Archive for November, 2012


the topic

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Preventing Roof Collapse

Preventing Roof Collapse (Photo credit: MoHotta18)

Helios Klinikum - Roof - Snow Removal

Helios Klinikum – Roof – Snow Removal (Photo credit: MedEvac71)

English: Clearing snow off the Columbus shoppi...

English: Clearing snow off the Columbus shopping centre roof. Vuosaari, Helsinki, Finland. Suomi: Vuosaaren kauppakeskus Columbuksen katolta poistetaan lunta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

We offer all types of roof snow and ice removal services for residential, commercial and industrial properties in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario. Request your free quotes and estimates by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you with all your snow removal needs.

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Section view of a King post roof truss showing...

Section view of a King post roof truss showing the main structural members. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truss-roof

Truss-roof (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

English: Prefabricated wooden trusses, nailed ...

English: Prefabricated wooden trusses, nailed plate joints. Finland 2005. Suomi: Naulalevyristikoita. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

To prevent similar problems in the future, remove wet snow off your roof, have your roof inspected by a professional roofing company, when buying or selling a home hire a local roofing contractor to inspect the roof and the attic.

If you or someone you know is in need of roof truss repair, we can help. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial roofing, siding, foundation repairs and snow removal services.

 


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.

If you have a low-pitched roof that is facing north, be sure to keep an eye on it because it can get messy especially when the thaw begins. Roof rakes are good to have but always hire insured and experienced roofing companies to perform the risky stuff, don’t take a chance. If you notice a leak, call your local roofing company to remove all the snow and ice off the roof.

If you are located in the greater Ottawa and have a question or concern about your roof, siding, foundation or snow removal, feel free to send us an email and we will be more than happy to assist you.