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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.

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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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Winter in Ottawa has gotten more severe in the past few years. Sudden thaw and freeze has been causing freezing rain accumulation over the years.

As a homeowner it is that time of year to take a good look around your house and make sure there isn’t any massive icicles hanging around. It can be really dangerous depending on where it is located. If the ice dam/icicle is located above any doorway, steps or parked cars etc… contact a local roofing company to have it removed safely.

If you notice any stains on the ceiling or would like to have all the snow and ice removed off your roof as a preventive measure, please give us a call or send us an email. We offer free roof snow/ice removal quotes and estimates in Ottawa. Residential, commercial and industrial roofing and snow removal services.


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Rain Gutter Angst (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

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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.


This is the time of year where is all begins. Whoever had problems with their roof during this strange winter in Ottawa, Ontario should start to shop around and get different ideas from different roofing contractors.

If you’ve experienced a bad winter where the ice dams caused water damage to your home or office repairing the problem is always a quick fix and it can happen again. Right thing to do is to solving the problem from the root cause. If ice dams were an issue, that tells you there isn’t enough ice and water shield on your roof deck to protect your home or office from potential water damage, mold, rotten plywood or even worst. Repairs are easy to do and its a fast cash that’s how i see it. If the customer insists on repairing the problem instead, i will not disagree but i would confront the customer about the similar issues that may occur in the near future.

Age of the roof can be an issue also, after repairing the problem way too many times, even the repairs don’t work after a certain point. Make sure the company that is providing you the estimate gets on the roof and inspects the roof, measures the actual square footage. Anybody can “quesstimate” by looking at it from the ground. Make sure you get all the details in writing with all the product and warranty information. Ask questions if it is not clear. Always get 3 estimates and compare. Cheap does not mean quality. Expensive does not mean quality either. Look for the reasonable/fare price.

We offer free quotes and estimates for pitched and flat roofs in Ottawa and the region. Request your free quotes and estimates by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you.


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)

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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.


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)

I have to admit this past week was extremely crazy. My phone did not stop ringing for the past 5 days because of all the houses that got flooded because of the ice dams.   Homeowners starting to understand the importance of a good quality roof instead of a quick fixer upper. The money they saved on the roof replacement plus few more thousands to the repairs to correct the issues and maybe a new roof. Ice dams does not form on its own. It requires either direct sunlight or heat loss thru your attic to form ice dams. Proper ventilation is one of the issues. When the vents get covered by snow, it makes it harder to vent our or even does not vent out at all. When the hot air gets trapped in your attic if will push back thru the ventilated soffit and start to form ice dams along the gutters. Hot fumes will melt the snow and turn it into ice over night. Eventually it gets bigger and wider. Whenever there is a warmer day, snow melts and it polls up behind the ice dam. It wont take a long time until you can see it dripping from your ceiling.
Here is my advise to the homeowners, don’t try to save couple of hundred dollars during replacing your roof. Make sure drip-edge is installed along all the edges. Depending on the slope of your roof have ice and water shield installed at least 6 feet from the gutters maybe more if needed. And have the rest of the roof covered with felt/tar paper or anything similar.
When we replace a roof our minimum usage of ice and water shield is 6 feet. Regardless of what the slope is, it is our company policy install 6 feet of ice and water shield and 100% felt paper and of course maximum ventilation.
We offer residential and commercial pitched/flat roofing and repair, siding repair, foundation repair, snow plowing, roof snow removal and roof ice removal services in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Manotick, GreelyGloucester, Orleans, Cumberland and Rockcliffe Ontario.