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Ottawa Roof Repair

Spring Cleaning and Your Roof

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With spring comes house maintenance and repair season as homeowners from around Canada emerge from the colder weather to see if their homes require any maintenance. One of the most often overlooked parts of the home is the roof. Simply put, people tend to follow the mantra of “out of sight, out of mind” a little too often when it comes to their roof. As a result, Ottawa roofers notice that smaller problems often go undiagnosed until they become much larger and costlier to repair. Stop yourself from falling into this trap by spending your spring cleaning making sure your roof is in good working order. Below are a few key areas you can focus on to judge the effectiveness of your roof and see if you need any repairs.

Check The Ceilings Of Your Highest Floor

If your house is two floors tall, then go to the second floor. Check the ceiling and where the walls meet for signs of water damage. In addition, keep an eye out for plaster tape pulling away from the ceiling/walls. Both of these are signs that there is water and moisture damage that may be working its ways past your attic and into your second floor.

Check The Ceiling Of Your Attic

Investigate your attic and check for light coming in from outside. See if there is any moisture damage and check for mold that may result from moisture. Also, a weakness in the ceiling may cause temperature changes so stay aware of that.

Inspect The Roof

Get on the roof and remove any debris you see. Check a few test shingles to see how they are doing and look for peeling, hardening, and discolouration. In addition, take the opportunity to clear out your gutters. Call in a professional if you are uncomfortable with this.

Clear Area Around The Roof

Do your roof a favour and reduce the likelihood of impacts by trimming back your trees. Bushes, trees, and other things that may overhang your roof pose a direct risk to your home. Cut them back and have greater peace of mind.

Consider Calling a Roofing Contractor

If nothing else, you may want to consider getting a roofing contractor. Some will offer a free consultation and will inspect your home without cost. They will inform you as to any leaks or damage as well as provide a quote for whatever the services would cost for roof repair. If nothing else, having a trained and professional opinion could provide you with new insight into the nature of the repairs you may have to make.

Lucas Contracting is the preferred choice for residential roofing in the Ottawa area.

Where do we serve?

Lucas Contracting provides residential roofing services to Ottawa, Kanata, Barrhaven, Orleans, Carp, Stittsville, and the rest of the city. Across the river, we serve Gatineau, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, and more. To the east, we are happy to serve Cumberland, Carlsbad Springs, Hawkesbury, and Rockland. In the Ottawa Valley, we will come to your home in Pembroke, Petawawa, Renfrew, or Arnprior. Our roofing company also serves Belleville, Kingston, Kemptville, Kingston, Cornwall, and beyond.

What are our roofing services?

Lucas Contracting’s suite of roofing services including roof repair, roof restoration, roof installation, roof inspection, and roof replacement. We install metal roofing, steel roofing, shingle roofing, asphalt roofing, flat roofing, green roofs, solar panels, skylights, and much more.

What are our qualifications?

Our roofers are WSIB insured and we carry $5,000,000 liability insurance, certified by BFL Canada. We are a Certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractor and Certified Installer for GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. We have a successful track record of installing/repairing thousands of roofs in the Ottawa area and high customer satisfaction.

What is our warranty?

We guarantee our exterior work for 10 years, in addition to the robust warranties included with the roofing products.


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5 Reasons to Choose Renovations over Moving

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Is your home cramped? Are you tired of staring at lime green kitchen tiles, you’re your home had a bathroom on the main floor, or terrified to go into your musty, unfinished basement? You have three options – live miserably in the status quo, renovate, or move.

If you are considering moving to a new home in your Ottawa, then you should take a moment to reconsider. Every year, millions of Canadians needlessly move in an attempt to find something better in their area, only to find themselves stressed financially and emotionally, regretting the decision. Before you close on a new home, let’s take a moment to review five reasons to choose renovations over moving.

The Financial Impact

Moving is an expensive proposition. Between real estate commission, lawyers’ fees, and any new furniture, appliances, décor, or random home supplies you need to buy, it gets expensive fast. Add in buying boxes and packing supplies, paying for movers and or renting a moving truck…it’s expensive. Now imagine you move in and discover the deck is structurally unsound and needs to be replaced. The roof has a leak. There’s mould growth in the basement. Dollars just pouring out of your pocket. Yes, renovations won’t be cheap, but they are worth every penny and every dollar goes to improving the look, feel, and value of your home.

The “Grass Is Greener” Phenomenon

It is not uncommon for people to see only the bad and none of the good when it comes to their current property. Frequent issues can sour us to home repair and the costs that come with it. Before moving, be aware of the “grass is greener” phenomenon. This is where we see something else as better, because we register only the good and the possible without fully acknowledging the challenges that will come with a new property.

A Lot Can Be Done With Your Existing Home

You can place an addition on the exterior of your home. You can consider an interior decorator to do a makeover on your home. You can turn spaces into livable spaces like a basement or an attic. You can knock down walls for an open concept renovation. You can create an income suite in the basement, a master retreat in the attic, or a charming coach house in the backyard. You can go modern, go retro, and let your personality shine. There are countless ways to improve your existing home and put in it the things you want from the house you are considering buying. A professional renovator can help make a lot of these changes possible.

Chance Of Being Burned (Existing Problems)

We skimmed over this in #1. There is a chance that you will face unexpected problems with the new home that the current owner is less than forthcoming with. Be aware that just because it looks good before purchase it does not mean that there are not serious things that may need to be addressed by you once you buy.

Moving May Not Satisfy The Underlying Issue

People sometimes move because they are dissatisfied with their current point in life and are looking for a change. Rather than spending a lot of money on a new home, consider instead the benefits of investing in what you have. Whether the investment is in the home or in you, saving money is guaranteed.

Consider Hiring A Professional

The secret to a successful home renovation is hiring a professional home renovation contractor that you can trust. With years of experience providing practical solutions to the problems you currently face, you will find the assistance of a professional to be invaluable. Whether they are simply providing guidance or doing the work they, you have a lot to gain by hiring their services.