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Why You Should Choose Steel Roofing

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If you’re interested in obtaining new roofing for your home in the Ottawa area, you should consider steel roofing. Metal roofs have a lot of advantages, one of which is their durability. These roofs are built to last and some metal roofs continue to deliver exceptional performance and protection after a century or more. This is in contrast to roofs made from other materials. For example, if you opt for asphalt shingles, your new roof may not last for more three decades even with optimal care.

Steel Roofing Facts

Steel roofs are strong, aesthetically appealing, and affordable. While they may cost more than comparable roof materials, their ruggedness and durability make them a good investment over the long term. Also, some roof materials are more expensive than steel roofing, including clay, cedar, and slate. So, opting for steel doesn’t mean that you’ll be spending an exorbitant amount on new roofing.

Your steel roof should have two to three times the longevity of roofs which are crafted from other materials. Since steel isn’t organic, it won’t biodegrade and it will resist UV light. As long as a steel roof is installed perfectly by an Ottawa roofing company, it will remain securely in place. The wind won’t carry away steel panels, whereas the wind is a significant concern for homeowners with asphalt shingle roofs.

Steel roofs are also advantageous because they resist fire. When fires break out, houses may be destroyed or damaged. Steel won’t burn. It’s not a combustible material and it is rated Class A for fire safety.

Metal roofs are also more lightweight than most people realize. In fact, they weigh less than roofs crafted from asphalt. Unlike other types of roofing, steel won’t get heavier when it’s wet, so the weight of a steel roof will remain consistent over time.

Why a Steel Roof Is Your Best Choice

Hopefully, our guide to the hard facts about steel roofs will help you to move closer to a decision about what to buy. The truth is that steel roofs have very few drawbacks. Let’s explore the possible downsides of option for a metal roof, and why they shouldn’t be seen as a big concern:

  • Steel is susceptible to dents caused by hail, ice, and debris hitting the roof. Still, dents in steel are typically easy to repair.
  • One fear people have about choosing a steel roof is that the material might be noisy. Think of the sound of raindrops pinging off a metal barn roof – not exactly quiet. When your metal roof is installed with a solid sheathing, however, it dampens the sound of rain and hail even more effectively than other roofing products.
  • Finally, it is true that upon initial installation steel roofing is more expensive than some roofing products. However, it is still more affordable than clay or slate, and considering its longevity and the fact that metal roofing is virtually maintenance-free, it is a smart investment.

The key to minimizing the drawbacks is choosing installation by a quality roofing company in Ottawa like Lucas Contracting. We have years of experience with steel roof installation and have installed, maintained, and inspected metal roofs on homes and properties all throughout the Ottawa area including Barrhaven, Kanata, and Orleans.

At Lucas Contracting, we carry the best metal roofing products on the market. Decra Roof Systems products come in a wide range of colours, textures, and styles including tile, shake, and shingle. We also carry Wakefield Bridge shingles, produced by Ottawa’s own Ideal Roofing. Give us a call and we’ll evaluate your roof and help you choose the best steel roofing product for your needs, tastes, and budget. Make your home look its best in 2016!

How to Choose a Home Addition Contractor

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If you’re interested in opening up more space in your family home, you may be curious about the benefits of building a home addition. This type of home renovation is a great way to enjoy more room at home, while also increasing the value of a home.

The key to boosting home value and getting great results from this type of add-on is choosing a home addition contractor with years of experience and expertise. It’s all about comparison-shopping for a contractor with a strong and positive reputation. This type of professional will be able to give you guidance as to how big your addition should be, as well as which materials to choose, how it is constructed and so on.

If you want a home addition which is well-made and designed to help you sell your home for a higher price at a later date, vetting contractors will be the key to getting the high-caliber home improvement that you’re looking for. When you choose the right contractor, you’ll access quality workmanship. Once you’ve done your research, you’ll understand why Lucas Contracting a leading contractor in Ottawa for home construction, interior renovation, and exterior renovation projects.

