Getting Started When Re-Siding Your Home

Re-siding your home can pay big dividends, including higher resale value and better protection. But it is definitely a major investment.

It is also a big project that creates a mess and takes time to complete. It is wise to be clear why you want to re-side, know what you want it to look like and what you can afford, and then find a reputable contractor to make it happen.

Step 1. Why Are You Re-siding?

Here are three big reasons that people choose to re-side:

  • Is your current siding damaged and worn? Many homeowners choose to re-side to give their home a more attractive exterior.
  • Are you thinking of selling? Re-siding increases your home curb appeal. That can increase your pride in your home today. At the same time, it makes it more appealing to homebuyers when you are ready to sell.
  • Do you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency? Re-siding will protect your home’s exterior from the elements, limit moisture and insects in walls, and improve insulation.
  • Are you tired of maintenance on your old siding? New types of siding materials last for years with minimal upkeep.

Step 2. What Do You Want It to Look Like?

Do your research by looking at houses on home improvement and architecture websites and in magazines. Download and cut out photos of homes you like. Look at sites like Houzz and FreshHome, and magazines like Better Homes and Garden. You need to be clear about what you want when you discuss the job with the contractor.

Step 3. Figure Out Your Budget

Do some preliminary figuring. Check with other homeowners about costs, research online and call a few contractors for a ballpark estimate. Then decide what you can actually afford.

Step 4. Find a Contractor

Check out review sites and talk to neighbors to find an experienced siding contractor. Check the best matches by making sure they have the right licenses and insurance. When you choose a contractor, show him what you want to accomplish and make sure he understands your needs. Then it’s time to re-side your home!

Contact Bruce Tall Construction today for all of your construction needs.

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Decks and Additions

Springtime means more time spent outside in the warmer weather, enjoying the longer days.  For those of you that enjoy your BBQ or your outdoor entertainment, maybe it’s time to consider a new outdoor living space.

Decks
Decks are classic, stylish, entertainment areas.  Decks can be built as custom as the homeowner’s imagination, especially if the deck can be built multiple stories.  Tiered decks can create entertainment spaces, which, for instance, can allow a full cookout area—complete with grills and tables—and an entirely different tier, in which people can entertain or relax.  One highly customizable area of the deck is the handrail.  The handrail can be built to match the deck, or it could even be a customized metal rail which adds flair and class.

Patios
Patios provide outdoor living spaces to even the simplest homes.  Patios can be built with either wood or concrete.  Concrete patios allow the best customization.  Concrete can be easily stained in any color that the homeowner chooses.  Also, concrete can be stamped in a pattern that adds style to what would otherwise be a smoothed concrete surface—these patterns can resemble brick paths, or even swirling designs.  Concrete Patios work well for outdoor cooking areas.  These are great places to add enormous BBQ grills.  Maybe even outdoor televisions, so even when you want to spend time outside you wont miss the game—there are televisions today that are completely weather-proof! 

Lighting

Lighting is an important consideration in an outdoor living space.  If you have the new patio or deck it’s important that you install quality lighting to ensure that even if the party doesn’t wind down before it gets dark, it’ll still be possible to enjoy the outside space.  There’s numerous options for lighting that include everything from tiki torches to enormous, antiqued sconces.  Whichever designs you choose, make them as customized as the living space. 

If you’re one of those people that enjoy entertaining others outdoors in the summer, then remember that great movie line from Field of Dreams— “If you build it they will come”

Contact Bruce Tall Construction for all of your construction needs. We are Billings Top Roofer and Billings Best Contractor.

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Renewable Energy

Recently, more and more people have turned to solar panel technology to help to power their homes. While many climate activists have been arguing for the advent of this technology for several decades, it is officially becoming a common thing, as Americans look to conserve more and more energy in an attempt to possibly avert some of the possible damaging effects of climate change.

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Hail Damage

Billings, MT has entered the hail damage season. Some of the storms of the last few years have produced serious damage throughout the Billings area. Even the smallest hailstones can create wear on roof shingles – a hailstone that is only 1cm can impact your home at 20 mph. Needless to say there are no ways to protect your home against a hailstorm, especially your roof, however not all hailstorms cause tremendous damage. Sometimes the damage is very minor, although the minor damage can decrease the life of your home’s roof. Hailstones can pick away at the mineral granules in the shingles of the roof and this can cause a problem for any homeowner.

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Wood and Concrete Decks

Wood decks are beautiful, but they will need to be replaced after a few decades due to warped or rotting wood. Products like Trex decking have the same appearance as wood, but without the extra hassles. But, until wood decks became the trend, concrete was king. For those who customize everything in and around their home to fit their needs, personality, etc., concrete makes a statement. Concrete is fully customizable and it will outlast the wood deck by decades.

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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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