Severe weather has hit the Niagara Region pretty hard over the last couple of days so we are going to talk about roofing services that you may find you need in the winter.
First off we will answer a common question that we get which is: "Can you actually have work done on your roof during the winter?" The answer is yes, you actually can.
Here’s what can be done, and what you should do to minimize problems during the colder months.
Why Would I Need Roofing in Winter?
If your roof is already experiencing damage, then winter isn’t going to change that. Over the colder months, that damage will get worse and will still need fixing as soon as possible.
Some issues that can happen this time of year include: Ice dams that will happen when gutters are blocked and water can’t run away from the roof, high winds that lift shingles/break them off of the roof (creating weak spots that water can get through) and debris on the roof from storm winds that can cause damage.
If any of this happens, you’ll need to handle it, and quickly. Roofers will always come out to you in the winter if you need help with your roof. Don’t put off the repairs because you think it’s too cold for the problem to be fixed.
Guttering In The Winter
One of the most important parts of your roofing in winter is the gutters. It allows water to roll away from your roof and into the drains. Water is the number one enemy of your roof, so it’s vital that your gutters are working as they should.
In the colder months though, it’s so easy for them to get blocked, or stop working as they should. In fall, you’ll see leaves start to fall from the trees and onto your roof. They find their way into the gutters, blocking them. If they’re left long enough, they will stop water getting away from the roof. This allows water to overflow back onto the roof, eventually leading to leaks and the ice dams in the winter.
The solution? Get the gutters assessed by a professional to see if they need clearing or replacing immediately. If you want to stop future blockages, it’s a very good idea to install a gutter protection or guard to stop debris from getting in, but still allowing water to flow through.
Installing Shingles In Cold Temperatures
Does missing shingles require roofing in winter to fix them? It’s easy for a few shingles to come away from the roof, leaving it open to leaks, and mold too.
While it’s very true that sometimes you can’t install shingles in the winter, good roofers know that you need those shingles installed ASAP and they have methods to make it happen in the cold weather when needed.
Firstly, they may keep the shingles in a warm place prior to installation, to ensure that cracking won’t happen. They may also use heating elements to seal the shingles. There are special adhesives that roofers use in the winter too, to ensure that the shingles seal properly.
Find The Right Winter Roofer
You can and will be able to find roofers to handle your roof during the winter. When you’re looking for a contractor, ensure that you’re asking them the right questions. Ask them how many roofs they’ve worked on in the winter months.
Also, ask how they’ll ensure that the shingles seal on your roof. Finally, ask them what temperatures are just too cold for them to work on your roof. If they can answer these questions, they’ll be able to handle any repairs during the colder months.
If you need roofing work done during the winter, find the right roofer and get the job done as soon as you can. Remember, the sooner you fix the problem, the easier it will be.
The team at Class EH! Roofing are experts at assessing and repairing any aspect of your home's exterior during the winter. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free estimate and expert advice. We look forward to hearing from you!
Gutter and eavestrough colours come in a wide array of choices, but how do you pick the one that will look best on your home?
Generally we like to use your home’s existing colour palette and recommend choosing a shade that either matches the roof or the trim colour currently in place.
Home exteriors are typically dominated by the two colours of the roof and siding (or wall exterior paint colour). Trim, a relatively minor component, creates a cleaner look, and unifies both roof and siding. Gutter colors should blend in with these components; therefore it has to match either roof or trim.
You’re probably wondering, why the roof or trim? One reason is because gutters are attached to the roof, therefore it blends in better with the overall color palette. If your home has wide trim, then the gutter should match its color. Homes with slim trim (or in some cases, none at all), then the gutters should match the roof. Gutters can be painted or are offered by gutter and roofing contractors in various colors, therefore it should match the roof or trim, not the other way around.
The Case for Standing out Rather than Blending In
Before choosing the perfect colour for your home’s gutters and eavestroughs, it should be mentioned that although the previously discussed colour match is where most homeowners go, some like to change it up. Do you want your gutters to stand out instead of blending in? Most home improvement experts tend to lean toward gutter colors that blend in with the rest of the home. But there is a case to be made for choosing a colour that will accent other exterior colours. This turns a solely functional feature on your home into a thing of beauty.
GET ADVICE FROM GUTTER PROFESSIONALS
With the many coordinating colours and materials Class Eh! Roofing has to choose from, finding beautiful aluminum gutters and eaves in just the right shade for your home is a breeze. Whether your style is traditional or unique, our gutters will complement your home’s roofing system while also boosting its curb appeal. For a free estimate on gutter/eavestrough replacement, give us a call today at (289) 687-6924 or contact us below.
