Roof Replacement – When’s the Best Time?

The absolute best time to re roof a house is in the spring or early summer. It’s considered the best time because it gets done before the gardens have fully bloomed and the new install can use the heat of summer to activate the seal of tar on the back of the shingles. It’s important to get a good seal. A proper seal prevents tear-offs due to high winds which usually occur in fall and winter months.

You can still do a roof in the fall, but make sure it’s early enough in the season that you still have a few hot days to seal those shingles. If not, it’s possible that a service call may be needed to repair damage. Kola can incorporate other measures that can ensure it will not happen, but these drive up labour costs for most roofs.

Ultimately, the best time to replace your roof is when you have planned ahead. You have time to budget and properly evaluate your needs and discuss the project with a few companies to expand your knowledge and see what is being promoted in your market. You realize savings in time to install, piece of mind in scheduling and more importantly, no unwanted complications.

If you start the quoting process mid to late summer, pricing may increase. Summer is the busiest time of the year for most roofing companies and roofing supplier may increase prices in the summer because of supply and demand. When this occurs you’ll pay more as roofing companies pass on the costs to you, the consumer.

Hiring the right company makes all the difference. Call Kola Home Solutions, we will be happy to inform you and price out your project. If you book in the spring, we can guarantee material costs for your install. We are fully insured and we love what we do.

Waiting for Leaks?

Living “Under” Borrowed Time? – Why putting off roof replacement for another year can lead to a bit of a mess.

If you’ve been putting off a roof replacement, you might be living on (or rather, under) borrowed time. Worn or damaged areas – and the accumulation of shingle granules in your eaves – are generally the first ways your roof tells you that it’s time for a replacement. Homeowners who put this job off for too long are fighting an unwinnable battle against Ottawa’s elements.

When shingles become worn, moisture can easily begin to leech through onto your roof’s plywood sheathing. Eventually you will notice that the sharp lines on your roof begin to sag and deform. Ultimately, this can mean your entire roof will need to be re-clad – which can be a very expensive procedure. An unmaintained roof will invariably lead to outright leakage into your living environment as well. That means even more expensive damage. Furthermore, a leaky roof can attract some unwanted visitors to your home – did you know that bacteria, mold and fungi can begin to appear within 48 hours of a leak?

Generally, roof repair is not a project for the do-it-yourselfer. This is a tough job –especially if you’re having your roof totally redone. We have the experience and know-how to safely get your roof back in tip-top shape.

Worried about the cost? – Don’t be. The cost of doing nothing to your roof far outweighs the cost of repairs. We can also offer you convenient payment plans that will make the process even easier.

In the long run, your roof is what protects you and your family from everything Mother Nature has to offer. It is also the front-line of defence against moisture. Your home deserves the best protection available – so does everything in it. If your roof is telling you it’s time for a face lift, pass the message on to us – we have the expertise and ability to offer you an affordable solution.

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One of the most important features of every structure is the roof.  People would use anything at their disposal just to withstand the elements.  Stones, trees, animal skins, mud – whatever was handy and could be done with hands.  As technology improved and time passed, well, let’s just say it’s better now. Much better than waking up to dripping water through the mud roof of the past.

Roofs differ around the world. Climate, weather, culture and the economic status of the owners are all important factors.  The products used for roofing are a result of experimentation with local raw material, the incorporation of scientific study and the needs of the builders (and the laws too!).

All of the above brings us to today. There are many choices for the average home owner in Canada. Asphalt shingle, fiberglass composites, lightweight concrete and coated-metal tiles are available. Each one comes with advantages and disadvantages.

The home owner has to decide if they want functionality and durability combined with low cost or a sleek and sophisticated look and feel.  The appearance of a specialized roofing product increases curb appeal and can be added to the ornamentation of the home. It is becoming more common to see laminated shingles, aluminum or metal sheeting and tiles created from limestone and polymers in Canada due to the technological advancements these products have provided in protecting our homes.

