Combining projects like roof and eavestrough replacements add lot of value for a homeowner when you realize both projects have cost and time reductions built-in so let's discuss if it makes sense for you.
When To Replace Your Gutters
If you don’t have a good rain gutter system, then your foundation will become soaked when water starts draining off your roof. This can lead to leaks and your home could suffer from structural damage.
If you notice your gutters are damaged or in need of repairs, then replace them when you decide to have a roof installed, but make sure you take the time to inspect your gutters. Look for signs that it needs to be replaced, and these signs include cracks and sagging. Look for water damage too and look at the underside of the eaves. If there is paint that’s peeling or rust marks on the exterior of your home, then this is a sign it’s time to replace your gutter system.
Is there pools of water near your home’s foundation? If so, then it’s time for new gutters. The sooner you get them, the better.
Why it Makes Sense To Get New Gutters With A New Roof
Many homeowners get new gutters when they get new roofs, even if there is nothing really wrong with their current gutter system. This is because getting them done at the same time tends to be affordable. That being said, it is not always necessary.
When a roofing contractor is looking at your roof and about to give you an estimate, ask them to inspect your gutters and if they say there are issues, ask what those issues are. Repairs may be all that is needed. The extent of the repairs depends on what exactly the issue is.
If you still want to get new gutters, make sure you buy high quality ones. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on gutters that are inferior and end up not doing what they are supposed to do. Also, if you have issues with your gutters getting clogged, then has your contractor about getting gutter shields, as this can prevent clogs from happening in the first place.
Need a roof and gutter inspection? My team and I would be glad to assist. We have been serving the Niagara Region over 10 years with our great products and services and the initial inspection is totally free.
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The world of do-it-yourself (DIY) is everywhere with a YouTube video expert at your service, but should you attempt to do a roof job yourself or leave it to the experts? Let's discuss.
The roof is an essential component of your property. It requires regular inspections and repairs like any other portion of your house to ensure it is in excellent condition.
As a professional roofing company in Niagara for over 10 years, we understand the importance of professional roof repair and maintenance and have put together this guide to help you understand why DIY roof repairs can actually cost you more than hiring expert roofers.
Reasons to Avoid DIY Roofing Repairs
Poorly Done Roof Repairs Can Cost More in the Long Run
Roofing contractors are trained to recognize signs of roof problems. They are well-versed in the techniques to use specific tools. The experts can come up with the best ways to complete your project properly the first time and within your budget. Whether it’s a simple roof repair project like replacing a few missing shingles or extensive work such as roof replacement, they can ensure the best results.
Although attempting DIY work after watching videos on roof repairs may seem like the best way to deal with the situation, it can put you and others around you at risk. Moreover, it doesn’t guarantee the best results, thus increasing the chances of damage in the future. There is also a high chance that you may not like the outcome of your work since you do not have the expertise required to undertake repair tasks neatly.
Manufacturers offer a warranty at the time of the roof installation, which serves as a guarantee that their products are top quality. However, it will only hold up if the installation process and other roofing repairs are carried out by a licensed roofer. Even minor repairs such as replacing a few roof shingles by yourself can void the warranty if other issues come up along the way. In such cases, you may have to pay for additional repairs from your pocket. To avoid this, hire one of the reliable roofing companies in your area instead of attempting DIY work. This will ensure efficient work and keep your warranty intact.
Prevent Accidents and Ensure Safety
Roofing projects can be dangerous if you are inexperienced because they require specialized skills and tools. Also, there is a risk of falling and severe injuries due to inappropriate handling of equipment. Expert roofing contractors are aware of the safest ways to deal with all roofing problems. They have the safety gear and tools to get the work done efficiently and smoothly, without any mishaps.
Is it Time to Repair Your Roof in Niagara?
To determine the right time for roof repairs or replacement, look out for signs such as loss of granules, roof leaks, excessive wear and tear, and more. Doing so can help you determine the further course of action.
If you're not sure what needs to be done, my team and I would be happy to assist with a free inspection and estimate.
Please contact us and we will get that roof done right!
Call: 289-687-6924 or fill out the online form for a quick response HERE.
