The 3 Most Common Roofing Issues in Ottawa

Your roof is not invincible. It is susceptible to damage from the elements, and unfortunately, we live in Ottawa, which means that mother nature is especially harsh! Understanding more about some of the common issues other homeowners experience will help you be prepared for the worst and avoid costly repairs. The three most common roofing issues in Ottawa are accelerated aging, the snow, the forces of wind and the blaring sun. Roofs get older faster Roofing experts agree that most don’t last more than 30 years. Depending on the material used and the local weather conditions, some may last only 15. Once the roof is 20 to 25 years old, repairs become more frequent, and the need to fully replace becomes clear. Cracked shingles, missing granules, dirt or dark spots and other discoloration are often indications that the roof has its golden years.  The bad thing is that our cold and windy climate often speeds up the process in Ottawa. Snow and Ice on Your Roof Have you noticed that it snows quite a bit here? The problem with our winter wonderland is that snow and ice can get trapped on your roof, build up high, and create a lot of extra pressure. We recommend getting professionals to remove it and inspect your ventilation system to ensure everything is working properly. The freeze and thaw cycle that occurs in Ottawa, combined with heavy snow and flash-freezing, can also affect homes with blocked ventilation systems. Once the gutters damn up with ice, they can remain clogged throughout the year, causing a host of brand new problems if they go untreated by a professional. Wind and Sun on Your Roof The gale force winds we experience in Ottawa are strong enough to destroy your shingles. These winds can be 70kph or more at times, and can cause the shingles to crack, crease, curl or fall off altogether. Once the shingles reach this point, they are no longer resisting the elements and protecting your home properly. The flashing will now be exposed and begin to deteriorate, causing leaks to start inside the home. By the time the roof's siding begins to peel and blister, and the shingles have decayed and cracked, the sun's rays may have already deteriorated the roofing material beyond repair.  This is especially true when the excessive heat from the sun combines with salt residue left over from hailstorms in previous winters. Mother nature is unrelenting. All we can do is be prepared. If you want to avoid paying more for roof repairs than you need to, don’t hesitate to contact a roofing professional whenever you start to see these 3 most common roofing issues in Ottawa.  
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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Roofing Decisions

Your home is the most important thing in the life of you and your family, so taking the time to consider your options and weigh the pros and cons is essential. We often see homeowners making the same mistakes over and over, so we thought we’d share 3 mistakes to avoid when making roofing decisions. Steer clear of these and you’ll have a beautiful new roof you can count on. Make them, and you’ll be wishing you hadn’t. Going DIY Without Experience With all of the YouTube tutorials out there, roofing blogs, and cheap tools available, more and more Canadians are going DIY without experience in an attempt to save money. We want to tell you this now: it does not work! You need to avoid this mistake when making roofing decisions. We get a lot of calls from angry wives whose husbands thought they were Mr. Fix It and turned out to be Mr. Severely Damaged It. Professionals are paid to do this for a reason. A roof keeps your heat in, protects you from the elements, and helps keep your family safe. Mistakes can not be made here or else people will be in danger. Leave this to the pros. Rushing contractor decisions You might be tempted to go with the roofing guys down the street, going with the first result on Google, or searching out the cheapest price, but we want you to know that this is a mistake. There is a difference between affordable and cheap. When you go with cheap you get cheap. Not researching who your contractor is, what their track record is like, or seeing the results of their work is a recipe for disaster. Avoid this common roofing mistake, and do some digging. Buying your own materials Shopping around for a great deal is a good idea, and so is knowing what’s going on with your roof and the materials being used. But trying to take matters into your own hands and buy all of the materials is a big mistake. Contractors have insider deals that allow them to get great pricing. Not only that, we know exactly how much we need. Letting a contractor buy the materials will save you time and money in the end. Your roof is important to you, and that’s why CLS Roofing provides personalised, affordable, and convenient roofing services in the Ottawa area. We want you to avoid these 3 mistakes when making roofing decisions, because those that make them end up paying more in the end and even putting themselves in danger. Contact us today to get a brand new roof you can depend on!
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“Why is my Roof Leaking?” A Few Reasons Why Water is Getting Through Your Roof

