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Kijenga Makes Insurance Claims a Breeze in Saskatoon & Area

Summer days in Saskatchewan are filled with festivals, patio beers, camping and sun! We trudge through the long winters knowing the fun we’ll have once the snow melts. However, sometimes our hot summers can bring a thrash of unpredictable weather. With high temperatures and humidity, summers in Saskatchewan can bring another meaning to “Land of the Living Skies”.  Summer storms, just like the one that hit Saskatoon, Langham, Dalmeny and Osler last weekend are becoming more and more common. And with storms, can come hail or wind damage to your home.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

It is important to always check for damage to your house after a storm. Key places to inspect are your roof, siding, windows, and rain gutters. Siding, windows and rain gutters are easy to notice damage as they are visible from the ground.  Unfortunately, where it’s harder to see, the roof is typically where hail makes the most damage. To look for damage you can check for:

  • Dents
  • Circular cracking
  • Missing granules

If you notice any of these, call your insurance company immediately and file an insurance claim with your broker.  Sometimes it is hard to notice damage, especially if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. Any damage from the storm left unfixed can lead to further exterior repairs, including a whole new roof. If you suspect you have damage, contact your insurance company.

 

PREVENT DAMAGE

Here are some tips for preventing wind and hail damage to your home:

  • Install impact-resistant windows and doors
  • Reinforce the garage door at weak points
  • Secure or store outdoor patio furniture, tools and toys
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and pruned from branches that could damage property

 

INSURANCE REVIEW

If you’re unsure of how your insurance works, now is a good time to contact your broker to get more information on what exactly you are covered for in the event of a severe wind and hail storm, and potentially update your policy.

If you are in an area that was hit by severe hail damage such as Dalmeny and Langham, visit Kijenga.com and submit your project to get 3 free quotes for your insurance claim. Time is money and we make it super easy. We will connect you with certified contractors who have liability insurance, WCB insurance, business license and who come highly recommended from homeowners like you!

If you have family or friends needing quotes for an insurance claim, tell them to go to Kijenga and we’ll help them find the perfect contractor for their home!

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Hardie Board Siding – Facts & Pricing

Fiber cement siding, also known as Hardie Board siding was invented by James Hardie Building products. It is a combination of sand, plant fibers and cement. Although other companies manufacture it, it has become known to the masses as Hardie Board (similar to Kleenex is to tissue paper).

Fun Facts about Hardie Board:

  • Over 5 times thicker than vinyl
  • Noncombustible
  • Resists warping, sagging and melting
  • Resists the effects of moisture, insects and damage from mold
  • It’s heavy – 100 square feet of Hardie Board weighs 300 lbs compared to 60-70 lbs of vinyl

Cost:

Hardie Board is generally more expensive than vinyl and less expensive than stucco and natural stone. You can expect material costs of $2.50-$3.00 per square foot and labour costs of $3-$4 per square foot. 

Hardie Board has been installed in over 8 million homes in North America – a number that continues to grow.  Hardie Board is increasing in popularity due to its durability (especially in the extreme Saskatchewan climate) and it’s beautiful, natural wood look. The product comes in a variety of textures, widths and colors to complement your style.

If you are looking to replace your current siding with Hardie Board, post your project at Kijenga.com. We will connect you with certified contractors!

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https://www.jameshardie.ca/

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4 Reasons To Hire a Professional Landscaper in Saskatoon

What if Cinderella’s castle was surrounded by disheveled hedges or wilting flowers? Would people think a princess lived there, or a cold-hearted beast?  What if Snow White’s cottage had a severely cracked and uneven patio with poor drainage? Where would Dopey set up his fire pit? (He always has it snuffed out by 11PM, btw).

You have to admit, when you picture a fairy tale house or castle you also picture the surrounding landscape. The same can be said when you look at home design magazines or websites featuring the coolest trends. They always include beautiful greenery: trees, flowers, shrubs. You should want that for your home! Your house is your castle and your landscaping (and hardscaping) should make an impression. At Kijenga, we can help! 