Roofs today are not only used as a shield to protect but has also turned into a form of status symbol. Sometimes, it only takes a small thing, like picking a different shade of asphalt shingle to change the look of a home.

Ask yourself some questions:

Does your roof line have many changes in slope or peaks and valleys? Do you need specialty items to ensure a water tight long term roof?

Does runoff need to be changed to protect your landscaping and ensure proper drainage and movement of snow and water?

Is the style of the material important to you for looks and curb appeal as well as protection?

What are others in your neighbourhood using on their roofs?

If you plan to sell, what will be the best material to use – something that you recoup when you sell? Sometimes the right option costs more or even less than you think.

What if you plan to stay and raise a family or pass on the house to another generation? Finding that balance with longevity and cost is easier today than in the past.

The late spring and summer is the best time to have your roof checked. Most companies offer free estimates, so find a reputable contractor with proper insurance and references and talk over your options.

Kola Home Solutions has been protecting homes with solid well installed products since 2002.

 

 

Financing Options

Are you thinking about updating the exterior or your home, but are not sure if you can afford it? We provide options for you that can help with that decision.

As authorized dealers of Snap Financing Corp Loans, we can offer an affordable solution so you can refresh your home.

All Home Improvement Loans are open to prepayment, so you have the flexibility to pay off your loan at any time with no penalties. You can choose the payment options that make the most sense for you, taking from 5 to 15 years to repay the loan. You may also choose deferred payments with the first payment after 6 months or one year. We can offer fixed or variable interest rates and multi-draw lending options for larger projects.

Kola Home Solutions offers Snap Financing Corp loans for various projects. Call and ask us if your home refresh needs qualify!

For more information, click here: Snap Financial

Of course, we take VISA and MasterCard as well as a direct deposit option using Online Interac. Call us to discuss your solution so you can start to create your rejuventated home!

Organic vs. Fiberglass

ORGANIC VS. FIBERGLASS SHINGLES

Organic is the current word used to describe traditional asphalt shingles, which differentiates them from, an up-and-coming alternative, called fiberglass shingles.  There’s some confusion about organic shingles. Some people think they’re green, environmentally friendly or made from organic material but that is not the case. When it comes to shingles, organic means non-synthetic.

With traditional shingles, the manufacturers, would use recycled paper to create the base of the shingle, new fiberglass shingles use a fiberglass base. The two types of shingles look the same on your roof and they are both made by a similar production process: base, tar, saturated then coloured granules embedded into the asphalt. Both organic and fiberglass shingles are flexible and both are applied by installers the same way. The difference has to do with what the tar and gravel mixture is bonded to.

Since 2010 shingle manufacturers in North America have moved away from traditional organic base.  Manufacturers have made this move in order to avoid expensive warranty claims.

Organic shingles are built on a substrate of heavy felt, while fiberglass shingles have a foundation of non-woven glass fibers. This difference doesn’t sound like much, but it actually leads to substantially different performance, especially in particular situations.

The main advantage of fiberglass shingles is their resistance to heat. They’re much less likely to curl up than organic shingles, even when used on hot, poorly ventilated roof structures.  Fiberglass shingles are also less susceptible to catching fire or melting from the heat of a fire below.

Call Kola Home Solutions to set up a consultation so we can recommend the best solution for your needs and budget.

New Financing Partner! SNAP Home Finance Corp.

Kola Home Solutions is pleased to offer financing through SNAP Home Finance Corp.

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SNAP is the fast, flexible, easy way to pay for your new roof without having to wait. It’s the consumer-friendly financial program endorsed by your local dealer.

Why go to the bank when you can simply click on the pre-approved logo below and complete our secure credit application. With SNAP, credit decisions take just minutes!

With SNAP you will enjoy:

Up to 100% financing for all your home comfort needs
No down payment necessary
Variety of financing offers including:
No Interest No Payment programs
Low Monthly Payment Programs
Open Loan – Pay off the entire loan at anytime without penalties
Personal and Confidential
Easy deductions from your bank account
Take up to 15 years to pay.

Start Saving Money NOW!

