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Choosing a Roofing Contractor in Mesa

January 28, 2017

Throughout this spring and early summer, there has been a huge rash of damaging storms and tornadoes throughout the country, and the need for a quality Mesa roofing contractor to do repairs is greater than ever. More people than ever have experienced damage to their homes that now needs to be repaired.

Choosing a contractor that will be honest and reliable is a daunting task. Here are some important points to consider when choosing a contractor to repair your roof.

Ask your family, friends and neighbors for a recommendation

If your area has been hit by a storm, there are probably many other people in your neighborhood who are having repairs done on their homes. Talk to your neighbors and find out who has had a good experience with the Mesa roofing contractor that they used and who may have had a not-so-good experience with their contractor. There are always unique cases, so talk to several people and get more than one opinion on the contractor you’re considering.

Always be sure that your roofing contractor is bonded and insured

According to the Better Business Bureau, if a contractor is bonded, your losses are covered. If the contractor were to leave your job unfinished, you can make a claim on the contractor’s bond and get your money back. The purpose of insurance is to cover liability that may arise on the job. If your Mesa roofing contractor is insured and falls off your roof during the job, his insurance will cover the liability. If the contractor is not insured, you would be liable for an accident that might occur while the work is being done on your home. This could result in you making a claim on your homeowners insurance or paying out of pocket to cover the accident and its repercussions.

You should also get several estimates for roofing

If you get three estimates and one is significantly higher or lower than the others, that should raise a red flag. Consider why one might be so much more or less than the othersare they planning to do the job thoroughly and appropriately? Are they able to give a very low bid because they are going to do a shoddy job?

Be sure to always ask your roofing contractor if they will remove the old shingles, or just lay new shingles on top of them.

You want a contractor to remove the old shingles so that you will know if there is a problem underneath that needs to be repaired.

Overson Roofing, Mesa roofing expert, is licensed, bonded and accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Chouinard Brothers Roofing in Toronto

January 19, 2017

In the Toronto metro area, the roofing company of choice is Chouinard Brothers. Materials, quality and a devotion to customer service are their strong suits. Here is a little about them.

The Chouinard family has been in the roofing business since 1972. They opened their doors some 39 years ago and have been family held and operated ever since. This helps them keep prices low, but more importantly, it means that they can focus on the customer more than a large chain is able to.

The company is currently run by Michelle Chouinard and her family. Michelle handles all sales and customer service calls herself, so she is certain that you are completely satisfied. Their dedication to your experience is exemplary and to facilitate that, Chouinard Brothers has a showroom that is open to the public 6 days a week.

You can visit that showroom weekdays from 7AM to 4PM and on Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM. Ask your questions and an experienced professional will answer them with a visual aspect. This erases the possibility of any misunderstandings. You will leave with the knowledge to make an informed decision about your roof needs.

Financing is available as well with a variety of services, all accredited and bona fide. Chouinard Brothers Roofing knows that most folks don’t have the money on hand for major repairs or installations, so financing is made available in this manner. All applications for credit are processed in-house and the staff will help you through it.

All this is great, but you need to know what exactly is offered by Chouinard Brothers. Roofing is their primary business, but they do offer a wide variety of basic construction services. Aluminum siding, gutters, doors and windows are all part of the company’s expertise. All inquiries are handles in the strictest confidence and only you will know the details.

Let’s face it; if your house doesn’t have a good roof, there’s not much else you can do to make your house both weatherproof and attractive. Without a good roof, everything else about your home will quickly deteriorate. That’s why you need to keep it in good repair at all times, replacing as necessary.

Single shield prevents moss, fungus, and algae from growing, which can lengthen roof life. This is especially valuable to houses where there’s a lot of shade, such as under trees, or where sunlight is otherwise obstructed.

Chouinard Brothers has been contracted to do roofs for entire subdivisions. The developers of those subdivisions have raved about the wonderful work done by Chouinard’s professional installation staff. They can do the same for private clientele as well.

Chouinard Brothers has been located in Markham Toronto since the beginning. They know the needs and special weather considerations in the area and can expertly assist you in making a decision. Along with all this expertise and professionalism, you get a guarantee on the materials from the manufacturer, a written guarantee on the work for 10 years and the peace of mind that your roof is done right.

