Is Your Flat Roof Ready For The Coming Winter?

From the Danforth to Etobicoke, from King St. to Sheppard Ave., flat roofs can be seen in just about every neighbourhood in Toronto. A mark of our city’s most historic buildings and an added subtle touch to some of the city’s most unique modern homes, flat roofs contribute to Toronto’s distinct urban aesthetic.  Homeowners in our city have made the best of their flat roofs: taking advantage of their affordability, installing solar panels to generate green energy, and using them as creative recreational spaces such as rooftop decks and gardens. But now that the season for decks and gardens is well over, it is important that homeowners the time to consult Toronto roofing experts, in order to prepare their flat roofs for the coming winter. Harsh winter conditions can exacerbate any existing issues, so the fall is a great time to prevent such common problems as:

 

Ponding the pooling of water on flat roofs after heavy rain or snowfall. This is not an issue inherent to flat roof homes, since even flat roofs are built to maintain a degree of slope in order to facilitate water drainage. Ponding water is usually a sign of poor drainage, which should be addressed in order to avoid the premature deterioration of your flat roof. Persistent ponding is most detrimental during the winter months, as ponding water can become trapped in a thaw-freeze cycle on and below the surface of your roof.

 

Damage Due to a Thaw-Freeze Cycle a particular hazard of ponding during the winter months. If ponding water solidifies into ice before it can effectively drain off the roof, it may be trapped in a thaw-freeze cycle, gradually penetrating below the surface of your roof. If seeps into cracks and crevices of your roof, the next drop in temperature will cause it to expand as it freezes, creating a wider channel for further seepage and water buildup. This cycle of deterioration can last the entire winter season, resulting in serious damage to your roof. In order to prevent this before it occurs, it is advisable that homeowners seek flat roof repair help in Toronto before winter is properly here.

Leaks the initial stages of leaks are difficult to detect. Unfortunately, once a leak has become obvious, significant damage to your roof, ceiling and walls has already been done. Even minor leaks can lead to costly repairs if not addressed early. Which is why it is important to hire a professional to inspect for early signs of leaking in your roof. By the winter arrives, the heavy snow and ice buildup can aggravate the leak, resulting in costly issues, such as internal water damage and even the bowing or caving of your roof.

 

In order to avoid these issues, it is advisable that homeowners in Toronto contact their local expects in flat roof repairs before winter arrives. Given proper maintenance, your flat roof will brave the cold months and keep you safe from the elements for seasons to come.

Toronto’s Ongoing Construction Boom

As a company that offers flat roof repairs and roof installation, we are lucky to live in a city that is teeming with progress and construction. The city of Toronto is set to absorb 100,000 new citizens a year for the foreseeable future, and while a lot of those folks will end up living in high rises and condominiums, the demand for fully detached houses in the GTA is booming more than ever. In many cases, developers are keen to buy old, withering houses for a price, and then flip them into sleek new homes – at this point, a property anywhere near the downtown core is often more valuable than the house that sits on top of it.

 

As a result, we’ve been lucky enough to install many, many roofs on brand new houses, ensuring that they look great and are well protected from the elements. Another happy coincidence is that many developers building new homes in Toronto cater to the market by building houses with a modern aesthetic, sleek, clean lines, lots of shiny windows and – the pièce de résistance – the flat roof.

 

People know to call Professional Roofers when they need flat roof installation or flat roof repair help in Toronto and the GTA because we have a sterling reputation for specializing in flat roof work. A flat roof looks great on any home, and because a flat roof is made up of large, weatherproof membranes, there’s less of a chance of sustaining a leak than if your house is made up of smaller shingles, which are less resistant to precipitation.

At the end of the summer, with autumn and winter on the horizon, contractors are hustling their tails off to finish the job before the cold weather hits so they can get tenants or prospective buyers in there as soon as possible. Because of this rush, sometimes companies will cut corners in order to get the job done and make the property profitable. At Professional Roofers, we think this type of shoddy workmanship is reprehensible: a house is meant to keep you and your family safe and warm – lesser craftsmanship screws up your quality of life and may lead to repair costs down the road that should have been avoided.

 

When we install a roof, we make sure that the job is done right so that you won’t need serious roof work done for a long time. Yearly inspections are always a good idea, but a roof should last between twenty and thirty years and serious repairs shouldn’t really be necessary unless there’s a major storm or a tree falls on your house.

