The 5 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks

If you keep getting bogged down by roofing issues, then you know that it can mean a great deal of investing time and money. No matter how old your roof is, you never know if it will need a quick repair or have significant work done. To avoid any impending disasters and be able to address the issue in time, here are the 5 most common causes of roof leaks you should look for this fall season.

Cracked Flashing

Flashing are the pieces of metal under shingles and on your roof joints. They are thin and form a water-resistant barrier. In their exposed form, they have the appearance of long runs of sheet metal, and when concealed, there will be a rubber coating overtop. If any of these pieces have cracked, then you’ll know if your flashing has broken. Cracks can occur from the weather, like wind or rain.

Attic Condensation

You can spot an attic leak if you notice mold and mildew growing in the space. The attic may also have a strong odor – if you smell anything musty, then it is likely that water has gotten inside.

Since the attic is at the highest point in a home, it can get trapped between both indoor and outdoor temperatures. When they join together in extreme weather conditions, then condensation forms.

Using the Roof Too Much

There’s no way to determine if using the roof too much is the cause of the leak. Don’t take a chance and go out onto your roof too much – it could be dangerous. Materials for roofs are quite fragile, so you wouldn’t want to step on an already cracked seal or an essential roof element. Instead, don’t let your roof get worse, and hire a well-qualified roofing team who will protect your home and add value.

Broken Shingles

Weather can also wreak havoc on shingles. When shingles are broken, they are easy to identify. Since shingles are the outside layer on your roof, you can see if any are missing by discovering different-colored patches. Also, after a major storm, you might find the shingles in your yard.

Clogged Gutters

If your gutters are clogged, you may notice leaves poking out of your roof’s gutter. You may also want to look to see if there is a lack of water flowing from the downspout when it’s raining.

Your gutters are supposed to make water move away from your roof. When they do get blocked, they stop water from traveling. As a result, rainwater will increase in one part of the roof, which causes a high likelihood of it seeping through the cracks.

Cleaning gutters filled with leaves and sticks.

If your roof is leaking, there could be a variety of causes for it. The list above details some of the most common roof leaks, but you may not be able to determine the cause yourself. Luckily, there are many roofing companies out there that would be happy to take a look at your roof and resolve any issues. Be sure to look for any signs of trouble and then speak to an expert about it.





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Your Fall Eaves trough Maintenance Checklist


There are other components to your roof besides the shingles that lay on top. Although they are the most integral part, it is essential that other parts of the roofing system are kept in just as good of shape. Without this, the shingles’ lifespan will be cut short. Why not save yourself some stress, and cash, by keeping up to date with your eaves trough maintenance?

The gutter system of a roof can arguably be almost as important as the shingles themselves. It plays a crucial role in directing water away from your home. Without a proper gutter system, water and snow that sits atop your roof will eventually make its way into your foundation. You’ll begin to see stains and cracks on the inside of your walls, and eventually, a flooded basement. What’s the best way to avoid this? Keep up with your eaves trough maintenance.

Although it may be a nuisance, maintaining your gutter system is important for every homeowner. Making sure they are properly connected, directed and cleaned every season will extend the overall life of your roof.

This blog entry will discuss the necessary steps of eaves trough maintenance that every homeowner should follow.


  1. Clean, Clean, Clean!

Frequently clearing your gutters of leaves, sticks and other debris will keep your gutter system in tip-top shape. Once there is enough debris build up, the water entering the gutters will not be able to drain properly. It will overflow, allowing the water to run down your exterior walls and eventually into your home.

To prevent any overflow, Professional Roofers recommends a proper eaves trough cleaning at least once a season. However, during the fall months, the more frequent you can get up there, the better. Not only does a regular cleaning keep the system working, but it makes the job easier for next time. A clean eaves trough also reduces the risk of mold or moss to be present.

This DIY task can be very simple with a helper – someone who will hold and secure the ladder for you. Once you remove the debris, have your helper hand you a hose. Running a stream of water through the system helps ensure everything has been removed. This will also show you if there are any holes that will need to be re-sealed.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing the job yourself, you can always contact one of Torontos roofing companies to assist you. Not only can they provide you with the maintenance you need, but their professional eye may catch any problems that are not obvious to you.


Rain Gutter Cleaning from Leaves in Autumn with hand. Roof Gutter Cleaning Tips. Clean Your Gutters Before They Clean Out Your Wallet.


  1. Install New Gutter Guards

Properly installed and functioning gutter guards can make your life a lot easier in the future. Gutter guards act like filters that sit over your troughs. They guide leaves and other debris away so that water can properly drain from your roof.  This is not to say that you will no longer have to clean your eaves troughs – but it makes the process a lot easier for when you do.

Gutter guards are a worth-while investment when considering the time and money you will save in the future. Get in touch with a roofing company to see if gutters guards are a good fit for your home. It never hurts to ask.


  1. Re-secure Pieces

An extensive build-up of debris can become very heavy. In fact, this much weight can actually separate the gutters from the fascia of your home. This leaves room for water to seep between the two components and drip down the exterior of your home as if you had no eaves troughs to begin with. Not only will this cause damage the foundation, but also to the siding and brick exterior of your home.

Always ensure the sections of your gutter system are properly connected to allow maximum drainage. You’ll need this when the winter season arrives and the water begins to freeze. Water that is stuck in the trough or that has escaped down the wall will quickly turn to ice. This ice will quickly expand and cause significant damage. Neglecting your eaves trough maintenance just isn’t worth the amount of repairs you’ll need come the Spring time.


  1. Seal the Joints

If your gutters are leaking at the corners, you will need to re-seal the joints. This should be done periodically so that water can properly travel through the system and away from your home. This can be done with a silicone sealant around the joints and over any cracks. Once applied, ensure the sealant is flat and allows the water to flow through smoothly. You can also hire an eaves trough and aluminum expert to do the work for you seasonally. This is a simple maintenance task that will make all the difference!


Resealing the joints


If your eaves troughs are showing significant signs of aging or damage, it may be worth it just to replace the whole system. A failing gutter system is not something that you want to deal with in the chilly winter months.

Installing a new eaves trough and downspout system will divert water and snow a safe distance away from your homes foundation. This will prevent your yard from gathering ice, flooding and will protect your roof from water damage. It will also save you the headache of having to deal with it the following year.

Most companies will visit your property free of charge and provide you with a replacement quote. Book now and start planning your eaves trough maintenance while you still can.

Should I Replace My Shingles Before Winter?

Winter is coming!

As soon as November 1st comes around, everyone has winter on their minds. Homeowners begin to assess their property and decide what needs to be done before the snow starts falling. For most, roof maintenance becomes a top priority.  The integrity of your home depends on proper roof maintenance and keeping up to date with repairs and replacements.  It is important to assess your roof and have any necessary work done before the winter season hits – bringing the rain, snow and hail along for the ride.

