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.

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.

 

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.

 

Metal Roofing Lasts!

Metal roofing

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.

 

Spring is here…well summer actually

It seems we have gone from winter to summer. Typical Ottawa weather!

As you can lately, weather conditions can change rapidly in the National Capital Region! We are famous for our harsh, windy winters. Last summer was notable for its dry heat. Is your roof ready to handle everything Mother Nature has in store? Spring is the best time to check your roof for damage. If you find yourself in need of roofing repairs or refurbishments, spring is also the best time to examine your roofing options.

A roof is your home’s front line in its war against the elements. By neglecting to properly repair or replace your roof, you can be risking expensive water damage to your home. Every spring, it is important to check your roof for any deterioration that may have occurred over the winter. Here are some simple tips that can help you to verify the health of your roof.

1) Examine your roof’s shingles to ensure that none have been lost or damaged (as the snow has now gone, check the ground around your home as well). Summertime sun and heat can be very hard on weakened shingle surfaces. Shingles that have buckled or cracked should be pulled out and replaced by a qualified roofer.

2) Closely examine the areas of your roof surrounding any skylights, chimneys and plumbing vents. These areas are quite prone to surface damage and can easily result in a leaky roof if left untreated.

3) Examine the granular surface of your shingles. If the shingles are worn and missing a significant percentage of their granular covering, you should start thinking about replacing your roof.

The type of roof you choose to install will decide how well rain and moisture are repelled. Shingle and tile roofing systems have traditionally been the preferred methods used. However, there are now many different options to choose from – including metal, eco-friendly wooden shingles – and even concrete. Kola Home Solutions can help you choose the best roofing material for your home’s needs.

Your House Facelift is here!

Is your house tired? Does it need some pampering? Give your home a facelift with new siding this spring!

We see our homes so frequently that it can sometimes be difficult to detect the subtle changes that take place as it ages. If you have them, dig out some old pictures from fifteen – or even ten – years ago. In all probability, your siding has seriously degraded over this time. The sun causes the colour to fade, and water damage can leave unsightly stains and markings. Wouldn’t it be nice to look up over your hopefully weedless lawn this summer and enjoy a bright, recently re-sided home?

New siding can drastically improve the appearance of your home. It provides a clean, crisp look that can be suited to any exterior. The sky is the limit when it comes to siding options. New materials are constantly being added to our contractor’s product list. Think about what look appeals to you most, we’ll help you the rest of the way.

New siding also increases the future resale value of properties by improving exterior longevity. Furthermore, our siding experts can offer you insulating possibilities that will provide an added barrier against moisture and temperature differences. These insulation techniques can help to further isolate the interior of your home from the constantly changing outdoor environment found in the National Capital Region.

If the exterior of your home is painted, you probably understand how tiring it can be to constantly re-paint in order to keep up with the Jones’. Newer varieties of siding require little – if any – yearly maintenance. It may be time to finally put away that brush and roller. Think about upgrading to an exterior solution that is attractive, energy efficient – and best of all – maintenance free!

Call us today for a free at home quotation!

Windows, get your new windows!

When asked why they haven’t installed energy efficient windows in their home, most people usually say – because it’s too expensive. Few of us consider the amount of money we let float away every year right through the inefficient surfaces of our older windows. Each year, Ottawa residents waste thousands of dollars unintentionally heating their backyards and cooling their neighbourhoods.

Stop for a moment and try to put an image in your mind. Imagine that your home was on a far-away planet. Imagine that it needed to be protected from an inhospitable exterior environment. In actuality, this image isn’t far off from the truth. Ottawa’s freezing January’s suck the heat from your home – heat you pay dearly for with your hard earned money. Similarly, have you noticed how your electricity usage rises in the summer? It may be that much of the cool air being generated by your A/C unit is floating off into space. Windows are primary heat transfer locations on a home. Replacing your older windows with more efficient models can be the best choice for lowering your utility costs.

Something else that homeowners often fail to consider is the fact that older windows offer little interior protection from U/V rays and noise. Your carpet and furniture can be kept newer – longer when you change the windows on your home. What’s more, noisy traffic and neighbourhood sounds can keep you up at night. Newer windows offer far better noise reduction than their older counterparts. Think about changing your windows today – you will sleep better….and then you can dream about all the money you’re saving. Call Kola Home Solutions for a free quotation. And with our payment plans, it’s very affordable.