Winter Weather Effects on North Texas Roofs

Winter Weather Effects on North Texas Roofs
With the unpredictable North Texas weather, we’ve seen 70 degrees fall to 30 degrees in one day. Add some rain, sleet, and snow in the mix and you’ve experienced winter weather in Texas. As you prepare for the crazy winter weather in Texas, make sure to inspect your roof. Severe winter weather can do serious damage to your roof system, especially if you aren’t doing routine maintenance and inspections. Little problems turn escalate into big, expensive issues.

To help you prepare, read through these common winter effects on North Texas roofs.

Many Texas homeowners know the effects of ice and hail storms all too well. With hail sizes ranging from quarter size to softball size, there’s no predicting what will happen during a storm. While it’s difficult to prepare for a hailstorm, knowing the effects might encourage you to keep an eye out for any small issues.

When hail is strong or large enough, it can puncture your roof system, causing leaks harming the structure of the home. Hail damage isn’t obvious to see, though. An inspection after any storm will help you identify hail damage to metal vents. Look at the shingles for cracking, missing granules, and bruising. If you notice any circular cracks, also known as dimples, that is caused by hail.

Because Texas rarely sees snow, it’s common for homeowners to not know how to properly inspect and manage the roof system after accumulated snow. Heavy snow puts pressure on the roof, which leads to cracks and leaks. While this is more commonly prevalent in older roofs, new roofs aren’t exempt.

Ice, what most North Texans consider a sign of winter, is what most often occurs during the winter months. Did you know that when ice freezes around the edges of the roof, an ice dam results. This blocks water and melting snow from draining off the roof. With all that water sitting on the roof, it can put pressure on the roof system and starts to leak into the home.

Finally, winter weather can damage flashing. Flashing is the sheet metal applied over the roof’s joints. This protects the joints and directs water flow down the roof so it’s not sitting stagnant on the roof. Flashing can be seen around the chimney, vent, skylight, and dormer windows. While the metal used is incredibly durable, harsh winter weather can create an issue. Over time, flashing can pull away from the roof and, if not addressed before winter weather, can cause water damage from accumulated rain, snow, and sleet.

Protect your North Texas home with durable roofing materials installed by a professional. Once installed, your job isn’t done. Routine maintenance and inspections ensure that your roof is ready for the changing weather. From fall to winter to spring to summer, there’s always a threat from Mother Nature. Stay ahead of the game and keep small issues from turning into a large, expensive hassle.


Finding an Aesthetically Appealing Roofing Material That Will Last

Finding an Aesthetically Appealing Roofing Material That Will Last
Choosing the right roofing material for your home comes with a lot of difficult decision. With such a wide variety of styles and materials on the market, how can you determine which will best meet your needs? Let us break down the most popular materials for you so you can find the shingle that will add curb appeal to your home while keeping it safe for many years to come.

There are so many roofing types to choose from. It can be overwhelming to find the right material for your specific roof pitch and style. You want to find a material that’s durable, reliable, and will last for decades. But you also want to get the most bang-for-your-buck. Here’s a list of the most popular, affordable, and stylish residential roofing materials.

Joe Hall Roofing provides superior residential roofing services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Whether you’re located in Mansfield, Plano, Southlake, Arlington, or the surrounding areas, there’s an expert waiting to help make your roof system secure and aesthetically appealing.

Composition is among the most sought-after materials in the industry. This residential roofing shingle is durable, can match the style and aesthetics of your home, and can be manufactured with special preventative treatments against UV fading, warping, algae growth, and cracking.

When you drive through your neighborhood, chances are high that the majority of homes have composition shingles. That’s because this reliable material is one of the most durable roofing solutions on the market. With a wide variety of color choices, you can easily find a hue to coordinate with your brick and create beautiful curb appeal.

Another popular roofing style is Spanish tile. Tile, in general, offers a number of benefits, including incredible protection and unparalleled aesthetics. This stunning roofing material is available in several difference styles and colors. Specialty tiles include Spanish tile, shake tile, clay tiles, and more. Find the perfect tile to add depth, dimension, and flair to your home.

Tile is a heavier roofing material, requiring a sturdy structural frame to hold its weight. If your home meets this requirement, you’ll find endless benefits to tile roofing. Not only is it strong, but it’s durable and lasting. Whether you want a Mediterranean feel or a traditional look, tile roofing offers sustainability and reliability.

Joe Hall Roofing is a North Texas leader in installation of new metal roofs. This roofing material is rising in popularity as the farmhouse style has become much more sought after. In addition to the style of metal roofing, this roofing material provides superior quality, durability, and sustainability. In addition, residential metal roofs have a lower life cycle cost when compared to other roofing types.

