How do I know if I need new windows?

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New Windows and Better Efficiency

The windows in your home may be talking to you. They may be telling you they are old, tired, and that it is time to replace them. Yes, while they are still offering you a beautiful view every morning, they aren’t going to last forever. Depending on where you’re located, they may get worn out faster than other areas due to exposure to environmental factors.

Having new window replacement is a big decision for any homeowner, primarily because of the expense. Therefore, a homeowner needs to determine if window replacement or repair is the best option for them.  The normal reason why homeowners have window replacements is because there is damage that can’t be repaired, or they are looking to reduce their energy costs with better quality windows. Either way, an additional plus to window replacement with screens is the enhancement to a home’s curb appeal that new windows provide.

 Are replacement windows worth it?

Definitely! Your home is an important investment in your portfolios and window replacement is an investment within that investment. Experts advise that you can expect to see up to 80% back in your investment if you place your house on the market, this, of course, depends on the market your home is located and the quality of windows you choose.  

Single-pane windows: There is not any insulation between the glass panes of this style, making them less efficient. Because these windows are not as efficient, you can lose up to 20% of cooling and heating, thus not recouping as much of your window replacement cost in energy savings.

Double-pane windows: This type of window has 2 layers of glass which slow drafts and leaks, helping lower your energy bills, thus recouping more of your window replacement costs.

How do I choose replacement windows?

Window replacements may appear the same, but they aren’t. A big difference between window replacement products is performance and quality. After choosing your ideal product, upgrading them again won’t be needed for many years, if ever. So, what do you need to know when looking for window replacement products?  Here we offer four steps that will help you get the most for your money.

Window Style

Windows are more than just a way to save on your energy expenses. You should choose one that is aesthetically appealing and blend with your home’s exterior, which is where you can get an idea on the window style to choose.

Frame Material

Next to style, the material used for the frame of your window replacement is important. Vinyl is a popular choice because it requires little maintenance, termite resistant, and doesn’t peel, rot, or warm. There is no need to sand, stain, or paint them again. Window replacement with vinyl frames are customizable and come in a range of colors that can contrast or coordinate with your home’s existing exterior.

Glass Package

An important part of window replacement is the glass package which makes the difference in energy savings.  While a higher quality glass may be more expensive initially, over time it can help you save on energy bills, more than recuperating its initial cost. Important components to consider when choosing a glass package are:

  • Dual or triple-pane glass: Window replacements are available in dual glass pane and triple glass pane. The most common is the dual glass pane but the most energy-efficient is the triple glass pane. In between these panes are one of two gasses:
  • Argon gas: This gas is invisible and odorless, denser than air and will fill the glass panes of the dual pane windows to increase efficiency.
  • Krypton gas: This gas is invisible and odorless, denser than air as well, and is denser than argon gas as well. It is also used to fill the glass panes in dual pane windows and is a better choice for efficiency.
  • Low-e glazing: This is an invisible coating and is thinner than a human hair that is applied on the inside and outside of the glass pane to reduce heat transference.  

Choosing a window replacement that combines these technologies can make a difference in how energy-efficient the windows are.

Custom Window Replacement

Big box stores offer convenience to buy window replacements, but the best way to get what is best for your home is to choose a professional expert in window replacement. They will have a wider choice of quality manufacturers that build their windows upon orders, one at a time instead of mass production. By working with a professional window replacement expert, you’ll have the reassurance for a precise fit and customized service.

What are the best replacement windows?

When you are planning to do a window replacement job, you want to find the best ones from the best brand that you can afford and has the best match for your home. While we are here to recommend one over another, we do have a list of the top 10 replacement window manufacturers:

  1. Andersen Windows
  2. Pella Windows
  3. Milgard Windows
  4. Simonton Windows
  5. Harvey Windows
  6. Loewen Windows
  7. Ply Gem Windows
  8. Alside Windows
  9. PGT Windows
  10. Jeld Wen Windows

Can you replace your own windows?

Window replacement takes a level of skills that not every homeowner may have. If you are using the same window frame and window trim, it is a simpler job, whereas a full window replacement will require tearing out the entire window, frame, and trim. This can take experience and skills as well as special tools that a professional window replacement contractor will have.

Should I replace windows before selling a house?

Smart homeowners already realize that the ROI on some home improvements isn’t as much as it for others, but window replacement is one of the biggest ROI you can have. Just like having the plumbing system checked and repaired, a window replacement will boost the value of your home!

