Clean Autumn Debris From Your Roof Before Winter Hits!

Autumn is a beautiful season in Toronto! As the leaves start to turn colour, every neighbourhood is transformed into a natural spectacle. Take a walk through any number of our city’s parks or tree-lined residential neighbourhoods to take in the scenery, and it seems like the city has brought out its brightest plumage for one last show before it is inevitably covered with snow in the coming months. Falling leaves may add a welcome degree of colour to a stroll through the city, but their charm wears thin for homeowners once they begin to accumulate as debris on your home’s roof, clogging up your eavestrough and deteriorating between your roof’s shingles and flashing.

 

As leaves collect on the roof, they soak up moisture from the elements and begin to rot. The shingles beneath are vulnerable to the damage from prolonged exposure this moisture and may clog from deteriorating debris, leaving the felt layers of underlayment and the decking underneath without its first line of defence against rainfall and water buildup. If left unaddressed, the deterioration can lead to internal leaks, water damage, fungus and wood rot, which is why it is prudent to conduct a thorough inspection every fall. Unfortunately, the initial stages of deteriorations are often difficult to spot during a visual inspection, so it is a good idea to consult a roofing repair expert in Toronto through Pro Roofers, to conduct a thorough assessment.

In addition to your gutters and shingles, fall debris can also wreak havoc on your roof’s flashings, vents and chimneys. Flashings are a sheeted metal covering the joints of your roof, used to prevent water from penetrating the surface. Flashing is used around chimneys, vents, dormer windows and skylights. A majority of leaks are the result of roof materials loosening from the flashing, as the result of clogging caused by deteriorating leaves and other debris. Clogging leads to damming responsible for water buildup on and under your roof’s surface. Since this is another problem difficult to spot during a visual inspection, it is best to contact professionals trained in expert roof repairs to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof.

 

Homes with flat roofs especially rely on the efficacy and good maintenance of their flashing. Due to the relatively subtle degree of a flat roof’s slope, effective draining systems are absolutely necessary and flashing is an integral component of diverting water off the roof’s surface. Without adequate draining systems, ponding can occur. Ponding on a flat roof can lead to persistent leaks, especially around the vents, skylights and chimneys. If this occurs, it is best to resolve the issue before the freeze and thaw cycle of the coming winter months has a chance to aggravate the problem. Consult trusted flat roof repair experts in Toronto to address any issues regarding water buildup on your flat roof.

 

Autumn can often come and go before you know it, so enjoy the natural splendor of the season and take time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead.

 

 

 

6 Important Questions To Ask A Prospective Roofing Contractor

When it comes time to install, repair or replace a roof, no homeowner wants to pay more than they have to in order to get the job done right. But affordability is only one of several criteria for choosing the right company for the job. One of the reasons that we’ve been able to develop such a strong reputation at Pro Roofers is that we check all of the below boxes. Here are 6 important questions we get a lot that every homeowner should ask before hiring a roofing contractor – or any kind of contractor:

 

  1. Can you provide references?

 

An expert roofing company that takes pride in its workmanship should not hesitate to provide you with reliable references. Positive feedback from past clients is a great first step towards verifying that your prospective contractor is right for the job.

 

  1. Are you licensed to install and repair roofs?

 

Roof repair, like most significant home renovations, is not a simple task and should never be left to the hands of an amateur. Any prospective contractor should be able to provide you with all the necessary documentation before work begins.

 

  1. Do you have business liability insurance and workman’s compensation?

 

It is equally important to confirm that a contractor is able to show proof of liability and workman’s compensation insurance. Business liability insurance protects homeowners from any potential damage caused by the workers, whereas workman’s compensation insurance safeguards the homeowner against any potential of liability in the event of a workplace injury. Do not risk hiring any contractor unable or unwilling to provide adequate evidence of business liability insurance and workplace safety certification.

 

  1. Are you accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?

 

While references may provide you with a sense of the contractor’s track record and their customers’ level satisfaction, it is also prudent to check a contractor’s Better Business Bureau accreditation and record. A satisfactory BBB record is further evidence of the company’s integrity and willingness to stand behind the quality of their work.

 

  1. Are you willing to provide a written contract?

              

Beware any contractor unwilling to commit all agreements and guarantees in writing. A written contract should detail the project specifications, negotiated start and completion dates, labor and material costs, and payment terms. A contract serves to define the terms and expectations of a proposed project and is in the best interest of both the homeowner and the contractor.

