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Winter is around the corner and we are getting set up for another long winter in Ottawa. Last year was pretty messed so we might see a repeat this year.

Residential snow removal in Ottawa was very challenging last year because of the unexpected amount of snow that fell. It was really hard to push all that snow on someones lawn. City of Ottawa did a great job of taking away all the extra snow banks before we got dumped more snow. At that point we realized that winter has just begun.  Commercial snow removal in Ottawa was very challenging also because of all the traffic on busy gas stations and lots. As it was snowing vehicles would drive right over it and pack it down. Thanx to Fisher snow plow technology we were able to scrape the packed snow down to pavement. Other snow plows are not able to perform as well a Fisher. By far i would highly recommend Fisher snow plows any day.

We are still signing up 2013-2014 snow removal contracts for mainly commercial sector. The reason is that we prefer plowing empty lots compare to a single lane driveway. Our main posts are located in Ottawa and Nepean Ontario. We will be more than happy to provide a free snow removal/plowing quotes and estimates in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven and Kanata Ontario. We also offer roof snow and ice removal in Ottawa and the surrounding.

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There are specialty tradesman and jack of all trades. I consider myself as an master roofer who is specialized in residential and commercial pitched/flat roofing services. Joe in the other hand he can do everything, this guy is unstoppable.   It is always up to the customers to decide whether to hire a professional tradesman or a jack of all trades. There are so many renovation and construction companies out there that offers A to Z home renovations and repairs. It is kind of scary if you ask me. I would never bid on a flooring job because it’s not my specialty. I would bid on a snow removal, roofing or siding job because that is part of my trade. How does a flooring contractor bid on a roofing job? When there is problems in the future with that roof, only the roofing companies look bad or get fingers pointing towards them not the flooring companies.
We are a local roofing company in Ottawa Ontario specializing in roofing, siding, waterproofing and snow removal services. We don’t install hardwood floors or service furnaces, we only do what we do best.
Always hire a master tradesman who specializes and knows the details not a jack of all trades.

 


That time of year to know.

Ottawa Residential And Commercial Roofing Services

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…

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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)

Truss-roof

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.

 


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.


A small water spot on the ceiling of a room. T...

A small water spot on the ceiling of a room. This water damage was caused by rainwater leaking into a roof. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Snow being dropped from roof in Jyväs...

English: Snow being dropped from roof.

As we all know owning a house is the best thing can anyone would want instead of renting of course. Only difference is that you do not have a landlord to call if there is a problem.

What is the most important part of a house? Your roof of course. What can you do to protect your roof? For starters, have your roof inspected every year before winter to make sure it will survive the heavy snow fall, ice build ups and of course heavy rain during the spring.

The roof is designed to protect you against whatever the mother nature has to offer. During winter months all the snow parks on top of your roof and waits for the sunny days to melt. When it starts to melt it could lead to major water damage in your attic, on your walls, even on your floors. What happens is that when the surface of your roof turns in to ice and it gets thicker and thicker. Once the melting occurs water is looking for a path to make its way down. If the slope on your roof is 4/12 or 6/12 pitch, you may be facing  water damage or not yet.
When the slope of the roof is not providing a path for the water to escape, it finds its way down in to your bedroom, living room or kitchen.
When the water starts to build up it works its way going towards the peak of the roof. It creeps under the shingles or metal penal. It happens most of the time to “bungalows” where the slope is 4/12 or 6/12. It can happen to any home with this type of pitch.

How can you prevent this from happening? The answer is simple. *First of all have your gutters cleaned out before winter so that ice doesn’t build up inside your gutters. *Have your roof inspected before winter. *Get all the valleys,  flashing’s and all the exposed nails caulked. *If snow is starting to build up, get it removed by a professional. * Get all the snow removed before Feb/21.

If all the necessary steps are in place, your house is protected from whatever the mother nature has to offer. We are here to assist you with all your roofing, siding, foundation and snow removal services in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario. Call today for you free consultation or quotes and estimates.

It is worth the money you’ll spend on inspection, caulking or roof-top snow removal. It could cost you up to thousands of dollars to get all the damage repaired.

Never wait for it to happen. Do your homework on time and you’ll be okay.

Thank you.
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Roof Snow Removal – Calculate Your Snow Load

Is there a way to calculate the weight of the snow and  ice that is parked on your roof? Yes there is.Winter is here and it’s time to think about your Roof Snow Removal. Just how important is shoveling off your roof after a snow storm? Here are a few statistics to help you decide when it’s time to drag out the ladder.

How much does snow weight? A square foot of snow 1? deep weights 1.25 pounds. So if you have 20 inches of snow, you’ve got a 25lbs/ sq ft snow load on your roof. Ice weights 5.2lbs per sq ft so be sure to factor this in.

Most roofs can withstand around 40lbs/sq ft of snow load, while some older roofs and manufactured homes start to show damage around 30lbs/sq ft.

What’s worse than your roof buckling under the weight of the snow? Falling off it while shoveling after slipping on the stuff. Be careful! Hire a contractor if you’d like to avoid the risks.

Contact Ottawa Roofing for all your roofing, siding, foundations repairs and snow removal services. We are proudly serving Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Manotick, Greely, Stittsville, Kanata and Orleans Ontario.

Thank you.
VBR.

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