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Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vinyl siding is a popular choice for many home exteriors. While vinyl siding can be damaged by hail, vinyl siding is really very durable. It resists fading, is weatherproof, and cannot be damaged by termites or other pests. In many cases, vinyl siding is also wind resistant.

Vinyl siding is also very popular because it is economical. It is also available in many colors and textures, which gives homeowners the ability to customize their home to their desired look and specifications. It can also be installed over your existing exterior for a fast update of your home!

Although vinyl siding is very durable, it still requires routine maintenance and care to keep your home looking its best. These tips from Scott Exteriors can help you care for your vinyl siding:

Inspect Your Property. Routine checks of your siding should be performed at least twice a year. Looking for punctures, cracks, or pieces that may have become loosened during storms. It is important to make sure your siding is in good repair in order to prevent damage from weather or pests.

Remove Potential Problems. During your inspection, also take note of any plants or trees that may rub against your house. These plants and trees can cause cracks or punctures to your vinyl siding over time. Cut back any vegetation that may cause damage.

Keep it Clean. You should clean your vinyl siding at least once per year. Using a stiff bristled brush and soapy water. You can use a mild soap, like Dawn dishwashing soap. Scrub your siding to remove dirt, debris, and cobwebs. Be sure to rinse thoroughly when done, as soap residue can attract dirt and leave your home looking dirty or older.

You can use a power washer to also clean your siding. If you choose to use a power washer, be sure to follow your machine’s instructions regarding vinyl siding.

Do you have more questions about how to care for your vinyl siding or are you interested in vinyl siding for your home in DFW? Call Scott Exteriors today at (214) 503-7663.

Leaking Roof

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Have you ever taken a look at your ceiling? Go ahead and take a long look. Do you see any dark or discolored spots, cracks, or sagging drywall? If you do, you may have a problem that goes beyond your home’s interior. You may have a leaking roof. Scott Exteriors frequently fields calls from customers in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, and all around North Texas who were not aware of their leaking roof until it started raining…inside.

Experts at Scott Exteriors are trained to recognize the signs of water damage caused by a leaking roof. In this blog, we share those tips with you.

Stains on the Ceiling. One of the most telltale signs of water damage caused by a leaking roof is stains on your ceiling. Brown, rust-colored or dark spots or areas of discoloration may be clues that the area is wet or was wet at one due to a roof leak. You may also notice the paint on your ceiling bulging or blistering as water builds up as a result of a storm. This situation is especially dangerous, because if your ceiling becomes saturated with water, it could eventually collapse, causing thousands of dollars in property damage and injury to your loved ones.

Mold or Mildew. Leaking water can also leave you with mold or mildew. Mold thrives in moist, dark areas – like your attic. If left untreated, mold can grow and its spores can infiltrate your air ducts. Over time, this mold exposure can make you very sick. Like mold, mildew also thrives on moisture. While mildew can be wiped away, it can cause damage and staining on your ceiling that requires remediation.

Wall Woes. Water always moves to lower ground. This means that after it enters your home from a hole in your roof or damaged flashing, it can travel down behind your walls. This can cause your paint or wallpaper to blister and bubble. In some cases it can even impact your electric switches and outlets.

Floor Troubles. Water from a roof leak can even affect your floors. After it travels through your ceiling and down through the walls, it can reach your floors and cause warping, buckling, and staining. If your floor feels wet or spongy when you walk on it, you may have a water from a roof leak pooling beneath your floors.

If you have any of these signs, you may have a roof leak. Call Scott Exteriors today at (214) 503-7663 for an inspection.

Metal Roofing

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

If you’re considering replacing your roof, you have a few options available besides composite shingles. One popular roofing option is metal roofing, made of steel, aluminum, tin, or copper. Metal roofs are an excellent choice for your home or business. Scott Exteriors is very experienced in metal roofing, and can help you decide if a metal roof can work for your home. 

Why Choose Metal Roofing?

Metal roofing has many benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it is extremely durable, and can withstand damaging rains, wind, and most importantly, hail. Metal roofs have a lot of longevity- and can last many years beyond composite roofing and other roof material options. Barring extreme conditions, a metal roof can last a minimum of at least 50 years. 

More Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is environmentally friendly- and some of the materials can even be recycled. Metal roofing is also lightweight, meaning it can be assembled in modular pieces before being installed on your house. This reduces the cost of materials and the length of the installation. Metal roofing installation is also way less noisy than traditional composite shingle installation- a factor that both you and your neighbors will probably love. 

Metal Roofs May Save You Even More Money

Although metal roofing costs more than composite roofing, because of its long life and durability, you save money from having to have it replaced due to storm damage or wear and tear. You may also save with your homeowner’s insurance company, too.  

This is because metal roofing is rated at a Class IV level for impact because it can withstand hail damage. Metal roofing is also fire-resistant, which benefits both you and your insurance company because of lower claim risk. Insurance companies definitely like this and some pass the savings from potential claims on to you! 

If you have questions about whether metal roofing works for your home, give Scott Exteriors a call today to schedule a consultation. Call us at 214.503.7663 today.

Preventing Premature Roof Failure in North Texas

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Living in North  Texas, you might think that heat and hail are your biggest concerns when it comes to how your roof ages.  While weather can definitely contribute to how your roof wears, there are other things to look out for that may cause your roof to age prematurely. Scott Exteriors are experts at spotting these potential problems- which can help catch the damage early and save you money.  

Installation Issues

If your existing roof was installed improperly, you are at risk of developing problems, such as loose materials and leaks. Your roof is also less likely to last than one that has been installed the right way. It is important to have a qualified professional check your existing roof to make sure it was done correctly- and identify any costly potential problems that may be lurking. Also, if your flashing was not installed properly, you are at risk of developing leaks. Flashing is what seals your roof to things like your chimney, vent pipes, and HVAC system.

Water Woes

Water can do a lot of damage- especially when it pools on your roof. Water pooling is a problem that develops when debris, like leaves, build up and prevent from draining through gutters and HVAC drain lines. It's important to make sure that water can drain away to prevent leaks and damage.

Physical Damage

Other factors can cause damage to your roof, too. Hail, trees, rodents, and insects to name just a few potential hazards. Hail can leave holes in your roof and damage flashing and seals- which leaves you with the potential for leaks. Pests like rodents, birds, and bugs can enter through holes or gaps in your roof or exterior, and cause extensive (and expensive) repairs. Trees that touch your roof can actually damage your shingles, by wearing away the shingle's protective layer, leaving you at risk for water damage.  

Heat Hurts

Your roof bears the brunt of the damaging rays of the sun. Over time, your shingles will blister, crack, and buckle from the heat. This kind of surface damage will eventually lead to more serious problems.

Regular roof inspections can help head off costly repair bills and may extend the life of your roof. However, we recommend that you leave inspections to the professionals, like Scott Exteriors, who are trained to spot problems and potential risks. Professionals also know how to walk on your roof safely- without causing additional damage!

Call Scott Exteriors to schedule your roof inspection today at 214.503.7663.

 

Is It Time to Get Your Texas Roof Repaired or Replaced?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

With all the severe storms during the past couple of years, a record number of roofs in North Texas neighborhoods have been replaced or repaired.

But many homes are still in need of roofing work. Why?

1) The homeowner knows that damage has been done, but has not had their roof repaired or replaced yet, because the home is not leaking. They plan to schedule it later and/or have not selected a roofing contractor yet. If this is the case for you, please be aware that most insurance companies write 2 checks: an initial check and then, after the roofing work is completed, a second check, which is called a depreciation check. There is a finite amount of time in which insurance companies will issue a depreciation check. Typically, it can range from 6-18 months after the initial check is written. If you have sustained damage and have not selected a roofer yet, please contact us at 214.503.7663. We would love to be your roofer.

2) The damage was not apparent after the storms. During a hailstorm, most hail that hits a home’s roof may be too small to cause damage. However, a percentage of the hail may be larger or oddly shaped and can cause damage that may not be readily apparent and may not start leaking until a later date. Additionally, the high wind, rain and heat in North Texas since the hailstorms may have put further stress on prior damage. What to check for:

  • Are you seeing more granules in your gutters and downspouts?
  • Do you have missing or loose shingles now?
  • If you think you may have sustained roof damage and have not already had your roof inspected by a professional, please call Scott Exteriors for a roof inspection (at no charge and under no obligation).

