Dallas-Fort Worth Storms Cause Roof Damage

Dallas-Fort Worth Storms Cause Roof Damage
We’ve had a precursor to April showers this week in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A recent storm that affected a large area of the Metroplex left major roof damage to homes and businesses from the strong wind, hail, and fallen trees.

If you’ve been affected by these storms, we want to give some advice on how to proceed to ensure you get the best repairs without a huge expense.

Take pictures. It’s overwhelming to walk outside and see your property in disarray. And we don’t take that lightly. We understand the emotional toll that a strong storm can take on homeowners, but we strongly encourage you to take initial pictures of the damage.

The first step after noticing your roof has suffered damage is to call your insurance. Keep your insurance provider in the loop as you begin the process of assessing the damage. Once your insurance knows about the damage, contact a roofing company for an inspection.

At Joe Hall Roofing, we work hard to quickly help customers after a major storm hits the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our roofing professionals are available to look at the damage and assess your specific situation. Of course, if you have leaks or the damage is threatening the structural stability of your home, call for help immediately and leave the property.

During the inspection, a roofing contractor will look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles, flashing, and gutters. Debris needs to be removed from the roof to ensure that no tree branches or debris from tornados have pierced the roof system. Once debris is removed, a roofing professional can easily inspect the roof and determine the extent of the damage.

After an inspection, if there is damage to your roof system, we will work quickly to fix isolated problem areas or give you options if the damage is extensive.

The most important thing to remember after one of our unpredictable North Texas weather is to stay safe. During the storm, follow your city sirens and seek shelter. At Joe Hall Roofing, we have a passion for keeping North Texas homes and businesses safe and secure. Our experts work on residential and commercial properties to ensure a strong and dependable roof system is in place to withstand Mother Nature. But, you can never be too careful.

If your home or business has experienced wind, hail, or tornado damage from this week’s storms, allow us to walk you through a stress-free roofing experience. Joe Hall Roofing has built a reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex of honesty in the roofing industry. Backed by five generations of Hall family members, our family is invested in North Texas and the families that reside here. We are committed to our customers and providing quality roofing services.


FAQ’s About a New Roof

FAQ’s About a New Roof
Whether you’re building a new home and need a roofing contractor or have lived in your home for decades and need a roof replacement, the experts at Joe Hall Roofing are available to answer any and all of your questions.

When we visit homes to complete an initial inspection and assess your roof system, we look at your complete roof system—in the attic, on the exterior, gutters, shingles, flashing, etc. Many homeowners become overwhelmed with the details of a roof system. And rightly so; it’s very detailed and can be confusing if you’re not in the industry.

To help our customers understand more about a new roof installation process, here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you navigate your way through this experience.

Do I really need a new roof?

Roofing shingles typically have a lifespan of about 15 to 30 years. Factors that can age shingles faster than normal include the quality of the shingles, the location of the home, the tree coverage surrounding the home, and the quality of the initial installation.

Joe Hall Roofing works with high quality shingles that have a long lifespan. We recommend routine inspections at least twice a year to ensure that unpredictable North Texas weather hasn’t damaged your roof system. When doing these inspections, we suggest homeowners look for visible cracks, missing shingles, broken or damaged shingles, evidence of leaking on your ceilings, missing flashing, loss of the asphalt granulation, etc.

Once your roof reaches a certain age, typically around 15 years old, we recommend a professional roofing company inspect your roof. A roofing expert can spot damage that an untrained eye looking from the ground might miss.

If your roof is older and you notice any of these problems during your inspection, you might need a new roof. You might not really need a new roof if the installation was done properly using high quality shingles. If the shingles are old and decaying, it’s actually more cost effective to replace the entire roof.

How much does a new roof cost?

If you do need to replace the entire roof, there are several factors that determine the cost of the roof system. The brand, material, and grade of roofing shingle you select as well as the size, slope, and shape of your roof will determine the cost.

One of the most detrimental decisions you can make is to choose a contractor based on cost alone. While price is a major factor in choosing a roofing company, it’s not the most important factor. Don’t sacrifice quality for cheap prices. In fact, if you choose the cheapest price, it could actually cost you more in the long run, if the installation and materials aren’t of the highest quality.

What roof shingle should I get?

Once you find a roofing company to work with, you have to decide on the roofing material to use. This comes down to your personal preference, your budget, and your structural support. Some roofing materials, like tiles, are heavier and have structural support requirements. If your roof system cannot handle that load, you can rule that out immediately. Next, look at the different materials that are within your budget. Finally, choose the most aesthetically appealing shingle in your budget.


Costly Results of Insufficient Roof Ventilation

Costly Results of Insufficient Roof Ventilation
A home’s ventilation system serves an important purpose. During the winter, it keeps the attic dry and in the summer it keeps the attic cool using intake and exhaust. This protects the beams and keeps roofing materials from becoming damaged.

While North Texas doesn’t have an expected freeze each winter, it’s wise to be prepared for winter weather to preserve your roof system. During winter, even in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, humid air from your home makes its way into your attic. This humid air is most likely to get through spaces in walls and ceilings with bypasses for electrical and plumbing systems.

If the roof attic is not properly ventilated, when the warm air reaches the cold air, condensation forms on the rafters, decking, beams, and other materials and can result in harmful structural damage. The moisture will soak into the wood and make them swell, which over time, causes the wood to warp. Other possible effects include rotting of the roof decking, water damage to your ceiling through the insulation, and the development of ice dams.

