New Doors And Windows…

Give your home a breath of fresh air with new windows and doors.

The entry to your home is important. Your doors usually represent a focal point as visitors approach the house. A new front door can really improve your home’s esthetic appeal. Alongside a better appearance, a new door system generally means an increase in energy efficiency. New weather stripping means better insulation – something that is extremely important due to the wild swings in temperature we experience in the Ottawa region.

We can also offer you an abundance of screen door systems and solutions perfectly suited to your home. You will be amazed at how well a properly installed screen door can reduce the amount of time your Air Conditioner runs this summer. Take advantage of those cooler nights that Mother Nature gives us by letting your home breathe! A few hours of fresh, cool air at night is a great way to drop the interior temperature in a home. It is also the most efficient way to increase fresh air flow. Generally, outside air is much cleaner and healthier than the recirculated, stale air found within an enclosed system. If you don’t have air exchangers, new screen doors might just be the way to go.

Need new windows?

Everyone has heard that a new window system is a great way to improve a home’s energy efficiency. Additionally, older windows can require a lot of maintenance. In order to prevent rot, they generally have to be repainted relatively frequently. Over time, they can also warp and become difficult to open. This usually means we just leave them shut and run the A/C. Not only can this be detrimental in terms of efficiency, but it can also pose a serious risk in case of fire. Furthermore, older windows tend to fog up between the panes, blocking natural light and decreasing the enjoyment you can get from watching the world go by.

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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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New Windows!!

The windows in your house let in light and air if they’re operable, but they can also be weak spots in your home’s thermal envelope.

When replacing windows, purchase the most energy-efficient windows you can afford, because they will pay for themselves over their lifetimes.

Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. If your budget is tight, energy efficiency improvements to existing windows can also help.

You can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by adding storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping, and using window treatments or coverings.

Caulking and weatherstripping can reduce air leakage around windows. Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints less than one-quarter-inch wide, and weatherstripping for building components that move, such as doors and operable windows.

If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.

It is important to hire a good company like Kola Home Solutions to properly install your new window units.  Windows should be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and be properly air sealed during installation to perform correctly. To air seal the window, caulk the frame and weatherstrip the operable components.

Another important consideration is how the windows operate, because some operating types have lower air leakage rates than others, which will improve your home’s energy efficiency. Traditional operating types include:

Awning. Hinged at the top and open outward. Because the sash closes by pressing against the frame, they generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows.

Casement. Hinged at the sides. Like awning windows, they generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.

Fixed. Fixed panes that don’t open. When installed properly they’re airtight, but are not suitable in places where window ventilation is desired.

Hopper. Hinged at the bottom and open inward. Like both awning and casement, they generally have lower air leakage rates because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.

Single- and double-hung. Both sashes slide vertically in a double-hung window. Only the bottom sash slides upward in a single-hung window. These sliding windows generally have higher air leakage rates than projecting or hinged windows.

Single- and double-sliding. Both sashes slide horizontally in a double-sliding window. Only one sash slides in a single-sliding window. Like single- and double-hung windows, they generally have higher air leakage rates than projecting or hinged windows.

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

 

It can be easy to be green

What is green to you?

Building a green home isn’t just one thing.  “Going green” isn’t ordered from an online supplier in California, shipped in a beautiful box and opened in a home undergoing renovation/construction.

There are several categories of green and it comes down to choice, budget and value when you are thinking of an addition or renovation.

Generally, there are three categories – Health, Sustainability and Energy.

In order to make your project green, there are some personal questions that need to be asked. What category are you?

Is it Health?

Are you concerned with the materials built into your home? Are you concerned with the air quality inside your home? Are there environmental sensitivities or allergies in the family?

If so, then your focus is going to be on a design/home that focuses on health – materials that minimize off-gassing, natural and water based finishes, carpets made of cotton or wool, beds and bedding made of natural elements. The solution may involve more interior greenery and improved air systems with HEPA filters.

Is it Sustainability?

Are you concerned in the footprint your family leaves future generations? Do you want to make sure that materials come from local areas – not products that are shipped from far away? Do you believe in resource conservation – be it water, energy or recycling?

If so, your focus will be using recycled materials, like old barn board or natural products from local suppliers. Using local products supports our economy and invokes discussion with your neighbours. Shipping from Ottawa helps with carbon emissions as well.

Is it Energy?

Would you like a solar array to reduce the electricity requirements for your home and use less from the grid? Do you want to save money on hot water? Do you want a more energy efficient home than those in your neighbourhood?

If this is your focus, there are options such as integrated energy management systems, passive hot water heaters, improved windows and doors, more insulation with new siding, lighting advancements and advanced HVAC systems.

We are here to help you find the balance of one or more of the above options in a way that is efficient, beautiful and affordable.