A window replacement job will improve the energy efficiency of your home as well as improve your home’s curb appeal. Get windows that provide the savings you want with as little maintenance as possible! Call Beartooth Exteriors, Inc today at (307) 224-4912 for your window replacement in Mills and Casper, WY.

How Do I Claim Roof Damage On Insurance?

Cleaning Up Before Filing a Roof Insurance Claim

Leaking Roofs and Filing Claims

When you own a home, there are a lot of risks involved. More than that, owning a home is a major investment. It’s important to take care of and maintain your home so that it lasts as long as it should. One area that will require a large portion of your attention is the roof, especially after a storm. If your home has been affected by storm damage, you may need to file a claim. Before you do go through filing a roof insurance claim in Mills and Casper, WY reach out to Beartooth Exteriors, Inc. We can help you determine what the best course of action is for you. Dial (307) 224-4912 to get started today.

Contractor Making Repairs During Roof Insurance Claim Process

Insurance Claim for Roof Leak

There are quite a few misconceptions regarding home insurance claims, specifically about the roof. residential roofing is not entirely or inherently covered by your insurance provider. In regards to roof damage, there is a list of things known as “covered perils”. These can be:

  • Damage caused by hail
  • Damage caused by wind
  • Damaged caused by tree branches

Basically, any event that could be considered an “act of God” or rather, something you had no control over. When unpredictable situations negatively affect your property, insurance will more than likely cover you for repairs.

So how does a roof insurance claim work really? They work like this. When you file a claim, you are telling your provider something happened to your home that threatens the safety and integrity of the structure. Since they have financial stock in your home, they want to make sure it is in a functioning condition. They will send an inspector out to asses the damage that you have alleged. In doing so, they are looking for signs that the damage was either caused by one of the covered perils or that it was caused by something else. As mentioned, your home and your roof are not inherently covered by insurance. What that means is, if your roof becomes damaged by hail because you neglected to take care of it for 20-years, that will not be covered by insurance. Yes, the hail caused significant damaged, but there is the real possibility it may not have happened had you taken care of your roof. Whereas, if there is clear evidence you have maintained your roof over the years and there is still significant hail damage then your claim will more than likely be covered by insurance.

How to File Roofing Insurance Claim

When it comes to filing roofing insurance claims for storm damage, the steps can vary depending on the situation. Generally speaking, though, there is a typical process that most homeowners will go through when filing a claim. 

  • Inspection: If your home has been affected to any degree by a storm, the first thing you should do is schedule an inspection. Before you call your insurance provider, it’s important to understand the extent of the damage as well as the cause. It can be easy to say it was the hail, but there could be underlying factors that aren’t covered by insurance. 
  • Report: After the inspection is done, if the contractor determines it was storm damage that caused the majority of the damage, you can then go through with the claim. A professional inspection will provide you with a report that includes exactly where the damage is, the cause, repair estimates, photos and more. 
  • File: With the report, you will file your claim with your insurance provider. By starting with the inspection and going into the claims process, you’ll be saving yourself quite a bit of stress. More importantly, you’ll make the process that much easier for everyone. 
  • Repair: After your claim has been filed, your insurance provider will decide whether or not to pay out for repairs. If they do, you can schedule an appointment with a reputable team, like Beartooth Exteriors, Inc, to begin repairs. 

Filing a home insurance claim always feels like a stressful and complicated ordeal. It can even be tempting to avoid insurance altogether and just pay for any storm damage roof repair in Mills and Casper, WY out of pocket. But don’t be stressed out by horror stories. Instead, rely on the professional expertise of Beartooth Exteriors, Inc contractors. We can help you through the entire claims process from inspection to repairs. We’ll even help if another company or adjuster has completed the repair estimates.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is roof repair covered by insurance? 
    • Roof repair will by covered by insurance when it is caused by a covered peril. Those are often listed in your home insurance documentation, but you should contact your provider to get an understanding of what is and isn’t covered. 
  • What is a roof exclusion?
    • This is a section of your insurance policy that could prevent your insurance carrier from paying out for roof repairs, even in the event of a wind or hail storm. Many homeowners in at risk areas may see this kind of exclusion in their insurance policy. 
  • Is water damage from leaking roof covered by insurance?
    • Most standard insurance policies will cover any damage caused by a leak, unless it is discovered the leak and damage were the result of gross negligence on your part. 
  • Will a new roof lower my insurance?
    • Yes, installing or receiving a new roof should lower your home insurance premiums. This may not be the case for everyone, so before you go through with the process, make sure to contact your carrier for more information. 
  • Can I make an insurance claim for a leaking roof? 
    • You can, but it’s important to know before hand whether or not filing will actually be beneficial for you. That’s why it’s recommended to get a roof inspection by a reliable company, like Beartooth Exteriors, Inc, before going through with the claims process. 
Filing a Roof Insurance Claim

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When you need help with a roof insurance claim in Mills and Casper, WY, dial (307) 224-4912 to connect with the experts at Beartooth Exteriors, Inc. We are here to help you.

