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How to Tell if Your Attic is Properly Insulated

It’s hard to tell if your attic is properly insulated without having a professional take a look at it, but there are a few telltale signs that will show that you need more insulation.

Ice Dams

If your attic is properly insulated, you will most likely never have a problem with ice dams during the winter. Ice dams form when rising heat melts only some of the snow on your roof. When the snow is away from the source of the heat, it freezes again and causes a buildup of ice on your roof. If you notice ice dams in the winter or the water damage that goes with them, you need to properly insulate your attic to prevent too much heat from escaping.

Temperature Changes

Knowing if the (lack of) insulation in your attic is affecting the temperatures in your home requires a little bit of work. First, open up all the inside doors to let the temperature in your home even out. Then, walk to different rooms and see if any of them are significantly warmer or colder than the rest of your home. If there are any significant differences, the insulation in those areas is probably poor and needs to be replaced.

You might also notice some drafty rooms even when you’re not performing this test. If you always notice a draft in a certain place, you definitely have a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

High Energy Bills

If you have poor insulation in your attic, you will almost certainly need to spend more money heating and cooling your home depending on the time of year. If this is the case and you have higher than usual utility bills, take a closer look at your attic’s insulation and consider having it replaced.

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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.

Cleaning and Maintaining Gutters

Cleaning and Maintaining Gutters

Even though you may not think about them very often, your home’s gutters are incredibly important when it rains. They are what keeps water from pooling on your roof and causing damage, and they will even allow water to flow away from your house and safely drain into your yard. Of course, this can only be done while your gutters are in good working condition. They need to be maintained and kept clean if they are to do their job.

Cleaning your gutters can be a challenge since it involves climbing up to your roof, but these tips should make things a little easier for you.

Cleaning Your Gutters from a Ladder

The easiest way to clean out your gutters is by using a ladder to reach them and pull out dirt and debris with a gloved hand and a scoop. It will take some time to get all of your gutters, but you can be sure that they will be clear when you are finished. It’s easiest to do this while the debris in your gutters is still wet and pliable.

If your roof isn’t too terribly steep, you can also stand directly on it and reach more of your gutters. Be very careful when you do this since it’s easy to assume that you can stand on your roof safely only to find that it is too steep after all. This does put you in a good position to use a leaf blower on your gutters, which is actually the preferred method for many professionals.

Flushing Your Gutters

Once most of the debris is cleared from your gutters, your next step is to flush them out. A hose with an on-off high-pressure nozzle will be able to take care of this. This can splatter mud onto your house. If this happens, the mud can be removed with a stiff scrub brush. You should be able to see the water flow from your drainpipes. If this isn’t the case, simply use a plumber’s auger to clear any obstruction that could be preventing the water and debris from flowing.

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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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Fall Rain Gutter Care Tips

As fall progresses to winter, and the trees completely shed their leaves, it’s important to consider our rain gutters. Rain gutters may not seem like necessary asset, but they are. Rain gutters are responsible for carrying excess water away from the home. A rain gutter system is working efficiently when it is situated at the edge of the roof line, and collects the water falling on the top of the home, and carries it away in its gutters to eventual downspouts. It’s a simple system. But the problem with gutters is that they can get clogged, by the leaves from the trees, by branches, etc. The water in the gutters may freeze and cause all sorts of problems to the roofline, or to the gutter systems in general. The gutters could become dislodged or loosened away from the roofline of the house, or an eventual ice dam could form, and an ice dam could have the potential of forcing water into your home.

So, what do we do about our rain gutters? First of all, you should clean the gutters. If the gutters are within reach of a ladder (please be careful when you are using a ladder, and make sure to have someone spot you, holding the ladder, hopefully preventing it from tipping over with you on it) go up and clean out the debris, the leaves, etc. Inspect the gutters from the ladder: determine if the gutters are in good shape, if they are sitting at the edge of the roofline, and are adequately catching the draining water. If so, you’re in good shape for the winter, if not, you might want to consider having the gutters fixed or replaced, before the long Montana winter sets in.

If you are in need of gutter repair, or for a whole new gutter system, Bruce Tall Construction can help. One possible addition to a new gutter system is a leaf guard, which situates over the top of the gutter, allowing water to still flow in, but preventing the leaves from getting in, thereby all but eliminating the need to clean the gutters next year.

Contact Bruce Tall Construction today for all of your roofing, siding and home contractor needs!