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Whether you have a new build or want to spruce up the yard of your existing home, here are some reasons why you should consider a professional landscaper in Saskatoon and area:

  1. They’re more knowledgeable. Unless you’re a horticulturalist, these people will know more than you do. They know which plants and trees will thrive and will suit the design of your yard. They know which materials are the best quality and they have access to them. They also know how to design a yard which is functional but esthetically pleasing and emphasises your beautiful home. Do you know which type of tree to put in and where to plant it in order to make your house look bigger? If not, consider hiring a professional landscaper.
  2. Hassle-Free. Not only are you avoiding the hard labour of loading and hauling wheelbarrows full of dirt and sod, you can have the professionals design a yard which is low maintenance. Depending on your wants and needs, they can design something that is practically hassle free. You can also avoid having to buy tools you will only use once but store in your garage for the next 20 years. Bonus!
  3. Boost value. It is common knowledge that having a clean, well planned out landscape design can increase the value of your home. There’s the saying that first impressions are everything and the same goes for your home. When you pull up to the house of your dreams, the outside appearance makes a huge impact in your overall impression. You wouldn’t be impressed if the blind date you met was sloppy and had poor hygiene, would you?
  4. Avoid disaster. You know those beautiful trees you spent hours picking out, hauling in and planting this summer? You want them to be alive next year. A landscaper can help decide what should go where so that your hard work doesn’t wither away into nothing. They can also help you create a plan to stay within a budget.

Turn that yard into a beautiful oasis! Post your landscaping project today at Kijenga.com to receive free quotes from certified professional landscapers.

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Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly in Saskatchewan

In Saskatchewan, just because the majority of people oppose the carbon tax doesn’t mean everyone can’t see the benefits of reducing the carbon footprint of our homes. From the financial benefits to environmental benefits, it’s a great idea to update your home to be more eco-friendly. Here are some ways that you can update your home to become more green and healthy in Saskatoon and area. 

 

Windows

Having older windows can sometimes mean your hard earned money is literally going straight out the window. New, high-performance windows that are energy efficient will save you money on your energy bill. Windows that save energy have features such as multiple glazing, gas fill, low-e coating and insulating spacers.

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Professional Landscaper

Hiring a professional landscaper can help you create a more eco-friendly yard. They take care of the logistical planning. The landscapers can plant and  install a variety of plants, trees and shrubs which provide fresh oxygen, manage water retention and can help with summer shade as they grow.

 

Solar

This is probably the most obvious option when people think of an eco-friendly house. Although the initial cost can be high, solar panel systems provide an excellent source of clean, renewable energy to your home. Having a solar panel system installed will mean lower electricity bills and a healthier planet!

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Insulation

Heating and cooling contribute to a large portion of your home’s energy consumption. Having a properly insulated home can save energy and electricity costs.

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Flooring

If you’re looking to update your flooring, consider some renewable materials. For example, reclaimed wood. It’s renewable, versatile, durable and no additional trees had to be cut down! Cork is also an excellent option as it provides great insulation.

Some suggest considering flooring that is free from formaldehyde.

 

If you’re interested in making your home more eco-friendly, post your project for free at Kijenga.com and we will connect you with our certified contractors in Saskatoon. 

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Concrete Driveways in Saskatoon – Get It Done Right

When homeowners in Saskatoon build a new driveway or revamp an existing one, many turn to concrete. It’s not just the boring, old gray stuff anymore. Concrete is the one material that does it all. It’s durable, looks great, and is easy to maintain. Innovative companies like Old North Concreteworks are taking it to a whole new level as outside of their flat work, they specialize in concrete flooring, countertops and furniture. The versatility of concrete makes it a favourite amongst Saskatchewan residents.

When it’s time to get that driveway or patio poured, we recommend you consult with concrete professionals in your service area and we at Kijenga can help match you up. There are some basic construction details you should know as we connect you to our certified contractors. Regardless of whether or not you get estimates from our network of pros or on your own, use these standards as discussion points with your contractor so you can be sure your driveway is getting installed for maximum longevity and durability.

Subgrade Preparation
In order for your concrete driveway to last for years and years, the first steps in preparing the subgrade are critical. Your subgrade should be evenly compacted. 4 inches of good base gravel is a minimum and it should pack well (not sand). A tamper is recommended to ensure best results and is commonly used amongst concrete professionals.