What is Gutter Repair?

A Segment of Gutter is Installed.

Do roofers fix gutters?

Who does gutter work? That may be the question you’re asking if you have clogged gutters or your gutters have leaks or dents. If you just need to clean your gutters, and you have a ladder, hose and something to scoop out debris and leaves with, then you can clean your gutters yourself. But many roofers also provide gutter repair and cleaning services. In fact, you may prefer to have a professional service clean and repair your gutters. Roofers, like those at Beartooth Exteriors, Inc, often have the right equipment and materials for gutter repair. 

So, if you have leaks, clogs or other problems, and need an experienced and reliable team for gutter repair in Mills and Casper, WY, then give us a call at (307) 224-4912

In the same way you trust roofers to repair leaks in your gutter, a trusted plumber is valuable for water line repair.

What is the best material for gutters?

Gutters can be made from a wide variety of materials, though aluminum, vinyl, steel and copper are the most common. Each of these materials, as well as the less common wood gutters, has its merits, and much will depend on what your needs are for your gutter system, your budget, and the type of roofing system you have. Here is a list of the types of gutters and some of their advantages and disadvantages

Material for gutters

  • Vinyl: Vinyl is low-cost and easy to install. But, for colder climates vinyl gutters are prone to cracking and improper installation may cause pooling in sections.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum gutters are also popular because they are relatively low cost and easy to install. Also, if you want seamless gutters, rather than sectional, your only choice for now is aluminum. You have to be careful when cleaning these gutters, because ladders can dent them easily.   
  • Galvanized and stainless steel: Galvanized and stainless steel gutters are much more durable than aluminum, but they tend to cost more to install, and galvanized steel is prone to rusting.
  • Copper: Copper gutters are also very durable, but usually costs for installation and repair can be high.
  • Wood: Wood is rarely used for gutters, unless you are renovating an older historic home. They are also expensive gutters and do not last as long as other gutter types.

How much does it cost to repair gutters?

Gutter repair costs will vary, depending on the type of repair being made and the material the gutter is made of, the height of the house and the length of the gutter. When you get gutters repaired, you’ll also want to factor in labor costs. That said, the average gutter repair cost is between about $170 to $520. If you are looking for affordable gutter repair in Mills and Casper, WY, rely on the experts at Beartooth Exteriors, Inc. Call us today at (307) 224-4912 for a gutter repair estimate or to schedule services.

When should gutters be replaced?

Generally, with good maintenance, keeping them clean in particular, you should expect your gutters to last about 20 years before they need to be replaced. Some types of gutters like copper can last as long as 50 years. No matter what kind of gutter system you have, however, they will only last as long as you keep them cleaned regularly and make any necessary repairs. In some cases, if you are experiencing multiple leaks or your gutters have started to sag away from the edge of the roof, or have split in spots, you will probably save money by replacing them.

Gutter repair vs. replacement

In general making sure your gutters are cleaned and repaired when needed is cheaper than replacing the whole system. A full replacement runs anywhere between $1,600 and $2,200 and the costs are based largely on the material used and the linear footage of the gutter system. As with repairs, you’ll factor in the height of the home and labor charges. If you add accessories like leaf guards, expect to pay a little more for the installation.

Gutter repair and installation

Whether your current gutter system just needs to be repaired or you need a whole new system installed, you know you can rely on our team for professional services. We offer a wide range of repair services and install a variety of gutters including aluminum, vinyl, steel, and copper.

A Man Cleans and Repairs a Gutter.

Gutter repair how to

Some gutter repairs, like leaks, are relatively easy to make. Most leaks occur at the seams and can be sealed by applying silicone or gutter repair caulk along the inside and outside of the seams. Small holes that cause leaks can be patched with roofing cement. The cement is spread around the hole with a putty knife. Larger holes can be patches of sheet metal applied over the hole with asphalt roofing cement.

