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Unicrete Roof Tile Goes Out of Business

Although the regular media seems to be remarkably silent about it, one of Calgary’s major roofing manufacturers went under in late 2014, and with it went millions of dollars worth of manufacturer warranties issued to homeowners! Unicrete was a premium product in the category of metal, shake, and rubber roofing. This poses an interesting problem for homeowners who have to repair the product and an even bigger problem for people wanting to make manufacturer warranty claims.

If you do need to replace your Unicrete roof, consider looking at Calgary’s other premium roofing product manufacture—Eurosheild Rubber Roofing. This premium product is a Done Right Roofing favourite for 3 reasons:

  1. It’s ecofriendly, made from 100% recycled tires. We think that’s amazing!
  2. It offers the only NON-PRORATED warranty on the market, meaning that if your roof fails in year 49 of the 50-year warranty, the entire roof is replaced at 100% value, not at a one-year prorated value.
  3. It installs quickly and simply, like asphalt, but is totally hail proof.

No doubt Eurosheild will continue to grow in the Calgary market and it may be an alternative for all of those homeowners with troubled Unicrete roofs. Of course, shake is still on the market, but since the major shake disaster in Calgary 20 years ago, most homeowners avoid reinstalling this product. This leaves metal roofing. No one can dispute the tried and true quality of standing seam metal—if you have the budget and like the look. However, for people who don’t fall into that category and who will be replacing their Unicrete roof soon, the Malarkey Legacy is a beautiful hail-resistant asphalt shingle, and the Eurosheild Roofing product is lovely, and totally hail proof.

With Unicrete out of business, repairing your Unicrete roof is no longer possible. But there are other great products on the market, some of which offer great benefits. Give us a call if you’d like to see what’s available.

Standing Out In The Suburbs With A Brand New Roof

There are a million reasons why living in a suburb is the modern dream. Your neighbourhood is safe, clean and friendly; you’re within walking or driving distance of everything you could possibly need; and there’s a sense of community you can’t quite find anywhere else. Your kids go to school in the area, your pets can roam around local parks, and best of all, you can have a home that’s completely your own. There’s a great amount of pride and satisfaction that can come with owning a house in the suburbs – unlike in the city, where restrictive zoning codes and high prices mean you’ll almost certainly have to compromise on some of your house’s features, owning a home in the suburbs means you can have everything you ever wanted when you first considered buying a house, from back and front yards to a proper driveway and garage.

But life out in the suburbs can have its own pitfalls, too. While you may love your own house and the family you get to live with inside of it, sometimes you can step outside, look around, and start to feel a bit overwhelmed by the same-ness of it all. In most suburban neighbourhoods, the homes were all designed in a similar manner, or planned out and built by the same company, meaning that every street and home can start to look a bit like a carbon copy of its predecessor. Now, this may be fine for some – but we understand that just because you want the comfort and convenience of living in the suburbs doesn’t mean you’re quite ready to get rid of your individual identity, tastes or sense of style. There’s a good chance the inside of your house doesn’t look like everybody else’s; you’ve got your own paint colours on the walls, your own art and photographs, your own furniture and décor that reflects your own personal style. So why should the outside of your house look exactly like everyone else’s?

At Done Right Roofing, we’re firm believers in the power of individuality, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help get the outside of your house looking just as unique as the inside. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that having us redo your roof means you can be sure your home’s structural integrity will remain safe for years to come with the new updated protection from the elements that only a high-quality roof can provide.  

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We specialize in two kinds of roofing uniquely suited to the challenges and difficulties that Calgary’s often harsh climate can throw at your home. The first, ashphalt roofing, provides you with a myriad of colour and design choices to help you customize your roof in an infinite number of ways. Looking for a striking red or blue to help compliment the outside of your house? We can do that for you no problem. Want to alternate patterns, colours and textures to create a look that’s sure to stand out from the others on your block? We can do that too. Or maybe you just want a more subtle change – a design that goes well with your home’s colour and style, making your home stand out by virtue of its sophistication. Our other specialization is in rubber roofing – the qualities and method of installation are very similar to asphalt, meaning we can still focus on doing one thing very, very well, but rubber roofing has the additional benefit of being particularly resistant to weather forces like hail. You can get this type of roofing in all kinds of styles as well.

Helping you make sure your roof looks its best is our stock in trade – but our focus on making your home stand out from the rest on the block doesn’t mean we’ll ever lose sight of our other goal: making your home as safe and secure as possible. By the time we’re done with your roof, you won’t just have the renewed peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved ones and your most prized possessions are completely secure – you’ll have the satisfaction that comes with having a beautiful home that stands out from the crowd.

Redoing Your Home? Don’t Forget About The Roof!

There’s nothing that brings forth a rush of mixed emotions quite like planning a home renovation. On the one hand, it’s exciting! You get to look at new furnishings, play around with paint colours, stare at pictures of other people’s homes and envision exactly what your dream house might look like – what the best way to represent your personal style and tastes might be. This is the most fun part of renovating (besides looking at the finished product, of course!) – but that emotion can be difficult to recall when you’re feeling the sticker shock of staring at a new product, dealing with difficult contractors, unearthing structural problems with your home that you never knew existed, or even wading through sawdust and stray wiring on your way to a partially-built kitchen that seems like it might never get done. There’s all kinds of feelings on the renovation spectrum, from abject fear and anxiety to total bliss, but the greatest risk as the process of renovating goes on is that these feelings will get in the way of your judgment, and you’ll somehow miss something in the process of figuring out just what it is your house needs.

