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What is Soffit & Fascia and Why Is It Important

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Saskatoon homeowners often ask our Go2Guys “What is soffit and fascia and what does it actually do?” Even if you plan to hire a roofer, it’s important to understand the different sections of the roof, from your soffits, fascia, gutters, flashing and shingles. Our roofing and exterior experts are going to cover all the bases for you. Let’s start.

Two of the most important parts of the roof — the soffit and fascia — are detailed below so homeowners can understand how they contribute to the overall structure and the common roofing problems associated with each.

What is a soffit?

The word soffit is derived from the French word for “formed as a ceiling” and the Latin term for “to fix underneath.” It is the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section of a roof eave. It can also refer to the horizontal underside of similar architectural structures such as an archway, a staircase or a ceiling.

Part of the function of the soffit is to assist in ventilating the attic. The soffit typically features a plain design with small holes that provide air circulation. The air from the soffit cycles to the vents to draw heat and moisture away from the house. This is a highly important function because moisture in the attic can develop rot in the sheathing and rafters.

Most soffits are made from vinyl, an effective material for withstanding the degradation that comes from heat and moisture exposure. This is especially important considering that the soffit can be easily exposed to moisture due to unkempt gutters and wet weather conditions.

For this reason, we recommend a vinyl soffit, since this material is both water-resistant and cost-effective. Vinyl also saves you energy, because it helps regulate the temperature in your attic and throughout the rest of your home.

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What is fascia?

Roofing fascia board is another common area that can be damaged and may need to be repaired. The fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. The primary role of the fascia is to act as a layer between the edge of the roof and the outdoors, and is meant to protect the wooden board against water damage that can occur during certain weather conditions.

Aside from its functional role, the fascia also plays a very important aesthetic role since it creates a smoother, more even appearance for the edge of the roof. In addition to protecting the wooden board from water damage, the fascia protects the entire roof and the interior of the house from weather damage by blocking its entrance to the home. The majority of homes in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan will feature a fascia board, but some older home styles may not have one.

If the soffit or the fascia were to develop rot or show other signs of damage, it’s important that you contact Go2Guys immediately to prevent exposing your home to damaging weather conditions due to a lack of proper protection.

“Living in Saskatchewan where we can have high winds that cause rain to swirl up under the eaves, your soffit keeps water from blowing into your house,” says Shane Regush, owner of Go2Guys in Saskatoon. “If it’s not maintained well, it’s a place for water to collect. Once a year when you clean and inspect your gutters, that’s the time to inspect your fascia and soffit for peeling paint and other problems. Keep everything well-painted, sealed and caulked.”
While soffits and fascia are traditionally constructed from materials like aluminum and wood, many homeowners are now choosing ones made from synthetic and composite materials like UPVC and vinyl because they offer easy maintenance and durability. Vinyl soffits (some are beaded or smooth, while others offer the look of wood grain) and vinyl fascia and trim products come in different styles to complement the architecture and look of your home. There are also products available made from recycled materials, for those who want an eco-friendly alternative. Give us a call at 306-220-0533 to discuss your options.
Making sure your soffit and fascia are installed correctly and properly waterproofed is the best way to prevent problems down the road. Damaged flashing or gutters that don’t function properly can also create issues.
“You really need to keep your gutters clean. When the water backs up, the first place it wants to go is the fascia board.”
Replacing your soffit or fascia generally costs about $10 a linear foot installed. Prices for the project depend on a number of factors, including the materials used and the size of your house. It can cost $5,000 or more to repair damaged or rotted fascia and soffit boards, drywall and framing. If you need to repair, replace or install new soffit and fascia for your home, check out this limited time offer where you can save $100.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • If you discover mildew or mold on your soffit, use a soft brush or broom and a cleaning solution made with bleach and water to clean it.
  • Periodically check for bee, hornet or wasp nests. If you’re not comfortable working on a ladder or the nests are extensive, call a professional to remove the nests.
  • If installing your vinyl fascia yourself, it helps to cut the pieces a bit longer than you measured so you can overlap the joints.
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Need a Handyman? Go2Guys!

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Here at The Go2Guys, we hold ourselves to a high standard of integrity. We also are always looking for new ways to expand and serve our customers better and more efficiently. The reputation we have developed in the community is both a great source of strength, and a strong motivating force at the same time.

We are proud to now offer “Handyman” services for your general home service needs.

