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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.


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Rain Gutter Angst (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

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Rain Gutters (Photo credit: DallasGutterMan)

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)

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.

We are a fully insured roofing company serving Ottawa and the region for residential and commercial roofing, siding, foundation repairs and snow removal/plowing services. Request your free quotes and estimates by phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you.


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.


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)

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.
We offer residential and commercial pitched/flat roofing and repair, siding repair, foundation repair, snow plowing, roof snow removal and roof ice removal services in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Manotick, GreelyGloucester, Orleans, Cumberland and Rockcliffe Ontario.


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 Roofing, Siding, Foundation, Repairs and Rooftop Snow and Ice Dam Removal Services 613-255-2323

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.