When it’s time to replace your roof, for the best outcome, you need to choose a reliable contractor and make sure the communication flows between you.
Communication between yourself and the contractor means:
- you will have clarity about the final cost of the project and will be informed of any issues that could come up that may affect the budget and by how much
-you will understand clearly the cost breakdown. Materials, labour, etc.
-you will have a clear understanding of the scope of work. When it will begin, how long it will last for.
-you will have information about what to expect while the work is being done and how to prepare appropriately
-you will know your warranty information clearly as well as understand the qualifications and insurance information about the roofing company you are working with
-you will know how the payment of your project will be handled and how to access financing if necessary
-you will have any questions that you may have answered to your satisfaction about your roof project and the roofing company will similarly have the same from yourself.
BOTTOM LINE: A good relationship with your roofing contractor will improve all aspects of the job, resulting in the roof you want for a fair price and finished in a timely fashion.
The Traits of Good Communication
You deserve a contractor that is available to answer any questions that arise before, during, and after the job. These important traits should inform all of your interactions with your contractor:
Regular discussions: These could come in the form of regular meetings or informal phone calls. These discussions keep you in the loop and let you know if any problems or complications have occurred. It also allows you to express any concerns about the progress of the job.
Good records: You should write down any important discussions you have with the crew or the supervisor, especially concerning the budget. Also, jot down any questions that occur to you, to ask the next time you speak with the contractor,
Mode of Communication: Let the contractor know which types of communication you prefer: email, phone calls, texts, or face-to-face talks.
Overall, many factors go into getting a solid roof over your head. Good, regular communication is certainly an essential one. It keeps you informed about the progress of the job and answers your questions ultimately giving you control over your project.
If you need some sound roofing advice, or a free inspection and quote, please contact our team at Class Eh! Roofing by filling out the contact form or calling us directly for a prompt response at: 289-687-6924.
SAVE MONEY WITH REFLECTIVE SHINGLES
Reflective asphalt roofing shingles not only look great but they will save you money!
Today we will talk about them a bit, because summers like this one are HOT and now may be a great time to consider cool roofing solutions.
Reflective shingles have advanced colored granules that reflect the sun's rays. This solar reflectance forms a barrier between the sun and your energy bills by reducing your roof’s temperature by as much as 20% during the hottest months of the year. And that means lower energy costs (as much as 20%) and greater savings over the life of your roof. The result is a long-lasting ENERGY STAR® rated product.
The diagram below illustrates a reflective shingle in action.
Blending ecological technology and innovative performance, these shingles are superior in performance and design. The reflective technology reduces “thermal shock,” the expansion and contraction of exterior building materials and will help you save money this summer with your cooling bills.
At Class EH! Roofing we carry CERTAINTEED ENERGY STAR® rated shingles in a wide variety of styles that will suit your design taste as well as work hard to save you money.
Ready to find out more? It all starts with a free inspection and estimate from our expert team. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you promptly.
Most people don’t really think about the roof over their heads…until it springs a leak so let's discuss the 6 signs that will tell you if you need a new roof before that happens!
1. LOOK INSIDE
Yes that's right not outside but in! Get into your attic and look for beams of light coming through the top of the house or stains and streaks, which signal a leaky roof.
2. CHECK RECORDS
Review your home improvement records to see how long ago the roof was replaced or reshingled. Knowing when a roof was installed (and what it's made of) offers insight into how much life it has left. For instance, a typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years, while a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years.
3. CHECK SHINGLES
Shingles should lie flat against the roof; if you find patches that are cracked, damaged, or buckling, then repairs are in order. While you're at it, check the gutters and downspouts for shingle granules—a roof that is losing a lot of granules may be at the end of its useful life.
4. CHECK FLASHING
Flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys seals the seams of the roof from rain and weather. If these are shot so will be your roof protection. Examine these points make sure there are no cracks or breaks, which could lead to leaks. In older homes, flashing is often made of roof cement or tar, but it's a good idea to upgrade to a metal flashing system for added durability.
5. ROT HAPPENS
A sagging roof is one that needs replacing before further damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof.
