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Selecting Shutters for your exterior home

Thursday, October 12, 2017
High-quality and properly placed shutters can be a great finishing touch for your home’s exterior, but if you choose the wrong materials or install them incorrectly, you can negatively affect your curb appeal. Scott Exteriors is an expert in shutters and can help you not only select the right shutters for your home, but also install them professionally to give your home a flawless and beautiful finish.

A Brief History of Shutters

Shutters have been around for centuries. Before glass came into use to cover window openings, shutters served as a way to keep out weather and pests. In the mid-1800s, glass came into widespread use in America, and shutters went from keeping out the outside world to serving as a protective cover for the fragile new glass. Shutters then transitioned from a protective function to an aesthetic one when glass and window quality improved in the early 20th century. 

Sizing Up Shutters

The size of your windows determines the size of the shutters you need. While the needs of each home vary, a good rule of thumb is that shutters should be half the width and the same height as your window. When sized correctly, they will give the illusion that if you closed the shutters, they would completely cover the window. 

Shutter Placement

When you think about adding shutters, you probably think about adding them in pairs, with one shutter flanking each side of the window. This situation is ideal, but because every home is different, it is important to have a professional measure the space between your windows to ensure that you have enough room to hang the right size shutter for your home. 

Shutter Materials

Modern shutters are available in wood, vinyl, and composite materials. Each material type has specific benefits regarding look, maintenance, and durability:Real wood. Real wood shutters have an authentic look and appeal, but over time will require painting or staining. Real wood can suffer significant wear and tear in the harsh Texas climate.

Vinyl

Vinyl shutters are more durable than real wood shutters and require very little maintenance, but take care to select a high-quality product that will stay looking great for a long time.

Composite

Composite material options are also available and offer both durability and a quality finish.

Do you want to learn more about adding shutters to your home? 


Call Scott Exteriors today at 214-503-7663 for answers to your questions about shutters, windows, siding, and roofs.

DIY Roofing for Dallas Texas home owners

Thursday, September 28, 2017
There are a lot of home repairs that you can do yourself around your home with the help of YouTube, Pinterest, or other online resources, but what about DIY roof replacement? While it may be tempting to take on this project on your own, there are some significant considerations you should make before grabbing a ladder and getting on your roof. 

Heavy lifting. A single pack of shingles can weigh over 70 pounds. Lifting shingles on the ground can be difficult, much less getting them up a ladder and onto your roof. 

Quality equipment. You probably don’t have everything you need for a project of this magnitude, so you’re going to have to buy specialized tools. Roofing requires several tools like a roofing hammer and nailer, as well as shingle remover for taking off old shingles. You will also need hundreds of roofing nails, rolls of underlayment material, staples, and sealant. The cost of these materials adds up quickly and may make your project more expensive than you originally planned. 

Walking around. You may have seen roofers walking around the roofs of nearby homes and marvel how they seem to do it so gracefully and effortlessly. While professional roofers make it look easy, it's because they’ve had years of experience and know exactly how to walk to stay safe. They know where and how to step to prevent falling off or damage to a roof. 

Environmental factors.
When you're on the roof, you're in the sun and other elements. Wind gusts can develop out of nowhere, and unless you know how to brace yourself safely, you may find yourself in danger...or on the ground. 

Professional results. Chances are your professional expertise is in an area other than roofing. Your lack of roofing experience may mean that despite your research and best efforts, your attempt to put on a new roof may leave you with loose shingles and leaks. These further complications can leave you with a whole new list of problems and repair projects. 

Save yourself time, money, and the risk of damage by allowing Scott Exteriors to do your roof replacement. Call us today at 214-503-7663.



Gutters maintenance in Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We know that cleaning out your gutters probably doesn’t rank as one of your favorite ways to spend your weekend, but it really should be a regular item on your maintenance checklist. Gutters clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris causes serious damage and leaves your roof at risk of leaks. Experts at Scott Exteriors recommend cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year.

