One of the easiest home improvements you can make that will help save you money on home heating costs is increasing the amount of insulation in your attic. The attic is typically overlooked by many homeowners as they do not think about the space between the actual ceiling of their rooms and the roof need to be replaced. They assume this area is well protected and prevents cold air from getting in during the winter.
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One of the easiest home improvements you can make that will help save you money on home heating costs is increasing the amount of insulation in your attic. The attic is typically overlooked by...Read More
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Your roofing system is one of the most important parts of your home. Your roof protects your home from the elements, improves your home’s appearance, and contributes to your home’s energy efficiency. Learning...Read More
Your roofing system is one of the most important parts of your home. Your roof protects your home from the elements, improves your home’s appearance, and contributes to your home’s energy efficiency. Learning more about the options you have available for your new roof will help you make the best choice when it comes to your home improvement project.
The snow has finally melted and the weather is warming up, so it’s time to start spring cleaning! Spring is the perfect time to inspect your roof for wear and tear from the wintertime and to give it a good maintenance check. Follow these routine care tips to maintain your roof.
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The roof on your home does more than protect you and your family from the elements. The roof also acts as an insulation barrier between the outdoors on those hot summer days and cold winter nights. Over time the roofing shingles will age and start to deteriorate. In some cases, shingles could need to be replaced in as few as 10 years
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However, this is not entire true. Even most newer homes only have the bare minimum attic insulation as required by current building codes and could be R32 or less! In addition, most home builders do not insulate the attic hatch or access panel. Leaving this area uninsulated can result in up 20% heat loss right through the ceiling, into the attic, and out of your home.
For the best insulation, our attic insulation and roofing company in Oshawa recommends increasing your attic insulation to R-60, which is approximately 18 to 19 inches of insulation. For instance, in older homes, there may be only a few inches of insulation in the attic, so it might take between 16 to 17 inches of new insulation to properly bring the home to R-60.
Increasing the insulation to at least the government’s recommended R-50 level or even to R-60, can help reduce heated and cooled air loss through the attic by as much as 75 to 80%! With this much reduction, you will notice an increase in savings on your home heating and cooling bills, since your system will not have to run as often to maintain your preferred indoor temperatures.
The amount of insulation your home requires does depend upon several factors including:
- The Age of the Home
- The Current Amount of Insulation
- The Condition of the Current Insulation
- The Amount of Air Flow in the Attic
It is equally important to also have the current insulation inspected for signs of damage. Damage can come from water leaks in the roof, as well as rodents and pests. Verifying the current condition of the existing insulation can help identify other potential problems and have those resolved before adding the new insulation.
While adding insulation to your attic, we often recommend to have soffit baffles installed to improve air flow in and ventilation out of the attic. Air flow and ventilation in the attic are essential in order to keep air flowing and prevent problems with the roof. In the winter, air flow reduces the potential of ice damage. In the summer, air flow helps remove the extremely hot air from the attic and also helps to protect the roof shingles.
For more information about adding insulation to your home, please feel free to contact the roofing and attic insulation experts at Logik Roofing by calling 905.424.7469 for a FREE estimate or to schedule an in-home consultation appointment today! We proudly serve areas throughout the GTA, including Durham, Oshawa, Toronto, and Cottage Country.
Shingle roofing is one of the more popular roofing materials because they are economical and have a wide variety of colour options to match most homes. A shingled roof can last up to 25 years — with some types lasting up to 50 years!
Shingles are not only an economically sound investment for your home, but they are an eco-friendly choice, too. Most asphalt shingles can be recycled.
Slate roofing has been around for centuries. The first slate roofs appeared on churches and castles in Wales in the 13th century. The long-lasting popularity of slate roofs is due to its longevity as a roofing material — lasting anywhere between 75 and 150 years — and slate’s distinctive texture and appearance.
Slate roofs are heavy, however; so you before having a slate roof installed it is important to have the structure of your home inspected and possibly remodeled in order to prevent potential damage from an overloaded roof.
Cedar roofing actually refers to wood shingles that can come from a variety of different trees. The shingles are made by splitting wood into either the form of a shingle or a shake — hand-split shingles that have a more rustic appearance.
Cedar roofs are surprisingly durable when properly installed and maintained, and can last upwards of 25 years or more. They can also be environmentally friendly when they come from sustainable sources and are recyclable when they are removed.
It is worth noting that cedar roofs are made from wood and are subject to the same vagaries and hazards that any wood material is subject to. It is best to check your homeowner’s insurance policy before deciding to install cedar roofing.
