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Wild Weather and Your Roof

The roof of your North Dallas home is one of the most critical parts of the structure of your house. Why? It protects you and your belongings from the outside elements like heat, wind, and rain. These elements are often part of the weather forecast in North Texas, so it is that your roof is in good repair. Find out how these elements can impact the health of your roof in this blog.

Heat. As Texans, we know that every year – for most of the year – we can expect high temperatures. But did you know that when the sun is blazing, your roof is at risk of wear and tear? Most people only think of roof damage as things that happen because of hail or wind, but the sun’s rays can also cause damage to your roof by causing roofing materials to swell, stretch, and dry out. These effects leave you at risk for leaks and losing shingles.

Rain. In addition to heat, some years we also get higher than average rainfalls. Rain can also damage your roof because cracks and gaps that develop because of high heat leave you at risk for leaks. Over time (and when we have excessive rain), this water can make its way into your home and cause damage to your roof, attic, ceiling, walls, and even your flooring if severe!

Wind. Did you know that despite Chicago being called “The Windy City,” Dallas is windier? We get a lot of wind in Texas, and at high speeds over prolonged periods, wind can cause damage to your roof by lifting shingles, damaging gutters, eroding roofing components, and causing branches from nearby trees to scrape against your roof – which means more potential for problems.

Hail. If you’ve been in Texas for any period, you probably cringe at the word. Hail can range from tiny pea-size to golf ball to even softball-size as we have seen in recent years. Hail travels at high speeds and hits your roof with a significant impact – leaving you with substantial issues. Hail can even penetrate your roof – leaving with you holes, leaks, and the risk of a roof collapse.

How has the weather impacted your North Texas home? Find out with a roofing inspection from a professional roofing company today.

The Myths About Metal Roofing

In most Dallas area subdivisions, asphalt shingles are the norm when it comes to roofing materials. There are a few reasons why asphalt shingles are so standard: they’re inexpensive; they have long warranty periods, and many homeowners do not know enough about other available roofing material options, like metal roofing, to make the switch. In this blog, we break down commonly asked questions about metal roofing.

1.    Does metal roofing attract lightning?

No. Although lightning strikes are a valid concern for many Dallas homeowners as the risk of strong thunderstorms and severe weather is high for several months out of each year. Installing metal roofing does not increase the chance that your home will suffer a lightning strike.

Your metal roof can actually help protect your home from damage should your home take a lightning strike during the storm, because it helps to disperse the energy of the strike, resulting in less damage to your property. Also, your metal roof will also not catch fire as a result of a lightning strike.

2.    But isn’t metal roofing noisy?

No, metal roofs are actually quieter than asphalt shingle roofs. The noise factor of metal roofing is reduced because of a special underlayment that used during the installation process. This underlayment helps to reduce the noise of hail, rain, and wind.

3.    Do I have to worry about hail damage?

No. While it is true that a metal roof sustains dents by hail just like an asphalt shingle roof, it takes a large amount of large hail to cause damage to a metal roof. Also, hail cannot penetrate a metal roof like it can an asphalt shingle roof.

4.    I am interested in a metal roof but I am afraid it will make my home look too “commercial.”

Some people shy away from metal roofing because they are afraid it will make their home appear more “commercial” or business-like. Have no fear. Modern metal roofing is available in a wide array of styles and colors that can complement your home, without making it look like a business.

Are you looking for a metal roofing expert in the DFW area? Contact Scott Exteriors.