 

  1. What kind of warranty do you offer?

              

A warranty not only provides the homeowner with peace of mind but signifies that the contractor is willing to stand behind the quality of materials and workmanship they offer. While companies usually provide a labor warranty, their warranty may not always include materials or the task of tear off and disposal. When considering the services of roof repair experts in Toronto, ask about whether their warranty covers materials, labor, tear off and disposal.

 

So, whether you’re looking to install, repair or replace your existing roof, give us a call and find out why we’re a cut above. With many different roofing companies to choose from in Toronto and the GTA, it is important to know that you’re choosing experts for the job. We hope that you call us for roof repair help when you need some work done – our employees are seasoned pros who really care!

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.

 

Spotlight on Moore Park

Roofing Style Guide: Spotlight On Moore Park

As you may have noticed over the past year, once in a while here on the blog we like to take a ramble through one of Toronto’s many neighbourhoods and talk about architecture, culture and sight-seeing. Obviously, we make mention of a few of the neighbourhood’s roofs as well. As a company specializing in roof repairs Toronto and the GTA, we get the opportunity to travel all over, meeting people from all walks of life and observing a wide variety of architectural styles throughout the city. Today we’re going to take a look at a tucked away, high-class gem of a neighbourhood called Moore Park.

 

Even if you’re from Toronto, you may have never heard of Moore Park, and there’s a reason: it’s tucked away at the east end of St. Clair, and basically dead-ends onto the Rosedale Ravine. It’s an incredibly desirable neighbourhood to live in because there is zero through-traffic – you can’t get anywhere by passing through the neighbourhood.

 

Most people will recognize the name of the neighbourhood to the south, an area that was featured on our expert roof repairs blog a few months ago: Rosedale. While Rosedale boasts over the top houses of millionaires that and a small strip of little boutiques and markets, Moore Park is a bit more understated and contains not even a single commercial enterprise: it’s purely residential.

One thing that we’ve noticed on our repeat visits to Moore Park to install and perform maintenance on roofs, is that many of the houses are new, however, the aesthetic is a tasteful blend of modern and traditional. Rather than seeing behemoth, ivory-covered mansions alongside space-age looking cubes – as is often the case in Rosedale – residents of Moore Park seem to have embraced old and new all at once. Many of the neighbourhood’s houses have flat, three-story facades and roofs that slant out on a slight gradient (vertically), but are completely flat on top (horizontally). In some of the older houses, we’ve seen decay and mold due to stagnant air – a good reminder to improve your attic ventilation as necessary.

 

As cheerleaders of flat-roof culture, we absolutely love this style – it shows that you can build a house with a traditional aesthetic while still making use of flat roofs and enjoy all the benefits that come along with them. The benefits, which we’ve listed many times here on the blog, are more room for higher ceilings or storage, higher resistance to precipitation and the potential for a green roof with a lovely garden.

In addition to some really nice architecture, Moore Park is simply a quaint, isolated neighbourhood with huge trees and lots of nice people walking their dogs. At Christmastime, the residents of Inglewood Avenue each erect a giant inflatable Santa, which has turned it into something of a seasonal tourist attraction – one almost doubts that other residents appreciate the extra attention to the sleepy neighbourhood.

 

Another great feature of Moore Park is that you can access the scenic Rosedale Ravine through it, which will lead you to the lush nature preserve at the Evergreen Brickworks and the jogging, cycling and hiking paths beyond!

 

Whether you live in Moore Park, Parkdale, Junction Triangle or Upper Beaches, our local roofing company can help with any of your roofing needs – Pro Roofers offers quality craftsmanship at a reasonable price!

 

 

Back To School Means Fix That Roof!

Sometimes, there’s a simple synchronicity to life that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. For example: summer is a time for vacation and socializing, especially here in our fair city of Toronto. Even if you do have to go to work in July and August, chances  are you cash in some of your sick days and cut out early as often as possible to go have fun in the sun. One thing that people in Canada do not typically think about in the summer – unless their roof is in truly terrible shape – is roofing maintenance. Save the pesky home maintenance for September or October, seems to be the general attitude in the Big Smoke.

 

When September rolls around, however, it’s time for the kids to go back to school, to roll up your leaves and dig in a work for one of the busiest seasons of the year. People tend to use the momentum of the season to take care of more practical issues as well, tying everything up in a neat little bundle, and here’s where the synchronicity comes in: by the end of a summer replete with storms, sweltering heat and high winds, you will surely require roofing help in Toronto and the GTA.

Shingle Repairs

Here at Professional Roofers, we specialize in flat roofs for many different reasons. For one, they are reasonably affordable to install, secondly, they provide more space for higher ceilings and thirdly, it’s easy for you to get up to do a bit of light maintenance, or for us to get up there and do the more serious work. Our flat roof repair experts can install a roof with such care and expert and craftsmanship that it probably won’t even need much maintenance for many years. When we do come around to fix your roof, we’ll know exactly what we’re looking for, since we installed it ourselves.

