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English: FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 6, 2007) -...

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.

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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.