It should be noted that ground saturated with water needs to be properly removed prior to concrete being poured. If you have a downspout draining in a certain area, make sure you get down far enough to remove this saturation prior to pouring.

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Whether you’re pouring your concrete driveway yourself or you’re hiring a professional contractor, you must ensure that a minimum 4” of concrete is being poured. Concrete is measured by its strength capacity. MPa (megapascals) is the metric measurement for psi or pounds per square inch. Your driveway should be poured with a 32 MPa duramix concrete (a specific mix from any redimix concrete supplier). There are cheaper mixes so make sure this is what is being used for your project.

Correctly Placed Joints
Joints are placed in concrete to encourage cracking to occur inside the cut (in a straight line). It’s a common misconception that joints prevent cracking. That’s not the case.

It’s recommended from our concrete professionals in Saskatoon to make sure there are angled cuts off of 90 degree corners as consensus is that it always seems to crack in this location. Cut lines can be incorporated into patterns and designs to be somewhat disguised, but they are a necessary component of the construction of your driveway. Joints should be at least ¼ of the concrete’s thickness. A 1” deep joint should be created in the concrete in a 4” thick driveway. There is also proper spacing that should be followed for the joint placement. On a 4” thick driveway, joints should be spaced no farther than 8’-12’ apart.

There are companies that put in control joints with a groover when the concrete is wet, and others cut them in with a concrete saw the next day. Both have their pros and cons but be sure to ask your contractor what they do and ask them why. It’s also recommended that you get addresses of past clients from your contractor so you can take a look at their actual work.

Bottom line is concrete cracks. That’s just the nature of the beast. We do everything in our power to control how much it does crack and how visible those cracks are. If you see some cracks in your driveway, don’t panic. It happens. That being said, you should inquire if there seems to be excessive cracking or if the cracking seems to be spreading.

– Dan with Old North Concreteworks

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Reinforcement
A freshly poured concrete driveway should have reinforcement with a minimum of 10m rebar placed at 16” on center. It can be placed at a further distance on a sidewalk, but not a driveway. If the contractor you’re receiving a quote from is offering wire instead of rebar, it’s a red flag. Wire is not good enough for Saskatoon and Saskatchewan given our climate.

Steel bars are often placed in a grid pattern and should be placed on blocks or lifted when pouring to keep it in the center of the concrete. Reinforcing your concrete does not prevent or eliminate cracks.

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Proper Drainage
To eliminate standing water or puddles, all concrete driveways should slope ¼” per running foot away from the home. If proper drainage cannot be constructed, a drain should be installed at the lowest point of the concrete to collect the water.

Now when it comes to getting that driveway poured, do you go with a broom finish, exposed aggregate or stamped concrete? Everyone has their preference and it all depends on the style of your home, the neighbourhood, your budget, etc. We consulted with our Kijenga Certified Pros and here is a breakdown of the top three options.

Broom-Finished Concrete
A gray, broom-textured concrete is the most basic outdoor concrete finish and in Saskatoon, it’s by far the most popular. It is commonly used for sidewalks and driveways and, as the name suggests, involves dragging a broom across the surface of the wet concrete to give it a ridged texture. Not a bad idea for the cold, icy winters of Saskatchewan.

Its popularity lies in the fact that it is a durable and economical finish, as well as one that provides good traction in wet or snowy conditions. For a little extra interest, a colored pigment can be mixed into the concrete to give it a tone other than the basic gray.

Make sure that if you are colouring the concrete, the colour is being added to the concrete truck and not just coloured on top or with a tinted sealer. Eventually, these just flake off and you’re left with a spotted driveway that doesn’t look very appealing.
– Dan with Old North Concreteworks

Saskatoon Average Price: $8-10 per square foot (add $2-$3 for colour)

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Exposed Aggregate Concrete
To give concrete an exposed aggregate finish, the surface of the wet concrete is treated with a chemical that stops the outer layer of cement from curing. That outer layer is then washed off, revealing the aggregate within the concrete. Exposed aggregate concrete features a bumpy, pebbled texture, which creates excellent traction when wet. The aggregate, however, often has sharp or pointy edges which can dig into bare feet, making it an uncomfortable choice for a backyard patio. It is a popular choice in certain neighbourhoods throughout Saskatoon.

