Winter Weather Effects on Residential Roofing Systems

Winter Weather Effects on Residential Roofing Systems
While North Texas isn’t known for it’s tough winters, this area is known for being unpredictable when it comes to weather. One day you walk outside to the sun shining and within hours, you find yourself in the middle of a thunderstorm. The instability of Texas weather isn’t for everyone, but for those of us who choose to stay, it’s important to prepare for any and every weather situation.

During the winter, we face a lot of sleet, rain, and even snow. During these weather situations, your home suffers the strain, especially your roof. Let’s take a look at how different winter weather elements affect your home.


Strong wind storms are probably the most likely to occur during the winter months in Texas. The wind speeds and force of the wind often means missing, loose, torn, and ruined shingles and flashing. It also negatively affects the stability of a roof’s ridges and rakes.

To prevent damage and protect your home against wind damage, it’s important that you invest in quality roofing materials. Finding a roofing company that offers superior roofing shingles can be more expensive, but it’s always worth it for the durability and quality of the shingles. Look for high quality manufacturers, like GAF, CertainTeed, Inspire by Tapco, DaVinci Roofscapes, Engineered Steel, and more bands like this have the highest ratings and longest lasting materials on the market.

In addition to finding a quality shingle, you want a shingle that comes with a warranty on wind damage up to 110 mph as opposed to a standard three-tab warranty (which covers about 60 to 70 mph).

To prevent wind damage from occurring, have a roof inspection before the thick of winter hits. If any small issues are found, fix them immediately. If you don’t, the winter weather will only expound on those problems. Look around your property to see if any branches could be potentially harmful to your roof system. Have a tree-trimming service cut them back.


Ice is another common winter weather element found in North Texas. We don’t see much snow, but we will touch on that briefly.

Snow, when piled up, can put a lot of pressure on a roof system. In fact, if too much piles up, it will exceed the load-bearing capacity of your roof system and can be incredibly harmful to your roof.

Ice is the most common winter element to affect North Texas residential properties. Ice, most often, builds up on the eaves of the roof system. This happens when snow melts or it rains and water builds up, then re-freezes. This potential problem blocks your gutters, prevents water from exiting the roof, and creates a dam. If the water doesn’t have an escape, it can sit and seep into the home.

To prevent this situation from occurring, do regular self-inspections during winter. Minimize ice damming by cleaning out your gutters, insulating your attic, and treating your eaves with a liquid treatment that melts ice.

It’s inevitable, winter weather affects the exterior of homes. While water, ice, wind, and snow pose as potential threats to your roof system, there are plenty of ways to prevent any damage. Stay ahead of it by preparing your roof system for winter.


Insulating Your Commercial Building

Insulating Your Commercial Building
The purpose of insulation in the roof system is to keep heat inside a structure during the winter months and keep the cold during the summer. The effect of insulation is temperature control inside the building. For commercial buildings, having the proper roofing insulation is vital.

Commercial property owners in America save almost 10 billion dollars each year in energy costs through insulating their buildings. This number is huge. But, more than the money saves, insulation in commercial buildings also saves energy consumption---about 15 percent of all the energy used in America each year.

When you see these numbers, it’s easy to see how important having the right insulation installed in a commercial structure is. If you are looking into insulation, here are some important steps you should take to make the best choice for your building.

Schedule a consultation with several local roofing companies. Joe Hall Roofing has years of experience helping commercial property owners compete roofing projects, including the insulating of buildings. To help you find the perfect company, ask about their experience, their specialties, and their background.

Do your research and take your time finding a company that you trust for such a big project. Once you’ve found a reputable company, ask about the different insulation choices. Reflective roofing is a great choice for commercial structures. In fact, this technique is incredibly energy efficient and durable for years of quality use.

Reflective roofing reflects the sun back out, keeping the interior of the building at a comfortable temperature. It does the same for the winter months.

Next, consider the maintenance of reflective roofing. When you own a commercial building, you most likely have a flat roof. At Joe Hall Roofing, we offer high quality insulation options for commercial roofing systems. We use the latest innovations and work with reputable manufacturers, like GAF, Firestone, Lapolla Industries, ER Systems, MBCI, and DECRA.

Choosing the proper insulation for your commercial structure requires some time and consideration. You want to get multiple opinions and ask enough questions to get an idea of a company’s expertise, experience, and referrals. When you find a quality company, make sure they work with notable manufacturers, so you get top notch materials that will stand up to the unpredictable Texas weather.

Insulating your commercial building not only saves you money, but it reduces our national carbon footprint. It’s also important for building owners to know that while we, from a professional standpoint, recommend a substantial amount of insulation, building codes have increased their standards, meaning that more insulation is now required for commercial buildings.

This change over the past few years, means that more insulation is required, more energy is conserved, and more money is saved for commercial building owners.


