Dallas (214) 503-7663
Ft. Worth (817) 476-3600

Don’t Want to Sell? Update Instead!

Thursday, September 06, 2018
Have you considered moving recently, but with the fast pace and high prices of today's real estate market, are nervous about taking the plunge? If you are on the fence about moving and not sure if you want to take on a higher mortgage payment, you may want to consider giving your Carrollton, Texas, home a face-lift instead with some simple updates to your home's exterior.

Time to Paint. One of the ways you can give your home a new look is to paint. Painting your trim and your front door a new color can make your home pop and probably make you smile when you come home!

Add Shutters. If you don't have shutters or your current shutters are old, or in disrepair, you may want to think about adding high-quality shutters to your home to frame your windows and give your house a classic look.

Get a New Garage Door.  Most people do not consider garage doors when they are taking care of their exterior maintenance. As a result, garage doors can become dirty, dingy, and dented over time. Replacing your garage door with a new door with gables or even covered with cedar can take your property to the next level.

Step Up Siding. Do you have vinyl or old cement board siding on your home? You may find that pressure washing it just doesn't do the trick anymore and painting it seems like a hassle. If you're looking to make a significant exterior change, think about new siding. Scott Exteriors offers both high-quality vinyl and Hardi Plank fiber cement options in a wide variety of colors.

Invest in Windows. Upgrading your windows is an excellent way to boost your home's appearance and value. You will also find that new windows are more energy-efficient, which means lower heating and cooling costs for you.

These upgrades will make your home feel new again, and if you do decide to sell, after all, your new-and-improved curb appeal will attract buyers!
Learn more about how Scott Exteriors can help you update your home today by calling 214-503-7663.

Stop Birds from Crashing Into Your Windows

Friday, August 24, 2018
Thunk! The noise is almost unmistakable; a bird has flown into your window again. When this happens, sometimes the bird survives, and sadly, sometimes the bird does not. According to Bird Watcher's Digest, millions of birds die or are injured every year as a result of flying into the windows of homes or businesses. Here are some tips to help prevent birds from flying into the windows of your Carrollton home or business:

Relocate Birdfeeders. Birds that fly into windows are often the very birds that feed on the bird feeders located in your yard. One suggestion is to move those feeders away from your windows or even to move them closer to your windows. The reason behind this suggestion is that the move will change the flight path of the birds and may slow them down, so they do not hurt themselves.

Add a Distraction. Add a distraction to your windows by using bundles of branches, stickers, Mylar balloons, old CDs, or anything that can help break up the glass, so it does not appear as open space. Using these items helps to break up the glass, so the bird does not think it is a clear space to fly through. Feathers are also an excellent idea; the theory behind this tip is that birds see the feathers and think a dangerous predator is nearby.

Try Plastic Wrap. You can try another way to break up the reflective nature of your windows by putting sheets of plastic wrap across the center of your windows. Plastic wrap does not reflect as glass does.

Frost Your Windows. Another way (this may not be ideal) is to have your windows frosted professionally or buy a DIY kit to frost them yourselves. Frosting still lets in plenty of light, but does not reflect the outside world, and thus will help to eliminate birds crashing into your windows.

While we are talking about windows, did you know that Scott Exteriors also does windows? 
Call us today at 214-503-7663 to learn more about our window upgrades and offerings.

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Hot enough for you? If you live in North Texas or have been here the last few weeks, the answer is probably a resounding "Yes!". It is hot out there, for sure. While you're sweating on the ground, your roof is getting pretty hot, too. But, how hot does your roof actually get and how can heat negatively impact your roof? We break it down for you in this blog.

Why Do Dark Roofs Get So Hot?

Ever notice when you move across a blacktop parking lot that it is significantly hotter than when you walk across concrete or grass? Blacktop parking lots tend to get hotter because dark surfaces absorb light (and heat). Like dark-colored paving materials, dark-colored roofs also absorb light – up to 90 percent of the sun's rays which means more heat in both the atmosphere and in your home. 

So, How Hot Does It Get?

Depending on the roofing materials, your roof could experience in 90-degree conditions temperatures like this:
• Black asphalt roof - 140 to 190 degrees
• Unpainted metal roof - 140 to 150 degrees
• Painted metal roof - 105 to 115 degrees
• White or lighter-colored roofing materials 102 to 120 degrees
These are just temperatures in 90-degree conditions, and as we know, it gets much hotter in the DFW area! 

Does This Really Matter to My Roof?

You may think that it really does not matter how hot it gets on your roof because you probably never go on your roof. While this is likely true, the interior of your home is affected by the temperatures on your roof. Remember what we said when we mentioned that black asphalt absorbs a large percentage of the sun's rays and converts them into heat? This heat does not just go into the atmosphere, it goes into your attic, and if your insulation is non-existent or not in the best shape, it means rising temperatures and increased cooling costs.