How to Select a Home Addition Contractor in Ottawa

Finding the best contractor is easy – you can even do it from the comfort of your home. Using online search engines will help you to streamline the selection process. Just add the keywords, “Ottawa interior renovations” and jot down the names of the first few results that pop up.

Once you have these results, check out the websites of these contractors. You will typically find photos of home additions and other buildings that a contractor has constructed. Looking at these photos should give you a sense of a contractor’s style. Also, look for information about the company in order to check credentials and experience levels. Checking out two or three companies in-depth is recommended. What warranties do they offer? Do they show their insurance certificates and professional certifications online?

Next, consider customer reviews. These days, most contractors have a lot of feedback about their companies on the internet. Reading reviews and checking BBB rankings will help you to establish whether or not a company is good to hire. A great company should get very few negative reviews. It should also have a BBB ranking of B+ or higher. Check their Yelp, Google+, and HomeStars reviews to get a feel for the experience of real customers.

How to Reach Out

Once you’ve found a good company, connect with its service representatives by calling or emailing. You should be able to find full contact details on the Contact Us page. Contact Us information typically include a phone number, email, and local address, or a convenient contact form to fill out.

When you reach out via your preferred method of communication, you’ll be able to explain what you need and ask for assistance. In most cases, you’ll need to schedule a consultation. This means that a contractor will drop by your house, check it out and then put together a quotation for a home addition. The contractor will want to meet your needs with regard to size and budget. This is your opportunity to communicate your vision and get an understanding of the cost and scope of this undertaking. For example, a bare-bones garage addition will carry a very different cost than a complete second storey addition with high-end fixtures and fittings at every turn.

Are You Ready for a Home Addition?

Now that you have the inside scoop on home additions, you’ll be ready to decide whether or not a home addition is right for you. The key to deciding is considering your finances, the interruption which will be caused by construction and the benefits and drawbacks. Taking care to explore all of the variables will help you to make a wiser decision.

A home addition can be anything, from a family room to a second bathroom to a sunroom and beyond. To find out more, connect with a great home addition contractor in Ottawa today. When you do, you’ll get the expert advice and services that you need.

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Is Your Home Weatherproofed?

By | DIY, Energy Efficiency, Home Inspection, Professional Tips, Seasonal, Winter | No Comments

They say that you take on another full-time job when you become a homeowner. Anyone that has had to do a bit of routine maintenance around the home understands this to be true.

Thankfully, some projects are easier to pull off than others. As long as you make sure that your home is as best protected from inclement weather as humanly possible, you shouldn’t have too many major projects to have to tackle later down the line.

Keeping rain, snow, and ice out of your home is going to be an ongoing battle between you and Mother Nature, but it’s one that you absolutely have to win all the time – 100% of the time – or you’re going to be looking at some seriously sticky situations.

Make sure that your roof is in tip-top shape

Verifying that your home is as weatherproofed as it gets starts with making sure that your roof is in the best possible shape it can be in.

After all, your roof is going to be the very first line of defense between you and inclement weather. It’s going to do the bulk of the heavy lifting to make sure that you stay high and dry every day of the year for at least a decade to come.

If climbing up a ladder and poking around on your roof is not your idea of a good time, Lucas Contracting is here to help. Our Ottawa roofers have the qualifications and experience to ensure your roof is in excellent shape. Preventative measures and small fixes over time will ensure you don’t have to do a complete roof overhaul ahead of schedule.

Check for any exterior damage

You also need to do a visual check of all exterior components of your home (especially your siding) to make sure that it is in tip-top shape as well.

Vinyl siding is very inexpensive and looks fantastic when installed properly, but it’s not exactly the stoutest stuff around. It chips easily when the temperature gets cold, and it gets more than a little bit “loosey-goosey” when the temperature starts to climb.

You need to be 100% certain that it’s going to continue to protect you from outside elements without allowing any weather to get into your home. Any signs of obvious damage or neglect need to be addressed ASAP.