Our suggestion is that if you want to go this route, make sure the company you hire orders an “exposed aggregate concrete mix” as this has pea gravel instead of large rock and it’s a lot easier on your bare feet. The smaller, smoother stones offer a much better look as well.
– Dan with Old North Concreteworks

Saskatoon Average Price: $11-13 per square foot

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Stamped Concrete
Because of the extensive process for finishing stamped concrete, its final appearance can vary. Stamped concrete typically has a pigment mixed into the concrete itself to give it a base color. Additional pigments are often applied to the surface of the concrete to give it depth and character, and then large rubber stamps are pressed into the wet concrete. The concrete takes on the texture of the stamps, which can be patterned with organic or geometric shapes that mimic stone or other material.

The stamping process gives the concrete a very smooth surface that can be slippery when wet so it’s not for everyone. The smooth surface shows wear much more easily than a more textured finish, which may give the concrete a shorter aesthetic lifespan but it looks amazing when properly taken care of.

Stamped concrete doesn’t have to be slippery. It got a bad reputation for being slippery because of concrete companies finishing it too smooth before stamping. If a hand textured finish is applied to the concrete before the stamping takes place, it becomes much more grippy.
– Dan with Old North Concreteworks

Saskatoon Average Price: $12-15 per square foot

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How Do I Maintain a Concrete Driveway?
Concrete driveways are very durable and require minimal maintenance. However, we do live in Saskatchewan where we have a number of factors to consider – freezing winters, temperature fluctuations, snow/ice, road salt and more. Properly maintaining your driveway is the key to it’s quality and longevity. It’s a commitment but without taking good care of your investment, you will see a decline in its look and structure.

Maintenance requirements for most types of concrete driveways includes simply cleaning the surface thoroughly once a year with a pressure washer. Then the surface should be sealed. The best way to protect your concrete from moisture penetration, freeze-thaw conditions, color fading, deicing chemicals and abrasion, etc is to seal your driveway annually. If you aren’t sealing your driveway, put it in your calendar and get it done. There are a number of companies in Saskatoon sealing driveways for $0.75 to $1.00 per square foot. Here are a couple vouchers you can find on our online marketplace.

It is best to discuss what type of sealer to use with your concrete contractor. Some contractors offer routine maintenance schedules to care for your concrete. This is beneficial so that the maintenance of your concrete will automatically be taken care of, which reduces the risks of you forgetting or avoiding the process.

Here are the three most important tips that Old North Concrete offered up when it comes to caring for concrete.

  • Wash and seal annually
  • Take care of it in the winter
  • Manage your downspout water

Our winter season in Saskatchewan is the biggest enemy to our concrete. Be diligent in shovelling your driveway and not driving over the snow that is packing it down.

You must do your best to never salt your concrete! It’s extremely important. We have even seen “concrete safe” salt have very adverse effects on concrete.

In terms of downspouts, use extensions. The more water that penetrates under your concrete in summer, creates a greater risk of the concrete heaving in winter and ice building up as a result.

If you’re planning on a concrete driveway this summer, post your project to Kijenga and let’s get you a few quotes from certified contractors, doing it right the first time! It’s totally free, making it super easy to get connected to the best concrete pros in Saskatoon.

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7 Landscaping Strategies to Follow For the Perfect Design Plan

Are you one of those Saskatoon homeowners who randomly collects plants and has no real design plan when it comes to their arrangement?

You wouldn’t be the first. However, without a method for the placement of your shrubs and flowerbeds, not only does your front yard lack the cohesion that makes good landscaping attractive but you also risk liabilities that could cause you frustration in the future.

Plants have different optimal growing conditions and not taking the time to get to know their needs or the soil, weather, and light conditions of your site could mean that some of your plants will not fulfill their potential.

Having a design plan will result in a cohesive landscape that is not only beautiful but will last longer. Here are 7 strategies to follow to achieve a smart landscape design.

