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Low profile roof intake venting as good as advertised

We just finished a re-roofing project where we installed the Lomanco Deck-Air low-profile intake venting system and it is as good as advertised!  The product is similar in nature to ridge venting, where the majority of the vent is covered by the shingles.  This leaves very little exposed and allows for a more stream-lined appearance compared to traditional roof ventilation.  When combined with an upgraded shingle like the GAF Grand Sequoia which was used in this example below you are left with a minimalist installation.

Grand Sequoia incl. low profile Lower intake venting

Grand Sequoia incl. low profile Lower intake venting

More news on Save Heat initiative

The Calgary Herald posted an article over the weekend on the Save Heat initiative.

Take a look here.

U of C Save Heat project raises interesting stats

The save heat project sponsored by the University of Calgary has raised some interesting statistics on energy efficiency and heat loss in Calgary’s residential NW.  Check out their website and see the results of their ariel thermal imaging scans.




More to come on how this tool can aid Customers in understanding their insulation needs and how IDEAL can help.

New Owens Corning Impact Resistant Shingles

Owens Corning has released an extension to their popular Duration line of shingles that is now available in the Calgary marketplace. The Duration Storm shingle boasts the advantages of Sure Nail technology to aid installation and prevent nail penetrations in the shingle, coupled with Weather Guard technology which reinforces the shingle to resist impact. Check out the following video for more details!

Alberta Government Flood Mitigation policy

The Alberta Government has posted some directions for homeowners affected by our recent flood on it’s website.  To view these policies please CLICK HERE.


Wood shake roof conversions can require extra effort

wood shake tear off reveals gaps in roof deck

after removing the wood shakes it was revealed that the substrate required additional material

You never know what you’re going to find when you take off an existing roof. In this instance the asphalt shingles had been installed over a wood shake roof. It became apparent as to why when we removed the cedar shingles. This heritage home had 1″ x 10″ slats for a roof deck substrate that were spaced up to 4″ apart.  The solution was to inlay 1″ x 4″ pieces into the gaps to create a continuous surface.  Just another example of some of the unknowns that must be addressed when you renovate.

fills gaps in roof deck

the gaps in the roof deck had to be filled to create a complete surface on which to install the new asphalt shingles

Advantages of Spray Foam insulation

Advantages of Spray foam insulation


Our partners at Icynene have provided this informative graphic which outlines some of the benefits of Spray foam insulation.  Spray foam is an effective insulation tool who’s uses are gaining more popularity all the time.  If you’re interested in the advantages of spray foam check out our webpage and then call IDEAL to speak with one of our team members.


Options for flood wet insulation customers

We’re trying something new here at IDEAL to aid in the renovation and reconstruction of the flood damaged areas of the greater Calgary area.  Please visit our Insulation page to review information posted under Flood Damaged Insulation.  

Under normal conditions we would site measure all potential jobs with new customers but due to excessive demand we don’t have to man-power to do so.  By providing packages to meet some of the most common scenarios we hope that Homeowners & new Contractor clients to IDEAL can make an informed choice on whether our services can meet their needs.  Please visit our Flood Damaged Insulation page for the details and contact our sales department at (403) 723-3385 for further information.


IDEAL helps out the High River flood clean-up effort

high river flood damage

On Wednesday, July 10th 2013 IDEAL sent our 5-ton trucks, 1/2 ton pickups and 25 staff members to High River, AB to volunteer in the flood clean-up efforts. To say the help was needed is an understatement. Everywhere we went there were damaged possessions, building materials and infrastructure.  The evidence of the waters impact on the town was startling.

high river flood clean up

We did our best to pick up whatever we could find and managed to take over 20 truck loads to the landfill.  Along the way we encountered numerous people and companies who were also helping out with heavy equipment, trucks, man power, supplies, food, transportation and support. Truly an awe inspiring environment that shines a light on how communities can come together to help each other out.  Our thanks to our staff for their time and our best wishes to the town of High River on it’s recovery.

high river flood team photo