    Finding out why your roof is leaking is the first step toward finding the right solution   Have you noticed discolorations in your ceiling or noticed puddles of water on the floor? Maybe you’ve just noticed a draft or seen your energy bills increase. The fact remains that there is a leak in the roof of your home, and you want to get to the bottom of it. Sometimes it’s a simple patch while others need a more complex solution. Many of our customers in Ottawa ask us: “why is my roof leaking?” - so we thought we’d fill you in on some possible reasons.   Broken shingles   One of the most common reasons that a roof leaks is because the shingles are broken. The good news is that this is easy to spot and usually pretty easy to fix. Examine your home from the outside or get up on a ladder and look closely. Broken shingles are caused by heavy weather, poor quality, or sometimes just age. When the underlying protections of your roof are exposed, they can easily spring a leak. Don’t worry - we can have it fixed in no time.   Clogged gutters   This one usually surprises Ottawa residents since we don’t usually equate the gutters with the roof, but this is one of the most common reasons why the roof is leaking. If leaves and other debris are allowed to build up inside, then water won’t drain properly. This means that it will pool up and get more of a chance to seep through any cracks. It’s time to get your hands dirty!   Age   Age is one of the most common reasons. Certain materials just get old and aren’t resistant as they once were. Over time, the elements will wear them down, and shingles, sealant and other roof materials won’t be able to stop the water from getting in. This is especially true in the tough Ottawa winters. Some common rules of thumb we give are:  
  • Asphalt shingles - 20 years
  • Wood shingles - 30 years. More or less depending on weather conditions
  • Metal - 40 to 80 years
  Find out when the roof was put on, and see if it’s about to expire. We can help put a brand new roof on for you.   Nobody likes having to constantly get the sheetrock fixed, fetch a pail to catch water dripping down from the roof, or pay big energy bills during the winter. A leak in the roof can cause all of these problems and more. The answer to the question “why is my roof leaking?” is usually a complicated one. The pros at CLS Roofing can help determine why it’s leaking, and get to work repairing your Ottawa roof immediately.
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The Benefits of a New Roof for Your Home

Homeowners on the fence about replacing their roofs often wonder why they should invest money into something that is just meant to keep the elements out. The thing is, your roof is so much more important than that. One that is dilapidated with holes in it not only takes away value from your home, it exposes you to the elements. The benefits of a new roof for your home go far beyond aesthetics. So let’s look at a few reasons why you should get it updated as soon as possible. A new roof adds value to your home Your home is your castle. It’s where your family stays and where you make your life. But it’s also important to look at your home as an investment. You don’t know if you will be there your whole life, or if when it comes time, you leave the home to your children. Getting a new roof will add value to your home and increase the selling price. Not only is it one of the first things that people notice when driving by, it is also one of the biggest projects to replace. Buyers won’t want to purchase a home they have to invest too much in, but they won’t mind buying something that needs a few minor touch ups. A new roof saves you money on bills A new roof is going to cost you money to install, but when it comes down it a new roof will put money back in your pocket every month. Estimates by a governmental energy commission say that 35% of your home’s energy escapes through the walls and roof, and if you have holes in yours, it could be even worse. Getting a new roof with modern, energy-efficient materials will keep your bills down. A new roof prevents damage When you have a damaged roof, it can cause further issues within your home. This is especially true in the tough Ottawa winters. All of that water that gets in either from rain or melting snow can get into the walls, structure, or foundation of your home, causing irreversible damage. Not only that, but heavy snow could cause it to collapse. That is the last thing that you want. If you are on the fence about replacing your roof just because you think it is only for aesthetic purposes, then CLS wants you to know that the benefits of a new roof for your home go far beyond the way it looks. Not only will it increase your home's value, but it will also prevent damage and save you money on bills. CLS has been helping homeowners get beautiful new residential roofs since 2008, and together we have over 20 years of experience in the industry. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.  
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Replacing the Roof at the Ottawa Little Theatre: Local Pros for a Local Landmark

