Roofing and Renovation: 5 things to know!

Snow or ice accumulations, heavy rain or hail, strong winds and periods of intense heat; all of these can damage the roof of your home. Time also plays a big role in its degradation. Thinking of replacing your roof? This information is for you! When to renovate your roofing? Some signs do not lie! To know if it's time to change your roof covering, just pay attention to these few signs: Wavy, curved or peeled shingles Perforation (sheet metal) Granules in gutters (asphalt shingles) Organic matter (moss, mushrooms, etc.) on the roof Excessive humidity in the attic Staying alert for these signs and getting the job done quickly will prevent water leaks from damaging the structure of your home and save you unnecessary expenses. How can you ensure the durability of your roof? The type of covering you choose will have a direct impact on the durability of your roof.… Continue reading "Roofing and Renovation: 5 things to know!"

When to remove snow from your roof: choose wisely to make it easy!

There is a storm coming and you are not sure if you have to clear your roof? Wondering if it's time to clear the snow from your flat roof? Several factors may influence the frequency this winter maintenance should be carried out, and these factors differ from one house to another. How do you know if it's time for you to take out the snow rake and clear the roof? Here is the answer! Snow accumulation on the roof: a question of slope? Although we tend to believe that snow accumulates faster on flat roofs, this is not always the case. Most of the time, the wind manages to sweep the clusters, unless the buildings around yours are taller, or your roof has higher parts such as a chimney or a balustrade. On the contrary, if you believe that the snow will not pile up on a steep roof, know… Continue reading "When to remove snow from your roof: choose wisely to make it easy!"

How to Safely Clear Snow from Your Roof

Did you know that there has been an increase in the number of injuries associated with roof snow removal? More than ever these days, this routine winter chore may expose people to discomfort, hypothermia or frostbite, or to falling, being trapped under snow or even being electrocuted. Here are a few tips to help you be as safe as possible. Don’t let snow build up Don’t wait until your roof is straining under the weight of snow to clear it. The less snow there is to remove, the less you’ll need to exert yourself. Plus, this way it won’t take as long, and there will be a lower risk of accidents. Clearing your roof on a regular basis is a good way to prevent mishaps. Pick the right time Before you head out to clear the snow off your roof, check the weather. Avoid intense cold and heavy winds, which… Continue reading "How to Safely Clear Snow from Your Roof"

Why is it so important to clear snow from your roof?

You know you should be regularly removing the snow from your roof, but do you know exactly why it’s so important? From the danger of roof collapse to the risk of leaks, here’s why proper winter maintenance of your roof is crucial to ensuring the structural stability of your home and the safety and security of your family. Owning a home comes with its share of responsibilities, and making sure it’s ready for winter is one of the biggest! From getting the patio furniture in storage to planning your snow clearing services, there are a few chores to take care of before winter hits. You trust a team of professionals to clear your driveway, but what about your roof? Whether you decide to take care of it yourself, or hire a specialized company, clearing snow from your roof should be at the top of your winter do-to list. How snow accumulation and… Continue reading "Why is it so important to clear snow from your roof?"

Snow accumulation – everything you need to keep clear apart from your roof

In collaboration with Promutuel Snow building up on your roof isn’t just a potential danger for you and your family—it’s also a risk for your property. There are limits to the weight of snow your home can take. The best way to clear your roof is to use a SnowPeeler, a tool specially designed to make the job easy. But your roof isn’t the only thing you need to keep clear of the white stuff. Removing snow and ice from strategic spots around your property is an essential part of home maintenance. This post reviews the areas you need to keep clear of snow and the best ways to do so. Step 1 – Clearing your parking space: how to go about it In winter, streets and alleys are often blocked by snow. Unfortunately, that can mean a wall of white stuff blocking your driveway when you get home from… Continue reading "Snow accumulation – everything you need to keep clear apart from your roof"

Snow on the roof: What’s covered by your insurance?

