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.
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.
These days if you type the word roof in google you will get millions of results for that keyword. Google is the new and improved way of researching and studying tool. I’ve noticed yellow pages has been loosing weight since internet has improved its capability.
If you think you are in need of a new roof or have an emergency, you can either look for a roofingcompany in yellow pages, page number 1234 or search it on the internet with more specific and direct search results. Google will list all the companies in your area and yellow pages will list all the companies by alphabetic order. Lets say you phoned few companies and requested a quote for a new roof. Next day you have three estimates in front of you and i am sure they all have a different cost in mind. What is the right thing to do at this point? First of all read all the estimates one by one and understand what is being offered and for how much. Second of all is the type of material being offered what you had in mind? If you are not sure about any of the estimates feel free to phone the company and get the answers you are looking for. Chances are there will be an expensive, mid-range and a cheaper one. It is your right to ask for proof of insurance which you should always ask for that. Not just a liability insurance, you should ask for a wsib insurance as well. Also to know who you are dealing with, ask for Master Business Licence to confirm that this is a real company registered in Ontario and not some flyby roofer trying to make quick cash. The final decision is always yours and never give deposit unless you have identified the company and made sure they exist. Ask for receipt if you do give a deposit and a deposit should not exceed over 25% of the total cost.
Hiring a registered and insured roofing contractor is always a best choice to protect yourself, your home and you also send a strong message to the roofing contractors that you are aware and you wont be fooled.
If you were to search for reviews about the company using the internet, you will be able to browse any and every review that was made about that roofing company. Always be money wise and know who you are dealing with.
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