Roofing

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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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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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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.

Post your roofing or shingle replacement project in Saskatoon and Kijenga will connect you with certified and verified contractors to get the job done! Get quotes now. Post Your Project for Free!