When temperatures linger around -5 and zero degrees Celsius, depending on the amount of snow there is on your shingles, you can see where the snow is melting.
When you set your thermostat to room temperature of 23 degrees Celsius during cold winter months, your insulation keeps the hot air stay inside. If the insulation is 30 + years old, it will become compressed and lose its R Rating. Homes that are 30 + years have serious ice dam issues due to heat loss caused by poor insulation and/or compromised vapour barrier.
Most modern homes have blown insulation in the attic, with a dept of 18 inches once its settled. To maintain your carbon print and keep your home energy efficient, it is highly recommended to upgrade insulation, roof, underlay, ice&water shield and new high flow roof ventilation.
If you spend 20k for instant on new roof, insulation ect… your heating bill will reduce by atleast 35 % and if we calculate that by 20 years, money spent on energy efficiency pays itself off in the long run.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 OttawaOntario 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.
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…
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
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.
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.