 

  1. Be Prepared with Equipment Access

You should recognize from the very start that a time will come when you will need to do some repairs or have projects that require the use of equipment. This means having access to everything from a hedge trimmer to a lawn mower or even a chainsaw. If you don’t have what you need, you can always check out The Rent-It Store in Saskatoon.

 

  1. Start With Focal Points and Maintain Them

Whether your focal point occurred naturally or was intentionally placed, it can be an asset to your landscape and draw positive attention to your garden. Your focal point will force your viewer’s perspective towards a particular location. It could be a specimen tree, a fountain or a colorful flower bed.

 

  1. Don’t Overdo Curves

Curves, when incorporated in moderation, can add movement and structure to your landscape design. The aim should be to have continuous flowing lines that use the circumferences of adjacent circles and ellipses.

 

  1. Create and Invite Movement

Breathe life into your garden by adding elements that summon movement. Long grasses, wind chimes, and hanging ornaments that wave and sway in the wind add a touch of whimsy to your landscape. Consider planting flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

  1. Soften the Edges of Your House

It’s amazing how strategic placement of plants can add appealing accents to even the simplest of homes. Thoughtful designs such as a walkway or decorative flowers can accentuate any home.

 

  1. “Right Plant, Right Spot” Mantra

It’s understandable why you’re tempted to bring home a new plant with every visit to the nursery even if you’re just there for supplies. However, remember that plants grow at different rates and bringing home a plant that doesn’t fit into your existing design plan may cost you in the future.

When designing your garden, always take into consideration what each plant’s size at maturity will be, the rate at which it will grow and how much pruning and maintenance it will demand. Also be mindful of their placement beside other plants and outdoor furniture.

 

  1. Discover New Possibilities

Saskatoon is home to many nurseries and garden centers filled with beautiful choices of plants and accessories. Paying one a visit can inspire you to go beyond what you assumed were the limits of what your existing garden could offer.

Here is a little list to help you with your search in Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville.

You may even want to invite an experienced landscaping service to assess the state of your garden and have them create a detailed landscape design for you that fulfills its natural lifespan which will bring you and your family many years of delight. Check out our Kijenga Marketplace for great offers from Panoramic Landscape Design. You can get anything from a one hour consultation to a complete consult and design which includes:

  • One hour consultation with a professional landscape designer to provide inspiration and suggest ideas for your yard.
  • Includes front and back yard design.
  • Measurements of site plan. Please supply RPR (real property report) if available.
  • Presentation of the first concept plan and you as the client will suggest revisions of your preference.
  • Presentation of final plan with 3D Renderings; full plant list and all materials identified.
  • Client provided with 2 printed scaled final drawings and a scaled digital copy.

Best of luck with your project and if there is anything we can help you with, give us a ring at 1-844-KIJENGA.

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Rebuild vs. Resurface: Breathing New Life into Your Old Deck

With Saskatoon winters reaching temperatures of below freezing and the wet season lasting 124 days of the year on average, it’s no wonder why your deck has taken quite a beating over the seasons and the years.

And beyond the weather, your deck, whether wood or composite, has seen lots of traffic from active kids, frisky pets, and welcomed guests who all equally love spending time out there laughing or lazing around on a warm summer day.

You wouldn’t trade the wonderful memories for anything. However, now you are left with a deck that is weathered and not exactly appealing to look at anymore. Not only is it no longer as beautiful as it once was, you fear that it may not even be safe to stand on anymore. Deck repair services is actually one of the most sought after services in Saskatoon throughout the summer season.

Depending on the condition of your deck, you’ll have two options – rebuild or resurface. How do you know which is the right solution for your home?

Why You Should Rebuild

For those who have plenty of time and money, the first instinct is to rebuild the deck completely. And there are those who assume they have the time to choose between rebuilding or resurfacing when the reality is, rebuilding is the only option.

If your deck’s structure is unsound and a disaster waiting to happen, then you must rebuild immediately. Wooden decks will naturally decay over time because of the weather and climate. They are prone to rotting, mold, carpenter ants, termites and so much more.

