Calgary Roof Insurance Claims

Consider this…

Even If you have an insurance claim for your residence, you can still select the company of your choice to do the replacement.

Mostly due to the beautiful mountains to the west, we live in a hail,  wind, and storm affected area. This means some roofs in our area will more then likely need to be changed approximately every 10 years, compared to others in less affected areas roughly every 20 years. This being said some insurance companies refuse to cover roofs that are over ten years in age. Therefore it is advisable to read your insurance policy carefully.

Some renovation companies see hail storms as quick money. This is when buyer beware comes into play. Calgary is a booming city. A city known to have some spending money. So it’s no surprise that new roofing companies or “fly by night’s” as we call them pop up in a day and are knocking on your door.

You home is your investment. Protect that investment by choosing a reputable company that has been in business in Calgary for many years. I can remember about ten year ago Calgary had about 70 roofing companies, well just over the these last few years there been a influx there is now over 300. This has happened in the past after storms, and I know from experience that almost all of these pop up companies will be gone in the next year or sooner. So the bottom line is, if it seems like to good of a deal? It is!

At Hubbard Roofing and Exteriors we have been in Calgary the last 30 years. We’ve been through the many patterns of weather. Seen the pop up companies come and go, and all to often we even clean up after them. Our family of accomplished trade installers have continued with us throughout the years. And are always training the next generation of professional installers to come. At Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors we plan on being around for a long time to come.

So call us for your free inspection or estimate weather it’s insurance or not we are certified Inspectors, and would love to supply you with the finest in our industry.

 

Re-Roofing: How to Tell if You Need It

Re-roofing is a glum subject for most, if not all homeowners. The cost of re-roofing can dampen one’s mood. But it is a fact of life that at some point a roof would need some repairs done or would need a total replacement or re-roofing. A homeowner’s best weapon of choice in preventing total roof replacement is doing checks regularly on the roof’s surface and being always on the alert of how the roof is performing. Being able to pinpoint small problems at the earliest possible time can spell the difference between a roof repair and roof replacement in the future.

In finding out if your roofing is still in good condition, most would immediately climb up the roof. This is not always necessary. At times, you only need to have good eyesight and binoculars to pinpoint if your roof is in need of repairs or in need of replacement. Many homeowners only pay attention to their roofing once they start seeing leaks. But homeowners should be aware that the absence of leaks on the roof does not equate to excellent roof condition. Your roofing can have problems even if it is not leaking.

There are danger signals that homeowners should be aware of. They reveal the true condition of your roof and if your roof is no longer offering protection to your home. What are these danger signals to watch out for? Let’s go over them one by one.

Danger Signals You Should Be Aware Of

  • If you see water in your attic after a heavy downpour, this means there is something wrong with your roof. The same is true if you see an ice buildup.
  • Shingles that have cracks and curls spell roof trouble. So do shingles that are loose or missing.
  • If you are starting to notice decay on your shingles, this means your roof is already in a poor condition. Mold or mildew growth also spells the same.
  • If the interior walls and or ceilings show stains, your roof is in trouble.

You should be vigilant in doing regular checks on your roof so you would be able to prevent a minor problem from getting bigger until the problem can no longer be fixed and you end up of doing total roof replacement which is definitely more costly than roof repairs.

One should realize that replacing a roof is not your average DIY task. You may have done a DIY roof repair at one point or another but roof replacement is entirely a different matter. It will be a difficult job to do on your own especially if you don’t have any knowledge or proper training on re-roofing. This is also a dangerous task. Your best option is to go to a reliable roofing company to have the replacement taken care of.

For expert and trustworthy roofers in Calgary, call on Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

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Tips to Have in Mind When Fixing a Leak on Your Open Valley Roof

So you have got a leak problem and you have carefully checked your shakes or shingles however you don’t see any problem but water continuous to trickle down from your roof. If this is the case, you might want to check certain areas of your roof that usually cause leak problems. Which areas are these? Your open roof valleys and flashings!

Before we move on and give you DIY tips in repairing open roof valley problems, let’s discuss first what you would need to get the repair job done.

Materials You Would Need

Get these things ready before you go up the roof to fix the leak problem.

  • You will need a sheet metal. You would use this to patch up holes on your valley that may be causing the leak.
  • Have a wire rush handy. Before doing any repairs on your open roof valley, you need to clean up its surface first. A wire brush does a good job in cleaning the valley’s surface.
  • You should also have metal shears. You’ll need one to cut the metal sheet when making your patch.
  • You’ll need to have roof cement. This would seal the patch in its place.
  • You need to grab your trowel to use for your roof cement.

