Posts Tagged ‘roofing’


You may think that the seals are bad between the double panes in your window but the real question is what is the cause for it? During cold winter months your furnace is working overtime to keep your house in a reasonable temperatures live in. Insulation behind the drywall and in your attic supposed to keep you warm from cold winter months. When there is no fresh air flow in your attic due to improper ventilation system, it forces all the warm air to get trapped and cause condensation .

Many may think skylight is in bad shape and needs to be replaced but it may only leak because of the ice dams that are allowing water to enter around the skylight and cause a leak.It’s like taking a shower with hot water and getting all the mirrors moist. As soon as you turn on the fan all the moist air fans out and circulates the air. Due to position of the skylight, snow does melt and freeze. Monitor skylight tunnel for yellow stains to make the call.

So on your roof there are vents designed to fan out the trapped moist air. If these vents are blocked because of the snow or they are not big enough to fan out the moist air, it will cause condensation. If you are experiencing similar effects and want some answers, contact your Ottawa Roofing Contractor  for advise. If roof vents are not visible and covered with snow, hire an  experienced roofer in Ottawa to remove all the snow off your roof.

Annual roof inspection is in every home and business owners interest and responsibility to protect integrity of the dwelling. Oil change for your is no different than inspection for your residential and commercial roof in Ottawa. Better safe is always better than too late

 

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There has been a major increase in town-home developments in the past five years in Ottawa Ontario. Mainly in Barrhaven, Kanata and Orleans Ontario from 2 to 3 story town-homes. Price for a new roof can depend on the style of the house as well as the details.

Not every home is built the same and there are townhomes as big as a single family home. Roof structure on townhomes are mainly elevated. There may or may not be any valleys, dormers, lower roofs at the front or at the back of the house. It is always recommended to replace the entire roof at once but most of the time it is a mission impossible to bring 4 to 6 homeowners agree on terms. End units are always more expensive to replace because the end units are much bigger in terms of square footage as well as the middle units.
Only problem with townhomes is that dividing the property line between 2 units and waterproofing both units once the installation is complete.
Shingle Manufacturers has specific guidelines in order to offer a valid warranty when the roof is being replaced. Not every roofing contractor is aware of this nor the homeowners.

Typical townhome roofs can be anywhere between 3000$ to 5500$ the most and again it all depends on the details, pitch of the roof etc..
It is always a good idea to get 3 quotes when its time to replace your townhome. Always talk to your neighbors living on the same complex to see whether they will be interested in replacing the roof at the same time as you are to speed up the process as well as reduce the cost of having another roofing company come out. It will save money and time if it is all done at the same time.

We take every job serious and it doesn’t matter if it’s a townhome, single home or its a garage that needs roof repairs or replacement. Send us an email at 613roofing@gmail.com or give us a call @ 613-255-2323

We do offer financing, credit-card payments and much more to give more than one option.

 


Did you know we offer flat roofing quotes and estimates in Ottawa Ontario. We’ve done a study recently about flat roofs and results are in.

Most flat roofs in Ottawa Ontario are tar and gravel but there is a new trend that is going to change that. Any regular tar and gravel roof weights 3 times more than Torchon Roofing (modified bitumen) including the insulation and the metal.

During a flat roof replacement in Ottawa we kept records of the dump fees and the total waist that was removed from the existing tar&gravel flat roof to the landfill. When all the separate trips to the landfill was added at the end of the removal, we ended up with 15000 KG. New roof material was 5500kg including 2 inch insulation, 1/4 protection board,(proboard) 180FF Base membrane and 250 Cap membrane.

If all the flat roofs are light weight systems, it can avoid the possibility of the roof collapsing because of the extra weight of the snow and ice. There has been many incidents all around the world because of this issue and lives has been lost. Extra pressure from the snow and ice does cause stress to the structure and that is why the tar&gravel roof leaks are almost impossible to detect.

It is an investment at the end of the day. Request your free Ottawa Flat Roofing Quotes and estimates today. We also offer emergency flat roof repairs in Ottawa 24/7.


A pitched roof has sloping surfaces at an angle of more than 20 degrees. On the other hand, a pitched roof may refer to two slopes of a roof meting at a central ridge. Generally, pitch refers to the vertical raise of a roof to the horizontal extension. A pitched roof is regarded as an effective and reliable way of making a building weather proof. Nowadays, pitched roofs are constructed using pre-fabricated frames known as trusses/rafters. The trussed rafters are designed and manufactured according to the precise loading requirements of a building. The loading requirements take into consideration the roof pitch, span and the weight of the slates and tiles to be used. Trussed roofs are not suitable for conversion since changing r removing any component would out rightly weaken the whole structure. This is unlike the traditional roofs where much of the roof’s load was centered on the purlins. There are several pitched roof styles including gabled, hipped and mansard pitch roofs.

