Roof Roof Roof

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.



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.