That Time Of Year To Inspect Your Roof Ottawa


Roofs of Antananarivo, Madagascar
Roofs of Antananarivo, Madagascar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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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.
 

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


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.

Is it cheaper to replace your roof or upgrading the soffit and the fascia???


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.

Ventilated 3 Panel Aluminum Soffit And Fascia For Your Ottawa Home


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.

Ottawa Flat Roof Snow/Ice Removal Company, Contractor, Quotes, Estimates 613-255-2323


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Preventing Roof Collapse
Preventing Roof Collapse (Photo credit: MoHotta18)
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Helios Klinikum – Roof – Snow Removal (Photo credit: MedEvac71)
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English: Clearing snow off the Columbus shopping centre roof. Vuosaari, Helsinki, Finland. Suomi: Vuosaaren kauppakeskus Columbuksen katolta poistetaan lunta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many reasons why you should remove all the snow and ice you roof. Every year because of the heavy loads of snow and ice causes roofs to collapse. There are no warnings or indications of when and how.

If you own a house or property that is rented to a tenant it is your responsibility to make sure it is in safe condition. Your tenant may have a basic insurance coverage but you are more likely to get sued by the tenant no matter what.
We recommend that anyone in your shoes to hire an insured roofing company to control the snow and ice build up. If you think about it, it will cost you way less to pay a roofing company to perform the task than lawyer fees, payouts and the risk you will put yourself and the others. The rent money that you collect every month is for providing a safe place to live in. Be sure to hire an insured roofing company not a handyman express. Cheap doesn’t mean quality or safe.

We offer all types of roof snow and ice removal services for residential, commercial and industrial properties in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario. Request your free quotes and estimates by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you with all your snow removal needs.

Ottawa Roof Truss Repair Company, Contractor, Quotes & Estimates 613-255-2323


Section view of a King post roof truss showing...
Section view of a King post roof truss showing the main structural members. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Truss-roof (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may never find out if the trusses needs to be repaired unless it was pointed out to you by a home inspector if he/she really inspects the house or your roof looks bowed from outside and you have noticed it by yourself.

When providing an estimate for a customer, not too often but there are many times that I notice the sagging that was caused by broken roof truss. It becomes a conflict for me because it is not safe for me or my staff to be working on a roof that has possibility of caving in. Right away i document the problem with pictures from different angles to show it to the customer. Once the customer is aware of the problem i must inspect the attic visually and determine the exact cause and location of the problem.

It is a serious issue that may be caused by the heavy wet snow that was parked on the roof every winter, poor workmanship or bad material. It all depends on the size and shape of the house. The way it was constructed has a big part on how and why. Roof trussesare engineered and you

English: Prefabricated wooden trusses, nailed ...
English: Prefabricated wooden trusses, nailed plate joints. Finland 2005. Suomi: Naulalevyristikoita. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

can’t buy them at Walmart. If there was an error during roof construction for example; too much pressure on one specific roof truss could cause it to snap, crack or crack in few years.

To prevent similar problems in the future, remove wet snow off your roof, have your roof inspected by a professional roofing company, when buying or selling a home hire a local roofing contractor to inspect the roof and the attic.

If you or someone you know is in need of roof truss repair, we can help. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial roofing, siding, foundation repairs and snow removal services.

 

Getting Ready For Another Ottawa Winter


Did somebody say winter? Yes you heard it right winter. It is that time of year cleaning the front and back yard few times until there is no more leaves left to rake.

You don’t necessarily need to be living beside a lot of trees but the wind has its own method of drifting. Cleaning around the house gives every home a fresh and clean start when the spring is knocking at the door. But before we go to fast, we need to make it thru the winter first. It takes a lot of dedication to take all the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the cold winter days. For starters make sure your hydro and natural gas bills are paid up to date for any surprise delays during cold days. Your roof is in good shape and has been inspected by a professional roofing company. Any branch that is leaning towards your roof is a potential danger so trim it down. All the gutters are free from leaves, debris and maybe tennis balls. It may sound strange but I’ve seen it too many times. A clogged drain is a first element of a massive ice dam that could destroy your home and cost you a chunk. Make sure all the drains are functioning and water is being guided “away” from your foundation.