Factors to consider for pitched roofing,

The greater the roof’s pitch, the more costly and difficult the roofing work is. Due to the added regulations and safety hazards, if the roof is too steep to access or stand on, then ensure that you hire a licensed contractor for the roofing job. This is mainly because such a contractor is bound to have the necessary equipment and specialized knowledge to provide workers with the necessary protection against falls. In order to ensure that federal guidelines are not violated and that the employees are well protected, it is vital that the contractor understands and uses fall arrest systems, guard rails, and safety nets that help prevent serious injuries.

The slope of pitched roofs makes them more difficult to work on during maintenance. Despite their good drainage, pitched roofs require regular inspection and frequent maintenance. On the other hand, failure to often inspect drains and gutters may leave them to be clogged and therefore, they will be damaged quicker.

The pitch you select plays a vital role in determining the roofing material for your roof. For example, shingle roofing is unfit for low-pitched roofs where moisture can easily accumulate. On the other hand, a steep-pitched roof is unsuitable for most roofing products that are single-ply. Asphalt shingles may be best suited for steep-pitched roofs.

Pitched roofs are a bit expensive as compared to flat roofs. However, this may not make up for the subsequent long-term benefits in terms of costs incurred during maintenance. Due to their reduced susceptibility to moisture, pitched roofs are best suited for wet climates.

Over the years, homeowners have taken the advantage of the extra space provided by pitched roofs to increase thee living space. Most commonly, the attic space is converted into extra bedrooms.
All these factors play important roles in determining the type of roof you settle for. Therefore, it is vital to know the facts surrounding the decision you make. Your choice should not only fit your budget but also all your needs and preferences if possible since style is bound to have an influence on the decision you make. It would help to have a professional contractor advise you on the type and style of roof you settle for


Eavestroughs are important features of our homes’ roof structure. But, they can pose as a source of real threat to your home if not properly taken care of.  Gutters should enjoy regular cleaning together with the downspouts to guarantee the safety of your home from various forms of damages. In case you neglect your eve troughs you may encounter.

Eavestrough and Drain Blockage

Gutters are installed in order to collect water from the roof, channeling it to the downspouts, where it is released into the backyard or the water carrying system. But, if the gutters are blocked with twigs, leaves and other debris, they will not effectively serve their purpose. Regular and thorough eavestrough cleaning will ensure the gutters as well as the downspouts a clear of any debris hence effectively performing their services.

Roof Damage

If you allow leaves and other forms of debris to build up in your trough, you will be faced with quite a huge threat on your roof. Leaves and other debris may hold on to water against the roof, hence leading to unpleasant mold growth. If it goes without discovery, it may compromise the integrity of the roofing system.

Inspections and Maintenance

Finding a good eavestrough cleaning service may also present some other benefits. Due to time and exposure to temperature and weather changes, ferrules and spikes become loose. A good service person should be able to fix them. Additionally, a good service person should carry an extensive inspection of the roof, gutters and eveastrough in order to note all the areas that require immediate repairs. This can definitely prevent a small issue turning into a major concern and costing you far much more to repair.

How do you find a good Service Technician in your city?

Finding a good and reliable service technician to take care of your troughs can sometimes be a difficult task. However, there are several communication channels through which you can find a technician of your choice. You may consider asking your friends or family whether they know any reputable technician within your locality. Also remember to ask whether there are any technicians you should avoid during your search.

You can also find a good service person online. There are numerous websites with abundant information on eavestrough technicians. On these sites, you will find different technician each ranked according to the services they offer. Carefully read through reviews of earlier clients in order to get an idea of their services. Always avoid technicians with many negative reviews. Make a list of the top rated service persons in your area and contact each for further evaluation.

Nowadays, the house repair industry is full of scammers and if you are not careful, you may end up hiring such an expert. So, always ensure the expert you are about to hire is licensed and their documents are legitimate and up to date.

During your search, do not hire the first service person you come across, always take your time to sample more. This will ensure you have a variety to choose from.
Give us a call or send us an email regarding your eavestrough related problems for a prompt service. We are a local roofing company serving Ottawa and greater Ottawa region.


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.


Rain Gutter Angst

Rain Gutter Angst (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

Rain Gutters

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.