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When Should You Replace Your Roof?

Your roof is vital to the longevity of your home, and yet most people have no idea how often they should replace their roof. The lifespan of your roof is dependent upon a few key factors.

First, the biggest impact on the lifespan of your roof will be the material you choose. Generally, the cheaper your roof the shorter the lifespan and the more likely it will need maintenance. A more expensive roof will last you longer, and you won’t have to maintain it as often. On average your roof should last you between 20 and 50 years. Below are some different roof types, their estimated lifespans, and their relative cost.

Asphalt Shingles

The most common roofing materials are composite or asphalt shingles. They have the lowest upfront costs. These shingles are a great option to fit every budget. However, they also have a shorter lifespan but are by far the most affordable. Furthermore, asphalt shingles have a wide range of options within this category, so even though the average lifespan is right around 20 years you can choose higher quality, more expensive shingles to extend the lifespan of your roof.

Metal Roofing

Another very popular choice is metal roofing. Metal roofs are very modern and come in a wide variety of gorgeous colours. They are gaining popularity as a new trend in the housing market. Not to mention, they are incredibly durable and energy efficient. A metal roof is more expensive than shingles, but it will last you over 50 years! A metal roof requires less maintenance, energy-efficient and environment-friendly so you can save money on your energy bills.

Professional Roof Installation

One major impact on the longevity of your roofing system is the quality of the install. Even if you pay for the very best materials a bad installation will fail over time. Make sure you are doing your research and choosing a reputable roofing company. Superior Steel Roofing offers warranties on both the materials and installation. By choosing a local roofing company you’ll be dedicated to your community and build a lasting relationship.

When Should You Inspect The Roof?

Your roof should be inspected twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. You should periodically check for attic stains, mildew, leaking, curling, missing or bald shingles, broken tiles or any other kind of weather damage. Keep an eye out for your neighbours, if they’re getting their roofs replaced there’s a good chance you need to replace yours too.

Superior Steel Roofing

If you’re looking for a professional roofing contractor that can provide you with better and more technologically advanced roofing options, contact Superior Steel Roofing. Call 519-822-4818 today for a FREE ESTIMATE! They can offer easy financing to get the job done right, easily and conveniently.

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Roofing Components You Should Know About

In residential roofing the same basic types of roofs have been in use for hundreds of years are still in use today. The shingle — or tile — has been in use for thousands of years. You can still find intact tiles that have been in use 5,000 years. Here’s everything you need to know about roofing materials and definitions.

Roof Components

Underlayment

The underlayment of a roof is the black paper that’s laid over the plywood sheeting in order to seal the roof from damaging elements (snow, rain, ice, etc.). The use of a membrane is typically required, a waterproof membrane, a sweat sheet or vapour barrier — with the underlayment paper serving the triple function.

Flashing

Flashing on a roof refers to the metal pieces that are used to divert water from places where it might collect, such as hips and valleys. Flashing can be made from a variety of materials. You can use a galvanized flashing, a galvanized alloy, copper, lead coated copper or stainless steel. Each of these would work fine.

Shingles, Tile or Metal

The shingles or tiles make up the outermost part of the roof. Sitting atop the underlayment, they form the outermost barrier against the elements. Despite their history, however, shingles and tiles are just two among many types of materials you can use to cover the roof. Others include concrete, wood shingles or metal.

Trim

The trim protects the seams anywhere there is a roof, such as a hip or a ridge.

Roof Design Elements

  • Ridge — This is the highest point or peak of the roof.
  • Hip — This is the high point where two adjoining roof sections meet.
  • Valley — When two sections of the roof slope downward and meet, they create this third element — a valley.
  • Pitch — This refers to the slope or steepness of the roof.
  • Eaves — This refers to the part of the roof that hangs over the rest of the home.
  • Gables — These are the triangular portions of the ends of the home, which extend from the eaves to the peak of the roof.
  • Dormer — These are the sections of the home that extrude from the roof. They’re usually added as a way to bring light into an attic or the upper level of your home.

