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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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Winterizing The Roof Checklist

Winter will be here before you know it, and it can do a number on your roof if you aren’t prepared for it. Before the snow starts to fall, take special precautions with these roof winterization tips.

Inspect Your Roof
Before you do anything else, you will want to make sure that your roof is in good condition. You can inspect with binoculars from the ground if you have to, but the best way to get a good look at your roof is to climb on top of it. Look for issues such as missing, bald and cracked shingles, damaged flashing, moss growth and clogged gutters. If you see any serious issues, contact a roofing contractor to get them fixed as soon as possible. 

Keep Your Gutters Clear
Your gutters are intended to drain water away from your roof. They may not work as well with ice and snow, but they should be kept clean regardless. As the snow on your roof melts, it should drain safely via your gutters to the ground. Keep an eye on your gutters to make sure the water doesn’t freeze over and create an ice dam. That will cause water to pool in one place and do serious damage to your roof, especially if your shingles are damaged. 

Check Your Insulation
The insulation in your home will keep you warm during the winter, but it can also affect the state of your roof. Before it gets too cold and wet outside, have a contractor check the insulation in your attic to make sure it is in good condition. The last thing you want is to deal with wet or moldy insulation just underneath your roof.

While it is important to winterize your entire home before the snow starts to fall, your roof should definitely be a top priority. It is the most important part of your home’s structure, so you want to be sure it is in good condition sooner rather than later.

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

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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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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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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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!