Most homeowners find the process of maintaining their roof to be stressful, and well, a bit frightening. You want to make sure it is done right the first time and because most homeowners aren’t familiar with the process, the work is often put off until the following year.

This blog will outline and help homeowners understand the importance of a roofs condition during the winter season. It will also outline some potential problems that homeowners should be aware of and look out for.


Some projects can’t wait until Spring.

If you are thinking of delaying your roof repair or replacement until next spring, we always recommend doing it now to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

For example, a small water mark on your kitchen ceiling may seem small, but that water could be travelling across your home and slowly causing more damage in other areas. During the upcoming fall and winter months, these other weakened areas will begin to show signs of water damage as well. Inevitably, the more damage there is, the more expensive your spring project will be. So why not save yourself money and have some piece of mind in knowing your home is prepared for winter.

Replacing your roof before winter will help with numerous things:

  • Leaks: Prevents leaks from growing in size and causing damage to the interior of   your home
  • Energy Bills: A good quality roof will help trap the air and prevent heat from escaping. This will assist in reducing your heating and energy bills!
  • Winter conditions: Snow storms can do serious damage to your roof. Ensure it is in good shape to avoid any emergency repairs.



How can I tell if my shingles need to be replaced?

When you look at your roof from the ground, you can usually tell if any shingles are missing or have began to lift and curl. This is the most common sign that you should have your roof assessed. If you can see that much damage from the ground, there is usually more that you are unaware of.  Here are some warning signs that you need a new roof and other general red flags to look out for:

  • Missing Shingles: Be sure to repair any blown off shingles as this is the most common gateway for water into your home. Whether wind, wear and tare or animal damage is the cause, missing shingles should always be attended to as soon as possible.
  • Curling Shingles: As the years go by, shingles will slowly begin to deteriorate and curl when under direct sunlight. Depending on the position and location of your home, this may happen to one side of the roof faster than the other. Be sure to do a full walk around of your home when assessing the roof as some sides may appear in better condition than the others.
  • Missing Nails: While doing your own assessment, if you begin to find nails around the base of your home or in your eavestroughs, this means the shingles have began to deteriorate and are no longer strong enough to be held in place. The shingle will begin to crumble, eventually falling out from under the nail.
  • Shingle granules: During your regular eavestrough cleaning, if you begin to find pieces of shingles that have fallen from the roof and into your gutters, then they have begun to deteriorate.


Why it is Important to Make Sure Your Roof is Summer-Ready


Multiple layered shingles

Something our customers always ask is if they can put new shingles over the existing. The answer is yes! However, we do not recommend it for everyone. Shingles are relatively heavy material and they place a lot of weight on your roof. Depending on the age, construction and condition of your home, too much weight will begin to cause structural damage.

Make sure your roof has been inspected for damaged plywood and black mould underneath the first layer. Chances are that if you’ve ever found a leak, you’ll find one of these as well. You want to avoid these problems – especially if you’ve already installed and paid for a new layer. This is why we sometimes recommend having everything removed, inspected and then re-installed.


Beware the “fly-by-nighter”

The first and most important step is to do your research. Although it is very tempting, you don’t want to hire a “fly-by-nighter” just because they provided you with a fast, cheap quote. In most cases, the job is not done properly and only ensures the worker makes a quick buck. You are also more likely to find yourself paying for another repair in the upcoming months.

Be sure that anyone with the potential to work on your property is full licensed, insured and exudes professionalism. Have one of the top roofing companies in Toronto visit your home for a proper assessment. Schedule a day that works best for you, where you have time to sit down with the company and properly discuss their findings, recommendations and the quote provided. Be sure to ask questions about materials, warranty options, company history or anything you may be curious about. A professional will always take the time to thoroughly explain and make sure you are completely informed and comfortable with your decisions.

If you want to learn more about Professional Roofers or have any questions – just give us a call! We are always happy to visit the property and provide you with a free assessment and quote.

Why You Should Start Planning Your Fall Roof Repairs Today

Canadians spend months anticipating summer, but when it arrives it seems to go by in a flash. Naturally, we’re reluctant to contemplate, during the long hot nights of August, the inevitable months of rain and snow just around the corner, but there are good reasons to take some time amidst the cottage weekends and beach holidays to figure out whether major roof repairs are needed before the cold weather comes in.

This blog will outline some of these reasons, and it will also provide some tips for how to spot potential problem areas on your roof to determine the extent of the repairs needed.

While you should always make sure to call one of our roof repair experts for a consultation if you think there might be a problem, taking the time to check out the roof yourself can help you start planning for extensive renovations if your roof is in bad shape.

Can Your Roof Withstand Another Winter?

As humans, we tend to pay most of our attention to the immediate problems in front of us. With so much on the go, it can be hard to think ahead to issues we won’t have to deal with for another six to twelve months.

But while this is perfectly natural, it can cause problems when it comes to foreseeing major repairs around the house.

That draught that is the source of so much discomfort in February is a distant memory come summer, but if you don’t have the foresight to deal with the problem when the weather is good and repairs are relatively easy to make, you will be kicking yourself once the cold weather rolls in again.

The problem is even more pronounced when you’re dealing with a roofing issue. It can be hard to predict how bad winter will be in advance, and you need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

The question you should be asking yourself is not “is my roof fine for now,” but “is my roof prepared to withstand months of sub-zero temperatures, rapid freezing and thawing, high winds, and potential ice damming?

Autumn Weather Can Make Roofing Difficult

As any seasoned homeowner knows, you can’t roof in the rain. This means that as autumn comes in and brings more precipitation, the number of potential workdays in any given month decreases.

This, in turn, makes it harder to find time to manage all the jobs that have been scheduled, pushing deadlines and making it almost impossible to fit in last-minute bookings.

If you want to ensure that the repairs you need can actually be done before winter sets in, you should make sure to book your consultation far in advance. This way, you’ll be at the top of the list when it comes to jobs.

You Have Less Time Than You Think 

December snows may seem like they are a long way off when you’re sitting by the pool in thirty-five-degree heat, but it is important to remember that you may have to wait a significant amount of time between getting a roofing consultation and actually having a new roof installed.

Booking a roof repair job in October might mean repairs can’t be made until early December, by which point opening your roof up to the elements will be just about the last thing you want to do.

Getting in touch with a local roofing company now is the best way to guarantee that all the repairs that need to be made are completed long before the weather turns. And it also lets you plan these renovations more intentionally so that you don’t have to accept the first date that’s open.

If you want to connect with the best roofing contractor you will ever speak to and make sure your roof repair is in the calendar as quickly as possible, give the Professional Roofers team a call today. Winter is coming, and if you want to make sure your roof is ready for it, we’ve got your back.

Flat Roofs Need Special Attention Before Winter

While every homeowner should be concerned about making sure that their roof is watertight in time for winter, houses with flat roofs face unique challenges in this regard.

Many flat roofs see regular use throughout the summer months, and this can lead to wear and tear that reduces your roof’s ability to channel water safely through the drainage system. Making sure any rips or tears are caught before you put your flat roof to bed for the winter is absolutely essential.