Replace old windows and doors

Finally, you’ll want to think about swapping out all of your old windows and doors to replace them with more efficient and modern options.

This is especially true if your home is more than thirty years old and hasn’t seen any updates. The technology behind new windows and doors has come quite a way in just the last three decades. With an upgrade, you’ll be able to better protect your home from inclement weather, but you’ll also be able to dramatically reduce your energy bill while improving your overall safety to boot. This is definitely the kind of upgrade that your home deserves.

Call Lucas Contracting today for more recommendations on weatherproofing your home for whatever wild weather Ottawa has in store this year.

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Why It’s Important to Maintain Your Gutters & Downspouts in the Fall

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You can’t wait to clean your gutters when you notice a problem, but by then it’s too late.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what too many otherwise smart and savvy homeowners out there end up doing. They then end up spending a lot more on home repairs than they anticipated. If all you do this year is clean out your gutters and your downspouts before the fall, you will usually be able to save yourself a tremendous amount of headache and hassle (at the very least). You’ll also save yourself a good chunk of change in repair expenses, as well.

Here are just a couple of reasons that you will want to maintain your gutters and your downspouts before the chilly and snowy winter season comes to Ottawa.

It’s called “fall” for a reason!

Sure, you’ll always come across people that refer to this season as autumn, but all over the country people call this season fall. It’s easy to see why when you begin to notice all of the leaves that come tumbling down as the weather cools.

Well, when those leaves come drifting down, the odds are pretty good that they are going to fall right down your roof and start to collect in your gutters. This isn’t going to be a huge problem at first, but if they are allowed to stick around for any real amount of time, they are going to begin to decompose. That’s when your entire gutter system runs the risk of getting clogged.

Clogged gutters and downspouts will cause water backups, and water backups have a nasty little habit of worming their way into your home one way or another. And we all know just how dangerous water damage can be. Even if it starts off pretty small, it can quickly spiral out of control if not addressed.

Clogged gutters will ruin your natural drainage system

Gutters serve more purposes than simply making sure that water is kept entirely out of your home.

Gutter and downspout systems are also designed to work with the way that your home is situated on the land. They allow you to effortlessly drain excess rainwater away from your home so that your basement doesn’t end up turning into a swimming pool you never intended to have in the first place.

Downspouts that get rerouted because of clogged gutters are going to cause a nightmare situation almost immediately (and certainly in the spring when the snow begins to melt). Unless you are excited to run a sump pump all year round you’re going to want to make sure that you take the time to clean things out properly.

In addition to cleaning out your gutters, schedule a visit from the Ottawa roofing experts at Lucas Contracting to make sure your gutters and downspouts are in proper working order.

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5 Signs An Open Concept Renovation Is Right For You

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The overwhelming majority of homeowners that purchase pre-existing homes want to do one thing and one thing only the second that they get their hands on the keys. They can’t wait to rip out as many of the interior walls as humanly possible and create a real open concept floor plan ASAP – and it’s easy to see why.

Anyone that has spent any amount of time in homes that were built before the 1980s and 1990s are going to find that they are a little bit tight and some would even say cramped. There are walls everywhere cutting up the space. While that may have been all the rage in the past (we’re looking at you, Craftsman-style bungalows and single-floor ranches), nothing could be further from the truth today.

Open concept floor plans are definitely in vogue today, and here are five signs that you might need to pull off an open concept renovation the first chance that you get.

Open concept renovations open up the view

While you’ll certainly want to make sure that each space in your home is clearly delineated from the rest, and that you have privacy wherever you need it, most people don’t want a bunch of walls breaking up their view of the rest of the property.

Open concept renovations remove a significant chunk of those interior walls, and in turn open up the view.

One large living space provides breathing room

If there are too many walls in a smaller home, you’re definitely going to feel it. When you knock those walls down and really open things up with a new renovation, you’re going to be able to breathe easier. The entire space will just feel larger.

