Posts Tagged ‘Construction and Maintenance’


Commercial flat roofs are more likely to accumulate more snow and ice when it’s compared to pitched roofs. if the roof is designed with a high curb all around, it can be the main cause of the snow to park for long term rather than blow away with the wind.

Depending on the sqf of the flat roof, dept of the snow can be a real danger if you ask me. There is big difference in between powder snow and wet moist snow. It may be dry and powder right now but as soon as thaw starts the weight of the snow will multiply. We have seen in the past flat roofs collapsing due to extra weight added on by the wet snow.

It is very important to clear not all but most of it prior to thaw to avoid the structural stress and possibility of structural damage.

We offer commercial and industrial rooftop snow removal in Ottawa and region. Give us a call or send us an email regarding your questions or inquiries.


Rain Gutter Angst

Rain Gutter Angst (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

Rain Gutters

Rain Gutters (Photo credit: DallasGutterMan)

Silicone caulk can be used as a basic sealant ...

Silicone caulk can be used as a basic sealant against water and air penetration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can never go wrong about maintaining your home by cleaning the gutters prior to every winter. Everything is going to freeze eventually but you want to make sure all the drains are clean so that the water can drain properly.

Ice dams are dangerous and eavestrough are the number 1 source of ice damming. If the water is trapped inside the gutters ice dams will get much bigger than you expect. Also having dryer, kitchen hood fan vent and bathroom fan vent exiting from the soffit can be source for the ice dams. Hot moist air feeds the ice dam by creating a cycle of thaw and freeze, which turns into a missive iceberg in no time. These are the potential problems that can occur during cold winter months.

Be sure to clear all the dirt, leaves and debris from the gutters and reinforce any lose or saggy sections by using screws not nails. Never use a nail unless u can screw it. Be sure to re-caulk all the vents, exhaust vents and all the exposed finishing nails. Look for popping nails and remove them. Once removed apply caulking to the nail hole and apply pressure to make sure caulking gets right in there.

It is highly recommended to hire a professional roofing company to perform such task. If it is safe and accessible for you to perform go right ahead. Secure your ladder from the top and the bottom before getting up there. Do not lean side to side, just get down and reposition your ladder.

We are a fully insured roofing company serving Ottawa and the region for residential and commercial roofing, siding, foundation repairs and snow removal/plowing services. Request your free quotes and estimates by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you.


Air Conditioners

Air Conditioners (Photo credit: Ikhlasul Amal)

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English: This image shows a roofing contractor during the process of applying an American WeatherStar elastomeric roof coating to a commercial flat roof. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frozen Flat Roofs

Frozen Flat Roofs (Photo credit: ‘S’)

Today we responded to an emergency flat roof problem in the east-end. Store manager was disappointed and tired of chasing the original roofing company who installed the roof. It was in the late afternoon and thunder-storm alert was issued.

We examined the water damage from inside to pin point the possible location of the leak but nothing added up. Original leak was coming in from the second story and working its way all the way to the main floor. We noticed the water dripping by the duct-work on the second story and went up on the roof. Roof drain was very close to the entry location so we were assuming the problem was the drain but it just didnt make sense how the water was going onto the duct-line. After inspecting the entire roof we did find some overlapping seems that did not have any bleed marks from the torch. Torch-down membrane must have a 1/4 inch bleed-out indicating that fusion is complete and it is now one piece.  Found the location of the drain from inside the building and there was no signs of water or moisture. Because the building was all cut-up it was kind of confusing where everything was located on the roof. Once we figured out where everything was located on the roof, it was obvious that there was an issue with the A/C unit.

I have seen this happen before where the ac unit bleeder gets clogged and water works its way in the building. As soon as i removed the pvc bleeder water was gushing out of the ac unit. This pvc pipe is designed to build pressure for the pump to force all the condensation and water out of the unit. Trap was clogged from all dirt and debris and water pooled up inside the ac unit and started to leak inside. We cleaned the trap and installed it back i its place. It took almost 5 minutes to leak to stop. Knowing that there was 5 ac units were up on the roof, we cleaned all 5 traps and installed it back in its place.