But because so many flat roof owners want to get as much out of their roofs as possible while the weather is nice, there tends to be a lot of demand for these kinds of repairs in October and November.

As a company that specialized in flat roof repairs in Mississauga and Toronto we understand how important it is for you to book your roof repair early. We manage installation and repairs for flat roofs of all kinds, and every year we see flat roofs that have gotten into bad shape because the damage was left to accumulate.

If you want to make sure your flat roof is ready for all the vagaries of a Toronto winter, call today to book your consultation!

How Can I Tell if My Roof Needs Fixing?

Clearly, preparing early for any renovations you might need to undertake is a good idea. But how do you know whether or not your roof is in need of major repairs?

While there are a lot of different issues that can affect a roof and not all of them are easy to detect, here are a few general things to look for:

  • Curling Shingles: If shingles are starting to curl up from the roof deck, they are losing their capacity to repel water and need to be replaced.
  • Crooked or Missing Shingles: While crooked or missing shingles may not mean that your entire roof needs to be replaced, it is important to have them patched quickly and thoroughly, lest moisture starts seeping into the roof deck.
  • Damaged or Rotting Fascia and Soffits: Fascia and soffits protect your eaves from moisture, and if they are showing signs of damage then there is a good chance that moisture is building up under your eaves, weakening your entire roof system.
  • Your Roof Has Passed Its Warranty: When a roof is installed, the roofing company will usually issue a warranty based on the type of roofing material (for example, laminated shingles will have a longer warranty than three-tab variants). If your roof has outlived its warranty, it’s a good idea to replace it, whether you’ve noticed problems with it or not.

If you have noticed any of these issues on your roof — or if you have noticed internal problems like damp walls, ceiling leaks, or the spread of mould — there’s a good chance your roof will need to be replaced.

At Professional Roofers, we can repair any roof in Mississauga or the Greater Toronto Area, and with years of experience in the roofing business, we have the expertise to help you no matter what shape your roof is in.

If you want to make sure your roof can keep your house comfortable and safe not just through the coming winter, but for decades to come, give us a call today and see why we think we are the best roofers in Toronto for expertise, service, and response time.

There’s an old roofing joke about a certain kind of attitude toward roofing repairs that goes something like this: if it’s raining, you can’t fix the roof, and if it’s not raining, it doesn’t need to be fixed.

Obviously, this isn’t how any responsible homeowner should approach this vital component of their house, but all-too-frequently we get calls from people who have let their roofing problems go for far too long, and are now facing down massive, costly renovations.

Homeowners in Toronto and Mississauga have the privilege of living in one of the most multicultural, dynamic, and beautiful cities in the world. But Ontario winters do take a serious toll on houses, and protecting yourself from the elements means making sure renovations are completed before the snows start to fly.

If you think your house might need to be repaired or re-roofed altogether, don’t wait until fall to call Professional Roofers and book your consultation. Get in touch with us today, and make sure your roof gets the care it needs in order to keep you warm all winter.

Mississauga Roofing Needs

What to Look for in a Mississauga Roofing Company

From being a small lakeside town barely a hundred years ago, Mississauga has exploded to become Ontario’s third largest city. This dynamic, diverse, and growing metropolis has come a long way from being a bedroom community to Toronto, and it now boasts a vivid and exciting culture of its own.

So perhaps it isn’t surprising that so many people are purchasing houses on Mississauga’s leafy cul-de-sacs or condos in the shiny new towers that line Square One, Huron Street, and Confederation Parkway. And due to the fast growth that has been a steady feature of life in Mississauga since the 1950s, most Mississauga homeowners are fortunate enough to live in modern, convenient, well-built homes.

But the cold winters, hot summers and humid lakeside climate mean that if you live in Mississauga, you also need to make sure that you’re prepared for the vagaries of an unpredictable climate. This means being vigilant and making sure that your roof can hold up under the strain of the constantly changing weather.

As the summer comes to a close, many Mississauga homeowners are starting to think about wrapping up a few key home maintenance projects before the winter sets in. And if roofing is on your list of things that need to be done and are looking for roofers in Mississauga to help you with your Mississauga roofing project, here are a few things to look for.

1. Experience with Local Architecture

Every city has its own unique architectural styles and history, adapted over time to particular geographic and climatic conditions. Mississauga is no different in this regard.

In order to offer effective repairs and service to homes in Mississauga, roofers and other contractors need to understand how to offer solutions that are designed to help Mississauga homeowners deal with the particular issues they face.

Most houses in Mississauga need to deal with significant amounts of precipitation in the spring and fall, as well as heavy snows and cold temperatures in winter, and this combination puts a lot of stress on a roof and can lead roofs to age and spring leaks prematurely.

For example, one of the most common problems that older Mississauga houses face is ice damming. Ice dams are caused when hot air rising from inside the house melts the snow by the roof ridge. This melted snow runs down to the colder eaves, where it freezes.

Over the course of the winter, this can cause ice sheets to form. Not only do these ice sheets creep up under the shingles themselves, damaging the roof deck, but they also place significant amounts of stress on the eavestroughs, and can form massive icicles that can pose a danger to humans and pets.

While most roofing is done in the summer, Mississauga roofers need to be able to anticipate how winter will affect the roof system, and design roof repairs accordingly.

At Professional Roofers, our roofing crews have been working on Mississauga roofs for years, and know all about how to stop the problems they face. Whether you’re looking for repair or replacement we can handle any roof in Mississauga, and guarantee that you won’t need to think about it again for years to come.

2. Dedication to Excellence

When you hire a roofing company, you’re putting the well-being of your home in the hands of a contractor. So above all else, you want to make sure that the contractor has a commitment to the highest standards of excellence.

A poorly installed roof isn’t just going to cause issues when it comes to keeping the water out: it could have wide-reaching ramifications for the structural integrity of your entire house.

This is especially true in cities like Mississauga where making sure water is channelled away from the home is becoming increasingly difficult as urban expansion places strain on the Greater Toronto Area’s sewer system.

Many older Mississaugans still remember the damage to property and life caused by Hurricane Hazel back in 1954, and while the city has been spared similarly catastrophic weather events in the intervening years, the steady build-up around Lake Ontario has created the perfect conditions for massive and costly floods during extreme weather events.

When rains fall on the highlands of southern Ontario, it has nowhere to go but down to the lake. And while engineers have worked hard to ensure that waterways like the Credit River and the Etobicoke Creek are able to safely channel this water through cities like Brampton and Mississauga, the expansion of the suburbs has meant that increasingly restricted waterways and drainage systems have to handle ever-greater volumes of water.

While it may not seem like this has much to do with roofing, the reality is that a good roof system that moves water down to the storm drains as efficiently as possible is essential for combatting basement flooding.