3) The home was re-roofed after the storms by an out-of-town roofer, but now the homeowner is having problems with the roof and can’t reach the original roofing company to service their warranty. If you are in this unfortunate situation, please call Scott Exteriors at 214.503.7663. We can help.

 

Scott Exteriors in Dallas Texas Earns Angie's List Super Service Award Again for its Superior Roofing Services

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scott Exteriors Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Dallas, TX – February 1, 2013 – Scott Exteriors has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Scott Exteriors earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication to providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

National Window Safety Week Tips

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In addition to roofing services, Scott Exteriors provides window and siding installation services in the Dallas area. Because it's National Window Safety Week, this blog post focuses on window safety.

During National Window Safety Week (April 7-13, 2013), the National Safety Council (NSC) seeks to heighten awareness that, while windows offer a valuable secondary escape route from the home, they can also pose a fall risk to both children and adults.

To prevent accidental falls or injuries from windows the NSC suggests the following:

  • • Keep windows closed and locked when children are around 
  • • When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that children cannot reach 
  • • Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall, as they are designed to provide ventilation and not to prevent a child's fall from a window 
  • • Keep furniture, or anything children can climb, away from windows 
  • • Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it regularly 
  • • Make sure nothing is blocking or preventing a window from being opened in the case of an emergency

Download the NSC’s full safety window checklist here and make it a priority this spring to check windows, looking for drafts, gaps from windows that will not close and chipped or peeling paint. Any of these issues could mean that windows aren’t fitting properly and may pose a safety hazard to your family.

Award-Winning Dallas Home Roofing Project - AFTER

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Award-Winning Residential Roofing Project - AFTER - Project Profile
A 1920s east Dallas home

Recently, Scott Exteriors won a Golden Hammer award for residential roofing excellence from the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association for a re-roofing project in old east Dallas. It was completed after the June 6, 2012 hail storm that hit the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. The project posed numerous, unique challenges related to logistics, storm clean up, dry-in, solar panels, historical designation requirements, safety, customization and more. The home’s existing tile roof was damaged so badly by the hail storm that it was featured on WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth as part of the station’s hail storm coverage.

For the re-roofing process to begin, many careful preparations had to be made. Scott Exteriors designed a custom copper drip edge to elevate the tile to the proper height, cover the fascia properly and allow excess water under the tiles to drain past the metal. The copper valley metal was custom-designed for the specific tiles, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

Custom copper footings were then designed similar to lead collar flashing, to flash all 54 of the solar panel footings. The final custom work for the copper was created with intricate counter flashing that was cut in different sizes to flash wall/window/wall/window sided roof slopes.

When the new tile that the homeowner selected was ready to be installed, it had to be hand-carried up to the roof because sky lift equipment could not be used. The 4,000 square foot home has 3 stories, and the tiles were so heavy that only 3 could be carried to the roof at a time.

Working on a roof to clean off heavy tile debris and then man-loading 3 heavy tiles at a time up a 3-story ladder made this project particularly challenging, and made safety a high priority! The Scott Exteriors crew followed all OSHA safety guidelines throughout the project, using full rope and harness sets and safety boards around the house. As a result, the project was completed with no accidents or injuries. 

In total, it took 3 weeks to install the beautiful Ludowici tile, integrating the custom copper flashing. There were roughly 30 different roofing surfaces, requiring a significant amount of cutting and detail work. Additionally, the solar company had to re-design the solar panel configuration and footings for their new panels, and Scott Exteriors then had to ensure that the numerous footings were properly sealed when attached to the roof.

Once all of this work was done, Scott Exteriors water tested the roof for leaks….and they could not create any leaks. With the water testing successful, the copper standing seam and flat seam roofing could then be installed and the finishing touches applied. Within the copper roofs, penetration flashings were custom-fabricated from copper and then soldiered. The flat seam metal roofing on the top of the house was also installed and all joints were soldiered.

The homeowner was extremely happy, and Scott Exteriors is very proud of the challenges overcome and the workmanship on this beautiful roof. 

To see BEFORE pictures, click here.

Award-Winning Residential Roofing Project in Dallas - Before

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Project Profile - BEFORE - Award-Winning Residential Roofing Project
A 1920s east Dallas home

Recently, Scott Exteriors won a Golden Hammer award for residential roofing excellence from the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association for a re-roofing project in old east Dallas. It was completed after the June 6, 2012 hail storm demolished the home, located in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. The project posed numerous, unique challenges related to logistics, storm clean up, dry-in, solar panels, historical designation requirements, safety, customization and more. The home’s existing tile roof was damaged so badly by the hail storm that it was featured on WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth as part of the station’s hail storm coverage.

