Roofing Shingles At Wright Brothers we primarily focus on GAF and Certainteed asphalt/fiberglass shingles. As a result, we are experts in this type of roofing. more...
Metal / Steel Roofing Ottawa Although the initial cost of a metal / steel roof will be higher than other types, you will virtually have a problem-free roof that will last a lifetime. more...
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide free estimates?

Absolutely!  We will arrange a time to meet you at your home to discuss your roofing needs.  We will do a complete evaluation and provide you with a detailed estimate.

Should I repair or replace my roof?

The best way to determine this is to have an experienced roofer inspect your roof.  Both an inside and outside roof inspection should be done.  You should always keep your eyes open for stains on your ceiling, peeling paint or missing shingles; these are often the first signs of a roofing problem.

What time of year is best to have a new roof installed?

The ideal time to have your roof replaced is when the temperatures are above freezing and wind and rain are at the lowest frequency.  This will allow for your roof to be installed with the fewest interruptions.

How long does it take to have a new roof installed?

Roof installation is very labour intensive.  Depending on the type of roof, the average time is anywhere between a few days and a couple of weeks.  The time frame will be substantially affected by the weather.

Wright Brothers prides themselves on careful planning and tight project management.  As a result, we are often able to reduce some of the delays caused by bad weather.

Does my current roof need to be removed first?

In most circumstances, yes.  However, if your current roof is a single, problem-free layer, you could discuss with your roofer the possibility of having it remain.

It should be noted that experts estimate that the life of your new roof will be reduced by as much as 20% if it is installed on top of an existing roof.

How much does it cost to replace an asphalt roof?

The cost of an asphalt roof is based on several factors; total square footage, the pitch of your roof, the type of material you choose, accessibility, removal and disposal of your old roof and labour costs.

On average, you’re looking at a cost anywhere between $2,000 and $12,000, depending on size, quality and materials.

What are the pros and cons of asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material.  As such, your roof will likely easily blend in with your neighbourhood.  They offer excellent home protection and come in a large variety of styles and colours.  Generally speaking, asphalt shingles are relatively easy to repair should any issues occur.

Asphalt shingles are not going to last you as long as a tile, slate or metal roof.  The average life span of an asphalt shingle roof is anywhere between 20 and 40 years depending on the quality of both the material and the workmanship.

Why is ventilation so important?

The purpose of ventilation is to reduce heat and moisture in your attic and rafter spaces.

Ventilation is the most neglected aspect of roofing.  In fact, not having proper ventilation in your roof can shorten its life expectancy by as much as 50%.

A properly vented roof allows continuous air flow.  This air flow is powered by convection; the warm air will rise and escape through vents located at the top of your roof while, at the same time, pull cool air through vents located at the bottom.

Basically, without proper ventilation, your roof will literally cook in the sun.  This will result in your roof cupping, curling, cracking and blistering.

Are shingles fire resistant?

Shingles are categorized into classes that identify their fire resistance.  Class A shingles are the most fire resistant, with Class B and C being less fire resistant.  Most asphalt shingles have a Class A rating.  The least fire resistant type of roofing material is wood and the most fire resistant is metal.

Do shingles hold up to high winds?

Asphalt shingles are designed to resist strong winds and severe weather.  Ensuring you hire a roofer with a high level of quality in their workmanship will drastically reduce the chances of potential damage to your roof caused by severe weather.

Does a steel roof cost more than a shingle roof?

The cost of a steel roof is comparable to a cedar shake roof.  Although it is more expensive than a shingle roof, the benefits of a steel roof more than compensate for the additional expense.  Regardless of the type of steel roof you choose, you will never have to worry about replacing your roof again.  A steel roof will last 2-3 times longer than a shingle roof.  Most steel roofs come with a 30-50 year warranty with a life expectancy of 40-60 years.  Steel roofs also add substantial value to the resale of your home.

Will a steel roof match my home and my neighbourhood?

Whatever ‘look’ you want can easily be achieved with a steel roof.  There are many steel materials designed to look exactly like shingles.  The only difference being, your steel roof will be stronger and more durable.

Is a steel roof noisier in bad weather?

Actually, if your steel roof is installed properly with good solid sheathing and a good ice/water shield barrier, your home will likely be quieter.

Is steel roofing too heavy for my home or garage?

Weight is never an issue with steel roofs.  In fact, on average, a steel roof is approximately half the weight of an asphalt shingle roof.

Does a steel roof need to be grounded?

Steel roofs do not pose any greater risk of a lightening strike than a standard roof.

Although it is a fact that metal conducts electricity, when you have an entire roof covered in metal a lightening strike would ground out through the rest of the exterior of your house without causing damage to the interior.

What is vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is a plastic exterior cover for your home.  It is the most commonly installed exterior cladding in North America due to the fact that it is durable and comes in a variety of styles and colours.

Can I paint vinyl siding?

Yes…this is one of the reasons vinyl siding is so often chosen as an exterior covering.  Whether you want to just touch up your current siding or give your home a fresh new look…the possibilities are endless!

Is vinyl siding suitable for all weather conditions?

Vinyl siding is a great option if you live in a climate with ever changing weather.  It will hold up to the most common severe weather conditions; high winds, hail and heavy snow and rainfall.  Proper installation is a key factor when it comes to the durability of your siding.  Be sure to hire a professional that offers only the highest quality workmanship.

How long will vinyl siding last?

If you have good quality siding and it has been installed properly, it should last you anywhere between 20 and 40 years.

Does vinyl siding require much maintenance?

We won’t say that Vinyl Siding requires no maintenance at all, however, very minimal!  Most homeowners will need to wash their siding 1 or 2 times per year with a garden hose.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Will vinyl siding make my home more energy efficient?

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, be sure to select siding that is foam-backed or insulated. There are several options available and you should have no problem finding one that fits in with your budget and energy efficient plans.