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Is Your Home Weatherproofed?

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They say that you take on another full-time job when you become a homeowner. Anyone that has had to do a bit of routine maintenance around the home understands this to be true.

Thankfully, some projects are easier to pull off than others. As long as you make sure that your home is as best protected from inclement weather as humanly possible, you shouldn’t have too many major projects to have to tackle later down the line.

Keeping rain, snow, and ice out of your home is going to be an ongoing battle between you and Mother Nature, but it’s one that you absolutely have to win all the time – 100% of the time – or you’re going to be looking at some seriously sticky situations.

Make sure that your roof is in tip-top shape

Verifying that your home is as weatherproofed as it gets starts with making sure that your roof is in the best possible shape it can be in.

After all, your roof is going to be the very first line of defense between you and inclement weather. It’s going to do the bulk of the heavy lifting to make sure that you stay high and dry every day of the year for at least a decade to come.

If climbing up a ladder and poking around on your roof is not your idea of a good time, Lucas Contracting is here to help. Our Ottawa roofers have the qualifications and experience to ensure your roof is in excellent shape. Preventative measures and small fixes over time will ensure you don’t have to do a complete roof overhaul ahead of schedule.

Check for any exterior damage

You also need to do a visual check of all exterior components of your home (especially your siding) to make sure that it is in tip-top shape as well.

Vinyl siding is very inexpensive and looks fantastic when installed properly, but it’s not exactly the stoutest stuff around. It chips easily when the temperature gets cold, and it gets more than a little bit “loosey-goosey” when the temperature starts to climb.

You need to be 100% certain that it’s going to continue to protect you from outside elements without allowing any weather to get into your home. Any signs of obvious damage or neglect need to be addressed ASAP.

Replace old windows and doors

Finally, you’ll want to think about swapping out all of your old windows and doors to replace them with more efficient and modern options.

This is especially true if your home is more than thirty years old and hasn’t seen any updates. The technology behind new windows and doors has come quite a way in just the last three decades. With an upgrade, you’ll be able to better protect your home from inclement weather, but you’ll also be able to dramatically reduce your energy bill while improving your overall safety to boot. This is definitely the kind of upgrade that your home deserves.

Call Lucas Contracting today for more recommendations on weatherproofing your home for whatever wild weather Ottawa has in store this year.

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Why It’s Important to Maintain Your Gutters & Downspouts in the Fall

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You can’t wait to clean your gutters when you notice a problem, but by then it’s too late.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what too many otherwise smart and savvy homeowners out there end up doing. They then end up spending a lot more on home repairs than they anticipated. If all you do this year is clean out your gutters and your downspouts before the fall, you will usually be able to save yourself a tremendous amount of headache and hassle (at the very least). You’ll also save yourself a good chunk of change in repair expenses, as well.

Here are just a couple of reasons that you will want to maintain your gutters and your downspouts before the chilly and snowy winter season comes to Ottawa.

It’s called “fall” for a reason!

Sure, you’ll always come across people that refer to this season as autumn, but all over the country people call this season fall. It’s easy to see why when you begin to notice all of the leaves that come tumbling down as the weather cools.

Well, when those leaves come drifting down, the odds are pretty good that they are going to fall right down your roof and start to collect in your gutters. This isn’t going to be a huge problem at first, but if they are allowed to stick around for any real amount of time, they are going to begin to decompose. That’s when your entire gutter system runs the risk of getting clogged.

Clogged gutters and downspouts will cause water backups, and water backups have a nasty little habit of worming their way into your home one way or another. And we all know just how dangerous water damage can be. Even if it starts off pretty small, it can quickly spiral out of control if not addressed.

Clogged gutters will ruin your natural drainage system

Gutters serve more purposes than simply making sure that water is kept entirely out of your home.

Gutter and downspout systems are also designed to work with the way that your home is situated on the land. They allow you to effortlessly drain excess rainwater away from your home so that your basement doesn’t end up turning into a swimming pool you never intended to have in the first place.

Downspouts that get rerouted because of clogged gutters are going to cause a nightmare situation almost immediately (and certainly in the spring when the snow begins to melt). Unless you are excited to run a sump pump all year round you’re going to want to make sure that you take the time to clean things out properly.

In addition to cleaning out your gutters, schedule a visit from the Ottawa roofing experts at Lucas Contracting to make sure your gutters and downspouts are in proper working order.

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When Your DIY Projects Needs Help from a Pro

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There is a great sense of pride and ownership when you tackle a do-it-yourself project at home and get to see a great finished project. Every time you see the crib that you self-assembled, or walk into the living room that you painted with a colour called “dried parsley,” you know you’ve done well. However some projects are simply not suitable for the DIY approach. In such cases, you can call a general contractor in Ottawa for assistance to get your project over the hump.

Electrical

If there is any electrical involved in your project at all, you must absolutely contact a general contractor in Ottawa to take care of it. All wiring has to be up to code, and your project could be shut down if it’s not. Even worse, bad wiring could lead to a fire. A certified electrician will make sure the wiring is done right, leaving nothing up to chance. Your home and your family deserve nothing less.

Plumbing

Plumbing is another area where it’s simply not safe to take it in your own hands. If you mess with the plumbing, you could wind up with a drip or leak that causes water damage, mould growth, health problems…you get the picture. According to WaterDamageBocaRaton.net plumbing issues can be one of the most costly to repair at an average of $1,200 per household yearly. Whether you’re renovating the bathroom or kitchen, a plumber will make sure all the pipes and drainage systems are properly dealt with.

Breaking Down Walls

You can’t just decide to go open concept and start knocking down walls. You never know if a wall you knocked down was weight bearing! A general contractor can tell the difference between a support wall and a cosmetic wall. They’ll create the gorgeous open concept you were looking for, with none of the risk.

Windows

If you try to install new windows on your own, you could wind up with gaps through which air can leak. This could inflate your heating and cooling bills. Get it done by a professional so you don’t have to put on seven layers of blankets just to watch TV!

Basement Finishing

Finishing your basement is a lot more complicated that installing some drywall and laying down a carpet. Call in a general contractor to inspect for leaks and cracks, install good waterproofing, and make sure the insulation is sufficient. Basement finishing will also involve electrical, and might involve plumbing if you plan to add a bathroom.

You can still enjoy the satisfaction of doing it yourself, without any risk of danger or shoddy workmanship. Call a general contractor in Ottawa to handle the hard stuff, and you can get back to business.