Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE SHOOTING

The entire Lon Smith Roofing family is praying for our friend, Congressman Roger Williams, after this morning's shooting.  Congressman Williams is a principled leader and we have been proud to have him take part in several of our Roof for Vets events.  We are grateful he was not seriously injured this morning.  But we pray for him as well as the others who were wounded.  We ask everyone to join us in praying for all the victims.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Signs of Hail Damage on a Roof

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Hail is an overpowering phenomenon and also one of the major causes of roof damage. In order to keep your roof safe, it is very important to have it regularly inspected and maintained by professionals, but even so, if the inevitable happens and hail damages your Dallas roof, it is very important to document the damage properly to be able to obtain the best possible compensation from your insurer. To make the process of looking for proof easier, here are the 5 most conspicuous signs of hail damage on a roof – check for all of them and make sure you take pictures and videos of everything you find, the evidence will come in very useful during the insurance claims process.

 

Damaged Metal Components

 

The tin, aluminum or steel components and accessories on your roof are the most vulnerable to hail, so start by inspecting the metal vents, the flashing around the chimney, the gutters, the downspouts, the gutter screens and the valleys on the roof. Damaged metal components will have dents that also indicate the dimension of the ice balls that hit it.

 

Damage of the Top of the Roof

 

The ridge cap of the roof – the flat area where the sides of the roof meet and are joined – is also a very sensitive component. Hail will leave it dented or broken.

 

The Sides

 

Hail can also cause components of the roofing cover to bruise and crack, what’s more, hails storms can also sweep off parts or pieces of the roof:

 

  • if you have roof tiles, check them for cracks and chipped edges
  • if you have a shingle roof, also check for damaged pieces, especially for spots where the granules have been displaced or completely removed by the hail – it is usually where the integrity of the material has been compromised
  • asphalt roofs can get cracked by the ice balls, so if you have that type of roof, look for cracks, thick or hairline.

 

Damaged Chimneys

 

Chimneys are also sensitive to hail, so make sure you inspect every inch of these components as well. Damage on metal chimneys takes the same shape as the damage of the other metal components, while the hail might cause cracks to brick chimneys.

 

Damaged Sidings

 

Hail does no fall in a straight vertical line, so a violent hail storm might cause damage to the siding panels as well. Check them for dings, dents, cracks and other signs of impact and make sure you document them as well.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Add Mother’s Day Plans To Your Calendar This Weekend

At Lon Smith Roofing there are two things that we know for certain. We know Dallas roofing and, perhaps more importantly, we know that this weekend is Mother's Day and we better not forget it. There is nothing worse than forgetting about your mom on her day, and if you do she will never let you forget. So this weekend make sure you take some time to celebrate with the person who brought you into this world.

Things to do on Mother's Day 2017 in Dallas-Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram Homemade cards are sweet and breakfast in bed is a thoughtful touch for Mother’s Day. It’s http://www.star-telegram.com/living/family/moms/maris-moments/article149461444.htmlalso certainly OK to go with the standard flowers, chocolates or spa certificate.

But if you really want to impress the mom in your life, send her on an experience she will never forget. After all, what she truly wants is to spend time with the ones she loves most.

Here are some suggestions that will put you at the top of the favorite list:

Mom and the whole family can enjoy the acclaimed “México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde” for free on Mother’s Day during the Dallas Museum of Art’s Family Day. Families can enjoy art-making activities, music, bilingual tours and DMA gallery activities for all ages.star-telegram.com
Good to know: At 2 p.m. Sunday, don’t miss the launch of DMA’s film series celebrating the golden age of Mexican cinema, from the 1930s through the 1950s. The event will start with a discussion of gender and identity in Mexican films of the era led by director and film historian Sonia Fritz, followed by a screening of the 193 movie “Distinto Amanecer.”
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 14
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas
Cost: Free
Info: https://dma.org/

Let your mom get her geek on at the National Videogame Museum in Frisco. It is offering half-price admission for moms on Mother’s Day. The museum features a 1980s-inspired arcade full of classic games such as Asteroids, Centipede and Donkey Kong. You can also play the classic game Pong on the world’s largest home Pong console: a giant 15-foot TV replica from the 1970s.
Good to know: The collection of rare artifacts displayed include the only Sega Neptune prototype and the unreleased Barbie edition for the Nintendo Game Boy Pocket system.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 14
Where: Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco
Cost: $6 for moms, $12 for 11 and older, $10 for 10 and younger, as well as military, educators and seniors with ID
Info: www.nvmusa.org

Has your mom ever wanted to skydive? Give her the gift of flight. The indoor iFLY experience lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes and each flight is the equivalent of 1.5 skydives, but she won’t have to wear a parachute or jump out of a plane and the whole family can watch and cheer her on.
Good to know: Buy a flight voucher or gift package through Sunday, May 14, to save $50. For more information, visit https://www.iflyworld.com/mothers-day/
When: Check the website to book flight times.
Where: 663 Loop 820, Hurst, 817-818-4359; 8380 Texas 121 in Frisco, 214-618-4359
Cost: Packages start at $69.95
Info: https://www.iflyworld.com Read more...

