Steel Roofing Maintenance: Everything You Need To Know

Steel Roofing Maintenance: Everything You Need To Know

There are a lot of reasons to choose metal and steel roofing: ROI, energy efficiency, aesthetic adaptability and the wide range of style options available. But there’s one more reason steel roofing in Toronto should be on your list of home or business improvements this year: low maintenance. When compared to the most common form of roofing steel roofing provides significant savings on both short and long term maintenance.

Low Maintenance

Maintenance can represent a significant long term burden in both time and money and always needs to be factored into the cost of a particular roof. Take a look at the maintenance requirements of both steel:

Maintenance Requirements for Steel Roofing

  • Washing the roof – In the springtime and maybe in the fall, you can hose down your roof to clear it of dust, dirt and any leaves that may have gotten stuck.
  • Inspecting after extreme weather events – There may be high winds that send branches and other flying debris into your roof. As such, it’s smart to inspect the roof after inclimate weather.
  • Replacing damaged panels – In the unlikely event, your inspection revealed any damaged panels simply call the company that installed the roof and inform them of the problem. They should be happy to replace any panels for you in a timely fashion.

Maintaining your steel roof is a less intensive task than maintaining asphalt shingles. This is why steel roofing in has taken off in recent years. If you’d like to learn more about steel roofing give Superior Steel Roofing a call at 1-888-617-ROOF (7663) and talk to one of their steel and metal roofing professionals.

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What Roofing Material is The Best?

What Roofing Material is The Best?

Living just north of Toronto. I needed to replace my roof in a couple of years. But I wondered, “Is it worth the cost to get a steel roof versus asphalt shingles?” I plan on living in my home for the long term, choosing to keep it as a family home.

After some quick research, I found that metal and steel roofs are far superior and outlast their asphalt counterparts. It’s a great roofing material made with great quality. My favourite reason is that it lasts. A metal roof is one of the most durable roofs you can have. It can last up to 50 years. Two, it’s also resistant. It resists insects, mildew, rot, UV rays—not to mention fire-resistant. And it won’t crack or curl like asphalt.

If you go with asphalt, you’ll need to replace your shingles at least twice. I don’t care what the warranty says: An asphalt shingle will last 8-10 years—maximum. They start to break down as soon as they’re exposed to weather. And if you don’t replace them you expose your home to the elements, making it vulnerable.

If you’re staying put—like I am—you want a steel roof. Is it more expensive? Yes. But it’s an investment. You save money in the long run because you won’t need to replace for a very extended period of time. Furthermore, your home is protected from wind, water, and cold to keep your house better insulated and warm — lowering your energy bills.

If you’re looking for a professional metal and steel roofing, contact Superior Steel Roofing. A metal roof lasts 3 times longer, raises the value of your home and reduces maintenance costs. Make sure you make the right choice when replacing your roof.

Tips on Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Tips on Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Preparing your home to be winter ready should be a primary concern for any homeowner. It will save you time and money as well as ensure the safety of family and friends. Some options you should consider include sealing drafts, furnace maintenance and buying bulk deicing salt.

On average we lose 10 – 25 percent of our home’s heat through its windows. Replacing old drafty windows might not be a viable option. However, you can still temporary fix these issues with cost efficient alternatives such as caulking or weather snakes.

Home Inspection

Scheduling a professional to examine your furnace is another way to ensure your home is winter ready. A professional will examine your furnace and the dispersion of heating throughout your house. Verifying your furnace is working correctly is paramount, especially at the beginning of winter when the sudden drop in temperature could lead to frozen pipes.

Use Bulk Salt

In addition to preparing the inside of your home to withstand the cold, you should be equally as mindful of the area outside your home. Preparing yourself with bulk salt will mitigate the dangers of icy walkways. By purchasing bulk salt, you’ll have the piece of mind of being prepared for any sudden snow or freeze for the entirety of winter. Insider tip: Consider keeping a small supply of the bulk salt in you vehicle with your emergency kit as a precaution.

When winter hits, you want to be sure you’re prepared. With more than 25 years of experience, Draglam Salt provides the highest quality deicing salt to ensure a safe environment for you and your family.

 

Three Best Ways to Store Your Bulk Salt

Three Best Ways to Store Your Bulk Salt

Surviving the harsh Canadian winters can be tough, especially when faced with mountains of snow and ice-covered roads. Salt is high on the list of essential winter survival tools, as it is absolutely necessary protecting your home and roads from the dangers of ice.

Buying individual bags of salt can be expensive and time consuming, which is why bulk salt is a lifesaver. But where do you keep 1,000 pounds of salt once the grasp of winter begins to ease up? Bulk salt left out in the open can quickly deteriorate if exposed to moisture or heavy wind, so it’s important to store your salt properly. Here are the three most effective salt storage solutions:

  1. Tarps

Tarps are a cheap, effective, and easy salt storage solution, but can be a bit of an eye sore. This option is great for those with limited space, and it allows you to choose where to store your salt. However, tarps are not always ideal; they can get buried in snow, blown away in heavy winds, and can leave salt stains on your property.