How Long Will Your Roof System Last—Finding Durable Roofing Materials

How Long Will Your Roof System Last—Finding Durable Roofing Materials
After its many years of service, your roof system finally gives up. You contact your insurance and get an estimate, you contact your local roofing service provider, and you’re ready to have it installed. The only other concern is what roofing shingles to have installed. Finding the right roofing material for your roof system can be overwhelming. You want the perfect mix of aesthetic, curb appeal and lasting function. Here’s a list of different roofing materials along with their durability and function. The top concern for homeowners is the lifespan of the roof, it’s energy efficiency, high quality of the material, and its ability to withstand Mother Nature. Each of these concerns is valuable and can be used to determine the best material to use on your roof system. Whether you choose composite roofing shingles or metal roofing, tile or slate, each roofing material has unique factors that make it worth the investment. Composite roofing shingles are the most popular economical choice. They are incredibly durable, have a nice aesthetic appeal, and are proven to be long lasting. Composite shingles are available in organic and non-organic. And benefits of composite shingles include fire resistance, a wide range of styles available, ease of maintenance, and more. Metal roofing is another durable option for North Texas residents. Metal roofing is also referred to as a steel roof. This material is known for its durability. No matter what Mother Nature brings, metal is built tough enough to combat it. Added benefits of metal roofing include a decreased carbon footprint to save on energy. Besides its increase in aesthetic appeal, metal roofing is very versatile. There are numerous colors and designed to make your metal roof unique and upscale. Other benefits include its ability to be manufactured to look like shake, clay tiles, or traditional vertical seam profiles. Metal roofing saves homeowners about 40 percent in energy bills, which makes it a valuable roofing material. Wood roofing material is a great investment for homeowners. These shingles are energy efficient, a renewable resource, and they last for an estimated 30 years. Wood shingles are not only functional, but also bring curb appeal to residential properties. Slate shingles are a very durable option. This roofing material is comprised of sedimentary rock that is split and cut into rectangles. The precision used to create the shape of each shingle is unprecedented. Slate shingles are durable, aesthetically appealing, and last longer than any other roofing material.

How to Prepare your Roof for Fall

How to Prepare your Roof for Fall
Summer is finally making it’s grand exit in North Texas and fall is arriving with strong winds, thunderstorms, and incredible cool weather. While us Texans love the arrival of fall, our homes don’t always feel that same appreciation. The winds that come along with the cold front that brings us fall can cause missing shingles and other problematic damage. So before fall comes in in full force, here are some ways to prepare for the cooler weather and all that it brings. First, look for damaged shingles. The wind can be brutal to your roof system. So check your yard for shingles that have fallen off. Then, use a ladder to climb up and look at your roof. Look for loose or damaged shingles. Putting in the effort before the weather gets crazy will save you a lot of money and heartache. If you notice any damage to your roof system, contact your roof contractor. Clean your Gutters Enjoy this perfect weather to the fullest. Get out there and clean your gutters. Leaves are falling, wind is causing added debris, and, if you’re like most homeowners in Texas, you’ve avoided this task because the North Texas heat can be unbearable. So, take advantage of the cool front and get your gutters clean before the trees really start shedding leaves and clogging gutters. It's a time-consuming task, but it crucial for the maintenance of your roof. If you don’t clean them before the leaves really start falling, you’ll end up with unnecessary buildup. And that buildup can cause roof leaks that end up costing thousands of dollars to repair. Trim branches, clear debris off the roof, and clean the gutters—this chore will extend the lifetime of your roof. Check the Valleys While you’re looking over the roof, check the valleys on the roof—the spaces where lines meet. This is where the most debris builds up on your roof. And, unfortunately, that’s also where the most leaks occur. Safety is absolutely first when doing anything on the roof. If you can’t reach something from a ladder, we recommend contacting your roofing contractor to have your roof inspected, cleared, and cleaned. By completing these tasks and inspections, you’ll be more prepared for fall. We know roof chores can be draining, but this is one chore that can potentially save you thousands of dollars.

Residential Roofing Products & Services

Residential Roofing Products & Services
Joe Hall Roofing works with customers in need of commercial and residential roofing services. Residential roofing services rendered range from asphalt shingles and wood shingles to tile and slate roofing and metal roofing as well as standing seam and coated metal.

We work with the leading roof product manufacturers to provide our customers with high quality, lasting roof systems. Including GAF, Owens Corning, CertainTeed, Tamko, and Malarkey, our manufacturers have roofing materials that meet the Class IV resistance. The benefit of this to home owners is that most insurance companies give a discount to their policy holders for the Class IV product being on their roof.

Joe Hall Roofing contractors also install and maintain MaxFlo soffit vents, ridge vents, power vents, turbines, and low-profile vents as well as skylights.

Committed to providing superior residential roofing services, Joe Hall Roofing serves the great Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Arlington, Mansfield, Plano, Southlake, Fort Worth, Dallas, and more. Using the latest materials and technology, our residential roofing division ensures that the products we use are geared for maximum performance.

Choose from composition, metal, polymer, wood shingles, tile, and slate roofing materials.

Composition roofing shingles are incredibly durable and high quality. This material is popular as it can mimic most roofing styles and can easily blend in with a desired look without spending the added expenses for those materials. Composition shingles can be manufactured with special preventative treatments against UV fading, warping, algae growth, and cracking.

Metal roofing material is used for more than its good looks. In fact, engineered steel protects against environmental factors. But, it also offers a low-maintenance roofing solution able to withstand the tests of time. Metal roofing also provides resistance against roof discoloration and damage. This material is increasing in popularity as well as a long-lasting solution.

Polymer rubber roofing is best known for its natural look. This material is durable and stands up against Mother Nature well. Other features of polymer is that it doesn’t fade, it can mimic other materials, and it blends in with any home style.

Wood shingles offer an upscale look for your home. Providing a customer element to your curb appeal, wood shingles are high quality, made of premium materials to outlast any weather element. Each crafted wood shingle provides customers with a unique and elegant style.

Tile is a unique material used as it gives a very specific look and style to your home. Choose from Spanish tile, shake tile, clay tiles, and many more. Spanish style is among the most popular tile roofing style, but tile roofing is very dynamic and can be used in a combination of hues.

Slate roofing is among the most durable roofing systems available, especially valued during the harshest of winters. This time look is long lasting and unique to provide your home with a gorgeous aesthetic appeal.

About Joe Hall Roofing

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