JNT Developers Summer Exterior Checklist

The heat is on here in Texas, is your home ready?

Summer can be hard on your body…and your home. If you’re wondering what affects the summer heat can have on your roof, keep in mind that the temperature of your roof materials depends on the climate. A roof can become up to 50 degrees warmer than the temperature outside, making for a scolding hot surface. This causes the inside of your home to become even warmer and shingles to deteriorate more quickly than in the cooler seasons.

Maintaining your roof in the hot Texas summer is the key to keeping repair costs down and money in your wallet. So, to avoid any damage and keep your roof in shape this summer, we’ve put together a full proof summer exterior checklist:

Check your gutters: First and foremost, look for clogs. Summers can be hot, but they can also be rainy and windy. Clogged gutters can cause additional leaks and damage. Use a leaf blower or a pressure washer to clear them out. Check to see if they are loose or there are any apparent leaks while cleaning them.

Inspect your skylights: Take a good long look at your skylights and the areas around them. Make sure your seal is tight and weatherproof. If you spot a leak, do not try and repair it yourself as you could cause additional damage by not using the proper materials or sealing areas that are meant to take in air.

Check your shingles: Once you’ve followed proper roof safety measures and you’re in a good position, take a hard look at each and every shingle on your home. You want to look for any curling, discoloration, or deteriorating. Most importantly, make sure there are no visual pieces missing. If you find that your shingles are curling, repair them as soon as possible as curling could cause them to fall off during high winds, leaving gaps in your roof and the potential for leaks.

White Reflects Light: Just as you would wear a white shirt if you were out in the Texas heat to reflect the sun, your roof can too. Invest in cooling your roof to lower rooftop temperatures during a hot sunny day and maintain a cooler environment.

Cool roofs are made simply with a highly solar reflective type of paint, sheet covering, or even reflective tiles or shingles. Ask your JNT representative how to get started.

Call for your JNT inspection and tune up: So by now you’re probably thinking, “how on earth am I going to do all of that?” Well, not to worry, JNT Developers offer a complete roof inspection and tune up options (call for pricing). Simply call us at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or visit our website at jntdevelopers.com

Roof Tune Up Includes:

  • A complete inspection of your roof
  • Inspection for issues that could cause water infiltration
  • Minor resealing (if needed) around pipe collars, vents, chimney, and exhaust fans
  • Checking for any loose or missing shingles or nail pops
  • Checking for any interior leaks not detectable from the exterior of your home
  • A complete summary report

How Hail Damage Can Effect Your Roof

If you live in Texas, you’re already familiar with hailstorms. In fact, you may have had a car damaged by one, a window, maybe even a boat or motorcycle. But have you ever considered what it could be doing to your roof?

Hail can cause major roof damage that is sometimes undetectable without a professional inspection. We’ve put together a list that will help you know what to look for after a hailstorm occurs.

Metal roofs: You’ll want to look for small indentations or “dents”. Depending on the size of the hail, this type of damage should be easy to identify.

 

Asphalt: Look for missing pieces within the asphalt. You’ll see areas on the shingle that have exposed, black substrate. The granules of the asphalt will have been damaged or knocked off.

Shingles: The first thing you’ll notice is bruising in the shingles. Dents from hail will not always be visible so if you simply run your hand or a cloth over them you can feel small dimples on the surface. While pressing on it, if you feel movement, this is a clear sign that the shingles have already begun deteriorating. If the shingles are cracked, this is a clear sign of hail damage and needs to be addressed immediately.

 

Wood Roofs: When hailstorms impact a wood surface the marks left over will be gray or discolored. This is where surface has been removed from the hail. Hail damage to wood roofs that don’t split or puncture the wood in any way are not as damaging.

 

Gutters: If the gutters of your home were clean before the storm then you may easily notice that they will be full of granules and debris, which is a clear sign that the there has been roof wear and tear caused by the hail.