Poor maintenance of your roof and anything that is located on your roof is a potential cause for leaks. Always replace the ac filters regularly and clean out the pvc traps to avoid similar problems. Check all drains to make sure it is not clogged from dirt and debris. Always hire a professional to do the job.

We offer residential, commercial and industrial pitched shingle roofing and torch-down flat roofing services. Our services include roof replacements, emergency roof repairs, new roof sales, installations and repairs. We do offer free roofing quotes and estimates in the national capital region in Ottawa and the surrounding.


Roofs of Antananarivo, Madagascar

Roofs of Antananarivo, Madagascar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: New Orleans, LA 10-12-05 -- A team of...

English: New Orleans, LA 10-12-05 — A team of workers install a temporary blue roof on a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina to protect it from futher water damage as part of the Blue Roof program. The Blue Roof program was designed as a way to quickly put temparary coverings on roofs till the roof can be repaired by conventional methods. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some may think that curls on shingles are a design but unfortunately its a sign of water damage and potential small leak working its way thru. Small leaks can take some time to show results. Avoiding basic home maintenance can cost you bottom line.
Identifying the problem ahead of time is a simple homework for homeowners. If there are multiple issues with your roof during winter and summer, repairing it is not the right solution. Entire roof must be inspected for signs of age, wear and tare. Problems experienced during winter can be a result of unprotected roof deck. Ice and water shield is designed to protect underneath the metal valleys, along the gutters at least 3 or 6 feet high. Rest of the roof should be covered with #15 felt paper. Only a roofing specialist can inspect your roof and present you with all the details. At the end of the day you will decide how to protect your investment. Everything has a cost and there is demand for everything.

Millions of houses are being sold every year from him to her to him. Buying and selling requires appraisals, inspections, and an agent that talk too much and a bank. Most important parts of your home is the foundation and the roof. Buy and sale wisely, hire a local roofing company to inspect your roof a to z. Request a free roofing estimate and understand the value of it.
 


Volunteer "workerbees" install a new...

Volunteer “workerbees” install a new roof on the Machias Valley Grange Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Caulking tools found on board the car...

English: Caulking tools found on board the carrack Mary Rose. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silicone caulk can be used as a basic sealant ...

Silicone caulk can be used as a basic sealant against water and air penetration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is always a better solution to solve your roofing related problems from the root cause instead of patching it here and patching it there. Temporary solutions are good to have but not if it accedes the expected budget.

Number one temporary solution for every roofing company starts with a caulking gun. It works but for limited time only. It works but depending on the location of the problem. If the roof is still in ok shape and does not require replacement, it can be repaired in the mean time but if the roof is over 10 or 12 years it is highly recommended to replace the entire roof. Minor leaks can cause major damages to the roof deck, insulation in the attic and of course the interior walls.

Paying high deductibles to the insurance companies is not a recommended method of saving but if your roof is always causing problems, replace it at your own cost not thru your insurance company. Insurance company policies are designed to hustle the citizens/society who owned a home, business or a vehicle.

Be sure to get 3 estimates from multiple roofing companies to compare the differences. Understand exactly what is being offered by the roofing company in writing. Ask questions if there is any. If the price seems to good to be true, request another estimate from a different company. If the price looks too high, request another estimate from a different roofing company. Expensive or cheap does not guarantee quality. Ask a friend or family member for advice.

We are a local roofing company in Ottawa Ontario offering residential roof replacements, commercial flat roof replacements, general roof repairs and new roof installations, repairs and sales in Ottawa and the surrounding region. Request your free roofing quotes by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you.

 

Residential And Commercial Roofing Sales Ottawa, Roof Installations And Repair Services In Ottawa Ontario

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Roofing
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After a rough winter the condition of your roof is determined by the amount of problems you’ve experienced during those cold winter days. It can be multiple reasons why you need to replace or repair your roof.