If the problem is your open valley roof, you can easily take care of fixing this issue. If you want to pull off a DIY repair of your open valley roof, here are some helpful tips.

First Step: The first thing to do is check the valley for holes along its joint. Mark these holes or remember where they are so you can patch them up later on.

Second Step: Using your wire brush, clean up the surface of the valley.

Third Step: After cleaning your valley’s surface it is time to patch up those holes. Remember to use the same type of sheet metal your valley is made of when patching holes as using another type of sheet metal can lead to corrosion which means bigger problem. To make your patch, use your metal shears to cut the metal sheet. Make sure that each of the patches you make is around 2 inches larger all around the hole it would be patched on.

Fourth Step: For this step you would need your roof cement. Spread a thick coat of roof cement on areas showing damage. Once done, press the patch you have made in place. Have the patch bending to the shape of the valley. To make sure that water stays out, have roof cement spread on the edges of the patch.

Fixing your roof valley is relatively easy. Keep these tips in mind and you won’t have any problem. You may also let the professionals handle repairing your roof valley.

If you’re in Calgary and your roof needs repairing or replacement, contact the expert roofers of Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

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DIY Guide for Repairing Wooden Shake Roof

Do you have a wooden shake roof? Does it need repairing? The best thing to do is to always call on professional roofers to do the repairs. However, for minor repairs, one can pull off a DIY roof fixing. Fixing your wooden shake roof is just like repairing a shingle roof but a wooden shake roof can be a bit more challenging. The principles are the same for these two types of roof. In replacing damaged ones, the replacement shakes or shingles should be the same type and for damaged ridge shingle or shake, a new specially cut ridge shingle or shake should be used.

Before you get on with doing any repairs on your leaking wooden shake roof, see to it that you have all the things you need to get on with the task. If you don’t have these things at home, just drop by the nearest local hardware store and you’ll easily find these items.

Things You’ll Need

  • You need a hammer, a chisel and a hacksaw.
  • You’ll need an electrical tape and a tape measure.
  • Grab the right type of replacement shakes you need.
  • You should also have galvanized roofing nails, a coping saw and a vise.
  • You need a nail set and a caulking compound.

Now that you have all the things you need, it’s time to get the hard work done.

How to Repair a Wooden Shake Roof

First Step: With your hammer and a chisel (make sure your chisel is sharp) start splitting the damaged shake. You should slant the chisel up into the shake. Angle your chisel like that of the pitch of the roof. You should be cautious in splitting the damaged shake as you may end up denting the surrounding shakes. Pull out the pieces of the damaged shakes.

You’ll need a hacksaw to cut off the heads of the nails since shakes are not flexible. Go as far down as possible the nail shaft. To protect your fingers, wrap one end of the hacksaw with your electrical tape.

Second Step: Grab your measuring tape and start measuring the gap from the old or damaged shake you removed. Start cutting a new one. You should keep in mind that shakes will swell after the very first time it has been rained on so when cutting your replacement shake, cut about 3/8-inch smaller than the measurement you took.

Third Step: Time to get on with the installation of the new shake. It would be easy to install the new shakes if you successfully cut off the nails that held the old shake in place. All you have to do is slide the new one into place. You’ll need to cut a new shake that would fit around the nails should it happen that you were not able to cut all of them off. Start with sliding the shake in place and press on hard so the edge gets marked by the old nails. Using your coping saw cut the slots. To prevent splitting it would be good to clamp shake in vise. Slide the cut shake in then hammer in two roofing nails to seal it in place.

Last Step: Don’t forget to set the nail heads using your nail set then seal all of them using the caulking compound.

For expert roofers in Calgary, call on Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

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DIY Leak Repair Tips for a Flat Roof

If you have a leaky roof, the first step in fixing the leak problem is to find the source. Once you find the leak, fixing it would be easy. But you should know that how to fix a leaky roof depends on what kind of roof you have. Here are some tips on how to fix a leaking flat roof.

Fixing a Leaking Flat Roof

When you have a flat roof, this means that your roof is made up of roofing felt and tar layers. A flat roof usually starts leaking when the roofing felt gets damaged. Usually, the leak is found right below the damaged spot and you can easily see the damage to the roofing felt.