CLS Roofing specializes in the roof replacement for commercial buildings in the Ottawa area, and we are proud to announce that our team of professionals was chosen to replace the roof at a local landmark: the Ottawa Little Theatre. We’ve done our fair share of commercial roof replacements around town before, but none have been more exciting than this one. Even the winter couldn’t keep us away. The Ottawa Little Theatre Although it started the Ottawa Drama League all the way back in 1913, the theatre as we know it opened to audiences in a brand new building in 1972. Since then, they have been delighting audiences with reproductions of some of the biggest titles in drama. Since 1913, they have debuted major Canadian plays, opened dramatic festivals, donated money to the war effort, offered classes for children, and expanded education to all forms of drama such as screenwriting and acting. Major renovations The building the theater is in need major structural repairs. The theatre raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from donations within the city to begin repairs in four stages. New lighting and sound equipment was needed, they needed a new roof, and they needed work on the windows and cladding. CLS was honored to be chosen to work on this local landmark, and once we are done replacing the roof, it will look good as new. Rain, snow, or shine! CLS has some of the best in the industry and no bad weather can stop us from getting the job done. The Ottawa Little Theatre needed major renovations immediately, and that’s why they chose a company that could get it done regardless of the cruel Canadian winter. With temperatures well below 0, you need hardy roofers that won’t miss a beat. CLS Roofing is the local leader in commercial roof repairs, and we are proud to have been chosen to help renovate the Ottawa Little Theatre. We know that important local institutions require the highest quality, and that’s what our roofers give. Contact us today to learn more about commercial roofing services and how we can make your building as beautiful as this theatre will be.
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CLS Roofing: Our Repairs in the Winter

Nothing can stand in the way of our dedication to getting a job done and getting a job done right.  Even in a rough time of year, we will not be daunted by the chill of the snow.  In fact, we are currently replacing the entire roof at one of Ottawa’s premiere private theaters: the Ottawa Little Theater.  This theatre is in the heart of the downtown area and we are in the heart of winter right now – but that will not stop us from completing a job that needs doing. We are removing the old roof of the theatre and completely replacing it by installing a new one – and yes, even at this time of year, we would do so.  Some people thing construction work can only happen in the summer or the milder months.  We at CLS  Roofing are confident in our abilities, our professionalism, and our employees to the point where a little snow and sleet does not scare us off from doing a job right and doing it when it needs to be done, regardless of what the calendar might say. About the Ottawa Little Theatre This cultural centre has been in existence for a full one hundred seasons and plans to be around for many more.  The theatre has provided the Ottawa area with the very best in theatre and entertainment since the early 20th century.  With our help, we will make sure the theatre continues to prosper with a leak free, efficiency improving roof that will last them for another hundred years. When you need a roof fixed, you need it fixed as soon as possible.  No one likes to sit around with buckets under a leaky roof when it starts to rain.  Moisture from a leaky roof can play havoc with your home’s wiring – imagine what it could do to a theatre’s lighting setup! Call us at CLS roofing for us to fix your roof in no time – no matter what the time of year.
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Insta-Bins: Our New Division

We at CLS Roofing have added a new division to the family of our business. This division is called Insta-Bins.  Insta-Bins is a disposal and dumpster rental company that is also based in Ottawa.  This division specializes in clearing the clutter out of your life and keeping the property around a construction or renovation project clean and tidy. Symbiotic Relationship We thought it would be the best decision to add a junk removal division to our business, because often times, when replacing or renovating a roof, our roofing professionals need a place to put their removed shingles and other construction waste.  Having these two professional services ensures that the roofing business is neater, faster, and easier to clean up, while the junk removal is readily available for you any roofing professionals working on your home at the time.  After you have received one of our top quality services, you have a great referral system for another top-quality service. Easy and Up Front Insta-Bins is populated with experts available for any amount of questions related to junk removal.  Through our new division, you can find the right size of dumpster for your job, you can know what can and can’t go into a bin, get a quote on costs and how to plan out your junk removal project as efficiently and effectively as possible.  We have made sure that our new division is reliable, and comes with the best customer service. CLS Roofing is proud to announce its expansion, ensuring our highest quality of service can be extended to different kinds of services all over the Ottawa area.  We have complete confidence that our services, and especially our combination of services, will be optimised to exactly what our clients need.  The next time you need roofing or junk removal services, our professional team will be ready to help.  
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