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Wintertime Roof Damage

One of the most important but overlooked parts of your home is the roof. Keeping your roof in tip-top shape is a great way to protect the overall value of the home. During the summer months, storms and high winds can bring damage to the roofing systems. But the wintertime is one of the worst seasons for the roof. Let’s learn more about winter roof damage and what you can do about it. How Your Roof Gets Damaged During the Winter During the winter months, snow and ice place heavy loads on the roof. All this weight can cause structural failure which can be a serious problem. Not only is snow and ice a serious load problem for roofs, they also weigh down trees. Broken tree limbs and falling trees due to ice can damage your roof and potentially put your family's lives at risk. Also during the winter months, high winds can cause roof damage. Roofing tiles can be blown away causing water to leak inside of the home. Addressing these wintertime roof problems quickly is a very good idea. You never know when the next snowstorm is on the way. By being prepared and staying on top of potential threats to your roof, you will protect your investment for many years to come. Let a Professional Roofing Service Help If you are faced with wintertime roof damage, it’s time to contact a professional. CLS Roofing has been servicing the Ottawa area for many years. Our attention to detail and their commitment to customer service is why so many people trust us. We offer a wide selection of services including residential roofing services and commercial roofing services. Roofing repair and replacement are just a few of things that we offers. If your roof needs repair, contact us today for professional roofing services.
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How To Protect Your Roof During The Winter

The winter months are fast approaching, which means harsh weather and severe environmental conditions will soon be under way. Strong wind, snowstorms, ice and hail can take their toll on the structural integrity of your roof. The best way to protect your roof against winter weather conditions is through proper maintenance. Here are just a few ways that you can protect your roof this winter from the professional contractors at CLS Roofing.

Inspect Your Attic

Ironically, some of the most helpful work you can do to prepare your roof for winter can be done from inside the home. Proper ventilation and insulation is essential for keeping your roof in good condition. Proper ventilation allows fresh air to enter your home, pushing out stale, moist air. If your home is not properly ventilated during the winter, there’s a risk that mold, mildew, icicles and thick ice dams will form along the underside of your roof, damaging the structural integrity of your home. Inspect your attic for any signs of mold, mildew, and ice and make sure your home is properly ventilated to prevent these issues.

Have Your Roof Fully Inspected and Repaired

A damaged roof is more likely to cause your problems over the winter months than a roof that has been repaired recently. If you’ve been putting off having those broken shingles replaced or having those cracks in your eavestrough repaired, now is the time to have those simple issues fixed. Damaged shingles, for example, are very easy and cost-effective to replace but can cause leaks, flooding and other serious damage if left in poor condition over the winter. Before the snow really starts to fall, having your roof thoroughly inspected and repaired to bolster its strength against harsh winter conditions.

Winter roofing maintenance and repair is not always easy, and sometimes it can even be dangerous—don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk by attempting to winterize your roof on your own. For professional, experienced and reliable roofing maintenance and repairs, contact us at CLS Roofing today.

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This House Needs a New Roof—Should I Still Buy It?

The real estate market can be tough, and finding a home that has everything you want can be next to impossible. If you find the perfect home but it needs some updated roofing, you don’t have to abandon it completely. Fixing up a home with a broken roof is often more cost-effective than purchasing a recently renovated home. Here are some of the benefits of outfitting your recently purchased some with a new roof.

It’s a Cost-Effective Investment

Repairing your roof after purchase may seem like a large investment, but it’s actually often more cost-effective than purchasing a home that was renovated before going on the market. Many property sellers make promise sturdy roofs, but the only way to guarantee high-quality roofing is to have it inspected, repaired or replaced on your own terms. If you give your roof an upgrade after purchase, you can have control over the types of material used and the warranty attached to the services. Giving your home a new roof is a cost-effective investment that will keep you protected against any sudden breakdowns or damages after moving day.

