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Trusted Saskatoon Roofers 3'n 1 Construction Answer Is Your Roof Leaking or Is It Condensation?

FRIENDLY, SINCERE AND HONEST...DONE BY THE BOOK ..that's what it says on the card of Ken Eade the owner of 3'n 1 Construction and this truly is the philosophy he lives and does business by. They value great relationships with their clients and believe that this is fostered by truly listening to them. They strive to understand your needs and work with you to achieve your goals. They work hard to add a personal touch to each and every job, treating your home as though it was theirs.  3'n 1 Construction are Trusted Saskatoon Roofers!

 Is Your Roof Leaking or Is It Condensation?

There are basically 3 types of roof “leaks” which are detailed below. The solution to your roof moisture issues depends on what type of “leak” it is. If you notice excessive moisture during extreme temperature changes, and not when it rains, then the moisture probably isn’t a roof leak. The following information should help determine what issues you might be experiencing and what you can do to alleviate condensation.


  • The first type is where water is leaking through the roof system while it is raining. This could include leaks due to damaged or deteriorated shingles, improper installation of the shingles or poor/failed flashing details at penetrations and walls. It may even be due to damaged window sills, improper siding installations or severe wind driven rain. These are external leaks which can usually be inspected and repaired by a roofer

  • The second type of “leak” is caused by ice dams. This is not workmanship related. The best way to prevent or reduce ice dams is to eliminate or reduce the amount of warm air that is escaping into the attic and melting snow on the roof to the point where it creates glacier-like ice build up. Another temporary solution is to remove the snow from the roof before it can turn into ice and penetrate the roof system.

  • The third type of “leak” is caused by condensation or frost buildup in the attic. This is not workmanship related or an actual roof leak. To prevent frost & condensation from developing in your attic you must eliminate or reduce the amount of air leakage into the attic as well as improve insulation & ventilation to allow moist air to escape the roof.

What is Condensation?

Condensation comes from the moisture in the air and is caused by too much moisture in the air for a certain temperature. Condensation forms when warm, moist air touches a surface that is colder than the dew point of the warm air. As that air becomes colder and its temperature drops below its dew point, it must release excess moisture to reach its new, lower dew point. It releases moisture in the form of water, which appears on the colder surface.

There are many things in our homes that put moisture into the air. Normal breathing and perspiration add 3 pints of water to the air every day for each person in your home. In fact, every activity that uses water adds more moisture to the air including cooking, taking showers, dishwashing, and doing laundry. Condensation is more apt to occur in climates where the average temperature is 35º F or colder. Condensation is a common sign of inadequate insulation and/or ventilation.

Condensation in the Home - A Warning Sign

Condensation is usually first noticed on your windows and skylights because they are the most visible areas of your house. While it’s natural to blame the windows, you shouldn’t always. Window and skylight condensation is the result of excess humidity in your home. And the glass only provides a visible cold surface on which humidity can condense. This could be a sign that your excessive indoor humidity is causing damage elsewhere in places you cannot see, such as: your walls, ceilings, floors, and your attic roof. Excessive indoor humidity can cause blistering and peeling paint, warping and rotting wood, as well as the formation of mildew & mold.

During extremely cold temperatures, frost can build up on the underside of the roof sheeting (attic roof). Once the outdoor temperature rises, that frost melts and can mimic a leak. This “leak” can be excessive when the temperatures dramatically change, as is common during our Alaskan winters. Frost build up is most common above heat sources such as light fixtures, kitchen stoves, fireplaces, bathrooms, fans, and improperly vented exhaust fans. When the frost melts, this “leak” is most commonly found dripping out of those heat sources.

High ceiling beams and cathedral ceilings with water spots can be confused with an active leak, when in fact it is a result of condensation.

If you have ever noticed a lot of icicles hanging from the edge of your roof, chances are your house is leaking significant (and expensive) amounts of air and heat into the attic.

Controlling Indoor Humidity

Most new homes are now made tighter than ever. They are well insulated and no longer "breath" on their own. Both insulation and ventilation should be addressed to control condensation. Steps must be taken to ventilate the house, allowing moisture and humidity to escape. 

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO CONTROL THE HUMIDITY IN YOUR HOME INCLUDE:

  • Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, as well as dryer vents, should never be discharged into the attic space, always discharge outside. You may have an
    adequately ventilated attic, but this won’t matter if the bathroom exhaust fan dumps warm moist air directly into the attic space. This will result in condensed water vapour freezing onto cold attic materials, which will eventually thaw creating wet attic materials resulting in damage in the attic and inside the home.