 

Because there’s a tendency for people to book roofing maintenance for September, it’s often a good idea to book ahead to make sure we’re not fully booked. This summer, Toronto saw extremely heavy windstorms, with the potential to bring down large branches on roofs and peel shingles off of houses. While this type of damage may go unnoticed for a while, the next time there’s a serious storm you may end up in hot soup.

 

It’s much better to make use of roof repair services in Toronto in the autumn before the harsh winter hits; the last thing you want is a winter storm puncturing your roof and allowing the freezing cold to enter your house.

 

So book in your annual roof maintenance now, otherwise, you’ll be rolling the dice on a matter that is not at all trivial. Once we’ve come and gone, you may want to follow up by cleaning out your spouts and gutters when the leaves all fall off the trees, otherwise, you could end up with pooling water and debris stuck in your gutters.

 

Also consider the question of ventilation going into winter – without ventilation ice dams are much more likely to occur, putting tremendous weight and pressure on your home and doing serious structural damage.

 

 

 

Pro Roofers Provides Great Service At An Affordable Price

The Pro Roofer’s Quality Commitment

Here at Pro Roofers, we pride ourselves on a commitment to our customers. This may seem like a generic statement that just about any Tom, Dick and Harry could make, so let’s break and down and discuss what really makes up the Pro Roofers difference:

The Pro Roofer’s Difference – Quality & Pricing

Sourcing our roofing materials from reputable manufacturers, such as IKO, BP, and GAF, Pro Roofers applies only the highest quality materials when installing or repairing your roof. Because we have such a good relationship with our suppliers, we are able to save money on our bulk orders, and we transfer part of these savings along to our cherished customers. Of all the roofing companies in Toronto and the GTA, we go the extra mile and ensure that these materials are applied with great care and calculated competence so that you will get the best value and long-lasting satisfaction out of your roof.

You may wonder how we are able to make a decent profit when we are extending high-quality work to our customers at such a discounted cost, and the answer is actually simple. By building a large client base who trusts our work, we are able to book enough jobs to pay ourselves fairly. Some fly-by-night companies go for the quick cash grab, and this approach might fill one’s purse momentarily, but it also necessitates a lot of moving around, and, more importantly, deceit and dishonesty. As a modest, family-focused business, we’re not just looking to make money, we’re also focused on making a positive difference in our community and abiding by solid family values. In this scenario, everyone wins!

Beware The Opportunists and Impostors

Here in the city of Toronto, we’ve had some pretty serious wind and rain storms this spring and summer, which means that a lot of branches have come down, damaging rooftops and electrical wires. Due to this unfortunate fact, there has been a high demand for expert roof repairs in the city, often coming from folks who’ve never thought twice about the state of their roof. In these types of emergency situations, it’s easy to get roped in by the first responders on the scene who claim they have the skills to quickly fix your damaged property. Beware these opportunists, they’ll often charge you an arm and a leg for shoddy work that will fall apart the next time the winds kick up.

 

 

The Importance of Maintenance and Consultation

For the very reason stated above, it’s important to build a relationship with a trusted local roofing company before emergency strikes. Even if you don’t need work done immediately, we’re still happy to talk to you and let you know the price range for various services. After a particularly harsh winter, or a summer season of violent storms, it’s always a very good idea to have our roofing experts come and take a quick look and patch any holes or shingles that have been damaged. Even if you don’t feel that regular maintenance is necessary, at the very least keep us in mind in case of an emergency. When you get a bad leak in your roof, you don’t want to be scrambling to figure out who to call; our experts will respond immediately and make sure the leak is properly patched.

If you’re still dubious of our services, check out these reviews from past customers and poke around on other online forums. We’re proud of our reputation and have nothing to hide, our goal is to provide the most reliable roofing service in Toronto while keeping our prices reasonable.

 

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!

Summer: The Prime Time For Roof Work

We often encourage our customers to book a roof inspection heading into winter at the end of fall, as well as coming out of winter in the spring. The autumn inspection ensures that your roof is in good shape going into the harshest season; the spring inspection is to ensure that your roof has sustained no serious damage in those harsh months. While these seasonal checkups can be extremely useful for identifying roofing problems and patching small issues, if you want to undertake a serious overhaul to your roof or do something drastic like installing ridge vents or a skylight, summer truly is the best time to get it done.