Ice dams occur in the winter when the heat builds up in attics with inadequate insulation. This heat builds as the sun appears and melts snow on the roof. The melted snow gets into the shingles, collects at the gutters and eaves, then refreezes and causes shingles to warp. The damage is only multiplied as the process of ice refreezing and melting repeats.

In the summer, heat accumulates within the attic, reaching temperatures well over 100 degrees, even if it’s less than 90 degrees outside. If roof ventilation is poor, and moisture mixes with these extreme North Texas summer temperatures, it will negatively affect your roof shingles, decreasing the lifespan of your roof materials. Another negative side effect of poor roof ventilation during the summer is the hot air flow back into your home. This means that your appliances, air conditioner, refrigerator, etc., have to work that much harder and cost you more than necessary in energy bills.

Proper roof ventilation requires a very particular pattern of air movement. Air flow is vital inside the attic to facilitate an exchange process. The ventilation system must be proportionate for the dimensions of the attic to ensure continuous air flow in and out of the attic. A fan or wind-assisted exhaust vents, as well as other mechanical and natural vents are options.

Both residential and commercial properties require proper ventilation systems to control the air flow in and out of the building. In the winter a vent releases hot, moist air to regulate indoor air temperature and humidity. When the proper ventilation is missing, the damage can be extensive and require costly repairs.

Have a professional contractor come inspect your ventilation system in the winter and summer to ensure that your roof system is working properly.


Is Your Roof Properly Supported?

Is Your Roof Properly Supported?
When roofing a home, there are two roof framing systems used—rafters and trusses. Rafters and trusses provide the roof support for your home. It’s crucial that whichever your home uses, it is in proper working condition to provide the necessary support for your homes structure.

Roofs that are framed with rafters use individual rafters, which is just sawn lumber members, that are spaced at about 24 inches on center and go from the exterior walls to the ridge or into the sides of the main hip rafters. Commonly referred to stick-framing, this roofing style consists of two-by-sixes. But, because of the use of this small size, they don’t span very far and need to be braced near mid-span.

In most roofing structures, the roof-bracing system carries the majority of the weight of the roof. Because of this, it’s crucial that the roof braces rest on the load-bearing walls and not the most convenient interior room partition wall. While this seems standard, many framers often support the roof bracing system on the closest wall, which leads to floor sag and other complicated issues in the structure.

Along the peak of the roof is a ridge board that is used as a bearing-plate for the opposing rafters. And while the ridge board does not provide any structural support, it is required that it be tall enough to be placed in full contact with the cut face of the mating rafter and that opposing rafters align directly with one another.

These requirements are vital to the structural integrity of the home. When the ridge board is not structurally sound, the roof rafters should be lapped alongside and connected to the underlying ceiling joists at the exterior wall plate. And, the ceiling joists that extend across the home must be properly lapped and connected to create a tension-tie across the home. If these standard practices are lacking, the roof ridge will sag and the exterior walls will begin to lean outward.

Roof systems framed with trusses use pre-engineered, light-gage-plate-connected sawn lumber members fabricated according to a proprietary engineering design. The benefits of trusses include its ability to withstand structural load requirements and difficult roof framing configurations.

Trusses are able to transfer all of their load to the outer bearing points, thus, they do not need any support from interior room partition walls. However, truss-framed roofs can still create floor sag and other issues. When trusses are excessively long, they become flimsy and fragile. Unless handled with extreme care, during the erection process, the metal-plate connection can detach from the wood members and the truss can no longer be used.


Covering the Costs of your Commercial Roof Installation

Covering the Costs of your Commercial Roof Installation
Joe Hall Roofing has years of experience providing companies across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with commercial roofing services. Serving Arlington, Plano, Southlake, and cities in between, we work with customers in North Texas to provide quality commercial products and services to keep your building up and running for the long haul.

Our roofing consultants specialize in commercial roofing. With an emphasis on roof restoration, which uses high-tech reflective and emissive products to extend the life of your roof while saving you money on energy bills, we are able to help businesses keep their customers and tenants safe and secure.

The Commercial roofing division offers leading roof technologies for commercial roofing systems. The science behind commercial roofing is the foundation of our work at Joe Hall Roofing. Combined with future market trends, we are able to provide innovative solutions for commercial buildings. And the best part is that we use sustainable building practices to minimize the impact on the environment while saving you energy costs.

Our contractors are educated in the technology of commercial roofing practices. To help you achieve your goals for your building, we will meet with you to discuss your options as a building owner. From examples of roofing systems to visualizing and customizing your roof application options, we want you to understand the options available to use.

Most of our projects are re-roofing anywhere between a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet. We install single-ply, modified, built-up, tar and gravel, and metal. Roof restoration systems are also available to extend the life of your roof dramatically.

Knowing your options and funding a project of this magnitude can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for you to follow when contacting your insurance company:

Contact Joe Hall Roofing for a free on-site inspection to determine if there is damage to your roof. Once the damage has been assessed, discuss your options for fixing the damage and preventing future damage. If temporary repairs are needed until the full project can be executed, your insurance agent can authorize work to prevent further damage. Take photos throughout the process. Having pictures of the damage before any work has been done will help you tremendously.

Selecting a reputable company can be the million dollar decision you make during the roofing process. Joe Hall Roofing is licensed and insured for your protection. We provide our roofing services throughout the DFW Metroplex—Tarrant County, Dallas, Fort Worth, and across the mid-cities. For our commercial customers, we are careful to help you keep your daily business flowing smoothly. Our contractors are organized to keep walkways open and accessible and we keep a quiet atmosphere for tenants or workers to have a peaceful environment.

About Joe Hall Roofing

Joe Hall Roofing is a reliable, reputable, resource for all of your roofing needs in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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