If you have a low-pitched roof that is facing north, be sure to keep an eye on it because it can get messy especially when the thaw begins. Roof rakes are good to have but always hire insured and experienced roofing companies to perform the risky stuff, don’t take a chance. If you notice a leak, call your local roofing company to remove all the snow and ice off the roof.

If you are located in the greater Ottawa and have a question or concern about your roof, siding, foundation or snow removal, feel free to send us an email and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Benefits Of Installing Gutters.


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Watch this space-73 The fresh concrete has been sprayed with a waterproofing compound, and then panels of plastic sheeting have been laid upon it as a protective layer before the top surfaces are applied. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Weeds in roof gutter.
Weeds in roof gutter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Dansk: en tagrende og et nedløbsrør / tagsten / mur / vinduer English: Rain gutter / roof tiles / brick wall / windows / eaves Español: Canalón en el exterior del edificio Suomi: Tiilikattoisen talon räystäs Polski: Rynna / dachówki / ściana ceglana / cegły / okna / okap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the consequences of not cleaning the gu...
One of the consequences of not cleaning the gutters is that leaves & such accumulate. This forms humus, a precursor to soil. Plants like this. We even have plants growing on our roof valleys. I need to get up there one of these days. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lets start of with the common problems that is caused by rain when there is no gutters guiding the rain water away from your home. Normally is starts working its way along the foundation and causing cracks and damage along the foundation walls. Older home are more at risk because of the older structures did not come with waterproofing membrane  like the newer homes. Foundation cracks and shifting in the foundation are few of the problems that is caused by water damage that could have been driven away from the foundation if there was proper gutters were installed in time.

It doesn’t only cause damage to your foundation it also takes life away from your shingles if you have an upper and lower section of the roof. Metal valleys are installed along the dormers to drive the water off the roof. If the valleys are facing right over a  lower roof, chances are lower roof will age way before the main roof itself. Also it is common to see drain pipes that are installed on the lower roof was not extended and where the water was gushing caused discoloration and premature ware. It is highly recommended to extend all the drain pipes in to lower gutters to eliminate similar problem in the future.

When it comes to gutter systems there is nothing like seemless gutters. Sectional gutters are okay to but it doesn’t take very long for sectional to start dripping where the joints are. If you are planning to get gutters installed around your roof, do it right the first time.

Clean your gutters twice a year before and after winter to allow water to flow.

Does Poor Ventilation Cause Structural Damage To Your Trusses?


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.

Is it possible to re-roof in winter?


It is not a common practice to replace a roof in cold winter months but if it is needed “yes”. If there is a major issue with your roof and did not have the budget to get it done last fall, better now than before the heavy rain begins in spring.

Shingles do freeze in winter but if its kept in a worn place prior to installation, it will make a big difference. I remember re-roofing a house in december and had all the material boomed on the roof. When we started to install and couldn’t separate the sheets apart because of the cold temperature tought me a lot about replacing roofs in winter. There are lots of details that needs to be taken to a consideration when replacing a roof in winter. For example if the pressure is too high when using an air roofing gun, it will puncture the shingle and next time there is a wind storm your roof will be waving like the ocean. It is very important to have the right pressure, just enough for the nails to be flush with the surface of the shingles. Also all the ice and water shield should be heated just enough to bound to the plywood. Caulking should be applied warm on all the exposed nails and around the vents. Cold caulking does not have the stickiness to actually seal properly. Keep caulking warm in the truck prior to applying to get better results. Before the heavy rain fall your roof should be inspected for proper bondage.

Make sure to hire a professional roofing contractor who can follow these steps.Any non insured contractors who is working in your premises is the homeowners responsibility. Be aware of the fly by contractors and protect yourself and your loved ones.

We are a local roofing company in Ottawa Ontario, serving the greater Ottawa and the valley with all types of roofing products and services. We offer free consultation over the phone or at your home. Give us a call at 613-255-2323 at anytime.