Archive for March, 2012


Every year there is a new product in the market that we watch the same commercials about it over and over again on different channels. Have you seen any commercials about roof shingles or roofing products in Canada? All I see is car, trucks, food and health related products being advertised over and over.

I have seen many lawn signs saying that your last roof and all that but is it really your last roof? Metal roof manufacturers really think that  homeowners will really spend three times more to get their roof replaced but hey are wrong. If the warranty on roof shingles and metal roof is the same why should anyone spend 15000$ if they only need to spend 5000$. Some homeowners have too much money piled under their pillows and don’t know what to do with. I personally think that metal roofs in Canada is not a good choice and if you ask why? Because there is a +40 to -40 temperature difference between summer and winter months which is not a condition that metal can survive due to expanding and shrinking factor. Discoloration and fading color is another problem with metal roofs. It may cost up to thousands of dollars if you were to re-finish it again but it will never be the same. Majority of the homeowners choose shingles because it is affordable, repairs are easy and has zero chance of getting hit by a lightning. Your house getting hit by a lightning is has a very small percentage but if it does i don’t know what the aftermath would be.

Metal roof products are way over priced when you compare it to shingles and i would rather pay the 5000$ instead of 15000$ for it any day. We offer full line of roof shingles and products for residential and commercial sectors. Free quotes and estimates at your finger tip when you want it.

We also offer in home or over the phone free consultation for the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario.

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These days we all try to save as much money as possible from renovations to basic maintenance that is needed for our home or auto. The problem is we only realize things should have been done properly at the beginning to put an end to it there and then.

If you hire a jack of all trades to do your renovations for couple of thousand dollars cheaper than an actual company or companies who specializes in that type of work you might save way more than you think. For example: an electrical fire is caused by the faulty connections due to handyman express bs and now there are no tags with the certification numbers and insurance will not pay for the damages. Was it worth it? I don’t think so. Another example: handyman express brushed tar all around the roof where they though the original leak was but next rain fall leak got worst and cost thousands more to repair it. Plywood had to be changed, insulation had to be replaces and new ceiling with a paint job was a must to get things back into normal. Handyman express is a great service at a low-cost to certain things but not for anything that requires experience, skill and certification.

It may be a good idea to save now but make sure it wont empty your pockets later for the same problem. Always hire a professional for whatever needs to be done in and around the house. Companies that are experienced and fully insured are less likely to generate more problems in the future plus they pay tone of money for insurance coverage’s to protect themselves and you if things go south.

A fully insured roofing company will have liability and wsib coverage for employees and the homeowners. Handyman express might have a life insurance package. Do you see the difference here?

613Roofing.ca is a trusted and insured local company offering residential and commercial roofing services in Ottawa and the region. We offer free consultation over the phone or in home. Free estimates are always available if you need one.


It is a hard question to answer when there is no measurements in hand or blueprints to look at. It will depend on the house if it’s a single home, detached or a condo unit. Also the most important part of all is the pitch of the roof.

Proper way of determining an exact cost for a roof is to getting a free estimate from a local roofing company. If they actually get up on the roof and measure the sqf, how many vents, valleys are needed to determine the exact cost. Never believe a guesstimator who gives you a quote just by looking at it and telling you that he’s done it all. To replace a roof on a basic single family home can be anywhere from 4500 to 6000$ depending on the pitch and details. Detached homes are normally between 3000 to 4500$ since they have less sqf.
These are just the simple numbers according to whats available in the market as affordable housing. If we are talking about a custom home that has been designed to give roofers a challenge may cost you up to 10000$

Now days to replace a square of roof can start from 220$ and up depending on how much ice and water shield, how many vents, valleys or the slope. There isn’t a set price for re-roofing and it varies from company to company. There are also flyby roofing companies that offer tail-light warranty for 150 a square who you want to stay away from.

We offer free roofing estimates and quotes in Ottawa, Kanata, NepeanBarrhaven, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario. We will provide you with all the details including the sqf of your roof, how many new vents that is needed, how much ice and water shield and felt paper or metal valleys that’s needed.

Our services include residential and commercial shingled roofing, flat roofing, roof, siding and foundation repairs, roof snow removal. snow plowing and snow clearing services in Ottawa and the valley. Call 613-255-2323 Today


Since the last wind storm i had customers complain about other roofing companies who wants to charge 250$ for sending a service truck to an address and to perform simple roof repairs at homeowners cost. So 250$ for the service call plus material and labor???

Would you agree to pay a roofing company 450$ to remove 3 taps and install 3 new taps of shingles to your roof? I don’t know if you are second generation rich person but paying 450$ for that is sounds like robbery to me. We offer free estimates all around town and when we do price out a job we asses the difficulty of it and amount of material is needed to complete it. I have done repairs for as low as 60$ if its only one or two taps and it’s easy to get to. Time to wake up people. Also many people are getting fooled with the cost of the roof repairs and actually making a claim to their insurance company. This is the type of trap some companies wants to get you in to. Always shop around and get up to 3 estimates for your roof repairs or roof replacements. Compare all the differences and make a decision from there.

