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.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Moore Park

Roofing Style Guide: Spotlight On Moore Park

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Back To School Means Fix That Roof!

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

 

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

Shingle Repairs

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Solar Power And The Future Of Shingles

In a separate post this month on the Professional Roofers blog, we discussed the history of asphalt shingles, why installation is so important and what kind of life-span to expect if you live in the volatile climate of Toronto, Canada. As we established, shingles are just about as traditional as you can get when it comes to roofing. In this post, swinging to the other side of the spectrum, we’re going to take a quick look at something that has been making headlines the past few months: the solar shingles that Elon Musk’s company – Tesla – have been developing in co-operation with Solar City (a company they recently acquired).

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The Shingle Life

While we’ve already discussed the importance of ventilation in this month’s series of Pro-Roofers blogs, we’re now going to delve into the essential units that constitute a roof: shingles. Here at Pro-Roofers, we like to keep it traditional and classic, and there’s nothing more traditional than shingles on a roof. Shingles are an American invention that came about in the early twentieth century. Since shingles were invented, the majority of roofs have been composed of formerly-living organic base or fiberglass base shingles coated with surface granules that block ultra-violet light in order to preserve the integrity of the roof for as long as possible.

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