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Many people rely on roofing companies when installing roof membranes or replace the roof of their houses in Ottawa Ontario.

There are a variety of advantages that flat roofs can give your home.

A slanted roof is very difficult to clean and most of the time you will need to call a professional to do the job. It is very risky to climb on a pitched roof, and your only option is to call a maintenance company. Flat roofs are easy to clean and also have a coating that helps the water flow over the surface.

A flat roof helps homeowners reduce energy use, especially in summer. These facilitate cooling ceilings of the house, particularly if it has been coated roofing membranes reflective material that allows heat from the sun increases the temperature inside the house.

Currently growing homeowners are installing flat roofs and covered with roofing membranes or looking houses with roofs such as it is quite cheap compared to install angled ceilings. A smaller amount of material is used and labor costs are also reduced.

The mark of a good company is in the testimonies of their clients and if this information is available then you should check it online, on twitter, facebook and linkedin if the comments are positive you can be sure that the company is credible. The customers are the concrete proof of service of a first class contractor in Ottawa.

Read the entry here published on waterproofing of horizontal surfaces , flat roofs and terraces possible.

The flat roof is characteristic of the modern house . Although there are modern chalet style houses with sloping roofs, the change in architecture leading to flat roofs and its use was effective as modern house design and modern buildings in the twentieth century.

Actually, a flat roof is not strictly horizontal: if not, the water will not slip out. They are named for the average slope of a flat roof (between 1 and 3 inches per foot of horizontal development) is significantly lower than that of a tiled roof: it can range from 0.30 meters to at least one meter Ceiling horizontal development. It is therefore more likely to heavy rain water from collecting in a ceiling more than one inclined plane. And so, the chances of leaks. Especially if the ceiling is not well resolved encounters with wall’s insulation (babetas calls). Or if they were not well constructed seams or vents in the funnels through which the water will drain.

If it snows, the choice is one: in these cases the sloped ceiling is imposed. Even if possible, it is desirable that the ceiling as simple as possible. This prevents the breaks-called valleys, and hip lines-which are the weak points of a sloping roof.

We are a local roofing company in Ottawa Ontario offering roofing, siding, foundation repairs and snow removal services. Feel free to call or email at anytime, if you need assistance or in need of consultation. We will be more than happy to assist you.

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Many people who rely on the best companies when installing roofing membranes or replace the roof of their houses. There are a variety of advantages that flat roofs can give your home.

A slanted roof is very difficult to clean and most of the time you will need to call a professional to do the job. It is very risky to climb on a pitched roof, and your only option is to call a maintenance company. Flat roofs are easy to clean and also have a coating that helps the water flow over the surface.

A flat roof helps homeowners reduce energy use, especially in summer. These facilitate cooling ceilings of the house, particularly if it has been coated roofing membranes reflective material that allows heat from the sun increases the temperature inside the house.

Currently growing homeowners are installing flat roofs and covered with roofing membranes or looking houses…

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Roof Turbine Vents

Roof Turbine Vents (Photo credit: noraxx) It only works when there is WIND

Soffits

Soffits (Photo credit: mindy_g)

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Roofing Shingles 06-13-2008 017 (Photo credit: samuel_belknap)

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It’s not the shingles that go bad every so often, it’s the improper intake and exhaust system that is not performing like it supposed to. If the temperature in your attic is much different from outside, that is a perfect sign.

An attic that is not venting properly could cause many problems during summer and winter to your roof and to your pocket if you ask me. Lack of ventilation causes ice damming and condensation during winter months and it can get ugly. During summer months your attic will act like a furnace cooking the certain areas of your home. Your roof shingles are always under the sun and it is designed to expand and shrink depending on the temperature. When there is lack of ventilation that can be caused by improper intake system which is referred to your soffit that is designed to allow the fresh air to enter your attic and balance the temperature.

Anyone can replace a roof but not everyone is willing to make your roofing system to perform like it should. Many times the homeowners would think that we are trying to up sell the product. Some homeowners they actually do their own research and agree with the report that we reported to correct the existing issues. Other homeowners keep experiencing the same problem few years in a row after spending a ton of money on ice and snow removal, drywall, painting, new roof etc…… Once they come to their senses, it is already too late but never to late to fix a simple problem to save money in the long run.

Listen to our advice, it is free. do a little research, don’t get 10 quotes and confuse yourself. Pick up the phone and call us about your concern and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We offer free quotes and estimates for roofing, siding, soffit, fascia, gutters, foundations repairs and snow removal services.


English: Ice dam forming on a slate roof near ...