Still not sure you’ll be able to recognize hail damage on your roof? After any hailstorm, if you see tree damage, window breakage or outdoor furniture damage be sure and call JNT Developers as soon as possible. We will be available right away to come to your home to do an immediate inspection and assess the hail damage and give you a quote.

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How to Prepare Your Home for Spring and Hail Season

We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but sometimes it can also bring unexpected hailstorms, and in Texas, even unexpected heat waves!

It’s important to make sure that your home roof and exterior are as prepared as possible for inclement weather so we’ve put together a simple list of steps you can take to assure that your home will be the last one standing.

Get an Inspection Early in the Season

You may not be aware of damages that have already taken place on your existing roof so it’s important to assess that early on before they further damage occurs. Repair or replace missing, cracked, or worn shingles. And if a replacement is in order it’s better to replace it now before the situation worsens. You can book an inspection here on our homepage.

 

Know your Insurance policy

Does your insurance cover roof damage? Now is a god time to find out as much detail as possible. Most insurance carriers and policies will cover the cost of repairs for hail damage, if yours does not consider switching providers as soon as possible. It’s also possible that could have a higher deductible for hail or wind damage than other weather related claims so be sure to research that as well.

Trim Back Trees

The trees surrounding your home can be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. It’s important to properly landscape and monitor your tree growth. Cutting or trimming branches near your roof to can significantly reduce the risk of damage to your home’s exterior.

Check weather regularly

This may be a no-brainer but knowing your local weather daily can help to prepare you and your family for a hailstorm in advance!

Safety Tip: During a hailstorm – Remain Indoors!

  • Stay away from glass doors, skylights, and patios to avoid broken glass
  • Close blinds and drapes to prevent debris from coming inside
  • Park your car in a covered area if possible

After a Hail Storm

If an unfortunate event occurs and you were caught in a hailstorm that you not prepared for here’s what to look for right afterward:

  • Large spots or dents on the roof
  • Missing granules in your gutters
  • Water spots throughout the house (especially in the attic)

 

If you notice any of these, act immediately and call your local JNT representative to come and assess the damage. You can reach us at (214) 614-8177.

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Preparing your roof for the winter in DFW: What you need to know.

If you’re from Texas then you know just how unpredictable our weather can be. One minute it’s a cool 67 and the next the whole city is shut down due to an ice storm. It’s important to prepare your family for winter with things like proper clothing and safe driving tips but it’s equally important to also prepare your home. Strong wind, ice dams and snow accumulation can cause major damage, by preparing for these things you can help to ensure that a minor problem doesn’t become an larger, more expensive issue.

Here is a list of things you can do to extend the life of your home by preparing your roof for the worst.

1) Clear the Gutters:

This may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised as to how many people leave it to nature to clear them. Cluttered gutters can form ice dams, which are formed by the build up of ice or snow on the eaves of your home causing water to get inside. Run a hose in the gutter and downspouts to flush out the accumulated debris of the previous season.

*Quick tip* Check for shingle debris (tiny granules) while cleaning the gutters, if you find them this means your shingles are ready to be replaced.

2) Cut or Remove any over Hanging Branches or Obstructions

Be sure to trim back tall trees or protruding branches annually to protect the roof not just from a limb’s unexpected fall, but also from leaves and debris that can pile up in those gutters we mentioned before.

3) Sweep your chimney and check for cracks or broken parts

The air in your home is constantly moving, if your chimney is blocked or dirty, the air can’t flow out properly causing possible home fires. Not sure how to clean it? Call a professional like JNT Developers or click here for more information.

4) Prepare your windows

If you had screens on your windows during the summer, replace them with your storm windows. Wash those and all other windows while the weather is still warm enough to use a garden hose. Store the old screens in a safe place to prevent any damage.

Additionally, if the gaps between siding and window or doorframes are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk.

We know this is the busiest time of the year so if you’re stuck on finding the time to prepare, give us a call today for a free inspection.

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