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.

Please contact Bruce Tall Construction for all of your roofing and gutter needs!

Installing Rooftop Solar Panels Billings MT

What You Need to Know Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels

Installing solar panels on your property’s roof are one major way to show your commitment to an environmentally friendly lifestyle – and they can save you money on energy bills. Let’s look at a few things to consider before purchasing solar panels for your property.

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Call in a Professional

Before you can install solar panels on your roof, you’ll need a construction professional to conduct a property assessment. They will examine your roof and home for structural issues or other problems that could pose a risk and make it unsafe or more costly to install solar panels. It’s possible that roof repairs or replacement may have to happen before solar panels can be installed. 

Do Your Research

Solar is an industry that’s growing at an incredible rate. There are many manufacturers offering dozens of different types of solar panels. Make a point to compare the different types of panels so you’re able to choose ones that are ideal for your particular property. Request a quote from several different companies, then add in shipping and installation costs in order to compare pricing between types and manufacturers.

Assess the Costs for Installing Rooftop Solar Panels

Installation is likely to be your biggest expense outside the cost of the solar panels themselves. Be sure to find an installer with a history of happy clients and an excellent reputation. Solar panels are durable and rarely need replacing, but might need general maintenance and repair at some point. In order to save costs over the long term, try to find a solar panel installer that provides a discount to existing customers for these services.
 

Remember Your Rebates for Installing Rooftop Solar Panels

Under the Energy Policy Act established in 2005, federal tax credits for solar panels can be as much as 30 percent of the cost of purchase and installation. Your state and county may also offer rebates to homeowners who install solar panels. 

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

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Does Your Home Need Roof Ventilation?

Roof ventilation is a subject that is often misunderstood by homeowners. While some ventilation is great for circulating air through your attic and lowering your energy bills, it pays to know how much roof ventilation you really need – or if you need any at all. Here are some tips that can help you make that decision.

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You Live in an Area with Harsh Winters

Winter is always a harsh season for roofs and attics. Not only can too much snow on a roof cause it to collapse, but it’s all too easy to experience a leak from ice dams. This can cause a lot of moisture to build up in your attic, which can lead to problems such as water damage and mold. Proper roof ventilation can improve air flow in your attic and help mitigate any moisture problems you may be experiencing, but you need to be careful that you don’t have too much ventilation. That might only give you more places where your roof can leak.

You Experience Exceptionally Hot Summers

Proper roof ventilation can keep your attic cool and lower your air conditioning bills, but it could also help keep your roof in good shape. An unventilated attic can reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees in some parts of the country, and that kind of heat can cause shingles and other roofing materials to become damaged. It probably won’t ruin your entire roof, but you will need to replace your shingles sooner rather than later.

Speak to a Roofing Professional

It can be difficult to determine how much or how little roof ventilation you will need. Each home has its own requirements and its own quirks, so it is in your best interest to contact a roofing professional for advice. They will be able to tell you how much ventilation your roof will need as well as any problems you may experience should you have improper ventilation. There are bound to be plenty of professional licensed roofers in your area, so take some time to look around if you want to learn more about what is best for your family’s home.

If you have any further questions about your roof’s ventilation or any roofing questions, call Bruce Tall Construction today.

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Spring Cleaning the Roof Checklist

Spring is nearly here, and with melting snow comes the opportunity to check out your roof and give your gutters a thorough cleaning. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends a roof checkup twice each year – once each in the fall and spring. Here is a guide to what to look out for when you’re performing your spring roof cleaning.

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Start Indoors
You can begin your spring roof cleaning by checking your ceilings. Sometimes stains are simply due to snow or ice dams that have accumulated on the roof. But, they may indicate a larger issue. Once you identify any water stains, you know to check your roof for potential damage.