Now that the weather is gorgeous in the Niagara Region, many homeowners turn their attention to repairing or replacing a roof, but how can you ensure you get the best local roofer to do the job? Here are my top tips:
1. Interview the Contractor - Good contractors take pride in their work, and so should the salesperson representing the company. The salesperson should show pride and enthusiasm in discussing other jobs. The salesperson should be knowledgeable about other jobs (which shows his amount of involvement in the actual work).
2. Ask what the full address is of the company. Try to hire a contractor that has an office nearby. The likelihood of better service and quicker response time is greater if the company is based near your home.
3. Ask About Insurance. A contractor should carry comprehensive liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance to protect you in the event of a roofing accident. This can be verified by asking to see the contractor’s certificates of insurance (workers’ compensation and general liability).
4. Ask about credentials. Reputable roofers will be able to answer questions about the credentials they have that make them qualified for the job.
5. Ask How Long They Have Been in Business. Needless to say, longer is usually better. Under three years may signal an unstable business or one low on the learning curve.
6. Ask for References. Request a list of 3 names and phone numbers of recent customers. (and phone a couple of them)!
7. Ask About the Warranty. Typically, contractor workmanship warranties are for one year or more. Manufacturers warranties are also something to ask about of the products being used.
8. Discuss timelines, payment terms and clean up to ensure you are on the same page.
WRAP UP: A roofing company that is hired to do the job will be responsible for protecting your valuable home for many years to come. Take the time to educate yourself with the above tips and also do your due diligence by researching online.
If you are in the process of looking for an experienced local roofer with an excellent track record, please feel free to contact my CertainTeed ShingleMaster™ team at Class Eh! Roofing in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a free inspection by phone: 289-687-6924 or by filling out a form online below.
Skylights are an excellent addition to any home but how do they perform in relation to your roof?
In a nutshell, a skylight can equity to your home, BUT a leaking skylight can thousands of dollars of damage to your roof.
So with that, let's talk now about what causes leaks, the dangers of leaks, and what you can do to prevent the problems from happening to your skylight.
The Causes of a Leaking Skylight:
Flashing That Is Damaged
The flashing is the seal that bonds the skylight and the roofing system. When the flashing is in good condition, it creates a watertight seal between the skylight and the roof. Wear and tear will cause a skylight to corrode or develop cracks and leaves an opening along the edges for water to seep into your home.
Bad weather will take its toll on a skylight. Surface cracks to the glass aren’t uncommon, and they can come from a hailstorm or branches landing on the skylight during a weather event. When a crack is established, water droplets will accumulate as puddles.
Clogged Weep Holes
Weep holes are the drainage system for a skylight. Water and condensation need to be moved to prevent pooling around the skylight. If the weep holes are clogged, the water will eventually end up in your home.
If your skylight has been improperly installed, leaks are likely to be an issue over time.
Poor Insulation or A Lack of Insulation
Certainly, condensation will build up from time to time, and that is why you have weep holes. But if you notice condensation on days without precipitation, it is a clear sign that you need insulation to stop the problem from getting worse.
Dangers Posed by A Leaking Skylight
Water is a problem when it sits and bacteria will grow. There are many dangers associated with leaking skylights that we will outline here for you.
Wood absorbs water, and when it does, it a petri dish for mold growth. When you are exposed to mold for any period of time, you can expect health problems.
The paint will bubble and peel when exposed to water, and even a small amount of water will wreck the paint’s finish. Watermarks and stains that dot your ceilings will reduce your home’s livability and the cost to re-paint the room is an expensive proposition.
Wood Rot and Warping
You have wood in the roofing system, and it absorbs water. Too much water absorption will cause the wood to warp and weaken your roofing system structure and ceilings.
Weakening the Structural Integrity of Your Building
It isn’t just the rafters and joist that your need to worry about with a skylight leak. The walls and studs can be impacted when water is making its way through your home.
Other Water Damage
Furniture, flooring and other valuable assets will pay the price for a leaky skylight. If the problem is in the kitchen, electrical outlets can be compromised.
Prevention, Now and In the Future
Skylight leaks are dangerous for a homeowner, residents, and the building’s structure. By annually inspecting them you will be able to make sure things are looking good. If in doubt, it is a great idea to call a local roofing company to take a look and fix the issue professionally.
Skylights when done right are fantastic. However, problems small or large need to be identified as soon as possible to prevent major damage.
For a free inspection on your roof or any other of your home exterior's needs, my team at Class Eh! Roofing would be pleased to assist. Please give us a call at: 289-687-6924 or fill out a form online.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!