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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
There are many reasons why you should remove all the snow and ice you roof. Every year because of the heavy loads of snow and ice causes roofs to collapse. There are no warnings or indications of when and how.
If you own a house or property that is rented to a tenant it is your responsibility to make sure it is in safe condition. Your tenant may have a basic insurance coverage but you are more likely to get sued by the tenant no matter what.
We recommend that anyone in your shoes to hire an insured roofing company to control the snow and ice build up. If you think about it, it will cost you way less to pay a roofing company to perform the task than lawyer fees, payouts and the risk you will put yourself and the others. The rent money that you collect every month is for providing a safe place to live in. Be sure to hire an insured roofing company not a handyman express. Cheap doesn’t mean quality or safe.
You may never find out if the trusses needs to be repaired unless it was pointed out to you by a home inspector if he/she really inspects the house or your roof looks bowed from outside and you have noticed it by yourself.
When providing an estimate for a customer, not too often but there are many times that I notice the sagging that was caused by broken roof truss. It becomes a conflict for me because it is not safe for me or my staff to be working on a roof that has possibility of caving in. Right away i document the problem with pictures from different angles to show it to the customer. Once the customer is aware of the problem i must inspect the attic visually and determine the exact cause and location of the problem.
It is a serious issue that may be caused by the heavy wet snow that was parked on the roof every winter, poor workmanship or bad material. It all depends on the size and shape of the house. The way it was constructed has a big part on how and why. Roof trussesare engineered and you
can’t buy them at Walmart. If there was an error during roof construction for example; too much pressure on one specific roof truss could cause it to snap, crack or crack in few years.
Did somebody say winter? Yes you heard it right winter. It is that time of year cleaning the front and back yard few times until there is no more leaves left to rake.
You don’t necessarily need to be living beside a lot of trees but the wind has its own method of drifting. Cleaning around the house gives every home a fresh and clean start when the spring is knocking at the door. But before we go to fast, we need to make it thru the winter first. It takes a lot of dedication to take all the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the cold winter days. For starters make sure your hydro and natural gas bills are paid up to date for any surprise delays during cold days. Your roof is in good shape and has been inspected by a professional roofing company. Any branch that is leaning towards your roof is a potential danger so trim it down. All the gutters are free from leaves, debris and maybe tennis balls. It may sound strange but I’ve seen it too many times. A clogged drain is a first element of a massive ice dam that could destroy your home and cost you a chunk. Make sure all the drains are functioning and water is being guided “away” from your foundation.