Check Your Gutters
Part of the spring cleaning of your roof should involve a thorough inspection of your house’s gutters. If gutters are clogged, it can lead to overflow. Overflowing gutters can cause basement flooding as well as foundation damage. Remove anything clogging your home’s gutters – leaves, twigs, and other debris is likely to have accumulated over the winter. While you’re cleaning your gutter, look for corrosion or holes. Holes in your gutter can be caulked or plugged. If you notice a section of your gutter sagging, it’s likely due to spikes that are loose or missing. Tighten these up or replace as needed. Don’t forget to inspect your downspouts, too.

If major – or even minor – repairs are needed, you may want to call in a professional contractor for the job.

Inspect Your Roof
There’s more to check on your roof than the shingles, though that’s a great place to start. Shingles can be damaged or blown off during the winter. Replace any shingles that are cracked, loose, or missing.

Check the flashing around plumbing vents, chimneys, and skylights for damage. If you notice rust forming on any metal roof parts, use a wire brush to remove the rust, then coat with primer and paint. Take time to make sure coping, fascia, or other metal roof edging is undamaged and secure. If you find that your roof edging is in need of repair, call a roofing contractor for an inspection and potential repair. An unsecured roof can be badly damaged in a severe weather situation.

If you have any further questions about spring cleaning your roof or any roofing questions, call Bruce Tall Construction today.

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Benefits of Having a Professional Roof Inspection To Assess Storm Damage

Storms of all kinds can do a lot of damage to a roof, even if you cannot see it. If your area has recently been hit by severe weather, here are some reasons why it may be in your best interest to schedule a professional roof inspection.

Catching Minor Damage

You will certainly notice things like having a tree fall on your roof or large bald spots where your shingles used to be, but a storm can do almost imperceptible damage to a home. Professional roof inspectors are trained to catch things like bald or loose shingles, a slightly damaged rain gutter, and other issues that could lead to costly repairs down the road.

Helping Your Insurance Claim

If your home has suffered extensive damage during a storm and you need to make an insurance claim, a professional inspector will be far better at assessing the damage than you will be. You will most likely need to tell your insurance company exactly what kind of damage your roof has suffered, so having a detailed report from a professional roof inspector will definitely help in that regard.

Making Repairs While They’re Still Small

A damaged roof can be incredibly costly and inconvenient to repair, and things will only get worse the longer you let any problems slide. Since professional roof inspectors are trained to catch even the smallest issues on a roof, they can help you fix problems while it is still affordable to do so.

Even though it is in your best interest to have a professional take a look at your roof after a storm, you still need to make sure that you are hiring an inspector you can trust. There are a lot of scammers out there who will inspect your roof and insist on repairs you don’t need. Before you bring in a roofing inspector, do your homework to make sure they are reputable. Look up reviews online, ask for recommendations from friends, and always insist on seeing the proper credentials of anybody who inspects or repairs your property.

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How to De-Ice Your Roof

Ice on a roof is something that is inevitable every winter, and while a little bit of ice won’t cause any trouble, too much can do some serious damage. Ice dams, falling icicles, and frozen gutters can all be serious problems if they are left unchecked, but there are a few ways you can get rid of them. Here are some tips for de-icing your roof this winter.

Use a Snow Rake
Before you do anything else, remove the snow on your roof using a snow rake. A snow rake is a retractable rake that can extend to about 17 feet, which is long enough to reach the roof of the average house. Stand on the ground (never on the roof itself), and use the rake to scrape excess snow off of your roof. This will not only keep the snow from melting and refreezing into a sheet of ice on your roof, but it will relieve the snow load that could be putting stress on your house itself. You may also be able to use a rake to remove icicles that are in danger of falling and causing damage.

Chip Away at the Ice
If you have an ice dam on your roof that is easy to reach, you might be able to chip some of it away with an ice pick or a hatchet. Stand on a sturdy ladder (once again, not on your roof) and chip away at the dam. You don’t need to remove all of the ice, just enough to create a channel that allows a steady stream of water.

