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.

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

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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.

 

Dressing Your Home

Dressing Your Home for Success – New siding today can mean less hassle tomorrow

When it comes to maintaining your home – be preventative.

Homeowners who wait too long to replace their siding are often faced with disastrous damage and costly repairs. In our line of work, we come across these situations regularly. Over time, siding gradually becomes less effective at keeping moisture away from the interior structure of a home. Eventually, this moisture leads to frame rot above the foundation. It can also lead to the formation of mold. Neither situation is a good one. In order to fulfill its purpose, the siding on your home must be able to provide effective protection against the elements. It must also allow the interior framing of your home to breathe. Space and circulation are very important. The humidity and dampness that builds up in the space between your siding and interior must be allowed to escape in order to keep the framing structurally sound and functional.

There are numerous options available to homeowners who are interested in re-siding. By replacing the siding, you will immediately give your home a neat and polished appearance. It is arguably the most cost-effective way to improve the overall look of your exterior.After all, the siding is the first thing anyone notices when they pull in the driveway. Some clients prefer more robust materials like brick and metal. There are also some eco-friendly options like solid wood, wood composites and cedar. However, most clients opt to side their homes with vinyl. Vinyl siding is cost effective and it provides comprehensive moisture resistance. Pests and mold have a very difficult time penetrating vinyl siding. Furthermore, vinyl is simple to maintain. Properly installed vinyl siding can provide up to 40 years of effective protection. As well, added insulation can provide decreases in heating and cooling as the outside air cannot enter the home.

Regardless of the type of siding material you choose, the most important thing is to take action before any problems occur. Afterwards, your home will have a brand new look. You will also be confident that no unpleasant surprises are lurking underneath. Call us today!

Ice Damming

A roofing system’s mortal enemy is an ice dam.  Ice dams are fierce and have ways of backing themselves up into your home without regard for the materials they have come into contact with.

But what causes an ice dam? I mean other than the fact that this is Canada and we get A LOT of snow? According to the University of Minnesota Extension housing technology webpage click here – “An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home causing damage to walls, ceilings, and insulation.” The water that gets trapped has no place to go and then it works its way into the house damaging all that it comes into contact with. What can someone do to prevent ice dams?

  1. Ensure that the attic ventilation is adequate. This includes both air intake and exhaust ventilation. You need to make sure air intake at soffits is not blocked and that exhaust vents are adequate and not covered.
  2. Make sure you have adequate R-value in your attic along with vapour barrier. This helps to retain the heat in your home.

What immediate action can be taken if your home suffers from ice dams? Rooftop snow removal performed by a professional is the best immediate solution (we can do that too!!). Then work with professionals like Kola Home Solutions to address exhaust and intake ventilation, or discuss insulation, roofing or soffit and fascia solutions.

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