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Archive for June, 2009


Is Your Roof Vented to Modern Standards?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Attic ventilation is crucial to the health of your roof. There are three components to proper ventilation. An intake, an exhaust, and a clear unobstructed path between the two. If you are lacking in either soffit or roof vents there will be an an incorrect flow of air, which can not only mean a very hot house in summer but it can also mean a moisture build up in your attic and eventually a warped, split, cracked or generally damaged roof.There are a number of ways that proper roof ventilation can be achieved and each have their advantages and disadvantages. The best choice for your roof will depend mainly on the size and shape of the roof.

Creating proper roof ventilation.

In order to create roof ventilation that adequately rotates air in and out of the house it is important to get the level of intake and expulsion just right. There is a specific formula to calculate exactly how much soffit and roof ventilation is required in each roof. Once it is determined how many square inches of ventilation is needed, appropriate vents should be installed, as well as making sure there is no insulation in the attic obstructing the flow of air from the soffits to the roof vents. Installing roof & soffit vents is easy and very affordable, so if you aren’t sure about your roof ventilation Don’t chance it! An attic vent will sell for around ten dollars and a qualified professional should be happy to offer a consultation for free. It is one of the cheapest, and easiest ways to get the longest life out of your roof.


Important Tips When Hiring a Roofer

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Get references: any good roofing contractor will gladly supply you with a list of references – and pictures showing examples of work that they have done. That list should include up-to-date contact information including names, addresses, phone numbers, and details about the jobs done.

Get several quotes: Quotes provided should be written, and be very specific regarding the work that is to take place, and the materials that will be used. The lowest quote may not necessarily be the best. If somebody comes in with a price far below the others, it is often due to cutting corners.

Make sure the contractor is insured: ask to see their certificate of insurance. Your contractor should have workers compensation and third-party liability insurance for all the people on the job and damage they may cause ($2 million is standard). If they don’t, you could be on the hook if there’s an accident.


1350 Reasons to Get Your Roof Done This Year!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

A lot of talk has been going around about the renovation tax credit, or maybe I should say confusion. So how exactly does it work? When you spend up to $10 000 you are eligible to receive back $1350, and yes re-roofing your house qualifies for this tax credit. How do you claim your tax credit? There is critical paper work you need to make your claim. All of the following details need to be included:

* Who is doing the work
* Their business address
* GST number for the company
* Description of the goods
* Proof of payment
* Date purchased

Then as you’ll find A new line will be incorporated in the 2009 personal income tax return to allow you to claim the credit. Port Alberni has its share of “fly by night” roofers so be careful when hiring a roofing company.  Ensure they are registered with GST. Javen Simon Roofing Ltd. can provide you with all the necessary paper work to claim your refund. Use this link to view more information regarding the renovation tax credit.http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2009/fqhmrnvtn-eng.html