If you want a professional for your gutter repair in Mills and Casper, WY, then make sure to call Beartooth Exteriors, Inc. We can be reached at (307) 224-4912

Is Tile Roof Better Than Shingle?

Worker working on roof with roof tiles stacked up and sun above.

Learn More About Tile Roofing

Having a new roof installation can be an exciting endeavor to take on! There are a variety of roofing materials out there from designer roofing shingles to metal roofs. Yet tile roof installations have been a popular option amongst many due to their aesthetic draw, accentuated accents in profiles, as well as different profiles and colors. The tile roof installation process can be particularly due to their density and fragility when direct pressure or weight is applied to them. However, a professional roofing contractor will be familiar with the material and have specific protocol and techniques to avoid these transgressions. As of such, walking on tile roofing isn’t recommended as you’ll risk breakages. Yet there are many advantages to tile roofs and as long as you keep up with maintenance you can expect a well working roof. Consider some areas of detail regarding a tile roof installation so you can have the best roofing project for your home!

How long does it take to install a tile roof?

A tile roof installation can range in the amount of time that it will require in order to complete construction based on your individual roofing contractor’s schedule, weather, the expanse of your roof and if any additional repairs need to be made. With tile roofs it’s estimated to take two to three days yet on average it takes about a week or two to replace most roofs.

What is the lifespan of a tile roof?

The lifespan of a tile roof installation is typically between 50-70 years.

Is tile roof more expensive?

A tile roof installation price bracket can be considered as falling into the upper mid-range of price as far as roofing materials go.

How much does a tile roof cost?

A tile roof installation is generally around $700-$800 per square on average yet they can cost anywhere from $400-$1,000 per square as well depending on the quality of the roofing material or manufacturer.

Tile Roof vs Shingle

A tile roof installation typically takes longer to install than a shingle roof as they are composed of materials that are more fragile if direct weight is applied to them, therefore builders must follow specific techniques in order not to cause breaks. As far as costs, tile roofs typically can cost twice as much as shingles. For colder climates, tile roofing is the preferred roofing material as they can resist freezing due to how dense and durable they are. As far as the weight they can actually support snow without added damages. In warmer climates, shingles are a good option to consider as they reflect sunlight and keep homes cooler.

Hands of roofer laying tile on the roof. Installing natural red tile.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Tile Roofing

Tile Roof Advantages

  • Resists damages from hurricanes and earthquakes
  • Class A fireproof rating
  • Insulates home
  • Adds to resale value
  • Great exterior accent
  • 50-70 year life expectancy

Tile Roof Disadvantages

  • Installation costs
  • Heavy materials
  • Can be brittle/fragile
  • May need structural reinforcement
  • Can be particular/difficult to install

How do you maintain a tile roof?

Once you’ve procured a tile roof installation you may be wondering how to maintain it. All roofing materials require a degree of maintenance to ensure longevity and proper roofing protection, and a tile roof installation is no exception. It’s important to conduct roof inspections in the fall and spring as each year passes in order to keep up with the impacts of weather. A trained professional can conduct these searches in order to see damages as small as hairline cracks. Be sure to keep an eye out for any bruised or chipped tiles that can be aggravated and worsened with inclement weather. Remove any debris that can naturally accumulate with seasonal changes on not only your roof but in your gutters as well. Clogged gutters can block the natural progression of water flow and end up accumulating on your roof which can cause leaking and other water damages. As tiles are sensitive when direct weight is applied to them make sure to not step or lean too heavily on the roof tiles during debris removal as they may break. Once you’ve removed moss, leaves and other materials consider trimming your tree branches to lessen fall out or decrease the risk of scrapes with heavy winds or storms. As clay or concrete tiles can form algae be sure to power wash your tile roof occasionally with low water pressures. Don’t aim directly on the tiles as pressures can cause cracks, instead, have an indirect spray with warm water and add a spot of mild detergent in order to get a good clean in with your algae or dirt removal. If ultimately you require residential or commercial roof repair then be sure to have them done as soon as you can to prevent water damages in your home’s interior. With regular inspections, you can make smaller repairs without costly roof replacements later on.

If you’re interested in tile roof installation in Mills and Casper, WY call (307) 224-4912 with Beartooth Exteriors, Inc!

How to Replace Your Home Siding

Home Siding Needs

The exterior siding of your home plays a critical role in the safety and security of your home. A home with siding has better protection from the elements and other major issues, but there can be a number of things that affect the siding of your home. Things like extreme weather, yard leaks and floods, and just general wear and tear can impact the siding.