6. ROOF GARDENS
Moss can look great in a shady corner of your yard but on a roof, it spells trouble. Moss (and likewise mold and fungi) indicate there may be trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof.
OK, I THINK I NEED A ROOF, NOW WHAT?
Just because you have a few damaged shingles or a bit of a leak, don’t automatically assume that you need a whole new roof. If your roof has been properly installed and is younger than 15 or 20 years old, it may get by with repairs rather than a full replacement!
If you need help in this department, I welcome you to contact us at Class Eh! Roofing for a fast free estimate.
We've been roofing the Niagara Region for over 10 years and there's nothing we haven't seen before.
Our promise to you? The highest quality roofing at the best price. Guaranteed! Please fill out the form below and let's get that roof sorted!
Roofing companies are everywhere, but how do you go about finding the best one for your roofing needs?
There are some simple ways to "drain the swamp" so to speak and find your ideal roofer but first you need to educate yourself about a few key factors so let's dig in!
Yes, we all like a deal, but if a cheap price becomes your #1 motivation, you will likely not get the peace of mind that a highly qualified installation team can give you using the highest quality roofing products. I am not saying you have to pick the highest priced company, but be aware that in roofing like everywhere else in life, you generally get what you pay for.
Can I add to this that leaks are the #1 problem my team and I see that happens with cheap (poor) roofing work. These flaws can show up shortly or even after a few years, but a great roof should last at least 15 years, so, money saved off the top can easily get spent unnecessarily later on. Not good and definitely not cheap.
The same way you wouldn't hire an employee without some references, please do not go spend your hard earned cash on a roofing company that you have not taken the time to check their references.
This is easily done these days online. Check out Google Reviews, Facebook Reviews, Homestars Reviews, etc. This will give you a great idea of who you are dealing with.
Also, if you're friendly with your neighbours and they have had a good roofer experience, by all means, get on that and contact those local roofers to see if they may be a good fit for you.
If you have scheduled an appointment for a roofing estimate and they don't call you back promptly, or miss an appointment, please do not make the mistake of believing that this bad situation will turn out better once you have signed a contract. It won't.
Get More Than A Single Quote
Educating yourself means that you need to invest a bit of time in seeing more than one contractor so that you can compare notes and quotes.
Smart Questions that You Need to Ask
Before you hire a roofing contractor, you need to do some due diligence to get a picture of what services you are purchasing and what the company will be doing on-site. I have provided a comprehensive list to help so that you get the best crew and the best bang for your buck:
Shopping around for residential or commercial roofing services can be fraught with obstacles if you have no background in the roofing industry but if you consider the advice above, I believe you will be well on your way to a successful roofing project!
If you are considering some roof work, my team and I at Class Eh! Roofing have a long history in the roofing business and service the entire Niagara Region and our work exceeds industry standards for quality and workmanship.
Our staff is top-flight with many years of experience, and they have developed a level of expertise unmatched in the Niagara Region's roofing industry.
For a free estimate and a no-obligation assessment of your roofing problems, call us today at 289-687-6924 OR fill out the form below and let's chat! Stay well and safe everyone and please note we do have completely contactless service available for all your roofing needs during this COVID-19 health crisis.
I see roof emergencies all the time and for all sorts of reasons so this week we're going to talk about how to handle them because regardless of the current health crisis, we all still need a solid roof over our head.
What qualifies as an emergency roofing repair?
Once a roofing system is compromised, it will allow water infiltration. A quick roof repair or protective cover must be installed to stop further interior and structural damage. In most cases, we will emergency tarp the hole in the roof or damaged area until the weather system passes and we can assess damage and perform a permanent roof repair.
What Causes Roof Damage Most?
In most instances, the roofing system was compromised due to a weather event like snow, rain, wind or lightning.
For example, winds that exceed 80 km h have the force to tear shingles from the roof and expose the substrate. Trees limbs can be torn off trees and penetrate the structure. Lightning can strike and literally blow a hole through the roof.
Animals are also a source of roof emergencies. Raccoons and squirrels love to chew through rotted wood and create sizable holes in the roof.
