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Fastest Roofer Competition

Our very own company owner, Vanessa competing in the Fastest Roofer Competition in Weston Ontario. Her first time ever competing in a roofing competition. Not knowing what to expect, Vanessa met with some of the other Summit Sisters and prepared for the challenge ahead! Having had many competition rules explained, the ladies geared up and got to their competition stations! The roofing industry has always been known for a very competitive edge, now we've added a few competitive ladies to the mix! As they took their positions, each contestant was allowed to open their bundle, test their nail gun, compressor and stack their shingles. As anticipation and anxiety built amongst both the roofing contestants and the crowd, the horn blew and they were cutting shingles, nailing, tossing cuts and bang bang bang! Just like that they were done! While one contestant was disqualified, another's nail gun malfunctioned. Leaving Vanessa in first place in the women's division and a fierce competitor to some of the top names in the men's division. One spectator mentioned "in 17 years this is the first time we've had ladies compete in this event and it's great to see women in the trade!". With more competitions to come in the 2023 roofing season, Vanessa eagerly waits her next opportunity to race against some of the best roofers in the region! Here's what Vanessa had to say about her experience, "I had an amazing time! I've never been apart of anything like this before, I've seen social media posts over the years, but I'm so happy to have gotten to be apart of the race this year! It sucks one of the girls had issues with the nailer. Hopefully we will get a rematch in the future!".

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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.

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What's an Ice Dam?

If the edge of your roof is glistening with beautiful icicles, remember just one thing. They cause leaks! Roofers know these as "Ice Dams". And Ice Dam is actually quite the threat to your home. Not only can the large forms of ice fall, possibly causing injury or even damage to your home/vehicles, but when it's time for them to melt, the water actually pools behind the ice and in most cases recede far enough to cause a leak between the shingle layers. 

How Can Melting Ice Make Your Roof Leak?

The answer simply put, "Ice Dams". Once a layer of ice has formed across the roof, typically in the bottom 3 feet (or more for lower slope roofs) it acts as a dam. Preventing water from properly draining. With the ice begin adhered to the shingles, it doesn't offer an escape route for water to drain off the roof. Instead the water now pools above the ice. Once this pool builds up to the shingles, especially deteriorated shingles, it now finds an escape between the layers of shingles and into the attic causing a leak. The best way to avoid these leaks is to replace the roof before shingles begin to crumble.

How Can You Save on Hydro?

There are 2 significant factors to ensuring your money stays in your pocket when it comes to your roof, more specifically in your roof. Ventilation and Insulation!


Let's talk about the skeletons in the attic. Hopefully there aren't any! Your attic should be full of circulating air and insulation! The bottom outer corners of an attic have an aluminum material known as soffit. This is usually white with small slots and easily visible from the outside of your house. Spotted under your roofs edge, behind eavestroughs (if you have them). Soffit is your attics air intake. It's a large intake at all the bottom edges (eaves) of your roof and up the sides (gables). As air flows in it travels through a styrofoamor cardboard material known as a baffle. This material ensures insulation is not blocking the path of air flow. The air now circulates up through the attic to the highest areas where it pressurizes into confined space and exhausts from the vents we roofers are famous for installing.


A large issue in the roofing industry are roof vents. While homes are often still built with too few roof vents, the attic does not breath and becomes too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter. Causing the A/C and furnace to work harder which essentially means more money spent on hydro. Poor ventilation is also the leading cause of Ice Dams, which as the number 1 cause of winter roof leaks. Have your ventilation assessed. You know you require the help of a professional if your attic's temperature is 20 degrees over or under the outside temperature.

Now insulation is just as important as ventilation! Attic insulation should be measured at an R value of 30 (R30) according to Ontario building codes. Compressed, settled or lacking insulation may allow for cold and warm air to escape through your attic. Once again lightening your wallet. Printable R Value rulers can be easily found on Google. Be sure to measure your insulation depth from the plastic vapour barrier up. This can be easily completed with your ruler stapled or taped to a vertical support beam.


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