How to Prevent Snow from Accumulating on the Roof

How to Prevent Snow from Accumulating on the Roof
It’s not a common occurrence in North Texas for it to snow. Add to that oddity the fact that snow can fall and actually stick and us Texans are at a loss for words. But, on the rare occasion that winter gives us snow, most of us wouldn’t know how to protect our roof from damage. Did you know that when snow accumulates in the eaves of your roof, it’s called ice dams?

Ice dams are when ice form along the margins of your roof. And, when the ice is still frozen, it’s not necessarily a danger. But during the day, when the sun begins to melt the ice, water begins to pool up behind the ice and can seep under the shingles.

While there’s no single method to preventing ice dams, there are some steps you can take to reduce the effects.

Create a cold roof. It sounds counter intuitive, but a cold roof is key to keeping the snow and ice frozen and preventing water from seeping. Most often, the roof gets warm from a warm attic. Heat escapes through the ceilings into the attic and then the attic warms the roof and the ice and snow melt. When the water runs down the roof, it hits the cold edge, where the attic doesn’t reach, and it refreezes. This creates a rim of ice that traps water behind it.

To prevent this from happening, you need to keep your attic and roof cold. Keep the attic cold by closing attic bypasses. Air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, and other ceiling penetrations are the culprits. Stopping air leaks requires you climb in the attic, caulk, use foam to plug leaks, rake back insulation, or some other method. It’s tedious and sometimes, difficult to reach.

If you choose to do this work on your own, make sure you wear a dust mask, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants. If you find the leaks to difficult to reach or have safety concerns, contact your local roof expert.

Another way to keep your roof cold is to add roof vents. Attic ventilation sucks the cold outdoor air into the attic and moves the warmer attic air out. This cools the attic and the roof in the process.

This method seems simple, but to install a roof vent, the process can be timely. There are also additional deterrents, such as roofs with angled ceilings and no attic, roofs with skylights, low-slope roofs, and flat roof dormers. If you face these deterrents, then you might need another solution.

If a cold roof isn’t working solely, you can rake the snow off your roof. A snow rake is designed for heavy snowfall. It pulls the snow off the roof before it has the chance to melt.


Tips on Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights Without Damaging Your Roof

Tips on Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights Without Damaging Your Roof
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas season is finally here, which means one thing. Time to hang up the Christmas lights. There are many ways to hang Christmas lights on your house, most of which involve your gutter. But, does this timeless tradition damage your roof? Let’s find out.

First, before you get up in the attic and attack the endless amount of Christmas boxes to find the outdoor lights, make sure your roof system is ready for the added pressure. Give a simple inspection of your roof. Look for any missing shingles, make sure your gutter system is tightly secured, and look at your eaves and along the flashing to make sure everything is in proper condition.

Once you’ve inspected the entire roof system and it’s in good condition and can handle the added pressure of the Christmas lights, go ahead and get them out and test them. Make sure all of the bulbs are working properly. If so, get your attachments ready.

This is the part that can make or break your roof system. If you have the wrong attachments, you could do some serious harm to your roof. With all of the advances in technology, you would be surprised at how many options you have! From the more traditional plastic clips that can attached to the gutter or the roof shingles to the magnetic clips that are a beautiful invention, there are endless options when it comes to attaching your Christmas lights.

The plastic attachments create a pull on your shingles or gutters, but with even distribution, won’t cause any significant harm to your gutters or shingles, especially if they’re only hung for three to four weeks of the holiday season. For those who procrastinate on taking them down, you’re doing more harm than good!

Another really great option for attaching your Christmas lights is to use the magnetic attachments. These attachments convert plastic light string sockets into magnets. Then you can simply place the lights onto anything magnetic—gutters, metal roofs, and even gates.

Hanging Christmas lights is festive and fun, but you want to make sure that your approach isn’t costing you more than just the electric bill. Don’t take shortcuts and damage your roof. Hang Christmas lights the right way, distributing the weight of the strand evenly so that no one spot receives more pressure.


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.

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