Open concept floorplans are perfect for those that like to entertain

Those that love to entertain are definitely going to want to think about opening up their floor plan as much as humanly possible. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re stuck in the kitchen always from all the action because there are a bunch of walls between you and your guests.

Knocking out your walls will help you better monitor your children and pets

Multitasking is such an important skill in our modern world and you’re going to have to become a master of it when you need to get things done while watching your children and your pets. Take down as many walls as you can that are between you and where your kids are going to be most of the time, and you’ll be able to get work done without them ever leaving your sight.

The right open concept floor plan showcases your feature highlights

Whether you want to make sure that your kitchen really sings or that people are drawn into your living room, an open floor plan can really help to funnel the action into those specific spaces and frame them in a very positive light.

Remember, a proper open concept renovation is about a lot more than knocking down walls and calling it a day. You need to make sure everything is done properly and the structural integrity of your home is not compromised. Contact Lucas Contracting to bring your open concept vision to fruition.

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3 Tips to Make Your Roof Last

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It is of the utmost importance that you make sure your roof is in the best possible condition. If not, you run the risk of having to do a complete tear off and replacement. This kind of intensive project can cost you countless thousands that you could have spent elsewhere.

Thankfully, it isn’t all that difficult to maintain your roof (the roof you have right now) to help stretch its longevity a bit. This is especially true when you know exactly what you’re doing or hire a trusted Ottawa roofing company like Lucas Contracting. We are going to give you three different tips to make your roof last and last. These tips are going to save you a boatload of money (not to mention time, headache, and hassle) just by putting them into action.

Shall we jump right in?

Clean up your gutters every four months or so

One of the easiest things that you’ll be able to do dramatically extend the longevity of your roof is to simply clean out your gutters on a routine basis. Swabbing out your gutters every four months or so means that you’ll have to give up three weekends a year to really get the job done right. But you’ll be able to save thousands and thousands of dollars on costly roof repairs. It’s definitely worth it. If you’d rather spend your weekend lounging, an Ottawa roofing company like Lucas Contracting can handle the task with ease.

Remove debris from your shingles

No matter where your home is situated, the odds are pretty good that you’re going to have at least some debris collect upon your roof every year. Leaves, animal drops, dust, and random neighbourhood debris collects on your roof.

While a bit of debris isn’t going to be a nightmare situation, if you allow the debris to continue to collect things can really start to spiral out of control. Make sure that you’re power washing off the debris on your roof every year (hopefully right after spring), and your roof will last at least a couple of years longer than it would have otherwise.

Get rid of any growth

Finally, it’s important that you make sure there is no living organic material on your roof that could cause it to weaken structurally or as far as weatherproofing is concerned.

Moss growing on your roof might not seem like all that big of a deal at first, but if it continues to grow, it’s going to work to destroy your roof from the outside in, causing leaks and structural problems all over the place.

These three tips and the help of your Ottawa roofing company will ensure that your roof lasts for years – even decades – to come.

5 Creative Stretch Ceiling Ideas

5 Creative Stretch Ceiling Ideas

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Home renovation and interior work is a booming industry. With individuals taking their own inspiration and finding the right home renovation contractors, truly amazing things result. From rooms that define classy to those that defy expectations, there is no end to the variety and variation. Let’s take a moment to consider how stretch ceilings play into this and examine five creative stretch ceiling ideas.

So What Is A Stretch Ceiling Exactly?

A stretch ceiling was originally invented in Europe as a means to enhance interior design. Generally speaking, a thin film or plastic is stretched over the ceiling to create a beautiful profile that is stunning. Able to be shaped to the room that it is in, stretch ceilings can be placed below most ceilings, creating a truly remarkable look that will both please and inspire house guests. In addition, when seeking the help of companies or general contractors with experience in stretch ceilings, you will be able to minimize the frame and incorporate the overall design seamlessly into your room. So, what are some creative stretch ceiling ideas?

