Ottawa Roofing Replacement and Repair FAQs

When it comes to your roof, you will have plenty of questions and concerns. The friendly and knowledgeable team at Kovar Contracting, Inc. is here to help answer your most pressing questions.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact us online or call us at 613-799-1704.

Common Questions Answered by Your Ottawa Roofing Contractor

Whether you are looking to replace your existing roof or you have questions about upgrades, see if the following FAQs address your concerns:

When do you need to change your roof?

Rooftops will not last forever, but they do last a considerable amount of time. To determine if you require a replacement, consider the following indicators:

  • Your roof is 20 years old or more
  • Shingles are curling at the edges or cupped
  • Your roof looks old and worn
  • You have had multiple repairs and leaks over the years
  • The roof has numerous missing shingles, tiles, and flashing
  • Your roof now shows the signs of mold or mildew growth

How often do you need to inspect your roof?

Ideally, you should check your rooftop in the spring and fall (twice per year). This is the perfect time to do some maintenance too, including cleaning out the gutters, removing debris, and treating the early signs of mold or mildew.

Hire an established Ottawa roofing contractor to conduct a professional inspection at least once every three years.

How much does a roof replacement cost?

Multiple factors go into deciding the cost of your roof replacement. This also includes the quality and efficiency of the contractor you hire for the job. Never choose an Ottawa roofing contractor based on the cost alone; instead, consider the services, workmanship quality, product warranty and customer service you receive for that price.

Do I have to replace gutters and downspouts when installing a new roof?

If the gutters and downspouts are still working fine and do not show any signs of wear, then you can keep the ones you have. To avoid damaging them, your contractor may remove them during the rooftop replacement.

In addition to the gutters, our team can inspect your soffits to ensure proper air intake to the attic space and fascia to make sure that they have the durability, integrity to support your eavestroughing system.

Can my roof be repaired or must it be replaced?

Many property owners assume that if their roof is leaking, it must require replacement. This is not always the case, however.

In many instances, your roof can be repaired by a contractor without requiring full replacement. The only way to determine if a repair is possible is to have your contractor thoroughly inspect the roof.

What causes a roof to wear out and how long will a roof last?

Numerous factors determine how long a roof will last. In most cases, your roof is designed to last for 15 to 25 years with asphalt, but some brands can last up to 50 years. Metal and slate roofs can last much longer.

Severe weather, harsh sunlight, mildew, and debris can significantly deduct years off your roof’s lifespan; therefore, maintenance is your best defense against premature replacement.

Do you carry insurance and warranties?

Yes, we do. Our team has a $2,000,000 liability insurance coverage, and all workers are covered for workers compensation with Work Safety and Insurance Board. Furthermore, all work done by Kovar Contracting, Inc. is backed by a written warranty.

As a certified shingle master, we can also offer you a 50-year warranty on roofs installed by our team that uses the CertainTeed Shingles brand.

For more answers to your roofing questions, speak to the team at Kovar Contracting, Inc. today. We are a leading Ottawa roofing contractor trusted by customers in the residential and commercial roofing market. Call us at 613-799-1704 or request more information via email at If you prefer, we also have a form that you can complete on our website.