Welcome to our news, tips, and information page.  Here we will share helpful tips about your exterior and information to help you keep your property in great shape…

 

April 20 2017 – Updates

We are finally complete with our website update.  A new site look with some added features should provide a smoother experience.  We appreciated all the feedback we received, thank you!  We would also like to feature a recent feature on Kaycan’s website where our own siding expert Greg was quoted promoting Kaycan’s KPW Wood products.  Please take some time and see  – 6 reasons to choose KWP Products – Engineered Wood Siding. 

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March 23 2016 – Website Changes

I know it has been a while since we posted.  We have been working to get our new site look up and running and in that process our site has experienced some downtime and functionality issues.  We continue to work out the bugs and are looking forward to providing a fresh and updated website.  Keep checking back to see what new helpful information we add while we continue this process. 

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October 22 2016 – Hail Part 2

By now many homeowners have had their homes assessed and are deciding which company to use and when to get the work completed.

There still is time to get your home repaired before Winter sets in and conditions deteriorate but this is limited.  Be wary of promises to get your exterior work completed before winter.  Availability across the industry is limited and the potential for catastrophic damage increases as we approach closer to Winter.  Since we are late in the season it may be a good idea to consider having the work completed in the Spring when  conditions are less likely to cause delays and potential for damage.  Weather is the largest factor right now on scheduling and as it is unpredictable timing is harder to predict.  It’s our opinion at this point in time that any guarantees of work being completed before the weather turns are unreliable.  As long as there’s is no damage that has compromised the exterior envelope waiting is an option.

As we work in the neighbourhoods affected we see what other companies are doing for their customers.  We see that the reputable companies do the right thing.  They are installing good products and systems that meet at a minimum Alberta Building Code standards.  We also see that some of the less reputable companies taking short cuts and not giving the homeowner what they deserve.  It is important to ask your contractor what they’re doing and if it meets minimum standard.  Are they certified to install the product they are supplying by the manufacturer?  Do they provide a written warranty?  Are they a member of the BBB?  How long have they been in business?  If there is an issue are they going to be there to help?  If you have an insurance claim or just need a replacement due to normal wear and tear, now is the time to make sure it is done right and to take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade to better systems, better products, better warranties.  It may pay in the long run if your insurer provides discounts for these upgrades.

When in doubt ask, check, and get a second opinion.

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October 14 2016 – Nothing helpful but… Our new mugs have arrived!

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September 20 2016 – New BP Warranty enhancements.

BP of Canada has announced new warranty enhancements to their standard and system warranty see details here – BP Warranty Announcement.

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July 30 2016 – Hail

It’s been awhile since we posted and we thought that given the recent weather some tips regarding hail damage to your roof and siding might be helpful.

If your home has been hit by hail it’s a good idea to take a look over your property once the bad weather has passed to do a visual inspection for potential damage.  Do a walk around and look for damaged siding, trims, eavestroughs and downspouts.  If you have roof lines that are view-able from a window take look and make notes of where you see obvious damage.  If you are able and can do so safely get a ladder and open the attic access and check the roof vents to make sure they are not damaged and allowing rain to infiltrate into your home.  If they are damaged contact your insurance company immediately to get an emergency temporary repair done to mitigate further damage.  The advice would apply to any situation that may allow further water ingress before a permanent can be made.  In any event after contacting your insurance company call in a reputable roofing and siding contractor to do a inspection and report as a 3rd party for insurance purposes.  The use of a HAAG certified inspector may aid you in the claims process and give you a perspective that fully encompasses the damage to your home.  In any event be aware of being safe and call in a professional to help you through these unfortunate incidents.

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June 16 2016 – Ventilation
In our opinion ventilation of attic spaces is in the top 3 of the most important aspects of a properly functioning attic space and in turn roofing system.  It is key to ensuring the attic space maintains the correct turnovers of air, removing warmer, moist air from the attic space, ensuring the roofing material is not overheated, and preventing ice damming in the colder months.  To that end the building code, roofing manufacturers, and quality roofing contractors subscribe to a basic premise.  It’s known as the “balanced ventilation system”.  What this means is that as close as possible we try to ensure there is an equal amount of intake (usually at the soffits) and exhaust (at the very top most ridge line) to move air through the attic space.  To calculate just how much ventilation is needed a common formula is used.  It is recommended that there be 1 square foot of net free area (NFA) for every 300 square feet of vented attic space for steep sloped roofs (equal to or greater than 2 in 12 of slope) and 1 square foot of NFA for every 150 square feet of vented attic space on low sloped roofs (less than 2 in 12 of slope) divided equally between the intake vents and exhaust vents.

For example let’s say there is an attic with 1200 square feet worth of vented attic space with a roof slope of 6 in 12 (very average home).  To compute the required ventilation needs we would do the following:  Divide 1200 by 300 to get 4 square feet of NFA total.  This then needs to be divided equally between the intake portion and the exhaust portion therefore we divide 4 by to to get 2 square feet for each.  Our industry usually rates ventilators using square inches of NFA per square foot or per ventilator.  To convert to square inches of NFA required we would multiply 2 by 144 to get 288 square inches of NFA.  We now need to relate this to actual ventilators at the soffits and ridge.  Common vented aluminum soffit generally has around 8 square inches of NFA for every square foot, in this case that would mean we would need 36 square feet of working vented soffit to achieve balance.  Conversely a typical roof vent has 50 square inches of NFA per unit.  Dividing 288 by 50 gives us 5.76, as we are able to buy .76 of a roof vent we will round up to 6.  We need 6 of these type of roof vents at the main ridge to achieve balance.

There are many different ways to ensure your attic space is being vented correctly.  The different soffit types and roof ventilators, how to locate and choose the correct types make this a task best done while working with a professional such as ourselves.  In future updates we will get into more detail regarding what types of ventilators are available, how to choose and locate the correct vents, and how good ventilation prevents ice damming.  If you’d like some further information a great source is the CASMA website.

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June 13 2016 – Hail and Roofing
Interested to know more about how hail can affect your your roofing?  GAF has published a blog post that includes helpful information regarding this subject.  Follow this link to read more about this important subject.  In Calgary we frequently experience hail and in turn the damage that results.  It’s a good idea to know what to expect and how to identify damage so you can be sure when your dealing with an exterior professional what they are talking about and why it is important.  We have a HAAG certified inspector that can help assess your damage, identify what needs to be repaired or replaced and provide a quote to get the work completed.