The sun's rays can also damage your shingles and other components of your roof, which means faster wear and tear and a shorter shelf life of your roof.

What Should You Do?

You have a few options when it comes to your roof; you could change your existing roof to a lighter-colored shingle or seek out information about "green" roofing materials. Learn more about green roofing and your options by calling Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663.

Prevent Window Woes

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Windows are an important part of your home. Not only do they serve in an aesthetic capacity, but they also have a functional use, too. Windows allow us fresh air inside our homes when we want it, but also help to keep the weather out of our interiors. Since windows are so critical to your Plano home, it is essential that you take the time to inspect our windows regularly to prevent them from falling into disrepair.

Check for Rot

One of the most important things you can do to keep your windows in good shape is to maintain them. The best way to do that is to check for rot. When checking your windows, touch the wooden parts of your frame. Does it feel soft? Is it spongy? If so, you have wood rot. Wood that is in good repair will feel hard, dense and solid.

Check the Trim

While you're checking for wood rot, check to make sure your outside trim is intact. The trim serves to protect the external layers of your window and seal the window into your home. If your trim is damaged or rotting, your windowsill and window frame may be at risk of damage, too.

Don't Forget the Brick Molding

Brick molding helps to frame your windows and give them a finishing touch. Brick molding also makes it easier to install replacement windows when making updates and allow the replacements to be made without causing damage to your masonry or siding.

The brick molding around your window can also rot - which means water can leak into your home. Leaking water into your walls can cause structural damage, mildew, and mold over time if left untreated. These situations can be both costly to repair and dangerous to your health.

Look Inside, Too

While you're checking out the windows on the exterior of your home, you should also take a look at your window on the inside, too. The window sill is made of wood and runs across the bottom of your window. If you have trim or brick molding that is rotting or damaged, you could have damage to your window sill. Damage happens because when water seeps into your wall, it ruins everything in its path - including your inside trim work and even electrical outlets. 

To check the health of your window sill, push down (gently!) and feel if it moves or is soft or cracks. If it does, you need to have your window checked for damage and rot.

The Window Itself

We've talked about checking around your window, but what about the window itself? Take care to check the window frame out for good repair. It is hard to replace sections of a window frame, so if your damage is significant, it is time to call Scott Exteriors for a replacement or upgrade.

Also, while you are at it, take a look at the window sash. The window sash is the part of the window that you open. If you see damage or rotting materials, it is time to replace your windows.

Make checking your windows a once-a-year part of your home's maintenance to avoid any costly surprises and repair bills.

Do you have damaged or rotting windows? Are you looking to replace or upgrade your windows? Call Scott Exteriors today for more information! Schedule your consultation now by calling 214-503-7663.

Don’t Fear Fireworks This Fourth of July

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
The Fourth of July means many things: celebrating our country, cooking out with friends and family and, of course, fireworks. 
No Independence Day celebration would be complete without a fireworks display. But, fireworks can be dangerous if not used correctly, and if in too close of a proximity to your roof. 

Scott Exteriors offers tips on keeping yourself and your roof safe this Fourth of July. 

Tips to Keep You (and Your Roof) Safe This Fourth of July - 

  • Read and obey your city’s laws regarding fireworks and their use. Many North Texas cities ban fireworks within city limits. 
  • Understand the performance descriptions of the fireworks you are using and read their labels - before you light them. Do not use homemade fireworks or explosives. 
  • You should take care to light fireworks away from crowds, building, and vehicles. While some asphalt shingles and roofing materials are fire resistant, others are not. Don't risk it; use caution. - Only allow responsible adults to handle and light fireworks. Do not let children light fireworks at any time. 
  • Wear safety goggles and have a hose and a bucket of water nearby when lighting fireworks. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when lighting fireworks. 
  • Only light one firework at a time. Move away from the firework once lit. Be sure never to relight a firework that doesn't light. Soak the dud in a bucket of water and dispose of properly. 
  • Dispose of your spent fireworks properly; wet them down and place in a metal trash can for disposal the next day. 

 These tips from Scott Exteriors can help keep you and your home safe from firework-related fires this Independence Day holiday. If you do have a fire or other emergency, call 911 immediately. If you need roofing repairs, call Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663.

To Paint or Not to Paint (Your Vinyl Siding)? That Is the Question.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Do you want to update your home but not sure if you should paint or replace your aluminum siding? While cost savings may be what you're after, you may be surprised to find that the price of paint plus labor (your labor or hiring out) is substantial. Find out in this blog what you can expect when painting your aluminum siding.