It Will Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

Older or damaged roofs aren’t designed to keep your home well-insulated or protected against the elements. Heating and air conditioning systems have to work harder to regulate the temperature of homes with old or damage roofs, costing you money and turning your new home into a less comfortable environment. A newly installed roof will improve the energy efficiency of your home, saving you money and helping your household protect the planet.

A damaged roof may seem like a deal breaker when buying a new home. However, a new roof is a great investment in your future—not only does it protect your home from environmental damage and provide insulation and temperature regulation, it also protects you against any damage or neglect sustained by the previous owners of your home. For all roofing installation, repair and replacement services, trust the reliable and professional team at CLS Roofing. For more information about our roofing services and to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals, contact us today.

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Fall Roofing Tips

Now that summer is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the fall. Many home owners neglect to inspect and repair their roofs for the fall, which can lead to insulation loss and environmental damage during the colder months. Here are a few roofing maintenance tips for fall that will keep your house protected all season long.

Trim Your Trees

During harsh winter storms, tree branches can snap off and cause serious damage to your roof. That’s why it’s important to trim any trees in your back yard or front lawn so they don’t present a danger to your roof. Once the leaves begin to fall, it will be easier for you to see exactly which branches are veering to close to your property, so fall is the perfect time to do some preventative gardening. Trimming your trees early in the season will also prevent leaves from clogging your eavestroughs later on.

Clean the Eavestroughs

Dirt and debris can build up in your eavestroughs over summer, which can clog your eavestrough and make it impossible for rainwater to drain away from your home. As the summer turns to autumn, your eavestrough will likely start collecting many fallen leaves which will only create a larger clog. Prepare your eavestroughs for fall by cleaning out all of the gunk that has collected in them over the spring and summer. If you start the season with a clean eavestrough, you’re less likely to experience leaks and clogs from overflowing rainwater down the line.

The best way to avoid any accidents during the winter is to prepare your roof for the upcoming weather changes in the fall. Roofing upkeep can be a dangerous undertaking, so always consult a professional before performing any roofing maintenance or repairs. For professional and courteous roofing installation, repair, maintenance and advice, contact us today at CLS Roofing.

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The Benefits of Regular Roofing Maintenance

At CLS roofing, we recognize how devastating roofing issues can be. Broken shingles or a leaky eavestrough can cause insulation problems and structural damage, not to mention personal discomfort. One of the most effective ways to prevent any serious or longterm damage from ruining your roof is to have it regularly maintained. Here are just a few of the benefits of routine roofing maintenance.

Improve Your Curb Appeal

Having a properly maintained roof is a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home. A damaged roof looks unappealing to potential home buyers. This will make it harder to sell your home for your desired price. A clean and properly maintained roof improves the visual appeal of your home, raising your property value and making your home more competitive in the real estate market. roofing maintenance is the best way to improve your curb appeal if you’re thinking about selling your home.

Save Your Money

Regular roofing maintenance can save you money on costly repairs in the future. A neglected roof can cause environmental damage that can ruin the structure and foundation of your home, leading to expensive and time-consuming home renovations. Poor quality roofing can also ruin the insulation and ventilation in your home, increasing your energy bills and making your home a less comfortable environment to live. Regular roofing maintenance can help you save money in the long run by reducing your energy consumption and ensuring the structural integrity of your home.

Keep Your Home Comfortable

Regular roofing maintenance also helps to keep your home comfortable, healthy and livable. Well-maintained eavestroughs, for example, prevents water from severe rainstorms from flooding or leaking into your home. A well-maintained roof also prevents insulation issues, allowing your home heating and cooling system to work as effectively as possible to keep your home cozy and comfortable.

Maintenance is the best preventative measure against roofing damage. Have your roof routinely inspected, repaired and maintained to avoid larger property damages in the future. For expert contracting services you can trust, contact us today at CLS Roofing.