  • Installing exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

  • Controlling or covering other sources of humidity (radiator water pans, fish tanks, large numbers of plants, etc.)

  • Installing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are an inexpensive way to reduce the moisture in your home. Highly recommended in vaulted roofs with a loft.

  • Opening fireplace damper.

  • Ventilating the crawl space or basement: Install foundation vents or leave a basement window cracked in the fall or early winter to ventilate your basement or crawl space.

  • Research shows keeping the attic air temperature below freezing when the outside air temperature is in the low 20s can reduce the occurrence of ice dams. Proper attic ventilation is key to keeping the attic cool, while adequate and properly installed insulation is key to keeping your house warm. It is critical to keep soffit vents free from obstructions to allow the natural flow of cool outside air into the attic space to replace the warmer attic air that rises and flows outside ridge and/or roof vents. This flow of air will keep the attic cool and free of moisture build-up.

  • Adding additional roof vents, such as box vents, turbine vents and ridge vents will also allow the warm air to escape the attic space and reduce condensation issues.

Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts Culligan Saskatoon Tip On How Hard Water Affects Us

From simple bottled water to Reverse Osmosis Systems and Water Softeners, Culligan Saskatoon has water solutions for you –The Culligan team are hard-working, honest and understand the value of relationships and excellent customer service. Culligan Water Saskatoon are your Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts!


How Hard Water Affects Us. 

As your go-to water filtration experts Culligan Saskatoon get asked the question “what is hard water?” on a regular basis. 

In short, water hardness is defined by the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in water.

The water that runs through your house and in public buildings in Ssakatoon has varying levels of hardness based on calcium carbonate concentration. According to the Canadian Water Quality Association, water containing 0-1 grains per gallon (gpg), slightly hard water contains 1.1-3.5 gpg, moderately hard water is 3.6-7 gpg, hard water is 7.1-10.5 gpg and very hard water contains over 10.5 gpg. The numbers may not mean much if you don’t know what the effects of hard water are. So Culligan Saskatoon water experts are available to fill you in on the impact that hard water has on your health and your daily living situation in Saskatoon, SK, and how soft water may be the better way to go.

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

Drinking hard water is generally safe. In fact, it may actually be beneficial for your health. The benefits of hard water include fulfilling your dietary needs of essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Some other possible hard water health effects have been linked to lower cardiovascular disease mortality. Although there may be a few benefits to drinking hard water, you might actually be better off switching to soft water. It has far more benefits, not just when it comes to consumption, but soft water also benefits the pipes it runs through, your hair and even your skin.



How Else Does Hard Water Affect The Body?

While hard water may be safe to ingest, the effect of hard water on hair, skin and outside of the body is a different story. Taking a hard water shower can cause “hard water skin” and “hard water hair”—where the water can reduce moisture and leave behind a film, making both feel less clean to the touch. This may cause dandruff in your hair and irritate and instigate dry skin problems such as eczema.

How Does A House Hold Up On Hard Water?

Hard water does have a more negatively viewed impact on items within the household. While doing laundry, washing clothes with hard water can cause the clothing fabric to break down more quickly over time—hard water laundry syndrome tends to happen when hard water runs through the household appliances. Additionally, dishwasher hard water can leave spots on dishes, and cleaning with hard water can leave residue on your surfaces. As for your actual water piping, hard water can cause mineral build-up in your pipes and eventually clog them. You may also see rust or build up on your sink faucets and showerhead.

Finding A Solution Through Culligan Saskatoon

Now that you know the pros and the cons, you can decide what kind of water you want more of in your life. Culligan can help you find the appropriate balance by testing your water and providing a fitting solution. A whole home water softening system from Culligan Saskatoon can help to correct the negative effects of hard water. And although you may be getting your daily dose of calcium and magnesium in hard water, it may potentially contain contaminants that a water softening system could get rid of. You can go about treating hard water in a more holistic way with a whole home water softening system, leading to better water for your house and your health.


Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store End of the Roll Shares Installation Designs: Patterns & Ideas

The moment you enter the doors at End Of The Roll, you know you have found the perfect place to help with all your flooring needs. As small as a hallway to a large commercial space – their flooring experts will guide you through the selection process, making sure you end up standing on solid ground. It has always been the goal at End Of The Roll to provide customers with the highest quality flooring and the best purchasing experience. They are your SASKATOON FLOORING  Expert on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of experts!  

So you have decided to purchase some beautiful tile, hardwood, laminate, or luxury vinyl. Maybe you already have a vision in mind for how you want it to look. There are some very common layouts for planks and tile that look great. But there are also so many other options that may just spark your love of your floor even more! Here is a short list of just a few of the patterns you could lay your floor with.