When it comes to serving Mississauga’s roof repair needs roofers shouldn’t just be concerned with making your roof waterproof, they also need to guarantee that eavestroughs and downspouts give the water flowing off the roof a place to go so it doesn’t simply pool beside your house’s foundation.

Finding a roofing company whose commitment to excellence doesn’t just cover the installation itself, but also includes holistic care for your house as an integrated whole is the best way to ensure that you get the Mississauga roofing job your home needs to stay safe.

3. Excellent Knowledge of Different Roofing Materials

The modern homeowner has plenty of options at their disposal when it comes to repairing their roof. But because most homeowners aren’t roofing experts, they rely on the contractors they hire to provide them with good advice about which materials are best for their home.

One of the things that set Professional Roofers apart from the competition is our in-depth knowledge of all kinds of roofing styles and technologies.

Whether you have a traditional asphalt shingle roof or a flat roof that uses a PVC membrane, SPF, EPDM, or modified bitumen, we can advise you on which industry-leading materials are likely to get you the best result. And we also do metal roofing repairs and installation for those who want their roof to offer even greater protection.

If you want to upgrade your roof but aren’t sure what kind of materials will be best for your home, get in touch with Professional Roofers today for a consultation.

4. Full Service

Keeping your roof in good condition isn’t just about replacing old shingles and patching holes. There are a host of other components of an effective roof system, and a good roofing companies Mississauga will take a holistic approach to your roof, making sure that every part of it is working as it should.

At Professional Roofers, we take a full-service approach because we understand that you don’t just want a new roof: you want a roof that will keep your house safe, dry, and comfortable for years to come.

If you want to protect your home against common Mississauga problems like ice damming, you need to do more than just make sure your shingles are creating a watertight seal: you also need to take into account ventilation and drainage. For this reason, we offer a host of services like eavestrough and downspout cleaning and repair and attic ventilation.

If you want to know more about our approach to roofing, give us a call and book a consultation. We have served Mississauga homeowners for years, and have an intimate understanding of the roofing needs of Mississaugans. No matter what kind of roof you need, Professional Roofers can help you install it efficiently and affordably.

One of the things that makes Mississauga such a desirable place to live is the fact that it gives you the best of both worlds: from a spacious home on a leafy cul-de-sac, you can enjoy the convenience and community feel of a mid-sized city, but you can also easily take a train, bus, or car into one of North America’s most dynamic metropolitan areas. And as one of Canada’s most diverse and multicultural cities, Mississauga is a place that welcomes everyone.

But like any other place, the particularities of Mississauga’s environment means making sure your house can protect you from the elements regardless of the season or time of year.

Getting the best protection for your Mississauga home means getting a roof that can handle extremes of heat and cold, as well as heavy precipitation. And getting a roof that is designed for Mississauga means hiring a local roofing company like Professional Roofers that knows this part of Ontario well.

If you want to learn more about why Professional Roofers are one of the best Mississauga roofers available, get in touch to book your consultation today!

5 Common Toronto Roofing Problems and How to Fix Them

At Professional Roofers, we regularly deal with a wide range of roofing problems that homeowners have across the Greater Toronto Area. Since we first got into the business of Toronto roofing, we’ve seen it all, but some problems are a lot more common than others.

If you’ve often wondered with the most consistent roofing problems in Toronto are, here’s a list of the top five most common issues Toronto homeowners have with their roofs — and a few things that can be done to avoid them.

Buckling, Loose, Curling, Cracked or Missing Shingles

As is true just about everywhere, one of the biggest challenges facing roofing experts in Toronto is simply the natural wear and tear that affects all roofs. Exposed to the elements, asphalt shingles become less effective as they age, and at a certain point will need to be replaced.

What makes Toronto roofing different from roofing in gentler climates is the fact that roofs in Toronto have to withstand an awful lot of stresses over the course of a year. According to Environment Canada, average temperatures in Toronto vary from a high of twenty-seven degrees Celsius in July to minus seven in January, a swing of thirty-four degrees — but it gets both a lot hotter and a lot colder on the coldest days of the year, which means that Toronto roofs need to be designed to handle much greater maximum and minimum temperatures.

On top of the wide variance in temperature, there is also a significant amount of precipitation, from drenching summer thunderstorms to lake effect snow from November to April.

All of this means that Toronto roofs tend to age quickly, and the first signs of this ageing can generally be seen in the shingles themselves. Missing shingles, cracked shingles, curling shingles, and loose shingles are caused by high winds, rooftop damage, and the cumulative effect of hundreds of cycles of soaking and drying, and the older your roof gets, the greater the likelihood of these problems become.

When it comes to fixing individual shingles, some homeowners do opt to get up on the roofs themselves to take care of the problem. But it is important to remember that this is not a long-term solution. At a certain point, the entire roof will need to be replaced by a roofing company Toronto if you want to avoid bigger problems like leaking and water damage further down the road.

Ice Damming

For Toronto homeowners, ice damming is a well-known and incredibly frustrating phenomenon. It is also one that is likely to be a particular problem for those living in houses near the downtown core or in the older suburbs, where the charming mid-twentieth century housing stock comes with the downside of inconsistent attic insulation and a host of ventilation problems.

Ice damming is caused when ridges of ice form along the eaves of a building, trapping melted snow on the roof. Ice dams form over time as heat rising from inside the house causes snow by the ridge to melt and run down to the colder eaves, where it freezes (a problem exacerbated by clogged gutters and insufficient drainage).

As melted water runs up against these ice ridges, it has nowhere to go, and slowly rots away the roof deck, leaking into the attic and causing even more serious water damage throughout the house. Ice dams are also a major cause of icicles, which can destroy eavestroughs and pose a risk to pedestrians and cars when they inevitably fall off.

Toronto homeowners who are experiencing problems with ice dams have a few options to consider — but first and foremost, they should book a consultation with expert roofers who can help them understand the underlying problems of their roof.

In most cases, ice damming is primarily caused by insufficient ventilation. If warm air rises from the inside the house and has nowhere to go, this will have the effect of heating up the roof deck and increase the likelihood of snowmelt. In situations like this, installing better ventilation options like roof ridge and soffit vents can nip the problem in the bud.

If the problem has caused sufficient damage, however, new vents will not be enough, and the entire roof will need to be replaced.

Overflowing Gutters and Eavestroughs

Gutters play an essential role in channelling water away from your roof, and many problems (like ice damming) that affect the roof may be related to overflowing gutters that are causing water to pool on the roof.

One of the things many homeowners value about living in Toronto is the many beautiful trees that offer a leafy shade canopy in the summer. But these very trees can also wreak havoc on drainage systems, as falling leaves can quickly clog up gutters, eavestroughs and downspouts, causing water to stagnate. This is why the installation or repair of downspouts and eavestroughs is one of the most common roof maintenance issues homeowners in Toronto face every year.

A smart approach to roof drainage starts with clearing clogged gutters in the spring and fall, which is why Professional Roofers offers gutter cleaning and repair services across the Greater Toronto Area.

