Flat roofs are expensive to replace and maintain. There are few simple steps owners that can take the eliminate possible roof leaks in the future.
1: Before winter inspect your roof and clean all the drain caps and make sure nothing will block the drain screens.
2: If it snows more than average during winter remove the snow off your roof yourself or hire a local roofing contractor in your are.
3: Once the spring is around the corner and it starts to rain, extra weight will be on your roof and it can cause major damage. Remove all the wet snow off your roof to eliminate structural issues.
3: If it’s start to rain on regular basis in spring be sure to inspect your roof and make sure all the drain filters are clean.
If you make sure there is no extra weight on your roof and water runs down the drain off your roof, it will eliminate pooling. Most flat roof leaks are caused by clogged drainage.
If you are looking to save few hundred dollars and have the extra time it is easy to maintain your roof. Be sure to take all the safety precautions when climbing or working on the roof. If you decide to hire a roofing contractor, make sure you see a proof of their insurance.
It is very important to have your gutters cleaned prior to every winter. If there is proper ventilation, drip edge, ice and water shield from the gutters are in place and also if the down spouts are clean you can consider yourself safe. But if there are valleys involved you might consider getting the access snow and ice removed before thaw starts.
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 by replacing the damaged shingles in that area.
If the yellow stain is ignored eventually multiple yellow stains will occur and the repairs will cost you an arm and a leg. Always have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor prior to every winter.
Not to long ago a local roofing contractor in Ottawa got sentenced to 71 days in jail and thousands of dollars of fines. How to choose the right contractor? First of all if the contractor has been in the business for a long time he would have a web site, business registration number, hst number, a truck with decals indicating which company with a phone number.
If an unmarked truck arrives at your door to do an estimate for a new roof be sure write down his plate # if you are going to give him a deposit.
If you decide to give a deposit be sure to get a receipt with all the company info including hst number, phone number, make and model of their truck.
A deposit should be around 25% of the job. If the contractor asks for more than that please refuse it.
I am a Ottawa Roofing Contractor and only time I ask for deposit is when all the material is on the roof or on site. This way my customers see that all the materials have been paid for out of my pocket and I am ready to complete the job.
Always ask around to family members for a Trusted Roofing Contractors in Ottawa they may know.
Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean quality or good. Always understand the quote or the estimate that was given to you by the contractor. Be sure to make it clear to your contractor about any additional work that is required to be approved by you so you wont be shocked with the final invoice.
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 up for the customer and for myself. I have one advise to all the business owners, ” stop being greedy”
It’s not a pizzeria where the cook can make hundreds of pizzas in an hour. If it snows for 24 hours non stop all the clients will be waiting for u at the same time.
Always shop around, trust your instincts, be reasonable and get your moneys worth. Don’t think of smaller companies any less than the well established ones. They were small back in the days too remember.
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 that when the surface of your roof turns in to ice and it gets thicker and thicker. Once the melting occurs water is looking for a path to make its way down. If the slope on your roof is 4/12 or 6/12 pitch, you may be facing water damage or not yet.
When the slope of the roof is not providing a path for the water to escape, it finds its way down in to your bedroom, living room or kitchen.
When the water starts to build up it works its way going towards the peak of the roof. It creeps under the shingles or metal penal. It happens most of the time to “bungalows” where the slope is 4/12 or 6/12. It can happen to any home with this type of pitch.
How can you prevent this from happening? The answer is simple. *First of all have your gutters cleaned out before winter so that ice doesn’t build up inside your gutters. *Have your roof inspected before winter. *Get all the valleys, flashing’s and all the exposed nails caulked. *If snow is starting to build up, get it removed by a professional. * Get all the snow removed before Feb/21.
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 under the weight of the snow? Falling off it while shoveling after slipping on the stuff. Be careful! Hire a contractor if you’d like to avoid the risks.