Benefits Of Installing Gutters.


Watch this space-73 The fresh concrete has bee...
Watch this space-73 The fresh concrete has been sprayed with a waterproofing compound, and then panels of plastic sheeting have been laid upon it as a protective layer before the top surfaces are applied. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Weeds in roof gutter.
Weeds in roof gutter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dansk: en tagrende og et nedløbsrør / tagsten ...
Dansk: en tagrende og et nedløbsrør / tagsten / mur / vinduer English: Rain gutter / roof tiles / brick wall / windows / eaves Español: Canalón en el exterior del edificio Suomi: Tiilikattoisen talon räystäs Polski: Rynna / dachówki / ściana ceglana / cegły / okna / okap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the consequences of not cleaning the gu...
One of the consequences of not cleaning the gutters is that leaves & such accumulate. This forms humus, a precursor to soil. Plants like this. We even have plants growing on our roof valleys. I need to get up there one of these days. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lets start of with the common problems that is caused by rain when there is no gutters guiding the rain water away from your home. Normally is starts working its way along the foundation and causing cracks and damage along the foundation walls. Older home are more at risk because of the older structures did not come with waterproofing membrane  like the newer homes. Foundation cracks and shifting in the foundation are few of the problems that is caused by water damage that could have been driven away from the foundation if there was proper gutters were installed in time.

It doesn’t only cause damage to your foundation it also takes life away from your shingles if you have an upper and lower section of the roof. Metal valleys are installed along the dormers to drive the water off the roof. If the valleys are facing right over a  lower roof, chances are lower roof will age way before the main roof itself. Also it is common to see drain pipes that are installed on the lower roof was not extended and where the water was gushing caused discoloration and premature ware. It is highly recommended to extend all the drain pipes in to lower gutters to eliminate similar problem in the future.

When it comes to gutter systems there is nothing like seemless gutters. Sectional gutters are okay to but it doesn’t take very long for sectional to start dripping where the joints are. If you are planning to get gutters installed around your roof, do it right the first time.

Clean your gutters twice a year before and after winter to allow water to flow.

Benefits Of Drip-Edge, Ice And Water Shield And Felt Paper Installation To Your Roof.


Photo of soffit with perforated vinyl sections...
Photo of soffit with perforated vinyl sections for air flow into attic space. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Roll formed metal fascias on a house in Northe...
Roll formed metal fascias on a house in Northern Australia. Portable roll forming machines make it possible to make long lengths on the building site, thus reducing joints. The eaves or soffit lining can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A small water spot on the ceiling of a room. T...
A small water spot on the ceiling of a room. This water damage was caused by rainwater leaking into a roof. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
water-damaged siding and rotten wood
water-damaged siding and rotten wood (Photo credit: Random McRandomhead)

If you have gutters installed all around your house there may be few sections around the house where the water works its way through behind the gutters. During winter months there may be ice build up as well.

When replacing a roof first layer of shingles are installed backwards to create a straight edge. Normally they are called starter strips and they stick out almost an inch from the fascia. Second row of shingle are installed right over the starter strips. Suppose of starter strips are to act as an drip-edge to allow water to run down without making contact to plywood or get behind the fascia and cause damage. If you have water dripping from your soffit, it is caused by not having starter strips or drip-edge installed properly or you have damaged shingles causing water damage.

Drip-edge is the first thing that gets installed on the fascia. Ice and water shield gets installed right over the drip edge and followed by tar/felt paper overlapping from button to top. Having a second layer of protection under neat the shingles is beneficial to every home. If wind has flipped or tore some of your shingles tar/felt paper will protect the plywood from water damage until all the necessary repairs are completed. If the water does make its way under neat the shingles it will run right into your gutter if you have any. It will slow down the process of water damage before it is corrected.

When it comes to replacing a pitched or flat roof it is highly recommended to take all the necessary steps to get the job done right.
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Does Your Roofing Company Sub-Contract??? Should You Care???


Flag of the city of Ottawa, Ontario
Flag of the city of Ottawa, Ontario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a time where I used to sub-contract work to others and took me a while to get all the deficiencies and the problems solved. I thought it was a good idea at the beginning but let me tell you; when a homeowner calls you not happy because of the performance and the bad workmanship that was displayed what would you? I went extra few miles to make all the homeowners happy and lost money out of my pocket. I was not worried about losing money, I was more worried about my reputation that was left in the hands of hill billies who just want to get paid.

It was a big lesson that made me a better business owner. I only employ roofers who cares about the quality not quantity. Finishing touches are the most important details of the product. If we have to spend extra few hours and rake the lawn, clean the gutters and inspect the roof over and over until everything is perfect. When the homeowner is happy and glad to see our company trucks in her driveway, it makes me feel proud of myself. From angry homeowners to smiling customers is a big success.

