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Soffit and Fascia Rotting? You May at Risk for Water Damage

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Does your Carrollton home have rotting soffit or fascia? Do you know what soffit or fascia is? Did you know it can rot and leave your home susceptible to water damage? Rotting soffit and fascia are a very common problem for homeowners. Here's how you can find out if you're at risk and who can help.

Before we go further, we should define soffit and fascia:
The soffit is the board that connects your home's siding and its roof. The soffit is found under the fascia boards, which connect your gutters to your roof.

In Texas, soffit boards are frequently at risk of water damage because of overflowing gutters. (Find out the importance of cleaning out your gutters here.). If gutters are overflowing because they are blocked by debris or because they are not installed correctly or are damaged, water can rot the soffit and fascia. Rotting soffit and fascia mean your home is at risk of expensive and dangerous water damage.

If the soffit and fascia of your home are rotting or you are concerned that you may have water damage to these critical components, it is time to call in a professional roofing company such as Scott Exteriors for help.

However, doesn't Scott Exteriors do roof repairs and replacements? Yes, we do, but we also offer a wide range of siding solutions to repair damaged siding, and we can help replace rotting soffit and fascia.

Taking these steps can help protect your home from costly water damage; when soffit and fascia begin to rot, the structure of your home is impacted, and if left untreated, may cause thousands of dollars of repairs to remedy.

We also have the experience to look at your roof and gutters to ensure that water is draining properly. Find out more about Scott Exteriors and how we can help by calling 214-503-7663.

Fall is Time to Check Your Roof

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Although it doesn’t feel like it, September and fall are here! It’s time for football, chili, and everything pumpkin spice! It is also a great time to check your roof to make sure it is in good repair for fall and winter weather. If getting on a ladder and walking around your roof does not sound like a lot of fun this month, that’s okay; Scott Exteriors has your back this season!

Why is September a Great Time to Check Your Roof?

September is an excellent time to check your roof because the end of the year can bring inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rains, ice, and sometimes even snow in North Texas. If your roof is in disrepair when severe weather strikes, you could be at risk of leaks and costly damage. 

Having your roof inspected in September allows you time to get your roof repaired or replaced before the calendar eases into the colder months.

Fall Maintenance
Having your roof inspected in September does not mean you’re done with your roof for the year, however. One thing you need to do is check your roof for routinely is falling leaves piling up on your roof. While falling leave may not seem to be all that dangerous when leaves are wet on your roof that also means your roof is wet. Wet leaves can add extra weight to your roof – which also translates into the potential for leaks and expensive damage.

To prevent leaves from piling up on your roof, we recommend that you:
  • Keep trees near your Plano, Texas, home trimmed
  • If you notice leaves piling up on your roof, call Scott Exteriors for an inspection/removal
  • Keep your gutters clean to allow water to drain properly away from the eaves of your home. 
Schedule your September roof inspection with Scott Exteriors by calling 214-503-7663 today.

Don’t Want to Sell? Update Instead!

Thursday, September 06, 2018
Have you considered moving recently, but with the fast pace and high prices of today's real estate market, are nervous about taking the plunge? If you are on the fence about moving and not sure if you want to take on a higher mortgage payment, you may want to consider giving your Carrollton, Texas, home a face-lift instead with some simple updates to your home's exterior.

Time to Paint. One of the ways you can give your home a new look is to paint. Painting your trim and your front door a new color can make your home pop and probably make you smile when you come home!

Add Shutters. If you don't have shutters or your current shutters are old, or in disrepair, you may want to think about adding high-quality shutters to your home to frame your windows and give your house a classic look.

Get a New Garage Door.  Most people do not consider garage doors when they are taking care of their exterior maintenance. As a result, garage doors can become dirty, dingy, and dented over time. Replacing your garage door with a new door with gables or even covered with cedar can take your property to the next level.

Step Up Siding. Do you have vinyl or old cement board siding on your home? You may find that pressure washing it just doesn't do the trick anymore and painting it seems like a hassle. If you're looking to make a significant exterior change, think about new siding. Scott Exteriors offers both high-quality vinyl and Hardi Plank fiber cement options in a wide variety of colors.