 

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What is the purpose of the gutters on my home?

At Lon Smith Roofing we have been roofing Dallas TX homes since 1974. In that time we have come across every question in the book it seems like. We don't mind though, we are experts in our field and we are always happy to share the knowledge we have with our clients. Understanding what we do is helpful for all of us and good communication is important. If you ever have a question please don't be afraid to ask. Without further ado, the answer to our latest question: Are gutters necessary?

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/are-gutters-actually-necessary/?bvsp=leafguardPurpose of Gutters - Are Gutters Actually Necessary?  Those new to homeownership and home maintenance may question whether gutters are an absolutely vital component of their homes’ exteriors, or just some sort of decorative element. While it’s true that professionally installed gutters create a crisp, clean edge around your home’s roofline, their main purpose is far from mere adornment. Contractors install a gutter system on every new house they build because its job—guiding rain and storm water off the roof and away from the foundation of the house—is essential to the home’s structural well-being. That is, when the gutter is kept clean and free from debris.

A Little Water Never Hurt Anyone, Did It? No matter how gently rain falls onto your roof, the water builds up as it runs off and creates a powerful surge that, if not diverted, can hammer the ground next to your foundation—and water and foundations do not mix. Pounding water along the foundation line erodes the soil and can seep down along the foundation, increasing the risk of basement leaks and structural instability.

Gutters that safely manage storm water do more than simply protect your house. They also preserve your yard and your neighborhood. Without fully functioning gutters and downspouts to control runoff in a safe manner, rainwater could cut pathways through your yard as well as your neighbor’s, creating ditches, pooling in low-lying areas, and even killing lawns, flowers, and other vegetation.

Maintaining Your Home’s Main Defense When you fail to clean your gutter system you’re inviting problems, because clogged gutters can be nearly as bad as having no gutters at all. Rainwater trapped in a clogged gutter or downspout has nowhere to go but over the edge of the trough, rendering your gutter system virtually useless. And if the leaves, twigs, and other debris remain during winter, snowmelt can pool and refreeze in the gutters, potentially weighing them down so much that they can pull free from the house. Clogged gutters also increase the risk of ice dams forming at the edge of the roof.

If you have traditional gutters on your home, you should clean them at least twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall, before winter arrives. With traditional gutters, you have two maintenance options: You can haul a ladder over to the side of your house and clean out the debris by hand, which saves you money but can be dangerous. Or, you can pay to have a professional gutter-cleaning crew clear the gutters and downspouts.

 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

What type of grass is your lawn?

At Lon Smith, we take pride in roofing Dallas, TX. We know that you take pride in your homes and we extend that to the work that we do on your roof. Having a beautiful house is about having the whole package and we understand that. The perfect house is well taken care of from the rooftops down to the grass that is around it. We will take care of the roofs and leave the lawn up to you. Do you know what type of grass to use in your lawn?

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/types-of-grass/?bv=mr#.WQyinOUrLIUTypes of Grass - Finding the Best Variety for Your Lawn - Bob Vila Everyone wants a lush, green lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood, but no one wants to work too hard at it! The secret lies in choosing the grass that suits your locale and climate. Sow the correct seed and, while you’ll have to put in some regular lawn care, you’ll stress less and enjoy your yard more. It comes down to understanding different grasses’ unique growing requirements, maintenance needs, and resistance to wear and tear, disease, and pests. This guide will help you distinguish between the dominant types of grass and the species within each category so you can pick the ones sure to thrive and give you the curb appeal you crave.

WARM-SEASON VERSUS COLD-SEASON GRASSES
Types of grasses found in the United States are broadly classified as either warm season or cool season. These labels indicate the geographic region with the ideal climate for the grass. Each region is further classified into humid or arid zones, with some zones being more hospitable to certain grasses than others.

Warm-season grasses are ideally grown in midsummer at temperatures ranging between 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Once temperatures fall below 55 degrees, these species go dormant and turn tan or brown until spring returns. Because these types of grass originally hail from the tropics, in the U.S. they’re inherently better suited to warm climates of the Deep South and the lower southwest and southeast.

