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Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Is Your Home Protected Against a Roof Leak?

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Your home is most likely, one of the largest – if not the largest – investments you’ve ever made. That’s why it’s important to ensure that it’s maintained and structurally sound, especially if it’s an older build. That includes your roof. Out of sight, out of mind isn’t always a good thing, as we can easily disregard the maintenance of crucial areas until it’s too late. If your roof springs a leak, it can be a major headache for you, and a costly repair. So here are a few tips to help you ensure that your home is protected against a leaky roof.

Clean Your Gutters

It’s often the simple things in life that can make all the difference, and that goes for your roof. During those long winter months, a lot of debris and junk can easily accumulate through your gutters, preventing proper drainage. Without proper drainage, rainwater can easily accumulate and pool in areas along the roof, weakening it over time.

Every spring, hire a contractor, or grab a handy friend and a ladder to clean out those leaves. While you’re at it, it’s a good opportunity to evaluate the state of your gutters and downspouts. Does rainwater flow as it should safely away from your home? Are they are any missing, broken, rusted, or otherwise damaged sections that should be replaced or repaired? Now is the perfect time to take care of this important maintenance task before the cold weather returns.

Trim Tree Branches

In addition to cleaning out your gutters, you may also want to take a look at your trees. If there are any branches that are hanging over your roof and gutters, it may be worth trimming them back to reduce the amount of debris that can accumulate and eventually leading to pooling water. Small animals like squirrels and racoons also use tree branches to climb onto your roof and squeeze their way into your attic if there are any holes, so trimming tree branches is also important for this reason. If upon inspection you notice signs of rot or any other concerns with the tree, you may want to investigate removing the tree altogether to keep your home safe.

Reseal the Edges

Along the edges and vents of your roof are what are called flashing and pipe boots. These materials are crucial for waterproofing your roof and preventing leaks. It’s a good idea to check them out each year and reseal them. All it requires is some additional caulking and epoxy to do the job. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, hiring a professional roofer to reseal it for you is always a worthy investment that may save you a lot of money in the long run.

Roof Inspection

Finally, at least every two or three years, you should hire a roof inspector to take a thorough look at the status of it. This way you can potentially avoid any nasty surprises and costly repairs. Otherwise, you may be left with far more advanced roof problem that requires more costly and expensive repairs that you may have been able to avoid with an ounce of prevention.

Keeping on top of your roof maintenance is the best way to avoid leaky surprises. Always perform annual checks. Don’t let debris accumulate in the gutters, and trim extending tree branches when necessary. Reseal the edges after each winter, and always get a professional to inspect it every few years.

Lucas Contracting is one of the most well-reputed roofing contractors in the Ottawa area. We provide roof repairs, shingle replacement, flat roofing, seamless gutters, Wakefield Bridge, Euroshield, and Decra installations for home and business owners in Ottawa, Kanata, Orleans, Barrhaven, Gatineau, and throughout the National Capital Region.

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2016’s Biggest Home Renovation Trends

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Starting a renovation in your home, whether big or small, can be tedious and overwhelming. But ultimately, if the result is what you envision, it makes it all worth it in the end. If you’re in the process of selecting a few potential additions for your home, here are the top trends of 2016 in home renovation trends for you to consider.

Low-Maintenance Designs

Who doesn’t love low-maintenance designs? Especially with the increasing amount of Millennials entering the housing market, the idea of turning towards a renovation project becomes only worth it when the result is low maintenance. And who blames them?

For this reason you can find an increasing amount of homeowners this year leaning towards quartz countertops. Rather than invest in granite or marble, you can have the stunning aesthetic properties in an easy-to-maintain quartz.

In addition, major brands are revamping their stainless steel appliances to get on board. Enter black finger-resistant stainless steel appliances. You get added warmth, along with an easy to clean design without all of those pesky fingerprints.

Restaurant Features in the Comfort of Home

From smoked meats, to those fire roasted pizzas – restaurant cooking trends are increasingly finding their way into the hearts and homes of many. The Smoker Cabinet from Kalamazoo is not your average barrel smoker. This beauty is a prize work of art that consists of a gravity-feed charcoal design, along with an insulated box that maintains peak temperature for those perfectly smoked ribs. But it will set you back about $10,000. But for some, you simply can’t put a price on smoked meat.

Enter Virtual Reality

Planning a design or remodel throughout your home can be unnerving, especially if it’s a big project you have planned. Well thanks to the wonderful world of technology, you can virtually eliminate any doubt and uncertainty. Programs such as Lowe’s Holoroom, is a prime example of how the benefits of virtual reality are making life easier. So you can take the guessing out of a renovation by seeing the virtual reality of it first.

Return to Formal Dining

Do you use your dining room as a home office? Be honest – has it basically turned into a storage area? In modern living, the dining room has fallen in importance with families choosing to eat in the living room or at an eat-in kitchen nook, if they eat together at all. For many people, dinner parties aren’t even a thought – until now.

This year is all about the return of the dining room. These rooms are formal yet warm, classic yet modern. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating filet mignon or Kraft dinner, dining alone or with a party of twenty – everything looks better, feels better, and tastes better in the comfort of a dining room designed around its intended purpose.

Energy and Water Efficiency

There’s no doubt that there’s an increasing trend growing for environmentally conscious, and sustainable home products and appliances being incorporated into designs. That’s why you can continue to see growing popularity in energy and water efficient appliances. From smart water heaters to Energy Star approval, they not only help the environment, they can also save you money in the long run.

So whether it’s a simple upgrade, or you have a vision for redesigning your entire kitchen space, you’ll now be well informed about the hottest trends entering homes this year.

Lucas Contracting offers a wide suite of home renovation services to homeowners in the Ottawa area, including Nepean, Kanata, Barrhaven, Orleans, and Gatineau. Our interior renovation services include kitchen, bathroom, flooring, basement, framing, drywall, and open concept designs.