Another common reason for roof damage is that the roof has broken down over time, lost its integrity and no longer is properly sealing the structure.
What Happens When Roofers Get a Call for Emergency Repairs?
If it’s in the middle of a storm, we will wait until the storm subsides and then mobilize in a quick fashion. Safety for my workers is my first priority. There's often nothing we can reasonably do when there's high wind, heavy rain and lightning during a storm. However we will come out immediately when able and as mentioned above either perform an emergency tarping or perform the repair if we are able to upon arrival.
What Should I Do About the Roof Damage?
First of all I cannot stress this enough: Don’t panic. The damage to the roof is already done. Contact your insurance provider and a professional roofing contractor to help immediately. Take your time to consider your repair or replacement options once a contractor has secured the roof and protected your home from further damage.
Do NOT attempt to repair the roof on your own. There’s too much risk of being injured, and a homeowner will not properly assess the actual damage.
REMEMBER: Roofs and ceilings can be repaired easily, broken bones cannot. Document your loss and damages, in writing and with photos when necessary and if possible.
We are in a challenging time as a community here in Niagara and across the world but emergencies still can happen.
If you need advice or information about a current roofing emergency for your home or business my team and I at Class EH! Roofing would be glad to assist you in any way we can.
We have 24-7 emergency service, are highly qualified and insured and offer peace of mind with our experienced staff and free estimates. Call us now at: 289-687-6924 or fill out the form below. Stay safe and stay well everyone!
You may have roofing issues right now, but are understandably unsure if you can get any work done during the current COVID-19 situation, so, we are going to discuss this in order for you to be able to make an informed decision that works for your household or business at this time.
First off it is important to understand that leaving any damage unattended can cause significant damage to your home and added expenses that you do not want to risk, making it really important to address any roof issues that you have as soon as you can.
That being said, here are a few ways that our team at Class Eh! Roofing are operating right now to ensure everyone’s safety while doing emergency services during the coronavirus outbreak.
Safety Measures During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Paperless Transactions – We have prepared an entirely paperless format to ensure zero contact during roof inspections, interactions with customers and the actual roofing job itself.
Physical Social Distancing – Since work is done outside your home, you don’t have to worry about running into any of our crew throughout the job.
Compliance With Public Health Agency of Canada Recommendations – We will never risk our customers’ or employees’ health or safety. Our team strictly follows the protocols recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
We encourage sick employees to stay at home, and we also perform routine cleaning and disinfection of our tools, work attire, and other equipment and gear.
Reasons Why You Should Not Delay Roof Repairs
While it’s important to prioritize your health with the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s also important to note that your home should be in good shape as well, to keep you healthy and safe inside.
This is equally important for both major and minor roof problems. Serious damage to your roof can cause immediate concerns, while minor ones like small leaks can turn into bigger problems and lead to more extensive damage.
For example, non-stop exposure to moisture (such as with leaks) can make your home susceptible to mold growth. It can also affect the air quality inside your home. Apart from potentially damaging your home, mold can also have an impact on your health, especially if you have allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma. Needless to say, now more than ever, it is crucial to stay healthy and to protect yourself and your family from such risks.
Got Roofing Questions in the Niagara Region? We Are Here for You at Class Eh! Roofing
We are a family business that specializes in residential and commercial roofing. We’re committed to ensuring your and our workers’ safety during this health situation while we continue to provide the emergency roof services that you may need.
To learn more about our services and the steps we are taking to carry out roof work safely, call us at (289) 687-6924, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to fill out our online contact form. Stay safe and stay well!
Flat roofs are becoming more popular today as they are on trend with many of the modern home builds. They also continue to be a popular choice for businesses and commercial purposes.
With that in mind, we will go through some of the most important maintenance aspects of these roofs as they do differ from the regular sloping variety.
HAVE IT CHECKED PERIODICALLY
Many home and business owners neglect to inspect their roofs as often as they should. You should inspect your flat roof at least three times every year. If you have trees nearby, check it even more often. Inspect your roof after a heavy snowfall in the winter and rainfall during the summer. Keep an eye out for pooling water, blisters, holes, soft areas (damaged insulation), and cracks. If you notice any of these issues, contact a professional roofing contractor. Your roof may be able to be repaired, or it may be time to replace it. Note: If you can't inspect your roof safely on your own, call a professional to do it for you.