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply roofing materials are quickly becoming one of the most in-demand materials for most commercial building roofs. TPO is a durable, heat-reflective, and energy efficient material that is installed in large rolls to the roof’s surface.
TPO roofing materials help provide resistance to ozone, chemical, and ultraviolet exposure and help improve your commercial building’s energy efficiency. TPO roofing is environmentally friendly, highly durable, and cost-effective.
When it comes to your home or business’ roofing system, no matter what roofing system you choose, it is important to use only a qualified GTA professional roofing company to install your roof. For more information about your roofing options and to request a quote, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing and Insulation at 866-840-2914 today!
Clean the Gutters
Over the winter, you may not have noticed the debris that built up in your gutters. Damp leaves, twigs, and other flora, when not properly removed, can clog the gutter canals and cause water to back up. Water in your gutters can damage your roof, the decking, and shingles.
Skip the Pressure Washer
It may seem like it would be easier to clean the dirt and grime from your roof with a pressure washer, but the high pressure can cause damage to shingles and your roof. To clean your roof, simply use your hose.
Inspect the Flashings
Flashings are the angled aluminum strips on the edges of the roof. They are installed to help prevent water from building up, and to guide snowmelt, rain, and other water into the gutter. They should be flush with the side of the roof, so if you notice that there is buckling, rust, or other damage to the flashings, you should have your local GTA roofing company come out to take a look.
Check Out the Shingles
Even newer roofs are not totally immune from the effects of inclement weather. Inspect your roof for loose shingles; shingles that are broken, curling, or cracked. It’s also a good idea to inspect for missing nails or nails that are sticking up.
A few loose nails or damaged shingles are not a cause for concern. However, if large chunks of your roof appear to have damaged or missing shingles, it may be time for a new roof.
Check for Water Damage
If you notice cracks in the shingles or on your roof or soft spots, these may be signs of water damage. If you notice potential water damage, it is important to call a professional roofing company to inspect and repair your roof.
Check for Sag
Now that you have been on the roof, it’s time to come down to the ground level and examine your roof for a sagging roof deck. If you notice that your roof is looking a little down in the middle and suspect it may be sagging, it’s time to call in the professionals to root out the cause and correct it.
By properly maintaining and inspecting your roof, you can keep it in good condition for years. Regular maintenance can also alert you to potential problems before they become costly. For help maintaining your roof or to request a free roofing installation or repair quote, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing at (905) 424-7469 today!
The roof on your home does more than protect you and your family from the elements. The roof also acts as an insulation barrier between the outdoors on those hot summer days and cold winter nights. Over time the roofing shingles will age and start to deteriorate. In some cases, shingles could need to be replaced in as few as 10 years or less, especially if the initial builder used a lower quality product.
Here at Oshawa residential roofing company, Logik Roofing we want to share with you some of the more common signs you need a new roof:
1. The roof is leaking into the attic or other rooms of the home. Leaky roofs in multiple areas means water from rain, snow, or ice is getting inside through small openings from the roof. It is important to get leaks fixed quickly as they can lead to other problems, such as mold, mildew, and rotting wood roof supports.
2. There are shingles missing from different sections of the roof. High winds and storms can cause loose shingles to be blown off, as well as cause wind damage to other shingles. If you are missing a large number of shingles, it often is a sign the shingles have deteriorated and need replaced.
3. Your roof is 20 or more years old. Even if your roof still looks in great shape, the shingles are nearing the end of their expected lifespan. If you live in an older community and notice many of your neighbours are replacing their roofs, it is an indication yours could need replaced, too.
4. The shingles are buckling or curling up. Buckling is when the middle sections of the shingle are curving upwards and pulling away from the roof, while the ends remain flat. Curling is where the edges on the shingles are curling upwards and away from the roof. Both can lead to leaky roofs.
5. Excessively cracked shingles. Cracked shingles occur in most cases for two reasons: from wind damage or from age. If you have a few cracked shingles, these can easily be replaced. However, if cracking is consistent and spread throughout the roof, it is time for a new roof.
6. The roof is sagging in different sections. A sagging roof is an indication of a much bigger problem like the support structures have deteriorated from wood rot from a leaky roof.
7. The colour of the roof is inconsistent. As shingles get older, then tend to lose more granules, which are small sand-like particles. When the roof looks different colours, from light to dark, it could mean the granules have all worn away. You can also check areas around the downspout and gutters and look for an excessive amount of granules.
If your roof is displaying one or more of the above signs, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing today by calling 905-424-7469 and request a free estimate. We specialize in custom cedar and slate roofing, traditional asphalt singles, and insulation services in Toronto and the GTA.