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At Guns N' Hoses Roofing & Contracting, we pride ourselves on keeping your property and our job site safe, clean, organized and presentable at all times. No roof is too big or too small for Guns N' Hoses. From residential roofing to commercial roofing, our reliable and friendly team is trained with the customer in mind. With over 15 years combined experience in the roofing industry, our clients and their properties are our number one priority and will always be given peace of mind knowing our team will do the job right the first time.

Guns N' Hoses is a female owed and led roofing company, that has been servicing Ottawa and the surrounding area's roofing requirements for the past 4 years. Our fully-insured, licensed and safety certified team specializes in solutions for any residential roofing challenge. Over the last 4 years, Guns N' Hoses has built a trust worthy reputation as a roofing contractor in the Ottawa community. Although still up and coming we don’t settle for anything short of perfection. This is the foundation for our business, and our focus on superior quality service has shaped who we are today. Our dedicated team of slope roof installers have earned us a strong reputation in the Ottawa community. From customer service to roof installation and everything in between, our team will guide you through a smooth process.

Transparency, professionalism and quality workmanship are the key attributes of our business. We have great value for each of our customers and staff, and take pride in providing an enjoyable experience. Our focal point is to provide outstanding roof services to our customers. We are committed to fulfilling your roof requirements properly the first time

Now serving Ottawa, Kanata, South March, Richmond, Bells Corners, Nepean, Barrhaven, Gloucester, South Keys, Greenboro, Greely, Manotick, Metcalfe, Heron Gate, Vanier, Elmvale Acres, Beacon Hill, Chapel Hill South and Orleans.

Is Your Roof Ready to Melt This Spring?

February 13th 2022

If your roof has built icicles, ice dams or is a low slope that has collected snow, this article is for you!
Something many people are not aware of, is that ventilation is the leading cause of ice dams, icicles and spring roof leaks.


What Happens When Over Ventilated?
Too much ventilation and the attic space becomes too cold in the winter months creating frost on the bottom of the roof deck in the attic. In the spring this melts causing the roof deck to become damp enough to grow mold and mildew in hotter temperatures. In serious cases enough frost and ice form in the attic to cause water to drip into the insulation causing water damage to both the insulation and sometimes even drywall. These water damaged components can then as well grow mold and mildew on the bottom of the roof deck, framing, insulation and drywall.

Happens When Under Ventilated?
Not enough ventilation can also be just as much of an issue. This is in fact the leading cause of ice dams and icicles forming on your roof. When an attic is not exhausting enough air, the attic space becomes too warm. The roof then suffers heat loss and your heating bill goes up! Heat loss is when heat escapes through the roof and melts the settled snow, this then runs down the roof and turns into ice where the roofs temperature is colder. Over time this cycle continues causing the ice dam to grow larger and larger. This same issue may also be caused by a low R value in your attics insulation, in this case you may also notice the second level of your home is colder than the main. What may appear as natural winter creation, may actually be posing a leak to your roof. Did you know most ice dams cause leaks in the spring? So now you have an ice dam on your roof and the warmer temperatures of spring set in. The ice dam begins to melt, however the snow piled above it will melt much faster. Now there's water running down the roof to the ice dam. Here's why this block of solid ice is referred to as an ice dam. As the water runs down it is in fact blocked by the ice dam, Water cannot travel under or over the ice dam and now water begins to pool. When water pools it starts to pool higher and higher up the roof now moving backwards. The water is then able to penetrate seams between shingles as it sits stagnant over them. In fact in some cases the slightest fracture has been known to allow pooling water to penetrate.

How to Treat the Issue?
1. Keep an eye on your roofs eaves (bottom edges) over the course of the winter. Watch for any forms of ice damming.
2. If visible from the ground, check to ensure snow is covering your roof. If your roof shows more shingles than snow, while your neighbour's has a heavy blanket of snow, this may be a sign of heat loss.
3. If you are comfortable and safe to do so, you can access your attic and take a temperature reading. Your reading should be as follows.


SUMMER
65°C - 71°C in the attic, while outside is 35°C - 36°C


Winter
This temperature can vary based on your
preferred set temperature, but should never fall below 15°C.

Ideally you want to keep your attic temperature within range of 10°C - 20°C with the outside temperature.
Temperatures over 54°C can cause mold, mildew and ice damming. You may want to contact a professional for an assessment.

 

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