How to prevent leaky roofs in winter in Ottawa


Depending on the duration of the winter and amount of snow accumulated on your roof can say everything we need to know.

Around this time of year I would clear the snow from the first 6 feet of the roof of our home starting from eavestroughs. I would clean all the valleys as well as all the roof ventilation if it’s covered with snow or not.

Skylights are not to be forgotten. Most roof leaks are caused by ice damming and Skylights are one of those obstacles that require preventive maintenance prior to warmer temperatures.

Having all necessary maintenance done on your roof before the thaw can save you from experiencing leaks and thousands of dollars.

Our preventive maintenance roof snow removal services are available 24/7 and prices are starting from 250$ and depending on the size and difficulty level. We do not charge per sqf rates because we believe providing flat rate fees are fare to homeowners in these difficult times.

We offer residential and commercial roof snow and ice dam removal services in Ottawa, Nepean, Orleans, Cumberland, Rockland, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Manotick, Greely and Gloucester Ontario.

Skylight leaks during winter months in Ottawa.


Excellent feature to light up few rooms or the living room without using any electricity. Energy efficiency is a bonus.

On the other hand, having significant amounts of snow on the glass itself can be problematic. When temperatures are blown freezing point and your thermostat programmed to room temperatures (23 degrees Celsius) it can transfer heat and melt the snow gradually. Over time melting snow accumulate and form an ice dam at the bottom of the skylight. Any additional snow that melts due to heat loss or rain gets trapped behind the ice and leaks into the house.

Having new shingles does not guarantee a leak free skylight. If proper membrane is used around the skylight and wall flashing is caulked properly, it can provide better protection definitely.

It is highly recommended to have all skylights free off ice dams and accumulation prior to thaw and warmer weather. Preventive maintenance is a key to prevent leaks and damage if you had experienced it before.

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Understanding your flat roof in Ottawa Ontario.


All flat roofs need tlc time to time, depending on the circumstenses. We recommend annual inspections for medium to large scale roofs.

Only thing that is concerning about a flat roof is the accumulation of the snow, ice and the current flow rate of the drains. Frozen and/or clogged drains are likely to cause roof leaks and property damage.

It is highly recommended that all drains are free of dirt and debris prior to winter. Being proactive with maintenance can save thousands of dollars in preventable leaks caused by stress. When we get called in to repair a roof leak, it is always caused by negligence. Leaks caused by natural disasters are almost impossible to prevent.

When we look at a pitched roof, majority of the roof is visible from ground level and does not require climbing unless a small leak that is not visible. Flat roofs have zero visibility from ground level unless you climb up there. 

Before making a claim through your insurance company, always have your roof inspected by a experienced professionals independently. Insurance claims will pay for the damages caused by the leak but not the source. 95% of the time your roof is not covered by the insurance unless you have “no water clause”. Additional premiums apply.

We offer independent reports for insurance, mortgage companies and for property owners. Our services are available 24/7 in Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata, Stittsville, Manotick, Greely, Gloucester, Cumberland, Orleans, Barrhaven and Ottawa South.

Is the insulation in your attic working?


When temperatures linger around -5 and zero degrees Celsius, depending on the amount of snow there is on your shingles, you can see where the snow is melting.

When you set your thermostat to room temperature of 23 degrees Celsius during cold winter months, your insulation keeps the hot air stay inside. If the insulation is 30 + years old, it will become compressed and lose its R Rating. Homes that are 30 + years have serious ice dam issues due to heat loss caused by poor insulation and/or compromised vapour barrier.

Most modern homes have blown insulation in the attic, with a dept of 18 inches once its settled. To maintain your carbon print and keep your home energy efficient, it is highly recommended to upgrade insulation, roof, underlay, ice&water shield and new high flow roof ventilation.

If you spend 20k for instant on new roof, insulation ect… your heating bill will reduce by atleast 35 % and if we calculate that by 20 years, money spent on energy efficiency pays itself off in the long run.

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