at 110 Adelaide St, Kingston, K0H2N0 Canada
Over 15 years’ experience, all facets of home renovation. Kitchens and bathrooms; roofing; windows and doors; rec rooms and man-caves.
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News flash Winter plans a return visit later this year. That means snow, ice and water playing havoc with one of the most important barriers between your home and the great outdoors — your roof. Curling or cracked shingles, corroded flashings around chimneys or in valleys, and damp attic insulation may be signs that it’s time to invest in a new roof. You can put off spending the money now, but the bill will skyrocket as leaks damage ceilings, turn insulation soggy and moldy, and ultimately cause structural damage. A reliable roofing contractor will tell you what needs to be done up top. If you need to re-roof, or if you’re putting a roof on a new home, here’s what you should know. Roofing Options Asphalt shingles are still the king of the marketplace. The new generation of fibreglass-based shingles, which has supplanted the old, felt-based type, is tough enough that manufacturers have started offering warranties of 40 years or longer. Depending on the house, shingles cost $3 to $4 a square foot including installation. That makes them the cheapest option. Shingling a house with a 50 year warranty shingle might cost an extra $200 or $300 and is usually worth the expense. Architectural shingles, which are thicker than regular shingles, can give a slate or cedar shake look to a roof without the high cost of those materials. They cost around 5-10% more than regular shingles, but are more wind, ice and snow resistant. Designer shingles, some with scalloped edges, are also available. While the standard choice for roofing material is still asphalt shingles, there are other options, if you’re willing to pay. Here are some of those choices, the cost and the benefits and drawbacks of each. Asphalt Shingles $3 to $4 per sq. ft., installed 25 years (minimum) up to 50 years + PRO: Relatively inexpensive and easy to install; many colour options; suits most homes. The most common roofing material. CON: Shingles subject to wind damage. Metal $5 to $12 per sq. ft., installed 40 years plus PRO: Mid-range price; available in a range of colours and designs; usually last longer than shingles. CON: Screws can loosen on ribbed metal roofing; can release large, dangerous falls of snow and ice, even shearing off chimneys. Cedar Shakes and Shingles $12 to $15 per sq. ft., installed Some manufacturers offer a limited lifetime warranty. PRO: Very adaptable material that can be installed in a variety of patterns on many surfaces; comes from a renewable source. CON: Very difficult to install correctly; subject to weathering. Slate $18 to $22 per sq. ft., installed Warranties as long as 75 years PRO: Classy look; exceptionally long-lasting (some slate roofs last over 100 years); environmentally friendly. CON: Difficult to install correctly and very heavy; hard to match tiles exactly if they need replacing; requires annual maintenance because tiles may crack under snow and ice loads. Contact Up 2 PAR Renos to find out what we can do for your roof, today.
Question: My house is only a few years old. I felt a draft around my windows this winter. Why is this?? Answer: It could be any number of factors, but it is most likely the result of poor insulation between the window frame and wall studs. This is a particular problem with tract-built homes. When your house was being built, separate crews were used to frame, install windows, and install insulation. First, the house was framed. Later, the windows and doors were installed. After that, the insulation was put in the walls. Very frequently, nobody puts insulation around the windows. And, if they did, jamming "pink" fibreglass insulation into that narrow space defeats the purpose of the insulation - it is the air trapped between the fibres, not the fibres themselves, that creates the insulating barrier. Jamming it in there, and compressing the fibres, means there is little or no airspace, thus no insulation. An easy way to determine if this is the problem is to remove the window casing, or trim, thus exposing the gap between the window frame and the studs. In some cases, the drywall will butt right up to the window frame - in this case, you will need to carefully trim it back so it is flush with the stud (should be no more than half an inch or so on each side of the window). You will see one of three things: 1) no insulation whatsoever - this is bad; 2) fibreglass insulation - this is not much better than no insulation; 3) low-expansion foam insulation - this is good. If you determine that 1 or 2 is the case, contact Up 2 PAR Renos and we can help you rectify the issue.
Are your windows "Up 2 PAR"?? Did they keep the drafts and cold out this past winter?? Up 2 PAR Renos uses Marlboro Windows. Manufactured in Ottawa, they are built for Canadian winters. They exceed Energy Star requirements for our climate. Also, they are backed by a full, Lifetime Warranty from the factory. Marlboro makes a full complement of PVC windows, as well as the unique PVC/Aluminum Hybrid window. At Up 2 PAR Renos, we specialize in "window-to-patio door" conversions. These days, people are using their outdoor spaces for socializing and relaxing, but their homes are not configured to accommodate this comfortably. We can, for instance, take out your dining room window, open up the exterior wall and install either a sliding patio door, or a swinging garden door (either in-swing or out-swing). Then, we can build you a gorgeous deck, using cedar, TREX composite wood, or the more affordable pressure treated wood. All our workmanship is guaranteed for five years, so you will have peace of mind. Contact Up 2 PAR Renos today, so we can get started making your dream a reality.
Closed two roofing deals today. Okay, it was only one roof, but it is on a semi, so there are two customers, so two deals ...!!! Did your roof get through the winter?? Will it last another one?? We do shingles, steel, aluminum, cedar and slate roofing. We also do both sloped roofing and flat roofing. Contact me today for a free estimate on your roof.