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    What sets Abbott Roofing apart from other roofing companies?

    What sets Abbott Roofing apart from other roofing companies is our attention to detail, our commitment to the highest standard of workmanship and our dedication to 100% customer satisfaction. We want your Exterior renovation project to be the best experience possible.

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    How long have we been in business?

    Abbott Roofing and Exteriors has been servicing the GTA since 1995.

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    How long will it take to complete our roof?

    Depending on the size and complexity of the job and the agreeability of Mother Nature, an average roof will take 1 to 2 days to complete.
    Items of complexity that come into play would include the following:

    • Are there any roof deck repairs to be done? Once the original roofing material has been removed, the examination of the roof sheeting is inspected to ensure it is sound for a new installation. If it is not, it will be replaced and the completion of the re-roof will take longer.
    • What kind of roofing materials were used on the previous shingle installation? The removal of the existing roofing material also plays a part in our timeline. For instance, cedar shakes take longer to strip, clean up and dispose of than asphalt shingles.

    Finally, Mother Nature plays a large role in our completion schedule. We do not want any unnecessary water damage to your roof deck, which means our work is stalled during rainy days.

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    When we hire Abbott roofing, how long will it take to start our exterior renovation?

    Our start times for projects vary throughout the season. For example, the spring season allows us to get to projects more quickly because our customer list is just underway. When the summer season arrives we are usually two to three weeks from the date you sign a contract with Abbott Roofing , to the date we begin your project.

    The weather plays a huge role in the production of our renovation projects. Our scheduling is affected by the weather. If we have a steady rainfall for days this will affect our scheduling process.

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    What is Ventilation?

    Ventilation is the process of supplying a continuous supply of air through the attic space. Proper ventilation consists of 50% intake at the soffit and 50% exhaust at the ridge of the roof.Ventilation is used to help protect your roof from heat and moisture. Heat in unventilated attics may cause temperatures to exceed 150 degrees, which can cause damage to shingles. Moisture can cause rot, mildew, mold, paint blisters, and can cause insulation to become ineffective. Proper ventilation can reduce energy bills, prevent ice build up and eliminate mold and mildew.

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    Is this repair covered under my warranty?

    Any problems in workmanship that appear within 15 years of the installation will be repaired at no cost. Damage caused by high winds, animals, or natural disasters are not covered by warranty. Defects in material are covered under the manufacturers’ warranty.

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    What are some of the typical causes of roof problems?

    There are different types of roof problems, and it is best to be aware of them so you can avoid shortening the life span of the roof. Some typical roof problems are:

    Not enough maintenance done.
    Failing to fix minor roof problems can lead to a bigger problem later on. Structural damage caused by any physical contact can also lead to more problems later on.

    Climate and Weather.
    Extreme weather (hail, ice, snow, scorching heat) can expedite the deterioration of a roof. Strong winds can, of course, damage the roof as well.

    Flashing problems.
    Flashings are used to make the roof watertight. Improper installation and weak flashing can make the roof leak and by the time it is discovered, water damage maybe extensive.

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    How do I know if I need a new roof if I don't see any leaks?

    Leaks are not the only reason for replacing a roof. Furthermore, if you wait until you begin seeing leaks, you may end up with more damage and a bigger problem than you had hoped. So, check your roof regularly for the following:

    Age of roof - Depending on the type of roofing, a roof can last up to 50 years. If your roof is 15 years old, you should be watching for signs of needing repair.

    Missing or torn shingles - Damaged shingles expose the roof to water damage and rot. They also make it so that other shingles may be blown away in the wind. Old shingles may curl, split and lose their waterproofing effectiveness. These weakened shingles are more likely to be blown away by wind gusts.

    Missing flashing - Flashing is the metal that surrounds chimneys, skylights and vent pipes. It is also often found in the valleys of the roof where two roof sections meet. If it is rusted, damaged or missing, it could cause leaks.

    Eavestroughs - Check Eavestroughs, downspouts and splash pans for damage or decay. Look for broken pieces of paint and scraps of roofing. This may be a sign that your roof needs some attention.

    Inside Walls - Watch for discolored plasterboard or cracked paint and peeling wallpaper indoors. This could be a sign of a leaky roof.

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    What kind of preventive maintenance should I do for my roof?

    Since roofs are constantly exposed to the elements, most roof damage results from weather and pollutants in the atmosphere. To save yourself big repair costs or even having to replace your roof before its time, you should perform a general inspection on your roof at least twice a year, checking for mildew, mold, rust, trapped water, and possible damage, and make minor repairs if necessary. That is the best preventive maintenance you can do.

    Also, be sure to keep your roof clean. Remove any debris that may accumulate on it and clean out the Eavestrough regularly. Also, repair any weather damage as soon as it occurs.

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    What is the difference between a workmanship warranty and a manufacturer’s warranty?

    A workmanship warranty is an agreement offered to customers by Abbott Roofing that states specific conditions regarding the proper application of the products and the number of years the workmanship is covered by Abbott Roofing.

    A manufactures warranty states conditions that apply to the roofing products purchased from the manufacturer. A warranty information booklet is included in our quote package. Please read and understand this important information. Once the job is completed we fill in all the required information in the manufacture warranty booklet.

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    How can I prepare my home for re-roofing?

    INTERIOR:
    Vibrations (primarily hammering) may shake items off your shelves or walls. To safeguard your pictures, plates, figurines, etc. we recommend that customers remove valuables from the walls and shelves until our work has been completed.

    EXTERIOR:
    We ask you to please remove any portable items (i.e. potted plants, patio furniture, toys, etc.) located near the perimeter of your home before our arrival. If you have special concerns, (i.e. flower beds, bushes, driveway space, etc.) please bring them to our attention before we begin and we'll be certain to address them.

    Finally, due to the novelty associated with roofing, and the heights at which we perform our work, it's no surprise that our efforts attract the attention of onlookers. For safety reasons, we ask that you instruct your children (if applicable) to stay clear of the work area.

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    What causes ice damming?

    Ice damming occurs when heat from the roof melts the snow. The water then freezes when it reaches the cold eavestroughs. As a result, ice builds up at the eaves and creates a dam that traps water. Heat that causes the snow to melt can come from the following:
    • Inadequate insulation that allows excess heat into the attic.
    • Improperly sealed bathroom fans, attic hatches, and light fixtures, which allows heat into the attic.
    • Insufficient ventilation. Ventilation is needed to exchange warm and moist air with cold and dry air.
    • Certain weather conditions also contribute to ice damning. When we have a large snowfall followed by warm daytime temperatures and the freezing of melted snow when the sun sets ice damns are formed.