In collaboration with Promutuel The dangers of snow and ice buildup on the roof of your home are real. Even though Québec homes and infrastructure are designed to withstand our harsh winters, every year we see cases of sagging or collapsed roofs and other problems such as water infiltration once the snow and ice melt. What does your home insurance cover in terms of damage caused by snow on the roof? Get the answer to this important question as well as prevention tips to help reduce the risks! COVERED OR NOT COVERED? The cycle of heavy snowfall and ice, followed by brief thaws and then more frigid temperatures appears to be the new norm for Québec winters. The result? When large quantities of snow and ice build up on the roof, excess weight and yo-yoing temperatures can wreak havoc on your roof. If damage strikes, would you be covered by… Continue reading "Snow on the roof: What’s covered by your insurance?"

Top 5 Snow Shovelling Techniques to Prevent Back Pain

It seems after every snowfall, you can almost hear your neighbourhood’s collective groan about having to shovel snow…again. Snow shovelling is not only a time-consuming chore, but it also a pain in the back—literally. Did you know that, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine’s 2009 study showed that 4.15% of injuries treated in US emergency departments come from people wielding a shovel improperly or were near someone using a shovel? The most common injury? Strains, sprains, contusions and abrasions, including back pain. Back pain from shovelling snow can lead to months-long discomfort, diminished quality of life, lengthy rehabilitation and an increase in healthcare costs. So what’s a snow-bound shoveler to do to prevent back pain after shoveling? Consider these top 5 tips for warding off back pain from shovelling. 1- Warm up We applaud your eagerness to jump out of bed and head outdoors to take on that… Continue reading "Top 5 Snow Shovelling Techniques to Prevent Back Pain"

Top 10 Tips to Winterize Your House

Winter is about to rear its cold head and now is the time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Effectively preparing your home for the upcoming snow months doesn’t have to break the bank; there are many affordable steps, many you can do yourself, to protect your family, safeguard your home from damage, lower your utility bills, and keep insurance claims at bay. Here’s our top checklist to winterize your house. 1. Stock up on winter essentials Don’t wait for the first snow to hit to stock up on much-needed items, including an ergonomic shovel, snow rake, and rock salt or a no- abrasive calcium-based ice melt to keep your entrance and driveway slip-free. Emergency preparation is also key in the event of an extended power outage caused by a howling winter storm: make sure you have flashlights and a radio that work, canned food, bottled water, gas stove, warm blankets,… Continue reading "Top 10 Tips to Winterize Your House"

Top 3 Reasons Why DIY Trumps Snow Removal Services

We’re in the dead of winter (hello, polar vortex!). Depending on where you live, there’s a strong likelihood that snow is piling up on the driveways, sidewalks, and rooftops. Slips, falls, and roof damage are top of mind. As you consider the options, your time, effort, and money come into play. You confront the age-old question, “Do I clear the snow myself, or hire a snow removal service to do it for me?”. Three Reasons Why Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Snow Removal Makes More Sense  1.  Save money You pay a steep price for the convenience of snow removal services. Snow removal companies often charge per hour and even per snowfall or storm. What’s more, these companies can charge extra for such things as: Rooftop snow removal Long driveways, sidewalks, and walkways Types of equipment needed Response time Location (urban vs. suburban vs. countryside) Average snowfall per year 2.  Remove snow on… Continue reading "Top 3 Reasons Why DIY Trumps Snow Removal Services"

Can Snow Removal Put Your Health at Risk ?

When we think of extreme winter sports, activities like ski jumping, ice climbing and snow kiting come to mind. But with severe winter storms bearing down on Canada and the northern US, a potentially more dangerous activity emerges – snow removal! With each inch of snow accumulation, the risk of injury from falls, overexertion and even heart attacks increases. Shoveling - An Extreme Winter Sport? Did you know: The risk of having a heart attack is higher in days after heavy snow, especially for men? Following 20 cm snowfalls, the risk of men being admitted to the hospital or dying increases by 16% and 34% respectively, compared to other days? This risk is even higher after two to three consecutive days of snowfall? These are the findings of a study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal in which researchers at the University of Montreal made an astonishing, but very… Continue reading "Can Snow Removal Put Your Health at Risk ?"