Metal Roofing Maintenance for Summertime

Red Metal Roofing

Your Metal Roofing Will Benefit from Occasional DIY Maintenance. Here are a Few Tips!

Summertime is here! If you have a metal roofing system, keeping it in good condition will be a huge factor in its durability during these hot summer months. Here are three simple steps you can take as a homeowner to maintain your tough metal roof!

Step #1: Basic Cleaning

Metal roofing is wonderfully resistant to corrosion from sunlight and rain, but a little DIY maintenance can make it even stronger. You can start by sweeping away all the leaves, twigs, and dirt off the rooftop. If you’ve cleared out the gutters like we talked about in April’s blog, you’re already halfway done. Removing debris will prevent minor scratches and corrosion.

Step #2: Removing the Grime

After that preliminary cleaning is finished, you’ll want to grab a bottle of Formula 409 (or another metal cleaning solution) and a soft cloth to wipe away tougher smudges. If you encounter any particularly difficult grime, try using a sponge and a solution of water, household bleach, and dish soap. Once these smudges are all cleared off, you’ll be ready for your final step.

Step #3: Painting Touch Ups

If you’ve spotted any metal chips or deeper scratches in your roof’s coating, you’ll need a bit of manufacturer-approved touch up paint. Exposed metal may start to rust or weaken under direct sunlight, but a little bit of paint is all it takes to prevent that. Once you’ve completed the final touch ups, congratulations! You’ve finished your pre-summer DIY maintenance.

Now your roof shouldn’t require any upkeep until the fall. For more information on how to maintain your metal roofing, fell free to chat with one of our roofing veterans at Mullins General Construction! You can call us at(972) 535-8065.

Spring Clean Your Gutters

Every autumn, leaves fall from trees. Unfortunately, those leaves can end up on your roof and in your gutters, preventing water drainage. This can lead to overflow in the next heavy rainstorm or leaks into your roofing as the water just sits there because the leaves are blocking passage. Do your home a favor and add gutter cleaning to your spring cleaning checklist this season.

Here’s How To Maintain Your Gutters:

Leaves Can Clog Your Gutters And Ruin Your Fascia From Improper Drainage

Cleaning Your Gutters

Remove large debris like leaves or twigs with gloved hands or a trowel. It will be muddy from dirty leaves and the water, so dress accordingly. You can wash away finer sediment like sand with a hose. If you see the water from the hose is not flushing away, that means the inside of the gutter is clogged. Check the drain end of the gutter and use the pressure from the water hose to try and blast away the blockage from that end.

Repairing Your Gutters

Inspect your roof while you are up on the ladder. If you saw shingles in your gutter, that indicates your asphalt roof has come to the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. If there is still water in the gutter after you have cleaned it, the gutter is slanted and needs to be tilted down a little more to allow the water to drain down. Look for obvious damage to your fascia and gutter, like splintered or rotting wood. That indicates it is time for a replacement (fascia is very cheap to repair or replace.)

For gutter repair in Frisco, TX, contact Mullins General Construction at (972) 535-8065 today.

The Benefits of a Regular Roofing Inspection

Roof Inspections

A Proper Roof Inspection Can Provide an Enormous Aid for the Insurance Claim Process.

A professional roof inspection can represent a major boon for your home. In addition to the revelation of leaks and other lingering issues, an inspection can also inform preventative maintenance that saves you a fair amount of money. You should especially have inspections that follow major storms, or to supplement an insurance claim. If you need more convincing of the necessity for regular roof inspections, consider the following advantages.

Detect Water Issues

By the time you notice the obvious signs of a leak, including visible drips or water stains, it has already likely performed a great deal of damage. A roofing inspection enables you to sit back and let a professional find any lingering water issues. You can then schedule repairs that spare your home a greater part of the damage.

Longer Roof Life

Every roof has a limited lifespan. To maximize the value of your investment, consider the scheduling of regular roof inspections. This service will allow us to make the necessary maintenance to prolong the life of your roof. This can grant you additional years of service, and can forestall the need for a roof replacement.

Insurance Claims

If your roof has sustained damage from a storm, then you need to file a claim with your insurance. While the insurance company will certainly send an adjuster to inspect your roof, you can bolster your claim with an independent review. You can also make sure that every amount of damage gets accounted for, even those elements that the adjuster might miss.

