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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.

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

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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.

 


 

As we all know roofing is a seasonal trade and there is a high demand for it. A poor maintained roof will always cause problems if the problems are not solved from the root. Where do we start to get things right for your new roof? Make sure they are insured to protect yourself first thing.

Choosing the right roofing contractor who will honor his work and his word is a homework for the homeowners to study. There are many details that needs to be taken to a consideration.  For example commercial liability insurance is required for any contractor to perform work in or around your house to protect you from any damage or failure during or after the work was performed. This will cover your home, your vehicles and any other details that belongs to you. WSIB is a must for any roofing contractor to work under all the safety regulations and rules for safer work environment for all the employees. This coverage will protect all the employees and their families from injuries or even fatalities if there will be one. There are safety officers driving around and paying a surprise visit to random contractors while they are working to examine the safety standards and if not met to warn or fine them thousands of dollars for not working under the safety act. All the workers should be wearing steel-toed boots and tied down while working on the roof. Did you know that if a contractor gets injured at your house while working and does not have insurance do you know who is liable for that??? You, the homeowner who hired the contractor. Always check for commercial liability and wsib insurance certificate before hiring a roofing contractor.

Roofing is a dangerous trade and chances of survival from a two-story home is pretty slim, don’t you think?  You might get a cheaper estimate from them but that is why it is so cheap, because they do not have to pay for insurance.

We are a fully insured roofing company in Ottawa, Ontario offering professional roofing services. We have WSIB and commercial liability insurance certificate in our work trucks at all times because we care about our employees and our customers. We are here to protect you, your home and loved ones from the unthinkable.  All of our staff is covered with additional coverage to protect them and their families. Safety is one of our main goal target to force at all times and we will not tolerate any unsafe behavior or condition. Safety First.