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Energy efficient home

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient This Summer

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There are many easy and effective steps that you can take to make your home more environmentally friendly. Making your home a green one is environmentally conscience and has the added benefit of saving you money over time on your gas and energy bills. You will be amazed at how much energy you can save by considering these steps:

 

Use Energy Star Appliances

 

Older appliances are less energy-efficient than newer Energy Star certified appliances. Using these appliances will go a long way towards saving energy and lowering your electricity and water bills. For example: a high-efficiency on-demand water heater only fires when you call for hot water. It heats up quickly – and then quits burning fuel. Low-flow toilets, shower heads, and washing machines can save a lot of water.

 

Switch to Fluorescent Light Bulbs

 

Switch your light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent. Compact fluorescent bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs initially. If you include the fact that fluorescent light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than their incandescent counterparts, you save you a lot of money going fluorescent. Your lighting budget will be reduced along with the amount of bulbs you throw out.

 

Add Extra Insulation

 

Adding new or additional insulation to your ceilings and walls will prevent air leaks, so you can keep the warm air inside in the winter and the cool air from escaping during the summer. Also consider adding extra caulking or weather stripping to your windows and doors for even more insulation.

 

Install Energy-Efficient Roofing

 

If you’ve ever stood on a roof on a hot summer day, you know how hot it can get. The heat absorbed by your roof makes your air conditioner work even harder to keep your home cool. You should consider installing a “cool roof” made of metal. A cool roof is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. By installing a cool roof, you can lower the temperature of your roof by a large margin and save energy and money by using less air conditioning. Cool roofs make spaces like garages or covered patios more comfortable.

 

As cool roofs become more popular, communities will benefit from fewer power plant emissions and less demand for new power plants. Cool roofs can lower outside air temperatures, reducing heat islands in urban areas.

 

If installing energy-efficient roofing interests you, be sure to contact Lucas Contracting today for a free consultation.

Metal roof

Why You Should Upgrade to Metal Roofing

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If your roof is missing shingles or just looks a little tired, it’s time to think about upgrading. There are many viable options on the market, made from asphalt, rubber, or a composition of materials. However, metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners for many reasons. Let’s explore some of the many benefits of metal roofing:

Durable and Long-Lasting

Made from materials like galvanized aluminum or steel, metal shingles do not decompose, curl, crack, erode, burn, or get punctured. These many resistances are why metal roofs last twice or three times as long as asphalt roofs.

Save on Energy Costs

Metal roofs reflect UV rays away and do a much better job of emitting absorbed energy. Metal roofs absorb and retain less heat than traditional asphalt roofs. This roofing product is energy efficient because it means you will have lower household temperatures, especially in the hot summer months. Additionally, you will also use your HVAC less, which means the unit will likely last longer.

Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofing shingles are often made with some percentage of recycled metal, and they are 100% recyclable themselves. Asphalt shingles contribute so much waste to our landfills every year. Additionally, because of the reduction in energy usage, your home will emit less greenhouse gas and have less of a negative effect on our environment.

Lighter Weight

Metal roofing is lightweight itself, and it also absorbs less moisture so it doesn’t gain water weight. Snow is also less likely to build up on the roof. This means there will be less stress and strain on the structure of your home.

Fire Protection

Metal roofing is non-combustible and can withstand severe exposure to fire. If any flames or flaming debris come onto your roof, it will not catch fire. Metal shingles will also prevent the fire from spreading to neighbouring homes.

Less Maintenance

Most metal roofing products need almost no maintenance throughout the years. If you need to clean your roof, all you need to do is spray it with a water hose. You can quickly and easily wash away anything like dead leaves, tree droplets, and random light debris.

More Attractive

Let’s face it, metal roofing simply looks better than any roofing product on the market. It comes in many different styles and colours, so no matter your taste you can find a style that works for you.

Contact Lucas Contracting today to learn more about metal roofing.

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When Your DIY Projects Needs Help from a Pro

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There is a great sense of pride and ownership when you tackle a do-it-yourself project at home and get to see a great finished project. Every time you see the crib that you self-assembled, or walk into the living room that you painted with a colour called “dried parsley,” you know you’ve done well. However some projects are simply not suitable for the DIY approach. In such cases, you can call a general contractor in Ottawa for assistance to get your project over the hump.

Electrical

If there is any electrical involved in your project at all, you must absolutely contact a general contractor in Ottawa to take care of it. All wiring has to be up to code, and your project could be shut down if it’s not. Even worse, bad wiring could lead to a fire. A certified electrician will make sure the wiring is done right, leaving nothing up to chance. Your home and your family deserve nothing less.

Plumbing

Plumbing is another area where it’s simply not safe to take it in your own hands. If you mess with the plumbing, you could wind up with a drip or leak that causes water damage, mould growth, health problems…you get the picture. According to WaterDamageBocaRaton.net plumbing issues can be one of the most costly to repair at an average of $1,200 per household yearly. Whether you’re renovating the bathroom or kitchen, a plumber will make sure all the pipes and drainage systems are properly dealt with.

