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The Advantages of Wakefield Bridge Steel Shingles

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Most homeowners are aware of the fact that they are inevitably going to have to repair or completely replace their roof at some point, regardless of the traditional construction materials used throughout.

The overwhelming majority of traditional roofing materials are going to break down in any climate in about 10 or 15 years, meaning that over 30 years of home ownership you’ll have to replace your shingles and your roof at least twice – if not more, depending on the specific environmental conditions in your area, etc.

Thankfully though, there are other modern construction materials available that are more durable, and boast a longer lifetime than materials of the past. One of our favourite roofing materials are the Wakefield Bridge steel shingles. These roofing construction materials provide incredibly long-lasting durability (50 years or more compared to 10 or 15 years with more tradition shingles), at a similar price point.

Some homeowners are hesitant to try these new building materials, as they haven’t heard of them and aren’t sure if they will provide the performance they boast. We want to help you realize all of your options, and make sure you understand the advantages of new materials. Let’s break down some of the biggest advantages that Wakefield Bridge steel shingles have to offer.

Incredibly attractive and lightweight

The first thing that you are going to notice about Wakefield Bridge steel shingles is that they have been designed and engineered from the ground up to provide you with a beautiful home aesthetic that surpasses even the most high-end traditional materials.

Steel shingles have come a long way – they are now available in a wide variety of designs, finishes and colours that will compliment any exterior home design. Many people don’t think of the roof as an option in elevating the design of the home exterior, but a unique roof can help bring your design to the next level and turn your home into the envy of the neighbourhood.

Boasting a beautiful design, Wakefield Bridge steel shingles are also a lot lighter in weight compared to more traditional roofing materials (at least 60% lighter when compared to your average asphalt shingles covering the same area). This means you’ll put tremendously less stress on your home, which is a positive factor in maintaining the integrity of your home’s structure.

Durable protection against environmental factors

The major difference between Wakefield Bridge steel shingles and traditional asphalt shingles is that they are produced out of long-lasting steel components that will remain weatherproof for 50 years or more – 4 to 5 times longer than more traditional options.

Wakefield Bridge steel shingles are very durable and will stand up to the many wiles Mother Nature can unleash upon your home – wind, rain and hail, snow and ice, heat and prolonged exposure to the sun; steel shingles will withstand it all far more effectively than more traditional shingle materials. Wakefield Bridge steel shingles are tested to resist winds over 241 km/h or 150 mph and will stand up to the fiercest storms imaginable.

Wakefield Bridge steel shingles also boast premier rust resistance thanks to their unique corrosion coating; triple layered and baked on for the highest level of protection on the market.

Consider Wakefield Bridge steel shingles for your next roof upgrade – a tested product that you can trust to protect your home against the elements for decades to come.

Lucas O’Connor founded Lucas Roofing in 2008, and quickly became Ottawa’s roofing industry leader by providing customers with quality, reliable services and great value. Lucas Roofing has since expanded to include a full offering of professional contracting services, upholding the same values of quality and expert workmanship. Looking for Ottawa professional roofing services? Contact Lucas Contracting today!

5 Kitchen Styles That Are Turning Heads

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The kitchen is one of the most heavily used spaces in a home; the room where everyone reconnects after a long day and enjoys a meal and family time. So why not create a kitchen space that is as beautiful as it is functional? There are so many new trends in kitchen design, from classic black and white colour schemes, bold and unique fixtures, and even automated technologies – think of hands-free faucets, sensor-activated lighting that illuminates the kitchen as you enter, and more!

Whether you are looking for ideas for your next kitchen renovation project or want to make sure that you are getting the most out of the current construction of your dream kitchen, make sure you take advantage of all the latest and greatest features and trends popular kitchens are boasting today.

Here is a quick guide to some of the most popular trends in kitchen renovations taking over the current market:

Stainless steel (almost) everything is red-hot right now

Stainless steel appliances have almost always been a crowd favourite (at least they have been for the last 25 years or so), but now people are incorporating stainless steel in other areas of the kitchen as well, opting for stainless steel fixtures, stainless steel sinks, stainless steel construction materials, and even stainless steel countertops. It’s a great material that provides a clean, modern aesthetic and is very durable for any busy family kitchen prone to frequent bumps and bashes.

Reused, reclaimed, and repurposed materials that look distressed are incredibly popular in the kitchen

More and more people are becoming aware of their environmental footprint and wanting to be more environmentally friendly with their renovations projects. Instead of sourcing new products, many homeowners are instead looking to reuse, re-claim, and repurpose all kinds of different materials including barn and deck board, even flooring and doors, and implement them into their new kitchen construction projects.

Using reclaimed and reused items can result in some of the most creative kitchen designs. If you are looking to unleash your creativity and flair for the unique there are endless possibilities for innovative DIY projects!

Blending modern design aesthetics with antique pieces is more popular now than ever before

Most of the things that we interact with on a daily basis look like they come from the future – clean lines, high-end materials, shiny finishes, etc. – but more and more people are starting to blend that very clean aesthetic with antiques, retro and vintage pieces, and distressed items that bring a quaint charm to any living space.

Blending the old with the new is a very interesting dichotomy that fosters a unique contrast. When pulled off successfully, it creates a beautiful, dynamic living space.

Herringbone patterns are taking over kitchen design

Herringbone patterns are starting to pop up in high-end kitchen designs around the world – with luxury resorts, restaurants, and hotels leading the charge.

It’s now possible to get your hands on herringbone construction materials for almost any application and finish. Try opting for a bold pattern like herringbone to create a focal point in an area of the kitchen that may have been otherwise unnoticed – perhaps the corner desk space or breakfast nook.

Advanced technology has made its way into the kitchen

Technology has invaded and taken over most every aspect of our modern lives, and the kitchen is no different. Touchscreens, internet-enabled devices, “smart appliances”, LED lighting and a whole host of other technological advances are now commonplace in the modern kitchen – and there’s no sign of this technological revolution slowing down anytime soon.

Looking for Ottawa professional renovations and roofing services? Contact Lucas Contracting today!