We have been working in Barrhaven pretty much this whole summer and lots of roofs needs replacing. If the majority of your roof is facing south or southwest you will be replacing your roof more often.
You roof protects you, keeps you dry and keeps you cold. Poor maintenance is the biggest problem with most of the houses. A simple leak can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. First time this season we have run into a house that has so much plywood damage it was a nightmare. Every section we removed the old shingles had water damage. Total of four guys against this one house full of surprises. It is so dangerous to walk on it because we might end up in one of the bedrooms unintentionally.
There are many steps homeowners can take to eliminate further damage caused by a leak, poor ventilation or ice damming. If your roof leaks once it will follow the same path and cause more damage in your attic. Always clean your gutters twice a year. Make sure there is proper intake and ventilation system in place to eliminate ice damming or prevent leaks.
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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.
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.
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.