If you need to schedule a roof inspection in Frisco, TX, trust the local experts at Mullins General Construction. To learn more, give us a call anytime at (972) 535-8065.

Benefits of Roofing Fascia

On residential roofs, there are many different roofing components that play a role in how well your roof performs in severe weather. Your fascia pays an essential role in protecting the edges of your roof, so if the fascia falls into disrepair, your roof could experience a whole host of problems. Today, we’ll discuss a few ways you can tell if your fascia is in need of fast repairs! 


Is Your Fascia In Good Condition?

The best thing to do is to take a quick glance over y our fascia once a month. Not an in-depth inspection, but a quick overview to look for peeling, rotting, or drooping areas. If you understand that your fascia has collected decades of life, then a professional inspection will judge its continued effectiveness. Check out the two main signs of disrepair below so that you can quickly identify damages.

Peeling Paint

Peeling paint makes an unattractive issue that affects your residence’s curb appeal. As your fascia’s paint protects the wood against deterioration, it will also provide a sign of encroaching damage. Since rotten fascia will no longer do its intent effectively, it needs to get replaced. If nothing else, a new coat of paint for your fascia will deliver some protection and an instant improvement for your house.

Water Damage

As the years pass, fascia can become exposed to water damage from proximity to the gutters. This occurs most often when your gutters cease to perform correctly, and begin to bubble over onto the fascia. Old age, as it occurs, can additionally cause your fascia to decay. As fascia becomes water damaged, the boards will warp and loosen, thus making the inside of your roof vulnerable to wear.


Is It Time for a New Fence?

Is It Time for a New Fence?

A Brand New Fence Can Change the Entire Look of Your Home.

If you own a home, having to install a new fence is something you will probably have to do at least once, especially here in Texas. It can be a pain to think about installing it yourself or paying to have a new one installed, but the sooner you do it, the better off you will be. There are several signs to look for as your fence gets older and goes through many seasons.

Wood Damage – When your fence has been through a lot of weather or you have had it for a long time, it might start to get some damage. Wood can develop mold or stains that develop over time. Fences are meant to be outside in the weather, but remember that it is wood and over time, wood that gets wet can begin to rot out. If your roof is looking like this, you may want to get it replaced.

Leaning over – We have all seen them driving through neighborhoods after a big storm; the leaned over, half in your yard fences. This is a pretty sure sign that it is time to get your fence replaced. There are things that can hold it up and make it live to see another day, but eventually, it will come crashing down. Give us a call and let us replace it for you.

Something new – Maybe your fence is just old and you are ready for a change. If you have been wanting a taller fence or an aluminum material, there is no better time than the present to get yourself a new fence. A new fence can add value to your home, and also change the entire look of the property.

If you have been considering getting a new fence or maybe you have no choice, give Mullins General Construction a call at (972) 535-8065 and let us take the difficulty out of it for you.

Hang Christmas Lights on the Roof Safely

Christmas lights on the roof are a festive yearly tradition. Of course, they carry their risks and should be hung only by an adult. Even and adult could use some tips to hang Christmas lights on the roof safely each year. There is a lot of misrepresentation out there about how this should be done.

No Staples or Nails

House with Xmas Lights at Night

Hang Christmas Lights on the Roof Safely.

No matter what you’ve seen on TV or in films, do not use a staple gun. You have probably seen it done a number of times, but it can damage your lights, cause a spark that could catch fire, and you’ll be damaging your roof along the way. Those little holes could become leaks and places where water seeps in to hurt your roof.

Stay off the Roof

Never climb onto your roof. Standing on a ladder near the edge while someone steadies it for you is one, thing. Climbing onto the roof is dangerous, particularly when the roof is sloped. Stay safe and don’t fall, and don’t put the pressure of your weight on the roof.

Use Plastic

Many lights come with plastic clips that help hang your lights on gutters, on the eaves, and even on the tiles. These little clips are your friends. They exist so that you can have those Christmas lights without hurting your roof.

If your roof does have damage from lights, or you discover damage of another kind while you’re putting up your Christmas lights on the roof this season, call Mullins General Construction and our roofers in Frisco, TX will inspect and repair whatever damage you may have. You can reach us at (972) 535-8065.