Cool-season grasses flourish in temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making early spring and early fall peak growing season. These types of grass are best suited for regions that experience cold winters and hot summers (Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Great Plains, the upper Midwest, and New England), and they’re hardy—likely to remain green throughout winter, except for periods of freezing temperatures.

If you live in between the north and south, in a region known among turf breeders as the Transition Zone, you can grow either cool-season or warm-season grasses. Among warm-season grasses, Zoysia, Centipede, and Bermuda are winter-hardy enough to flourish in the Transition Zone. Similarly, Tall Fescue, a cool-season species, is suitable for the Transition Zone because of its drought tolerance and adaptability to a variety of soil types.

WARM-SEASON GRASSES (HUMID): St. Augustine, Centipede, Zoysia, Bahia
The sandy soil, brackish air, and high humidity of the Gulf states make for the ideal breeding ground for St. Augustine, a coarse, light to dark green textured grass, and Bahia, resembling a dense sod of tapered, dark green blades. But Southern Californians can also find success growing St. Augustine grass. Along with Bahia, a light green, creeping grass known as Centipede is commonly grown in the southeast, where rainfall is abundant, while Zoysia, a highly drought-resistant grass with thick, soft, light to medium green blades, is more frequently grown in the South.

Warm-season grass species are prized for their ease of maintenance, with requirements typically limited to irrigation every three to seven days, fertilization on a semiannual basis, and regular mowing to variable heights.

Growing conditions can vary among warm-season species. Zoysia, for example, can be grown in partial shade, while Centipede and most varieties of St. Augustine grass require full sun exposure to thrive. Moreover, each grass type can withstand wear, disease, and insects to varying degrees. Zoysia is one of the quickest to mend itself, and is also resistant to weed infiltration. Centipede grass, though rarely plagued by disease or pests, is slow to mend after damage, making it less suited to high-traffic lawns.

WARM-SEASON GRASSES (ARID): Bermuda, Buffalo
If you live in the Deep South, chances are you get enough sun to successfully grow either Bermuda or Buffalo grass. Both varieties of grasses are desirable on residential lawns for their low maintenance and relatively strong resistance to drought, disease, and pests. But because both require full sun exposure for optimal growth, avoid sowing them in shady areas.

Bermuda is one of the rare warm-season grasses that can grow in both arid and humid warm climates. Its dense, dark green blades make it the turfgrass of choice for play areas. Moreover, the deep root system of Bermuda grass allows it to withstand and recover from heavy wear, making it an apt choice for areas where pets and children play. While the thin, softly-colored blue-green turf of Buffalo grass makes it a uniform-looking and attractive lawn option, the species is not well-suited for high-traffic lawns. Read more...

 

 

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Do you have plans for the weekend yet?

We made it through another work week and the weekend is finally upon us. At Lon Smith, we will still be out there roofing Dallas homes but we hope that you can get out and enjoy some of the celebrations because there is a lot going on in Dallas this weekend for Cinco de Mayo. Check out some of the ideas below.

https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2017/05/5-things-to-do-for-cinco-de-mayo-in-dallas/?ref=mpw5 Things To Do For Cinco de Mayo in Dallas - D Magazine Fiestas, parades, live music, and art to celebrate the holiday.

1. Eat and drink: Plenty of restaurants and bars around town are hoisting up food and drink specials and bringing in mariachi bands for the occasion. So many, in fact, that a guide to eating and drinking on Cinco de Mayo requires its own post.

2. Spend a day at the museum(s): The Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster Mexico 1900-1950 exhibit is a stunning testament to modern Mexican art. With work by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as a number of lesser-known but no less great artists, the show is a powerful document of Mexican culture. (DMA Director Agustin Arteaga will talk about the exhibition Thursday night.)

Another bilingual exhibition exploring the much more distant past is at the Perot Museum, where Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed showcases ancient artifacts and gives guests an interactive look at the culture and history of the Mesoamerican civilization.

3. Celebrate with a parade and fiesta: The best Cinco de Mayo party in Dallas is on Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff, where on May 6. The parade kicks off at 10 am, while the afternoon is filled with live performances, food trucks, and vendors hawking their wares.

4. March in a parade: Want to actually be a part of a parade? Join the second line behind a mariachi band touring through Bishop Arts. Check in at Better Block at 7 p.m. on May 5.

5. Listen to some classical music: Ensembles from Sunset High School and members of the Dallas Chamber Symphony play a free concert at Lake Cliff Park on May 5 at 6 p.m. Expect some light-hearted and brass-heavy programming at a very scenic venue. Via dmagazine.com

 

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