Next to new windows or a furnace, a roof may be a homeowner’s largest expense to replace, but what are the signs that it might need replacing? Are you noticing leakage in the attic after a wind-driven rain or ice build-up, peeling of interior or exterior paint, stains, mold and mildew growth on interior ceilings and walls, exterior decay, missing, cracked or curled shingles, or dark, grimy-looking sections on your roof? If you see one or several of these tell-tale indications, call the Guelph-based roofing experts: AWE (Advanced Weather Enclosures) Group.
What sets this local company apart from the competition? Family-owned and serving Guelph
and area for over 15 years, AWE offers 30 years of expertise in roofing, scaffolding and canopy structures.
For roofing, AWE is GAF® certified, supplying and installing GAF® products exclusively. “We only use GAF®’s Lifetime Roofing system for all our roofing projects,” says co-owner Lee Westgarth. Together with his father Neil, his uncle Peter and operations manager Albert Osdautaj, they offer a licensed and insured crew who provide consistent and first-rate service. “Our business is community-based and has been built on word-of-mouth and recommendations by our loyal customers,” he adds.
GAF® is considered the last word on shingles and has been for 125 years. “We use their products exclusively because it’s the highest quality available, and you won’t find a better warranty anywhere,” Lee says, whose company offers a lifetime warranty of 50 years, non-prorated. “You’re always protected. We send the warranty to GAF® and they send it back to you.” Lee cautions homeowners about wasting valuable time, money and security by settling for a no-name or fly-by-night roofing company. In the case of AWE, peace of mind is yours, knowing that they are a time-honoured and trusted local company and that GAF® shingles will give you reliable, watertight protection for your home.
Know also that while AWE’s work is in progress, they treat your home as though it were their own, using tarps and sheets of plywood to cover the exposed areas of your home, such as garage doors, air conditioning units, flower beds, lower windows, and more. The crew cleans up any shingles and uses magnets to collect the stray nails from around your home. “Our goal is to leave your property in pristine condition,” Lee reassures. AWE also returns to inspect their work in the first year. If you should ever experience a problem, just give them a call.
While waiting for AWE’s free consultation and free estimate at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends, get a head start by using GAF®’s Roofing Wizard and Virtual Home Remodeler online tools on their website. “We offer a variety of shingle designs and colour, and these online tools can help match up the appropriate roof and colour to your style of home, siding and brick,” Lee explains.
AWE is the consummate expert in scaffold applications with their crew of 15 travelling throughout Ontario. They create custom-designed structures for a variety of projects, including shoring, tube and clamp, and modular systems. “We are a specialty installer and scaffold material supplier,” Lee says.
Are you thinking about adding to or remodelling your outdoor living space? Let AWE help create your design with a pergola canopy. AWE Group is the official dealer of ShadeFX™ canopies in Guelph and surrounding area. “We are certified installers and provide superior consulting, design, supply and building services for ShadeFX Retractable awnings,” Lee says.
Peter designed and invented the Shade FX canopy system locally in Guelph. ShadeFX is a stylish retractable shade canopy that provides protection from the elements. Different from traditional awnings that use two-side rails, Shade FX uses the patented monorail system – a centre drive beam – to extend and retract the canopy, eliminating jamming and binding that can happen with two-rail systems. Choose a motorized or manual style that offers weather-resistant fabrics in many colours and patterns, and a 12-year warranty! Recently, the product has been featured regularly on HGTV’s Canadian design shows, DECKED OUT and DISASTER DECKS with host Paul Lafrance.
Hailing originally from Wales, Lee and Neil settled in Guelph in 1981, followed by Peter in 1990. “I don’t remember a time when we didn’t all work together,” Lee notes. Albert met and began working with Neil through a roofing supply company.
The company takes pride in giving back. Among their active work for several local charities,
the roof you see on Habitat for Humanity’s most recent home on Paisley Road was installed by AWE!
AWE Group is located at 732 York Road, Guelph. Call 519-341-9499 today for your free estimate and consultation. For more information, visit www.aweroofing.ca. MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
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