Whatever your home siding needs are, Beartooth Exterior Inc has the expert knowledge and incredible customer service to help your home look its best. If you’re interested, call us at (307) 224-4912 to get started on your next home siding repair.

How to tell your home siding is damaged

It can be difficult to identify damages that may be occurring to your home siding, but there are some things to look out for.

Aging is the most common reason for homeowners need to replace siding. You can tell aging has affected your house siding if panels are bending or have lost a significant amount of color. Things like rusted nails and cracked caulking can be indicators of damaged siding. There is a risk for water damage and/or mold if any panels appear to be warped. This would be evident with homes that have wood or vinyl siding. If there has been a yard leak, like a pipe that has burst under the foundation, then it’s important to get this looked at and taken care of as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing issues because of water damage, then those are issues that need to be taken care of before any home siding replacement happens. It’s important to get any water damaged siding issues taken care of quickly. Not doing so can create more problems such as:

  • Mold
  • Rot
  • Pest infestations

Because most houses have home siding with insulation installed, homeowners should not ignore or wash over any water stains or spots. Failure to do so can create serious health risks as well as more money to be spent on repairs.

Types of Siding

Homeowners have several options for home siding that at times, it can feel overwhelming. Of all the options, there are a few that are considered durable and the most bang for your buck.

  • Stucco: Not only is stucco the most cost effective, it is the most versatile and durable home siding. Stucco is typically a mixture of cement, lime, sand and water and can be mixed with different colors allowing homeowners a certain amount of versatility.
  • Metal or Steel siding: A growing trend for many homeowners is utilizing metal siding. Aluminum and steel are by the most popular, offering great benefits such as resistance to extreme weather, UV protection and is environmentally friendly.
  • Wood siding: Of all of the options, wood siding is the most common and the cheapest since most wood siding is actually a vinyl panel made to look like wood. While this is perfectly acceptable, some homeowners may want actual wood, which is fine. Real wood paneling will be more expensive and require the most maintenance of all the options, but nothing quite compares to the look of cedar siding.  
The cost to repair or replace home siding varies depending on the square footage needed and the cost of materials.

The Cost of Installation

Before any installation ever takes place, any homeowner wants to know “How much does it cost to put siding on a house?” No one wants to drop a ton of money up front only to find out the option they chose is going to cost them more later on. Below is a breakdown of the options mentioned before as well as a few other typical options for home siding:

  • Stucco: $6-$9 per sq foot
  • Steel: $4-$5 per sq foot
  • Aluminum: $3.50-$4.75 per sq foot
  • Wood: $3.25-$15.75 per sq foot
  • Vinyl: $2-$7 per sq foot
  • Engineered wood: $11-$28 per sq foot
  • Brick: $6-$10 per sq foot

Regardless, if you are just refreshing the exterior or you have house siding damage, there are still several things to consider for the cost of installation. First being the quality of the home siding material to be used, the area to be repaired and whether or not the old siding needs to be removed, in the case of water damaged siding.

In general, homeowners should expect to pay between $4,000-$14,500 to replace their home siding. It will come down to what you are willing to pay and what is the best material for your home. Beartooth Exteriors representatives work with you to make sure you get exactly what you need for your home. You want a team that is skilled in the intricacies of home siding repair, just like you would want a team that skilled for a yard leak in the Denver, CO area.

Home siding repairs can be costly, but keeping up with regular maintenance can help keep costs down.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best siding material?

When installed correctly, stucco has proven to be the best home siding material.

What is the most durable house siding?

Stucco, metal or steel siding, wood and brick.

What type of siding lasts the longest?

Again, when done correctly, stucco can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance needed. Metal siding also has great longevity and is environmentally friendly.

How long does wood siding last?

Actual wood siding typically last around 20 years. Most homeowners will end up choosing a vinyl paneling that mimics the appearance of wood, and with enough maintenance, it can last up to 40 years.

Contact us about home siding in the Mills and Casper, WY. A Beartooth Exterior Inc representative is here for you every step of the way. We provide competitive prices for installation as well as continued maintenance after. Call us today, (307) 224-4912.

Dealing With Water Damage in Your Home

Roof Covered in a Snow Drift

The Damage From a Snow Cave-in Leaves Your Home Exposed to Other Dangers!

One of the biggest disasters that can impact your roof during the winter time is a snow cave-in. Not only does your roof suffer from the degraded supports and the loss of insulation, but your home is also exposed to thousands of dollars in water damage. While careful snow removal and preparatory roof inspections will help most homeowners avoid this crisis, thousands of families face it every year.