At Professional Roofers here in Toronto and the GTA, we get a ton of calls in the springtime to book summer roof repairs and roof renovations. If you’re looking at getting some roof work done this summer, we highly recommend you call to book immediately. We often get a lot of re-shingling work in the summer, simply because of logistical reasons: shingles need to dry and adhere; the hot summer sun helps give them the dry environment they need for optimal performance. It is also extremely helpful for the plywood underneath the shingles to stay dry, so that mold does not begin to grow. Of course, there is rain in the summer as well, but the hot, dry days in between help the rain evaporate and let the roof dry out so that your freshly repaired roof has a chance to settle in before the onslaught of winter.

The other challenge of a rainy summer – like the one we had in 2017 – is that the precipitation can pool and cause problems if the pitch of your roof isn’t precisely what it ought to be. This is why, as flat roof specialists, we always emphasize the importance of the pitch in the weatherproof membrane that constitutes your flat roof. If the pitch isn’t right, the water won’t roll off, or it will roll off and pool at your home’s foundation – and that’s a whole other headache.

You may not think that your home’s foundation falls into the concerns of a roofing company, but if you take a holistic approach to home care, it’s easy to see how the two are related. In addition to making sure your roof is angled properly, it is important to fix your eavestroughs and downspouts when they are broken. If you leave them in disrepair, then water will collect and damage your basement and foundation. A functional roof pitch, in conjunction with a proper drainage system, will direct water away from your home and into the city’s sewage system, where it belongs.  

Finally (and of course this is a slightly selfish reason), roof work in the summer is best because it provides a safe, comfortable atmosphere in which to work. While our pros provide expert roof repair help all year round, it is easiest to perform this work in the fresh, warm summer air. Additionally, there is less of a chance that work will need to halt due to poor weather, and for obvious reasons, halting an extensive renovation on a roof can be extremely problematic.

Catching Up On Roof Repair Basics: Part Two

Here at Professional Roofers, we are very fortunate to have so many great clients. Because we are a small, family owned business we are able to maintain good relationships with you – our customers! There are various methods that we’ve established over the years to save ourselves money, and these savings are reflected in the rates that we offer. Our state of the art disposal system, and the excellent rates we get from our suppliers are two key places where we are able to save money, so that when you need roof repair specialists in Toronto or the GTA, we can give you the most competitive price, while upholding a high level of service.

Thus, when you realize that you need to call in the pros, we’re probably the first people you think of – and while we don’t want your roof to fall into disrepair, we’re always happy to hear from you and to be able to remedy the situation.

In part two of this two-part post, we’re going to go over a couple quick things that will help you understand the fundamentals of roof and roof repairs, fundamentals that can be supplemented by the roofing FAQs already posted on our site for your perusal:

Basic Installations to Prevent Leaking:

Since the primary purpose of a roof is to shield you from the elements, it is only logical that you would take every possible precaution to prevent leaking. One measure you can take is to install ice and water shields around your valleys, dormers, chimneys, skylights and most definitely at the edges when the roof is less than 5/12 pitch. Water shields usually come in the form of self adhering underlayment that can easily be installed, beneath the top layer of your roof. Obviously it’s easiest to install the shield when the roof is being installed, and once it’s on there you’ll rest easy at night knowing your roof is weatherproof. We can also install and replace metal flashing to discourage leaking; metal is extremely moisture resistant, which is another good reason that metal roofs are so popular as well.

The Importance of Downspouts and Eavestroughs

The importance of the tools that divert water away from your roof and flush it safely into the sewer without pooling cannot be overstated. If water pools over and over again, there’s only so much that flashing and water shields can do. On our end, things that jump to mind are leaf guards, pitch repair, basic cleaning and re-hanging the downspout outright. These services are all very reasonably priced and can solve a lot of problems before they become serious.

Draining water away from your foundation is also of the utmost importance – if your roof and drainage system don’t effectively clear the rain and snow, it may end up flooding the 

foundation and basement of your home. Thus, maintaining a healthy, functional roof serves the whole structure of the house in addition to keeping out the elements. Don’t let downspouts become a problem this coming spring; if they are doing their job properly, it will take a lot of pressure off your flat or pitched roof and give it a longer lifespan.

Four Fundamental Roofing Tips

Here at Pro Roofers, we understand that there is often an impulse to sort out your own roofing issues if it seems like a minor problem. Over time, you develop a certain intelligence that helps you understand when you can manage a problem yourself, and when it’s time to call in the pros. In either case, thinking critically and applying intelligence and common sense to a problem can save you a lot of hassle, get the problem fixed and even save you from injuring yourself. Without further ado, here are four fundamental tips that everyone could benefit from: Continue reading “Four Fundamental Roofing Tips”