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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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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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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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“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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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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