 

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Cleaning/Maintaining Gutters

Many individuals and companies have learned the importance of cleaning and maintaining the gutters that rim their homes or office buildings, whether newly installed or several years old. Taking steps to keep gutters in good condition at all times ensures that they operate as they should in wet weather, eliminates premature replacement costs and keeps all kinds of other problems at bay. 

Read on for maintenance measures that you or a professional roofing company can take to make sure your roof and gutters operate properly in any type of weather for as long as possible.

Clear Gutters and Drains

According to House Logic, when gutters and drains become overloaded with leaves, twigs and foliage, they cannot efficiently stop water from assaulting roofs, siding, windows, doors or foundations. To keep gutters, downspouts and drains operating properly, begin by removing built-up debris with a gutter scoop, small shovel or trowel. T

hen, thoroughly flush the remaining dirt and small particles with water from a garden hose or a pressure washer on a low setting. Make certain to routinely remove debris at least once or twice a year, following heavy storms or whenever you can see that they have become clogged. 

Fix Problems Immediately

Frequently examine your gutters for problems. If you see any issues, be sure to fix them as soon as possible so that minor troubles do not worsen or escalate. For instance, if you see a loose, broken or severely worn gutter, do your best to repair it right away.

Regularly Trim Trees

Routine tree maintenance can help limit damage to gutters caused by rodents, tree branches, fruits and leaves. Since contact with any of these things can break, scrape or tear up your gutters and roof, routinely trim trees so that branches are no closer than 10 feet from your structure.  

Cleaning and maintaining your gutters can pay off in the long run, whether you choose to do the job yourself or hire experts. Many individuals wisely choose to contact professional roofing experts whenever they need assistance with inspecting, cleaning and maintaining their gutters. Roofing experts possess the tools, training, skills and experience to keep you safe and your gutters in tip-top shape. 

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Summer Storms and Roof Damage

The summer is just around the corner here in Billings, and while the warmer days and longer night conjure such an appealing daydream, it also means that it is the time of year for dramatic hail storms, violent lightning storms, and even possible tornadoes.  It is not all that bad, unless you are one of those who has had to struggle with an insurance company to cover their end of a replacement roof.  If you think you have damage to your roof from a storm, give Bruce Tall Construction a call to assess your roof for you, and Bruce Tall Construction can even help you to take the next steps with your insurance company to ensure that your home stays protected from the elements with a functional roof.  It’s important to document damages to the roof immediately, so that insurance companies don’t have questions as to when or how the damage may have occurred. 

Determine if your roof has been damaged

You can easily check most of the roof from the street for most homes.  While it is beneficial to walk the roof and check for damage up close, the roof can be a dangerous place, and it may be best to call a professional for an up close inspection.  But, if you want to do the preliminary check on your own, head out to the street or backyard—if you’re in the street please be sure to check for cars—and inspect the roof.  The repetitive blast from hailstones can take out entire sections of asphalt shingles.  Also, shingles will bruise or dent from hail, although these dents or bruises are not always visible, so, it might be beneficial to have a set of binoculars to check the roof.  Also, one important sign of damage to a roof with asphalt shingles is to check the downspouts of gutter for grit that has been pelted from the shingles during the storm.  Even if you cannot see damage from the street, in the event that there is grit from the shingles either in the downspouts, on the ground at the base of downspouts, or in the gutters, it may be time to call a professional to check the roof.  If you have spotted damage to your roof post-storm, make sure to document the damage, if possible, with photographs.   

If your home or business suffered damage in the latest hail storm, please contact Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Best Roofer today!

How Soon Must Storm Damage be Repaired?

How Soon Must Storm Damage be Repaired?

We have already had a HUGE hail storm to start off this hail and storm season and the question we get asked most is how soon must storm damage be repaired?

How Soon Must Storm Damage be Repaired?

The answer of course is going to depend on the amount of damage that your roof and house has received. Your insurance policy may also factor in on the decision. Read your policy, are you given a time frame on when storm damage needs to repaired by? Most Insurance Companies allow 24 months, some policies only allow you 12 months, but checking your insurance policy should be one of the first things to do.

How Soon Must Storm Damage be Repaired?

If you are having problems grasping all of the details in your insurance policy and you just want Bruce Tall Construction to deal with your Insurance Company for you, we are happy to do that.

We also provide roofs for office developments and churches, wherever a roof is needed, our team can get the job done. If your home or business suffered damage in the latest hail storm, please contact Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Best Roofer today!