Archive for December 24, 2016

You Have a Roofing Estimate, Now What

December 24, 2016

Calling contractors and asking for estimates is the easy part; now you need to compare the estimates you received. Always ask for a detailed estimate in writing . It is impossible to make an informed decision if you are not given all of the information. Before you begin your review of the written estimates, call the Contractor references of past customers and have your notes from the ensuing conversation handy as you review each estimate.

Although the bottom line is important, never compare estimates only by the overall cost . As you review your estimate, here are some of the questions you should be asking yourself:

Review Your Roofing Estimate and compare material price vs quality. If the estimate does not contain a detailed breakdown of materials and labor, call the contractor and ask for this information. To bring in the lowest bid, your contractor may have priced your project using a lower quality roofing product which could impact the lifespan of your roof. It is always necessary to weigh the benefits of quality versus price when you are reading estimates. It may be worthwhile in the long run to pay extra now and save hassle a few years down the road.

Also pay close attention to the type of insulation and sealants that are budgeted for your project. Although the cost differential is not high between a thinner insulation product and one with more layers, the quality of the product will directly affect your costs after the roof is installed. If you use a thicker insulation, the amount of heat or cold that seeps into your home will be significantly lessened, thus lowering the amount you will be paying for air conditioning or heat.

Although it is not recommended that you climb up on your roof to measure and determine the amount of material needed, look closely at the estimate from your contractor to make sure they are bidding the correct amount of material. If the contractor has never measured your roof, but offers a decisive amount of materials to be used, ask him to justify his number. Be sure that you are paying for the amount of material you need , and not material that will never be used, or not enough material to complete the job thus running up significant unexpected costs.

If the amount budgeted for labor and “pass-through” costs such as the transportation of materials seems high, dig deeper and determine where the cost comes from. A good contractor will often charge a bit more for labor because he has the extra cost of providing training and salary to quality workmen, but be careful because oftentimes higher cost will equal a higher profit margin for the contractor and not better quality for you.

Ask for customer references and understand the responses you receive from the customer references carefully; these are the people who were so pleased with the contractor they were happy to have their name given as a reference. Have your list of questions handy when you interview a reference, and take notes of their answers.

Take detailed notes as you review each estimate, listing your questions and summarizing the overall bid and response from the customer references for each contractor. Once you finish a detailed review of each estimate, take your notes and compare the estimates . Only then will you be able to get a true comparison of what is being offered.

How You Can Do the Garbage Bag Airflow Test

December 15, 2016

Nothing beats the coziness of your own home especially during those cold, winter nights. But when you’re freezing in it despite having a furnace then there’s a problem. A good way to check if poor air flow is the concern is to use the garbage bag airflow test.

One of the most common issues with heating and cooling equipment is poor air flow. This problem makes your heating and cooling equipment work like inefficient outdated models and this can waste a lot of your money. The two most common reasons for poor air flow: inadequate duct sizing and a dirty return air filter.

Inadequate Duct Sizing Inadequate duct sizing is usually the result of a poor installation by a contractor who might possibly not have the qualifications to perform proper sizing. This is a very common problem that a homeowner may battle for years to come and could cost thousands of dollars over the life of the equipment. It is extremely crucial that you get references before choosing a contractor.

A Dirty Return Air Filter A dirty return air filter is the easiest problem to fix. Simply change your return air conditioning filter more frequently or utilize a filter that does not restrict air flow. This simple change can lead to huge savings. How You Can Perform the Garbage Bag Air flow Test

Garbage bag airflow test is one of the easiest and cheapest methods to determine the air flow of your furnace registers, bathroom exhaust fan or clothes dryer exhaust. It’s a vital test to pinpoint the reason why your furnace isn’t providing sufficient warm air in your room. This is also important in order to determine whether your newly purchased exhaust is working at its best. The same goes when you’re having major renovations in your home that call for a change in your heating or cooling systems. It’s the cheapest way to check your furnace register and exhaust fans performance as it only requires a garbage bag. This test isn’t a precise measurement of the airflow but it is better than not conducting any test at all.

Here’s how to do the garbage bag airflow test:

1. Secure the mouth of the garbage bag using a tape right into a bent coat hanger or to a cardboard in order to keep it open.

2. Be sure to deflate the bag by crushing it flat.

3. Position the open part of the bag (mouth) over the furnace register or exhaust hood.

4. Using a stopwatch or any gadget track the number of seconds it takes for the bag to fully inflate.

If you’re using a small garbage bag that measures 66 x 91 cm, you should use the information below to determine the airflow:

Inflation time = Airflow

*2 seconds = 35L/s (75 cfm)

*4 seconds = 20 L/s (40 cfm)

*10 seconds = 10 L/s (20 cfm)

However, if you’re using a bigger garbage bag that measures 79 x 119 cm, use this data:

Inflation time = Airlfow

*2 seconds = 100 L/s (210 cfm)

*4 seconds = 50 L/s (105 cfm)

Affordable Roofing Around Ontario Canada

December 6, 2016

Quality is at issue as well, but an affordable roofing company is hard to find. In or around the Ontario Canada area, there is a roofing firm called Chouinard Brothers that fills the bill nicely.

Established in 1972, Chouinard Brothers believes in supplying great work at affordable, not cheap, prices. This is what they do on a daily basis. They even have financing options for the major jobs that need to be done here and there. Whatever your roofing needs are, Chouinard Brothers can do the job and do it right.

A range of services from flat roof services to pitched roof services and weatherproofing ensures that they can cover your needs completely. While roofing is the center of this discussion, Chouinard Brothers does a host of other affordable types of jobs as well.

Chouinard Brothers can install windows , too. Aside from being affordable, new windows can also reduce your energy bills.All windows are manufactured of the highest quality materials and installed by professional workmen. Add in disposal of the old windows and job site cleanup and the value just keeps building.

When it comes to your roof, you need a good company doing the work. Chouinard Brothers is fully insured, licensed and bonded. This ensures that all work is done to exceptional standards and is done properly. You can feel comfortable with Chouinard Brothers roofing services because they offer a written guarantee for 10 years on workmanship and installation. That is unheard of on the construction industry.

That written guarantee on installation work is on top of the manufacturer’s warranty on the materials. So you have the materials guarantee PLUS the installation work guarantee. What more do you really need to be sure that your work is going to be done right?

Chouinard Brothers is located in Markham Ontario. The company serves the entire area surrounding Ontario and the greater Quebec area. Chouinard Brothers is an affordable roofing company that you can trust to do your work right the first time. Just give them an opportunity and they will impress you.

A well maintained roof is important to protect your home and protect and enhance your investment in your home.

Chouinard Bros. trained and experienced staff use quality products from Canada’s most respected manufacturers to assure your satisfaction. We also have our own Sheet Metal Shop for custom manufacture.

1.we are fully insured

2.we supply all roofing materials

3.we remove and dispose of your old roof (using our wheeled trailers , not bins on skids)

4.we clean-up the site

5.we give a 10-year written guarantee

6.we have a staffed Service Department to respond to repair needs

Our offices and showroom are open all year round to assist you. Our crews also work year round to provide emergency and other customer services.

We are very proud of our reputation as a leading residential roofing company – a reputation we earn providing quality roofing services to Canada’s top builders, and to homeowners like you.

Call Michelle for a quote on your next job and see what Chouinard Brothers can do for you and your family.