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Monday, December 11, 2017

Why HardiePlank is a Great Choice for Replacing Your Siding

Does your Carrollton home need a facelift? One of the best ways to refresh your home’s exterior is to replace old vinyl siding. One of the best things to replace your old vinyl siding with is HardiePlank fiber cement board siding. What makes HardiePlank the best option for your home’s exterior? Find out in this blog.
  

What is HardiePlank? 

HardiePlank or Hardie Board is a brand of siding commonly used in residential and commercial building applications. HardiePlank is made up of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers, a component that gives green plants and trees their strength and structure. 


Why is it better than other types of siding? 

It’s durable. HardiePlank is much thicker than vinyl siding – on average nearly two and a half times thicker, in fact. This means it can stand up to damaging winds and even hail. Unlike wood siding, HardiePlank is unattractive to damaging pests such as termites. It’s not flammable. Unlike wood siding, HardiePlank is not flammable or combustible. While vinyl siding is treated with a fire retardant application, vinyl siding warps badly from the heat of a fire. Vinyl siding can even warp or melt on homes that are close to a fire as a result of ambient heat. 


It looks good.

HardiePlank can be manufactured to have a smooth final finish or be textured to look like real wood, a benefit that is attractive to many homeowners. Like vinyl siding, HardiePlank is available in a wide array of colors. HardiePlank can also be painted if you want to change the color of your home in the future.

Are there drawbacks to selecting HardiePlank for my home? 

HardiePlank is an excellent siding option for your home, but there are some things you should be aware of when making your decision. One of those things is that HardiePlank costs more than vinyl siding. HardiePlank can also fade over time, which means you may have to repaint your home sometime in the future. 

Are you interested in learning more about HardiePlank or other available siding options offered by Scott Exteriors? Call us today at 214-503-7663.

Wondering About Window Choices?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

If you’re thinking about making upgrades to the exterior of your Plano home such as new siding or a new roof, you may also want to replace your windows while you are at it as a finishing touch to your upgrades. Just like with siding and roofing materials, there are many types of windows available on today’s market. Two of most the popular window choices are single-hung and double-hung windows – but which type is the best option for your home?


What are the differences between single-hung and double-hung windows?

Single-hung windows are two window sashes (also known as frames) that are stacked vertically along a track. The top sash is fixed in place and the bottom sash can move up and down along sliders in the track. Single-hung windows are common in many homes and apartments. They are also frequently used in commercial construction. 

Double-hung windows are similar in construction to single-hung windows: two sashes are stacked on one another in a track. The difference between single-hung and double-hung windows is that while single-hung windows open only on the bottom sash, both sashes in a double-hung window slide up and down. The sashes of double-hung windows can also open outward, on a pivot. 

Which one is a better option for your home?

Single-hung windows are very popular because their modern look fits in with many home interior styles. Additionally, they are very easy to operate. The inside of single-hung windows is also easy to clean, but exterior cleaning requires going outside - making them ideal for one-story homes. 

Double-hung windows are also an excellent option for your home because their design allows you to open both the top and the body for increased airflow. Some people with small children or small pets prefer double-hung windows because they feel they are safer because they can open the top sash instead of the bottom one and prevent children or pets from falling out of the window. Double-hung windows are easy to clean from any floor because the window can be tilted inward instead of having to go outside to clean the exterior surface. 
 

Want to learn more about the best window replacement options for your home? 

 Schedule a window replacement consultation with Scott Exteriors by calling 214-503-7663.

Flat Roofs – Make Sure They Drain!

Thursday, October 26, 2017
If your Carrollton or Plano office or business has a flat roof, one of the maintenance concerns you may have is keeping your roof draining correctly. If water pools on your roof over time, it could cause leaks and interior damage. Ensuring that your flat roof has a proper drainage system can prevent pooling and expensive damage to your property. 

Gutters. 

One of the critical elements to ensuring that a flat roof is draining correctly is a quality gutter system. Gutters attach to the edge of the roof and collect water when it rains and drains it away from the building. Gutters are ideal for existing roofs because they easily attach to the side of the building and do not require significant modifications to your property. It is important to remember that because gutters are open pipes, regular cleaning is necessary to keep them draining as intended. Periodic inspection of your gutters should also be scheduled to check for damage from storms that would affect how they flow. 

Scuppers. 