Starting over with a new deck can be costly, but it does have its upsides. Not only do you have the opportunity to start fresh and have complete freedom in designing an entirely new deck, but you have the option to choose better quality materials like steel that is guaranteed to last much longer than the old wooden deck – a lifetime, in fact.

Why You Should Resurface

Rebuilding a deck can be considered a major renovation and one that you’re just not prepared for both financially and time-wise.

Resurfacing an old deck which has a solid substructure and framing will still result in a beautiful deck that feels brand new. Despite following the same lines and foundation, you can dramatically change the aesthetics with your choice of color and other elements. You may even want to swap out the deck railing to something more modern.

Compared to tearing out the old deck and rebuilding, resurfacing means huge savings. A contractor would be able to assess your existing deck’s substructure and framing to tell you if you absolutely must rebuild or if resurfacing is advisable. Getting a quote from more than one deck contractor in Saskatoon would be ideal in this case.

Ultimately, whether you decide to start over altogether or put some extra love in your old one, you’ll still get the look and feel of a new deck that you and your family will love through many years of fun outdoor barbecues or lazy days of lounging.

Post your deck project today for free and get matched to certified contractors in Saskatoon. Get Quotes!

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Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Guide for May

Weather in May can be hit or miss in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan but it shouldn’t hold us back from getting done our spring cleaning!

For homeowners, now is the ideal time to get motivated to do some work on your property. Spring cleaning is more than just throwing open the windows to let in the fresh air or sweeping out the dust from all the construction going on around you.

This warm Saskatoon weather means you can do some serious cleaning to both the interior and exterior of your home. However, spring cleaning doesn’t mean that you need to tackle all this work on your own. Some projects may require a home professional to get the tasks done correctly and safely. Not only that but time is money and so do what you love to do and leave the rest to the pros.

Here is a quick guide to some home maintenance projects that are ideal to get done this spring.

Exterior Cleaning

A professional pressure washing service can clean the exterior of your home. Moss and algae may have built up on you exterior siding, gutters, roof, patio, walkways and driveways. Not only are they not appealing to look at but keeping all these areas clean ensures that the materials stay in good shape. Check out this deal for $75 off in Saskatoon!

House Cleaning

Surely you’ve kept the house clean year-round with the usual housecleaning tasks. However, for the bigger cleaning projects, it is ideal to hire a home professional who can do a deep clean on your carpets, upholstery and drapery. You may even want to hire a professional cleaning service who are equipped to handle chemicals and equipment needed to thoroughly clean bathroom stains like rust and hard water residue. Check out all these cleaning deals found on the Kijenga Marketplace.

Repairs

Take your spring cleaning a step further by addressing some areas that may require some repair. Because the Saskatoon weather is ideal for exterior repairs, now is the best time to hire a home professional to mend a broken fence or repair your deck. Getting someone skilled to do these tasks ensures you quality work and safety. Browse handyman deals on the marketplace!

Landscaping

The winter weather may have left your yard in a sorry state. Hire a landscaping service who will clean up the debris from the garden beds and lay down new sod. Professional landscapers can deliver large quantities of mulch or gravel and get your yard spring and summer-ready.

May is also the best time to bring in additions to your yard. Bring in new planters and garden beds for spring and summer plants. You may even want to add a new pathway leading to your yard.

So take advantage of the weather and work together with a home professional to get your spring cleaning, property maintenance, and improvement projects underway. You won’t regret hiring a service to tackle the more demanding cleaning projects especially if they require heavy lifting and the use of equipment that only someone skilled can operate.

For projects that you require a few quotes, post them now! To find sweet deals from reputable handymen to house cleaners, shop our online marketplace in Saskatoon and find the perfect voucher for you!

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Roofing Terminology: Talk Like a Roofer

If you need a replace your shingles or repair your roof in Saskatoon and you are getting ready to meet with a few contractors you connected with through Kijenga, you’ll want to be equipped to have a productive conversation about an estimate of costs and projected timelines. Be prepared by understanding the terms that professional roofers use so that you can keep up.

Here is a basic guide so that you get the most out of your contractor meetings and not spend the majority of your time on trying to decipher the roofing jargon.