Typical problems during winter can be water damage, heat loss, condensation and many other reasons. It is always in your best interest to hire an honest roofing company to inspect your roof and repair if necessary. If water found a way thru your pitched and/or flat roof, you have few options; inspect the roof yourself, research on the web or request 3 quotes from local roofing companies. Be sure to understand the difference between a contractor and company. Anyone can be a contractor but it requires more than an individual to operate a registered company. It may sound to you the same thing but actually it is totally two different things. If your heating bill was extremely abnormal, this is caused by heat loss. It can be caused by all the doors and windows, insufficient amount of insulation or roof is too old. It is always in your best interest to get an opinion from a local roofing company.

Never wait for the last-minute, always be ahead of the necessary maintenance and repairs that maybe needed for your residential or commercial roof. Choosing the right roofing company is a key. You may end-up paying 10 to 20% more to a company that has too much overhead expense. As long as company is willing to provide all the necessary warranty and documentation to you on its own, you are in good hands.

Request your residential and commercial roofing quotes and estimates by phone @613-255-2323 or by email 613roofing@gmail.com we will be more than happy to assist you. All estimates are free and we will work with your schedule to serve you better.


Sketch of double extension ladder

Sketch of double extension ladder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many different ways of doing things but there is always and do’s and don’ts. When it comes to replacing a pitched roof there are many factors to take into consideration. Safety is always the number one issue when it comes to heights.
Before i walk you thru this there must be a check list for anyone who is willing do attempt a DIY project. First of all there are many hand tools that you’ll need to have prior to starting things like; a long extension ladder, rippers, roof jacks, planks, tool pouch, hook blade and knife, hammer, hatched, harness, rope, rope grab, 3 inch spikes/nails, measuring tape, knee pads, gloves, broom, tin snips, rake and a cooler full of drink. If using a air gun will need a compressor and long air hoses.

Lets get up there and secure ourselves. Extend the ladder 3 feet higher than the actual contact point where the ladder meets the roof. Be sure to place the ladder where its flat and grass is always preferred by me personally. If you ask why; i like to use the teeth on the ladders base and drive it right into the grass for a more stable ground so that the ladder will never move or shift. Once the needed height is reached, tie the ladder rope so that it will be the permanent setting. Always use 3 point contact when climbing a ladder. We made it on to the roof and now we must anchor ourselves. Use 3 inch spikes/nails and hammer your roof anchor to the peek of the roof on to the roof trusses. If nails are not catching anything  solid, relocate your anchor. Be sure to drive at least two nails on each sides of the anchor. Hook your rope to your anchor, attach your rope grab to the rope (be sure to look at the proper direction on the rope grab), connect your lanyard to your harness and then connect the other end of your lanyard to the rope grab. Test the rope grab and make sure it locks when the needed weight is applied. We are safe and secure on the roof, its time to start working.

Horsing around on a high roof can be very dangerous for yourself and the others. If this is your first time roofing be sure to get someone experienced to help you.


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.


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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.


Tarp covered roof

Tarp covered roof (Photo credit: .imelda)

Shifting from foundation, Whittier

Shifting from foundation, Whittier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It can be frustrating when the closing date is coming up and not sure if the roof will perform as it supposed to. When it comes to a structure of a house or building the most important key players are the roof and the foundation.
If the foundation is in good standing and no moisture marks or leaks it is a good sign. If there are damp sections or visible cracks, it can be a potential problem eventually. I am not sure when the building code has changed about the waterproofing membrane against the foundation walls and whipping tile systems but if your house has water proofing membrane it is a good thing. If there isn’t a waterproofing membrane against the foundation, i would have the foundation walls inspected very closely because it will cost you tens and thousands to have it repaired properly. If there are minor cracks on the inside foundation walls, that can be injected with liquid expanding epoxy and have it fixed.

The roof may look in okay shape from 30 or 40 feet but there may be cracks, lack of underlayment or ventilation, lack of insulation or even shingles that are completely bone dry. An average roof repair can cost you anywhere from 250? and up depending on the roofing company you hire. Cost of replacing a roof is determined by the difficulty level, total square footage and how many valleys and hips. Installing proper ice and water shield and sealing the entire roof with tar/felt paper is a step before installing the actual shingles. It’s not about the name or brand of the product, how it has been prepped and how the shingles has been installed is the most important.

A roll of EPDM foil, used for waterproofing roofs

A roll of EPDM foil, used for waterproofing roofs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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