How do you fix water damage? How can you preserve your home after a disastrous cave-in? We’ll answer these questions and more today. Afterwards, you should have a reliable plan of action in case your home is ever affected. Let’s get started!

What Damage Can Water Cause?

Think about what happens when you spill a large jug of water on the carpet. If you clean up the moisture quickly and allow the area to dry, your carpet will be fine. If the water stays in the flooring and is never dried up, the flooring eventually starts to look dirty and moldy. It’s the long-term consequences that could end up ruining your floor.

The same goes for the attic when water starts to pour in through the roof. If homeowners can effectively dry out the attic and the underlying materials, most of the problems go away on their own. Should the water (from the melted snow) remain for days and weeks, you could be facing some serious consequences and costly water damage restoration.


Is Drywall Ruined if it Gets Wet?

Thoroughly soaked drywall almost always has to be replaced. If mold has started to grow, you’ll want to call a professional to do the removal. Should you attempt to perform the replacement yourself, there’s a high chance of spreading mold spores and contaminating other parts of your drywall.

On the other hand, lightly dampened drywall may be saved if you quickly dry it out. Start by towel drying the affected area, then setting up a fan to finish the job. Before you repaint, make sure there aren’t any warped or degraded areas that need to be replaced.


Will Insulation Mold if it Gets Wet?

That depends on two factors: the material and elapsed time. Foam products (spray and board) are generally sealed against moisture. Simply wipe off any areas that have been exposed with a dry towel. However, you’ll still want to dehumidify the affected areas to protect the wooden roof supports in the attic and the studs in the walls (if applicable).

Fiberglass and cellulose are a different story. Both will start to develop mold after a couple of days. If you can’t dry out the insulation before then, you’ll have to throw it out.

Home Restoration After Water Damage

Rooftop Covered in Hail Stones

Extensive Hail Trauma Can Also Leave Your Attic Vulnerable to Water Damage.

Now that we’ve clearly shown the terrible damage that a snow cave-in can cause, we come to our next important question: How do you fix water damage? Your best course of action will hinge on the severity of the cave-in and the time elapsed since your roof started leaking. In general however, it’s crucial that you start by fixing the rooftop damage and eliminating the leak. Call a trusted roofing company and arrange your emergency roof repair. At the very least, you can remove the remaining snow and cover up the exposed area until proper repairs can be completed.

Next, you’ll want to talk with a restoration service about drying out your attic. Ask your roofer if they know a local flood restoration company they would recommend. They’ll likely want to start venting out the walls too. If you won’t have access to water damage cleanup service for several days, you’ll need to take action yourself.

Water Damage Restoration Tips

There are three types of water damage: black (most dangerous), grey, and clean (safest). While melted snow may be considered clean, it can be contaminated with bacteria and particles in your attic space. Make sure to wear gloves while you handle wet materials, especially if they’ve been moist for multiple days.

You need to act quickly to preserve your insulation and your drywall, especially if you have cellulose or fiberglass products. These need to be dried out as quickly as possible (within 2 days of the water damage). Place a fan and a dehumidifier in the attic to dry out the insulation there. You’ll need to gently remove the baseboard, then cut out enough drywall (from the floor up) to extract the insulation behind the wall.

Dangers of Ignoring Cleanup

Nasty Fiberglass Insulation in an Attic

Fiberglass and Cellulose Insulation are Susceptible to Mold Growth if They Can’t Dry in Time.

Let’s say you have your roofing company come out to repair the roof supports, decking, and rooftop, but you leave the residual moisture be. What’s the worst that could happen?

First of all, you forfeit any drywall and insulation that is still moist after 2-3 days. That could be hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars in replacements. Second, you practically guarantee the expansion of mold growth in your attic and anywhere else moisture sits (especially behind the walls). That could mean tearing out additional parts of your walls and ceiling so that a restoration company can perform mold removal, which also costs thousands of dollars. In summary, no water damage cleanup could leave you with:

  • Ruined ceiling
  • Mold infested walls and attic space
  • Potentially rotted studs
  • Weakened roof supports
  • Physical side effects of inhaling mold spores
  • Thousands of dollars in repair costs
  • Thousands of dollars in restoration costs
  • Hundreds of dollars in hotel costs

While there may be some consequences that we haven’t listed here, you probably get the idea. Timely water damage restoration is crucial!

Get Your Estimate on Roof Repairs!