  • If you see that there’s still a pool of water in the area that has leak, use your mop or a rag then let the surface dry up. If you see any gravel, brush them off. Start checking for cracks in the roofing felt. You should also check for large blisters in the top layer that’s separated.
  • To fix a blister, you need your utility knife. But make sure that your utility knife is sharp. Once you found the blisters and you have your utility knife all sharpened up, start slicing the blister open starting right down the middle. Make sure that when you do the cut, it should go through the full depth of the blister. However, you should not slice through the good roofing felt that’s just under it.
  • Once done, start lifting the blister’s edges that you just cut. Should you see that there’s still water in the blister, start pressing from the edges and work through the middle to get the water squeezed out from between your roofing layers. Use rags to collect as much water then start propping the blister’s edges up so that the layers start drying up.
  • If it happens that the leak happens during the cold season or if the roofing layers are all soaked up, you would need the help of a propane torch complete with a flame-spreader nozzle to dry out the felt layer. Don’t forget about wearing your safety goggles whenever working with a propane torch. Use a back and forth motion with the propane torch over the blister’s inside layers. You have to be very careful when using propane torch because the roofing felt and tar are flammable. See to it that the layers don’t get too heated enough to cause a burn or bubble or worse a fire.
  • Use a thick coating of roof cement and spread it on the bottom edges of the felt layer that has loosened up then with a firm press, push down the sides of the blister.
  • Use 6d galvanized roofing nails to close the blister for good. Hammer down the nails along every side of the slit so you’ll have a row of them then with the roof cement cover the whole blister up. Make sure that the heads of your 6d galvanized roofing nails that you just hammered in are all covered up.

It would be best to call on a roofing professional if you see that there is a pool of water beneath a huge area of your roof as this can point to a worse problem than just a blister.

For expert roofers in Calgary, call on Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

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Planning to Pull a DIY Replacing of Damaged Shingles? Here are Some Tips!

We have briefly discussed some tips on how to repair leaky shingle roofs in the article “Tips for Repairing Leaky Shingle Roofs”. We would like to add on these tips and give you more details on how to replace damaged shingles. We know that “DIY-ers” would always want to have more details. So let’s begin.

As with anything, a good way to start is to know what materials you would need to do this task. So what should you have handy when replacing damaged shingles? Here they are:

  • You’ll need a pry bar and a scraper.
  • Of course you would need your new or replacement shingle.
  • You need to have your utility knife handy.
  • Make sure that you have 6d galvanized roofing nails.
  • A hammer
  • You should have asphalt roof cement.
  • You also need to have a trowel.

DIY Tips in Replacing Damaged Shingles

 

The First Step: Removing a damaged shingle is quite easy once you learn the right way to do it. The first thing you need to do is to lift the edges that surround the shingles and start removing nails with a pry bar. Be very careful when doing this. Let the old shingle slide out and if you see any loose roof cement left underneath, you’ll have to scare it clean. If a storm blew off your shingles, see to it that you remove any nails that are protruding in your roof. If the nails don’t stick out, you can just leave them be.

The Second Step: There is a technique that you can do to make sliding in a new shingle in its place easier. Get your utility knife and slightly round the back corners of the shingle. So before you slide your new shingles in, do yourself a favour and don’t skin the second step which is rounding the back corners of the new shingles.

The Third Step: The next step is sliding in the new shingle into the gap. Make sure that when you slide it in, align the front edge of the new shingle with the shingles on every side and also the back edge should be aligned under the row of shingles that are above it.

The Fourth Step: Turn your attention to the corners of shingles that are overlapping and lift them up. Use a 6d galvanized roofing nails to fasten the top of the new shingle. Make sure to drive a nail through every corner. Once done use roof cement to cover the nail heads then start smoothing down the edges of shingles that overlap.

Extra Tips: When you are replacing rows of damaged shingles, it is okay to just round the back corners where the row on the top meets with the row above. If it’s the shingles on the peak of the roof that needs replacing, never use flat shingles. You should only use new ridge shingles for the peak of your roof.

For expert roofing repairs or replacement in Calgary, call on Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

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Tips for Repairing Leaky Shingle Roofs

At one point in time your roof will get leaky. But this doesn’t mean automatically that you would need to have the entire roof replaced. Sometimes roofs do become leaky even before the time they need replacing. There are various possible reasons for roofs to leak but usually they point to localized damage like shingles or shakes that are cracked or missing. In the case of flat roofs, having blisters or cracks on certain areas of the roofs will cause leaking. Probably the toughest part of fixing your leaky roof is spotting these damaged areas on the roof.

Let’s start off with repairing leaks on shingle roofs.

