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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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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.