Cost. According to Angie's List, the national average of painting aluminum siding is somewhere between $400 and $1,500. Wow, that sounds like a deal, right? Not so fast – the price ranges greatly depending on the amount of surface area covered – from 250 square feet to 1,000 square feet. In this cost is not just the paint, but the type of paint you choose. The price tag also includes labor, materials, special solvents, and cleaning products needed to prep the surface. You may also require power washing to clean your siding, which can also add significant cost to your bottom line.

Upkeep. If you paint your aluminum siding, it may look great in the short term, but over time, the paint will fade and deteriorate because of oxidation, maintenance, and exposure to the sun. This wear and tear may leave you facing the question of painting or replacing again sooner than you hoped.

While you're mulling it over, consider the benefits of replacing your siding with new vinyl siding or Hardie Board fiber cement board siding. Updating your exterior can help you:

  • Improve curb appeal. New vinyl siding and fiber cement board siding can refresh your home's look and even attract buyers if you decide to sell.
  • Increase energy efficiency. Replacing your siding can give you the opportunity to add insulation to your home - saving you money on heating and cooling costs.
  • Check for structural damage. With your old siding off, you can thoroughly inspect your property to look for damage caused by pests, shifting foundation, or a roof leak.

Learn more about the benefits of new siding by calling Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663.

High Temps? Keep Your Cool

Thursday, June 07, 2018
Summer has struck early in Carrollton, Plano and the rest of North Texas. Struggling to stay cool? Here are some tips for beating the heat without breaking the bank:

  1. Close Your Blinds. Over 30 percent of the unwanted heat in your home comes through your windows. Using shades, curtains, and blinds can help reduce this heat and even lower temperatures in your home by a whopping twenty degrees. Invest in blackout curtains for additional benefits - these curtains block the sunlight to reduce ambient heat by 33 percent.
  2. Close Off Rooms. Shutting the door to rooms you are not using during the day will help cool your home by preventing cold air from going into these areas and concentrating it in areas you are using. This hack will also help keep you cool at night, too!
  3. Install Ceiling Fans. Consider installing ceiling fans to help circulate air through your home and reduce the strain on your air conditioner. Set your ceiling fans to move counter-clockwise to keep you cool in the summer and clockwise in cooler months to keep air circulating without giving you a chill.
  4. Another Word About Fans. Also, you can use box fans to help move air around and reduce temperatures. Here's a fan hack to help you stay cool: Place a large bowl of ice or a bowl with an ice pack in front of your box fan at an angle, so the fan picks up that cool air over the bowl and sends it your way.
  5. Stay Hydrated. If you're going to be outside this summer, be sure to drink enough water to keep your body cool and hydrated while you're out and about. Take frequent breaks inside in cooler temps, too.
  6. Think About New Windows. Do you have single pane windows? If so, it may be time to think about an upgrade. Single pane windows allow more heat into your home, raising the temperature and making your air conditioner work harder. If you want to upgrade your windows and lower your cooling (and heating costs), contact Scott Exteriors at 214-503-7663 for more information on your window replacement options.

Power Wash to Perk Up Your Property

Sunday, May 20, 2018
If you're making your list of spring improvement projects, we have a project that is worth mentioning: power washing. Power washing is a task you should take on once or twice a year to clean your driveway, sidewalks, decks, fencing, and siding. 

Here are a few reasons why power washing is important:


North Texas can be dry for long periods - which means dust can accumulate on your exterior and make your house look dingy or dirty. If left to build up, dirt and grime can damage your exterior. 


Power can help remove stains from your fencing, patio, or driveway from dirt, spilled food and beverage, or oil. 


Pollen is bad during the spring, fall, and well, the rest of the year. Power washing pollen from your home's exterior can help improve the health of family members with allergies, asthma, other respiratory illness by removing irritating pollen and dust and reducing the development of mold. 


If you're planning on painting, staining, or doing any other kind of refinishing of your home's side or other parts of the exterior, power washing will help you thoroughly clean and prepare the surface.

Curb Appeal. 

Washing away dirt, grime, pollen, bugs, and leaves that build up on the outside of your property will make your house look more beautiful and more appealing.

Power washers are pretty, well, powerful, so it is important to say that while you are working on washing away dirt and grime for your exterior, you should avoid power washing your gutters and roof to prevent accidental damage. The high pressure of the water can knock down gutters and cause the protective granules covering asphalt shingles to fall off.

Don't want to power wash, but want to spruce up your home's exterior?
Consider new siding, windows, or a new roof from Scott Exteriors. Call us today for a consultation at 214-503-7663.

Remodeling and Return on Investment

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
It is no surprise that the real estate market in North Texas is booming, but did you know that many homeowners are choosing to remodel their homes instead of moving? Remodeling has its benefits, such as cost savings, staying in a home you love and the ability to customize your space to get exactly what you want. But are all remodeling projects created equal when it comes to paying off when you do decide to sell? 

According to a survey by Remodeling Magazine, renovations have a 65 percent pay off if the home is sold soon after remodeling is complete. But the amount of payback can vary widely with the type of renovation, depending on the type of improvement you choose. 