English: Ice dam forming on a slate roof near Cleveland, Ohio. Snow melt caused by attic heat loss and warming of slate roofing collects at roof eave to create ice dam. (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)

Photo of soffit with perforated vinyl sections...

Photo of soffit with perforated vinyl sections for air flow into attic space. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are lots of older homes in Ottawa Ontario that does not have significant ventilated soffit installed to increase the fresh air flow into the attic. Majority of the older homes did not come with that feature and those homeowners replace the roof way more often than they should.

Roof vents are designed to help all the fumes, hot air from your attic to escape so that the temperature of your attic is same or similar to outside. In order for the roof vents to work properly it requires fresh air to enter from the soffit. When there is no intake/fresh air entering the attic ventilation process is very slow maybe even non. You can install as many vents as you like but it requires fresh air to create a force to complete a cycle.

During winter months it is very easy to point out which house does not have proper air circulation just by looking at the ice dams. When the snow covers the vents on your roof it suffocates your attic and that causes condensation, forces the hot air to exit from the soffit instead of the roof vent itself. Hot fumes exiting from the soffit creates a thaw action daytime and allows it to freeze overnight. After few weeks of that will give you a massive ice dam that will form along the eavestrough and it will work its way along the metal valley. It can get messy once this ice starts to melt and cause major water damage to the houses.
It is not a very big job to do but there are only certain roofing companies who will be able address that issue. Many roofing companies would want to get paid for removing ice dams instead of fixing the lack of air balance. We offer residential and commercial soffit and fascia sales, installations, repairs and services in greater Ottawa region. We also do offer free quotes and estimates to potential customers who is experiencing that types of problems.


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.

We are local roofing company in Ottawa offering residential and commercial roof truss repairs and roof inspections on top of roof replacements and roof repairs. Free quotes and estimates for all your roofing related projects or problems.


Winter months are a challenge for your roof and your furnace. Maintaining both can be sometimes pretty expensive. You need a furnace to keep you nice and warm. Your roof is there to keep your house nice and warm.

There are simple tests that can be done by the homeowner to determine if there is a heat loss. You can simply check the temperature in every room in your house and figure it out. If there is a heat loss in a specific section of your house it will form ice dams right above it. Sometimes when the insulation is blown into your attic proper dept may not have been met. It takes time for blown insulation to settle. Week after the insulation was blown into your attic, the dept should be checked again all around the attic and add more the low spots to have an even layer of insulation all around. Do you think your builder hired the insulation contractors to come back and make sure proper dept was applied? I really don’t think so.

Best solution for homeowner to hire a professional roofing contractor every time you buy a home to inspect your roof, your attic and all the exterior features. Most of the time paying couple of hundred dollars to a contractor is always cheaper than over working your furnace. Home inspectors a joke if you ask me when it comes to roofs. Looking at your roof across the street with a binocular is not a good sign of professionalism.

Call 613-255-2323 at anytime if you have any questions or concerns about your roof, siding, soffit, fascia or foundation. We offer free quotes and estimates in greater Ottawa region.


If you live in Ottawa and the valley you must have seen the layers of snow and freezing rain combination. Sometimes you may think there is a problem with your roof but actually it’s the unpredictable weather that we are having.

If your house is a bungalow and has more than average number of valleys on your roof, get prepared for the snow and ice build up during winter. Any house or building can have ice dams or more than average snow build up.
If you ask what causes ice dams i can explain it briefly. There are many reasons behind ice dams and it changes from house to house. If there is not enough fresh air in your attic, it can build condensation and turn into ice dams. If your vents are covered with snow and attic air is not venting out, it will help ice dams to form. If you have poor ventilation it will definitely form ice dams. Number of vents and amount of vented soffits must be balanced, if your attic is not same or close to temperature outside, it will help the ice dam. If you are not sure what it is or need an advise from a professional, contact your local Ottawa Roofers and they will be more than happy to consult you about your needs.

It is always in your best interest to maintain whats yours. You may have to do roof inspection once a year to be on the safe side. Your roof protects you and you should do the same in return and maintain it. Hire a roofing contractor to remove all the snow and ice dam off your roof before spring or you may be facing a bigger issue if there isn’t any ice and water shield or felt paper. Now days builders are saving nickles and dimes.  I have not seen one house yet with ice and water shield or felt paper all around. But that’s where i take over and do it right.

We are a local roofing company in Ottawa Ontario offering residential and commercial roofing, siding, foundation repairs and snow removal services in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario. Call today for your free quotes and estimates.