For residential clients we offer no charge quotes to our customers and do NOT charge trip fees. Basically, we charge an flat hourly rate from the time we arrive at your home…no hidden fees. We also only charge for the actual hours. If we bid 20 hours on a job & it only takes 15 hours, you only pay for 15!

We treat our customers the way we want to be treated. Typically, small projects (1-4 hours) can be completed within a few days whereas larger projects can start within a week or two.

We get the job done right

We get to your job as fast as possible

Emergency calls take the lead in this business, we are here for you!

The list of projects our handymen can take on for you is extensive, and varies from tasks which take little time such as changing a light bulb, to extensive projects which require multiple steps.

Here is a partial list:

  • Door installation
  • Door repair
  • Dryer vent installation
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall repair
  • Fan installation
  • Fence fixing
  • Flooring Repair
  • Shelving
  • Skylight or Sun Tunnel installation
  • Staining furniture
  • Wall building
  • Window installation
  • Window repair
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Gutter Repair
  • Cabinet Re-facing
  • Ceiling repair
  • Ceramic tile repair
  • Curtain hanging
  • Shingle blow offs
  • Siding blow offs
  • Fascia blow offs

These are just some examples, feel free to call us with any issues you might have! We strive to complete each project as if it were our own.

Contact us today to find out how we can make you fall in love with your home again!

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Giving A Classic Farm House a Fresh Start

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A couple called us around Thanksgiving weekend looking for a kitchen/living room/bathroom renovation West of Saskatoon It was built as an RTM (Ready-to-move home) in the 1960’s and hadn’t  been updated much since. The closed in layout was a challenge to their quickly growing family and they wanted a more open layout to keep everyone together at family gatherings.

We came out to the farm and had them show us around as The Go2Guys & Girls assessed their needs and wants. We brought out an architect shortly after for a structural assessment and then provided the clients with a quote and got the go ahead to start while they spent the Winter in Arizona.  We communicated via email with the clients with updates on their project and any questions.

Shortly after the meeting with the architect a quick trip to Saskatoon for the clients with The Go2Girls took place! We spent the day going from supplier to supplier to pick the perfect products that were within the clients budget, modern yet classic, and practical for grandchildren and dusty farm life!

We removed the wall separating the living room and kitchen, all flooring, drywall, rotten framing, sub-floor, old electrical, old plumbing etc.

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When in doubt.. Don’t throw it out! During demolition we found the children’s height chart on the drywall inside the pantry. Our crew removed this piece of drywall and set it aside in a safe place for our clients to keep.

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A PRACTICAL LAYOUT WITH AN OVER-SIZED ISLAND

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WHEN I SAID “OVER-SIZED” I MEANT IT! AND LOTS OF ROOM FOR STORAGE WITH A NEW LIVING ROOM WHICH ALSO ALLOWS THAT SOUTH SUNLIGHT TO FLOW IN

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AN OPEN AND MODERN STAIRCASE TO THE BASEMENT

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SO LONG DARK AND CRAMPED KITCHEN

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REMOVAL OF THE  DIVIDING WALL & STACKING THE LAUNDRY FOR EXTRA ROOM

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And finished with a professional cleaning from The Go2Girls!

We strive to complete each project as if it were our own! Contact us today to find out how we can make you fall in love with your home again!

Flooring: Armstrong Click Luxury Vinyl Plank

Counter-tops: Laminate from Pristine Counter-tops in Saskatoon

Cabinets: The Fusion line from Superior Cabinets in Saskatoon

Back-Splash: Saltillo Wavy Glass in Champagne

Light fixtures: Lowes Canada

Paint: Benjamin Moore Snow White

Appliances: Saskatoon Appliance

Plumbing fixtures: Under-mount Kitchen Sink Pristine Countertops, bathroom fixtures, Lowes Canada

Architect: CAD Vantage in Saskatoon

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Modern Home Professionally Staged by Go2Girls

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This modern and stylish town-home is located in Warman SK and is close to many parks, playgrounds and a new school. This beautiful open concept layout features a bright, spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz counter-tops and island, 3 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms.

To view the complete listing please click here.

