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Dazzle and Doubt: The need-to-knows of flat roof construction

The roof above your head – arguably our most important human possession, and yet how many of us know about proper construction and upkeep?

More homeowners are opting for modern architecture characterized by strong horizontal lines, large, expansive windows, and flat roofs. While visually striking, some homeowners have doubts about the flat roof’s ability to withstand harsh Canadian winters.

Just last week, residents in Montreal’s West Island were woken from their sleep to the sound of loud bangs and shaking beneath their feet. What they were experiencing is called a “frost quake.” A frost quake occurs when temperatures drop and subsurface water freezes quickly, putting stress on the surrounding environment, followed by a release of pressure and a loud “bang.” Some homeowners with faulty or unreliable flat roofs may have heard the sound coming from above. Flat roofs can be susceptible to water collection, that can gather and freeze to a similar effect.

Ice dams can cause serious damage to your home, but with proper construction, attic ventilation and insulation, you can sleep assured knowing that the roof above your head can withstand the coldest of nights.

Homeowners in Old Oakville entrusted Bachly Construction’s Custom Homes Division to design and build their new 5,800-square-foot modern home. The owners were at ease knowing that the home’s flat roof – an element key to establishing the long, low profile typical of West Coast modern architecture – was engineered by a company that had constructed much larger commercial structures with similar roofs. Assurance that your home is built to the highest standards is one benefit of hiring a construction company that has design expertise in both the Custom Homes and Commercial divisions. All custom features are built by skilled trades, a resource at the heart of Bachly Construction, and one that these homeowners put to the test.

“A lot of people are afraid of putting in a flat roof,” says the owner, “But Bachly hired a professional roofing company that’s used to doing 500,000-square-foot flat roofs. Those roofers know what they are doing and do it right.”

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What you need to know:

  • Ice dams can cause roof leaks

  • Structural damage may cost upwards of thousands of dollars in repairs

  • Leaks can cause mold to grow, putting your family’s health at risk

  • Proper ventilation and insulation are key ingredients to a healthy roof

  • Hire a certified contractor that has expertise in flat roof construction

  • If ice damming has caused damage to your home, call Bachly Construction’s Emergency and Restoration Division, at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 416-729-FIRE (3473)