Commercial flat roofs are more likely to accumulate more snow and ice when it’s compared to pitched roofs. if the roof is designed with a high curb all around, it can be the main cause of the snow to park for long term rather than blow away with the wind.
Depending on the sqf of the flat roof, dept of the snow can be a real danger if you ask me. There is big difference in between powder snow and wet moist snow. It may be dry and powder right now but as soon as thaw starts the weight of the snow will multiply. We have seen in the past flat roofs collapsing due to extra weight added on by the wet snow.
It is very important to clear not all but most of it prior to thaw to avoid the structural stress and possibility of structural damage.
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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.
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.
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 live in Ottawa and the valley you must have seen the layers of snow and freezing rain combination. Sometimes you may think there is a problem with your roof but actually it’s the unpredictable weather that we are having.
If your house is a bungalow and has more than average number of valleys on your roof, get prepared for the snow and ice build up during winter. Any house or building can have ice dams or more than average snow build up.
If you ask what causes ice dams i can explain it briefly. There are many reasons behind ice dams and it changes from house to house. If there is not enough fresh air in your attic, it can build condensation and turn into ice dams. If your vents are covered with snow and attic air is not venting out, it will help ice dams to form. If you have poor ventilation it will definitely form ice dams. Number of vents and amount of vented soffits must be balanced, if your attic is not same or close to temperature outside, it will help the ice dam. If you are not sure what it is or need an advise from a professional, contact your local Ottawa Roofers and they will be more than happy to consult you about your needs.
It is always in your best interest to maintain whats yours. You may have to do roof inspection once a year to be on the safe side. Your roof protects you and you should do the same in return and maintain it. Hire a roofing contractor to remove all the snow and ice dam off your roof before spring or you may be facing a bigger issue if there isn’t any ice and water shield or felt paper. Now days builders are saving nickles and dimes. I have not seen one house yet with ice and water shield or felt paper all around. But that’s where i take over and do it right.