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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Damaged roof

What Will Damage Your Roof?

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Your roof is what protects your home from these weather conditions, animals, other things – but it can take a lot of damage as a result. Staying vigilant about the status of your roof and hiring Ottawa roofers to repair the situation will prevent your home from experiencing leaks, moisture damage, or worse. Here are some common things that are known to cause damage to roofs:


Wind can lift shingles, which is bad enough. But if accompanied by rain, water can seep through and lead to leaks inside the home. Take a quick peek at your roof from across the street after a big windstorm to see if there’s any noticeable damage.


The heavy weight of ice on your roof may be a problem. If it freezes along the eaves, snow can get backed up on the roof itself. Once ice starts to thaw, it can lift shingles and cause leakage.


Animals like raccoons, squirrels, and birds can wreak havoc on your roof. They tear off shingles, rip off vent covers, and peck at wood trying to find food or find a way inside the home.

Tree Limbs

Tree limbs can snap off in a strong wind storm or break under pressure from heavy snow and land on your roof. Tree limbs weigh quite a bit, and they can cause damage when they land. To prevent tree limbs from falling on your roof, hire a company to trim branches that might present a risk in the future.

Tree Debris

Trees seem to shed something all year long, from leaves and pine needles to little twigs. You couldn’t imagine this lightweight debris causing much trouble, but it can pile up as a wet mass on your roof and actually cause some shingles to rot.

Gutters & Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are supposed to carry water safely away from your roof. If they are clogged or damaged, water can back up and wear away at the edges of your roof, leading to rot.


Asphalt shingles have a protective coating that can be damaged by hail, which makes the shingles vulnerable to other kinds of damage mentioned in this list.

The Sun

The heat of the sun can cause shingles to dry out over time, eventually cracking and falling off the room. Combined with UV damage which reduces the lifespan of the roof, the sun can do a lot of damage.

If your roof has suffered any of this damage, contact Ottawa roofers to repair or replace your roof to ensure decades of durable protection on your home.

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Which Home Renovations Have the Best Return on Investment?

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If you are a homeowner contemplating a home renovation, you need to balance two important considerations in your mind. Do you want to make highly specific customizations that reflect your unique personality but maybe aren’t the most widely needed or desired? Or do you want to make upgrades designed to appeal to the masses and result in a satisfactory return on investment (ROI) when it’s time to sell? If you fall into the latter category, here are five home renovations that deliver in terms of ROI:

Fixture Upgrades

You don’t need to overhaul a room from floor to ceiling to upgrade the value of your property. Even simple upgrades to door handles, knobs, faucets, and towel racks that haven’t changed since the 1980s can make a big difference. These are cost-effective upgrades, but they will more than pay for themselves when it comes time to sell the home.

Hardwood Flooring

When we walk into a new room, the thing which draws our eye is usually not the artwork on the walls or the massive flat screen TV or even the furniture…it’s usually the flooring. Hardwood is the most desirable flooring option among prospective buyers, and they’re willing to pay more for homes that have this upgrade. Simply upgrading the flooring to eco-friendly bamboo or hardy oak will transform the look of a room, without having to spend a penny more on other renovations.

Main-Floor Bathroom

If you own an older home without a main floor bathroom, it can be a big deterrent to potential home buyers – especially if you’re competing with new build homes that seem to have three bathrooms by default. A second bathroom on the main floor will help your home stand out from competing houses in the neighbourhood. Whether you choose to build a three-piece bathroom or only have room for a cozy powder room, this upgrade is always worth the investment.

Income Suite

If you have unused basement space that can accommodate an income suite, this is a tremendously wise investment. An income suite will provide you with income every month to help pay off the cost of the renovations and/or contribute to the mortgage. It will also be a very compelling selling point should you decide to place your home on the market in the future.

Remember, a home renovation doesn’t have to be an overhaul. These upgrades offer a tremendous return on investment, so contact Lucas Contracting for your free quote to get the process started.

New roof or roof repair

Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

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If you notice signs of a roof problem on your property, how can you tell if you should repair the roof or replace it? Follow these diagnostic steps and you’ll probably have your answer.

Roof Repair

A roof repair is (as you might expect) needed for less serious instances of roof problems. Usually, there is one small section of the roof that needs to be repaired, but the rest of it is in good shape. In such instances, the most cost-effective option is to patch the problem instead of going with the “nuclear option.” Here are some examples of instances where a roof repair is the best option:

  • There is a roof leak, but it is only the first or second time this has ever happened in the lifespan of the roof.
  • You notice water spots on a single ceiling tile inside the home.
  • You notice a leak after a heavy rain, but the leak is limited to one area.
  • Taking a look at your roof, you can visibly see that a couple shingles are missing.
  • There is some minor damage to shingles as a result of a recent windstorm.
  • There are financial limitations which mean you can only afford roof repair right now, but plan a full replacement down the road.

If any of these situations applies, contact an Ottawa roofing company to repair your roof and nip these problems in the bud.

Roof Replacement

A roof replacement is a more intensive project, but may be necessary if the problem is more serious than the instances noted above. You might need a roof replacement if:

  • You have recently experienced a leak and this is a recurring problem.
  • You notice multiple water stains on ceiling tiles inside the home, in different areas and rooms.
  • There are leaks after rainstorms that are not contained to a single area.
  • You see many missing or loose singles following a windstorm.
  • Many shingles are in rough shape, with curling corners or bubbliness.
  • Roofing materials are cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged.
  • If your insurance policy covers roof replacement following storm damage.
  • You want to increase the value of your property with an upgraded roof.

Contact Lucas Contracting for all your roof repair and replacement needs. No matter your situation, their professional team of highly qualified roofers will restore or replace your roof using the best materials and latest installation techniques.

Fixing up your new home

Are you Ready to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

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If you’re browsing for a home to buy as an investment, don’t dismiss those ugly decrepit homes on the list. If they have good bones, they could be a great source of profit if you put into some elbow grease. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind if you are on the hunt for a fixer-upper property:

Consult a Real Estate Agent

Any home that you purchase will be rooted in a neighbourhood, so it’s important to be aware of the history and expected future of the area. A real estate agent who is very familiar with the area will be able to tell you about factors like a declining crime rate or an upcoming new property development. The resale value of your home will be affected by these factors, so it’s essential that you take in all the information possible before making an offer.

Schedule a Home Inspection

The structural integrity of a home is what separates a high-potential fixer-upper from a money pit. If the home has good bones, all it takes are some upgrades to the finishes by an Ottawa contractor to boost the value of the property. If the building is rife with structural issues, however, these integral problems will cause the costs to balloon. A thorough home inspection will give you all the information you need to know whether you should make an offer.

Planning the Design

Do you plan to sell the fixer-upper soon for profit, or would you like to live in the home for at least a few years? Your design plans will probably differ depending on your goals. A home designed to sell should be upgraded with material choices and styles that appeal to the masses and won’t price the home out of the neighbourhood. You may not see the return on investment that you were hoping. If you’re planning to stay, however, you’re free to make as many unique customizations as you wish.

Estimate from a Contractor

Once you have an idea of what changes you’d like to make on the home, you should get an estimate from an Ottawa contractor. They’ll be able to tell you how much it will cost to repair existing issues and check off each item on your wish list. With professional skill and years of experience, they can turn any fixer-upper into a dream home.

If the numbers add up, it’s time to make an offer and make that fixer-upper all yours.