15
June
2019

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.

03
June
2019

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.

16
May
2019

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.

01
May
2019

Keeping Animals Away from Your Roof

Keeping Animals Away from Your Roof
April showers have come and gone. And now that it’s May, the earth is filled with blooming flowers and lively trees. It’s a gorgeous sight to behold. Except when the trees bloom and bring debris to your roof system. And then with the full, lively trees come animals that use your roof as a jungle gym.

Here are some tips to prevent your roof from becoming the animal play yard.

Trim your Trees

I know, summer has just been summoned. But, it’s already time to trim your trees. All of the rain received in April makes your trees grow at an exponential rate. And now, they need to be cut back, away from your gutters and roof to prevent animals from scurrying along the branches and ending up on your roof system.

Trimming your trees is a routine task that you might be well versed in. If not, don’t worry. It’s a fairly easy task. Grab your ladder and a pair of tree trimmers. Wear a pair of gloves to protect your hands, climb the ladder, and look for any tree limbs that are encroaching on your roof. Cut them down in small sections to prevent a large branch from falling on your home or landscaping.

Clean your Gutters

Another tip to keeping the animals away is having no hidden treasures for them. Cleaning your gutters removes everything animals might be looking for after April showers. This is another project that can you can complete on your own.

To clean your gutters, grab your pair of gloves and a ladder. Climb your ladder and scoop out any debris that’s fallen in your gutter system. For the downspouts, use a pressure washer to wash out any clogs.

Inspect your Roof

While you’re on your ladder, look around your roof for any missing shingles, loose flashing, or other suspicious roof mishaps. If you notice anything, call your local roof expert.

Keeping your roof system free from debris keeps your roof system clean and prevents any animals from doing any damage to it. If you ever feel uncomfortable performing these tasks on your own, don’t hesitate to call an experienced roofer.

18
April
2019

Commercial Roof System Tips—Preventative and Maintenance Routines

Commercial Roof System Tips—Preventative and Maintenance Routines
Building owners have a huge task at hand. Commercial properties are a serious undertaking. And one of the most important aspects is preventative maintenance. From the interior to the landscaping, there is so much that can transform and enhance building performance. One of the most overlooked factors, however, is roof system care.

You want to get the most out of your commercial roof system. Maximizing roof performance is a desire of any building owner, but, it requires a proactive approach.

The key to maintaining your commercial roof system is preventative roof maintenance. Investing more upfront can save a substantial amount of time and money in the future. From regularly scheduled inspections and routine repairs to adding reflective coatings, these three tips can transform your commercial roof system.

Inspections

Roof inspections are recommended at least two times each year. Spring and fall are the best times of year, due to weather concerns. If you haven’t had a spring inspection yet, I highly recommend having your commercial property inspected for any concerns. Finding small repairs is much better than waiting until tenants start calling about leaks.

Inspect each aspect of the roof system: the drains and downspouts should be clear of any debris or other blockage, the flashing should be tightly fastened with no gaps or tears apparent, the vents should be sealed properly, and the roof should be free of any damage.

If you notice any of these issues, contact a roofing professional. Or, if you don’t want to conduct an inspection, a professional roofing expert can inspect your commercial property.

Repairs

It’s not uncommon in North Texas to experience indecisive weather. Because of the constant changes in temperature, certain roofing repairs are needed throughout the year. From sealing flashing to unclogging drains, making small repairs is much better than waiting until you have a bigger problem.

Be preventative on the repairs you make. Prevent cracks and leaks by using polymer-modified mastics. Though, more costly than lower-quality mastics, their performance over times speaks for itself. Again, if you don’t want to make repairs yourself, or you feel uncomfortable in any way in regards to your roof system, contact a roofing contractor for professional assistance.

Reflective Coatings

This tip is possibly the most important. Reflective coatings accomplish multiple goals. Not only does a reflective coating combat the elements, but a high quality coating is UV-resistant can withstand North Texas weather conditions. You want a reflective coating that contains a substantial amount of aluminum paste, giving the coating a silver finish.

The hot Texas sun’s UV rays are known to cause damage to roof systems, because they dry out the roof and cause cracking. Having a reflective coating acts as a barrier to preserve your roof system. It’s only an added bonus that it also reduces energy costs!

Follow these three tips to prevent any damage to your commercial roof system.

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