To contact the listing agent please click here

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For a FREE quote on staging, cleaning, interior design, re-vamping,or a color consultation please click here

or call 306-220-0533 or email go2girlsinc@gmail.com

 

 

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Buyers Beware – Pushy Sales People

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It is a always a good idea to have a strategy in place before you shop so you don’t turn into mush in the hands of a pushy sales person…

Here are some tips on dealing with obnoxious sales techniques:

  • Don’t feel obligated to book or purchase something you don’t want just because a salesperson has lavished you with his or her time. Sales people should never have to show of how hard they’re working to guilt you into buying something, their work or product should speak for itself. Sales people should never have to insult or cut-down other companies to make a sale either, it is a very unprofessional and aggressive sales technique, make sure to do your own research!
  • It may be tempting to buy something just to get out of the line of fire and get him or her off your property, but don’t reward pushy behavior with a sale. Practice sticking to your guns by simply repeating, “No thank you, I need to think about it/talk it over.”
  • The same goes for offering personal information. If you don’t want to hear a pitch, keep your lips sealed. A skilled sales person memorizes every word you say in order to personalize his or hers sales pitch later.
  • Be honest. Saying “no” when you mean it is an act of courtesy. If you don’t want something, don’t make excuses. Sales people know how to overcome any objection, and they’ll work hard to make the sale unless you make your feelings clear. It will be easier for everyone involved if you just cut to the chase instead of humming and hawing.
  • Never sign a deal or make a purchase with someone who is pressuring you to “act now before time runs out” or a “one day deal.” Often, they are trying to keep you from comparison shopping or otherwise researching a “deal.” Another common pressuring technique is the sales person placing a form of advertising in front of your home prior to you committing to them, like a lawn sign, to make you feel more hesitant to say “no” to them.
  • Do your research. Half the battle in making unclouded purchasing decisions is to be informed. Know what things cost, call referrals, and check out online reviews!

The Internet makes it easy to research products and conduct price comparisons, finding just the right contractor that fits your needs.

If you don’t know what you want, don’t let a pushy sales person make your mind up for you!

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Why Use Professional Home Staging

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There are a number of reasons that leading real estate agents use professional home staging as a key component of their home marketing program.

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1) Home staging is proven to sell homes faster and at a premium price

Real estate agents who use professional staging are at a great advantage over those realtors that skip this vital presentation step.  Staging a home to showcase its full potential, accentuate its strengths, minimize the impact of its weaknesses and optimize the space’s flow enables a broad range of potential buyers to connect with the property and more easily see themselves living in it.

Here are the results from some relevant studies that have been conducted:

2004 Coldwell Banker Survey (2722 homes in 8 cities); Staged homes sold twice as fast as un-staged homes

National Association of Realtors Survey; Homes that sold after 4 weeks on the market sold for 6% less than those sold in the first 4 weeks

Maritz Survey –> 63% of buyers will pay more for a move-in-ready house

 

2) Home staging helps your listing stand out from competitive listings

Staged houses and condos show to their full potential.  When sellers combine home staging with professional photography, the result is high impact photos that can be used very effectively to showcase the property and draw more showings.  Here are results from some recent studies:

2008 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers –> 87% of all home buyers and 94% aged 25 – 44 use the internet to search for a property

National Association of Realtors –> 98% of buyers said photos were among the most useful features of real estate websites

Redfin Study –> on-line listings with professional photos received 61% more views

In addition, The Go2Guys are there to help when there is a need for painters,  landscapers, junk haulers, storage  or moving.

3) Home staging provides real estate agents with a more comprehensive and differentiated marketing program

Real estate agents face immense competition when trying to secure a new listing.  Leading realtors continually optimize their marketing programs to increase its effectiveness, and ultimate success for their clients.  Home Staging is one element that more and more agents recognize helps them realize better return on investment for their marketing spend, because the home shows to its full potential, and as a result the marketing material that they prepare and utilize is all that more impactful.

The days of basic template feature sheets and agent-taken photos being used for the MLS listing are long gone, and replaced with professional home staging, professional photographer, including a heavy emphasis on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Numerous realtors provide a staging consultation as part of their listing package.

4) Stagers are adept at helping sellers deal with sensitive issues that can be an obstacle to a successful sale

Generally speaking, realtors do not want to start off a relationship with a new client by reciting a laundry list of what needs to be done by the client to improve the home’s presentation and ready the property for the first open house.

Agents would prefer to help their clients by bringing in a professional stager to advise on what edits should be done to prepare the property, and when appropriate, stage the property, whether this be blending the clients existing furnishings with the stager’s inventory, or placing rental furnishings (as is typically the case for vacant properties.

Stagers are adept at very tactfully helping sellers understand what modifications need to be made, why they are required, and the benefits they will deliver. This helps both the seller and the agent achieve a win-win outcome.