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Everything You Need To Know About Flat Roofs

Many modern buildings are designed with flat roofs. Unlike traditional sloped roofs, flat roofs sit on top of your house horizontally, or nearly horizontally. Many home owners who have flat-roofed houses are unaware of the proper maintenance. This can lead to roofing damage, leaks and loss of insulation. If your home has a flat roof, here’s some important information that you should know. The Benefits of Flat Roofs Flat roofs have many advantages for home owners. Flat roofs are faster and more cost effective to install than sloped roofs. They are also easier and safer to repair and maintain. Flat roofs also require less interior support, allowing you to maximize your interior space from the floor to the ceiling. Flat roofs are also more accessible than sloped ones and can be used as outdoor storage spaces, patios or rooftops gardens. Flat Roof Maintenance To remain in good condition, flat roofs require different maintenance than traditional sloped roofs. If properly maintained, the waterproof membrane that covers a flat roof can keeps your home insulated and dry for up to 30 years. The most important thing that you can do to maintain your flat roof is clear the leaves and windblown debris that collect in the rainwater outlets, especially during the fall and spring. These rainwater outlets act as your roof’s drainage system and need to remain unclogged in order to prevent leaks and flooding. Flat roofs can also be outfitted with leaf guards to create a more comprehensive drainage system. They require very little maintenance besides making sure the drainage system is unclogged. Most major flat roofing issues are a result of inadequate installation. If a flat roof is not installed properly, it can lead to leaks and poor insulation. Make sure you contact a professional roofing contractor to install a fully functional and hassle-free flat roof. CLS Roofing is the premier provider of residential and commercial flat roofing services in the Ottawa area, so no matter your concern, our professional and experienced contractors are here to help.  
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The Truth about Roof Leaks

Most homeowners are aware that roofing issues need to be fixed, but often put repairs on the backburner for either money or time issues, or maybe just because they don’t even know they have a problem. Some advice out there says you can wait to get them fixed, and others say you can’t wait another moment. Another major issue is that homeowners don’t know what has caused the leak, and therefor don’t know how to get it solved. Let’s look at what causes most leaks and how bad they are for your home. First, what causes roof leaks? The biggest issue that we face with leaks is that we need to determine what has caused them. There are even instances when condensation or issues with the air conditioning system are misdiagnosed as being a hole in the roofing somewhere. There are a few major causes for leaks, the most common of which are:
  • Shingle issues
  • Damaged flashing, sealant, or caulk
  • Improper ventilation- this can cause condensation to build up which is often mistaken for a leak in the roof
  • Exposed nail heads
  • Built-up debris- this not only traps moisture, it accelerates deterioration in your roof
It takes a trained professional to determine the real cause and the necessary steps to repair them. Make sure to get a company over immediately to determine the issue. How bad are they for the home? Whether minor or major, roof leaks can cause major damage to the home. Physical and financial (sometimes both!) damages can be incurred, so there is no time to wait on beginning repairs. Here are some of the major damages that could be the result of waiting too long:
  • Structural damage- water seeping through could damage the structure of your walls and roof
  • Mold- mold thrives in damp environments. Letting too much water in is asking for trouble
  • Financial damages- a small leak is relatively easy and cheap to fix. Large damages in the home are very expensive. The longer you wait the worse it gets.
CLS Roofing has been serving Ottawa long enough to know the dangers of roofing, and in a city where the weather can go to both extremes it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. Knowing what causes leaks and what the dangers are should help to put things in perspective. You shouldn’t put off contacting a professional roofing company any longer.
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The Benefits of Shingles

