Excessive buildup of snow can actually cause your roof to buckle and in extreme cases, even collapse.
As a homeowner in Ottawa, you are prone to snow and ice buildup on your roof. These buildups have the potential to cause serious damage if left unattended.
After a heavy snowfall, like the one we are expecting tonight! Excessive buildup of snow can actually cause your roof to buckle and in extreme cases, even collapse. The most common form of damage, however, occurs when snow melts and then refreezes at the base of your roof where the eaves are.
Halloween is a wonderful hallmark of autumn, but many people don’t consider the toll it can take on your roof: spook damage.
Broomstick remnants from witches needing a rest mid-flight were barely noticeable back in the days of thatched roofs, but now it’s very noticeable. On their own, a few stray pieces of broomstick would likely be blown away with the next big fall gusts, but there’s a chance that it can get stuck in ghost residue, if you have both witches and ghosts stopping by.
We recently had a meeting with Casper to ask about what to do about this residue (or, as some call it, ectoplasm). While obviously a friendly ghost and happy to help, he was worried that if it had been mixed with broomstick, the extra magic could prove difficult to remove.
As you start putting away the summer tools and start preparing your yard for winter, take some time to prepare your roof for the winter too. Canadian winters are tough on a roof and a bit of effort made in the fall can save you a lot of money in the spring.
Your roof should be inspected each fall to ensure that everything is good shape for the upcoming winter months. Do not do this yourself unless you feel that you can do so safely. Remember toasting to our good health this past thanksgiving weekend?
So, you’ve pretty much decided you’re going to be needing a new roof. What happens next?
1. Consultation with Architects and/or engineers, if changing the design of your building. Roof size and shape may need to be altered. Framing and tresses may need to be strengthened if you are changing to a heavier roofing material. Engineers need to work that into your design.
2. Consultation with Roofers to develop a plan on budget, timing, material options and quantities, and to what extent this is just a replacement of top level of materials (e.g., shingles and underlayment) or if more extensive work is being done. The roofing contractor will provide you with a detailed plan and estimate, and payment arrangements. For more information on the estimates and contracts, please see our blog on Roof Replacement Estimates.