How Gutters Get Clogged

Gutters are open to the elements – as the wind brings dirt and leaves and deposits them in the gutters of your home. Trees near your property can drop leaves and small branches. Even birds and squirrels can drop seeds and other debris into your gutters. Over time, small bits of debris create blockages that prevent the gutter from draining water away from your roof- which is the purpose of having gutters in the first place!

Gutters are in disrepair or are not angled property can also become clogged, allowing water to pool near your roof.

How Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Roof

If your gutters are clogged, they cannot move water away from your roof and home. Instead, water collects against your roof and begins to seep under your shingles. If left untreated, water can eventually make its way to the plywood foundation of your roof and even into your attic beams and insulation. 

Water that makes its way into your home can cause extensive (and expensive) damage to your interior.

Clogged gutters can also begin to sag and droop as water builds up. 

How to Prevent Roof Leaks Caused by Clogged Gutters

The easiest way to prevent clogged gutters from damaging your roof is to keep your gutter clean. At least twice a year (we recommend in the spring and the fall), grab a bucket and a ladder and remove debris. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, hire a company that specializes in cleaning and maintaining gutters. 

While you’re checking out your gutters, be sure check your downspouts, too. Make sure they are pointing away from your house to protect your foundation and landscaping.

Want to learn more about how clogged gutters can affect your roof? Call Scott Exteriors today at 214.503.7663.

Wood Clad Windows

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Considering upgrading your windows or are you building a new home and are wondering what kind of window is the way to go?

Wood-clad windows are an excellent option for people who want the look of wood, but are nervous about maintenance and durability. Scott Exteriors offers wood-clad windows and explains why they are a great option for your North Texas home. 

What Exactly Are Wood-Clad Windows? Wood-clad windows are windows made of wood, but have aluminum (or vinyl) on the exterior. 

Are Wood-Clad Windows Customizable? Yes, wood-clad windows are customizable. The aluminum is coated paint in a wide variety of colors to match your home’s exterior. The inside lining of the window is wood that painted or stained to match your interior.

Wood-clad windows are available in a wide array of sizes, styles, and shapes, too. Unique features like high-end hardware or low-energy panes are also available from some manufacturers. 

What Are the Benefits of Wood-Clad Windows? Besides being customizable, one benefit of wood-clad windows is because of their that they can withstand rain and other precipitation, wear and tear caused by aging, and severe weather (even hail!).

Another benefit of wood-clad windows is that they are also insulating because their wood structure helps them retain their shape even areas of high humidity. This factor makes wood-clad windows ideal for places with scorching and humid summers – like North Texas! 

Do Wood-Clad Window Require More Upkeep? Wood-clad windows are low maintenance. They are easily cleaned with soap and water, making upkeep a breeze. Aluminum wood-clad windows are also easily painted if you ever want to change the look of your home.

Want to know more about wood-clad windows? Call Scott Exteriors at 214.503.7663.

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vinyl siding is a popular choice for many home exteriors. While vinyl siding can be damaged by hail, vinyl siding is really very durable. It resists fading, is weatherproof, and cannot be damaged by termites or other pests. In many cases, vinyl siding is also wind resistant.

Vinyl siding is also very popular because it is economical. It is also available in many colors and textures, which gives homeowners the ability to customize their home to their desired look and specifications. It can also be installed over your existing exterior for a fast update of your home!

Although vinyl siding is very durable, it still requires routine maintenance and care to keep your home looking its best. These tips from Scott Exteriors can help you care for your vinyl siding:

Inspect Your Property. Routine checks of your siding should be performed at least twice a year. Looking for punctures, cracks, or pieces that may have become loosened during storms. It is important to make sure your siding is in good repair in order to prevent damage from weather or pests.

Remove Potential Problems. During your inspection, also take note of any plants or trees that may rub against your house. These plants and trees can cause cracks or punctures to your vinyl siding over time. Cut back any vegetation that may cause damage.