Choosing a roofing material can be a difficult task. You want to use a material that is cost-effective, visually appealing, and can insulate and protect your home from environmental damage. Shingles are a durable and convenient roofing material that will keep your roof secure for years to come. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider installing shingles on your roof. The Convenient Choice Shingles are generally more cost-effective than other roofing materials, so you can get the durable roof you deserve without breaking the bank. Installing shingles is a quick and easy process, so you can have your roof updated with minimal disruption to your daily life. With a lifespan ranging from 15 to 30 years, shingles required very minimal maintenance, making them one of the most durable roofing materials available. Shingles are great insulators, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and they can protect your home against rain, ice and snow. Save yourself the time, money and aggravation of expensive and difficult roofing materials by installing shingles on your roof. A Range of Options One of the best things about shingles is that they are available in a variety of materials. Shingles can be made out of materials such as fibreglass, cedar or asphalt. Each of these different materials and textures can give your house a unique exterior appearance. Whether your house is contemporary or more traditional, you’ll be able to find shingles that match the design of your home. This kind of distinctive visual accent can increase your property value by raising your curb appeal. Shingles combine the durability you need with the charming visual appeal you want. It’s important to choose a roofing material that’s right for your home, budget and lifestyle. Shingles are the economical, reliable and versatile choice for your roof. If you need shingles installed, repaired or replaced on your roof, contact us at CLS Roofing for the professional and quality service you deserve.
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The Importance of Eaves Troughs

You may have never noticed your eaves troughs before, but they do a lot of work for your home. Eaves troughs are the pipes that run along the edges of your roof. They collect rain and snow water and send it down a pipe along the side of your house (known as the downpipe), so that the water can be deposited away from your house’s foundation. Here are some of the reasons why eaves troughs are important for keeping your house in peak condition. Structural Protection The goal of an eaves trough is to guide water away from your home so it doesn’t pool around the foundation. Water buildup around the foundation of your home can cause leaking, mold growth, and structural damage. Water damage becomes more serious in the winter because water can freeze and cause cracks in the walls of your foundation. Repairing this kind of structural damage to your home can be time consuming and expensive. Save yourself time, money and energy by making sure that your eaves troughs are properly installed and fully functional. Increase Your Property Value Eaves troughs can also help increase the property value of your home by raising your curbside appeal. Water damage doesn’t only cause structural damage; it can also create dirt splashing and water stains that will permanent mark the façade of your home, making it look less attractive. Water falling from your roof can also cause harsh soil erosion, which could ruin your landscaping and make it difficult for things to grow in your garden or front lawn. Eaves troughs help to preserve the exterior of your house so that your property value stays intact. While often left unnoticed, eaves troughs play an important role in the maintenance of your home. Keeping your eaves troughs clear and in good condition is a great way to improve the appearance and structural integrity of your home. If you need eaves trough installation or repairs, contact us at CLS Roofing Company for professional and efficient roofing services.
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Summer Roofing Maintenance Tips

Summer is upon us now, and with the rising temperatures comes a new set of roofing problems and concerns. Spring and summer is usually the time you’ll see the effects of any environmental damage your roof suffered during the winter months. If your roof has experienced winter weather damage, follow these simple tips for summer roofing maintenance and your roof will be in perfect condition in no time. Give Your Roof a Wipe Down Many people assume that any debris left on your roof from winter will melt or fall away on its own, but this is not the case. Junk from the fall and winter can get stuck in your gutters, which will clog your drainage system and could cause property damage over time. Debris can also build up on your roof’s surface, which could develop into algae and moss. If left untreated, algae and moss deposits on your roof could lead to moisture damage and rot. Clean out your gutters and scrub your roof to prevent any serious winter damage. Check for Broken or Missing Tiles Ice and snow can hide serious structural damage such as cracked shingles. Now that the snow has melted, do an inspection to make sure that everything’s in good shape. A loose or broken tile can cause leakage and insulation problems, which could lead to expensive air conditioning bills in the summer. A quick inspection can help you identify any problems with your roof so you can have it fixed as soon as possible, saving you time and money. Consult a Professional  The harsh conditions of winter can leave roofs slippery and difficult to navigate safely. Avoid any accidents by hiring a professional roofing company to handle any of your summer roofing needs. Trying to do roofing repairs yourself can be a personal safety hazard and if done improperly, could lead to further property damage that will require more repairs. Keep yourself and your home out of harm’s way by consulting a professional before going forward with any roofing repairs. If you need to have your roof repaired or upgraded after a long winter, contact us at CLS Roofing Company and we’ll make sure your roof is in perfect summer condition.      
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