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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.

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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!

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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.


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Why You Should Choose DECRA Roofing

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If you are serious about upgrading your roof, or are looking to take advantage of a recent construction project to completely overhaul your roof lines and the roofing material that you have on your home, you’re going to want to make sure that you research all of the benefits that DECRA roofing materials have to offer compared to more traditional solutions.

Easily one of the most popular alternative roofing material options available on the market today, you’d have to crazy not to investigate whether or not this stone-coated metal roofing solution can meet your needs – and exceed your expectations – all at a price point that is almost too good to be true.

Top-tier Luxury Look at a Fraction of the Price

The beautiful thing about DECRA roofing solutions is that they are absolutely gorgeous and provide you with the kind of luxury look and finish you’re looking to add to your home at a fraction of the price of traditional luxury roofing materials.

Many of the DECRA products are designed to resemble terra-cotta, copper roof materials, cedar or slate roofing materials, and a whole host of other incredibly expensive roofing options that most people decide not to go with strictly because of the overall price.

But when you’re able to substitute those expensive options for the less expensive, but no less attractive DECRA materials, it becomes a no-brainer.

Eco-Friendly Roofing Components that Lessen your Environmental Footprint

Another big advantage that you are going to enjoy when you move forward with DECRA is the advantage of knowing that you are dramatically lessening your environmental footprint while protecting your roof and your property.

Each and every one of these DECRA products have been designed to lower your environmental footprint, and to utilize sustainable materials so that you don’t have to worry about polluting our environment any further.

They are one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials you’re going to come across, and thanks to their amazing durability you can depend on these materials for years and years to come.

Completely Customizable to Any Roof Configuration Imaginable

While some roofing materials (metal, copper, and slate roofs in particular) are almost impossible to install on certain roofs that have particularly complex configurations, that’s never going to be a problem when you move forward with DECRA products.

Each and every one of these roof solutions have been designed to accommodate almost any roof configuration unimaginable. No matter how many hips or valleys your roof has you’re guaranteed to be able to take advantage of DECRA products to get the job done – and to get the job done right the first time around!

It’s nice to know that you (or your roofing professionals) will be working with a flexible material that can accommodate most any of your project specifications.

It just doesn’t get much better than that!

Effortless to Maintain and with One of the Best Roofing Material Warranties in the Industry

Finally, you are going to fall in love with absolutely everything that the DECRA warranty has to offer.

One of the longest warranties in the industry (it is a lifetime warranty, after all), you are going to be able to depend on these roofing products to get the job done for decades and decades longer than traditional roofing materials could ever hope to.

It’s nice to know that you’re only going to have to invest in a brand-new roof once in your lifetime – rather than changing out your roofing shingles every ten years or so with more budget-focused and short-term solutions. If DECRA seems like the right roofing option for you, contact Lucas Contracting at 613-913-5539 to request a quote or ask about our roofing services, including metal roofing, flat roofing, composition shingles, or green roof installation.


Transform Your Home with a Stretch Ceiling

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If you want to transform the way that your home looks and give it that luxury high-end appearance that is in such demand these days, you are going to want to seriously consider moving forward with a stretch ceiling installation as your next home renovation project.

Stretch ceilings are red-hot right now. These home renovation projects used to be predominantly in the domain of high-end hotels, resorts, and spas. These days, these kinds of projects are working their way into high-end homes and more budget-focused properties as well – providing a tremendous amount of visual impact along the way!

Not only will you be able to transform the way that your home looks with the installation of a stretch ceiling, but you’ll also be able to increase its value as well. It isn’t at all uncommon for people to be able to add $10,000 or more to their property’s value with a simple and straightforward installation of a stretch ceiling.

At the same time, you’ll want to be sure that this is the right move for you. Take advantage of the inside information we outlined below to determine whether or not this is the kind of home renovation project you should be tackling in the first place!

What Exactly is a Stretch Ceiling Anyway?

Stretch ceilings are essentially a thin layer of PVC plastic or a fabric membrane that covers the entirety of your ceiling and is mounted into a track that goes around the room. This track is almost always “hidden” by crown molding, and the PVC plastic or fabric membrane overcoat “stretches” the look of your ceiling by providing a semi-reflective surface that makes it look like it goes on and on forever.

Just How Simple and Straightforward is a Stretch Ceiling Installation Home Renovation Project?

For the homeowner that hires the right home renovation contractor to install a stretch ceiling, the process is simple.

For starters, most rooms can have a completely finished stretch ceiling installed in a matter of hours – not days – and an entire house can be fitted with stretch ceilings in about two days (sometimes three).

Secondly, the right home renovation professionals are going to understand exactly how to work with this relatively new construction material and are also going to understand exactly how to shortcut the process to give you the results you are looking for in the first place.

What are the Obvious Benefits of Moving Forward with a Stretch Ceiling?

Outside of the obvious benefit of being able to dramatically transform the look of your home while at the same time transforming its value along the way, stretch ceiling home innovation projects also:

  • Provide you with a Class I fire safety rating
  • Have a 25-year manufacturer warranty
  • Are some of the most environmentally friendly ceiling materials available
  • Provide you with the ability to change the look of your home in just a few hours
  • Will not add any dust or debris to your home
  • Will not hold or harbuor odours, bacteria, moisture, dust, debris, or dander

That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

When you go with a stretch ceiling for your next home renovation project you’re going to be able to boost the value of your property. You will also be able to boost the overall look and feel of your property as well. If you want to go with a home renovation project that makes sure you love coming home every day, this is the one to move forward with! If you’re in the Ottawa area, and you want to make your favourite room, or entire house look and feel sophisticated and high-end, contact Lucas Contracting to receive a quote for a beautiful stretch ceiling.


