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5 roof replacement tips you can’t live without

5 roof replacement tips you can’t live without

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5 roof replacement tips you can’t live without

There are several reasons to replace your property’s roofing. But whether it’s due to damages caused by a storm or simply old age, a roofing replacement can help maintain your home’s value and provide adequate protection for your family.

However, this is one home improvement project you need to take seriously. It costs a lot to install a new roof, so you have to make the most out of this major investment.

For that, here are the tips you need to get the best value from your roofing replacement.

1. Have the right reasons

Before you get around to replacing the roofing of your home, you need to have a good reason to do so. Damages due to termite infestation or a strong hurricane warrant a costly replacement, especially if these damages are affecting the structural integrity of your roofing. You can also consider a roofing upgrade if you are planning to sell your home. A new roof can have a lasting impression on serious homebuyers.

2. Consider the materials

Once you have the right reason to replace your roofing, you will need to determine the best types of roofing materials to purchase. Regardless of what your roofing is made of, you should always opt for the highest quality that fits in your budget. You do need to consider the cost of upgrading your roof to a sturdier material. If you are planning to replace your hardwood roofing with lightweight steel, you may need to pay more compared to installing asphalt shingles.

3. Look for the right contractor

Considering the fact that you need to replace the entire roofing system, you will need to get help from an experienced roofer in your area. Of course, this would involve searching online or the local directory for renovation companies that are up for the task. But when it comes to quality, it’s still best to ask for recommendations from people you know. You can also do a background check on a local roofer through the Better Business Bureau. That way, you can determine if a certain contractor is worth your trust and money.

4. Consider lifetime value

A roof replacement should last for a very long time. After all, it doesn’t make sense to pay a lot to replace your damaged shingles and framing only to see these deteriorate within three months. For this, it’s important to compare different replacement strategies. This should help you maximize installation and maintenance costs and ensure that your new roof will stay for the long run.

5. Install mitigating measures

Replacing your roofing doesn’t stop with getting rid of damaged shingles and rehabilitating the framing. You also need to reinforce your new roof so it could withstand extreme weather, termites, and time. For this, it’s best to pick designs that hold fast against extreme winds and install added protections against winter frost. These might cost a lot, but the benefits they offer are worth it.

Roof replacement is a great way to make your home standout and not to mention keep your property structurally sound. Following these tips should give you even more reasons to undertake this value-adding home improvement project.


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The must-do maintenance checklist for every homeowner defined by nature

The homeowner’s must-do maintenance checklist defined by nature

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The homeowner’s must-do maintenance checklist defined by nature

Elements of nature. Powerful and unlike anything invented by humans. In the end, nature always wins, so within here, we offer every homeowner a simple checklist to follow to ensure that you protect your investment, and everything inside of it, from falling prey to the forces attributed to the elements of nature.

Air, water, fire and earth – the four elements present different risks, and thus, different approaches to minimize those risks, when it comes to your property. To keep it simple and easy to remember, we will provide four tips for each element, for a sweet total of 16 maintenance items we can all get behind.

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Air

Roof – Inspect at grade and at roof for torn, missing or curling shingles as they can lift easily in high winds and expose raw sheathing. Check inside attic for proper ventilation and potential signs of moisture (mould on underside of sheathing, depressed or black insulation). Wind-driven roof damage may only otherwise show up when you notice ceiling damages on the inside.

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Caulking – Window sills, joints between exterior cladding, door frames all bleed air. Insulation and caulking at basement floor joist headers can dramatically reduce air infiltration and exfiltration, resulting in energy savings and increased comfort.

HVAC – Have an annual furnace/boiler and AC service, replace filters every three months, clean ducts and ventilation fans inside grills.

Tie downs/weight – Lawn furniture, yard tools, anything left outside that is not overly heavy or tied down can become a dangerous projectile in a strong wind. Review these regularly before the storms blow into town.

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Water

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Photography: bigstock.com

Roof – Similar to wind risks, old or missing shingles cannot perform in keeping water out. Water inside the building envelope can create major finish damages, structural and health problems in a big hurry. Included with the roof inspection, we recommend cleaning eavestroughs twice per year to ensure proper flow and reduce ice damning risk in winter.

