The time has come to put a new roof on your home and you’re bewildered by all of the choices available. You want the most reliable roof for your home, yet one that’s cost-effective and works within your budget. Ideally, you’d probably like to avoid putting another roof on your home for the rest of your time living there. One type of roof that has become more popular for residential roofs is metal roofing. Now, you may think of the corrugated steel roofs that are often seen on commercial buildings, like warehouses or factories. Think again! Metal roofing has come a long way in the last few years and there are plenty of sophisticated and sleek options for metal residential roofs these days. There are also multiple benefits to having a metal roof, especially if you live in areas that are prone to severe weather, like lots of snow or heavy wind.

Here in Atlantic Canada, we have more than our fair share of cold and windy weather. With this extreme type of weather, you need to make sure that your roof is in good condition. You also need to make sure you have the best type of roof for a cold climate. We recommend metal roofing for many of our customers for several reasons.

  1. Metal roofing can be more watertight than traditional roofs. Sealants can be applied to the surface and underlayments can be installed. These safeguards reduce the likelihood of leaks.
  2. The load of the snow is more evenly distributed across a metal roof. The effects of gravity are spread out and are less likely to cause a failure in any particular roof panel.
  3. You can affect the rate at which your roof thaws or sheds snow by the color you choose. Darker colors like reds, grays, and browns absorb more of the sun’s energy and heat. This helps get the snow off of your roof faster.
  4. Metal roofs include better safety and a good green footprint.
    If your area is prone to high winds, a metal roof can help protect your home from damage, with a 140 mph (miles per hour) wind rating. And if you’re environmentally conscious, you may be seeking out metal roof installers pronto, since new metal roofs have an average of 30-60% recycled metal content in their products, and are 100% recyclable when they stop functioning as your roof.
  5. Metal roofs simply last longer. Even the highest quality roofs can suffer damage from years of extreme weather conditions. In many cases, metal roofs are three times more durable than a traditional asphalt shingle roof. You’ll avoid having to reroof for many years to come.

To learn more about metal roofing or any of our services, call Eastern Siding and Window World. We’re a trusted home renovation contractor serving the St. John’s and surrounding areas for over 30 years.  Contact us today for a free roofing estimate!

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A Home Addition: What to Consider Before Starting to Build

Are you looking to add an addition to a home in St. John’s, NL?

Adding on to your current home may be your best bet if you’re short on space, but you don’t want to move or can’t find another house in the area with all the qualities you’re seeking. It’s also an attractive option if the house you have is lacking just one significant element (a family room, another bedroom, a larger kitchen, a separate apartment, etc.).

On the other hand, even a modest addition can turn into a major construction project, with architects and contractors to manage, construction workers traipsing through your home, hammers pounding, and sawdust everywhere. And although new additions can be a very good investment, the cost per-square-foot is typically more than building a new home, and much more than buying a larger existing home.

Define your needs

To determine if an addition makes sense for your particular situation, start by defining exactly what it is you want and need. By focusing on core needs, you won’t get carried away with a wish list that can push the project out of reach financially.

If it’s a matter of needing more space, be specific. For example, instead of just jotting down “more kitchen space,” figure out just how much more space is going to make the difference, e.g., “150 square feet of floor space and six additional feet of counter space.”

If the addition will be for aging parents, consult with their doctors or an age-in-place expert to define exactly what they’ll require for living conditions, both now and over the next five to ten years.

Types of additions

Bump-out addition—“Bumping out” one of more walls to make a first floor room slightly larger is something most homeowners think about at one time or another. However, when you consider the work required, and the limited amount of space created, it often figures to be one of your most expensive approaches.

First floor addition—Adding a whole new room (or rooms) to the first floor of your home is one of the most common ways to add a family room, apartment or sunroom. But this approach can also take away yard space.

Dormer addition—For homes with steep rooflines, adding an upper floor dormer may be all that’s needed to transform an awkward space with limited headroom. The cost is affordable and, when done well, a dormer can also improve the curb-appeal of your house.

Second-story addition—For homes without an upper floor, adding a second story can double the size of the house without reducing surrounding yard space.

Garage addition—Building above the garage is ideal for a space that requires more privacy, such as a rentable apartment, a teen’s bedroom, guest bedroom, guest quarters, or a family bonus room.

Contact Eastern Siding & Window World for all your home addition needs in St. John’s, NL