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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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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!