3 Roofing Issues To Watch For

In western society, we tend to take it for granted that there is a roof over our heads. Most of us grow up with the security of knowing that shelter, warmth and food is taken care of. As you get older, however, and the bills start to pile up, you realize how much hard work goes into creating a stable family environment. Between groceries, rent or mortgage payments, buying clothes and paying utility bills, you need to work really hard to keep your family happy. Here at Professional Roofers, we know the value of a dollar and we also appreciate how hard you have to hustle on a daily basis – we’re experts in the daily hustle ourselves. While the roof over your head can end up becoming an afterthought when life kicks into overdrive, this can lead to big problems. Paying experts such as ourselves to do a little yearly maintenance can help prevent big problems and save you money in the long run; as far as roofing companies in Toronto and the GTA go, our prices are highly competitive.

In order to help us help you, keep an eye out for the following three issues and call us for an inspection or to get a fair quote if the problem persists:

  1. Ice Dams: Ice dams form on the sloped roofs of heated buildings when ice beneath packed snow melts, drips down, and then refreezes on the eve. Ice dams can cause damage to your roof and leaking, which is obviously undesirable and could lead to significant property damage. Insulation is a good way to guard against ice dams, since the heat from your house will not permeate the roof as much. Heating cables are often seen as a quick fix solution, but they are often unreliable and can even lead to electrical fires (some insurance companies won’t even allow them). Our expert roof repair services team is great at removing ice dams and helping you figure out how to avoid them in the long term.
  2. Roofing Ventilation: We’ve spoken several times here on the blog about how much we love ridge vents. If you’re constructing a sloped roof, seriously consider ridge vents, as they are the best way to create good airflow in your roof. In a city like Toronto, where we have really extreme weather in winter and summer, lack of ventilation causes mold, damage and a slew of other problems. If you have a flat roof, we can install more traditional turbine or box vents. If you’re having attic ventilation issues with your flat roof house, call our experts immediately for an assessment and assistance!

3. Skylight Damage: You may have moved into a space with a glorious skylight and thought “wow, I really lucked out!” You’re not wrong to think this, however, there is a certain amount of vigilance that goes along with that luxury. Skylights are beautiful but if they aren’t installed with great care, they can lead to leaking and damage very easily. So make sure you keep an eye out while admiring the clear blue sky or the starry night!

Snow And Your Flat Roof

There are a few common misconceptions regarding flat roofs that are stubbornly persistent. One of them is that flat roofs leak more easily than pitched ones. Another is that they cannot handle as much snow weight as pitched roofs because the snow sits directly on the roof. Neither of these are accurate. Here at Pro Roofers, we specialize in flat roof installation and maintenance and over the years, we have gathered a wealth of expertise concerning flat roofs, so let’s set the record straight.

Weight & Insulation

First of all, if you live in a cold climate such as Toronto, Canada, you will want to install a roof with a solid thickness to leave room for sufficient insulation – say a 12-inch depth – to keep the heat in during the winter months. A roof this thick will be able to support any amount of snow, barring an avalanche, and you will have nothing to worry about. Furthermore, when you do get a solid snowfall, the snow itself will actually add to the overall insulation of your home, saving you money on your heating bill. In a paradoxical twist, this is a situation where snow will actually make you warmer! For the design and insulation to function properly, however, the roof must be installed with great care and expertise, so be sure to call our Toronto roofing experts when it comes time to install your new flat roof.

Maintenance, Leaks & Drainage

When you are working with flat roofs, the actual material is made from weather-proof membranes that are much larger than shingles. These membranes are often cost-effective depending on the size of the roof, and these days, commercial buildings often opt for flat roofs to save money and because they are more practical. A flat roof is no more or less likely to leak than a pitched roof – it all comes down to the design and the competence with which it is installed. Flat roofs must be installed on a very specific, mild slope so that the water can drain off properly, and if the drains and scuppers aren’t cleared regularly, this increases the chance of a leak or roof damage. As with anything else, vigilance and regular inspections mitigate the chances of a problem growing worse. If you have a skylight, this can sometimes add to complications as well, but getting a problem fixed quickly will always save you money in the long run – don’t let your sky light issues worsen once you’ve noticed, call Pro Roofers to remedy the problem.

Integration with Nature

From an aesthetic standpoint, a house in the country with a flat roof blends in much better than a house with a pitched roof. It’s true than in a city neighbourhood with predominantly older houses, flat roofs stick out, but it is the opposite in the country-side: a flat roof sits cleaner on the horizon and breaks up the scenery less. A consideration if you’re a lover of nature.

If you’re considering hiring someone for roof installation or maintenance, make sure you read the reviews from our customers – our solid reputation is a strong argument in our favour. As a small, family business, we have your interests at heart, whether your roof is flat, pitched or somewhere in between!

Pro Roofers Style Guide: Spotlight On Rosedale

As we progress deeper and deeper in the frigid Canadian winter, more and more snow piles up and we all do our best to keep our homes warm and cozy. Even though we have a tendency to stay inside our homes as much as possible in the winter months, on snowy days it is often tempting to brave the cold and take in the nice scenery. As some of the most sought after roofers in Toronto and the GTA, we’ve had the privilege of exploring most of the beautiful neighbourhoods in our fair city in depth and we have to say, the upscale area of Rosedale is certainly one of the most beautiful. In winter it takes on a fairy-tale like quality when the snow starts to fall. If you haven’t had a chance to explore it, we highly recommend you check it out.

One thing you’ll notice when you go on a stroll through Rosedale is that some of the huge mansions are very old, historical properties. Maintaining the shingled roofs on these houses is a huge undertaking, and since the roofs cover such a vast surface, it is often a very big job. Fortunately, here at Pro Roofers we’re no strangers to large-scale re-shingling projects; when you need your shingles redone in the spring after a harsh winter, you should certainly contact us.   

To return to the beauty of Rosedale: most of the houses are ancient red brick structures with vines growing on them and turrets that make them seem like castles. On the other hand, there are a few properties where the residents have gone against the grain and completely rebuilt. While some of the newer houses conform to the Victorian/ Edwardian aesthetic of the area, some folks have built sleek modern houses with lots of flat lines, shiny glass facades and flat roofs with weatherproof membranes.

One wonders if, over time, all of the houses in Rosedale will be converted into residences in the modern style, but for now there are still many examples of grand, historical houses with shingled roofs. While the current, more modern houses in Rosedale do upset the overall aesthetic, we must admit that flat roofs appeal to us for so many reasons. Flat roofs allow for more space in your home, and since owning a mansion comes with the perk of having lots of space, you may be inclined to maximize those high, luxurious ceilings. Having lots of space over your head feels really good, though you may not think about it too often. Just imagine being in a museum or a cathedral with a high ceiling overhead – it’s a nice feeling!

The other advantage of a flat roof is that the weatherproof membrane lasts longer than shingles and keeps the weather out very well. Furthermore, if you get into roll roofing (discussed in a previous post on the blog), then you will save money on energy bills and experienced a prolonged life in your roof.

Give us a call if you have a roofing emergency this winter and need immediate assistance. Come Spring we’ll be happy to come patch up any damage the winter has inflicted as well. Stay warm and good luck!