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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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.