Posts Tagged ‘Ice dam’


It is almost that time of year to take a better look at the amount of snow that is parked on your roof before more weight is added or the sudden thaw.

Ice dams are more likely to cause a roof leak when it’s compared to snow


 


Ice dams are common problem when it comes to leaky roofs this time of year. It is highly recommended to remove all the ice dams prior to thaw to avoid roof leaks or damage to your home, office or estate.

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There is a big difference estimating a roof by looking at it from the street or actually getting up on the roof and measuring the sq footage and the details. Getting up on the roof and measuring is called “a quote”. A quote is more preferred for you because it is accurate measurements instead of eye balling. Eye balling is an estimate where the price may change without a notice because contractor sold himself short and needs to hustle the customer.

Always request 3 roofing quotes when it comes to replacing your Ottawa home, office or commercial building from few local roofing companies. Cheap does not mean good, expensive doesn’t mean good either. The entire concept of getting 3 quotes is to identify the price difference between all and types of material being offered.

Material being used in the current roofing industry are very similar and only thing that really needs to be looked at is the amount of “ice and water shield”, maximum roof vents and the felt paper. Ice and water shield must be applied at least 6 feet from the eavestroughs and the rest of the roof needs to be covered by #15 felt paper or higher grade. Installing ice and water shield and the felt paper must be done by hand. 1 1/4 hand nails are my preference when it comes to hand banging. If there are any valleys, ice and water shield must be installed under neat the metal valley prior the metal valley itself. Valleys are known for ice damming and that’s why we use ice and water shield. A roofing gun can be used to install the shingles only as long as proper dept is set on every gun that is being used on that specific roof.

These are the most important details to look for when it comes to replacing a shingle roof in Ottawa Ontario. We offer free roofing quotes and estimates in Ottawa for residential pitched roofing, residential flat roofing, commercial shingle roofing and commercial flat roofing sales, installations, repairs and services.ImageImageImage

 

 

 

 

 


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English: FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 6, 2007) – Cyptologic Technician Technical 1st Class Jason Guidry nails shingles onto the roof of a house during a community relations project with Habitat for Humanity. The crew members from USS Nassau (LHA 4) completed the roof during a port visit to Ft. Lauderdale during the July 4th weekend. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Steven Scott Smith (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Radius or vaulted Standing Seam Metal Roof Snap Baton Panel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metal roofs can cost up to 3 times when compared to shingles but can everyone afford it? If both roofing systems have the same life span, why pay triple. Once the metal starts to lose its color, it will cost you a lot to sand it down or paint it again but it will never be the same. Baked paint and brushed or sprayed paint does not have the same quality. Wooden roof shingles are a joke too.

Wooden Roof Shingles

Wooden Roof Shingles

One of the reasons why I only choose to sell shingles is that, repairs are easy and cost-effective, any house can be remodeled without a big budget. Don’t spend a ton of money on something which requires high maintenance. Roof shingles have been in the market for decades and they are the most affordable roofing systems out there. Out here in Ottawa the weather is very unpredictable and it can be an 😯 Degrees Celsius from summer to winter. Metal is known to expand and shrink depending on the weather so does the roof shingles. Metal is known to attract ice dams but shingles don’t. Using metal for the exterior walls is a great idea but for the roof shingles are a must.

Many occasions roof leaks are caused by the metal valleys that has no proper underlayment in place to act as a second layer of protection. It is more likely to have an ice dam form where the metal valleys are because they are designed to collect all the water to guide it to a specific direction. Most common installation areas of a house would be at the entrance of the house.

Request up to 3 roofing quotes and estimates and compare when its time to replacing or repairing your roof. Cheaper does not necessarily mean it will be quality work.