If we are performing repairs in different parts of the city I don’t need to be on every job site but if we are replacing a roof or re-roofing a portion of a roof I am always there. It is my responsibility to make sure everything is done as it was stated in the contract. Providing workmanship warranty for 10 to 15 years is a huge liability that I take on. Manufacturer warranty needs to be filled out and signed by me as well. Staying on top of my employees for insurance and workmanship purposes is part of the trade. Lesson was learned long time ago.

I refuse to sub-contract any work to protect our customer and the reputation of the company. It took lots of dedication and effort for me to bring OttawaRoofing.Net to where it is and i will continue to do so. We offer quality not quantity. If you are in need of free consultation or in need of roof repairs, we are always here to serve you.

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Re-Roofing Over Existing Singles Is Not A Skill.


When it comes to giving an estimate to a customer four or five hundred dollars over the average re-roof  price can be a challenge sometimes. Especially if it’s the same homeowner who tried to save 3oo dollars from previous re-roof.

One thing you should never agree to is installing new shingles over the existing shingles. Saving 200$ now can cost you way more especially if there was hidden secrets about the plywood or the roof. I personally get upset when i see two layers of shingles on a roof. It’s called “lack of workmanship” if you ask me. When the new shingles are installed over the existing roof, it looks like sh*t. The roof never looks flat and it is too obvious from a distance. I personally spend the extra few hours now than spend a whole day ripping. Two hours of labor becomes a full day eventually because if it was a 60 bundle house, now its a 120 bundle house. If you are getting our roof replaced make sure it is actually replaced not relayed.

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How To And Where To Install Roof Vents??? Does Your Builder Care???


I was in a new residential area today and what a great job builders do installing maximum vents side by side even though on the box of the vents it says  ” install minimum 8 feet apart in order to have it work properly”. Don’t worry homeowners your warranty on your new roof is only one or two years.

If 25 years shingles are only good for 10 years go after the builder not the shingle manufacturer. If 30 years shingles are only good for 15 years, go after the builder not the manufacturer. If 40 years shingles are only good for only 20 years, go after the builder not the manufacturer. Because of the installation errors and lack of ventilation homeowners say these shingles are garbage but unfortunately your builder was cheap and cared about quantity not quality. Has anyone ever bought a new home that came with a 25 years warranty??? No sh*t. If you get two years warranty out of your builder you are considered blessed.

Installing two vents side by side does not help either. When the roof vents are installed to close to each other they cancel each other out and instead of having two vents working, you only have one of them functioning. Eventually it causes hot attic air to get trapped in your attic and cook the shingles from inside. Best advise i can give any new homeowner is that hire a professional roofing company in your area to inspect your roof and point out the obvious issues or problems before the warranty runs out.

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Does Poor Ventilation Cause Structural Damage To Your Trusses?


Traditonal Queen Post - Roof Truss.
Traditonal Queen Post - Roof Truss. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A section through a Queen post roof truss, see...
A section through a Queen post roof truss, see Timber roof trusses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we all know roof trusses are pre-engineered from the truss manufacturer according to the specifications that was specified by the blue-print. Framers will install all the roof trusses one by one and then sheet the whole roof with plywood. Shingles and ventilation will be installed according to the builders specifications and now we have a brand new roof.

Your attic is full of insulation and its job to keep the house warm and don’t allow any heat loss through your attic. During hot summer days your attic might get extremely hot and if the roof vents are not installed minimum 8 feet apart or there isn’t enough roof vents exhausting the attic air, it will cause the hot moist air to get trapped in your attic because of the lack of ventilation. Time being it gets so hot in your attic all the 2×4’s that is used to build your roof trusses gets twisted and they crack in the middle or became lose. Once the first 2×4 moves or shifts, it causes rest of the structure to lose stability. Plywood that is nailed on to that 2×4 caves in and problem became bigger. Also if this problem is not noticed heavy snow loads park on the roof for months also makes things worst and even cause leakage. Most of the time these problems get noticed, when the house is in the market and a good inspector actually notices it. Or next rain fall water starts to come in and when the roofing company arrives for the repairs. These types of problems are dangerous when it doesn’t get noticed and becomes a bigger issue down the road.

Always hire a professional roofing company in your area to inspect and report the condition of your roof. Insured roofing companies are always the best choice when it comes to protecting your investment and your loved ones.

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Does Free Estimates Open New Doors?


I have been in the contracting business for a long time and I have never asked for a fee for providing an estimate. It does add up driving all over town providing free estimates when I have to pay 120$ to fill up my truck every 3 days.

If I were to do estimates for an entire month out of my pocket I can see the increase in air miles or petro points but what kind of investment would it be in the long run? Last year I did 3 jobs in december and they were all from an estimate that was done in march and april. So it is an investment that pays off eventually and I shall never change that policy for offering free estimates within the Ottawa region. I have noticed some companies are trying to charge the customer 100$ for an estimate which will be deducted from their cost of the job but i think that is a cheap marketing technique. Pretty much you are offering that money back to the customer if they choose to go with you. If a company is not offering free estimates, they are missing out.

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