 

Repairing Leaky Shingle Roofs

This type of roof is probably the easiest to fix. To locate the cause of the leak, take a good look at the shingles. You should be looking for curled or perhaps missing shingles. Check the area where two surfaces end up together and areas such as your chimney or vent. Check to see if there are breaks in your roof’s flashing or caulking. You should also have a look out for gaps in the lines of your roof cement.

In case you don’t see any problem or damage to your shingles or the flashing in the area where there is leaking, it would be best to call a professional roofer. The leak may be because of not enough flashing or your shingles have deteriorated already and need replacing.

In case you see that the leak problem is due to damage in your shingles, repairing would be fairly easy. If the shingles are curled back, you can simply have them reattached by using asphalt roof cement or you can make use of a caulking gun and compound in tubes. It is worthy to note that warm weather makes it easier for you to straighten out shingles that have curled while cold temperatures make shingles turn very brittle. You will need to have the shingles softened before flattening them out.

 

How to Soften a Brittle Shingle

So how do you soften a brittle curled shingle? You will need the help of a propane torch. You should also make sure that you use a flame spreader nozzle. Once you have your equipment ready, carefully torch the edges that have curled. Be very careful to apply just enough heat for the curled edges to get warm and soften up. Applying too much heat will lead to your shingles catching fire which is something that you don’t want to happen. Once the shingles have softened, flatten its edges.

 

Reattaching the Shingle

Reattaching the shingle is also fairly easy. You’ll need a roof cement to get this repair job done. Just apply a dollop of cement at every corner of the bottom of the shingle then press it into place firmly. Remember to give it a good press.

 

Rotten, Torn and Missing Shingles

Immediately replace shingles that are missing, rotten or torn with new ones. If you are able to lift a shingle off the roof without having to exert any effort at all this just means that the shingle is rotten and needing replacement. In case you discovered that a huge area of your roof has rotten shingles, it is best to call a professional roofer contractor to have your entire roof replaced.

 

For expert roofing repairs or replacement in Calgary, call on Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

Roof Leaks and Black Molds: Address Them Right Away

Homeowners beware of black molds! They are not just unpleasant to look at they can also damage your entire home. Aside from this, another reason why homeowners should take black mold problems seriously is that they are a health hazard. Black molds can have mild to life threatening effects and in some instances have even caused death.

The Health Hazards of Black Molds

Black molds, also called toxic black molds are a type of fungus with the scientific name Stachybotrys chartarum. They can cause mental impairment, breathing difficulties, asthma attacks, skin problems, vision and eye problems as well as tiredness and discomfort. They can also weaken the immune system and cause problems on the reproductive and circulatory systems. Although not all molds that sport a black color are toxic black molds, you should not take your chances and immediately address black mold problems once you discover them most especially if you have a baby, a child, a senior adult or anyone in your household with compromised immune system and respiratory problems.

Roof Leaks Can Bring in Black Molds to Your Home

Roof leaks are usually the root cause of black molds. When your roof is leaky, water gets in your home and moisture starts to pool. Moisture provides a good environment for black molds to thrive especially in dark places. There are certain areas in your home that are prone to black molds. Bathroom showers and tiles, your kitchen and cabinets under the sink are some of the most common places where black molds thrive. This is because these areas are usually moist. Your basement can also have black molds if you don’t have proper ventilation in it. When you have a leaky roof, your ceiling as well as the inside of your walls can have black molds. If you ignore your roof leak problem, it is most likely for the molds to spread in other areas of your home and cause not only health hazards to you but also damage your home structure as well as your furniture and other possessions. So anytime you see your roof leaking, call a professional roof repair company before things turn for the worse.

Preventing Black Molds

Experts of roof repair can help you avoid being victims of toxic black molds. They can easily address your leaky roof and ensure that your home is well-ventilated so that molds do not thrive in your household. When you immediately call a roof repair contractor as soon as you found a leak on your roof, you can prevent further damage to your roof which can mean roof replacement. Replacing your entire roof is an expensive cost and so are health issues that black molds bring about and moving out of your house because black molds have made it unsafe to stay in.

Regularly inspecting your roof for damages is a great way for you to avoid having leak problems and in turn avoid black mold issues. Once you do have a roof leak, immediately call on a roof repair contractor!

When you need roofing repairs and or replacement, call on the expert roofers from Hubbard Exteriors!