Historically Designated Area
The neighborhood that the house resides in is a historically designated area, and all aspects of replacing the roofing had to be performed in accordance with the original specifications of the historical home when it was built in the early 1920s.

Storm Cleanup
The magnitude of the damage done to this home by the June 6, 2012 hail storm was astounding. The heavy tile, weighing over 1,000 pounds per square, was smashed into thousands of pieces and falling off the house and onto the grounds surrounding the home, putting the family, pets and visitors in danger. The falling pieces were also damaging the home’s landscaping,

The project required a significant amount of storm clean up, not only because pieces of heavy, existing tiles were falling, but because the 3-story home had leaks in many areas.

Because the home was in a mature neighborhood, surrounded by trees and neighbors, sky lift equipment could not be used – there simply wasn’t room. Instead, the existing roofing materials (located on the roof and around the property) had to be collected and removed by hand. Because tiles were loose and falling, presenting a danger to the home’s residents and visitors, it also presented a safety challenge to Scott Exteriors.

Scott Exteriors immediately began to remove all of the existing tile pieces and haul them away as fast as possible. Because the roof was in such bad condition, footing on the roof, despite wearing full OSHA safety harnesses, was very precarious, and the cleanup process took 3 days.

Dry-In
Next, Scott Exteriors had to dry-in the home. Although it was temporary, the dry-in roofing solution had to keep the home dry for an extended period of time. The specialty tiles selected by the homeowners were taking 3-4 months to arrive after orders were placed, so the dry-in process had to be top notch. And, in addition to the sloped tile roof, the home also has a flat roof patio, a flat roof at the very top of the house and 2 standing seam metal roofs on the back side. All areas were leaking and required dry-in work that would offer a good solution for up to 4 months.

Solar Panels
Making the job even more complicated, there were tempered solar panels all over the back of the roof, which were also smashed. The solar panels were mounted on a total of 54 footings – which meant 54 roof penetrations and areas that could leak!

Click here to see AFTER photos.

How to Prevent Snow Damage to Your Texas Roof

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Snow might be a rarity in Texas (especially in the Dallas, TX area), but that makes it doubly important that Texans take the proper precautions. Here are some measures you can take to prevent roof damage and collapse this winter season.


  1. Keep your gutters clear
    Your home's gutters and spouts collect debris, particularly during autumn’s shedding of the trees. Leaves, sticks and dirt all build up in the drains of homes. When this debris is combined with ice or snow, those same drains and gutters can become clogged and blocked. This can create back-up, preventing ice water from being properly carried off of your roof. Heavy snows or ice can result in leaks and sagging, permanently warping your roof.
  2. Insulate your attic . . . properly
    Insulating your attic can mean the difference between a cozy sheet of soft snow on your roof...and nasty leaks. Insulation keeps heat inside your home, while ensuring that the attic is sealed from frost. But insulation must be done properly, or the attic will be too hot. Roofing in Dallas TX can be a tricky balance between hot and cold, and the insulation in your attic is an essential part of keeping the temperature within an acceptable range. Fiberglass insulation is the easiest to install in a residential home.
  3. Flash your chimney
    Shingles can be damaged when water gets under them, and snow can mean fewer shingles on your roof than previously. One of the most vulnerable places for the shingles is next to the chimney. The juncture of the slanted roof and the chimney stack must be flashed properly in order for it to remain watertight. This requires two separate layers of metal flashing: one series of L-shaped pieces layers with the shingles, and one layer over the top of those. The final ingredient is competent caulking, which has to be periodically replaced in order to prevent leaks. The flashing materials used can be copper, lead, or aluminum, depending on the roof and the location of your home. Improper or nonexistent flashing can result in leaks around the chimney.

When snow, frost, and ice hit homes in Texas, it can leave a harsh impact on roofs, which are better suited to baking sun and wind. Yet, as temperatures drop, the possibility of damage rises. So take steps to secure your roof today. Contact Scott Exteriors for roofing Dallas TX work and repairs.


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