1. Sunlit Sky

A series of scientific papers have drawn links between our moods and the context clues around us. In particular, nature as well as the sun play an important role in shaping how we feel. As a result, a popular stretch ceiling idea, especially for those in basement apartments or where there is limited sky visibility is the cloud-filled sky stretch ceiling.

2. The Stars

A popular option for kids, having a stretch ceiling of the night sky can add charm and interest in a kid’s room. In addition, it can serve as a beautiful backdrop when the lights are turned out at night and the child goes to sleep.

3. A Secondary Flair

Many ceiling that make use of stretch ceilings also make use of multi-level ceiling design. With this design, there is the original ceiling. Cut into the original ceiling and raised an additional six inches is a raised segment that uses a stretch ceiling. The end result is that the ceiling looks like it ends and then opens up into whatever beautiful pattern you decide to use.

4. Merge Wall with Ceiling

Ceiling stretches have also been used to merge colors and designs between ceilings and wall. Utilizing the tiered ceiling designed discussed above, many people make their ceiling stretch the same color as the wall, continuing a visual aesthetic on the ceiling.

5. Defy Expectation

Ceiling stretches are perfect for optical illusions. Whether you are creating a vortex that makes a flat space look fully 3D or are simply playing around with expectations by putting a scene that would not normally be found on the ceiling, the options are only limited by your creativity and the expertise of your renovation contractor.

Contact Lucas Contracting today to discuss the stretch ceiling possibilities available to your home or business.

The Framing Contractors' Experience

The Framing Contractors’ Experience

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Experienced framing contractors are trained in building frames for commercial and residential structures. As a home or business owner, you’ll need a proficient framing contractor like Lucas Contracting who understands municipal regulations, building codes, and mandatory safety regulations. Before hiring the framing contractor, do your homework and determine whether the contractor works closely with steel framing or dimensional lumber. More importantly, conduct additional research to determine whether the contractor is licensed in the field.

A skilled framing contractor certified within the construction industry will understand the essentials for building the ideal frame for your home or business. Continue reading to understand why hiring an experienced framing contractor is a crucial element of moving into your new home or office space.

Knowledgeable in Residential Construction

Knowing why experienced framing contractors are important can be as simple as understanding their work. An experienced framing contractor knows that building a frame for your home is a sophisticated task that requires extensive focus, patience, and attention to detail. While on site, the contractor will first install a sill plate which is often made of lumber and provides the bottom portion of a wall or building. Successfully constructing the sill plate is essential for building the roof, flooring, and walls. To prevent costly mistakes later, an experienced contractor will understand that each step in this process must be completed in order.

Upon completing these initial steps, the contractor will continue the framing project by installing exterior house boxing, subflooring, and roof deck sheathing. These next steps can only be completed successfully if the contractor possess the ability to understand architectural symbols, read blueprints, and coordinate effectively with the rest of the crew. Framing contractors experienced in residential projects typically work with single family, duplex, and multifamily projects as there are fewer units to work with.

Knowledgeable in Commercial Construction

If you’re a business owner, hiring an experienced framing contractor is equally important. Framing contractors trained in commercial construction typically build retail stores, manufacturing facilities, and occasionally large apartment complexes. Generally, only certified contractors hold the experience and credentials to complete these projects, however, all framing contractors must abide by municipal regulations.

A framing contractor’s work requires extensive knowledge and training in construction equipment. Tools and equipment include household maintenance items such as nails, screws, and hammers, which are worn on the contractor’s tool belt. More advanced tools include a variety of different saws, laser equipment, air-powered tools, and scaffolding equipment. As a home or business owner, these tools are dangerous to use without proper certification and training. Knowing how experienced framing contractors work and understanding their value is crucial.

For more information about framing contractors or to hire a professional and experienced framing contractor for your next project, contact Lucas Contracting today.

