Small wonder metal roofs such great popularity nowadays – more and more people, homeowners and business owners alike, understand the benefits of metal roofing, preferring special, durable alloy roofs to any other roofing materials such as asphalt, clay, tile or wood. Here are a few arguments in favor of these great, modern roofing solutions.
While many of the more common roofing materials have lifespans that do not exceed 10 years, metal roofs last as long as a house in the Dallas area. If the metal roof is installed properly, it seals perfectly and is able to completely block out moisture. Metal roofs can withstand harsh weather as well, making them an excellent solution not only for areas with moderate climate, but also for regions affected by harsh winds, cruel winters or other kinds of extreme weather.
One of the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing roofing materials is the weight of the materials. Many lightweight buildings have limitations in terms of roof weight, so if you are the owner of such a construction, you probably know already why clay, asphalt and many other materials are not an option for you. While tile roofs weigh around 750 pounds per 100 square feet and concrete is even heavier, weighing around 950 pounds for an area of the same size, most metal roof varieties do not weigh more than 50-150 pounds per 100 square feet, a feature that makes them suitable for any construction.
Metal roofs are quick and easy to install. The material comes in large panels, usually 12-36 inches wide each, which makes the installation process much quicker, what’s more, there are metal roofs that can be installed on top of the existing roof, so you don’t have to uninstall the old roofing, you don’t need to find a debris removal solution and the installation process will take much shorter, too.
We at JNT Construction, want to remind you that this weekend is Mother’s Day! If you completely forgot and still don’t have anything planned, don’t fret there is still time. There is nothing quite as bad as forgetting about the moms in your life on their day. They will likely not let you forget it for a long time. Check out some of the fun ideas below for Mother’s Day ideas in Dallas.
Eat. Drink. Whether you’re making time for brunch, dinner, or some kind of all-day feast, our separate guide to where to dine for Mother’s Day has you covered.
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas performs a program of “Spring Song” at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park on Sunday. The show concludes with a live butterfly release. We imagine the overall effect is about as magical as it sounds.
The Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour is both Saturday and Sunday. Along with the opportunity to poke around seven of the city’s most historic and beautiful early 20th century homes, you can expect carriage rides, vintage cars, and yes, brunch — with a reservation.
Bring your mom to see the verifiably hilarious comics Dean Lewis and Linda Stogner at the Backdoor Comedy Club at the Doubletree Hotel. She’ll get a box of chocolates, a ticket for a later show, and some laughs out of the deal.
On Sunday, those jokesters at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson are showing Psycho, that timeless tale of a son’s love for his mother. For another unhealthy familial portrait, the Alamo in the Cedars is screening Mommie Dearest. For more earnest Mother’s Day fare, the Richardson theater also has The Sound of Music, while the Cedars has Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And brunch.
In Electra, a brother and sister plot revenge on their stepfather and mother for her role in the death of their father, Agamemnon. (Mom was understandably mad that Dad burned another daughter for favorable winds to Troy.) Who among us has not sworn bloody vengeance on their mother after she started seeing a new guy? This heartwarming family drama from Sophocles is presented by the Tony Award winning Dallas Theater Center with some innovative staging outside in Annette Strauss Square. Performances are throughout the weekend. read more at dmagazine.com
Roof Inspections – All You Need to Know – Bob Vila Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against storms and extreme weather, be it a foot or more of snow dropping from the sky overnight or high winds that tear through the town. When homeowners place blind faith in their roof and neglect it completely until the first sign of a leak appears in the ceiling, they could already be facing much larger problems—unwanted structural issues, mold growth, or damaged insulation, for starters. Spare yourself a headache down the road by having your roof periodically inspected.
When to Schedule Roof Inspections After a hailstorm or other significant weather event, most homeowners recognize the need for a thorough roof inspection to determine whether their roof suffered damage. But that shouldn’t be the only time you consider your roof’s health.
Perhaps the most vital time of year to have your roof inspected is the fall, before the cold of winter sets in. Timing is key. Frigid temperatures can compromise the success of new roof installations and such repairs as shingle replacement because new shingles can’t seal down properly when it’s too cold outside. Moreover, attempting repairs on icy roofs can be treacherous, so roof problems uncovered too late in the season may have to wait until spring to be fixed. Another argument for a fall inspection is the fact that certain roof repairs should be initiated in the fall so they can be completed the next spring—for example, treatment for moss and lichen. The solutions used for either of these invaders can require an extended amount of time to work, sometimes up to 180 days. If moss or lichen are discovered during a fall roof inspection, there’s still a chance to get at them before cold weather sets in. Then, the treatment can be working during those long winter months, and the dead lichen can be swept or rinsed off in the spring.
Homeowner Inspections vs. Professional Inspections Most homeowners can spot obvious roof problems, such as missing or flapping shingles, without climbing on the roof. Other types of damage, however, are not as visible to the untrained eye, which is why it’s important to get a professional opinion. If your roof is relatively new (less than five years old), shows no signs of interior leaks, and hasn’t been exposed to major weather events since the last time it was inspected, you can probably get by with a visual inspection from the ground and a quick check for leaks in your attic. In any other case, however, a comprehensive roof inspection should be completed by a roofing professional who knows what to look for.
For seasonal roof inspections, especially if your roof is more than 10 years old, call a reputable roofing contractor to come out and take a look. If you’re going into a roof inspection thinking that your roof has been damaged in some way, call your insurance company—they might cover the cost of repairs. Your agent will arrange for a qualified roof inspector to examine the roof and make a determination.
What to Expect from Professional Roof Inspections A roof inspector will be looking for leaks, unusual wear and tear, damage caused by windblown debris, organic growth issues, and problems that may have occurred during shingle installation or subsequent repairs. Ultimately, a roof inspection gets broken into four facets: structure, materials, interiors, and workmanship.
• Structural Inspection: The inspector will check for uneven roof planes and signs of sagging, in addition to examining the condition of the soffit, fascia, and gutter system. Masonry chimneys should be inspected at this time for cracks, crumbling grout, and damage to chimney caps. The inspector may also check the venting in your attic; improper venting can lead to heat and moisture buildup that reduces roof life and increases the risk of ice dams forming at the roof’s edge.
• Material Inspection: Here, the inspector will be looking for loose, missing, or curling shingles; stains; moss; rust; and missing flashing or fasteners. Shingle aggregate that has settled in roof valleys or on the ground at the bottom of gutter downspouts is a sign that the roof could be near the end of its useful life. The inspector will also check the rubber boots and seals around vent pipes, looking for gaps or deterioration.
• Interior Inspection: Because roof leaks ultimately damage your home, the inspector will check interior ceilings, the attic, and interior walls for water stains, mold, rot, and other signs that water is making its way into your house.
• Workmanship Inspection: A thorough inspector will examine your roof for problems in workmanship that could increase the risks of leaks or other roof damage in the future. Incorrect flashing around roof penetrations—including vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys—would all be red flags.
Roofing Analysis After the inspection, you’ll receive a detailed report about the condition of your roof and what repairs, if any, are necessary to keep it in good shape. If repairs are necessary, schedule them as soon as possible—before the snow flies, if you can. That way, when snow blankets the neighborhood, you can be confident that your roof is in good shape.