We can also provide you with roof maintenance tips to ensure that your gutters are working at maximum effectiveness, and install gutter guards that will help you avoid build-up of organic matter during the summer and winter months.

Deteriorated Soffits and Fascia

A functioning roof involves a lot of different components, and among the most frequently overlooked are the soffits and fascia boards that close off and protect the eaves from water damage.

The soffits and fascia are connected to the gutters and tend to be affected by related problems. Overflowing gutters, for example, can speed the decay and deterioration of soffits and fascia, meaning then need to be replaced sooner.

It is a good idea to have soffits and fascia inspected every spring and fall, and homeowners in Toronto should be particularly mindful of the fact that wild animals such as raccoons often make nests under the eaves of buildings. For this reason, when inspecting old or damaged fascia boards, it is always a good idea to be prepared for an encounter with wildlife.

If you realize that you do need to replace these components, getting in touch with a Toronto roofing company like Professional Roofers is the best way to ensure the job is done quickly and efficiently.

Standing Water on Flat Roofs

Toronto homeowners whose houses have flat roofs have a different set of concerns from those who have chosen to use different roofing materials (you can click here to learn more about the pros and cons of different styles of roofing). While flat roofs make DIY repairs easier, they also require more care, and in particular, homeowners need to make sure standing water isn’t pooling on the roof.

Just as Toronto’s generous foliage causes problems for gutters, it is also an issue for flat roof owners insofar as dead leaves can quite easily clog up flat roof drains.

If you have noticed problems with standing water on your flat roof, the first thing you should do is check the drains to see if you can unclog the debris manually. If this doesn’t work, you may need to call a professional roofing company that specializes in flat roofs to snake your drain and check to see that there are no tears or holes in the roofing membrane.

The last thing any homeowner wants to be confronted within the depths of January is a roof leak. But making sure your roof can last through the harsh Toronto winter means thinking ahead and ensuring that your house is in good repair during the summer months when fixing issues is easy.

If you have noticed that your roof is showing signs of ageing and has one of these five common Toronto roofing issues, the best thing to do is book a consultation with Professional Roofers to find out what kind of solutions are available.

Because Professional Roofers deals with such a wide range of roofing issues, we can provide you with expert advice on whether the problem you are facing can be easily fixed by installing more attic ventilation, or whether you will need to overhaul your roof complete if you want to avoid serious structural damage in the near future.

As a Toronto roofing company that has been solving problems from homeowners across the Greater Toronto Area for years, we can help you with whatever your particular issue is, big or small. Get in touch with us today to learn more!

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When it Comes to Roofing, Beware DIY Repair

Most homeowners know that regular maintenance is key if they want their house to be comfortable and maintain its resale value. This is especially true for those who live in the Greater Toronto Area, where snowy winters and humid summers place great strain on single-family homes.

Every season brings its own specific tasks, and once you’ve welcomed spring by cleaning your flowerbeds, putting in window screens, and fixing any winter damage, it’s time to start thinking about larger projects that can only be done during the warm summer months.

Given how hard Canadian winters can be on roofs in particular, many homeowners will be considering whether or not this is the summer to finally get around to replacing their aging roof with a one that is guaranteed to keep the rain out for decades to come.

Re-roofing a house is a complicated process, and one that involves significant financial investment in materials. For this reason, some homeowners may be tempted to take it on themselves as their big DIY project of the summer.

While this can seem like a smart way to save money, the truth is that roofing is one of those jobs best left to the professionals. If you want to take advantage of the summer months to replace your current roof, here are four reasons why you shouldn’t try to do it yourself:

1. It’s Harder Than It Looks

It can be easy to look at a roofing job and wonder if it is really as difficult as all that. After all, doesn’t it just involve removing the old shingles and replacing them with new ones? Like many household renovation projects, roofing is theoretically straightforward but difficult in practice.

First, you need to decide what roofing materials you want to use. Should you install simple three-tab shingles or more advanced roofing materials like laminated shingles that will cost more, but offer better performance and extend your roof’s lifespan in the long run?

This decision will have a major impact on the total cost of your project, and one of the benefits of having a professional take care of the job for you is that they will have a much better understanding of where costs can be cut in ways that won’t compromise the integrity of your roof.

When it comes to installing the roof itself, not only do you need to have basic knowledge about using tools like roofing spades, nail guns, chalk lines, and hammer-tackers, you also need to understand how roofing materials like asphalt shingles, tar paper, and ice and water shield are applied and what purposes they serve. Furthermore, you need to understand how to work around dormer windows, and valleys — not to mention roof vents, plumbing stacks, and chimneys.

And then there are all the little problems that crop up along the way, which can present a challenge even to experienced roofers (what to do, for example, if you discover that parts of the roof deck have sustained heavy water damage, or that the chimney needs to have new flashing installed?).

Finally, you don’t just have to worry about purchasing materials and having them delivered to your house. You also have to figure out how you are going to dispose of waste. Most roofs generate quite a bit of garbage, and you will need to rent an industrial sized bin and arrange to have it disposed of.

If this sounds like a lot to keep track of, that’s because it is. Fortunately, Professional Roofers is here for you — from selecting and delivering materials to handling the installation and removing the garbage when the job is done, we take care to make sure the work is done right every step of the way.

2. Replacing a Roof is Dangerous

Every year, homeowners are injured and even killed due to accidents on their roofs. Even a simple job like cleaning gutters or removing fallen branches can be risky, but when you are spending all day moving heavy materials onto a pitched roof, the chances of an accident increase exponentially.

For this reason, beware oversimplified DIY YouTube videos — there are lots of things that can go wrong when you are on the roof, which is why roofers are trained to use safety equipment that will protect them in the event of a fall or accident.

Don’t take chances with your wellbeing just to install a new roof: go with the experts who know how to do the work safely as well as efficiently.

3. Incorrect Installation Can Put Your House at Risk

It isn’t just your own safety that you have to watch out for when replacing your roof: an improperly installed roof can put your entire house at risk. This is because the roof is an essential component of the entire system of the house, and issues with the roof are bound to translate into larger problems with the entire structure.

For example, one of the most important things a roof system does is channel water away from the home — the shingles make sure it flows off the roof, the gutters keep it from falling close to the foundation, and the downspouts transfer it safely away from your foundation.

If any of these components are improperly installed, not only is your roof deck in danger, excess water can end up pooling beside your walls, seeping into the soil, and threatening the integrity of your foundation. If the problem is not addressed, this can eventually lead to basement flooding. Good drainage is important for your entire house, and good drainage starts with your roof.

In order to install a roof properly, therefore, you need to understand how all the components work together to manage water flow. Knowing where the stress points are on a roof is essential to providing the extra protection that is needed, and it is also important to know how good roof installation can help combat problems like ice damming and attic condensation. This means accessing the kind of expert knowledge that only professionals can bring to the job.

If you want to know more about how your roof system works, get your questions answered by roofing professionals who have experience working with a variety of different roof types, and can help you avoid mistakes that can cause a lot of problems with other parts of your home down the road.