Invest in Windows. Upgrading your windows is an excellent way to boost your home's appearance and value. You will also find that new windows are more energy-efficient, which means lower heating and cooling costs for you.

These upgrades will make your home feel new again, and if you do decide to sell, after all, your new-and-improved curb appeal will attract buyers!
Learn more about how Scott Exteriors can help you update your home today by calling 214-503-7663.

Stop Birds from Crashing Into Your Windows

Friday, August 24, 2018
Thunk! The noise is almost unmistakable; a bird has flown into your window again. When this happens, sometimes the bird survives, and sadly, sometimes the bird does not. According to Bird Watcher's Digest, millions of birds die or are injured every year as a result of flying into the windows of homes or businesses. Here are some tips to help prevent birds from flying into the windows of your Carrollton home or business:

Relocate Birdfeeders. Birds that fly into windows are often the very birds that feed on the bird feeders located in your yard. One suggestion is to move those feeders away from your windows or even to move them closer to your windows. The reason behind this suggestion is that the move will change the flight path of the birds and may slow them down, so they do not hurt themselves.

Add a Distraction. Add a distraction to your windows by using bundles of branches, stickers, Mylar balloons, old CDs, or anything that can help break up the glass, so it does not appear as open space. Using these items helps to break up the glass, so the bird does not think it is a clear space to fly through. Feathers are also an excellent idea; the theory behind this tip is that birds see the feathers and think a dangerous predator is nearby.

Try Plastic Wrap. You can try another way to break up the reflective nature of your windows by putting sheets of plastic wrap across the center of your windows. Plastic wrap does not reflect as glass does.

Frost Your Windows. Another way (this may not be ideal) is to have your windows frosted professionally or buy a DIY kit to frost them yourselves. Frosting still lets in plenty of light, but does not reflect the outside world, and thus will help to eliminate birds crashing into your windows.

While we are talking about windows, did you know that Scott Exteriors also does windows? 
Call us today at 214-503-7663 to learn more about our window upgrades and offerings.

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Hot enough for you? If you live in North Texas or have been here the last few weeks, the answer is probably a resounding "Yes!". It is hot out there, for sure. While you're sweating on the ground, your roof is getting pretty hot, too. But, how hot does your roof actually get and how can heat negatively impact your roof? We break it down for you in this blog.

Why Do Dark Roofs Get So Hot?

Ever notice when you move across a blacktop parking lot that it is significantly hotter than when you walk across concrete or grass? Blacktop parking lots tend to get hotter because dark surfaces absorb light (and heat). Like dark-colored paving materials, dark-colored roofs also absorb light – up to 90 percent of the sun's rays which means more heat in both the atmosphere and in your home. 

So, How Hot Does It Get?

Depending on the roofing materials, your roof could experience in 90-degree conditions temperatures like this:
• Black asphalt roof - 140 to 190 degrees
• Unpainted metal roof - 140 to 150 degrees
• Painted metal roof - 105 to 115 degrees
• White or lighter-colored roofing materials 102 to 120 degrees
These are just temperatures in 90-degree conditions, and as we know, it gets much hotter in the DFW area! 

Does This Really Matter to My Roof?

You may think that it really does not matter how hot it gets on your roof because you probably never go on your roof. While this is likely true, the interior of your home is affected by the temperatures on your roof. Remember what we said when we mentioned that black asphalt absorbs a large percentage of the sun's rays and converts them into heat? This heat does not just go into the atmosphere, it goes into your attic, and if your insulation is non-existent or not in the best shape, it means rising temperatures and increased cooling costs.

The sun's rays can also damage your shingles and other components of your roof, which means faster wear and tear and a shorter shelf life of your roof.

What Should You Do?

You have a few options when it comes to your roof; you could change your existing roof to a lighter-colored shingle or seek out information about "green" roofing materials. Learn more about green roofing and your options by calling Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663.

Prevent Window Woes

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Windows are an important part of your home. Not only do they serve in an aesthetic capacity, but they also have a functional use, too. Windows allow us fresh air inside our homes when we want it, but also help to keep the weather out of our interiors. Since windows are so critical to your Plano home, it is essential that you take the time to inspect our windows regularly to prevent them from falling into disrepair.