Keep it Clean. You should clean your vinyl siding at least once per year. Using a stiff bristled brush and soapy water. You can use a mild soap, like Dawn dishwashing soap. Scrub your siding to remove dirt, debris, and cobwebs. Be sure to rinse thoroughly when done, as soap residue can attract dirt and leave your home looking dirty or older.

You can use a power washer to also clean your siding. If you choose to use a power washer, be sure to follow your machine’s instructions regarding vinyl siding.

Do you have more questions about how to care for your vinyl siding or are you interested in vinyl siding for your home in DFW? Call Scott Exteriors today at (214) 503-7663.

Leaking Roof trouble in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Have you ever taken a look at your ceiling? Go ahead and take a long look. Do you see any dark or discolored spots, cracks, or sagging drywall? If you do, you may have a problem that goes beyond your home’s interior. You may have a leaking roof. Scott Exteriors frequently fields calls from customers in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, and all around North Texas who were not aware of their leaking roof until it started raining…inside.

Experts at Scott Exteriors are trained to recognize the signs of water damage caused by a leaking roof. In this blog, we share those tips with you.

Stains on the Ceiling. One of the most telltale signs of water damage caused by a leaking roof is stains on your ceiling. Brown, rust-colored or dark spots or areas of discoloration may be clues that the area is wet or was wet at one due to a roof leak. You may also notice the paint on your ceiling bulging or blistering as water builds up as a result of a storm. This situation is especially dangerous, because if your ceiling becomes saturated with water, it could eventually collapse, causing thousands of dollars in property damage and injury to your loved ones.

Mold or Mildew. Leaking water can also leave you with mold or mildew. Mold thrives in moist, dark areas – like your attic. If left untreated, mold can grow and its spores can infiltrate your air ducts. Over time, this mold exposure can make you very sick. Like mold, mildew also thrives on moisture. While mildew can be wiped away, it can cause damage and staining on your ceiling that requires remediation.

Wall Woes. Water always moves to lower ground. This means that after it enters your home from a hole in your roof or damaged flashing, it can travel down behind your walls. This can cause your paint or wallpaper to blister and bubble. In some cases it can even impact your electric switches and outlets.

Floor Troubles. Water from a roof leak can even affect your floors. After it travels through your ceiling and down through the walls, it can reach your floors and cause warping, buckling, and staining. If your floor feels wet or spongy when you walk on it, you may have a water from a roof leak pooling beneath your floors.

If you have any of these signs, you may have a roof leak. Call Scott Exteriors today at (214) 503-7663 for an inspection.

Metal Roofing

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

If you’re considering replacing your roof, you have a few options available besides composite shingles. One popular roofing option is metal roofing, made of steel, aluminum, tin, or copper. Metal roofs are an excellent choice for your home or business. Scott Exteriors is very experienced in metal roofing, and can help you decide if a metal roof can work for your home. 

Why Choose Metal Roofing?

Metal roofing has many benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it is extremely durable, and can withstand damaging rains, wind, and most importantly, hail. Metal roofs have a lot of longevity- and can last many years beyond composite roofing and other roof material options. Barring extreme conditions, a metal roof can last a minimum of at least 50 years. 

More Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is environmentally friendly- and some of the materials can even be recycled. Metal roofing is also lightweight, meaning it can be assembled in modular pieces before being installed on your house. This reduces the cost of materials and the length of the installation. Metal roofing installation is also way less noisy than traditional composite shingle installation- a factor that both you and your neighbors will probably love. 

Metal Roofs May Save You Even More Money

Although metal roofing costs more than composite roofing, because of its long life and durability, you save money from having to have it replaced due to storm damage or wear and tear. You may also save with your homeowner’s insurance company, too.  

This is because metal roofing is rated at a Class IV level for impact because it can withstand hail damage. Metal roofing is also fire-resistant, which benefits both you and your insurance company because of lower claim risk. Insurance companies definitely like this and some pass the savings from potential claims on to you! 