4. DIY Roof Installation Can Impact Resale Value

Most professional roofers will be able to tell you at least one story about a nightmare job where they had to replace a roof that had been installed by a homeowner. These roofs are full of surprises: shingles nailed down incorrectly, too much (or not enough) flashing along with dormer windows and valleys, incorrectly applied caulking, insufficient ventilation and even — in the worst cases — situations where the previous homeowner simply roofed over the old shingles.

When shopping for a home, people are rightly wary of roofs that were not professionally installed, and even if you believe you have done the job correctly, the simple fact that you did not hire a contractor can raise red flags for some appraisers and buyers.

For this reason, it’s best not to take chances with the future value of your home — call us today to get more information about how you can get your home re-roofed by experts who know how to deliver quality workmanship. Our team of roofers will apply their extensive knowledge of how best to replace shingle roofs and flat roofs alike to make sure that your next roof is one that will continue to raise the value of your home for years to come.

One of the great pleasures of owning your own home lies in improving it — taking a space and making it your own, and in the process learning how all the different components come together to create a functional, comfortable, and attractive living space. DIY work not only makes renovations more affordable, for many homeowners it is a labour of love.

But there are limits to what DIY projects most homeowners can reasonably attempt on their own. Just as it would be foolish to try to re-wire your house on your own, trying to replace your own roof is simply not worth the risks involved. Instead, call Professional Roofers for an appraisal today.

Our roofing experts will help you decide what repairs are needed and can provide you with detailed information as to what the best approach will be. Best of all, we will take care of the job from start to finish, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Get in touch today, and find out just how easy getting a new roof can be!

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4 Roof Repairs to Put on Your List of Summer Projects

Every Canadian homeowner knows that summer is the best time to pursue big renovation projects around the house. With the sun shining and the temperatures balmy, it’s a lot easier to contemplate replacing your windows, installing new floors, or just undergoing regular home maintenance tasks. Roofing is no different. Who wants to undergo major repairs to their roof during sub-zero temperatures?

Now that June has come around many homeowners are getting to work on their lists of projects for the summer — it’s prime season don’t put off those repairs being an idea most Canadians can relate to.

Even if you aren’t having your roof replaced this year, you should still consider spending some time and money ensuring your roof system is in good shape by tackling one or more of these roof repair projects this summer.


1. Look After Your Attic Ventilation

Ventilation plays an essential role in guaranteeing the longevity of your roof, but it is an aspect of roof maintenance that is often overlooked. A significant amount of roof damage is caused by a build-up of moisture inside the attic itself during the winter months, and much of this build-up is caused by condensation that forms when warm air from the interior encounters cold outside air in the attic.

If that condensation has nowhere to go, it can cause mould to spread through your house, compromise your roof deck, and, if left unchecked, can even rot out your rafters. Because this damage is largely invisible, homeowners often don’t even know it is happening until it is too late.

This is why it is important to be proactive about ensuring you have sufficient attic ventilation. A well-vented attic ensures that hot rising air is channelled out of your home and that any condensation that does form has a chance to dry out before it settles into the timber. In the hotter months, a well-vented attic has the added benefit of circulating air more effectively and reducing the internal temperature.

If you want to know how to keep your roof cool in summer one of the best things you can do is reconsider the type of attic ventilation you are currently using. Many mid-century Toronto homes were built with simple box vents that rely on wind to draw air into the attic. While these vents are effective when installed correctly, they have been surpassed as the industry standard by modern ridge venting, which provides more venting per square foot and are more aesthetically pleasing.

Better attic venting will also reduce the likelihood that you will need to deal with problems like ice damming.

Ice damming happens in the winter, when warm air from the attic heats up the roof deck and causes snow near the ridge to melt and run down toward the gutters. Because the eaves the overhang the roof are colder than the main part of the roof, the water then freezes along the gutter. If you have noticed that large icicles tend to form on your gutters during the coldest months of the year, this is a sign that your roof is probably suffering from ice dams.

The most visible damage ice damming poses is to the integrity of your gutters, but the worst effects of ice damming are felt under the shingles themselves. As the gutters become clogged with ice, melt water has nowhere to go, and pools along the eaves. This creates large sheets of ice under the shingles, which can cause rot to set in over time.

Better attic ventilation means there is less of a likelihood that the snow on your roof will start melting in the first place, putting less strain on your eaves and gutters and keeping your roof intact for longer.


2. Clean Your Gutters and Install Gutter Guards

Most homeowners understand the importance of cleaning out their gutters. Gutters that are filled with dead leaves and dirt regularly overflow, causing water to pool beside the foundation and creating unsightly hard water stains on your vinyl or wood siding that can be extremely difficult to get out.

But overflowing gutters don’t just cause problems when it comes to channelling water away from your house and ensuring that you don’t have issues with water damage to your external walls. When debris builds up in gutters, it can also push water back up under the shingles, where it can rot your roof deck and reduce the life of the shingles themselves.

Most modern roofing companies install extra protection along the roof eaves for precisely this reason, and if your roof was put in any time in the last twenty years, it probably has a layer of ice and water membrane beneath the shingles to waterproof the roof deck where it meets the gutter. Ice and water membrane is designed to provide a second skin, protecting against any moisture that might be forced up beneath the shingles.

But while ice and water membrane is an essential part of any Canadian roof system, it can only do so much. As with any roofing component, reducing the strain caused by clogged gutters is one of the best ways to extend the life of your roof.

Having your gutters regularly emptied is a great place to start, but installing gutter guards helps ensure that as much water as possible is channelled through the downspouts and away from the house itself.


3. Get New Soffits and Fascia

Soffit boards and fascia play an essential role in protecting your rafters and improving the curb appeal of your home. They are also, like attic ventilation, an often-misunderstood aspect of the roof system.

The fundamental role of soffit boards and fascia is to close in and protect the underside of your roof where it overhangs the eaves. This is a particularly vulnerable part of the home, and without good soffit and fascia, water can easily be blown up and under the eaves and into the house itself, dramatically reducing the lifespan of your roof deck and rafters and potentially causing extensive water damage to your exterior walls.

Homeowners in Toronto have another reason to take care with their soffit boards and fascia. Racoons, birds, and even opossums have been known to make their homes in the relative warmth and dryness of the space between your fascia and your roof, so checking to make sure that you aren’t playing host to unwanted vermin that can wreak havoc on your attic and your insulation is essential.

If you notice any damage to either the soffit boards or the fascia, get in touch with Professional Roofers before you try fixing it yourself. Soffit and fascia are difficult to install, and soliciting the help of experts is essential if the job is to be done right.


4. Replace Your Skylight — Or Get a New One!

Skylights are an incredible feature for any home, and are particularly important in Canada, where the winters are long and dark and daylight is often at a premium.

Skylights have been shown to offer a range of positive impacts for homeowners, including making it easier to get vitamin D, and increasing energy levels. Skylights can also add value to your home, and will even help you save on your electricity bills by reducing your reliance on artificial light.