Check for Rot

One of the most important things you can do to keep your windows in good shape is to maintain them. The best way to do that is to check for rot. When checking your windows, touch the wooden parts of your frame. Does it feel soft? Is it spongy? If so, you have wood rot. Wood that is in good repair will feel hard, dense and solid.

Check the Trim

While you're checking for wood rot, check to make sure your outside trim is intact. The trim serves to protect the external layers of your window and seal the window into your home. If your trim is damaged or rotting, your windowsill and window frame may be at risk of damage, too.

Don't Forget the Brick Molding

Brick molding helps to frame your windows and give them a finishing touch. Brick molding also makes it easier to install replacement windows when making updates and allow the replacements to be made without causing damage to your masonry or siding.

The brick molding around your window can also rot - which means water can leak into your home. Leaking water into your walls can cause structural damage, mildew, and mold over time if left untreated. These situations can be both costly to repair and dangerous to your health.

Look Inside, Too

While you're checking out the windows on the exterior of your home, you should also take a look at your window on the inside, too. The window sill is made of wood and runs across the bottom of your window. If you have trim or brick molding that is rotting or damaged, you could have damage to your window sill. Damage happens because when water seeps into your wall, it ruins everything in its path - including your inside trim work and even electrical outlets. 

To check the health of your window sill, push down (gently!) and feel if it moves or is soft or cracks. If it does, you need to have your window checked for damage and rot.

The Window Itself

We've talked about checking around your window, but what about the window itself? Take care to check the window frame out for good repair. It is hard to replace sections of a window frame, so if your damage is significant, it is time to call Scott Exteriors for a replacement or upgrade.

Also, while you are at it, take a look at the window sash. The window sash is the part of the window that you open. If you see damage or rotting materials, it is time to replace your windows.

Make checking your windows a once-a-year part of your home's maintenance to avoid any costly surprises and repair bills.

Do you have damaged or rotting windows? Are you looking to replace or upgrade your windows? Call Scott Exteriors today for more information! Schedule your consultation now by calling 214-503-7663.

Don’t Fear Fireworks This Fourth of July

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
The Fourth of July means many things: celebrating our country, cooking out with friends and family and, of course, fireworks. 
No Independence Day celebration would be complete without a fireworks display. But, fireworks can be dangerous if not used correctly, and if in too close of a proximity to your roof. 

Scott Exteriors offers tips on keeping yourself and your roof safe this Fourth of July. 

Tips to Keep You (and Your Roof) Safe This Fourth of July - 

  • Read and obey your city’s laws regarding fireworks and their use. Many North Texas cities ban fireworks within city limits. 
  • Understand the performance descriptions of the fireworks you are using and read their labels - before you light them. Do not use homemade fireworks or explosives. 
  • You should take care to light fireworks away from crowds, building, and vehicles. While some asphalt shingles and roofing materials are fire resistant, others are not. Don't risk it; use caution. - Only allow responsible adults to handle and light fireworks. Do not let children light fireworks at any time. 
  • Wear safety goggles and have a hose and a bucket of water nearby when lighting fireworks. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when lighting fireworks. 
  • Only light one firework at a time. Move away from the firework once lit. Be sure never to relight a firework that doesn't light. Soak the dud in a bucket of water and dispose of properly. 
  • Dispose of your spent fireworks properly; wet them down and place in a metal trash can for disposal the next day. 

 These tips from Scott Exteriors can help keep you and your home safe from firework-related fires this Independence Day holiday. If you do have a fire or other emergency, call 911 immediately. If you need roofing repairs, call Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663.

To Paint or Not to Paint (Your Vinyl Siding)? That Is the Question.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Do you want to update your home but not sure if you should paint or replace your aluminum siding? While cost savings may be what you're after, you may be surprised to find that the price of paint plus labor (your labor or hiring out) is substantial. Find out in this blog what you can expect when painting your aluminum siding.

Cost. According to Angie's List, the national average of painting aluminum siding is somewhere between $400 and $1,500. Wow, that sounds like a deal, right? Not so fast – the price ranges greatly depending on the amount of surface area covered – from 250 square feet to 1,000 square feet. In this cost is not just the paint, but the type of paint you choose. The price tag also includes labor, materials, special solvents, and cleaning products needed to prep the surface. You may also require power washing to clean your siding, which can also add significant cost to your bottom line.