There’s no need to putting off a more Energy Efficient, Cost Effective home comfort system. We make it simple – start saving money now – call us today!

For more information, click here: Snap Financial

Get Your Roof Ready For Winter!

Summer is almost gone. Now is the time to ensure your roof is ready for the winter. While your mind may be busy preparing for the holidays to come, there is one crucial thing to add to your to-do list: inspecting your roof!

Canadians are blessed to have intense summers and winters alike. Unfortunately, our roofs do not feel so blessed. An annual inspection of your roofing system is the best way to prevent small problems from becoming colossal issues later on. Sometimes, simple repairs are all it takes to keep a roof from needing a complete and costly replacement.

When inspecting a roof, there are many things to look out for:

First would be the health of your shingles. Shingles are exposed to the brunt of weather such as wind, rain, hail, snow, and UV rays, whilst having to protect your home. Signs of them wearing out or becoming damaged are as followed: cracking, loosening of shingles, curling or buckling, bruising damage caused from hail. Also, in some cases there may even be shingles missing. Catching these early signs of wear and age may save your entire roofing system.

Your second step should be check the flashings. Flashing are the metal fixtures that are installed around chimneys, skylights, vents, and other such openings. This is where inexperienced roofers often go wrong by not completely or sufficiently flashing the areas, which will in turn be a detriment to the whole roof. Flashing plays the main role in ensuring that no water gets inside of your home. If any of your flashings are showing signs of rust, dents or damage, they most likely needs to be replaced.

Last but not least you should check your gutters. Even if the gutters are not technically on the roof, they are still important to inspect. Ensure that they are clean and free from debris, make sure they are not bent or separated at the seams. Also double check that the entire length of the eaves are fastened to your home.

Rather than do these inspections yourself call Kola Home Solutions now to book an appointment for your yearly inspection! Ask our associates about our great promotions and discounts on fall and winter maintenance.

Get your neighbors on the street to book now and you will both receive an additional discount on our already outrageously well priced inspections.

Make sure this season that your roof is ready for the harsh winter conditions ahead. A call to Kola Home Solutions gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your roof and your home are well protected against the elements.

Kola Home Solutions is here to help! Feel free to give us a call us anytime at 613-370-1991.

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Curb Appeal!

What can you do to make your house look attractive from the outside?  Home ownership and price in that ownership are important to most people. Some of us want to have the most attractive house on the block so neighbors and people passing by notice how beautiful their property looks.  The outside does count!

Roofs, siding, windows, doors and landscaping are all important elements to consider if you want to increase your homes curb appeal. When your house looks warm, attractive and interesting, your home will be refreshed and inviting.

Exterior renovations are a great opportunity to add the important element of curb appeal.  They can also reduce maintenance and improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Roofs with proper venting can improve circulation – and combined with increased attic insulation, decrease your heating bill.

Siding with additional sheet insulation takes old drafty homes and turns them into energy efficient interior spaces.

Updated doors and windows improve sunlight in the home and save money in heating as well.

Proper decking, landscaping and interlock creates the final piece of the puzzle.

The result is a total refresh of your exterior.

To find out how different renovations impact your value (because that’s important too!), start here – http://www.moneysmartsblog.com/how-to-determine-the-value-of-a-house-renovation/

Call us to discuss a variety of products that can help your home’s curb appeal. Whether you are preparing to sell and want to attract buyers or enjoy it yourself when you are pulling into the driveway or lounging in your yard, our company provides a full range of exterior renovations solutions from the roof down.

 

Radon – What You Should Know…

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What is radon and how can I ensure it’s not an issue for my family’s health when I renovate?

Radon is naturally occurring gas. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally as indirect decay of uranium. It percolates up from the ground and finds ways to seep into our homes through small crevices and cracks in foundations.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. You cannot see, smell or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home.

Should you test for radon?

The answer is yes. Testing is the only way to know your home’s levels. There are home kits you can purchase that are effective but a professional test is recommended. They have specialized equipment and can analyze the entire home from room to room. This service is not overly expensive. Kola Home Solutions recommends that you hire a certified company to do the test. The approximate cost is $150.00 plus tax. The most important reason to test is that there are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before health problems occur.