The Importance of Scheduling a Roof Inspection

The Importance of Scheduling A Roof Inspection

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One of the most ignored parts of the home is the roof. Granted, it can be hard to see and as a result stay out of our minds. However, one of the leading reasons why people are disinclined to get a roof inspection is because of the prices associated with roof work. Much higher than most other exterior work done on the home, many people put it off for as long as possible before addressing the issue. Let’s take a moment to review why scheduling a roof inspection is so important.

  1. Reduce Future Costs

When it comes to roofs, the sooner you identify and fix a problem, the more money you will save in the long run. Small problems can gradually worsen over time, as heat, moisture, and a myriad of other agitators can make use of a tiny opening and cause a lot of damage. In addition to gradually costing you more money, you will also lose roof integrity, increasing the chances of leaks. There is also the chance that if something was to land on your roof, that it would collapse through in its weakened state as opposed to holding strong. Finally, there is the eventual risk of a roof collapse and repair that would run thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in cost.

  1. Venting Money Out Of Your Roof

Scheduling a roof inspection is often the first thing people do to save money.  Like it or not, if you have not recently had your roof replaced, then it may be the primary means that heating and cooling leaves your house. This results in you spending more money over time trying to keep your house the right temperature, costing you more in bills. With a roof inspection, a trained and qualified individual will carefully inspect the exterior of your roof as well as your attic to see if and where there are any problems like heat/cooling loss. By getting the work done now, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in expenses in the future.

  1. Peace of Mind

The roof has often been considered the housing equivalent of a toothache. No matter how much a tooth may bother us, we are generally inclined to ignore it and hope that it will go away on its own. By having your roof inspected, you provide yourself with a peace of mind that every homeowner deserves. With their careful attention to detail and consultation, a professional roofer will be able to tell you what if anything is wrong. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to start taking the necessary steps to fix any problems.

Contact Lucas Contracting today to schedule a roof inspection on your home or commercial property.

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A Guide To Choosing The Right Bathroom Flooring

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Are you looking for the right bathroom flooring? Let’s take a moment to review what options are available through the brief guide below.

  1. Consider The Basics

Regardless of the material you choose for your bathroom flooring, it should satisfy a few criteria. First, the material should be moisture-proof.  Your bathroom is frequently exposed to high humidity and wet conditions that other parts of your home never experience. As a result, the flooring will have to be particularly resistant. In addition to being moisture-proof, it will help you a great deal to get something that is stain-resistant as well. Like it or not, bathroom floors are exposed to a lot of chemicals and the right set of conditions to make staining commonplace. A final basic consideration is that your bathroom flooring be skid-resistant. This means that even when your bathroom floor is wet, you shouldn’t slip easily on the surface.

  1. Consider The Cost

One of the biggest drawbacks about going cheap is durability. The cheaper you go, the shorter the length of time will go by before you have to replace the flooring again. Vinyl usually falls under this category. While cheap and backed by a warranty, they are generally a poor choice for bathrooms due to the moisture. Ceramic bathroom tiles are a preferred choice. While more expensive, they are resistant to chipping, scratches, and cracks. The downside, however, is that they can feel cold in the morning. Glass and glazed ceramic is also popular, though it frequently comes the tiles are frequently sold at far higher cost per square foot than anything listed above.

  1. Consider The Use

Will this bathroom be used primarily by kids? If so, then you may want to go for ceramic tiles, as they are very water resistant. However, if your primary concern is safety, then glass or glazed tiles with an anti-slip glaze on top can work wonders in providing the security you require, even in the wettest conditions. In addition, if you are designing a bathroom floor around an aging parent, then having this extra grip on the floor may be crucial for their safety as well.

  1. Consider Your Style

If you have a particular vision for your bathroom and it requires a less-than-optimal flooring option, then go with it. There are always things you can use to make up for any deficiency in the floor, including anti-slide mats for slippery floors and water collectors for flooring that does a poor job at handling moisture.  Simply put, where there is a will there is a way.

Have any more questions about bathroom flooring? At Lucas Contracting, we’re here to help.