Upkeep. If you paint your aluminum siding, it may look great in the short term, but over time, the paint will fade and deteriorate because of oxidation, maintenance, and exposure to the sun. This wear and tear may leave you facing the question of painting or replacing again sooner than you hoped.

While you're mulling it over, consider the benefits of replacing your siding with new vinyl siding or Hardie Board fiber cement board siding. Updating your exterior can help you:

  • Improve curb appeal. New vinyl siding and fiber cement board siding can refresh your home's look and even attract buyers if you decide to sell.
     
  • Increase energy efficiency. Replacing your siding can give you the opportunity to add insulation to your home - saving you money on heating and cooling costs.
     
  • Check for structural damage. With your old siding off, you can thoroughly inspect your property to look for damage caused by pests, shifting foundation, or a roof leak.

Learn more about the benefits of new siding by calling Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663.

High Temps? Keep Your Cool

Thursday, June 07, 2018
Summer has struck early in Carrollton, Plano and the rest of North Texas. Struggling to stay cool? Here are some tips for beating the heat without breaking the bank:

  1. Close Your Blinds. Over 30 percent of the unwanted heat in your home comes through your windows. Using shades, curtains, and blinds can help reduce this heat and even lower temperatures in your home by a whopping twenty degrees. Invest in blackout curtains for additional benefits - these curtains block the sunlight to reduce ambient heat by 33 percent.
     
  2. Close Off Rooms. Shutting the door to rooms you are not using during the day will help cool your home by preventing cold air from going into these areas and concentrating it in areas you are using. This hack will also help keep you cool at night, too!
     
  3. Install Ceiling Fans. Consider installing ceiling fans to help circulate air through your home and reduce the strain on your air conditioner. Set your ceiling fans to move counter-clockwise to keep you cool in the summer and clockwise in cooler months to keep air circulating without giving you a chill.
     
  4. Another Word About Fans. Also, you can use box fans to help move air around and reduce temperatures. Here's a fan hack to help you stay cool: Place a large bowl of ice or a bowl with an ice pack in front of your box fan at an angle, so the fan picks up that cool air over the bowl and sends it your way.
     
  5. Stay Hydrated. If you're going to be outside this summer, be sure to drink enough water to keep your body cool and hydrated while you're out and about. Take frequent breaks inside in cooler temps, too.
     
  6. Think About New Windows. Do you have single pane windows? If so, it may be time to think about an upgrade. Single pane windows allow more heat into your home, raising the temperature and making your air conditioner work harder. If you want to upgrade your windows and lower your cooling (and heating costs), contact Scott Exteriors at 214-503-7663 for more information on your window replacement options.

Power Wash to Perk Up Your Property

Sunday, May 20, 2018
If you're making your list of spring improvement projects, we have a project that is worth mentioning: power washing. Power washing is a task you should take on once or twice a year to clean your driveway, sidewalks, decks, fencing, and siding. 

Here are a few reasons why power washing is important:

Environment. 

North Texas can be dry for long periods - which means dust can accumulate on your exterior and make your house look dingy or dirty. If left to build up, dirt and grime can damage your exterior. 

Stains. 

Power can help remove stains from your fencing, patio, or driveway from dirt, spilled food and beverage, or oil. 

Pollen. 

Pollen is bad during the spring, fall, and well, the rest of the year. Power washing pollen from your home's exterior can help improve the health of family members with allergies, asthma, other respiratory illness by removing irritating pollen and dust and reducing the development of mold. 

Renovations. 

If you're planning on painting, staining, or doing any other kind of refinishing of your home's side or other parts of the exterior, power washing will help you thoroughly clean and prepare the surface.

Curb Appeal. 

Washing away dirt, grime, pollen, bugs, and leaves that build up on the outside of your property will make your house look more beautiful and more appealing.

Power washers are pretty, well, powerful, so it is important to say that while you are working on washing away dirt and grime for your exterior, you should avoid power washing your gutters and roof to prevent accidental damage. The high pressure of the water can knock down gutters and cause the protective granules covering asphalt shingles to fall off.

Don't want to power wash, but want to spruce up your home's exterior?
Consider new siding, windows, or a new roof from Scott Exteriors. Call us today for a consultation at 214-503-7663.

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