Caulking – Interior and exterior caulking should be inspected annually. Showers and sink edges, a crack the size of a credit card could result in major leak damage. Window and door sills should be inspected for bubbling and cracking of caulking, as well as roof vents to ensure reduced risk of water infiltration.

HVAC – Check hot water tank, furnace and air conditioners for leaking at floor, and drain lines to be free flowing. Ensure humidifiers are not overly scaled and flow as should.

Drinking water – Replace fridge or sink filter at least twice annually. Send test kit sample of tap water to municipality for testing annually. Also, turn off hose bibs on interior and open exterior by November 1st each year to avoid freezing damage (even on “Frost-Free” faucets!).

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Fire

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Courtesy of Nest

Alarm – Replace Smoke/CO alarm battery annually and test alarms monthly. We recommend the NEST alarms for their regular smart phone notifications and testing, as well as the neat night-light option.

Extinguishers – Check/recharge fire extinguisher(s) for the kitchen. Add a single sprinkler head or the Haven ceiling mount suppression device in the mechanical room (the location of most fires.)

HVAC – Clean or have annual service performed and check

Dryers – Remove and clean out ventilation grill, vent pipe and inside edge of appliance to prevent overheating.

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Earth

Soil – Ensure positive slope away from foundations and fill any depressions around downspouts to ensure proper storm runoff.

Radon gas – Test kit or continuous monitor (preferred) and ventilate sub-slab in basement to depressurize against odourless carcinogen that naturally emanates from some soil types.

Fertilize – Early spring, mid-summer and late fall to ensure lawn and garden have adequate nutrients.

Sweep – Monthly cleaning of the hard surfaces around your house can highlight any rot or repairs needed to decks, porches and also reduce the amount of dirt dragged into your home.

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If your home is in need of more than a little routine maintenance and you are contemplating a new home or more extensive renovation, remember there is real value in working with a professional to design and build the space. Visit renomark.ca, the home of the professional renovator, to start your search when looking to start your project.

Brendan Charters is a Founding Partner at Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc., the GTA’s only four-time winner of the Renovator of the Year award.

@eurodalehomes

416.782.5690


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How to prep your roof for Canadian winters

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How to prep your roof for Canadian winters

At the height of winter, temperatures in Canada sink below anything you’ve ever experienced. While people in the South don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures, those from Eastern Canada experience short, harsh winters. Cars don’t start and you get snowfalls almost at any time. If you want to live comfortably when the temperatures plunge, get things taken care of. More precisely, prep your roof for the cold months of the year.

Don’t ignore this very important task. This will help reduce many of the costs and dangers associated with cold winter weather. There’s no better time than now to assess the wear and tear on your roof and prepare for the cold season. Use this practical checklist. It won’t do the work for you, but it’ll remind you of all the tasks that need to be completed.

Clean the eavestroughs like a pro

The eavestrough is meant to remove the water from the roof and make sure that it drains away from the building. If until now you haven’t paid to much attention to this essential part of your home, do it now. Eavestroughs have a tendency to collect debris. If you don’t keep them clean, the dirt will fall along the foundation of the house, which can lead to cracks. In extreme situations, the debris can cause fracture and excessive deformations. If the water should happen to build up, the outcome is serious damage to the roof, siding, and trim. As you can see, inspecting and cleaning out the eavestroughs is of paramount importance.

Something to look out for when you’re concerned about the surface water collection channel is overflow. This is usually the result of a blockage which can be corrected immediately. Remove anything you can find. This includes leaves, shingle granules, and broken tree limbs. Equally important is to pay attention to the fasteners. Are they a little bit loose? Do the fasteners look damaged? If the answer is yes, you need to do something. Secure them with the help of steel screws and plastic ferrules. Simply insert the screws in the existing holes in front of the eavestroughs.