Roofing Styles

The most common roof styles are the hip and gable.

Hip

A hip roof has a ridge at the top and slopes on all four sides. All the sides of a hip roof are of equal length.

Hip roofs are ideal for homes in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan because the snow will slide right off during the winter months. Also, a house with a hip roof will most likely have a big attic or vaulted ceilings.

Gable and Shed 

A gable roof is triangle-shaped while a shed roof is one that slopes in a single direction. A single home can have multiple styles, and you’ll often see you a gable roof with shed-style dormers which is a roofed structure, often containing a window, which projects vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof.

Slope and Pitch

There is the common misconception that slope and pitch are the same thing. They certainly are not. Here are the differences:

Slope is the incline of the roof which is expressed as a ratio of the vertical rise to the horizontal run where the run is a fraction of the span. A roof that rises 4 inches for every 1 foot or 12 inches of run is said to have a “4 in 12” slope.

Pitch of a roof is its vertical rise divided by its horizontal span (or “run”). In geometry, this is called “slope” in geometry or the tangent function in trigonometry. Definitions vary when a roof is considered pitched.

It should be noted that a roof with a high pitch and steep for roofers is likely going to cost more for the labour. “A roof with lots of peaks and valleys will be quoted higher because of the risky work required and the complexity it comes with.” says Shane Regush, owner of Go2Guys in Saskatoon.

Decking, Eaves, Ridges, Valleys

All roofs have a deck, eaves, and ridges and a lot have valleys.

Decking is the foundation of your roof, and the deck base rests against the attic. It covers the rafters and supports the weight of the roofing materials.

Eaves are the edges of the roof that jut out over the walls of your home. The eaves help keep attics from getting too warm. Gutters are placed at the edges of eaves to help push water running off of the roof away from the house.

Ridges are where two roof lines intersect and are the highest points on the roof.

And roof valleys are formed where two section of a roof come together.

Underlayment, Shingles, and Flashing

The roofing underlayment is the primary layer of waterproofing material that goes before the shingles or roofing materials. It is essentially a roll of felt paper or fiberglass saturated with asphalt.

“You would be surprised at how many roofs in Saskatoon don’t have the basic underlay required to properly seal your home. Ask the roofing contractor you’re interviewing about the underlay they are going to use on your home and ensure they do as they say. All projects completed by Go2Guys has RhinoRoof which is a synthetic roofing underlayment. It acts as an air, water and vapour barrier and is 12x stronger than #30 felt. Living in Saskatchewan, we also use IKO Ice and Water Protectors for the valleys and edges for total weather protection and peace of mind.”

Roofing shingles are what provide aesthetic value to your house, and homeowners often put the most thought into the kind of shingles to use for this reason. But beyond being the element that brings beauty to your home, shingles block UV rays from the sun and prevent water from leaking into your attic.

Flashing is a corrosion-resistant metal strip installed at the roof edges and seams because that is where water will most likely seep through the asphalt shingles and underlayment. Flashing directs water away from these trouble spots and gets it into the gutters. The four main types of flashing are:

1.         Base flashing is applied directly to the roof. It is also referred to as step flashing.

2.         Cap flashing is used around chimneys or walls. It is also referred to as counter flashing.

3.         Drip edge flashing is applied at the roof’s edge where the gutter is.

4.         Valley flashing is added to roof valleys.

“We recommend that homeowners ask a million questions when hiring a roofer.” says Shane Regush with Go2Guys. “Don’t hire the first company to give you a quote. Understand what you’re getting for your money. We see a lot of projects where cap flashing isn’t being used around chimneys and it’s causing major problems. Most roofers are just that, roofers. They’re good at replacing your shingles but oftentimes it’s the little things that make a big difference whether it’s a proper drip edge, installing a quality underlay, or going 2 shingles under, one over when working around vents or anything exposed.”

Now that you have a cheat sheet on roofing terminologies, you’re ready to start hunting for the right roofer in Saskatoon to get started on your roof project. And when they recognize that you’ve done your homework, they’ll be impressed, and you can get straight to the more important matters like materials, design, budget, and scheduling.

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