Another element to consider adding to your flat roof are scuppers. Scuppers are spouts installed along the edge of your flat roof that allows water to drain away from your building through an exterior pipe. These scuppers are intended to keep the walls of your building and foundation from becoming saturated with water. Scuppers can be installed in existing flat roof systems, but ideally, should be placed during construction of your flat roof. 

Interior drainage systems. 

Interior drainage systems consist of drains strategically placed along your roof to drain water away from the flat service. These drainage systems carry water from the roof to interior drains. These systems are ideal for large, flat roofs that have excessive pooling. Interior drainage systems are best placed during construction but can be retrofitted in existing buildings in some cases.

If you are looking to install roof drainage systems for your flat roof in Carrollton or Plano, or want to have your flat roof checked for proper drainage, call Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663 to schedule a consultation!

New North Texas Roof – Reassurance for Buyers!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thinking of selling your Plano home? 

 If so, you’re likely thinking about the things that would persuade a buyer to make a purchase. These items may include updating your curb appeal with new landscaping, new paint, and new carpeting. But what about a new roof?


Do I Need to Replace My Roof Before I Sell?

Replacing a roof on a home you are selling may seem like wasting money, but studies have shown that on average, a roof replacement yields a 53.4 percent return on investment. 

  • This high ROI is because buyers like new – even if they’re buying an older home. An older roof may turn them off or turn them away. 
  • Buyers like new because they want the peace of mind knowing that they will not have to make a significant repair after making a major purchase. 
  • An older roof also gives a potential buyer a means of negotiating a lower price than listed, which ultimately means less money for you. 

Another consideration to make when thinking about replacing your roof before selling your home is that a roof that is in bad shape or is reaching the end of its life can affect your buyer’s financing. In some cases, lenders can make the loan approval contingent on replacing the roof. If that happens, the seller (you) foots the bill and must have the roof replaced before closing. 

How Do I Know If I Need a Roof Replacement? 

If you’re thinking about listing your home, the best thing to do is to call a professional roofing company like Scott Exteriors. We will inspect your home before you list it and provide you a thorough inspection report that identifies damage or potential problem areas. This gives you a starting point in determining if you just need a few repairs or if it is time to replace.

Contact Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663 for a full roof inspection report.

Selecting Shutters for your exterior home

Thursday, October 12, 2017
High-quality and properly placed shutters can be a great finishing touch for your home’s exterior, but if you choose the wrong materials or install them incorrectly, you can negatively affect your curb appeal. Scott Exteriors is an expert in shutters and can help you not only select the right shutters for your home, but also install them professionally to give your home a flawless and beautiful finish. 

A Brief History of Shutters

Shutters have been around for centuries. Before glass came into use to cover window openings, shutters served as a way to keep out weather and pests. In the mid-1800s, glass came into widespread use in America, and shutters went from keeping out the outside world to serving as a protective cover for the fragile new glass. Shutters then transitioned from a protective function to an aesthetic one when glass and window quality improved in the early 20th century. 
  

Sizing Up Shutters

The size of your windows determines the size of the shutters you need. While the needs of each home vary, a good rule of thumb is that shutters should be half the width and the same height as your window. When sized correctly, they will give the illusion that if you closed the shutters, they would completely cover the window. 

Shutter Placement

When you think about adding shutters, you probably think about adding them in pairs, with one shutter flanking each side of the window. This situation is ideal, but because every home is different, it is important to have a professional measure the space between your windows to ensure that you have enough room to hang the right size shutter for your home. 

Shutter Materials

Modern shutters are available in wood, vinyl, and composite materials. Each material type has specific benefits regarding look, maintenance, and durability:Real wood. Real wood shutters have an authentic look and appeal, but over time will require painting or staining. Real wood can suffer significant wear and tear in the harsh Texas climate. 

Vinyl

Vinyl shutters are more durable than real wood shutters and require very little maintenance, but take care to select a high-quality product that will stay looking great for a long time. 

Composite

Composite material options are also available and offer both durability and a quality finish.

Do you want to learn more about adding shutters to your home? 


Call Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663 for answers to your questions about shutters, windows, siding, and roofs.

DIY Roofing for Dallas Texas home owners

Thursday, September 28, 2017
There are a lot of home repairs that you can do yourself around your home with the help of YouTube, Pinterest, or other online resources, but what about DIY roof replacement? While it may be tempting to take on this project on your own, there are some significant considerations you should make before grabbing a ladder and getting on your roof. 

Heavy lifting. A single pack of shingles can weigh over 70 pounds. Lifting shingles on the ground can be difficult, much less getting them up a ladder and onto your roof. 