As we mentioned earlier, the process of water damage restoration should always start with fixing the roof. You can come to the trusted team at Beartooth Exteriors, Inc for your emergency roof repair service! We’ll work hard to mend your roof and safeguard your home from further damage. Give us a call today at (307) 224-4912 to learn more.

Which Metal Roofing is Best for Your Home

When it comes time to reroof your home, you’re faced with a plethora of roofing choices, from shingle options to tile and slate choices. In today’s roofing industry, metal roofs for homes aren’t uncommon. In fact, over 14 percent of homes in The United States are equipped with residential metal roofing. One possible reason why metal roofing has become so popular is because of the long list of benefits that accompany each roofing system. To find out which metal roofing system is best for you, read more about your residential metal roofing options.

Why Choose a Metal Roofing System?

Metal Roof on a Home

Residential Metal Roofing Options Offer Substantial Protection and First-Class Style.

With so many roofing options, it can be difficult to identify the ideal system for your home. Shingles offer protection and affordability but likely won’t stand up to severe weather or heavy impacts as well as other materials. On the other end of the scale, tile, wood and slate roofing offers incredible durability and style, but at a hefty cost. Thankfully, homeowners can now have the best of both worlds with a residential metal roofing system. These lightweight, long-lasting systems require no preinstallation bracing and can protect your home for 50-100 years. In fact, many metal roof systems come with a 50-year warranty. Although this material is lighter weight than many premium options, it still offers incredible benefits. Metal roofing delivers

  • Minimal Maintenance Requirements
  • Low Repair Occurrences
  • Fire Protection
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Weather and Water Protection
  • And much more!

Along with the general benefits of all metal roofing systems, each style has its own list of advantages.

Types of Metal Roofing Systems

Just like with most roofing materials, metal roof panels a multitude of styles and types. Each style of roofing delivers unbeatable benefits and aesthetics that will last for years and provide unrivaled protection. Whether you’re in the market for a simple, rustic style or you’re looking for something more modern, there is a metal roofing choice that meets your needs.

Metal Tiles

Metal Roof Tiles

For a unique appearance that still offers top-level protection, consider metal roof tiles. These metal roof panel styles are available in faux slate, tile, and even wood to deliver a classy look that still requires little maintenance and repair. Metal roof tiles have all the benefits of metal roofing including energy efficiency, fire resistance, and long life while being much less expensive than their wood, tile, or slate alternatives.

Corrugated Metal

Corrugated Metal

These metal roof panel styles are used on steep-sloped roofs for extreme water protection. These panels are ridged for reinforced strength along with added flexibility. This allows your roofing system to provide extra protection against impacts and high winds as well as delivering defense from seam separation. Available in both steel and aluminum options, these roofing systems are a top choice among metal roofing systems.

Standing Seam Metal

Standing Seam Metal

When you want the ultimate protection from water and snow, these metal panels are the option for you. Because this style of metal roofing is assembled with raised, vertical seams that are snap locked or mechanically sealed, they offer unbeatable water drainage and seam protection. These systems’ raised seams also offer reinforced impact protection by shielding the panels with the raised seam area.

Stone Coated Steel

Stone Coated Metal

If you’re looking for a metal panel roof without the rustic appearance of metal, stone coated metal roofing may be the best choice for your roof. These panels are coated with stone fragments which not only deliver impeccable style and class, but also provide reinforced protection from UV rays, impacts, and water. These panels are available in almost any style and color and can deliver a unique appearance for more than 50 years.

Can Metal Roofing go Over Shingles?

Metals roofs are known for being able to be installed directly over most shingle roofs, cutting the expense and hassle of a roof tear-off. Unlike other roofing systems, metal roofing materials will protect at the same level, even when applied over previous roof materials. However, if your roofing system already has multiple layers of material, it may be recommended to complete a tear off for optimal efficiency and protection. A professional roofing team can inspect your current roof and help you decide whether you should complete a tear-off before installing the new material.

Local Metal Roofing Experts You Can Trust

When it’s time to replace your home’s roofing system, don’t get overwhelmed by the various roof material options. Metal roofing provides the protection and affordability that you want from your roof while delivering the protection and style you expect. The Beartooth Exteriors, Inc team provides top quality residential metal roofing throughout the Mills and Casper, WY area so you can rest assured that your roof is strong, sturdy, and ready to handle whatever comes. For more information about your metal roofing options in the Mills and Casper, WY area or to speak with our experts about your metal roof, call the Beartooth Exteriors, Inc team today at (307) 224-4912.

