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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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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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3 Tips to Make Your Roof Last

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It is of the utmost importance that you make sure your roof is in the best possible condition. If not, you run the risk of having to do a complete tear off and replacement. This kind of intensive project can cost you countless thousands that you could have spent elsewhere.

Thankfully, it isn’t all that difficult to maintain your roof (the roof you have right now) to help stretch its longevity a bit. This is especially true when you know exactly what you’re doing or hire a trusted Ottawa roofing company like Lucas Contracting. We are going to give you three different tips to make your roof last and last. These tips are going to save you a boatload of money (not to mention time, headache, and hassle) just by putting them into action.

Shall we jump right in?

Clean up your gutters every four months or so

One of the easiest things that you’ll be able to do dramatically extend the longevity of your roof is to simply clean out your gutters on a routine basis. Swabbing out your gutters every four months or so means that you’ll have to give up three weekends a year to really get the job done right. But you’ll be able to save thousands and thousands of dollars on costly roof repairs. It’s definitely worth it. If you’d rather spend your weekend lounging, an Ottawa roofing company like Lucas Contracting can handle the task with ease.

Remove debris from your shingles

No matter where your home is situated, the odds are pretty good that you’re going to have at least some debris collect upon your roof every year. Leaves, animal drops, dust, and random neighbourhood debris collects on your roof.

While a bit of debris isn’t going to be a nightmare situation, if you allow the debris to continue to collect things can really start to spiral out of control. Make sure that you’re power washing off the debris on your roof every year (hopefully right after spring), and your roof will last at least a couple of years longer than it would have otherwise.

Get rid of any growth

Finally, it’s important that you make sure there is no living organic material on your roof that could cause it to weaken structurally or as far as weatherproofing is concerned.

Moss growing on your roof might not seem like all that big of a deal at first, but if it continues to grow, it’s going to work to destroy your roof from the outside in, causing leaks and structural problems all over the place.

These three tips and the help of your Ottawa roofing company will ensure that your roof lasts for years – even decades – to come.

The Importance of Scheduling a Roof Inspection

The Importance of Scheduling A Roof Inspection

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One of the most ignored parts of the home is the roof. Granted, it can be hard to see and as a result stay out of our minds. However, one of the leading reasons why people are disinclined to get a roof inspection is because of the prices associated with roof work. Much higher than most other exterior work done on the home, many people put it off for as long as possible before addressing the issue. Let’s take a moment to review why scheduling a roof inspection is so important.

  1. Reduce Future Costs

When it comes to roofs, the sooner you identify and fix a problem, the more money you will save in the long run. Small problems can gradually worsen over time, as heat, moisture, and a myriad of other agitators can make use of a tiny opening and cause a lot of damage. In addition to gradually costing you more money, you will also lose roof integrity, increasing the chances of leaks. There is also the chance that if something was to land on your roof, that it would collapse through in its weakened state as opposed to holding strong. Finally, there is the eventual risk of a roof collapse and repair that would run thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in cost.

  1. Venting Money Out Of Your Roof

Scheduling a roof inspection is often the first thing people do to save money.  Like it or not, if you have not recently had your roof replaced, then it may be the primary means that heating and cooling leaves your house. This results in you spending more money over time trying to keep your house the right temperature, costing you more in bills. With a roof inspection, a trained and qualified individual will carefully inspect the exterior of your roof as well as your attic to see if and where there are any problems like heat/cooling loss. By getting the work done now, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in expenses in the future.

  1. Peace of Mind

The roof has often been considered the housing equivalent of a toothache. No matter how much a tooth may bother us, we are generally inclined to ignore it and hope that it will go away on its own. By having your roof inspected, you provide yourself with a peace of mind that every homeowner deserves. With their careful attention to detail and consultation, a professional roofer will be able to tell you what if anything is wrong. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to start taking the necessary steps to fix any problems.

Contact Lucas Contracting today to schedule a roof inspection on your home or commercial property.