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

 

Have Your Roof Recoated to Extend Its Life

Many homeowners would wish for a time when roofs no longer would leak but as it happens we are not yet in that time and the reality is we may never actually get to such time. As much as we would like to daydream about roofs that go on forever, reality wakes us up with the harsh truth. Roofs will eventually get leaks and there are times when you get to experience a leaking roof during the worst of times.

Now that the winter season is almost upon us many homeowners praying and hoping hard for their roofs to withstand the weather without having any leak problems. It is most unfortunate if you do get leaks on your roof during the cold winter season or during an icy storm. Anytime the weather turns unfavorable, patching your roof would be an impossible task.

Regular Inspection, Recoating and Repairing

To avoid leak problems especially during the most inopportune of times, it is best to have your roof regularly checked, recoated or if needed repaired. The best time to do either of these two is during the summer or spring season or during times when rain showers don’t happen much. It is however important to note that it is also during these times when roofers are very busy. The summer season is considered a peak season since rain is very less likely to happen.

Rain and Recoating or Repairing Your Roof

If there is one thing that roofers hate, it is the rain. When skies open up and shower down buckets of water the repair or recoating of a roof can be delayed or postponed. If you would be taking care of recoating your roof on your own, it is best not to push through with the recoating during the rainy season as the roof’s coating takes a certain length of time to dry up. If your roof coating did not have enough time to dry up, you will end up with more leak problems and other roof damages in the long run.

Need to Have Your Roof Recoated During a Rainy Spell?

When you really need to have your roof recoated during the rainy season, it is best to contact an expert roofing company. The reason for this is that they would usually have in their hands a coating material that works well even when there’s water involved. Although this may mean an added expense on your end, it would be your best option to make the life of your roof last longer under such wet circumstances.

Recoating a roof may only take half a day to a week. The length of time for any recoating work to be done depends on the size of a roof. Should it happen that rain showers down during a recoating, the job may even take a longer time to be finished. This is why it would be ideal for homeowners to have roof recoating scheduled during the early parts of summer or down to the later part of spring.

When you need roofing repairs or recoating in Calgary, call on the expert roofers from Hubbard Exteriors!

 

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

Inspect Your Roof When there’s News of a Brewing Storm

roofWhy Must You Inspect Your Roof When there’s News of a Brewing Storm?

Hurricane Sandy left a trail of devastation beyond our imagination. We are now seeing that when Mother Nature wreaks havoc, we have no control over it. We can only pray and hope that a hurricane as devastating as Sandy does not happen again.

When it comes to protecting your home from storms, you can only do so much. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do anything at all. You should take it as doing everything you can to minimize damage and hope that the storm wouldn’t be too strong. When it comes to bad weather situations, the roof is always at risk of getting damaged. If there’s a storm brewing, make sure that you check your roof and have it at its best condition before the storm comes.

Checking the Roof before a Storm

  • The first thing you should do is check to see if there is anything that is compromising the strength and structure of your roofing. Make sure that you bring with you a pen and piece of paper. Immediately write down any problem you spotted.
  • It is also best to use another pair of eyes to check the roof for any problem. Once you have done the inspection on your own, ask a family member, friend or neighbor to give your roofing a sweeping look. Another pair of eyes may be able to spot a problem that you missed.
  • Once done inspecting your roof, start checking out expert roofers in your area. Discuss the roof problems you have spotted and ask the roofing company how long the repairs would go on. It is important to ask how long the repairs would take keeping in mind when the storm is expected to arrive. Only have the repairs done if it can be finished at least 2 days before the storm starts affecting your area. So make sure that you are updated with the weather report.
  • If the needed roof repairs are just minor and you have done the repairs before, you can take care of the problem for the meantime especially if you know that the storm is coming in days. However don’t attempt fixing the roof problems anymore when the weather situation is already turning stormy. Always prioritize your safety.
  • Even if you are in need of a professional roofer with your roof’s problem fast, don’t forget to check the background of the company you will hire. Always check if the roofing company is listed with the Better Business Bureau. Check the company’s credibility. You would not want hiring a company that would do a bad job in repairing your roof as this would only cost you more money for repairs after the storm.
  • You can ask around for suggestions and recommendations from your neighbors, relatives and colleagues. They may know of a company that can deliver excellent services.

Remember to check your roof when there’s news about a brewing storm. For expert hands in roof repairs or replacement, give Hubbard Exteriors a call!

 

Contact Info:

Hubbard Exteriors

755 Lake Bonavista Drive Southeast

Calgary, AB, Canada

www.hubbard-exteriors.com

 

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