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Is It Time to Replace Your Siding? Here Are Some Signs

Let’s face it, replacing the siding of your Carrollton home is not the most exciting home improvement project, it is one of those things that you may have to do to keep your house looking great and to prevent significant damage from occurring. But, how do you know when it’s time to make a move?

Seven Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Siding

  1. You Have to Paint Often. Are you having to paint your home’s exterior every few years to keep it looking fresh? If so, this is a sign that something may be going on with your siding. Siding in good repair should keep its color for at least ten years. If your siding is chipping or peeling, it is time for replacement.
  1. You’re Paying A Lot to Heat and Cool Your Home. If your electric bill has spiked considerably, you may want to have your siding looked at by a professional siding replacement company. Your siding and insulation may be failing.
  1. Your Siding is Warped or Cracked. If you are noticing large areas of siding that are visually damaged, warped or showing signs of rot, it is time to replace.
  1. Your Siding Is Loose. One or two loose pieces of siding is not a huge deal, but if you’re experiencing missing pieces regularly, you may have damage below the exterior causing pieces of siding to pull away.

If you don’t replace cracked or loose pieces of siding, water can seep behind the affected area and cause rot of underlayment materials.

  1. You Have Interior Damage. Not all issues with siding occur on the exterior; some siding problems can develop on the inside of your home, too. Look for things such as peeling or bubbling paint and loose wallpaper as an indication that you may have something going on outside. 
  1. You Notice Mold or Mildew. If you’re noticing mold or mildew on your siding or at the seams of your siding, you may have water leaking behind the siding. If you see this, do not hesitate to call a professional siding company for a closer look.
  1. You Have Dry Rot. Do you have dry rot? Not sure? Find out by taking a screwdriver and tapping on your siding with the handle to if any of your siding crumbles away. If it does, you are likely facing a case of dry rot and need to get your siding replaced.

Looking for a professional siding replacement company? Contact one now!

Falling Leaves Can Leave Your Roof Damaged

It may not feel like it, but it’s practically fall. September is here, Starbucks is selling their pumpkin spice lattes, and it’s just a few weeks to Halloween. So, while we are thinking about fall, we naturally want to take a moment and talk about the fall and roof maintenance. Particularly, how to falling leaves can affect the roof of your Plano, Texas, home.

How Leaves Can Damage a Roof

At first glance, fallen leaves on your roof may not seem like a danger, but because these leaves are often wet, they can be a problem. This is because the leaves collect even more water and pile up. Then they begin to rot and collect even more water, which can lead to extra weight on your and also mean leaks and costly damage for you.

How to Stop Leaves from Damaging Your Roof

To prevent damage caused by leaves on your roof you can take a few steps:

First, keep trees growing near your house trimmed regularly. Cut back overhanging branches that would likely be dropping leaves later this year. This action also allows for more sun on your roof, which can dry out some leaf piles that may occur.

Second, inspect your roof regularly. If you can see the leaves on your roof from the ground, it is time to schedule a professional roofer to remove them and check your roof to see if you have sustained any damage from the piles. You do not have to climb up there.

Third, clean out your gutters, too. Cleaning out your gutters allows them to drain water away from the eaves of your home and reduce the risk of a leak developing. Clean your gutters seasonally to remove leaves, branches, and dirt.

Do you need a roof inspection to check for damage caused by leaves or are you thinking about replacing your roof this fall? Call a professional roofing company today.

Is a Black Roof a Bad Idea?

If you’re thinking about a new roof, you may be considering selecting a black asphalt shingle color to complement your home. Black roofs are gaining in popularity across Dallas and Plano because they look great and can upgrade your home’s curb appeal significantly. While black roofs have these perks, they also have some considerations you should be aware of before you select a black shingle. If you’re on the fence about choosing a black asphalt shingle, read on.

The Facts. Yes, it is true that black or other darker-colored shingles will make your attic and home hotter. A hotter home is a very valid concern for Dallas, Plano, and other North Texas homeowners because temperatures on your roof can climb well over 150 degrees in the summer.

Black and other dark colored shingles make your house hotter because they absorb heat and sun more readily than lighter colors. High temperatures, in turn, make your attic warm, which makes your air conditioner work harder keep you cool.

The Fix. While a black or darker-colored roof does increase temperatures, don’t be discouraged. You can still get the roof you want with a few extra measures.

One of the ways you can have your black roof without increasing the temperature in your home (and your electric bill) is to install additional insulation. This insulation blocks the heat absorbed by your dark roof from traveling into your home. Blocking heat keeps you cooler and your energy bills in check.

Another way to keep cool with a black or darker-colored roof is to make sure your attic has proper ventilation. Using the proper number of vents can help release hot air from your attic and help to cool your home. Scott Exteriors can assess your current attic ventilation to determine if you need more vents to accommodate a black or darker-colored shingle.

Do you have more questions about what color roof is right for you? Contact Scott Exteriors today.