 

5) Home stagers allows the agent to focus on selling the property

When agents can focus on developing and executing their property marketing plan and finding buyers for their listings, instead of worrying about the condition of the seller’s home, they can put all their efforts into doing the job they excel at, and deliver superior results for their client.

Partnering with a home stager allows a real estate agent to do just this, since they can lean on the stager to ensure that the property’s presentation will be dealt with effectively.

The Go2Girls partner with real estate agents and property managers in Saskatoon and surrounding area! Contact us today to find out more about we can help make your sale more effective.

10 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

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Don’t Cut Corners When Hiring A Contractor

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It’s officially here: Winter-time! Which means we have slowed down from wedding season and family trips to the lake! It’s time to cozy up by the fire and spend time in front of the T.V. at home…For those of you are like me, this means time to realize how many projects you haven’t finished or even got started on!!

Whether you’re redoing your gutters, replacing worn-out siding, giving your roof a bit of a face-lift, or beginning that addition to the kiddo’s room, there are any number of things to be done!

So you’ve got your project, your plan, and your budget, but you may not know where to start…or what your local regulations are…or what type of  hardware you need…or even where to buy an extra set of hands for those heavier projects. So you come to that fateful decision: Who to hire? You obviously want to be as cost-effective as possible, while hiring someone who’ll get quality work done. Your buddy Chad used to be a contractor, and would probably only cost you a cold beer and some pizza. You also know your brother-in-law’s son does a lot of DIY projects, and is relatively up-to-date on the rules. Do you really need to pay a professional company or contractor to throw some new siding on your house?  The choice is yours, obviously, but there are some things we’d encourage you to consider before calling up your nephew Louie, who built that shed, that one time.

First and foremost, liability. If your pal Chad starts feeling strong hanging drywall in your son’s new bedroom, tries to hoist that sheet rock without you, loses his balance, and crashes to the floor…Well, without proper insurance for contract jobs, the homeowner, more often than not, is going to responsible for injuries sustained on the job site. That’s both a good way to obtain a higher insurance premium, as well as your friendship with Chad. On the other hand, some less-than-reputable larger-outfit companies don’t carry enough (or any) liability, should and accident occur. We recommend taking the time to confirm whoever you hire is well covered, because nobody plans on accidents happening, but if they do, rest assured that someone will be responsible. Don’t let it be you!

You should also be looking ahead to when you may be selling. If you hire a contractor who is “knowledgeable”, but may not have been licensed, you are putting an immense amount of faith in them as a good contractor as well as a student. There are ever-changing regulations, rules, and codes for building projects, and if your contractor hasn’t studied up on the latest changes, you may be setting yourself up for a bad situation. Down the road, when you’re ready to sell, and that inspector drops by to give you the green light, you will want to walk into that inspection confident that everything was done right the first time through, rather than getting a grocery list of necessary repairs, and pouring a whole new bucket of capital into a completed project just to get it up to code.

Which brings us to our third point: Documentation. Hang on to everything! Get receipts, contracts, copies of any liability and insurance coverage…everything related to the job. Keep it filed neatly, and easily accessible. This can be a life-saver if shady work, discrepancies, or dishonesty begin to rear their ugly head during the project. The easiest way to deter would-be dishonesty is to have a paper trail for every hammer, wheelbarrow, blueprint, and contract on the site. This is also vital in the case that a legal issue arises. Having that paperwork on hand will save you what could be years of headache.

These are a few of the reasons Go2Guys Inc does the footwork to be a leader in reliability and an up-to-date resources for safety guidelines, local restrictions, proper resource/equipment staging, and completion of each project, commercial or private, from beginning to end. Don’t let your project come back to bite you, hire a licensed professional company!

 

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The Go2Guys Works All Four Seasons

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Did you know that the Go2Guys work through all four seasons? Take advantage of completing your roofing and exterior needs over the winter months with the help of our professionals.

Working over the winter does NOT affect the installation or warranty of materials and labor! AND you get the perks of having your roof shovelled for free!

Don’t feel like you need to wait until spring! When you leave the exterior and roof of your home too long, it can lead to more problems linked to the interior of your home and your family’s health. A leaking roof can lead to; damage to the infrastructure of your attic and home, mold and mildew, fire hazards, as well as higher utility bills and wasted energy.

Go2Guys wants to help you protect your family from those hazards and help save heating and cooling costs by giving you the highest product of roofing and home exterior.