Does the Roof Need Repaired?

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Hail storms, snow and ice damage, as well as other natural factors, create wear and tear to our roofs. Residents of Billings, Montana should be aware of when its time to repair your roof.

How Long Will Your Roof Last?

The type of roof you have and the material that its made of will ultimately determine how long it’s going to last before it needs to be replaced or repaired.

  • Asphalt shingle roofs: 20 – 25 years
  • Wood shingle and shake roofs: 20 – 30 years
  • Metal roofs: 40 – 50 years
  • Slate, copper, and tile roofs: 100 years +

Weather Impact

The material of your roof will also determine how it will hold up against the weather. For example, hail can cause dents in aluminum siding or asphalt shingles. Hail could crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. If the hail is strong enough, it could puncture your roof.

Code Requirements

Roofing companies in Billings, Montana are required to follow specific code to legally install and repair roofs. For example, Asphalt roofs are required to have an ice barrier, a drip edge as well as underlayment that varies depending on the roof’s slope. IRC Section R905.2.7.1 requires an ice barrier to be installed from the lowest edge of the roof surface to a point at least 24 inches inside the exterior wall. Code also requires that this ice barrier be placed over the top of

the drip edge along the eaves and the drip edge be placed over the

underlayment on the gables. A full list of code requirements can be found here: https://www.ci.billings.mt.us/DocumentCenter/View/6386/Reroofing-One-and-Two-family?bidId=

Does My Roof Need to be Repaired or Replaced?

Some warning signs that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced include:

  • Leaks
  • Sunlight through roof boards
  • Shingle granules in gutters
  • Curling or buckling shingles
  • Missing Shingles

Make sure that you are checking your roof for these warning signs. When it is time to get your roof repaired, make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is up to date and knowledge about all code requirements in Billings Montana.

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