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Three Ways How Winter Weather (Probably) Impacted Your Home’s Roof

Canada is no stranger to cold, snowy and icy winter weather, and roofing in Barrie and the surrounding areas aren’t immune from experiencing the brunt of it. While conventional roofs normally last for 20 years on average, the better care you take of yours, the more return on investment you’ll get out of it. It’s why it’s advised to have your roof professionally inspected at least twice a year, once in the fall before winter weather sets in and then again in the spring or early summer after it has endured another cold season. Scheduling inspections around winter is recommended

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Why Is Metal the Most Environmentally-Friendly Roof Type

If you’re looking for ways to make your home more environmentally friendly, there are small changes you can make — and big ones. When it comes to your roof, for example, our Collingwood roofers are often asked what roofing material is the most environmentally-friendly. To this, our response is always the same: metal. What Makes Metal so Environmentally-Friendly? When speaking in terms of the environment and sustainability, experts often call metal roofs “cool roofs.” Though not all metal roofs can be considered sustainable cool roofs, these days, most are. Cool roofs have several environmental advantages in addition to looking clean,

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7 Signs You Need a New Roof

Your roof protects your home and everything in it. Ensuring that it remains in good repair is a must. Not sure how old your roof is or whether it is time to update it? The signs below can tell you it’s time for a call to our Collingwood roofing contractors for a quote. Call Our Collingwood Roofing Contractors if You See These Signs 1. Light coming through into the attic. Go into the attic with a flashlight and look under the eaves. If you can see stains, streaks or light coming in, your roof may be leaking. Inspect this area

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6 Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor in Barrie

When the time comes for you to get a new roof installed for your home, selecting a contractor that does roofing in Barrie that you can trust can be difficult and confusing. While you can ask friends and family for recommendations, it’s also important to remember that you’ll ultimately get what you pay for regarding your roof. To make sure all goes well, here are six tips you should keep in mind when choosing your roofing contractor. Verify That the Contractor is Insured Before you ever sign on the dotted line for a contractor to install your home’s roof, always

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Will Your Roof Leak With One Shingle Missing

Have you ever stepped outside after a wind storm and seen a single shingle laying in your yard? Finding missing shingles in your yard can be disturbing, especially if you believe that a missing shingle could cause a leak in your attic. Knowing the truth, including the role of your shingles on your roof and what needs to be done when a shingle is ripped from your roof, can help you take care of your home. Ultimately, getting roof shingles repair when it’s needed can help you extend the life of your roof. Why Are Shingles Important? A standard residential

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Pros and Cons of Winter Roofing Services

Many homeowners sandwich home improvement projects and repairs around the cold, winter months. And while this is fine for many projects, putting off any roofing work until spring isn’t something you want to get into the habit of. In fact, there are some key advantages to contacting our Collingwood roofing contractors during the winter to have service performed on your roof. In this post, we’ll cover some of the common wintertime problems that your roof is likely to experience and talk about some of the positives that are involved with not putting off roofing services until spring. Here’s a closer

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Why You Need Attic Insulation and How To Have It Installed

Attic insulation is an important part of your home’s climate control and weatherizing system. While newer homes are required to be properly insulated against weather extremes, many older homes lack this type of insulation. If you own an older home and need attic insulation in Barrie, Great Northern Insulation can help. If your home has no attic insulation, you could be paying more than necessary for your home’s heating and cooling. You could also face problems like ice dams, which could cause costly damage to your roof and attic. Here’s what you need to know. How Attic Insulation Works, and

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How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof

An ice dam is a roofing problem that can cause leaks and roofing damage. Ice dams occur when warm air in the attic causes snow on the roof to melt and roll down to the eaves of the house. The melting snow eventually re-freezes near the eaves, causing icicles to form. As melting and thawing cycle occurs throughout the winter, ice backs up under the shingles and eventually penetrates the sheathing beneath. Ice dams that go un-repaired may eventually cause a roof leak. Working with skilled Collingwood roofers can help. How Can You Prevent An Ice Dam? Ice dams start

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Top 5 Roofing Problems for Homeowners During the Winter

Winter weather, including snowstorms, freezing rain, and ice, can cause many problems for homeowners in the Collingwood area. Some of these problems can increase the risk of leaks and other issues, so it’s important to be aware of them. You might need experienced Collingwood roofers to handle any of the following roofing problems this season. Damaged Shingles Winter storms can damage the shingles on your roof. High winds can loosen shingles or blow them off entirely. Windy weather can also cause nearby tree branches to scrape against shingles or fall on them, leading to cracks and other damage. When your

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What You Should Know About Metal Roofing

When it comes to roofing materials, conventional asphalt shingles still reign king. However, there is an emerging roofing trend that is only continuing to pick up steam for its variety of benefits: metal roofing. According to industry data, metal roofing only accounts for about 15 percent of all roofing installations today, but it’s a trend that is increasing at a rate of about 3 percent year by year. It’s a big reason why we’re seeing more and more metal roofing contractors.  So why are metal roofs increasing so much in popularity? It’s because they offer a variety of benefits that

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