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Replacing your roof: 3 clues that don’t lie

Purchasing a home comes with many aspects, which is why it is important to plan for and prepare for possible problems. As is the case with home foundations, the roofing structure is key in preserving your home. Vigilance is crucial in this case if you wish to prevent water infiltration and mold, which could spread to the attic and the structure of the house. Avoiding these inconveniences means avoiding staggering costs, hence the importance of knowing when to replace your roof.

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Mr. Gutter, is my roof going to collapse on me?

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My neighbor was looking at the 5 feet of snow and ice standing atop her home with a detached yet anxious look on her face.

Her side of duplex had fallen prey to heavy snow accumulations, much of which was frozen at the bottom. As her residence had only been built a few years ago, she thought that the structure would easily take this additional load. As my background in gutters is not that far removed from my experience in roofing structures, I told her that I would look into it. Basically, any child walking by was at risk of getting hit by this oversized chunk of snow. Consequently, I was anxious to find an argument that would get her moving. Continue →


Preventing condensation on windows – an investment

With winter fast approaching, outside temperatures are plummeting. It is thus essential to prepare your home adequately for the cold season, which sure comes with its share of problems. Several phenomena occur with the arrival of the cold weather, such as condensation on windows. This is due to the ambient humidity level inside the house. Since many people don’t know how to tackle this problem, here are a few tips of our own.

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Rain gutter killer: hailstorm

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Broken windshields undoubtedly constitute the most visible kind of damage as a result of a hailstorm, which is still nothing when looking at these 2-inch (50 mm) hailstones that can destroy entire crops. Continue →


The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Wood Stove Maintenance

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Fall is the ideal time to get a fire going. In addition to heating your home, a wood stove will help you get through increasingly colder and rainy days by providing a cozy atmosphere. However, before lighting the fire, it is necessary to conduct an annual inspection of your wood stove in order to ensure that it does not put your safety at risk and that of your loved ones. It would be a shame to have to call the fire department as you get ready to sink into your favorite book. Here’s how to avoid this situation.

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A Homeowner’s Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Autumn

Canadian homeowners are too often hostages to their own homes a few weekends per year, overwhelmed by a plethora of issues caused by the changing seasons. Dead leaves, winds, the cold weather and heavy rains all provide frustrating experiences that can cause a range of problems and headaches for those who only wish to enjoy October’s Sunday afternoon football. Continue →


Disconnecting Gutters From The Sewer System

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Disconnecting Gutters

For several years, Canadian municipalities have been part of a program intended to reduce the amount of water treated by water treatment plants. At the same time, they are helping to reduce the frequency of overflows that cannot be filtered at municipal stations and that would otherwise be discharged into nearby bodies of water. The program offers several solutions such as green roofs, porous asphalt, adding a retention pond and disconnecting gutters from the sewer system. Continue →


Safety measures: Rules to follow when climbing a ladder

installer-in-ladderWhen you need to perform work at a height on your residence there are a few rules you should follow to avoid falling down. Did you know that several injuries are the result of people falling down from ladders? Better play it safe! Uncomfortable working positions, inadequate work techniques, or the absence of protective gear may all cause people to fall and get hurt. Here are a few pointers to help you work safely.

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