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What To Look For In The Roof When You’re Buying A Home

A home’s roof is a one of the major parts of the home and often among the most expensive to replace. Here’s what to look for in a roof when you’re out house-hunting.

Look for the Obvious

The first step in looking at the roof of a potential home purchase is to inspect the roof from the outside. Stand at a distance and look at the roof. Are there missing shingles? Do any of the shingles have curled edges, or, upon close inspection, mildew or mold? Does the roof appear flat, or are there spots where it sinks or buckles? Are there spots where the roof looks lighter or darker? Any of these issues can indicate an older roof that may be in need of repair or even replacement. Ask the current homeowner for information on the age of the roof and when it was last inspected.

Check the Gutters

Be sure to ask homeowners about their roof’s gutters and drainage. If gutters are clogged or downspouts aren’t far enough away from the home, this could mean that water damage has occurred. When you look in the gutters, keep an eye out for shingle grains. A significant amount of shingle grains in the gutters usually indicates an older roof that’s losing the protective coating from its shingles. 

Inspect for Leaks 

Leaky roofs can cause a lot of damage to your home. Furniture, floors, and even walls can be completely ruined by a roof leak. Not only are roof leaks a nuisance in themselves, but it can be even more of a headache to find out where the leak is actually coming from. The area where you spot a water stain or leak may be 5-10 feet from the actual source of the leak. Check chimneys, wall flashings, and roof seams for leaks, and don’t forget to ask the homeowner if they have experienced any roof leaks. If there is evidence of leaks or the homeowner has told you that the roof has had leaking issues in the past, consider calling in a professional roofing contractor for a roof inspection.

Please contact Bruce Tall Construction today for all of your roofing needs.

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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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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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Storm Chasers Vs. Bruce Tall Construction

Living in Montana, we are the perfect breeding ground for the post-storm blight known as “storm chasers.”

What’s a “Storm Chaser?” Following bouts of severe weather, these unscrupulous contractors descend upon unsuspecting Montanans like a plague of locusts.

Unlicensed and uninsured, these out-of-town contractors don’t care about the quality of their work. Storm Chasers just want to make a quick buck. Once your check clears, they don’t care anymore. They are gone and if you have any problems with your roof, well you are on your own and will have to pay someone else to fix it.

Storm Chasers simply want to get in and get out. Take everyone’s money and move on. And those are the nice ones!

Believe it or not there are even worse storm chasers, they will scare homeowner’s worse, scaring homeowners into paying large sums of money up front and then they leave town without doing any of the work. You are stuck because you don’t have enough information on who they really are or where they are really from.

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How Do You Spot Storm Chasers

  1. Check their license plates.

A company with out-of-state license plates is bad news. They don’t have register their vehicles with the State of Montana because they’re not moving here. They are here temporarily.

  1. Ask for a business address.

Most storm chasers will set up a P.O. Box instead of an actual office. Do they have a brick and mortar location? Ask for that address.

  1. Check with the Better Business Bureau.

If they aren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau chances are that they haven’t been in business long enough or they are a fly by night operation.

  1. Do they have a website and online reviews?

Do an internet search and see what is being said about them.

So how can you protect yourself from Storm Chasers?

It’s really easy really. Whenever hiring a contractor, always ask for three key documents:

* Contractor’s License
* Proof of Liability Insurance
* Proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

A contractor’s license is common knowledge. Without a license, you have no idea if this person or company is even qualified to replace your roof. This should be a prerequisite for the other required documents.

Make sure that provide proof of liability insurance! No matter who your roofing contractor is, you should always ask for proof of liability insurance. Roofing insurance is expensive because little mistakes can lead to costly repairs. Repairs that can be covered by Liability Insurance and not by you!

And finally check to see if they have Workers’ Compensation Insurance. If a worker falls off your roof and he’s not covered by worker’s compensation, guess who’s held responsible? You are! So protect yourself!

Even if you say that you didn’t they weren’t insured, you are still liable. The responsibility falls on the homeowner.

Why you should use Local Contractors

Local contractors like Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Best Roofer, rely on their reputation and referrals for business. A quality job and a happy customer are the lifeblood of Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Best Roofing Company! Dishonest local contractors do not stay in business.

Bruce Tall Construction has served the greater Billings area for over 15 years. We’ve worked hard to build our reputation as an honest, reliable roofing contractor. There are no unknowns with us. When you hire Bruce Tall Construction, you’re hiring a roofing contractor with an extensive history of quality work and customer satisfaction.

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!

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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!

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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.

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

 

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Billings Best Roofer

 For a new roof at a professional standard, you will need a reliable and experienced Billings Roofer. Bruce Tall Construction can provide the high quality results that you are looking for at an affordable price. We can install custom roofs and help you to deal with your Insurance Company.  We are local and fully licensed and insured to provide your roofing installations, repair work, roof and gutter maintenance and much more. From basic leaky roof repairs and to complete roof replacements, you can depend on Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Best Roofer to get the job done on time and on budget. We are the Aurora roofers with an excellent eye for detail and a commitment to quality products and service.

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Bruce Tall Construction, Billings Best Roofer specialize in both residential and commercial roofing. We can install specialized low sloping roofing designed with commercial buildings in mind, or you can choose from our wide range of traditional slates, tiles and shingles. If your industrial storage buildings needs a roof or you have a school gym that needs a roof, we can help you.

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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!

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Are your looking for Roofing Contractors Billings MT?

Did you experience hail damage during the recent storm? If you answered yes, realize that this time of year can create some extreme weather including large hail and winds that can not only damage property but can cause physical harm as well. Take shelter and be prepared.

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And while you are preparing, realize that with these storms come illegitimate roofing companies that look for ways to take advantage of homeowners just like when you are at your most vulnerable.

Make sure that you do your homework. Check references, every roofer should be able to provide the names and addresses of at least 2 clients/customers that they’ve done their roofs for. Make sure that any roofing contractor that you hire is licensed and bonded. Check with the Better Business Bureau.

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Signs of Fraud from Roofing Contractors Billings MT

 

If a roofing contractor offers to pay your insurance deductible, that is a huge red flag. DO NOT let anyone talk you into an inflated price and then promise you that they will just overcharge your insurance company to get enough money to pay for your roof including the deductible. That is insurance fraud and you will be liable.

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Signed Contract from Roofing Contractors Billings MT

Insist on a written contract before you allow a roofing contractor to start work on your house. Get a written estimate and DO NOT pay in cash. And only employ a licensed roofing contractor.

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Please contact Bruce Tall Construction, best roofers in Billings for all of your gutter and roofing needs.