Hail Damage on The Roof
It’s a common thing in Billings, Montana, to experience hail damage to the roof of your home. It seems like every summer we experience storm damage. The storms can bring hailstones the size of softballs at times. How would you know if your roof has been damaged by hail?
Hail Damage on The Roof
You will need to check your roof for hail damage. Start by checking the gutters on the home. Stand outside of your house on a ladder to check the gutters. If you don’t want to stand on a ladder, you can look down through an upstairs window.
If your home is roofed with standard asphalt shingles, there could be debris that’s been scraped free from the roof in the gutters. Document the debris with photographs. You can give the photos to your insurance company for documentation of the damage and they can also prove that the damage is fresh. Check the roof for any obvious damages.
Do Not Walk On A Wet Roof
We do not recommend walking on the roof. The roof can be a slippery, dangerous place. Contact a professional for a roof inspection to asses damage. You can also spot damage to the roof with a pair of binoculars and a little distance.
If your home is in a subdivision, simply cross the street to the opposing sidewalk and inspect the roof with binoculars. Through binoculars note any damage to the shingles on the roof, like shingles are peeled upward or there are small white or faded areas where the hailstones have damaged the shingle.
Replace the standard asphalt shingles with beauty and strength
If you do need to have a roof replaced, consider a new roof with DECRA panels that have the strength of a steel roof. They classic look of a shingled roof, or a roof covered with shakes. These panels are built for strength and hold up well to the frenetic weather systems of our city. The panels can be purchased to look like shingles in four different color options.
Curb Appeal Matters
A home’s curb appeal or general feeling of comfort is found in the subtle details. It’s the pictures on the walls, the decorative details in the kitchen and bathroom, and, one that is not often considered, the windows and doors of the home. We all consider things like paint and flooring to make a home, but have you ever considered what a new set of patio doors would do for a room? Or new efficient windows with beautiful trim work? It’s true, a home can benefit greatly from new windows and doors. Here are a few options available today from Lynnirch Siding.
Patio doors can change the feel of a room. Patio doors from Marvin are created with a superb attention to detail at the finest quality. The doors are as beautiful as they are long-lasting. A new patio door should be safe, efficient, and easy to clean. The doors from Marvin are low maintenance and they can lock at different points—no more broomstick in the door when you leave, these doors are reliable. The types of patio doors include a sliding French door, and even sliding French doors with the decorative detail of prairie grids—the prairie grids are a decorative detail trim in the panes of glass. Also a three panel sliding French door. The doors are also available as simpler-styled patio doors. The doors can be purchased in numerous finishes. Also, the options for hardware for the door are numerous and include simple elegant white as well as classy brass.
Marvin is also responsible for making quality replacement windows. These windows are also available in numerous finishes and styles to suit any homeowners needs. And, the windows are built strong, rated to temperatures up to three hundred and fifty degrees. All Marvin windows are made to be energy efficient and they all have a limited lifetime warranty.
Windows and doors stand out, and can make a big impact for the feel of your home. Consider replacing old windows with the energy efficient products from Marvin, and see what differences it will make.
If you are looking for windows and doors replacement in the Billings area, please contact Lynnrich today!
Metal Roofs Billings MT
Classic roof shakes are timeless. It is a beautiful, classic roofing material, that looks classy on any home. Roof shakes usually provide that classic architectural appearance. But, wood roof shakes require maintenance, and as a material it is susceptible to rot, mold and even insects. Steel roofs, from DECRA Roofing Systems can provide the look of the wood shake, but without all of the hassle of actually roofing a house with wood shakes. The roofing materials are steel, which, obviously are not nearly as susceptible to the maladies of the wood roof. So, if your looking for that classic, timeless look, here’s a few reason why a steel roof might be the best option for your home.
Metal Roofs Billings MT
Metal roofs have been used for hundreds of years—even lead was used a roofing material at one point, if you can believe it. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello had a metal roof. Metal roofs are a durable choice. It will withstand most anything mother nature throws at it, and it does all of this while being maintenance free. There’s no need to replace broken or rotted shakes as you would with wood materials. And, a metal roof is by nature, fire retardant. Also, if you are concerned with energy conservation—it’s becoming an important topic today—metal roofs are very energy efficient. Homeowners who switched from common asphalt shingles to metal had a considerable savings on their energy bills. Also, metal roofs have a long lifespan, and, while a metal roof does have a higher up-front cost compared to other common roofing materials such as an asphalt shingle, it’s lifespan is usually much longer.
Decra products come in either a shake or shingle style. The shake XD has the appearance of classic architectural beauty of a roof shake—and it’s even available in several color options—although it’s made from steel. The Decra shingle has the look of a heavy-weight architectural shingle, although it’s much lighter in weight. It has the look of having thick cut edges which reveal a deep shadow line. There are several color options for the Decra shingle.
Please contact us today for all of your roofing needs!
Your Home’s Roof and Siding Take The Brunt of The Elements
Your home’s roof and siding take the brunt of the elements. And, because these components of the home are constantly battered by wind, rain, snow, and hail, you will need to replace them, or at least fix them. Roof replacement happens. Especially here in Billings, Montana where the summer storms can drop great quantities of large-sized hail onto our roofs, weakening it to the point of replacement. But how do you know if your roof needs to be replaced? There’s the obvious—call a roofing contractor post-storm for an inspection—but there’s a few things that you can do, on your own, to determine if your roof needs to be replaced.
For starters, any home with an asphalt shingled roof should have the shingles replaced after twenty years. If your roof is considerably younger, inspect it. There’s the option to go up onto the roof from a ladder to inspect the shingles, but this isn’t always safe nor practical. You can get the same idea of the condition of the roof, when you stand back from the home and look at the shingles through binoculars. You’re looking for anywhere that shingles are peeling-upward, maybe some have big fissure-like cracks through them, or maybe there’s complete sections of shingles missing—if this is the case, don’t hesitate to call a contractor, a leaky roof can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked.
Another area to check for roof-wear is in the attic. When the sun is bright, go up into the attic and turn off every light. Inspect the underside of the roof at the areas of the chimney stack or the stack vent—any place where there is flashing installed to seal out the elements under the shingles. If there’s light passing through anywhere near the flashing, even tiny, pin-holes, the flashing probably needs replacement and you’ll probably need a large-scale repair, or possibly even a replacement.
If you find that there’s significant damage to the roof, call your roofing contractor. Lynnrich carries quality products such as Highlander laminate shingles, which offer not only great protection, but also a uniquely dimensional appearance to the roof when installed.
2016 Billings Building & Remodeling Expo
Come see us on January 9th & 10th at the 2016 Billings Building & Remodeling Expo at the Metra Park Pavilion! This event will showcase new & remodel home construction ideas, remodeling & re-purposing products & services, decorating & design products, home technology products & services , home improvement products & services, and landscaping design & services. Event times are as follows:
Saturday 10 am- 5 pm
Sunday 10 am- 3pm
The Home Builders Association of Billings is committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism within the building industry through education, networking, and civic involvement to achieve a positive investment for our members and our community.
Did you know…
We have been serving the home building and construction industry in the Billings area since 1953. The Home Builders Association of Billings is affiliated with the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA) & the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).