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  1. Contact Gerald A. Lalonde Contracting Ltd.
  2. Renovating vs. Building
  3. Shingle Roof vs. Metal Roof
  4. Wood vs. Concrete Foundation

Contact Gerald A. Lalonde Contracting

Gerald & Shirley Lalonde                Sean & Mary-Jane Lalonde

We are located in the Ottawa Valley, Town of Arnprior, ON, 20 mins west from Kanata.

Call us @ (613) 623 2329 or (613) 624 5091

Email us: sales@galcontracting.com

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Renovating vs Building New

Most people who purchase older homes want to renovate them. You do not buy a handyman fixer upper opportunity dream home without planning to work on it. Some people can afford to move out and let contractors come in to do their job...but the majority of people do not have that luxury. Unless you are a full time Contractor/Renovator,  it may end up costing you more to have to purchase books, tools...not to mention are you completing the renovation to code? Living with tarps over everything, toilets you cannot flush, extension cords everywhere...If you buy one of those homes thinking you are going to spend only a few weeks renovating, and that it will not be a money pit, you may be deluding yourself and your family. Bottom line is if you cannot afford the time, the money and of course the sanity to renovate an old home, don't buy one!

It is far more exciting to build a new home. For many people it is simply not feasible due to financial restraints or various other reasons. Whether you're using a contractor by recommendation or by your own choosing, do a background search. Acquiring references in your area is highly recommended. Make sure you are getting a fair price and understand the details of the estimate. Beware of your estimate,  many contractors give a bottom line price which makes it hard to compare estimates. You may feel a contractor estimate is a lot cheaper than another contractor's estimate...only to be surprised at the end with a lot of extras, ending up costing you more in the long run. It is very important to ensure all estimates are detailed the same and you understand what the details include and do not include.  In the long run, a newly built home is much more satisfying than a renovated one.

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Shingle Roof vs Metal Roofing

In referring to a metal roof, I'm going to assume that means a V-crimp in which a raise "V" fold is formed into the flat panel.  (Some other flat pan and standing seam type metal roofs are sometimes erroneously referred to as tin.) I'm not sure I can really address the cost without knowing more specifics.  However, a metal roof can be cost competitive with a shingle roof where the roof layout is very simple, absent of valleys and transitions such as a straight gable.

One of the biggest disadvantage to the metal roof is not getting someone who knows how to properly install it.  In some regions that is not a big problem, in others it is almost impossible.  The fastenings need to be properly set or leaks can develop.  The other primary issue is avoiding underside corrosion from condensation or contact with underlying corrosive material.  Materials innovations help address this issue.  

A metal roofs looks nice and unique, but it can be short lived when "cheap" materials are used.  You should consider the color fading. Also, the top surfacing has to be maintained or corrosion kicks in.  This results in the need to repaint or coat the metal as the protective "metal" surfacing on the base steel weathers away.  My own personal preference for longevity, initial cost, and less problem prone is a good asphalt shingle.  There are various patterns available that can help dress up a roof.
 

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Wood vs Concrete Foundation

Wood foundations are load bearing lumber-framed foundation walls sheathed with structural wood sheathing. All lumber and plywood components are pressure-treated to withstand decay from moisture and damage by insects.

Wood foundations are relatively easy to construct and adaptable to various environmental conditions. Remodelers can readily frame wood foundations for additions, and modifications to existing wood frame foundations are less complicated (and therefore less costly) than for block or concrete structures. Installation of wiring, plumbing, ductwork, insulation, and wall finishes are all very basic with wood framing, and are accomplished with similar techniques as other framed wall systems. Finishing costs are lower as the wall studding is already in place, which eliminates the need to construct a separate wall inside the foundation for the insulation.

Some may be skeptical about the long-term durability or strength of wood foundations. Accelerated aging tests, and use for over 40 years in the construction industry, are testaments to the durability of this system. Permanent wood foundations for residences have been constructed for decades. Soil conditions must be a gravel-sand type material to make it feasible to construct wood foundations. Good drainage is also required.

Concrete Foundations

Concrete is vital for the home building industry. Cement or concrete is used in almost every building project, whether new construction or remodeling. Builders are high consumers of concrete, using it for footings, foundation slabs, driveways, sidewalks, and even exterior walls.

Owners find their basement temperature more cooler in the summer season which is a benefit, but they are more cooler in the winter season.

Poured wall foundations provide the quality or condition of being permanent where as wood foundations sometime do not. Higher strength concretes have a completely different look than low-strength mixes.

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