 

Whether you’re looking for workers to install a roof, or you’re having problems with your skylight or shingled roof, you can always feel free to call our Toronto roofing experts for some guidance. We started a roofing company because we love roofs, architecture and helping people. If you’re unsure of a roofing company you’re considering, you can always call us for a second opinion. When it comes to the roof over your house, never settle for less, get Pro Roofers on the job.

 

Making The Most Of Your Flat Roof

Here on the Professional Roofers blog, we often extoll the virtues of the flat roof. There are so many reasons to install and maintain a flat roof, it’s hard to know where to begin, and once we get started, it’s difficult to stop! With so many new houses being developed and built in Toronto and the GTA, we are seeing more and more opportunities to work with flat roofs on modern houses every year. In the summertime, property investors will often knock down a home that is not to their liking and build a whole new structure from scratch. Developers need seasoned Toronto roofing experts to make sure the new flat roof is ship-shape, and this is where we come in!

In many past posts, we’ve expressed our love and admiration for Toronto’s classic architecture, including Edwardian and Tudor style homes, cozy cottages and classic sloped, shingled roofs. On the other hand, we feel that in terms of functionality and space management, the flat roof holds many advantages over the sloped roof, and for this reason, flat roofs are the way of the future.

In the summer, when the weather gets hot and the time is right for beers, grilling and chilling, you can hang out on a rooftop deck installed above your flat roof. Because a flat roof couldn’t handle the weight of a barbecue party, you’d want to hire contractors to build the deck as a layer that sits above the roof, with its own independent support structure. While this sounds like it may take a lot of work, money and patience, the result is certainly worth it. With a traditional sloped roof, it is impossible to install a rooftop patio – a structure which will improve your summertime get-togethers exponentially!

Another benefit of a flat roof is that it actually creates a more spacious feeling inside your home, since your ceiling does not necessarily need to be sloped. It might mean that you won’t have an attic, but attics can be tricky to ventilate and often the stuff you store in the upper level of your house is forgotten and grows moldy. Stashing your extra stuff in a basement or a storage unit might actually make more sense, and you can enjoy some extra luxury overhead! If you need to improve your attic ventilation this summer, we can help install venting systems that will keep your valuables dry and extend the life of your roof.

 

Roll roofing is another topic we’ve written about on the blog before; it’s a product that comes in extremely handy in the summertime because it reflects the heat of the sun, preventing your roof and home from overheating. Application of roll roofing should be handled by competent professionals, since the roof needs to be cleared of any and all debris and the coating must be applied evenly and meticulously. Roll roofing is essentially an extra layer of thick skin that seals your roof, protecting it from the harsher elements.

The Pro Roofers name is essentially synonymous with flat roof repair help in Toronto and the GTA, so if you’re in need of flat roof maintenance or a full-on flat roof installation, call us up today!

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!

Providing Proper Maintenance For Your Stylish Flat Roof

In this month’s Professional Roofers blogs, so far we’ve talked about the insane amount of rain that fell on Toronto this month, and also the reasons that flat roofed houses have become so popular. In this third, three-part instalment, we’re going to talk about things that can potentially go wrong with your flat roof, and what you can do to avoid or fix these issues.

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Why Flat Roofs Are So Trendy Right Now

If you live in Toronto, where the housing market has been expanding for a seemingly infinite number of years and properties are constantly being gutted and flipped — or outright demolished and rebuilt — you may have noticed the proliferation of flat roofed properties over the past decade. While there’s something classic and undeniably cozy about a good old fashioned pitched roof, there are also many obvious reasons that home owners’ appetites for flat roofs have grown recently. Here at Professional Roofers, we are in agreement with the public — we think flat roofs are great! We’ve been specializing in flat roofs for a very long time in order to meet the needs of their growing popularity, we also genuinely dig the trend!

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Toronto Roofing Problem # 5 – All About Flat Roofs

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that flat roofs and pitched roofs are different, and because of this difference, they each tend to have their own unique set of ailments that crop up from time to time. Since flat roofs are our specialty here at Professional Roofers, we wanted to spend this week focusing the common problems to watch out for in your flat roof, so that you are prepared if anything goes awry.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Flat Roofs

Here at Professional Roofers, we understand that for most homeowners, their home is the most precious possession they own. It takes years of hard work and savings to be able to build or buy your own house, which is why it is important not to take any detail of your home’s structural integrity for granted. Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home and therefore it deserves to be created right.

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