Archive for November, 2012

Posted: November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ottawa Roofing And Repair Blog

It is a hard question to answer when there is no measurements in hand or blueprints to look at. It will depend on the house if it’s a single home, detached or a condo unit. Also the most important part of all is the pitch of the roof.

Proper way of determining an exact cost for a roof is to getting a free estimate from a local roofing company. If they actually get up on the roof and measure the sqf, how many vents, valleys are needed to determine the exact cost. Never believe a guesstimator who gives you a quote just by looking at it and telling you that he’s done it all. To replace a roof on a basic single family home can be anywhere from 4500 to 6000$ depending on the pitch and details. Detached homes are normally between 3000 to 4500$ since they have less…

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Posted: November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ottawa Roofing And Repair Blog

That is a question every home or business owner should ask themselves. Calculating the cost of the repairs and estimated replacement costs  should be compared before more roof repairs needed.

Once the roof is all dried up and has no strength to fight back against the mother nature is a good time to replace that old roof. Roof shingles need tlc and preventive roof maintenance to make it through the hot summers and harsh winter in Ottawa, Ontario. There are many factors are involved when it comes to performance of your roof. For example; ventilation, sufficient air flow, gutter maintenance, roof snow and ice removal and also underlayment. Not having proper ventilation can speed up the aging process for your roof shingles. As well as blocked soffit or no soffit.
Number one reason for ice damming is caused by poor or no ventilation in your attic. Also having all…

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Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Never know when you’ll need a quick roof repair.

Ottawa Pitched And Flat Roofing Blog

It is impossible to know when it will happen but it is your responsibility to prevent it and have your roof inspected. It takes a while for water to work its way through. Homeowners are often notice the water damage by coincident. After noticing the yellow stains on the ceiling most people would ignore it and wait to see if it would get bigger before hiring a local roofing contractor. If you notice a yellow stain on your ceiling call for repairs immediately. Not having the problem assessed can lead to mold in your attic. Problem can be solved before further insulation and plywood damage can get bigger. Time to time crack on the shingles are not visible to naked eye and problem area needs to be inspected while its raining or water test needs to be done by two people. Once the problem area is detected further repairs can be done…

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Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Snow is around the corner, are you ready?

Ottawa Pitched And Flat Roofing Blog

When the month of November arrives all the business owner panic to get a reliable company to provide snow plowing for the long winter months in Ottawa.

Majority of the times snow removal companies keep signing contracts even though they know they can’t keep up with the work load. In other words sign the contract get paid half up front and we’ll do what we can. Is it fair for the business owners to pay half up front and not get the snow removed on time? I don’t think it is fair. It happens every year where the property or the business owner rushes to get that contract signed and get screwed along the way.

I am a business owner too and I only take what I can complete. No point for me to take the extra work away from the others who needs it the most and mess it…

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Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Winter, this winter, every winter

Ottawa Pitched And Flat Roofing Blog

As we all know owning a house is the best thing can anyone would want instead of renting of course. Only difference is that you do not have a landlord to call if there is a problem.

What is the most important part of a house? Your roof of course. What can you do to protect your roof? For starters, have your roof inspected every year before winter to make sure it will survive the heavy snow fall, ice build ups and of course heavy rain during the spring.

The roof is designed to protect you against whatever the mother nature has to offer. During winter months all the snow parks on top of your roof and waits for the sunny days to melt. When it starts to melt it could lead to major water damage in your attic, on your walls, even on your floors. What happens is…

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Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ottawa Pitched And Flat Roofing Blog

If you live in Ottawa and the valley you must have seen the layers of snow and freezing rain combination. Sometimes you may think there is a problem with your roof but actually it’s the unpredictable weather that we are having.

If your house is a bungalow and has more than average number of valleys on your roof, get prepared for the snow and ice build up during winter. Any house or building can have ice dams or more than average snow build up.
If you ask what causes ice dams i can explain it briefly. There are many reasons behind ice dams and it changes from house to house. If there is not enough fresh air in your attic, it can build condensation and turn into ice dams. If your vents are covered with snow and attic air is not venting out, it will help ice dams to…

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Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Its that time of year to be aware of the snow and ice.

Ottawa Pitched And Flat Roofing Blog

Roof Snow Removal – Calculate Your Snow Load

Is there a way to calculate the weight of the snow and  ice that is parked on your roof? Yes there is.Winter is here and it’s time to think about your Roof Snow Removal. Just how important is shoveling off your roof after a snow storm? Here are a few statistics to help you decide when it’s time to drag out the ladder.

How much does snow weight? A square foot of snow 1? deep weights 1.25 pounds. So if you have 20 inches of snow, you’ve got a 25lbs/ sq ft snow load on your roof. Ice weights 5.2lbs per sq ft so be sure to factor this in.

Most roofs can withstand around 40lbs/sq ft of snow load, while some older roofs and manufactured homes start to show damage around 30lbs/sq ft.

What’s worse than your roof buckling…

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