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.


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.


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.


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.

About Joe Hall Roofing

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