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How to Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Replacing your home’s roof is a serious consideration. There are many factors that go into deciding whether or not you need to do so. Here are several helpful things to consider when a roof replacement may be needed.

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Consider its Age When It’s To Replace Your Roof

The typical roof has a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years. If your current roof was put down on another layer of shingles, your roof may not age as well. It must also be properly ventilated in order to live out its natural life. If your roof is 20 years older or more and was installed over another layer of roofing, there’s a good chance you need a new roof. 

Check the Shingles

Damaged or missing shingles can be another sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Look at your shingles in direct sunlight at an angle that allows you to see if any are curling or buckling. Are they losing their granules? All of these are signs that those shingles are past their rated life expectancy. If your roof is newer, there is potential that your roof is defective. A licensed roofing contractor should be hired to expect the roof in this case. 

Inspect Your Gutters

Are your gutters full of shingle granules? Your roof will lose more granules toward the end of its life expectancy. Another sign of granule loss is an inconsistent roof color. Check for darker or uneven color on your roof if you suspect granule loss. 

Look Inside

A spongy or bouncing feeling to the roof can mean moisture has weakened the underlying structure. Check inside your attic to see if you notice light coming through the boards of the roof. Moisture in the insulation can also signal a leak. 

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Many people begin thinking about roof replacement because they’ve noticed a water stain on their ceiling, which can indicate a roof leak. Stains are something to be concerned about, but they often aren’t the first sign of roof damage, and can be caused by other things. Of course, checking the attic as mentioned above and getting to the bottom of where a leak is coming from is in any homeowner’s best interest.

Bruce Tall Construction is the top roofing contractor in Billings, Montana. Please contact us today for all of your roofing needs!

Roof Leaking Due to Ice Dams

Are you experiencing problems with roof leaking due to ice dams and snow accumulation? Bruce Tall Construction can help you repair the damage in a timely manner.

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What you need to do if you have damage from a roof leaking or think that you might have damage from a roof leaking:

  1. Safety first, check to see if it is safe for you and your family to stay in your home. If you are unsure, give us a call today! (406) 896-8525
  2. Take pictures of all damaged and surrounding areas
    3. Call your insurance agent
    4. Have you been wanting to have other work done or maybe some remodeling? Now is the time to have it done while undergoing the repairs. Save time and money.
  3. Call Bruce Tall Construction today if you have a roof leaking ! (406) 896-8525
  4. Keep good records of all repair and cleaning costs.

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How to Know Whether to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

Your home’s roof takes a lot of punishment from the elements, and it’s important to know when your roof needs to be repaired or even replaced altogether. Here are a few signs that can tell you when it’s time to call a roofer.

Signs that Your Roof Needs to be Repaired or Patched

The best way to decide if your roof needs repairs is to look at the shingles. If your shingles are curling around the edges or buckling, you probably need to have your roof repaired. Look at the shingles that receive the most direct sunlight, as they are the ones most likely to show signs of wear and tear. You can also look for granules from your shingles in your rain gutters. Asphalt shingles shed granules as they age, so seeing a lot of loose granules is a good sign that you at the very least need new shingles. Broken or missing shingles are a definite sign that you need to repair or patch your roof.

Signs that You Need a New Roof

You might be able to simply have your roof repaired or patched if you only see problems with the shingles, but eventually you may have to replace your roof altogether. This may be the case if your roof is over 25 years old since it is almost certainly at the end of its lifespan. Other signs to watch for include flashings that are separating from the rest of the roof, missing shingles in the roof’s valleys or daylight that is showing through the roof’s boards. Your roof might also have a spongy feeling if you walk on it. Of course, you will almost certainly need a new roof if you notice any serious leaks when it rains or when snow accumulates on your roof in the winter. You might be able to get away with patching a minor leak on a relatively new roof, but as a rule any roof that starts to leak should be replaced sooner rather than later.

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Today’s homeowner has numerous choices as to the materials used to build a roof. There’s even a host of different style options. One option that most people don’t think of is metal—in fact it’s rare to see it as a material choice on most residential homes. The concept of the metal roof is associated with ruggedness, like a roof atop a cabin in the woods somewhere. And it has this distinction for good reason: metal is very durable, and there’s very little maintenance during the life of the roof. Also, a metal roof is a nice contrast over log walls. While a metal roof isn’t for everyone, here’s a few pros and cons to using them to top your home.

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The most obvious advantage to using metal building materials is metal’s durableness. A metal roof can last as long as the house—considering it’s properly installed. It’s resistant to mildew and rot. Obviously it wont easily damage in the event of fire; and, because of it’s hard, slick sides, it repels rain and snow easily. It’s also good at insulating a home: the metal itself does not have a high R-Value, but the space between the metal roof and the roof deck can be used for insulation. Also, because a metal roof doesn’t directly absorb the heat from the sun’s rays, it helps with keeping the midday heat at bay, thereby lowering the amount of air conditioning needed to cool the home on a warm day.

There are some drawbacks, however. One such drawback is the initial cost. While other roofing materials are as expensive—at least in initial purchase—the materials for a metal roof will cost more than more common building materials like an asphalt shingle. There’s also the sound factor. The sound of rain or hail on a metal roof is much louder than a roof covered in shingles. This could also be an advantage to owning a metal roof, if you’re someone who enjoys the soft, comforting sounds of rain. Also, metal roofs can dent—big hail can be a problem.

Metal roofs might not be for everyone. While it’s true that many metal roofs look beautiful and rustic atop a log cabin, it’s also a possibility with residential construction.

Contact Bruce Tall Construction for all of your residential and commercial roofing needs!

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Your home’s siding protects the home from the elements. Regardless of the material used to side the house that siding will handle the brunt of wind, rain, hail, ice and snow. And, while it’s protecting the home, it’s also got to look nice. All siding materials have pros and cons when you compare the strength and durability, or the concept in which the siding is easily put-on, cleaned, or replaced. And, with so many choices of siding—way too many to commit each one to a blog post—we’re going to examine and stick-with vinyl siding, because vinyl is the most widely used siding type in building today.

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Vinyl siding is durable, it’s cheap, and it’s easy to hang to the side of the house, and it’s easy to replace a panel when one is damaged or appears more-weathered then the rest. Different things can weather vinyl panels which makes the color of the panel fade. Consider errant garden or lawn sprinklers, peppering the siding with water, daily. That area will look considerably more-weathered then the rest of the home. But, what if the area in question is at the front of the house? And it’s faded look is destroying the curb-appeal of the home? You’ve got options. You can replace the siding with new panels. The only problem with doing this, however, is that the new panel didn’t weather with the rest of the home, and, most likely, it will look overly bright against the other panels. Your only other choice then is to swap panels out from a different area of the home. Look around the home and find an inconspicuous spot at which people rarely spend time. Take those panels, which probably wont have weathered identically to the surrounding panels where your making your patch, but it will still be considerably closer to the look then a new panel, and just swap the panels.

Replacing vinyl siding panels is a relatively simple process. And, if you’re a DIY’er at heart, it’s a job you can easily tackle in a weekend. For those of you concerned with your abilities to do the job, call a professional. It’s a quick-and-simple job for a professional.

 

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Home Care Tips-Hot Water Heater

The hot water heater is dripping water from the spout, and the tank isn’t putting out any more hot water. It appears to be time for a new hot water heater. While gas, propane, and electric water heater all involve a similar practice for removal of the old and installation of the new water heater, this article will focus on the process of replacing a broken electric water heater.

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