Breaking Down Walls

You can’t just decide to go open concept and start knocking down walls. You never know if a wall you knocked down was weight bearing! A general contractor can tell the difference between a support wall and a cosmetic wall. They’ll create the gorgeous open concept you were looking for, with none of the risk.

Windows

If you try to install new windows on your own, you could wind up with gaps through which air can leak. This could inflate your heating and cooling bills. Get it done by a professional so you don’t have to put on seven layers of blankets just to watch TV!

Basement Finishing

Finishing your basement is a lot more complicated that installing some drywall and laying down a carpet. Call in a general contractor to inspect for leaks and cracks, install good waterproofing, and make sure the insulation is sufficient. Basement finishing will also involve electrical, and might involve plumbing if you plan to add a bathroom.

You can still enjoy the satisfaction of doing it yourself, without any risk of danger or shoddy workmanship. Call a general contractor in Ottawa to handle the hard stuff, and you can get back to business.

Home in the summer

Making Your Home More Energy Efficient This Summer

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Now that the hot summer days are here, it’s tempting to crank up the A/C, peel off the layers, and retreat until fall. However, this won’t be so friendly on your wallet, so consider these tips to keep your home energy efficient even on the hottest days of the year:

  • Reduce your AC usage by turning up the thermostat when nobody is home during the day. You can also automate the thermostat to slowly increase the temperature so it’s just right when you get home.
  • Metal roofing is much more energy efficient than traditional asphalt shingles. Contact Lucas Contracting for fast and efficient installation this summer. Metal roofing will save you money and help the environment at the same time.
  • When AC filters get clogged with dust, they become less efficient. Replace filters about once per month so your AC runs at its best.
  • Ceiling fans can be used to circulate air and cool you down, just remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
  • You can plant small trees and high shrubs to keep your AC unit out of the direct sunlight. However, it is very important that you trim them so they don’t block airflow from the unit.
  • Appliances which produce heat, like dryers and dishwashers, should be used at night. Otherwise, they’ll just add hot air during the day. Do not use the oven on hot days.
  • All your entryway doors should have sweeps at the bottom. Sweeps will keep hot air out, and cool air in.
  • If you want to keep your house cool during the day, you should close shade and blinds. Direct sunlight will warm up the house.
  • Low AC intake vents should be closed, and the higher ones should be opened. This way, warm air will enter through the AC system.
  • When it’s really hot outside, you should switch the fan on your AC control system to “on” instead of “auto” so air is cycled
  • Make sure there are no drafts around windows, doors, and vents. If there are, seal them with weather stripping, caulk, or the appropriate materials.
  • Make the switch to energy efficient doors, windows, and light bulbs.
  • Make sure your roof does not have any loose or missing shingles. Also made sure gutters are free and clear. If there are holes and gaps, cold air can escape outward, costing you money. Contact Lucas Contracting for all your roofing needs.

Enjoy your summer!

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Why Choose Lucas Contracting?

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If you are a property owner planning a renovation, there are many Ottawa contracting companies to choose from. Let’s explore what sets Lucas Contracting apart from the competition:

Skilled Team

No matter the size or scope of the project, our skilled and experienced team are driven to deliver the best results day in and day out. Each and every member is committed to putting their best foot forward and putting in a proud day’s work to finish your project to perfection.

Friendly Service

In addition to our roofing and construction teams on the ground, the Lucas Contracting team also includes phone support staff. No matter their role, every individual in the company believes in being friendly and informative with clients.

Full Project Transparency

We know that your home or building is your baby. Whether we’re building a custom home from scratch or doing a simple roof repair, you deserve to be kept informed at every stage of the project. We keep our clients well-informed and up on all the latest progress as we get the job done.

Exceed Industry Standards

We believe that standards aren’t made to be met, they’re made to be exceeded. Not only is all of our work up to code, but we go beyond to give you the most durable and highest quality products available. Good is never good enough.

Excellent References

What better way to learn about an Ottawa contracting company’s results than to ask previous clients? We are happy to provide you with testimonials and references from countless satisfied clients.

Precise Quotes

When you’re trying to budget for home renovations, you need an accurate price estimate. This is why we trust experienced inspectors to make precise quotes with confidence.

Professional Decorum

Far too many Ottawa contracting companies show unprofessional behaviour. Showing up late? Dodging calls? Shabby job? It simply won’t happen with Lucas Contracting. We make it a point of pride to be punctual, dependable, and do everything possible to finish jobs on schedule.

Solid Warranty

Our projects are built to last. This is why we are proud to have over a ten-year warranty on exterior repairs like metal roofing, flat roofing, and asphalt shingling. Interior home renovations are covered by a one-year warning so if anything goes awry, we’ll fix it or replace it right away.

Liability Insurance

All of our projects are covered by up to $5,000,000 in commercial general liability insurance from BFL Canada. In the extremely rare event that anything goes wrong, liability insurance will take care of it all.

Customer Satisfaction

Above all, we are driven to satisfy each and every client who trust their home or property to us. We recognize it as a huge responsibility, but our long list of satisfied clients proves that it’s always worth the effort.

Contact us today to find out why Lucas Contracting is the superior choice for your roofing project or interior renovation.