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.

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.

 

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.

 

Weatherproof Your Roof

If you live north of the 49th parallel – whether it’s in Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax or here in Toronto – then you’re no stranger to tough weather. During the winter, our temperatures drop drastically; we end up dealing with snow, ice, freezing rain and whatever else mother nature feels like throwing at us. Thus, it’s always in our best interest to be prepared. In the past decade, we’ve been experiencing some pretty peculiar winter weather patterns in conjunction with global climate change.

Over the course of a single winter, you will still see lots of snow and freezing temperatures that will cause ice dams – the healthy roof’s sworn nemesis – but we also see warmer temperatures and hard rain, which can complicate matters and leak into your home. Not only do leaks erode the materials comprising your home, they can also open the floodgates to colds, fevers and other illnesses in your family – As if winter wasn’t bad enough already. Contact our roof repair services in Toronto and the GTA to have your roof looked at if you are having leaks or fear you may be vulnerable to leaks – we can help weatherproof your roof to shore up your peace of mind.

Here at Professional Roofers, we specialize in flat roofs. Because flat roofs are made up of large, weatherproof membranes, they are extremely effective for preventing and reducing leakage from precipitation. Think about it this way: a roof made up of individual shingles has hundreds of potential entry points for rain and melting snow – by comparison, a flat roof has a lot fewer. If our expert roof repair services have given your shingled roof a solid going over, you will not experience any leaks, still, we feel that the weatherproof membranes that make up a flat roof provide even more security and a better bang for your buck.

When we install a flat roof, we make sure that it’s at the perfect pitch to divert water away from your roof and down into the storm gutters. The last thing you want is to protect your roof at the expense of your basement and the structure of your home. Amateur roofers will make sure your roof is protected, but they may not take a holistic approach to your home care – this means taking the extra time to ensure that your eavestroughs and downspouts are clear and depositing water in the right place: away from your basement.

We offer the following services for your network of downspouts and eavestroughs: Leaf Guards; Pitch Repair; Re-Hanging; Cleaning. Not only do we make sure that your drainage system is functioning impeccably, we make sure that you have the maximum number of options to customize the aesthetic of your home. Some shortsighted folks believe you have to choose between fashion and function, but when you work with Professional Roofers, you can have both!

If you’re experiencing leaks or problems with your network of downspouts and gutters, call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you have an emergency, call us up immediately and we’ll be on our way. We’ve been working in the Toronto community for many years and care about the integrity of your home.

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.

Catching Up On Roof Repair Basics: Part One

Here at Professional Roofers, we know from experience that sometimes, you need to call in a professional to give you a helping hand with your roof. At the same time, we think our clients should take an interest in the wellbeing of their roofs if they have time, especially since it is such an integral part of every home. The benefit of learning about your roof is that you will be able to diagnose most problems yourself, and assess when it’s the kind of thing you can handle on your own, or when you need to call in Toronto roofing experts immediately.

In warmer climates, people worry less about their roofs. In hot places like Jamaica and Thailand, people worry more about letting air pass through their homes to cool them down, rather than keeping out the cold. Life in Canada’s inhospitable climate means that while ventilation is extremely important, we need to make sure that our houses are well insulated in the frigid winter months – such as those that are upon us at this very moment.

While the winter is not an ideal time to having roofing work done on your home, sometimes you don’t have a choice. In a best case scenario, once a thick layer of snow settles on your roof, it actually provides an extra layer of insulation. If your roof is in good shape, well insulated and properly sealed, then you can cozy up and rest assured that everything is in order.

If, on the other hand, you are getting drafts and leaks, you may not be able to wait until spring – it may be time to call in our expert roof repair services team.

In part one of this two-part post, we’ll look at some roof repair basics to keep in mind, so that you can best understand your roof and problems the may arise:

Roof Replacement Vs. Layering Shingles

At Pro Roofers, we like to think of ourselves as a value added service: we are experts at extending the life of a roof as long as is reasonable before you need to outright replace it. This way, you get the best possible value out of either the commodity that is your roof, or the money that you spent on the materials and installation. If you notice that a section of your shingles have been weather battered and worn, there’s a chance that we can install a sheet of fresh shingles can be overlaid in order to extend the life of the roof. This service is considered on a case by case basis, depending on an assessment of the structure of your home and whether or not the extra weight of the shingles can be supported. Contact us anytime if you want a fair and honest assessment of your roof. Once we’ve taken a good look at the state of your roof, we can figure out the best course of action together and get you an estimate for the work.

In most cases, laying shingles on top of older ones is effective for pitched, asphalt shingle roofs. With metal roofing and weatherproof flat roof membranes, it’s a whole different story; we’ll explore these issues in part two of this post.

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!

Avoid A Roofing Catastrophe This Christmas

Christmas time is all about relaxing with your family in a warm house, drinking eggnog, building a fire and opening presents. Typically, it’s also about skiing, sledding and building a quinzee. Hopefully, if you performed autumn roof maintenance, your roof will be up to the task of keeping the snow and ice on the outside of your house. If on the other hand, you were so caught up in back-to-school season that your roof went uninspected, the wear and tear of winter storms could erode your roof and make for a chilly winter – if you find yourself in this situation, call Professional Roofers immediately.

The last thing you want when you’re trying to impress the in-laws is a nasty draft blowing through the house. If you don’t have great insulation and you haven’t had your roof serviced in awhile, this could be a real problem. Since guest bedrooms are often located in gabled dormers – which typically jut out on the front of a house – the draft could be especially bad in that room. If your in-laws end up with pneumonia, that’s seriously bad news.

Even if you’ve never even thought about your roof and landed on this page because you’re experiencing a last minute emergency, fret not, you’re in the right place! Our company is a longstanding independent business that provides quality service at a fair price point – check out these testimonials from past clients if you’re still not sure! The truth is, even if your roof is being ravaged by winter storms, unless it’s more than twenty years old, there’s a good chance it just needs a bit of tender love and care. So if you’ve got snow in your attic and wind blowing through your bedroom, don’t freak out, just pick up the phone and give us a call.

Once you’ve had your roof properly inspected and patched, the best possible thing you can do is install insulation. Not only does this help keep out the cold, it also helps keep out the heat and – most importantly – the moisture in the summertime. Between keeping a fire going in the living room and installing proper insulation, you can save plenty of cash on your heating and cooling bills in the more extreme months.

If you’re building a new house or it’s come to the point where you need to replace your old roof, give us a call today and consult with our experts on what materials to use. Asphalt shingles were invented over a hundred years ago, and while they are still the most popular material for constructing a roof, they are not necessarily the best. At Pro Roofers, we specialize in flat roofs, which facilitate more space in your home and are crafted from weatherproof membranes that last a long, long time and are easy to maintain. Roll roofing is also a strategy – one that we’ve covered in depth on the blog – that can give your flat roof an extra layer of strength and protection. Additionally, metal roofs are great for deterring precipitation and are also excellent for durability.

Whatever your concerns this Christmas season, whether it’s overdue maintenance or a last minute emergency, we’ve got your back. Call Professional Roofers today to find out more.