Hiring an insured roofing contractor is every homeowners homework. Insurance saves you, your property and the contractor who is going to perform the work.

We offer pitched and flat roofing services for residential and commercial sectors. If you are located in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario we can provide you with a free written quote or an estimate at no cost to you.

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Being able to fall asleep looking at the stars is a great feature in your own home but being able to do that does come with a bit of worry when it’s raining in your house.

There can be two reasons why your skylight is leaking; first of all on either sides of the skylight there is step flashing mounted in the frame of the skylight. If the shingles are not installed tightly against the skylight and there is a gap between the side walls and the shingles, that can be a concern. And also second common issue with the skylights is that the seal on the glass eventually weakens from cold winters and extreme hot summer days. Seal around the double pain eventually cracks from expending and shrinking. It creates a gap where the water works its way into your house depending on the positioning of the skylight. Especially if your skylight is an older dome style. It is really impossible to prevent the seal from getting cracked. Best option for homeowners is to hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your skylight and apply silicon around the double pain. Or apply caulking around the skylight to extend its performance against the temperature change.

Always hire a insured roofing contractor in your area. Ask for business registration number, liability insurance policy and wsib registration number to protect yourself. You are not only protecting yourself also making sure that the roofing contractor is fully aware of the risks there are involved.

We offer free quotes and estimates in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario for roof repairs, siding repairs, flat roof repairs, foundation repairs and snow removal/plowing services.


That is a question every home or business owner should ask themselves. Calculating the cost of the repairs and estimated replacement costs  should be compared before more roof repairs needed.

Once the roof is all dried up and has no strength to fight back against the mother nature is a good time to replace that old roof. Roof shingles need tlc and preventive roof maintenance to make it through the hot summers and harsh winter in Ottawa, Ontario. There are many factors are involved when it comes to performance of your roof. For example; ventilation, sufficient air flow, gutter maintenance, roof snow and ice removal and also underlayment. Not having proper ventilation can speed up the aging process for your roof shingles. As well as blocked soffit or no soffit.
Number one reason for ice damming is caused by poor or no ventilation in your attic. Also having all the gutter full of leaves and blocking the water flow. Eventually it freezes and starts up ice build up along the metal valleys.

Exterior caulking that is used on your roof can be good up to 5 to 10 years depending on the positioning of your house. South facing section of your roof will be damaged before any other side. Also roof leaks are common during thaw on the north facing section of the house. Hiring a insured roofing contractor to inspect your roof can may cost you hundred or two but water damage can and will cost you thousands of dollars.

To increase the performance of your roof, you should clean the gutter before and after the winter, have your roof inspected and caulked every 4 to 5 years, remove any major snow build up from your roof to eliminate structural damage, remove snow from north facing section of the house to eliminate water damage.

If you take your car to get the oil changed every 5000 kms you should take all the necessary steps to protect your roof also. After all you can not live in your car can you?

We offer residential and commercial roofing and roof repairs, siding repairs, foundation repairs and snow removal/plowing services in the cities of Ottawa, Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario. We are fully insured for residential pitched roofs, commercial flat roofs and snow plowing. Request a free quote or an estimate by email or by phone and we will be more than happy to assist you.


There are few reasons why the roof shingles get blown away from the wind if you ask me. Age of the roof is one of the key factors and aged curled shingles have no chance against the wind because they are completely cooked under the sun for many years.

Anyone can use an air roofing gun now a days and many contractors claim to know how to install a new roof properly. From what I’ve seen in the past few days is not acceptable. There are instructions on the on the bundles telling you where to and where not to place the nails while installing but if a volume builder is paying you for your speed not for the accuracy than you might be in jeopardy of repairing yours very often. All the new houses come with two years exterior warranty and if you needed repairs within the first two years of purchasing your new home, you should hire a professional roofing contractor in your area to inspect and point out the good and the bad. Today i completed 3 roof repairs in Orleans Ontario and all of them were new homes. Improper installation was the main cause of loosing shingles. 25 years shingles are rated up to 95km/hour and architectural shingles are rated up to 165km/hour resistance “IF INSTALLED PROPERLY”.

If you are a new homeowner before spending more money on roof repairs, hire a insured roofing company in your area to inspect your roof and report it to you by writing. Advise your builder that you have a report in your hand stating that such and such. Once your warranty is over you are history in the builders agenda so act now. If you have to pursue this matter in the court-house to ask for your right, do it don’t let them get away with another pass of from your bank. Once the builder gets paid from your bank, you owe the money to your bank not to the builder.

We have been serving Ottawa , Nepean, Barrhaven, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Manotick and Greely Ontario for many years now and we refuse to work for volume builders who does not care about the quality. If you are looking to get a free quote or estimate we can help. We offer residential and commercial roof replacements, flat roofing replacements, pitched roof repair, flat roof repair , siding repairs, foundation repairs and snow removal/plowing services.