Use a Chemical De-Icer
Chemical de-icers contain ingredients such as urea fertilizer, ammonium sulfate, potassium chloride and other materials that can melt ice. They are also readily available at most home improvement stores. Choose a product that you think will work best for your situation, and follow the instructions as closely as possible for the best results.

Heat Cables
Finally, you can place heat cables on your roof to melt some of the ice on your roof. Heat cables are electrical cables that can be installed on parts of your roof that don’t have enough insulation to keep water from freezing. It may not help you if you already have problems with ice dams, but they will keep new dams from forming.

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Four Things To Get Right When Hiring A Roofer

You roof was demolished by the hail storm in Billings MT and you need a new roof.  You are already stressed and what you want more than anything  is for a great experience with Billings Top Roofer!  What can you do to get the best roofing experience possible? Find Billings Top Roofing Contractor by asking the following questions and more.

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Here are just four vital things to consider before choosing a roofing contractor.

  1. Reputation

In the world of online it is much easier to find out about a potential contractor online.  Most people will write a review if they’ve had a bad experience. Only a few will write about a good experience.  To find out about roofing contractors reputation, you can check references.

Talk with Previous Customers
Reputable Roofing Companies will be more than happy to provide you with the names and phone numbers of past customers. Do your homework. Call and ask about the experience.  Remember is that every business has satisfied customers and most aren’t going to supply information to someone who had an unsatisfactory experience or wasn’t happy with them. For that reason, even if you do call some of their references, you should still do other due diligence.

Online Reviews
Do a search on the company. Check with the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, Yelp, Google and Yahoo Reviews. Check social media pages like Facebook. See what people are saying about Billings Top Roofing Contractor. Sites like Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List are focused on the customer experience.

Awards and Accreditation’s

Does Billings Top Roofing Contractor have any awards or accreditation’s? What kind of certifications do they have? Are they Top Rated by Home Advisors? Check their website to find out about this information.

2.  WARRANTIES & GUARANTEES

What kind of warranties and guarantees come with the roof? What are you covered for if you have issues in the months ahead? Are the shingles under warranty? What about the labor that was done? Is the labor guaranteed or under warranty?

If you develop a leak within the first year of a new roof install and it’s the fault of the roofing contractor will they come out and fix it at no cost to you. Most companies will offer a five year time line, so be sure to ask.

Lifetime Limited Warranties

Most shingles now come with a lifetime limited warranty and that means a 50 year warranted. The thing to remember is the word “Limited.” That means that after the first five or ten years, depending on the brand, the warranty is “Prorated”.  This just means that the value your warranty depreciates linearly over time.

Full Coverage Warranties

A full coverage warranty means that if your roof is ever deemed defective and fails before the end of the warranty period, the shingle manufacturer will pay labor and materials to replace your roof.  There might still be some out of pocket cost for you, but it will be a small amount. The manufacturer will cover the overall cost of the roof replacement.

The cost for a full coverage warranty typically runs $500. This can help lower your liability over the long term. If your roofing contractor doesn’t share the shingle manufacturer’s warranty with you, don’t be afraid to ask about it.

3. Comparing Apples to Apples

If you do happen to get two or three roofing estimates, make sure that you accept the one that is very detailed oriented. If a roofing contractor offers an estimate that is vague, you need to be cautious. What materials are they using? Get all of your questions answered.   At Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Top Roofing Company, we try to be as specific as possible about what we’re going to be doing on your roof and the materials that we’ll be using.  We want to be perfectly clear up front so we can save everyone from frustration in the long run.

A roofer that is using vague language in his proposal, like: “We will install a lifetime shingle” may be trying to hide the brand name of the shingle. That will make it harder to compare his estimate to some other estimate.  Not all lifetime shingles are the same. There is a huge difference in price among lifetime shingles.  Ask the contractor exactly which shingle he is quoting so you can compare apples to apples.

