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

Are you looking for some clever remodeling ideas?

You spend a great deal of your time at your house so it makes sense that it is a place that you really love. There are a lot of ways that you can make a home fit your needs and it doesn’t mean you need a new home. At JNT Developers we can help you with your Dallas roofing and home remodeling needs to give you a home you love. Check out some of our favorite remodel galleries below and get inspired.

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/before-and-after-inspiration-remodeling-ideas-from-rate-my-space-picturesBefore-and-After Inspiration: Remodeling Ideas From HGTV Fans | HGTV HGTV fan njhaus had more in mind for this modern kitchen remodel than fancy appliances. “The kitchen was designed with my husband in mind, who uses a wheelchair. We lowered the counters to make it easier for him to reach the cooktop. The lower counter at the island is table height so he can wheel right in. The features are integrated seamlessly (without) being obvious or less functional for everyone else.”


https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/insanely-clever-remodeling-ideas-for-your-new-home?utm_term=.qvVRqqkd4#.bp3QEE4LY31 Insanely Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your New Home -BuzzFeed


http://www.countryliving.com/remodeling-renovation/home-makeovers/g1233/kitchen-makeovers/?slide=222 Kitchen Makeover Before & Afters – Kitchen Remodeling Ideas You’ll want to makeover your own kitchen once you see these jaw-dropping before-and-after pictures.

The counters and cabinets in this kitchen needed a chic update, but the vintage stove had too much charm and potential to get rid of.

The homeowner kept the kitchen’s old Chambers stove and cabinets—now improved with new fronts and a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Patriotic White—but jettisoned the Formica counters and dark backsplash in favor of marble and white subway tiles.


Here is the EASIEST Way to Remove Wallpaper!

Have you ever had to remove wallpaper from your home? When I was young I had to help my grandparents remove their wallpaper and I thought it was great. I was ripping the walls off and I wasn’t getting in trouble! Fast forward 25 years and the task seems to be a lot less fun. I want to get it done and I want to do it fast.

If you are like me and you are trying to get the job done as efficiently as possible take a look at the how-to guide below.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/best-way-to-remove-wallpaper/?#.WPdv0YgrLIUThe Best Way to Remove Wallpaper, Solved!

We’ve just moved into our new home, and the previous owners have left behind a wallpaper print in the bathroom that has got to go. Unfortunately, we have no idea how long it’s been in place—or what to expect when taking it down. What’s the best way to remove wallpaper?

While scraping away the glued-on paper of years past may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. The right tools and technique can greatly ease the amount of work you have to do. Of course, the exact tools and the best way to remove wallpaper will depend on what type of paper is up on your walls. Follow these tips to determine the wall covering your dealing with—removable, strippable, or vinyl wallpaper—and how to remove the specific style.

Before you begin, cover your floors. Protect your precious hardwood or plush carpeting with drop cloths (non-slip canvas works best) and cover the baseboards with wide painter’s tape. You’ll want to ensure that no peeled wallpaper strips or glue residue accidentally touches and sticks to these features as it comes down from the wall.

Locate a corner of the patterned paper, and give it a tug. If it’s removable wallpaper (also called temporary wallpaper), it was designed to come down easily. As long as the wall beneath the paper was painted in an eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss with a slight sheen—and then properly prepped and cleaned before installation—the paper should release from the wall with a careful pull at any of its seams. Stand on a ladder and use a putty knife to unstick the top left corner of the wall (likely the first sheet of wallpaper to be installed). Once you have enough of the perimeter lifted to grasp, take the sheet between your fingers to continue removing it. If you like the pattern enough to place it elsewhere within the house, aim to pull the wallpaper directly down rather than out from the wall in order to prevent curling and bending it. After you’ve repeated this process with each sheet, wipe the wall with a damp cloth to remove any glue marks left behind. With that, your surface is ready to be repapered or painted in any color you choose.

However, since removable wallpaper only recently emerged as a trend for homeowners and apartment renters alike, there’s a chance that this is not the type of wallpaper on your walls. If your careful attempts to peel didn’t do the trick, you may be dealing with strippable or vinyl varieties, each of which requires a different approach.

If stuck on, spray down with hot water. Strippable paper is more permanent but permeable, meaning that the water can seep through and soften the paste for easy removal when the time comes. You’ll work one section at a time, so use your first patch as an opportunity to test whether you’re working on strippable stuff. (Alternatively, if hot water alone does no good, it could be that you’re looking at water-resistant vinyl. In that case, proceed to the next method outlined below.) Simply fill a hand or pump sprayer and dampen the first panel thoroughly with hot water. After allowing it a few minutes to absorb, try peeling the panel back at its top left corner. If the paper lifts, great! Proceed one panel at a time until the wall is bare, washing the walls with warm water and a large noncellulose sponge frequently as you go to remove residual glue. Otherwise, any glue dries will require rewetting and a little extra elbow grease to remove later.

For truly stubborn vinyl wallpaper, score it and try again. To get through the water-resistant vinyl and affect the glue itself, the best way to remove wallpaper begins with rolling a scoring tool over the wall—from corner to corner and from floor to ceiling—in a random pattern. This tool’s tiny teeth create small slits that allow the liquid to seep in and loosen the glue. Then, give your supply of hot water a boost to help dissolve the glue by mixing 1/4 cup liquid fabric softener per gallon of water into your hand or pump sprayer. Heavily saturate with the solution one section of wall at a time starting at the top left and working your way down. After 10 to 15 minutes, you can start peeling back damp wallpaper where the wall meets the ceiling. You should have luck removing large pieces now that the glue has softened, but keep a wall scraper handy to shave away strips of paper that do not come off in one continuous strip. Continue spraying the hot solution onto the wall as needed, and you’ll spend less effort scraping. When you do use the scraper, take care to hold the tool so its blade is nearly parallel to the wall when you work so that you have few gouges to repair when you’re all finished. Read more…

At JNT Developers we are proud to be the best roofing company in Dallas. We are a full-service general and roofing contractor that proudly serves all of the DFW Metroplex.

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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