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London Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show

We will be attending London Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show on February 24-26, 2012.

The Show is held at the Western Fair Grounds, London’s most comprehensive exhibition facility complete with ample free parking.

For more information you can visit the official show page The International London Boat Cottage & Fishing Show

General Roofing Terminology

Beam: A long piece of wood or steel that supports your roof that, when grouped, can form a truss.

Cornice: The overhanging part of the roof that sticks out past your walls.

Coverage: The degree of weather protection offered by a roofing material: single, double or triple coverage.

Decking/Sheathing: Normally plywood which provides a flat surface covering your home.

Dormer: A gabled extension protruding from a sloping roof to allow for a framed window.

Drainage: Shape, layout and slope of roof for the purpose of shedding snow and water.

Drip Edge: Weather-resistant metal or vinyl edge installed along eaves and rakes to facilitate shedding of water at the edges.

Eaves: Parts of a roof that project beyond or overhang the face of the wall at the lower edge of the roof.

Eaves Trough: They are also known as gutters. They provide a method by which water that drips off the roof is caught and carried down the down spouts to an appropriate area for it to wash away.

Exposure: Specifically, exposure to weather: the distance from the butt edge of one shingle to another.

Fascia: The vertical edge of the cornice.

Felt: A breather-type building paper of strong, tough base saturated with asphalt.

Flashing: Materials used to prevent leaking/seepage at certain vulnerable spots like valleys, end-walls and chimneys.

Gable: The end wall of a building which comes to a triangular point under a sloping roof; also, a type of roof.

Hip: An external angle formed by the meeting of two sloping ends of the roof, from the ridge to the eaves; also, a type of roof.

Rafters/Trusses: A framework of beams, usually grouped in a triangular nature, that support the roof.

Rake: The inclined edge of a pitched roof over an end wall.

Ridge: The apex of the angle formed by a roof, or the peak, where the common rafters meet.

Roof Covering: most common are asphalt shingles, wood shakes, metal, tile or slate.

Sofit: The horizontal bottom of the cornice.

Square: The amount of roofing material required to cover 100 square feet (10’x10′) of roof surface.

Underlayment: a layer of moisture protection between the decking and exterior roof covering. In northern climates an ice and water shield helps to minimize ice damage problems.

Valley: An internal angle or water runway formed by the intersection of two slopes in a roof.

Venting: Proper venting is necessary for maintaining air-flow and overall roof “health.”

Metal Roofing Terminology – Roof Types

Terminology used to describe roof types and components might be a foreign language for those who are not familiar with it. Whilst it is appreciated that certain words have other meanings we have listed below an explanation of words used when discussing the structure or type of a roof.

Cross Gable: Similar to gable roof (see below), but has two gable parts that cross in a “T” like.

Cross Hipped: Similar to hipped roof (see below) but this type has two parts that cross.

Flat: A flat roof.

Gable (see cross gable above):   A simple triangular shaped roof from the side with two rectangle sections opposing each other creating an upside down “V”. The two triangle portions are at 90 degrees to the ridge.

Gambrel:  This roof looks more traditionally barn or bell shaped than triangular when viewed from the side. It is like a flattened gable roof. Many farms have gambrel roofs.

Hipped (see cross hipped above):  A pyramid shaped roof where four triangle sections are sloped to meet in a single point.

Pavilion Hipped:  A simple triangular shaped roof from the side with two opposing isosceles trapezoids that meet at the hip of the roof thus creating two angled sloped triangles sections. This roof type is typically a low-pitched roof.

Mansard:  This roof type has a flat area at the top with four heavily sloped sides slanting out to meet and / or exceed the walls of the building.

Shed: A single sloped roof.

Saltbox: Similar to a gable roof, but the two sides of it are not symmetrical.

We will attend the following Trade Shows and Events for 2012

London, Ontario and Area:

  • Lifestyle Show – Jan 27-29
  • London Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show – Feb 24-26
  • 2012 Tillsonburg Show – Mar 30-Apr 1
  • 2012 Spring Home & Garden – Apr 20-22
  • 2012 Kids Expo – Jun 15-17
  • 2012 Food Fest – Jun 22-24
  • 2012 London Rib Fest – Aug 2-6
  • 2012 Fall Fest – Aug 31-Sep 3

Toronto, Ontario and Area:

  • Ancaster Lifestyle Home Show – Feb 24-26
  • National Home Show, Toronto – Mar 16-25
  • Newmarket Home Lifestyle Show – Mar 30-Apr 1
  • Barrie Spring Home & Garden Show – Mar 24-25

Mississauga, Ontario:

  • Mississauga Lifestyle Show – Apr 20-22

Burlington, Ontario:

  • Burlington Lifestyle Home Show – Mar 30-Apr 1

Oakville, Ontario:

  • Oakville Lifestyle Home Show – Apr 5-7

St. Thomas, Ontario:

  • Home & Garden Show – Mar 30-Apr 1

Niagara Falls, Ontario:

  • Niagara Lifestyle Home Show – Apr 5-7
  • Niagara Home & Garden Show – Apr 13-15

Windsor, Ontario and Area:

  • Chatham Kent Home & Garden Show – Mar 23-25
  • Windsor Home and Leisure Show – Mar 30-Apr 1
  • 2012 Windsor Ribfest – Aug 16-19

Leamington, Ontario:

  • Leamington Home & Garden – Mar 30-Apr 1

Muskoka, Ontario:

  • 2012 Muskoka Builders’ Association (Home & Cottage) – Apr 27-29

Woodstock, Ontario:

  • Woodstock Home & Garden Show – Mar 16-18

Go to our Facebook Album to see pictures from the past (2010/2011) shows.
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Roof shingles don’t live up to warranties: Marketplace

Originally posted on CBC News Website

Roofing shingles are deteriorating well before their guaranteed lifetime warranties, an investigation by CBC-TV’s Marketplace has found.

The Marketplace team headed out with roofing contractor Mike Kavanagh to inspect some roofs in Markham, Ont., including one that he installed himself.

Read full article here >>

Is a metal roof the wave of the future?

Originally published in The Londoner on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is a metal roof the wave of the future, in Ontario, Canada.

London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc. president Joe Malec
displays a piece of sheet metal roofing.
Malec is hoping to make sheet metal roofing the industry standard in London.

Everyone appreciates a roof over their head and none more so than Joe Malec. But the London businessman thought there had to be a better alternative to the usual standard shingle roof.

A few years ago he had a metal roof installed on this house. Although he was pleased with the product, the sticker price shock left much to be desired. That is how he began his quest to make metal roofing cost-effective for the average homeowner.

However, it was while he was on a trip to Poland that everything became clear. When looking at the European homes, he marveled at the metal roofs, all of which are commonplace throughout Europe. In fact, metal roofing is more of the standard and it is a rare to find a shingled roof on European home. While there he toured some metal roofing facilities in Poland and went on a fact-finding mission. Upon his return Malec had the formation of a new business, London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc.

Malec is one of the co-owners of the mainly family-run company and is the president of Eco-Roof which has been in business for more than two years. “I didn’t like the look of asphalt shingles but metal roofs were so expensive. I thought there had to be a cost-effective alternative,” he said.

Malec says that it is not uncommon to replace standard 20-year asphalt shingles within the first 10 years of installation. However, metal roofing, he said, has a 50year guarantee, a completely transferable warranty for the owner, and a metal roof increases property value.

If metal roofing is the material of choice for Europe and Australia, why not Canada?

That began a four-year planning process for Malec to see if a sheet metal roofing manufacturing business would be viable in London and area.

As far as being environmentally-friendly, the choice is, obvious, said Malec. Typical asphalt shingles are composed of tar, gravel, paper and chemicals. The shingles are not recyclable. Just disposing of the shingles can be expensive for the homeowner.

Whereas metal roofing, once it has run its course, can always be sold to a scrap metal dealer for recycling. “It is  very environmentally-friendly and we are also going for an energy star rating. That is in the works,” he said.

A metal roof also increases the value of the house and “it looks great”, he said. “If you drive around London and you see a metal roof, it definitely stands out more than the others. It looks really good … it looks rich and European.”

But keeping the cost within reach of the average homeowner was and still remains a priority for Malec.

Up front costs of a sheet metal roof can be more than three times that of standard asphalt roofing shingles. However, in the long run it is more cost effective, as Malec said that a sheet metal roof will more than likely outlast the period of time the homeowner stays in the house.

Along with the 50-year warranty there is a 40 year guarantee on the integrity of the paint, and what is really stands out for the homeowner is that the warranty is completely transferable should the house be sold.

“Sheet metal roofing with stands all weather conditions, from winter to winds up to 150 kms per hour. And when it rains you will more likely hear the rain on the windows and skylight, than the roof,” Malec said.

A sheet metal roof is very easy to install and is geared to the handi-person, but London Eco-Roof also installs the product that it manufacturers at its 335 Neptune Crescent facility.

The company services communities from Windsor to Ottawa, but everything is manufactured in London.

No job is too big or too small. They have installed sheet metal roofing on mansions, normal sized homes, garages, sheds and yes, even a dog house.

Malec says that he still goes to Poland and researches metal roofing whenever he can, as he always tries to improve the process.

Since the business has been in operation, it has been extremely busy. The plant is capable of producing sheet metal for up to 70 homes per day, “so capacity is not an issue,” Malec said.

London Eco-Roof Manufacturing also provides financing options for homeowners, and he said that up to 20 per cent of the company’s business is financing.

The plant employs approximately 10 people, and the is a sales staff of nearly a dozen employees. Furthermore, there are up to a dozen installers on hand.

A quote is obtained withing 48 hours and the roof is custom-made for the house at the London plant.

Want to know more?

London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc. is located at 335 Neptune Crescent in London and the website is www.londonecoroof.com. Contact the company at 519-451-7663 or 1.855.838.9393.