Many of us have a standard list of things we run through in our home-renovation checklist, when we’re considering what we’d change about our homes. Some of these things are purely cosmetic – new furniture, different paint colours – and some are more structural, like fixing that perpetually leaky pipe or installing new lighting that doesn’t look like it time-travelled here from the ‘70s. All of this stuff comes to mind easily, because it’s right in front of us, every morning when we wake up, all day as we walk around our homes, and at night when we go to bed. What we often have a harder time remembering is that it’s just as important to take care of the exterior aspects of our homes, in particular the roof, when we’re preparing for the rush of spring renovations.

We understand that since we’re a roofing company, you might roll your eyes when we tell you that it’s important to get your roof checked out and maintained on a regular basis. But we got into this business because we truly believe in the importance of proper roof care, and we understand how much good a well-maintained roof can do for a home – or how bad it can be if you let your roof degrade and deteriorate without the proper amount of attention for too long.

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Your roof is the only thing really protecting your home, as well as every single person and piece of property in it, from Calgary’s sometimes harsh elements – the hot summer sun, the frigid winter temperatures, the blasts of wind, rain, snow and hail that seem to happen at a moment’s notice. If you don’t take care of your roof, all those interior renovations will be rendered absolutely pointless as mold and mildew grow in your home due to condensation, cracks start to form in the structure of your house, leaks start to spring up, and more. It’s crucially important that if you’re planning on changing anything else about your home, you check out the health and safety of your roof by getting in touch with us and scheduling one of our experienced contractors to come and take a look. This goes double if your home is older, or if you haven’t had your roof looked at in a while – much of the structural damage that can happen over time is difficult to see, and doesn’t really become apparent until you’re watching water pour down through your ceiling, or confronting some nasty structural damage that’s going to take all the money you were going to spend on that new light fixture just to fix.

All of this can be avoided simply by getting in touch with us and talking about the various options for roof repair and maintenance we can offer you. At Done Right Roofing, we’re just as excited for renovation season as you are, and we’re looking forward to helping your home look its best and stay secure.

When It Comes To Roofing, Make Sure You Hire Someone You Trust

We deal with roofs for a living, but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand how daunting the prospect of repairing one can be. There’s a weird paradox when it comes to rooftops – everyone understands how important it is for their roof to be in the best possible shape it can be, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, but at the same time, those same people often delay their roof repairs for so long that by the time they do get around to it, the problems on their roof have multiplied or become so exacerbated that they end up having to pay much more money for so many more repairs than they would have needed if they had just dealt with the problem sooner.

Since roofs are our business, and our first priority is making sure yours is secure and in good condition, we obviously would prefer it if everyone made good roof maintenance and vigilance about the state of their shingles a top priority. But at the same time, we know and understand why these things don’t always happen as regularly as they should. You’re busy living your life – you have work, a family, friends, hobbies, and a life. There are plenty of other things to attend to around the house, and often these problems can seem more pressing if they’re right in front of you, in your eyeline. The roof of your home is something you usually only think about in passing, when you’re entering or leaving the building, and problems don’t usually make themselves apparent until they’re super urgent – a leak or a collapse, for instance. All of this makes sense to us – we’re homeowners too!

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The problem is, other contractors understand it too, which can sometimes lead to dishonest practices. Sometimes, less-than-scrupulous professionals will see that you may not be completely up-to-date on your roof’s condition and use that knowledge to take advantage of you, overcharging for routine repairs or doing shoddy work on your roof. This can be frustrating at best and devastating at worst, which is why it’s crucially important for you to know some basic terms about your roof, its parts, and what can happen if they’re not installed properly. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about your roof the more you can ensure that it stays in good health for years to come.

The part of your roof that you’re probably most familiar with is the shingles. This is, of course, a crucial component of its structure, and needs to be properly taken care of. Even the best shingles deteriorate over time, and if you aren’t vigilant about the need for repair they can deteriorate or even rot away. Being attentive to the state of your shingles, and recognizing the signs of particular seasonal damage (like the way water can freeze under the shingles and create cracks), can prevent a lot of problems.

Every roof has another component that’s just as important as its shingles: its flashing. This is also sometimes known as “weatherproofing,” since the flashing is often what protects exposed parts of your roof from weather-related damage. Some homeowners ignore the need to maintain their flashing, which can lead to disastrous consequences – it’s crucially important to make sure that your roof has its weatherproofing properly installed, and well looked-after.

 Knowing a few basic things about your roof can be an immense help when you’re trying to figure out if there’s something wrong, or even if you’re simply checking up on the state of things to pre-empt future damage. However, all that said, the best way to keep your roof safe is still to have contractors on call whose work you know you can trust. At Done Right Roofing, we care about you and your home; you can trust us to do the best possible work to keep you and your loved ones safe, secure, and sheltered from the elements. Contact us today and let us help get to work on making your home the best it can be.