look for signs of water damage and check the drainage system. Flat roofs in commercial roofing are the most common. And, unfortunately, they are vulnerable to ponding—water sitting stagnant in one spot on the roof. Ponding is the result of material warping, wood deforming, etc.

Make sure that the summer heat doesn’t damage your commercial roof system by having a proper roof inspection. This investment will save you tremendously in the long run.

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