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These two are very close to each other, but end with a completely different look. Chevron patterns have cut some corners in a sense. To have each board line up flush with each other in a diagonal pattern. While herringbone overlap over each end. These are simple patterns but if you were looking for something unique while staying within a comfort zone. These are the choices for you.


Artboard_1_copy_2.pngBASKET WEAVE

This is similar to the herringbone pattern but with larger groups of planks to mimic the look of it’s name, a basket weave. There are a few variations of this pattern that range from a simple look, up to a complicated pattern involving more cuts.


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This is specifically a tile layout, though nothing is stopping you from trying this with luxury vinyl, laminate, or hardwood! This pattern arranges 4 wider tiles around a smaller square one. Like the blades on a windmill.


Artboard_1_copy_4.pngHOPSCOTCH TILE

Again another tile layout. This is a rather common one as well but with so much potential. This requires only two sizes of tile. Whether you simply cut and use the same tile across the room or use two different colours to add a little of your personality to it is up to you!


With how many options you have with tile, hardwood, laminate, and luxury vinyl, the possibilities are endless. Size and colour plays a large role in what you will be doing and affects the look of each pattern. It can be a daunting task to settle on something so here is a tip. Get inspired! Look around for examples either online or in buildings you visit. It’s always much easier to fall in love with something you can see and then bring that to your home.


END OF THE ROLL are End of the Roll are Trusted Saskatoon FLOORING EXPERTS THE SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence! 


Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Broker Asks, Is Your Mortgage Coming Up for Renewal?


Is Your Mortgage Coming Up for Renewal?


Did you know… Over the next 1-2 years, half of all Canadian mortgages will be up for renewal?


If you’re unsure about your renewal date, now’s the perfect time to find out. But, whatever you do, be sure to have an experienced mortgage broker negotiate on your mortgage at renewal with multiple lenders – including banks, credit unions, and trust companies – to ensure you secure the best mortgage product and rate based on your specific needs.


Brokers can pull one credit report and shop your deal with numerous lenders. If you try to do this yourself, each lender will pull a report, which will negatively impact your credit score and could prevent you from qualifying for the best possible mortgage.


Too many people simply sign the renewal form sent by their bank/lender up to six months prior to the renewal date without shopping their options. In fact, this is one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make.


Accepting this offer most often means you’ll be paying way too much for your mortgage – on average, 1-1.5% higher than you should be paying – and/or your new mortgage won’t adapt to your changing needs as a borrower. It’s important to remember that lenders are in the business of making money, so they won’t often offer the best rate in the renewal letter.


On a $300,000 mortgage, this higher interest rate could translate into a difference of more than $250.00 per month… and over five years you would have paid $15,000+ in additional interest! That’s a lot of money that could have been paid towards the principal balance and helped pay down your mortgage faster.


Mortgage renewal is also the perfect time to take out equity in your home to renovate, pay down debt, send a child to school, take a dream vacation or use however you choose. The benefit of taking money out during renewal is you don’t have to pay any fees to break your mortgage early.


And if your mortgage isn’t up for renewal just yet, it may also be beneficial to have a mortgage broker conduct a free annual mortgage checkup to ensure your mortgage is working for you and keeping more of your hard-earned money in your bank account each month. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from staying on top of both your short- and long-term mortgage needs.



Trusted Saskatoon payment solution provider Choice Payment Solutions share details on the Clover Flex POS System

Choice Payment Solutions, led by Nelson Crowder, is your Trusted Saskatoon payment solution provider serving Saskatchewan. In their latest business and payment solutions tip, they share product information about the Cover Flex. 

Introducing the CLOVER FLEX - Not your average point of sale terminal!

We have many conversations with Saskatchewan business owners regarding the best point of sale solutions. Recently the conversation has turned towards the NEW CLOVER FLEX terminals we offer.

Nelson provides some high-level info on what these units do.

  • Operates on multiple platforms...WIFI and has a built-in SIM Card when no WIFI available
  • Accepts all forms of payment ...Contactless Credit/Debit, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Even track cash sales
  • Customize to your Business, Add your logo to receipts & info about your business
  • Customize TIP options
  • Real-time reporting
  • Integrates into your accounting software!!

Let list goes on! 

 

 Connect with us to arrange a demo and get yours today, You'll be glad you did!


Choice Payment Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers! 

Find them here in the Saskatoon Directory of excellence 

If you already accept credit cards, take advantage of a complimentary statement analysis to find out how Choice Payment Solutions compares to your current provider.


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