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May
04
How to Spot Minor Storm Damage

Severe storms are serious business. These storms are typically at their most intense during the spring months and can cause a lot of damage to homes and businesses. Many times, unfortunately, this damage is caused by tornadoes, high winds, and heavy rains, and is easy to spot. Other times, however, storm damage can be relatively minor and difficult to spot on your roof, home, or business. Even minor damage should be dealt with as quickly as possible, so here are a few tips on what to look for following a storm.


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Hail damage is a very common cause of storm damage in Oklahoma and can range from minor to severe. One way to tell minor damage has been done to your home is to check if your gutters ...


May
04
Creating a Roof Maintenance Plan

Regular roof maintenance is an extremely important part of being a homeowner. Regular maintenance is the best way to get the most for your money, as it extends the life of your roof and prevents expensive problems from popping up. Every homeowner should have a roof maintenance plan in place; here are a few things to include in yours.


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Roof maintenance should be performed at least twice a year, ideally once during the spring and once during the fall. Performing maintenance in the spring and fall will allow you to evaluate your roof and make any necessary repairs following the two most extreme seasons, winter and summer.


If you are able, you should climb up on your roof to perform maintenance. T...


Mar
10
Winter Roof Problems

During the winter months, winter weather is always a threat. It can affect electrical power, road conditions, and visibility drastically. This weather can also have a significant impact on your roof. Following the wild winter weather Oklahoma had this past winter, here are a few things you can look out for next winter so you can keep your roof in good shape.


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Heavy snow can cause significant damage to your roof. As the snow piles up, so does the weight. This causes a lot of stress on your roof and over the course of the winter, it can weaken your roof.

One of the best ways to control damage from heavy snow is to purchase a roof rake. These are long poles with a “blade” attached to t...


Aug
11
How to Increase the Energy-Efficiency of Your Roof

Energy-efficient homes can greatly help the environment and save you money in the process. Having an energy-efficient home starts with your roof, but what should a homeowner be looking for when trying to increase the energy-efficiency of their roof?


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Ventilation:


Ventilation is of great importance to the energy-efficiency of your roof. If your roof is not properly ventilated, hot air has a difficult time escaping your attic during the summer. Ultimately, this increases the temperature of your home as hot air becomes trapped inside your home. When the temperature of your home is elevated, your cooling system has to work extra hard to maintain comfortable temperatures, raising your energy costs....


Aug
11
How to Safely Climb Your Roof

Sometimes, simple roof maintenance requires accessing and climbing out on your roof, putting you in a dangerous situation. However, there are techniques you can use when climbing up your roof that will ensure you safely get the job done.



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1. When heading out on your roof, make sure to make an anchor for yourself by tossing a rope over your roof and anchoring it on the other side. Additionally, purchase and wear a safety harness and attach the rope to the harness instead of tying the rope around your body. This will make sure you are anchored more securely. Finally, do not tug on the rope as you climb the roof. The rope is not there to help you climb your roof, but is there to act as a lifelin...


Jul
09
What Causes Rust on Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing is a vitally important part of your roof, even though you do not really see it. It is usually made of metal and is used to seal edges where the roof meets an outside wall, around a vent, or near a window. This performs an essential function – protecting against leaks and dry rot. Just like any other piece of metal that is exposed to air and moisture, however, flashing can weaken over time and even rust.



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Flashing is extremely important to the structure of the roof. Without it, your roof is essentially worthless. This means we should keep an eye on the roof flashing and make sure it is still in good shape.


Flashing can be damaged by sun and time, wearing it down, weakening i...


Apr
15
Causes of Roof Leaks

A leaking roof is a major hassle that can pain homeowners from time to time. Whether it be leaking due to the age of the roof or from a strong storm, it stands that leaks can originate in a variety of ways and require a variety of solutions. If you have a leaky roof or would like to be prepared when one strikes, here are a few reasons why you may have a leaky roof.


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Broken and damaged shingles are fairly common causes of roof leaks. Whether due to age of the roof or to storm damage, water can easily find its way through your shingles and into your decking when the shingles are not functioning properly. This can cause severe water damage including dry rot.


Clogged gutters can also cause roof l...


Apr
02
Why Have a Professional Roof Inspection to Assess Storm Damage

At Billings Construction, we know that storms bring destruction. Not only is this true in nature, it can happen to your home as well. If your roof is damaged, it can lead to loads of issues such as leaks and dry rot. This is why it is so important to have your roof inspected following a major storm. However, what will an inspector look for and what are the benefits of having a professional inspection done following a storm?



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SEEING THE LITTLE THINGS


A professional roofer will be able to inspect your roof and see all the little damage that can lead to big problems. For example, a professional will be able to spot small hail damage. This damage is tough to see by an untrained eye, but it can l...


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