If you want to install a skylight or replace your old one it is important to make sure that the work is done by experienced roofers who understand how the skylight interacts with the other components of your roof. When installed properly, a skylight is completely safe and provides more than enough insulation, but when the work is not done with sufficient care and attention to creating a watertight and airtight barrier, it can become a real hazard.

If you think a skylight might improve the comfort and pleasure you take in your home, get in touch today to learn how Professional Roofers can help you with the installation. With decades of experience in the industry, our roofing experts can help find exactly the right roofing solution to meet your needs.

Long-time Canadian homeowners know that when it comes to making improvements around the house, undergoing routine maintenance, and tackling renovation projects, there is no season like summer. Taking good care of your roof is a great way to improve the comfort of your home, and a roof that is in good shape will add significant value to it for years to come.

This year, don’t let the summer pass you by without taking on one of these four roof repairs. With the experienced roofing experts at Professional Roofers, making sure your roof is in the best possible shape is easy. Give us a call today to book your consultation!

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Does Your Roof Need Better Shingles?

When considering major maintenance projects, all homeowners are confronted with a huge number of decisions they need to make, and nowhere is this truer than when it comes to replacing a roof.

The roof is one of the most essential components of a house, but it is also up there with plumbing and electricity as one of the parts of the home that homeowners know the least about. This is why, at Professional Roofers, we strive to help our customers fully understand the options that are available to them, and make an informed decision when it comes to how they should proceed with a re-roofing project.

As a Toronto roofing company with many years of experience in the business, we also understand that it isn’t just about which particular shingles a homeowner wants — across the GTA more and more homeowners are turning to alternatives like flat roofs or metal roofs, and many some homeowners are even roofing their houses with slate or cedar shakes.

So how can homeowners make smart decisions when it comes time to replace their roofs, and how can they ensure that the options they choose are a good match for their overall house design? Here are a few tips on everything from selecting the best roofing materials to ensuring that your new roof lasts as long as possible.

Roofing Materials: How to Make Smart Choices

Although we have workers who specialize in a variety of different roofing materials, including WestMan Steel roofing systems, as well as EPDM, modified bitumen, PVC membrane, and Spray Polyurethane Foam flat roofing materials, the biggest demand in Toronto roofing is still for good, old-fashioned asphalt shingles.

Asphalt is durable and easy-to-install, and it comes with lots of design options to give your home compelling curb appeal and a timeless look. The huge range of different asphalt shingle options available mean that homeowners can always find options that will match their home’s overall colour scheme, but this very abundance in styles can make it hard to know what shingles to select when replacing a roof, which is why we’ve provided a simple guide to shingle selection:

  • 3-Tab Shingles: Once the most common type of shingle in the roofing industry, 3-tab shingles are cheap and easy to install, and their overlapping pattern of tabs ensures at least two layers of protection across the roof. While 3-tab shingles are still regularly installed on roofs across Canada and the United States, they tend to wear out more quickly, and usually aren’t good for more than fifteen to twenty years.
  • Laminated Shingles: Laminated shingles have rapidly become the roofing material of choice over the past twenty years due to their more textured, resilient design. These shingles are designed to more closely mimic the look of high quality roofing materials like slate and wood shake, and they also extend the lifespan of your roof. If you are looking to install high quality shingles on your roof then laminated shingles are probably the option you should go with.

While these are the two standard styles of asphalt shingle, at Professional Roofers we work with a variety of different manufacturers, including IKO, BP, GAF-ELK, and CertainTeed to provide our customers with as many different options as possible.

Some of these manufacturers offer further treatments that enhance the quality and visual impact of their products, and which shingles we recommend for you will be based on your budget, the look you are going for, and the particular needs of home. It’s a good idea to do a bit of your own research into the different roofing materials and shingles available so you can make an informed decision about which style your prefer.

Installation Matters as Much as Materials

While it is obviously important to ensure that the materials you decide on are a good fit for your home and your budget, good shingles that are not installed properly will be of no help. Installing a new roof is complicated, which is why it is important to get the help of our roof repair Toronto experts when preparing to replace your roof.

Re-roofing a house isn’t just about replacing the old shingles and installing new ones: our roofing crews also take care of a host of other issues at the same time, including venting, flashing, and the installation of membranes to protect your eaves and the roof deck itself. If you want to make sure that your new roof is going to last for as long as possible, you need to make sure that the people taking care of the work understand everything that goes into a reliable roof system.

For example, one of the reasons why it is so important to make sure your attic is vented is because this directly impacts how well your roof will be able to deal with rising heat and moisture from the main living space of your home. An attic that is not properly vented will have problems with attic condensation that can quickly get out of hand, leading to issues like ice damming and eventually rotting the roof deck itself if the problem is allowed to continue unchecked.

There are several varieties of venting available, and while traditional gable vents were once the most popular choice, better designs and new advancements in roofing technology have made it possible to replace these more invasive and less efficient options with roof venting and ridge venting that removes heat as efficiently as possible.

Which style of venting is best is a frequent roof repair FAQ and while there are different schools of thought on this, and it depends to some extent on local conditions, ridge venting has been proven very effective at quickly channelling rising heat out of the attic and regulating the attic temperature. Coupled with effective attic insulation, ridge venting makes sure no external rain can get into the attic, while guaranteeing that moist, warm air from inside rises harmless into the atmosphere, and is a passive option that works even on windless days.

In addition to proper venting, Toronto roofers also need to be on the lookout for damage to flashing alongside dormer windows, valleys, chimneys, and plumbing stacks. Flashing plays an important role by providing extra protection, but over time flashing can tear, be punctured, and generally wear down. Flashing is extremely difficult to replace without replacing the shingles around it, and so an important question roof repair teams should be asking when they approach a roofing Toronto job is whether or not the flashing can last for another couple of decades.

Replacing flashing (especially flashing around chimneys) can be a difficult job, however, which is all the more reason to make sure that the roofers you hire are professionals with extensive experience in providing all manner of roofing solutions to customers in the GTA.

Roof Replacement Should be About Long-Term Solutions

Replacing a roof is a big job, and like all major home repairs, it comes with a significant price tag. It can be tempting to try to find the cheapest way to handle the installation of a new roof as a way of keeping overall costs down. But this is not a helpful way to approach the task. Not only is your roof an essential component of your home, but the quality of your roof will also play a significant role in determining the overall value of your house.

Most shoppers on the market for a new home don’t want to look at properties they know they are going to need to put tens of thousands of dollars into in the near future. Completely aside from the fact that it is not a good idea to cut corners on the part of your housekeeping the rain out, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief in the long run if you view your new roof as an investment rather than a maintenance expense. Paying a little more today can extend the life of your roof by years.

If you want to get the best roofing solutions for your home, give us a call today and find out more about how Professional Roofers can help you replace your old roof with a modern, effective roofing system that uses the best quality shingles to ensure give your home a sharp new look and maintain its structural integrity for years to come.