Here are four home improvement projects found to pay off:

Updating the Kitchen. In many families, the kitchen is the hub of the home, so it only makes sense that remodeling this area means a payoff. Updating the look and functionality of the kitchen is critical, so combine quality appliances and modern features with comfortable seating and work areas.


Upgrade Your Windows. 

New windows are a great investment to make in your home. Updated windows make your home look great and offer energy efficiency and temperature control. Energy efficiency, in turn, will help keep your cooling costs low. 

Seek Out New Siding. 

Siding is a project that pays off because it gives your home an instant facelift and boosts your curb appeal - which will attract future buyers when you decide to sell. Popular options for siding updates include durable fiber cement such as Hardi Plank or a high-quality vinyl siding product. Both Hardi Plank and vinyl siding are available in a wide array of colors and finishes to complement your home. 

Don't Forget About Your Garage Door. 

Like other exterior updates, adding a new garage door can pay off down the road. According to Remodeling Magazine, a new garage door returns 90 percent of your investment when you sell. 

But what about replacing a roof? 

While replacing your roof may not be the remodeling project of your dreams, it still has its benefits when it comes to returning your investment. Studies have shown on average, replacing your roof can mean more than a 50 percent return when it is time to sell.

Considering updating your exterior? Call Scott Exteriors at 214-503-7663 for a consultation today!

The Secret to Streak Free Windows

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Spring is here - and so is spring cleaning. One of the tasks you may tackle this season is cleaning your windows. While we know that cleaning your windows is not the most glamorous chore on your to-do list, and cleaning windows can be especially frustrating after you step back and notice all your hard work has resulted in streaks. If you follow these steps for streak-free cleaning, your windows will look great - and you may not have to clean them again until fall.

The Secret to Streak Free Windows

The secret to streak free windows is not expensive cleaning products. It is vinegar. That's right. Plain white vinegar that you probably already have in your pantry or laundry room. Here is a recipe for a window cleaner that will have your interior windows and mirrors sparkling and streak-free:
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups hot water
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on your window glass, coating the entire surface, and wipe away with a lint-free cloth.

For cleaning exterior glass, you can also use white vinegar. Mix white vinegar and warm water in a 1:1 ratio and apply with a large sponge in a backward "S" pattern, starting at the upper left corner. Remove the solution with a rubber-bladed squeegee. Dry off squeegee in between strokes.

For especially dirty exterior glass, you can use a bucket of hot water with a squirt of dish soap. Sponge on, hose off, and then apply the white vinegar and water solution. Squeegee off.

After cleaning your windows, take time to dry off the edges of the glass and frame with a chamois cloth.

Scott Exteriors is your go-to resource for residential windows in the North Dallas area. Learn more about window care and window replacement options by calling us today at 214-503-7663.

Recent Posts


texas windows commercial roofs family-owned solar shingles solar dallas window sills cleaning lakewood roofing Dallas roof inspection roofer dallas tx inspections Shutters painting siding water damage wear and tear spring storms trim historical home roof dallas Plano home Power wash mold bats new windows dallas cooling costs stains investment texas roofing fans winterizing homes texas window installation leaking roof Wood-Clad Windows North Texas Roofing Durable garage door exterior changes solar screens dirt aluminum siding routine maintenance Fire-resistent roof emergency collapse roof repair new roof glass spring cleaning heat dallas roofing shingles roofing Recycle exterior Exterior Home styrofoam Home DIY Roofing clean termites gutters rats roof aging cracks streak-free Vinyl Siding customizable july 4th fiberglass Angie's List dallas roofing materials sell polyurethane foam flat roofs remodeling Insulation hardi plank dallas roofing crashes water home maintenance tips insurance upgrades carrollton Plano, Texas Roof blinds painting economical signs window film birds Longevity mineral wool selling your home roofing company dallas temperatures rot dallas tx roofing good roofing contractor dallas flashings leaks Window curb appeal dallas windows mildew dallas window installation debris painting aluminum siding Siding tips cellulose commercial roofing Plano Roofing roof maintenance shift cooling roof safety squirrels windows scott exteriors roof NSC Window Coverings solar roofing


Best of Houzz NTRCA NARI National Roofing Contractors Association Better Business Bureau Angies List
Except as otherwise noted, the entire content and design of this website is Copyright © All Rights Reserved, by Frisco Websites/Short Story Marketing and its client who manages and updates this website (, and is subject to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and other laws, as well as by the terms at Some images on this website are used with permission of their owners, and are licensed under a Creative Commons license. These images have been resized and cropped for suitable placement. See the image information for attribution. "Online Business Partner" and "Websites Under Your Control" are federally-registered trademarks of Frisco Websites/Short Story Marketing.