Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Vanity Roofing?

Fully Insured with a $5,000,000 liability and covered with WSIB Vanity Roofing which protects you from any responsibility for any injuries and accidents on your property. When you call our office you reach a Vanity Roofing employee and not an answering service. We are the few Selected Shingle Master certified with CertainTeed and Owens Corning’s Preferred Contractor two of the biggest and highest quality shingles manufactures in North America.  We pride ourselves in superior customer service and reputation having an A+ with the Better Business Bureau.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is ice that is formed at the edge of a roof trapping melting snow from draining of the roof. Ottawa roofs faces extreme minus temperatures causing the outside layers of snow is form to ice. When the temperature raises the softer snow underneath melts, but is unable to escape due to the ice. The melted snow then backs up behind the dam and could potentially leak into the home causing damages to the ceilings, walls, insulation, and the structure of the home.

How to Prevent Ice Dam

An immediate cause of action is to remove the snow of the roof. Vanity Roofing provides a snow removal service; our professionals safely shovels of the snow to relieve your roof of the extra weight. To prevent Ice damming from occurring, first you must make sure the warm moist air does not leak into the attic space. It is very important to have a proper ventilation system, the air must be able to flow into your soffits and escape by exiting through your roof vents. Increasing the roof insulation helps the loss of heat from your home saving you money on your energy bill.

How Do I know I need a new roof?

There are some telltale signs that you need a new roof. The most common are your shingles are torn, curled, or cracks appear in them.  Loss of granules are also signs that you need a new roof. The granules fill up your eaves though causing it to back up and sometimes overflow. If your gutters are filled with granules it is time for a new roof. Ottawa divisions are all built around the same time, so if your neighbours are starting to get their roofs done it is a good idea for a roofing inspection.

What is Ice and Water Shield?

Ice and Water Shield is a degranulated fully adhered underlayment that protects your roof from ice damming and wind driven rain. The areas that are prone is leaks are the eaves, valleys, skylights, or vents. If installed correctly Ice and Water shield helps your roof fight against ice dams by giving your roof a second layer of defense.

Can I use salt to remove the ice on my shingles?

Yes, but there are some drawbacks to doing this, such as possible downslope corrosion of metal gutters and roof equipment, and the salt may leave a temporary whitish residue on the shingles once the melted ice has evaporated.

Can I use a shovel to remove snow and ice from my shingles?

This activity is not recommended.for home owners, as improper use may cause significant damage to shingles.

How much ventilation do I need on my roof?

The amount of ventilation needed is determined by the size and design of the roof. Different vents have different specifications for square footage. Not all vents work well in Ottawa climates

Do you give quotes for minor Shingle repairs?

No. Minor shingle repairs are done by service calls. IE per hour. Call us to find out pricing

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