If you have questions about whether metal roofing works for your home, give Scott Exteriors a call today to schedule a consultation. Call us at 214.503.7663 today.

Preventing Premature Roof Failure in North Texas

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Living in North  Texas, you might think that heat and hail are your biggest concerns when it comes to how your roof ages.  While weather can definitely contribute to how your roof wears, there are other things to look out for that may cause your roof to age prematurely. Scott Exteriors are experts at spotting these potential problems- which can help catch the damage early and save you money.  

Installation Issues

If your existing roof was installed improperly, you are at risk of developing problems, such as loose materials and leaks. Your roof is also less likely to last than one that has been installed the right way. It is important to have a qualified professional check your existing roof to make sure it was done correctly- and identify any costly potential problems that may be lurking. Also, if your flashing was not installed properly, you are at risk of developing leaks. Flashing is what seals your roof to things like your chimney, vent pipes, and HVAC system.

Water Woes

Water can do a lot of damage- especially when it pools on your roof. Water pooling is a problem that develops when debris, like leaves, build up and prevent from draining through gutters and HVAC drain lines. It's important to make sure that water can drain away to prevent leaks and damage.

Physical Damage

Other factors can cause damage to your roof, too. Hail, trees, rodents, and insects to name just a few potential hazards. Hail can leave holes in your roof and damage flashing and seals- which leaves you with the potential for leaks. Pests like rodents, birds, and bugs can enter through holes or gaps in your roof or exterior, and cause extensive (and expensive) repairs. Trees that touch your roof can actually damage your shingles, by wearing away the shingle's protective layer, leaving you at risk for water damage.  

Heat Hurts

Your roof bears the brunt of the damaging rays of the sun. Over time, your shingles will blister, crack, and buckle from the heat. This kind of surface damage will eventually lead to more serious problems.

Regular roof inspections can help head off costly repair bills and may extend the life of your roof. However, we recommend that you leave inspections to the professionals, like Scott Exteriors, who are trained to spot problems and potential risks. Professionals also know how to walk on your roof safely- without causing additional damage!

Call Scott Exteriors to schedule your roof inspection today at 214.503.7663.

 

Is It Time to Get Your Texas Roof Repaired or Replaced?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

With all the severe storms during the past couple of years, a record number of roofs in North Texas neighborhoods have been replaced or repaired.

But many homes are still in need of roofing work. Why?

1) The homeowner knows that damage has been done, but has not had their roof repaired or replaced yet, because the home is not leaking. They plan to schedule it later and/or have not selected a roofing contractor yet. If this is the case for you, please be aware that most insurance companies write 2 checks: an initial check and then, after the roofing work is completed, a second check, which is called a depreciation check. There is a finite amount of time in which insurance companies will issue a depreciation check. Typically, it can range from 6-18 months after the initial check is written. If you have sustained damage and have not selected a roofer yet, please contact us at 214.503.7663. We would love to be your roofer.

2) The damage was not apparent after the storms. During a hailstorm, most hail that hits a home’s roof may be too small to cause damage. However, a percentage of the hail may be larger or oddly shaped and can cause damage that may not be readily apparent and may not start leaking until a later date. Additionally, the high wind, rain and heat in North Texas since the hailstorms may have put further stress on prior damage. What to check for:

  • Are you seeing more granules in your gutters and downspouts?
  • Do you have missing or loose shingles now?
  • If you think you may have sustained roof damage and have not already had your roof inspected by a professional, please call Scott Exteriors for a roof inspection (at no charge and under no obligation).

3) The home was re-roofed after the storms by an out-of-town roofer, but now the homeowner is having problems with the roof and can’t reach the original roofing company to service their warranty. If you are in this unfortunate situation, please call Scott Exteriors at 214.503.7663. We can help.

 

Scott Exteriors in Dallas Texas Earns Angie's List Super Service Award Again for its Superior Roofing Services

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scott Exteriors Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Dallas, TX – February 1, 2013 – Scott Exteriors has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Scott Exteriors earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication to providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.


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