Quality equipment. You probably don’t have everything you need for a project of this magnitude, so you’re going to have to buy specialized tools. Roofing requires several tools like a roofing hammer and nailer, as well as shingle remover for taking off old shingles. You will also need hundreds of roofing nails, rolls of underlayment material, staples, and sealant. The cost of these materials adds up quickly and may make your project more expensive than you originally planned. 

Walking around. You may have seen roofers walking around the roofs of nearby homes and marvel how they seem to do it so gracefully and effortlessly. While professional roofers make it look easy, it's because they’ve had years of experience and know exactly how to walk to stay safe. They know where and how to step to prevent falling off or damage to a roof. 

Environmental factors.
When you're on the roof, you're in the sun and other elements. Wind gusts can develop out of nowhere, and unless you know how to brace yourself safely, you may find yourself in danger...or on the ground. 

Professional results. Chances are your professional expertise is in an area other than roofing. Your lack of roofing experience may mean that despite your research and best efforts, your attempt to put on a new roof may leave you with loose shingles and leaks. These further complications can leave you with a whole new list of problems and repair projects. 

Save yourself time, money, and the risk of damage by allowing Scott Exteriors to do your roof replacement. Call us today at 214-503-7663.



Gutters maintenance in Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We know that cleaning out your gutters probably doesn’t rank as one of your favorite ways to spend your weekend, but it really should be a regular item on your maintenance checklist. Gutters clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris causes serious damage and leaves your roof at risk of leaks. Experts at Scott Exteriors recommend cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year.

How Gutters Get Clogged

Gutters are open to the elements – as the wind brings dirt and leaves and deposits them in the gutters of your home. Trees near your property can drop leaves and small branches. Even birds and squirrels can drop seeds and other debris into your gutters. Over time, small bits of debris create blockages that prevent the gutter from draining water away from your roof- which is the purpose of having gutters in the first place!

Gutters are in disrepair or are not angled property can also become clogged, allowing water to pool near your roof.

How Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Roof

If your gutters are clogged, they cannot move water away from your roof and home. Instead, water collects against your roof and begins to seep under your shingles. If left untreated, water can eventually make its way to the plywood foundation of your roof and even into your attic beams and insulation. 

Water that makes its way into your home can cause extensive (and expensive) damage to your interior.

Clogged gutters can also begin to sag and droop as water builds up. 

How to Prevent Roof Leaks Caused by Clogged Gutters

The easiest way to prevent clogged gutters from damaging your roof is to keep your gutter clean. At least twice a year (we recommend in the spring and the fall), grab a bucket and a ladder and remove debris. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, hire a company that specializes in cleaning and maintaining gutters. 

While you’re checking out your gutters, be sure check your downspouts, too. Make sure they are pointing away from your house to protect your foundation and landscaping.

Want to learn more about how clogged gutters can affect your roof? Call Scott Exteriors today at 214.503.7663.

Wood Clad Windows

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Considering upgrading your windows or are you building a new home and are wondering what kind of window is the way to go?

Wood-clad windows are an excellent option for people who want the look of wood, but are nervous about maintenance and durability. Scott Exteriors offers wood-clad windows and explains why they are a great option for your North Texas home. 

What Exactly Are Wood-Clad Windows? Wood-clad windows are windows made of wood, but have aluminum (or vinyl) on the exterior. 

Are Wood-Clad Windows Customizable? Yes, wood-clad windows are customizable. The aluminum is coated paint in a wide variety of colors to match your home’s exterior. The inside lining of the window is wood that painted or stained to match your interior.

Wood-clad windows are available in a wide array of sizes, styles, and shapes, too. Unique features like high-end hardware or low-energy panes are also available from some manufacturers. 

What Are the Benefits of Wood-Clad Windows? Besides being customizable, one benefit of wood-clad windows is because of their that they can withstand rain and other precipitation, wear and tear caused by aging, and severe weather (even hail!).

Another benefit of wood-clad windows is that they are also insulating because their wood structure helps them retain their shape even areas of high humidity. This factor makes wood-clad windows ideal for places with scorching and humid summers – like North Texas! 

Do Wood-Clad Window Require More Upkeep? Wood-clad windows are low maintenance. They are easily cleaned with soap and water, making upkeep a breeze. Aluminum wood-clad windows are also easily painted if you ever want to change the look of your home.

Want to know more about wood-clad windows? Call Scott Exteriors at 214.503.7663.

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 trouble in Dallas, Texas

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.


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