04
May
2018

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.

20
April
2018

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.

06
April
2018

Preparing your Roof System for April Rain Showers

Preparing your Roof System for April Rain Showers
We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” And with the amount of rain that North Texas gets each April, it’s important to think ahead and prepare your roof system for the torrential downpour.

The rain we receive in April is a welcome change to the winter weather. It’s good for the soil, it’s great for taking an extra nap on the weekend, but how does it affect your roof system? Rain, alone, isn’t much of a hazard. But when it’s mixed with high winds, becomes heavy rain fall, or turns into a thunderstorm, there’s cause for concern.

Your roof is designed to stand up against Mother Nature, but that’s not to say that the brunt forces of nature can’t leave a lasting impact of your roof system. To preserve your roof and prevent any damage, follow these simple tips.

Clear your gutters. I know I say it a lot, but I can’t express to homeowners how important routine maintenance is for your roof. Cleaning your gutters during your spring cleaning in March helps when April showers arrive. If you let debris build up, the water cannot flow properly. Then, when the water stops for a few days, wet debris will sit stagnant, affecting your roof.

Check for damage. Before rainfall, check to make sure your shingles are working properly. It would be devastating to experience leaks and water damage because of broken shingles. Look intently because any little loose shingles or broken tile can allow water to seep in.

Another factor that can affect your roof during the rainy season is ventilation. Because the Texas heat can be excruciating, it’s important that Texas homes have proper ventilation. Unfortunately, though, some vents that help during the summer months can allow rainwater to enter. Check your vents and make sure they’re designed to prevent rain from getting inside.

Preparing for April showers is a necessary aspect of owning a home. Prevent damage to your home by taking a couple extra minutes to check your roof system.

28
March
2018

Cleaning & Maintaining Gutters

Cleaning & Maintaining Gutters
Becoming a home owner always comes with it’s fair share of responsibility. When you look at your new house and think about all of the memories you’ll make, you probably don’t visualize cleaning gutters and maintain your roof system. It’s not one of the fun tasks that keeps your home safe or your curb appeal up, but it’s a necessity if you want a secure home that’s functioning at it’s maximum potential.

Whether you’re new to the home-owning lifestyle or a seasoned pro, here are some tips you might have never considered for cleaning and maintaining your home’s gutters.

Once a year, I suggest in the spring, make sure you inspect your gutter system for any clogs. Take careful notice where downspouts join the gutter system. If you have a lot of trees in your yard that overhang near your roof, you might want to clean the gutters twice a year.

Spring is the perfect time to clean the gutters. You’re already in spring cleaning mode, winter has just left a mess on your roof system, and you’re landscaping and curb appeal is starting to come to life.

If you notice a large build up of debris, it’s cleaning time. If you don’t want to climb a ladder or have to clean the gutters yourself, you can always hire someone to clean your gutters. Prices for a job like this typically run from about 50 dollars up to 250 dollars, depending on your location, the pitch of your roof, etc.

If you do want to tackle this job on your own, make sure you wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin. Wear rubber gloves, too.

Once you’re dressed for the job, you need to gather some materials. A plastic tarp placed on your grass will protect your lawn as you dump the debris out of the gutters. A small plastic scoop is also a good tool to use to help you really get deep down in the gutter system. And finally, make sure you have a good, extendable ladder, preferably a standoff stabilizer so you don’t damage the gutters.

After you’ve scooped out any debris, use a garden hose to clean the interior of the gutters. You can also use this opportunity to spot any leaks.

Once you’ve cleaned your gutters, you might not want to go through this tedious process again. You can invest in gutter covers, mesh screens, clip-on grates, or porous foam. However, be aware that the cost of these covers can be even more that the gutters themselves. And you still have to routinely maintain them to keep them clear.

14
March
2018

Spring Cleaning the Roof

Spring Cleaning the Roof
Spring is in the air! North Texas is finally seeing a change in the season. And it’s amazing. But, the one downfall to seeing new life spring from the ground is the debris and dirt it leaves on the roof. From leaves and branches to the left over snow from winter. As soon as the weather permits, it’s time for some spring cleaning.

Besides the aesthetic purpose of cleaning the roof and maintaining curb appeal, it’s important to clean your roof system to extend the life of the roof. Here are some tips to help your spring cleaning process.

Tree Debris

Tree limbs and leaves as well as other tree debris love to fall and make a home on your roof system. Unfortunately, this can harm your shingles and deteriorate your roof faster. Avoid this by making sure tree limbs are safely out of reach of your home’s roof. The last thing you want is for your tree to grow so much that the limbs scrape the shingles and loosen the granules.

Leaves inevitably fall as the wind blows. Depending on the type of trees in your yard you could have leaves, pine needles, or other tree debris falling onto your roof system. And a little bit is to be expected. But if you allow too many leaves to collect, they start to trap moisture and cause mildew to form among other problems. Take a rake or a leaf blower to remove them safely and easily.

Mold

After a winter filled with lots of snow and ice, spring begins to melt what’s left on your roof. This process can leave moisture and cause mildew, mold, algae, and other problems. If you see discolored streaks on your roof, that’s an indicator of such problems. Treat your roof with a chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution, using a garden sprayer. This kills the mold and protects your roof.

Gutters, Flashing, & Chimney

Gutter damage can happen when too much debris clogs the gutters or when heavy snow or ice builds up. Before April showers come in full effect, make sure that your gutters are unclogged by running some matter through them. Unclog, fix loose nails, and keep your gutters in functioning condition. While you’re going around your house looking for gutter problems, inspect your roof for any missing shingles, chimney damage, and loose flashing.

A spring cleaning of your roof system saves you time and money. If you feel unsafe completing any of these tasks, call a professional roofing contractor to help with your spring cleaning needs.

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