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.


How to Choose a Professional Roof Contractor

How to Choose a Professional Roof Contractor
Getting high quality roofing services can be a daunting thought when you find a leak in your roof and don’t have a lot of time to do in depth research. If you’re in a hurry and need to find a contractor, follow these tips and you’ll find a professional, proficient roofing expert.

Here are some tips on how to pick the right contractor.

When you have a leak in your roof, you often feel like finding a contractor must be done quickly. And while there is truth to that thought, it’s even more important to make sure you don’t just hire anyone. You want to make sure you have a trustworthy contractor.

Because Texas does not have state licensing, anyone could decide to be a roofer. That’s why doing research, asking for references, and making sure you feel comfortable and safe with the contractor you’ve chosen is extremely important. The first thing you should do when considering a contractor is researching them as a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Once you’ve crossed this off the list, make sure the contractor you’re considering provides you with a “hold harmless” affidavit. This form provides protection for both parties and clearly sets guidelines so no information is withheld.

Checking social media for references is another step to ensuring you have the best contractor available. Look for reviews on Yelp and Google, check out the companies Facebook and other social media accounts, and even ask the company for several references.

Finally, look at their address. This can be telling on their validity as a grounded company. If you see a P.O. Box address, the company could be an individual working out of their garage or pick up truck. Just because someone claims to be a roofer and can get a job totaled with your insurance company does not mean they are qualified to install a roof system.

While we love to support entrepreneurs and self-starters, it’s important to have a roof contractor you can count on for years to come. It’s always devastating for customers to find that their roofer wasn’t properly installed and the roofer has left town.

At Joe Hall Roofing, we provide high quality products and services for customers in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. With years of experience and continued education in the evolving technology in the roofing industry, we work with customers to ensure excellence and efficiency.

The first tip for ensuring you receive the highest quality in terms of products and services is to protect your property. With so much stress of having to find a roof contractor, once you find someone who you feel can sufficiently roof your home, you need to consider the actual process of roofing services.


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.


Tips to Make Sure You Get the Best Quality Roof System

Tips to Make Sure You Get the Best Quality Roof System
Whether your roof system has finally run its course and it’s time to reroof or you have a new build and need a new roof installed, the process of finding a quality contractor, choosing effective roofing materials, and making sure that everything gets done efficiently can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But at Joe Hall Roofing, we want homeowners to have all of the information necessary to make an informed and educated decision.

Before you start googling the closest roofing companies to you, make sure you have all of the information you’ll need to have a constructive conversation about what you need and how much it will cost you.

You’ll want to make sure you talk to at least three different roofing contractors before you make a final decision on who should install your roof system. Ask for references, look them up on the Better Business Bureau, and make sure they are a legitimate company with relationships with different roofing material manufacturers. Discuss insurance information and ask for a consultation and inspection to get a quote from each company.

Once you feel like you’ve found a company you feel comfortable to work with, make sure you have all of the financial information you need. Ask questions, do your research, make sure you feel confident before construction begins.

During the construction phase, your home will be noisy. Add to this the fact that roofing materials typically weight about ten tons. While the old roof is attached to the deck, it needs to come off. All of these factors add up to not only a noisy experience, but a process that requires extremely caution and control to ensure no addition damage is done to the house or the landscaping. Make sure that the roofing company you work with takes extra care during this phase. Set specific hours with them and make sure your grass, landscaping, brick, and all of your exterior property will be kept in order. You don’t want a bunch of shingles falling on your flowers and ruining your landscaping.

There are so many facets to roofing a residential property. There are codes and manufacturer specifications that must be met, there are homeowner requests and aesthetics that are taken into consideration, there are roof shingles, chimney flashings, stack vent flashings, skylights, roof decking, and many more details that cannot be overlooked. Roofing professionals will have a lot of knowledge and know how to install and complete your roof installation seamlessly. As construction continues, there’s a balance of trust and communication that’s crucial. A professional will keep you updated as progress is made. When the construction is complete, do an inspection and look for anything that doesn’t look right to you. Have the roofing professional go around with you so you can ask any questions you have.

These steps might seem tedious, but having a roof system installed is a task we know homeowners don’t take lightly. But having a contractor you trust makes the process much easier.


How Does North Texas Weather Affect the Lifespan of a Roof System?

How Does North Texas Weather Affect the Lifespan of a Roof System?
North Texas is known for it’s unstable weather patterns. You can wake up one more and have to layer and scrape your windows. Then, by lunch, you’re have to change your shoes because it’s way too hot outside for boots. It’s insane, but it’s to be expected in this area. And, for most of us, it’s all we know. And while we might be used to it, how do our homes handle this hot-cold dance that Mother Nature enjoys so much?

The answer is simple and complicated at the same time. The simple part is that roof systems are designed to endure tough weather conditions. But the complicated part is that tough weather conditions don’t usually entail a snow storm and extreme heat all in one day.

Luckily, roofing experts in North Texas are well aware of how fast weather conditions change. And the manufacturers that providing roofing materials have incredibly advanced systems in place to protect against Mother Nature.

Joe Hall Roofing offers the latest in residential roofing technology. Working with manufacturers like GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning, Malarkey, Engineered Steel, DaVinci Roofscapes, Inspire by Tapco, and Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, customers can rest assure that their roofing materials are made to handle the extreme weather of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

With that being said, it is important that homeowners understand that extreme weather conditions can cause roof damage if preventative care doesn’t occur.

Heat is the most prominent condition that affects roof systems in North Texas. The heat beating down on a roof all day can cause the roof to age faster than homes that do not suffer the same heat exposure. From shingles cracking to tearing or curling up, it’s important to always keep an eye on your roof system and call an expert for an assessment.

Strong Winds are also another factor to consider in the North Texas area. Wind has the power to rip and tear shingles from the roof with ease, even when the roof system is installed with extreme precision. Any time strong winds blow through, make sure you carefully inspect your roof, from the ground, to see if any damage was done. If you notice anything loose or missing, call a roofing contractor to take a closer look.

Even when strong winds themselves don’t cause harm, the winds can cause debris to fall on the roof system. Tree limbs that fall onto the roof system can cause extensive damage. So make sure you take keep trees trimmed and away from the house.

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