  1. Storage Bins

Storage bins are one of the better ways to store your bulk salt. They’re sturdy, fairly inexpensive, and even portable depending on the bin you choose. However, they don’t hold much salt compared to other salt storage options, making you might need multiple bins which can quickly become inconvenient.

  1. Salt Storage Domes

Salt storage domes are by far the best option in this list. They’re affordable, built specifically for the purpose of salt storage, and can be easily moved or disassembled if need be. Salt storage domes can hold a large amount of salt if you require it for plowing or commercial purposes.

If you’re looking for bulk salt for your business or commercial property, contact Draglam Salt Ontario’s professional and expert rock and road salt supplier!

3 Reasons to Install Metal Roofing

3 Reasons to Install Metal Roofing

Installing a metal roof over your existing asphalt shingles is a great idea if you’re looking for more convenient and durability. There are a few notable benefits to this common method of installation, and it can save a lot of time and money in the process. After all, the money you would normally spend on removing and disposing of old asphalt shingles could be used to purchase high quality metal roofing.

If you’re concerned homeowner looking to learn more about your metal roofing and installation methods, here are a few of the advantages of this approach:

Added Layer of Defense

One way of getting this job done involves running a new underlayment to completely cover the existing roof, and then placing the metal roof on top of that. This doesn’t just provide a convenient buffer between layers; it acts as a second line of defense if water manages to make its way under the metal layer

Increased Energy Efficiency

Installing a metal roof over asphalt shingles also helps increase energy efficiency. This is particularly good news for the R-Value or thermal resistance of your home. The higher this capacity is the more effective your insulating power will be.

Environmentally Friendly

As efficiency goes up, waste goes down. Letting an old roof stay in place will keep you from needing to fill up nearby landfills with old asphalt shingle materials. It’s hard to argue with the combination of saving money and being considerate to the environment.

As long as there are no signs of leaks or existing weight issues, placing a new metal roof over shingles is a viable and cost-effective option. Of course, every roof should be evaluated on an individual basis. Contact Superior Steel Roofing for professional metal roofing contractors in the Southern Ontario region.

Salt Storage Domes Increase Profitability & Efficiency

Salt Storage Domes Increase Profitability & Efficiency

As a business owner, my two key focuses are profitability and efficiency. I am constantly trying to improve my team’s efficiency by adding new processes and tools, and in doing so, this increases my business’s overall profitability. As I own a large facility, during the wintertime this can mean a lot of outdoor maintenance.

I am in the landscaping business, so this type of work is done internally! Over the past few years, we’ve gone through many different storage methods. We’ve tried everything from to help tuck away a large amount of salt, without taking up a large amount of our grounds.

Recently, I was introduced to a great storage method by Draglam Salt, which is the salt storage domes. Already, I have seen the economic, efficient, and reliable benefits of these structures. Here are more benefits I’ve seen from using a salt storage dome over the past few years:

Weather Resistant

The shape makes them ideal to withstand harsh winds and weather conditions.

Small Space

They don’t take up a lot of room compared to the rectangular buildings I had been using beforehand.

Long Lasting

They’ve already lasted me a few years and I have not noticed any damaging wear and tear. I anticipate to continue using them for years to come!

Multi-Purpose

While I focus mainly on salt storage, the domes can be used for storing other products as well.

Thank you again Draglam Salt for introducing me to salt storage domes. I have seen results in both labour and cost efficiency! I highly recommend getting one for your salt storage needs, take a look here.

 

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

I recently found out that I can buy bulk salt from Draglam Salt, and am happy to add that onto my bulk shopping list! They offer bulk salt, primarily Rock Salt, that is treated and prepared for use. For my business, it beneficial having this amount of product in storage ready for any unexpected snowfall.

I always choose to buy bulk, both for my household and for my business needs. There are many benefits to buying in bulk, that outweigh buying my products individually. When I go grocery shopping, I always try and buy canned foods in bulk, so I will always be prepared when I am cooking or baking. I follow the same mentality with my business. Buying in bulk has helped my business save money and build relationships with our suppliers. You never know what to expect, and having our products in bulk helps alleviate any stress when an unexpected event arrives.

Here are the benefits I’ve found from buying in bulk:

  1. Environmental factor: less packaging and less waste! As a business, and home owner, I try to make a positive effort to reduce my carbon footprint.
  2. Fewer trips to the facility and back. This also ties into lowering our carbon footprint with gas usage.  
  3. Price per unit is cheaper when buying in bulk.
  4. Be prepared ahead of time for any unexpected needs!

I just received my first delivery of bulk salt, and an very pleased with the results! I am now ready for any unexpected snowfall we’ll receive. Here is a link to their website, so you can check it out for yourself: Click here.