When you compare roofing materials, all have their own set of advantages. The biggest factor for homeowners is typically cost and durability followed by aesthetics. Whichever roof material you choose from Joe Hall Roofing, you can rest assure that it is reliable, lasting, and will increase your home’s curb appeal.


How Falling Leaves Affect Commercial Roof Systems

How Falling Leaves Affect Commercial Roof Systems
It is officially fall, which means cooler weather and falling leaves. And while the season is a gorgeous time of year, the falling leaves that come with it might not be as welcome when they land on your commercial roof system. Here’s all you need to know about falling leaves.

Leaves falling from the trees and landing on the roof won’t cause damage if they are dry. When wet, however, you might be facing an issue. When the leaves that accumulate on a commercial roof system become wet, they can begin to clump together, soaking in even more water. Because they sit stagnant, they begin to rot. Once rotting occurs, the moisture can get into the shingles. The shingles then begin to rot as well. As more water collects, the rotting can cause leaking into your business property.

This cycle continues until properly inspected, cleaned, and repaired or replaced. In addition to rotting, the weight of leaves as they accumulate and soak in so much water can cause an uneven distribution of pressure to the beams, which can affect the structural stability of the building.

To ensure that your commercial property is safe, secure, and strong through falls weather, take preventative steps to keep the leaves from rotting and weakening the roof system.

First, keep trees branches from overhanging onto the roof. Have the trees trimmed regularly so that when the leaves begin to fall, they don’t land on the roof. This not only keeps them off the roof, but it allows the sunlight to reach the few strays that end up on the roof, keeping them dry.

Second, clean the gutters. Leaves and other debris will inevitably wind up in the gutters. But routine maintenance ensures that the gutters are clean and water can easily flow through them. Keep the gutters firmly attached to the building so that when winds pick up, they are secure.

Finally, inspect the property regularly. From the landscaping to the roof, walk around your business and make sure that the tree limbs are cut back, shingles are in place, and there’s no accumulation of leaves and other debris. If tackling these projects on your own, be safe, use a ladder that extends at least two feet above the roof line, use binoculars to inspect the roof for leaves, and, when necessary, call on professionals to properly repair any damage.


Preventing Wind Damage from Hurricane Dorian & Tropical Storms

Preventing Wind Damage from Hurricane Dorian & Tropical Storms
Hurricane Dorian is projected to leave his mark on Florida with tropical storms that blast all the way across the United States. Though North Texas rarely faces the devastation of hurricanes, the tropical storms that blow through can be damaging to your roof system. Here are some ways to prepare for tropical storms and preserve your roof.

Mother Nature is a strong force to be reckoned with. While there isn’t much we can do to stop the wind, rain, and other effects of tropical storms, we can attempt to prevent wind damage to our homes.

Doors & Windows

When high winds hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area, garage doors often suffer. Worst case scenario—the wind blows the door off the rails, damages what is in the garage, and causes structural damage. Having the garage inspected can prevent devastating damage.

For the front and back door as well as the windows, weather stripping is essential. The rage of Hurricane Dorian will dissipate before it reaches North Texas, but the tropical storms that follow can bring strong winds and rain. Avoid water damage to your home by making sure there are no cracks between the door frame and the door.

The Roof

The roof is often the most affected structure when a storm blows through DFW. Shingles that are not fastened tight are blown off, leaving your roof exposed to the elements, where water can leak through. To avoid this scenario, make sure shingles are fastened with at least six nails or stapes. Beneath shingles, a waterproof underlayment should be securely in place.

A roof inspection is the best way to determine the safety of your roof system. From the shingles to the flashing to the gutters, it’s important to ensure that your home’s barrier from Mother Nature is doing its job properly. Have a professional roof expert inspect and make any repairs to your roof system so that it’s secure before high winds and falling leaves make their way to North Texas.

Around the House

Once the roof has been inspected, any loose shingles have been secured, and all of the flashing around eaves and chimneys are fastened, browse your yard for tree limbs. If there are any branches that are close to the roof, remove them. You don’t want a loose branch falling onto the roof and creating a crater in your home.

Look around the perimeter of the yard for unsecured objects, like patio furniture. If you can’t move them to an indoor location, secure them as best as possible.

The aftermath of a hurricane is devastating to those in its path. While North Texas doesn’t receive the brunt of a hurricane, the storms that follow a hurricane often have strong winds that can create problems for the structure of the roof system. Prepare your home for strong winds and keep your roof safe and secure.


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.

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