At Professional Roofers, we know just how challenging it can be to replace a roof; but we also know how to help you get the most out of the experience, ensuring that you end up with a roof that adds to your property value, imparts a sense of freshness and class to your home’s overall look, and, most importantly, keeps the elements at bay during even the heaviest storms. Get in touch today to get a quote!

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Why You Should Get Expert Help with Your Eavestroughs and Downspouts this Spring

After a long snowy winter, most Canadians welcome the arrival of spring with open arms. But while balmy weather and budding trees are a wonderful sight, spring often brings with it unpleasant surprises for homeowners.

Heavy precipitation, saturated ground, and snowmelt from further north in the province can combine to cause serious flooding, and Toronto’s high population density and aging sewer system are often not up to the task of channelling that excess water away from the city.

The heavy flooding that struck Toronto in 2018 and rendered the Toronto Islands uninhabitable for large stretches of the high tourist season have left many Torontonians worried about whether 2019 will see similar problems. Many are also wondering what they can do to decrease the likelihood that they will become the victims of flooding.

Flooding has been a perennial problem in Toronto, and while the individual homeowner cannot do much to fix the problems with the city’s sewer systems, they can take action to reduce the chances that flooding will impact their own house.

In this post, we will explain how a good roof system can dramatically reduce the risk of basement flooding, and some of the ways Professional Roofers can help when it comes to preventing water damage to your home in a holistic way.

Eavestroughs and Downspouts: Essential Components of an Effective Roof

When most people think about flooding, they think about the earth — about the plumbing systems in their own homes, about where their house is situated and how water flows around it. These are important things to consider, but in practical terms, the thing homeowners have the most control over is not their foundation, but their roof.

One of the biggest dangers facing houses in Toronto is a build-up of water in the soil around their foundations. If water has nowhere to go, it will seep into the ground and find its way through any cracks or weaknesses in the foundation, eventually ending up in your basement. Over time, water will also freeze and thaw in the concrete itself, slowly causing it to crumble.

For this reason, all homeowners should take steps to ensure that when it rains, the water falling on their roof is being efficiently channelled away from the foundation of their building and toward the sewer system. Even if the city as a whole is struggling with floodwater management, ensuring that your house’s roof and drainage system are operating efficiently is an important way to reduce the water saturation of the soil around your home, and is a concrete action all Toronto homeowners can take in helping to reduce their risk of basement flooding.

This means having eavestroughs and downspouts that can handle large volumes of water, and which won’t leak or get clogged in the middle of a rainstorm. Unfortunately, in cities like Toronto and Mississauga that are covered by a beautiful canopy of shade trees, leaves can easily gather in troughs and plug up spouts, causing water to back up and overflow the gutters and pool beside the walls of the house.

One of the best steps you can take toward flood prevention is to have damaged eavestrough and downspouts repaired and to clear away debris regularly to prevent clogging. At Professional Roofers, we are proud to offer a variety of eavestrough cleaning and repair solutions that are suited to the particular needs of your house. We can also help you install leaf guards and other preventive features that will help you ensure that when flooding season comes, overflow from your eavestroughs does not add to the problem.

Repair Your Soffit and Fascia This Spring

Eavestroughs and downspouts aren’t the only parts of your roof system that need to be taken care of this spring, however. Alongside eavestrough repair, Professional Roofers recommends inspecting soffit boards and fascia for water damage every spring.

There is a common misconception that soffits and fascia primarily exist to improve a house’s curb appeal, but the truth is that these supposedly cosmetic features also play a vital role in keeping the water out.

Rain does not only fall vertically — high winds can cause rain to splatter up underneath the eaves of your house, and without protection, this can quickly cause serious problems. Moisture build-up can cause your roof deck to start rotting from below and can even compromise the beams of your house, leading to major expenses down the road.

Because of the vital role they play in protecting your eaves, soffits and fascia are subject to a lot of wear and tear from the elements. Ice damming can wreak havoc on your fascia, and in Toronto’s older neighbourhoods tree branches and falling debris can cause serious problems.

But soffits and fascia aren’t just at risk from bad weather: animal damage is becoming a major issue when it comes to maintenance across Toronto. Birds, raccoons, and even opossums have all been known to make nests for themselves under the eaves of houses, and while building their homes these critters can cause serious damage (if you suspect that you may have animals nesting above your soffits, make sure you call Toronto municipal animal control before trying to deal with these pests yourself).

Soffits and fascia have traditionally be made using durable materials like wood and aluminum, but it has become increasingly common for manufacturers to offer synthetic or composite materials specifically designed to improve waterproofing and extend the life of your roof.

If you are planning on having a Toronto roofing company install new eavestroughs and downspouts, it is a good idea to replace your soffits and fascia as well. Eavestroughs need to be removed before soffits and fascia can be replaced, so doing both at the same time will save you time and money. Perhaps more importantly, it will ensure that your roof system is protected for years to come.

If you want to know more about how Professional Roofers can provide a Toronto roofing solution that takes care of your whole roof, click here to learn more about how soffit and fascia repair can help make your roof more resilient to water damage this summer.

Want Your Roof to Last? Regular Maintenance is the Key

In this article, we have focussed on the importance of eavestroughs, downspouts, soffit, and fascia because these are features that homeowners often overlook when trying to ensure that their home is waterproof and flood proof. But replacing these elements of your roof system will do little if the roof itself is not operating as well as it should.

For this reason, it’s generally a good idea to start every spring by making a thorough inspection of your roof (many homeowners undertake these inspections themselves, but for those who are not comfortable getting up on the roof itself, it is a good idea to get help from Toronto roofing experts). This inspection should cover the state of the shingles themselves, but you should also pay attention to the flashing alongside dormer windows, chimneys, and plumbing stacks.

If your roof has suffered damage of any kind, make sure to call roof repair services in Toronto as soon as possible. At Professional Roofing, we have extensive experience working with all kinds of Toronto roofs — from conventional asphalt shingle roofs and metal roofs to membrane-covered flat roofs.

Our roofing experts can handle everything from minor patching jobs to a full re-roofing, so if you have any questions at all about what kind of roofing solution is best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch. As you can see from the many positive reviews from past customers that we have received over the years, we take care and pride in our work, and our deep roots in the Greater Toronto Area mean that we have an intimate knowledge of the unique challenges the climate in this part of Canada poses to houses of all kinds.

The roof over your house is one of the most essential components in keeping you safe and dry through every season, and many water-damage problems in other parts of the house can often be traced back to issues with roofs.

This spring, don’t take any chances with your roof: undertake a thorough inspection as soon as it is safe to do so, and make sure that everything from the plumbing flashing to the eaves, the fascia to the downspouts is doing its part to keep water flowing away from your house. And if you notice any problems at all with your roof or eaves, call Professional Roofers to get the expert help you need to get your roof back in shape as soon as possible!