4 Signs of Bad Gutters

Dripping Gutter

Mullins GC Offers Gutter Installation in Frisco, TX

Are you having problems with your gutters in Frisco, TX. Mullins General Construction offers gutter installation services for residents of Frisco and surrounding areas. How do you know if you have gutter problems? Look for these 4 signs of bad gutters:

1. Clogs

All gutters get clogged from time to time, especially during a severe rainstorm. But if this is happening on a regular basis, storm or not, it’s time for a new gutter system. Gutter guards are a protective measure you’ll want to install with your new gutters, as they will protect this clogging issue from repeating itself in the future.

2. Rusting

Nothing depicts gutter aging more obviously than rusting. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean they have stopped working completely. But it does likely mean they are on their way to doing so. If the rusting has caused cracks, you are in real trouble. This will lead to leaks and require immediate assistance.

3. Sagging

Sometimes the demise of your gutter can be seen as simply as just looking at it. The problem that is most often visible, is sagging. The slouching caused by the sag usually leads to leaks that end up being expensive in more ways than one. There is no reason to delay the inevitable in a situation like this.

4. Water Pools

Check near your downspouts. Do you see pools of water? If so, your gutters have gone bad, in most cases. But that’s not the worst part. Pooling water can actually seep into your home’s foundation and cause you a property damage that could severely devalue your entire home. Call (972) 535-8065 for new gutter installation in Frisco, TX.

Signs You Need a New Shingle Roof

New Shingle Roof

Missing Shingles Leave a Roof Vulnerable to Rainfall.

An asphalt shingle roof provides excellent durability for its cost. Asphalt shingles also come in a wide array of colors and styles, so homeowners can customize their roofs to personal taste. Eventually, however, all shingle roofs will need replacement. With regular maintenance and repair, the lifespans of these roofing systems extend from 20 to 30 years. To know whether you need a new shingle roof, consider these factors.

Old Age

Even with careful maintenance, all asphalt shingle roofs eventually age to the point where they need replacement. Though the roof may appear perfectly serviceable, old age will leave it vulnerable to catastrophic damage from a storm. If your roof has approached or passed the 20 year mark, have a qualified inspector come take a look.

Missing Shingles

All asphalt roofs will occasionally lose a shingle or two to high winds. Over the years, continual replacement of shingles will lend a roof a patchwork appearance. Roofs that lose more than a few shingles have either gotten old, or were installed incorrectly. Either way, an abundance of missing shingles provides a clear sign that your roof needs replacement.

Granules in the Gutters

Asphalt shingles have granules to protect them from impacts and damage from the sun. Defective or aged shingles will begin to lose these granules in abundance. Once bereft of granules, shingles can begin to curl as they dry out from the sun. To know whether your shingles are losing their granules, check your gutters for signs of the small gravel.

Mullins General Construction provides excellent service for a new shingle roof in Frisco, TX. To learn more about asphalt shingles or schedule an inspection, give us a call anytime at (972) 535-8065.


Advantages of a Metal Roof

Metal Roof

Metal Roofing Comes Available in a Wide Range of Colors.

When it comes time to consider roofing, many homeowners discount metal for its price. While metal roofing does cost more to install than other materials, it also provides additional benefits. In fact, the benefits of metal roofing will, over the years, compensate for the cost of installation. The next time you need a new or replacement roof, consider the following advantages of a metal roof.

Premier Longevity

Put simply, a metal roof will last longer than other roofing systems. Metal roofing will generally last upwards of 50 years if correctly installed. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, usually only last for around 20 years. When your roofing lasts twice as long as other options, you save quite a bit of money on replacements.

Exceptional Durability

High durability combines with the long life of a metal roof to provide a high degree of savings. A durable metal roof needs little maintenance or service, and remains resistant to common forms of damage. The next time you experience a hailstorm, you can kick back in confidence and count on the durability of your metal roof.

Energy Efficient

The insulating properties of metal at least equal and often exceed those of other roofing materials. Metal also has premier reflectivity, which prevents the sun’s UV radiation from impacting your building. This will save wear on your cooling system and lead to a decrease in your overall energy bills.

At Mullins General Construction, we are the leading authority for a metal roof in Frisco, TX. If you ever need roofing repair or service, call us at (972) 535-8065.