4. Price

Price matters. Price shouldn’t be your only criteria when selecting a contractor. Remember the old saying, you get what you pay for! For best results, tell the contractor exactly what’s important to you! Ask lots of questions. There are no dumb questions!

There is no magic bullet to finding Billings best local roofing contractor.  Do your research and pay attention to the details.  

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

 

Storm Damage Competitive Bid

Montana’s spring storms can cause damage to your home in a lot of different ways. Strong winds that blow off shingles to softball sized hail that breaks through roofs. One of the first things that most people do after a damaging storm is to start looking for a roofing contractor. Contact the right roofing contractor so that the roof that is put on your home will protect your home as well as you and your family for years to come.

Storm Damage Competitive Bid
Every roof, every situation is different. Going with the lowest bidder can do you more harm in the long run. Especially when the lowest bidder comes in the form of an out-of-town contractor you aren’t familiar with. For most people, storm damage means that your insurance company will be covering at least a good chunk of the tab. So instead of focusing on the lowest bidder, focus on a reputable company doing that is licensed and bonded. A company that cares about you and your family first and only delivers quality work.

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So what’s the most important thing to remember? You don’t need bids. You need reputation.

The contractor you choose should…

  • Be local. If you have issues, you want to be able to contact the company that put your roof on, if they are from out of state, they could be long gone. Chasing the next hailstorm.
  • Have a good reputation and use quality roofing materials in the community. You should always want quality roofing materials, regardless of the situation. In this case especially (when the price tag is set by insurance), you’ll want to pick the best quality roofing materials, not just the lowest cost.
  • Work within the guidelines that your insurance company sets. If a roofing company offers you a deal and tells you not to worry about all of the add-ons, that is a red flag. Call your insurance company; make sure that is true so you aren’t stuck with the bill. Since the price of the work will be set by your insurance provider, according to industry standards. It is not your contractor that gets to determine the cost. Choose a contractor who will work within that scope, choosing the best quality materials to maximize the insurance payment without charging you an absorbent cost above what the insurance company will pay.

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

New Roof Flashings Billings MT

Insist Upon Installation of New Roof Flashings

Are you having your roof replaced after the recent hail storms? If so, please make sure that your roofer is license and bonded. Also insist upon installation of new roof flashings.

When your roof is replaced, some contractors will “re-use” and not replace the metal roof flashings. Flashings are where the roof comes together with the siding and around skylights and chimneys as well.

Insist Upon Installation of New Roof Flashings

It does take extra time to replace those flashings, especially when those flashings are embedded behind stucco siding. That is why they often get overlooked. At Bruce Tall Construction, we always take the extra time for all of our clients.

If flashings are overlooked, your roof can leak. Most leaks typically occur at the flashings. Flashings are without a doubt one of the most critical components of the roof. We are Billings Best Roofers and we routinely replace the old roof flashngs, no matter how difficult the task.

Remember when you’re searching for a roofer, the cheapest bid may not always be the best bid. Ask if they are going to replace the flashings, especially where the roof comes together with the siding. Get it in writing. If this gets overlooked, your new roof could leak and deteriorate much quicker.

Please contact Bruce Tall Construction in Billings MT for all of your Roofing needs.

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A roof is one of the most important parts of a structure. If it’s damaged during a storm or needs to be repaired because existing materials are very old, it’s necessary to hire a team of experts who have versatility and relevant knowledge.

At Bruce Tall Construction we pride ourselves on showing accountability, reliability and a commitment to giving excellent results whether we’re handling an extensive roof repair or only replacing small components to give your home more curb appeal. When you hire Bruce Tall Construction, be confident you’re hiring the very best roofing contractors for your unique needs.

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Hail & Storm Damage

Restore hail damage Billings, MT and surrounding areas. Even if it doesn’t shatter glass or total your car, hail can cause significant and lasting damage to your home or property. Bruce Tall Construction knows how to identify, assess, and restore hail damage to all building materials.

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