Professional Roofing Installation

At Superior Steel Roofing, you can rest assured you’re receiving top quality materials and workmanship when it comes to your roof installation. They specialize in a range of roofing services for properties of all sizes and designs. You don’t have to worry about future repairs, as both the materials and installation come with manufacturer warranties. Get your roof replaced to the best industry standards, you can rely on Superior Steel Roofing. Contact them today at 519-822-4818 for a FREE estimate!

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Benefits to Road Salt Storage

Winter in Canada can be brutal: temperatures dip into negative double digits, driveways and roads turn into skating rinks, and heavy snowfalls make it nearly impossible to navigate your property. There are a variety of ways you can fight the snow and ice, but road salt is by far the most effective. However, it can be inconvenient, expensive, or even unsafe to make multiple trips to buy bags of road salt, which is why it’s so important to sort out your salt storage solution before winter hits. Here are some of the benefits of winter salt storage so you can avoid the hassle of buying bags of salt.

Cost savings

Buying salt in bulk and storing it on your property can save you a lot of money over the years. Buying multiple bags of salt can add up, and even if you go this route, you’ll have to decide where to keep the salt. Salt storage allows you to keep your salt on site, saving money on gas and allowing you to keep bulk salt on site

Avoid line-ups & shortages

Road salt in the winter time is invaluable, especially when the harsher conditions hit. Bags or even bulk road salt can become scarce when the weather gets especially bad, making for long lineups or even shortages in a product. Salt storage allows you to avoid lineups and provides a stockpile if there is a salt shortage in your area.

Convenience of salt storage

Driving back and forth to your local salt supplier is no fun, and can even be unsafe if road conditions are bad. On-site salt storage allows you to stock up before the winter hits, preparing you for anything winter throws at you. And the best part? You won’t even have to leave your house.

If you’re looking for proper storage to keep your salt from melting or being contaminated it’s best to get professional help. Contact Draglam Salt for all your rock and road salt needs! They’ll keep ice and snow off your property and public roads.

The Importance of Egress Windows

Selecting windows can aid in the aesthetic appeal of your home. Today’s selection presents many options, which can be tailored to meet a particular aesthetic look and feel: casement, awning, bay, triple slider, and specialty shaped are just a few options available to those looking to replace or install new windows. However, windows are not utilized to merely enhance the curb appeal of a home. In fact, there are strict regulations around Egress windows and the placement of them in a home. Here are a few facts on Egress windows:

  1.  Egress Windows provide emergency exits in case of a fire
  2. Windows should be easy to operate and obviously operable
  3. The Public Health Act states “For buildings of 3 stories or less and except where a bedroom door provides access directly to the exterior, each bedroom shall have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside without the use of tools or special knowledge*.” *special knowledge refers to if a window requires several steps to operate.
  4. A recommendation is that the sill of the window, used for emergency exits, be no higher than 1.5m off the floor. Basement bedroom windows should have improved access, such as built in furniture below the window to provide easy exit access.

If your current windows do not meet the recommendations, then contact Custom Window Designs. As an expert in egress window requirements, their skilled staff will ensure your investment and home is safe

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Stop Basement Water Leaks With E-gress Windows

Have you noticed large watermarks on your basement walls? or puddles forming? Your basement windows may be the problem. Perhaps your old windows are no longer getting the job done right – and it’s something you can’t ignore. The water leaks can cause extensive damage, including mold. In older homes, basements weren’t necessarily designed to be lived in, so it’s not unusual after a long period of time the windows just aren’t up to par for what you need right now.

If you’re next home improvement job includes waterproofing your basement, to make it a more livable area for your family to enjoy, then egress window replacements should also be included on this list! Here’s why:

Better Safety

Egress windows give the home that added safety by providing an alternate route of escape in the case of fire or emergencies. An installed egress window in every room in the basement ensures that every person in the home has access to a safe exit at all times.

Brighter Light

Egress windows will replace the dingy old windows and allow natural light to pour into your basement, turning an otherwise dark room into a well-lit and functional area.

More Open Space

If you’re planning on finishing your basements, an egress window makes for a great addition to the open space a basement provides.

Prevents Basement Leaks

Your brand new egress windows will replace your old, leaky windows and stop unwanted water from entering your basement.

For more information on the cost of egress windows, designs, and installation contact Custom Window Designs. Their experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment for a free quote today!