Planning a Custom Home Build in Ottawa

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If you’re getting ready to build a custom home in Ottawa, or even just want to tackle some major home renovations to update and even overhaul your current home, you’re going to want to understand every little detail involved in the planning process.

This will guarantee that you move through the process efficiently, that you save money whenever possible, and that you complete your home renovations or your custom-built home on time and on budget.

Let’s dive into a couple of critical things you need to focus on when you’re getting ready to tackle this kind of project!

Outline your goals and expectations ahead of time

Just as you wouldn’t leave on a road trip without a destination in mind (just as your GPS would be useless on that road trip without a destination in mind) you cannot tackle home renovations or a custom home build in Ottawa without understanding EXACTLY what you want the finished project to look like.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What does your new home/renovation have to feature?
  • What are you priorities (eco-friendliness? uniqueness?)
  • What problems are you trying to solve in your current home?
  • Is this a home for life or do you foresee selling in the not-too-distant future?
  • When do you want everything completed?
  • What kind of inspiration can you show your designer and builder so that your dreams come true?

Cover all of those bases and you’ll find this process goes a lot smoother.

Get concrete when it comes to your budget

Even though there are probably haven’t been any home renovation or custom home build projects that have EVER been completed without the budget adjusting at least a little bit, you’re going to want to get as concrete as humanly possible about the amount of money you’re willing to spend on this work ahead of time.

There is a big problem with going to architects and builders with an idea of the work you do like to have done without a budget. These professionals can create amazing designs or concepts, but if they aren’t aware of your budget there will be a problem.

Naturally they are going to go big with these designs, and when you get hit in the gut with the projected total expense that they report back to you, you’re going to feel awful about all of the things you “lose” when you pare things back.

If, instead, you provide these designers and architects with a concrete budget to begin with they’ll understand their constraints right out of the gate – and create for you an amazing custom home or home renovation project that fits your financial reality.

Choose the Right Contractor

Though there are a lot of designer and builder operations out there that do fantastic work when it comes to custom homes and home renovations, you’re going to want to think about assembling your own “dream team” of professionals to make sure that you get exactly the kind of results you’re after. That all starts with choosing the right custom home contractor.

If you don’t want a cookie-cutter home from the major home builders in Ottawa, consider choosing a custom home built by Lucas Contracting. You get to choose very detail of your home. If there is a decision to be made, you will be the one to make it – though the design and building professionals at Lucas Contracting are of course happy to provide their expert guidance.

Contact the Lucas Contracting team to set up a free consultation or start the home building process. Your dream of a custom home in Ottawa starts with a phone call!

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What is the Best Metal Roof Colour?

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If you have already committed to making sure that your next roof is going to be a metal roof, you are a couple of steps ahead of the game.

Some of the most affordable, beautiful, durable, and efficient roofs available on the planet, metal roofs are constructed from a diverse range of roofing materials. Whether made of steel or aluminium, a new metal roof promises the kinds of benefits that you’re looking for – the kinds of benefits that you as a homeowner deserve – and will add a considerable amount of value to your property at the same time.

Of course, just because you have elected to go with metal roofing material doesn’t mean that your decisions are over.

Not by a longshot.

There are quite a few different things you’re going to need to take care of when you decide to move forward with this roofing material, not the least of which is choosing the right colour of metal roofing material for your project.

Here are just a couple of helpful tips and tricks to get you started down the right path. Take advantage of this inside information and you won’t have any trouble whatsoever finding the best metal roof colour for you!

Let’s dive right in.

What’s hot right now?

As with any other home design element, there are definitely going to be some roofing material colours that are “hotter” than others right now – and that might be the direction that you’re looking to go in.

This is especially true if you want your home to look very modern and very contemporary, all without having to worry about whether or not this look is going to be quite as stylish in the years to come.

Metal roofs are going to be the norm in the future – just because of all the combined benefits they are able to bring to the table – and these colours are likely to remain “hot” for years and years to come.

Which metal roof colours look best with your home?

Of course, you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy to pick metal roofing material colours based entirely off of the “hot” colours without first considering how those colours are going to go with the look and style of the home they will be installed on.

Really consider the architecture and the style of your home, and especially the colour of your siding, your shutters, your doors, etc. to get a feel for whether or not this roofing material is going to blend in seamlessly. Or will it create an odd juxtaposition that throws things off? There is a fine line between tasteful contrast and clash.

Consider the energy efficiency of specific colours as well

A lot of people are surprised to learn that the colour of the metal roofing that they decide to move forward with will have a tremendous impact on their energy bills, but upon closer consideration it isn’t all that surprising after all.

You see, darker roofs are going to attract more light and more heat – and that means that your home is going to be warmer (especially in the upper levels). This might not be a bad idea if you live in a cold climate city like Ottawa, but if you live in warmer areas this could be big trouble.

At the same time, lighter colour roofs are going to reflect a more heat and more light – which may be picture-perfect in warmer climates, but if you live in Ottawa it is a valid concern in the winter.

When choosing your metal roof cover, energy efficiency is definitely something to consider!

Whatever you do, be careful about going with certain shades of blue

At the end of the day, regardless of the colour of roof that you decide to go with, you’ll really want to think long and hard about going with certain shades of blue.

Though it can be interesting to choose shades of blue that go nicely with the colour of the sky, you might end up with an “invisible” sky blue roof – and that can have your home looking very odd indeed!

For all your metal roofing needs in Ottawa, Lucas Contracting is here to help. We are experts in metal roof installation, steel roof repair, commercial metal roofing, shingle replacement, and much more. Get in touch to book a roof inspection, repair, or installation!