Withstanding the Natural Elements with Style

January 10, 2017

When putting on a roof you want one that will hold up to the elements. Many areas get a great deal of wind throughout the year. Others are environments where fires can happen. Rain and snow are other culprits. Moreover, sun can really do a number on any roof you might have. You need a roof that will stand up to that tough environment. Yet, you also want a roof that will enhance the look of your home. Many would love to have a slate roof. However, natural slate is expensive and heavy. To keep these two elements working well together, use polymer roofing shingles that look just like natural slate shingles.

You can have slate that looks quite natural or slate with a unique color. Many who have interest in polymer roofing shingles are replacing an existing natural slate roof. They love the look of the slate, but do not want the material, installation, and maintenance costs associated with natural slate on their new roof. You will find a rainbow of color options available with these tiles. The most popular shades are natural grays with some warm brown tones thrown in. Many choose to mix up the colors for a more natural random color palette.

You can get slate in single widths or multiple widths. Single width tiles will give you a uniform look that many love on modern homes. For those that want a more traditional look, the multiple width slate option is popular. The different widths help to keep the random pattern found in so many old slate roofs. When you mix random widths with slight variations in color, you will have a roof that closely mimics the look of a roof on a hundred year old home. Moreover, all of this comes with the ease of maintenance and repair of modern polymer roofing shingles.

You can obtain polymer roofing shingles that resemble natural slate that works well on any roof in any weather. One of the biggest problems with natural slate is its brittle nature. If something hits a tile, it is very likely to break. That means you need to do regular repairs if you live in a high wind area. With the polymer shingles, you do not need to worry. The impact resistance is only one of their many weather resistant features. This polymer is resistant to wind and ice as well. It is not a good place for fungus, algae, or insects either.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Push-fit Fittings

January 1, 2017

Different Types of Plumbing Fittings
– In the UK there are two ways in which most plumbing is done, the first and most common is done with copper pipe and fittings, the other is the newer plastic push fit system. The copper pipe and fittings has come under scrutiny recently as the joining of the copper pipes is increasingly
difficult as it is often time consuming and awkward due to the fact that copper pipe is often supplied in straight lengths meaning that it needs
to be joined or bent when ever a change of direction occurs. Plastics on the other hand, like that of the push fit system helps to eradicate this awkwardness. Push fit gives you a simple and easy way to make a joint without losing reliability and can be straightforwardly broken down and reassembled.

Advantages of Push-fit
– Plastic pipe is flexible; it is able to bend in a non-linear fashion. Copper piping has limited flexibility.
Plastic piping will not burst. Copper piping has a tendency to freeze and burst leaving huge amounts of damage making it harder to introduce this into
cold areas like cellars. Very much in contrast to plastic pipe.
Due to its flexibility plastic pipe can be pushed thought holes in joists rather than being laid in notches. This is not realistic with copper piping
as it is hard to get the holes in line.
Push fit systems can also be used with copper pipe when so desired as it is very adaptable.

Disadvantages of Push-Fit
– Due to its flexibility the plastic pipe will not support its own weight. This is will not jeopardize its ability to work however, but it would be difficult to poke a bent pipe through a hole in floor boards.
Plastic pipe cannot come into contact with anything that is very hot, for example a boiler. If in contact with a boiler there is a possibility that it could melt therefore it is advised that metal pipe work is used for the first few feet.
Aesthetically the plastic pipes are bigger and less attractive than its copper counter parts.
Plastic pipes and fittings are pricier than their competitor copper.

Availability
– Like that of the copper piping, plastic piping is available in both 15mm and 22mm diameter. They are available in a wide range of accessories
including: straight, right angled and Tee couplings. Washing machine taps, tap connectors, in-line stopcocks, one-way valves, stop ends and tank connectors.

Useful Suggestions
– If you don’t normally use plastic fittings it is certainly worth keeping some around, especially in the winter. If a pipe bursts you will be able to fix the problem in a matter of minutes and the effects will be long lasting.