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Metal roof

5 Reasons You Need a Metal Roof

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Are you tired of fixing worn out asphalt or fibreglass roofs? Are you looking for roofing options for a brand new home? Metal roofing costs more than the other options, but this initial investment can pay off for you in certain situations. If any of the following apply to you, metal roofing makes a lot of sense:

 

Your roof is prone to weather-related problems

 

Metal roofing is a great choice for homes that succumb to weather-related wear and tear. Either because of design, construction, location, or bad luck, some homes are simply more prone to roof damage. Whether it’s snow or ice in the winter, or heavy wind, rain, sun and lightning in the summer, interlocking metal roofs will get you through harsh weather better than conventional roofs.

 

You plan on owning your home for a long time

 

For people who intend to remain in a home for at least one re-roofing cycle (around 12-20 years), a durable metal roof makes sense. Once the metal roof is installed, you won’t have to worry about it wearing down and having to make repairs every few years. You will see a real financial benefit in the long term with a metal roof.

 

Your home comfort costs are sky high

 

A heat-reflective metal roof will bring down your monthly energy costs. This amount can add up if you live in a warm climate that requires you to use your air conditioner for long stretches of time. You can really start to see a return on investment in this case, as opposed to building a roof with asphalt or fiberglass.

 

Your roof has a complicated shape

 

For owners of homes with complex geometrical shapes, using metal can make a lot of sense. Instead of having to continually spend money on labour costs for roof installation or repair, one installation of a metal roof will be more cost effective. You will be charged more in labour costs for roofs that require special installation/repairs because of hips, valleys, intersection, rounded areas, skylights, etc.

 

You are environmentally conscious

 

The metal used on roofs is made up 90% recycled material. Combine that with the lasting power of the roof, its energy efficiency, and the fact it can be installed over old shingles, and you have yourself the greenest roofing choice available.

 

If you are interested in installing a metal roof on your home, contact Lucas Contracting for a free consultation today!

Home inspection

6 Reasons You Need a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re planning on purchasing a new home or selling your home, a home inspection should be considered as an essential item to add to your “To Do” list. A big decision like this one shouldn’t be made without ensuring that you have a professional report that identifies any potential problems. By obtaining a professional analysis, you can make your decision with confidence!

 

Safety

There’s a reason why the saying “safety first” exists, and why we’ve included it as the number one reason on our list. Getting a home inspection will help you make sure that the home you plan to live in is equipped with all of the safety features necessary for you and your family to live as risk-free as possible. Things like electrical fires can be avoided by inspecting your home properly!

 

Not only for older homes

When it comes to newer homes, it is often assumed that everything is in top condition.  In these cases, home inspections are often overlooked. Though a brand new home may look flawless to the average home buyer, there can be many problems that are out of sight such as wiring or plumbing. These things are not noticeable during a viewing and it is definitely advised to get an experts opinion on the topic!

 

Insurance

When you are looking to obtain home insurance for your home, many companies will require for you to have obtained a certified home inspection. This makes it much easier for your insurance company to get all of the details that they need about your home.

 

Pay a little now to avoid paying a lot later

The average home inspection only costs a few hundred dollars. Paying this small amount now for a home inspection could potentially save you from paying thousands of dollars down the line. Save yourself the stress and hassle of potentially having to fix large sections or utilities in your home, and to prevent hazardous situations for you and your family.

 

Negotiate

If you find a home you love that is close to your budget, a home inspection may just be able to give you the push you need to negotiate a lower price.

 

Know what you’re buying

Overall, it is important to know what you’re buying. You wouldn’t purchase a used vehicle without looking under the hood to see what potential costs you may have down the line, so don’t risk it with your home! Getting a home inspection will help you feel confident in your decision and will ensure that you feel safe in your new home sweet home.

Now that you know the importance of a home inspection, contact Lucas Contracting to schedule an inspection from a trained and experienced eye.

Roof repair

6 Signs Your Home Needs Roof Repair

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You have a roof over your head, yet, oddly enough, it can be easy to forget about the roof itself when you’re constantly focusing on upgrades and renovations to the inside of your home and your backyard. We don’t expect you to spend hours assessing the state of your homes’ roof – which is why Lucas Contracting has provided some tips below to help you determine if the time has come for your roof to be repaired or replaced! Keep an eye out for some of the following signs and see if it’s time to contact your roofing company.

 

There are loose or missing roof shingles: Ottawa is known for some pretty drastic changes in weather and some of these extreme weather conditions can cause roof shingles to separate from your roof. You’ll be able to notice if this is starting to happen when you see cracks or blisters in the shingles, or if the shingles are beginning to curl off of your roof.

 

You’ve noticed loose, exposed, or missing nails: Upon closer inspection, if you notice that some nails have gone missing, it can only mean that they have left holes behind in your roof. Rain or snow can leak into these holes and cause significant water damage on the inside of your home. Contact your roofing company before your home gets exposed to this type of damage.

 

There is some interior water damage: If you begin to notice water stains on your ceilings or drops of water on your floor when it rains, your situation may be more urgent. Contact your roofing company as soon as possible for further inspection.

 

You’ve noticed structural changes: If you notice that your roof is slanted differently than usual, it’s possible that it is weakening and giving into pressure from the moisture that was collected from different elements. It is also possible that too many layers of shingles have been added over top of each other over time. If this is the case, you may need to replace your roof.

 

Your gutters are spilling over: After a rainy spring season in Ottawa, your gutters may start overflowing if they haven’t been cleaned properly. This can lead to water damage on your roof as your gutter pulls away from the roofing structure.

 

Your heating or cooling bills have changed: If you are noticing any drastic differences in your heating or air conditioning bills, it’s possible that there is a leak in your roof that is letting unwanted air in and out of your home.

If you notice any of these six signs, your home may need roof repair. Contact Lucas Contracting to schedule a consultation.