There are risks to not keeping your eyes on the eavestroughs. If you don’t monitor this important part of the home’s exterior, you’ll have to deal with clogs. As you know very well, clogs lead to leaks. Water pooling around your dwelling is one of the worst things that can happen. Needless to say, the water can damage the foundation and compromise the integrity of your home. The building is made of concrete and concrete absorbs water. You get the point. Just so you know, the damage is irreparable.

Schedule a roof inspection

Maybe you need a new roof before winter. There’s no way of knowing for sure until you have an inspection performed. A professional assessment, executed by technicians with experience in this area, will unveil if there are issues and if it’s necessary to carry out reparations. Is this really necessary? Yes, because it’s not easy to tell in what condition the roof is from the way it looks. Before the winter comes, get a professional up on the roof. The professional will look for signs of deterioration and degradation, such as rust spots, shingles which are curling or blistering, cracked and worn vent pipes, black algae stains, and the list doesn’t end here.

It’s not recommended to wait until you see serious damage to replace the roof. According to the experts at Cherry and Clark Roofing, getting a full replacement is necessary, especially if the roof is more than 10 years old. The reason for this is that it has reached the age limit. Trying to repair the roof will do more harm than good. It’s better to have a new one. A new roof means advantages for the homeowner. If you don’t see the point in this course of action, maybe these arguments will change your mind:

  • Increased property value – Adding a new roof increases the resale value of your home. A bad roof, on the other hand, won’t allow you to maintain good value.
  • ROI – Sure, a new roof will cost you a couple of dollars, but it’s totally worth it. the estimated ROI is about 70 percent.
  • Energy efficiency – Replacing your roof can increase its efficiency. The less cold gets into your home, the more comfortable it will be. Invest in a new roof and save on your heating bills.

Know when it’s time to replace your roof. Just so you know, you can have it replaced in the winter as well. It’s just that it’s a little bit more complicated, as the temperatures fall below freezing. If you do decide to install a new roof, work with licensed professionals. They will know if it’s required to use hand-sealing and how to deal with the abnormal air temperatures. You may be tempted to do this yourself, but keep in mind that it’s not a good idea.

Inspect the attic insulation

What insulation does is prevent the warm air from escaping during the winter. In the summertime, it does the exact same opposite. Attic insulation is a great place to start when making adjustments for the upcoming season. Check the insulation in the attic and determine if it’s due an upgrade. If the insulation is ineffective it doesn’t prevent heat loss from the home and neither does it allow you to control temperatures.

Ineffective insulation can lead to something that is called the chimney effect. It refers to the movement of the air inside and outside the building. It’ll increase your heating bills and make your home a lot draftier. Winter is just around the corner, so you’ll want to check the insulation and look out for signs of damage.

How are you supposed to know if there is enough insulation in your attic? Well, if you live in an older home, chances are that there are some issues. Carry out a visual inspection to be sure. If the level is below the joists, it’s necessary to add more insulation. Blanket insulation is the best choice. The R-value is somewhere between 3.1 and 3.8.

A well-maintained roof will save a great deal of trouble. So, get to work.

Cherry and Clark Roofing

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Yes, you do need a home inspection

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Yes, you do need a home inspection

With the surge in home prices in Ontario over the last few years, buyers have often opted to forego the inspection part of the process in order to make their offer more appealing to the seller. Once all the papers are squared away, though, the home will be yours to take care of – including all the good and bad.

Having an inspection will ensure that there are no unseen damages that will end up costing you in repairs in the future. When buying an older home, it’s easy for a standard renovation to turn into a costly one when you find out what’s behind your walls is no longer up to code. This will also make sure your family is living in a safe home that is up to current standards right when you move in.

An inspection will also include checking the roof and the foundation for any leaks or repairs that need to be made. This includes the attic and any exterior damage that you may not notice for years. Electrical, heating and cooling will be checked for efficiency as well, so you know what you might need to change in order to lower annual costs.

You can then make an informed decision on your purchase, and whether you decide to go with it. This knowledge could then allow you to lower the offer and save money for future renovations, if needed.

Vahid Azari is the founder of All Season Inspection, a full-service property inspection and energy auditing service organization.

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