The Riefa Green Roof Revolution

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Green Roofs

Architecture, Design & Innovation

Riefa Sedum on Loggia

For some time, much of the green roofing solutions being promoted in the construction sector have been at times rather questionable as to their actual green credentials. Green roofs are frequently quoted as the saviour of our urban environment, but when faced with the reality of the broader environmental impact of the plastic trays, felt bases, and granular linings that are used in the installation process, standard green roofing does give way to some eye brow raising questions. As well-intentioned as they set out to be, standard green roofing remains flawed. The good news is that greener alternatives do exist that actually meet the expectations and ideals of the customer.

Riefa Green Roofing Solutions offers one such alternative. Riefa has been staging a revolution with a much lighter, less expensive system made from an organic and sustainable fibreboard. Once the existing roof is covered with a waterproof membrane, the

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Ottawa Pitched And Flat Roofing Blog

There has been a major increase in town-home developments in the past five years in Ottawa Ontario. Mainly in Barrhaven, Kanata and Orleans Ontario from 2 to 3 story town-homes. Price for a new roof can depend on the style of the house as well as the details.

Not every home is built the same and there are townhomes as big as a single family home. Roof structure on townhomes are mainly elevated. There may or may not be any valleys, dormers, lower roofs at the front or at the back of the house. It is always recommended to replace the entire roof at once but most of the time it is a mission impossible to bring 4 to 6 homeowners agree on terms. End units are always more expensive to replace because the end units are much bigger in terms of square footage as well as the middle…

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Ottawa Roofing And Repair Blog

Since the last wind storm i had customers complain about other roofing companies who wants to charge 250$ for sending a service truck to an address and to perform simple roofrepairs at homeowners cost. So 250$ for the service call plus material and labor???

Would you agree to pay a roofing company 450$ to remove 3 taps and install 3 new taps of shingles to your roof? I don’t know if you are second generation rich person but paying 450$ for that is sounds like robbery to me. We offer free estimates all around town and when we do price out a job we asses the difficulty of it and amount of material is needed to complete it. I have done repairs for as low as 60$ if its only one or two taps and it’s easy to get to. Time to wake up people. Also many people are…

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Ottawa Roofing And Repair Blog

If you experienced a leaky winter because of all the snow and ice build up on your Ottawa home or office, maybe it is that time to reconsider a new roof.

A new roof has more advantages in the long-term when compared to repairing it once or twice a year. Repairs may or may not cost few hundred dollars but again depending on the situation it may be a lot more than you’ve expected.
Most important advantage of a new roof is that you will be worry free for a very long time if it was done right. You may have to come up with the money at once or in few months depending on the company. Always walk away from ZERO INTEREST or financing options if you ask me because you will pay thousands of dollars more if you do your math. If you have no other options…

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Skylights can be the best option to brighten up any room or living space that is consuming electricity during daytime. Using the mother nature to bring in daylight can save you money in the long run no doubt.

Only problem with skylights is that if the roof is being replaced, skylight should be replaced at the same time to avoid problems in the future. If the skylight gets pried or moved a bit just to get the old shingles out, it can definitely cause leaks not today but eventually. I’ve done many skylight repairs on newer roofs just because of that reason. We can only caulk around the skylight itself or around the glass to stop the leak. These repairs are temporary solutions and it can get pricy slowly but surely. If you spend 250$ every year on repairs, you can have a new skylight installed for the same amount in 3 to 4 years. We are not talking about the drywall repairs or the paint job that is needed to complete the repairs.

Skylight leaks are not always visible to a naked eye. It can rot the plywood around it slowly and this can be a structural issue if not taking care of. In some cases mold can be found just because of the duration of the leak that was not noticed.

If a skylight is leaking, there can be 2 reasons a) it is not flashed properly b) seal on the glass is cooked under the sun for all those years. Temporary option is to repair it so that the leak stops. Permanent solution is to replace the skylight and get it over with. A new skylight comes with 10, 15 or 20 years warranty depending on the make and model as well as the company who is installing it. Always shop around and get multiple quotes from 3 different companies to compare. Cheap does not mean good, expensive does not mean any better either. Look for a reasonable price somewhere in between.

We offer skylight repairs in Ottawa and the surrounding.  We only offer quality skylights for your skylight replacements in Ottawa. Request your free Ottawa Skylight repairs and replacement quotes by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you. Feel free to call or email if you have any questions or concerns about this subject or anything has to do with your complete home exterior.


There has been a major increase in town-home developments in the past five years in Ottawa Ontario. Mainly in Barrhaven, Kanata and Orleans Ontario from 2 to 3 story town-homes. Price for a new roof can depend on the style of the house as well as the details.

Not every home is built the same and there are townhomes as big as a single family home. Roof structure on townhomes are mainly elevated. There may or may not be any valleys, dormers, lower roofs at the front or at the back of the house. It is always recommended to replace the entire roof at once but most of the time it is a mission impossible to bring 4 to 6 homeowners agree on terms. End units are always more expensive to replace because the end units are much bigger in terms of square footage as well as the middle units.
Only problem with townhomes is that dividing the property line between 2 units and waterproofing both units once the installation is complete.
Shingle Manufacturers has specific guidelines in order to offer a valid warranty when the roof is being replaced. Not every roofing contractor is aware of this nor the homeowners.

Typical townhome roofs can be anywhere between 3000$ to 5500$ the most and again it all depends on the details, pitch of the roof etc..
It is always a good idea to get 3 quotes when its time to replace your townhome. Always talk to your neighbors living on the same complex to see whether they will be interested in replacing the roof at the same time as you are to speed up the process as well as reduce the cost of having another roofing company come out. It will save money and time if it is all done at the same time.

We take every job serious and it doesn’t matter if it’s a townhome, single home or its a garage that needs roof repairs or replacement. Send us an email at 613roofing@gmail.com or give us a call @ 613-255-2323

We do offer financing, credit-card payments and much more to give more than one option.