Is a Shake Shingle Roof Right For You?

close up of wood shingles

For Wood Shake Shingle Roof Repair, Call Our Roofers Today

It is common knowledge that while asphalt shingles are the cheapest shingles on the market, they have the shortest lifespan and damage easily. For a shingle roof that will last decades, boost curb appeal, and provide natural durability, get shake shingle roofing. While they do have lots of advantages like aesthetics, cedar roofs do require the most maintenance out of all the roofing systems in order to keep its beauty. Wood shake shingles are prone to leaking and roof rot since water can get trapped underneath the real wood shingles. If you suspect your roof is leaking you can get it examined for holes like with infrared roof scans in Austin, TX. For shake shingle roof repair or installation in Mills and Casper, WY, call the experts at Beartooth Exteriors, Inc at (307) 224-4912 today.

Pros and Cons of Cedar Roofs

  • Giving your home a rustic and fresh appearance, wood shake shingles have a visible 3D appearance that architectural shingles try to imitate and asphalt and 3 tab don’t have at all.
  • Since these shingles are made out of real wood, no two roofs will ever be identical. While this is great for uniqueness, if you ever need to repair or replace a section, it can be hard finding a match.
  • These roofs require regular inspections and washing to remove algae that grows on the wood and to check for leaks since water can get trapped under the shingles.
  • Wood naturally absorbs water and expands, so if your shingles expand too much, they crack, split, and warp and require replacing.
  • Old wood shake shingle roofs used to be extremely flammable, but now cedar roofs are available with fireproof resistant coatings.

How Do You Know If You Have Roof Damage From Hail?

How Do You Know If You Have Roof Damage From Hail?

Find Out How To Inspect for Hail Damage and Determine if Your Need Hail Damage Roof Repair.

When we experience a severe storm that includes hail, it can be devastating to our roofing systems. While we might not think no hail damage was done to our roof, there still could be damage that hasn’t presented itself yet. So how do you know if you have hail damage and require hail damage roof repair? If you aren’t comfortable getting your roof to check, you can always call a professional roofer, or you can look for signs at ground level.

How To Identify Roof Hail Damage

  • Gutters: One of the first things you should look for signs of damage is on your gutters. If you have severe dents or cracks in your gutters, then you probably have roof hail damage; you will most likely need roof repair, as well as seamless gutter installation.
  • Exterior Walls: This really applies if you have siding on your home’s exterior walls. If you have had hail affect your home’s siding, such as making dents or cracks, then there is a good chance that the roof is also damaged.
  • Windows: It’s a good idea to check your windowsills for dings or dents. Of course, this could be from something else, but if you have dents on your walls and gutters, then the dents or dings on your windowsills are most likely from hail.
  • Other Systems & Devices: Look at your air conditioner unit, patio furniture, or mailbox to see if they have any damage. These are good places to look to see if hail might have affected them.

If you think that you need hail damage roof repair in Mills and Casper, WY, please call Beartooth Exteriors, Inc at (307) 224-4912We can also inspect your roof to determine if you do have hail damage.

To Resurface or Replace-The Age Old Question

If you have decided that it’s time for a new look in your home, the cabinetry is a great place to start to accomplish a dramatic change with minimal work. But should you resurface your current cabinets or replace them? Consider these points to help you make the right choice for your home.

We Can Help You Choose Between Less Costly Resurfacing and Longer-Lasting Replacement.


While cabinet resurfacing is less expensive in most cases, the age of the cabinets is a huge factor in whether it’s a good idea. If your cabinet system is more than a decade old, resurfacing can cause material cracks, weakness, and other issues that end up making your cabinets look worn. However, if your cabinet system is fairly new, a resurfacing job can save you on material cost and labor.


If you would like not just a new look but also a new layout, it’s always best to go with a cabinet replacement. Many times, trying to salvage cabinets when remodeling can lead to problems with function and fitting. However, if you are looking for a new look but not fully remodeling, cabinet resurfacing can provide the same effect without the cost of replacement.


As always, your budget plays a big part in the work you would like done. Typically, resurfacing your cabinets is much less costly than a complete replacement. But, if it makes sense to replace the setup to get a longer life without the worry of repair or maintenance.

When you’re considering cabinet work in your Mills and Casper, WY home, call the Beartooth Exteriors, Inc experts at (307) 224-4912. We can provide knowledgeable guidance and service to help you get the cabinets you expect.