Because debris more easily collects on flat roofs than on slanted roofs, it’s imperative to keep up on regular maintenance. Fortunately, flat roofs are easier and safer to walk on than slanted roofs, making the chore of clearing debris pretty simple. Make sure you don’t damage your roof as you walk on it, however. Before and after winter are great times to get this job done, gently clearing leaves, dirt, and anything else on the roof with a broom.
If you have trees with branches that hang over or touch your roof, trim them back. You don’t want any branches to fall onto or rub up against and scrape your roof. Moss can also make its way from a nearby tree onto your roof and begin to spread, harming your roof.
DEAL WITH LEAKS RIGHT AWAY
If your flat roof has a crack or is leaking somewhere, call in a professional to evaluate the situation and perform the necessary repairs. As with any roof leaks, they should be taken care of immediately to prevent further damage. Leaks in flat roofs typically occur around flashing and in seams.
WATCH THE WEIGHT.
If too much snow and ice build up on your roof, the weight could become excessive. If your roof was installed properly, this is unlikely (but not impossible). In an extreme situation, excessive weight could cause a roof to collapse. Generally, flat roofs are built strong enough to hold the weight necessary in particular locations. To be safe, make sure you are aware of how much weight your roof can safely manage.
If you notice pooling water on your roof, your roof drainage system may be insufficient. It may need to be altered or cleared of blockage.
The most common reason for flat roof issues is negligence on the commercial or residential building owner’s part; the majority of the time, serious issues can be avoided.
Most flat roofs typically last only 10-20 years before they need to be replaced. If you begin to have frequent issues with your flat roof, it may be nearing the end of its useful life.
The best way to maintain your commercial flat roof is to invest in routine inspection and maintenance services. Some issues are difficult to spot without experience working with flat roofs and that's where the pros come in.
At Class Eh! Roofing we have installed and repaired many flat roofs and would be happy to assist you with yours. It's as easy as a phone call or email to get us on site and get a free estimate.
Call us as at: 289-687-6924 or fill out the form here and we will get back to you right away!
When you install a new roof, the last thing that you want to happen is for the roof to fail before its time. Unfortunately, when a contractor does a poor-quality job, this is exactly what happens. Here are some of the most common reasons for roof failure.
Low Quality Materials
When it comes to choosing materials, you want to take more than cost into consideration. Even if the low-cost products look appealing, you need to keep in mind that the lower costs can also mean lower quality materials. When you have high quality materials, your roof is more likely to last.
When it comes to home renovation, it is important that the projects are finished right. Even with the best materials, if the roof is not installed properly, it is not going to function correctly. You need to ensure that your roof is installed right the first time, by a contractor who knows what they’re doing. Check references from a company you are considering, do a little online homework if necessary to see if you can get some feedback about the quality of work and how long they have been in business.
Good ventilation keeps a roof in good health. You should have a ventilation system that pushes heat and moisture out during the summer. This will minimize expansion due to temperature changes. Also, it will keep your attic cool throughout the year.
You need to protect the protrusions where exhaust pipes, chimneys, and dormers connect to the roof. These areas are prone to leaks and other problems. Metal flashings are the best way to seal this area. You do not want to use caulk or any other type of sealant. These products degrade over time.
Roofs can fail for a number of different reasons. If you want to make sure that your roof doesn’t fail, then you’ll have to invest in spending some time to find a good contractor and then commit to regular maintenance and inspections. The higher quality the job, the more likely you are to have a roof that lasts.
At Class Eh! Roofing in NIagara-on-the-Lake, we have been installing high quality roofing and exterior home products for over 10 years. Our motto is honest estimates and lower prices and we guarantee the best roofing experience in the Niagara Region.
For a roof that will last, call a company you can trust. It all starts with a FREE inspection and quote. We can be reached at: 289-687-6924 or fill out the online form HERE for a quick response.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!