Canada is very behind in understanding radon and is only now starting to implement regulations to ensure builders build with systems in place to help facilitate the removal of radon gas but has yet to enforce complete exhaust systems for radon or compulsory testing mechanism as those put in place for carbon monoxide poisoning. Other countries are have rules in place in protecting their citizens from radon.

Radon occurs throughout the world and concentrations can vary from country to country, city to city and even house to house. It is extremely localized, meaning that you may have radon while your neighbors do not. Therefore, this harmful gas is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide.

How do you protect your family from radon? There are ways to mitigate radon from your home. Testing should be completed first. If there is no radon, you’re fine. If levels are high, start the mitigation process with a government certified specialist. If you are renovating, discuss radon with your contractor. Kola Home Solutions recommends installing a radon ventilation system while undergoing any major renovations. A basement renovation is also an ideal time.

Radon can be mitigated by sealing basement foundations, water drainage, or by sub-slab de-pressurization. In severe cases, mitigation can be achieved via air pipes and fans to exhaust sub-slab air to the outside. Modern construction that conserves energy by making homes air tight worsens the risks of exposure if gas is present in the home. Older homes with less air tight construction are more likely to vent radon naturally.

The most common approaches to radon mitigation are active soil depressurization (ASD) which utilizes a suction fan to pull the gas out from below the foundation of the home. The fan is attached in-line with a pipe system running from the foundation to the roof of the home for new builds or venting out Once the gas is discharged outdoors, it becomes diluted by the outdoor air to levels that are not hazardous.

Discuss radon with your renovator. If your not renovating call a certified mitigation company. Kola Home Solutions wants you and yours to breathe well and live in a safe environment.

Metal Roofing Lasts!

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Today most home owners are looking to save maintenance costs of their property.

One common trend we are seeing is looking for long term products that will last and reduce expenses.

Roofing is an important aspect or feature of a home.  It will determine taste, beauty, longevity and security of the house.

Consider investing in a metal roofing system.

Today the most common type of metal roofing is steel, which may be purchased with a variety of finishes.  It can come in an unpainted, galvanized finish or various painted finishes. It is the most popular because of the cost and durability.

Metal roof systems are considered to be one of the highest quality due to the longevity, durability and lack of maintenance required. Once a metal roof product is applied to a pitched roof, it will last for many years with minimal problems.

The cost of a properly installed metal roof is not beyond the reach of many homeowners, but is significantly higher than regular asphalt shingles.  If life expectancy is taken into consideration, the cost is not really higher than other types of roofing, but the initial expenditure of funds can stop people from seeing the long term benefits.  While a metal roof can cost twice as much in the first year, it can ultimately cost roughly a third of asphalt shingle roofs during the course of 60 years.

Most consumers will choose their roof material based on how long they want it to last. If consumers are in a home they don’t plan on living in long term, they might be more apt to choose a shingle roof; if they plan on staying in the home for decades or keeping the home in the family, they might be more apt to choose metal.

The major benefits of metal roofing are the long life and problem-free use, but this only applies if the roofing is properly installed.

Call a good, qualified and reputable company like Kola Home Solutions to install the metal roofing system of your preference.  Unlike asphalt shingles, which can be installed by amateurs and still remain functional, metal roofs must be done right.

Another benefit of metal roofing is that it may be ideal for problematic roof systems, like 1 1/2-storey story homes, that have inherent ventilation issues. These styles of roofs may be prone to premature deterioration of asphalt shingles, particularly at the valleys and eaves. Metal roofing will not wear unevenly at these areas, as long as the pitch of the roof is sufficient and the materials are properly installed.

Overall, metal roofing may be an excellent choice for your roofing replacement if you have the vision to plan for a long future saving maintenance costs of your home.  While it may cost more initially, the long-term durability and performance may outweigh the additional expense and less problematic for your loved home and family.