Clean Autumn Debris From Your Roof Before Winter Hits!

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Spotlight on Moore Park

Roofing Style Guide: Spotlight On Moore Park

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Back To School Means Fix That Roof!

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

 

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

Shingle Repairs

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Pro Roofers Provides Great Service At An Affordable Price

The Pro Roofer’s Quality Commitment

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

The Pro Roofer’s Difference – Quality & Pricing

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

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

Beware The Opportunists and Impostors

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

 

 

The Importance of Maintenance and Consultation

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

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

 

Making The Most Of Your Flat Roof

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

The Virtues Of Ridge Vents And Gable Vents

As we creep slowly through the wet season here in Toronto – the rainy months of April and May, that is – thoughts naturally turn to concerns about mold buildup that can easily occur in the hot summer months. Typically, if you live in a traditional pitched roof house, then you very likely have an attic that you like to use for storage. While it can be a relief to have expansive storage space right on the premises where you live, it can become very stressful if mold, the weather or even furry little critters, start to infiltrate the attic wreaking havoc and jeopardizing your cherished belongings. In light of this concern, we highly suggest upgrading – or at the very least inspecting – your ventilation systems to make sure they are up to snuff this spring and summer.

Our roof repair experts in Toronto are extremely well versed in all types of roof vents, and have a preference for ridge vents and gable vents when it comes to efficiently airing out your roof and attic space without letting in the outside elements. Ridge vents are very sophisticated vents that integrate perfectly with the sleek ridge of your pitched roof. Ideally, these vents are installed when the roof is initially put in, as it is built into the structure itself. Whirly-bird ventilators and square-top ventilators can also get the job done, but you need to install quite a few of them for the desired result and they are still not as all-powerful as the mighty ridge vent!

If you want to improve attic ventilation this spring and summer, one of the best ways to accomplish your goal is to install gable vents, which, like ridge vents, seamlessly blend in with the exterior architecture of your home. Gable vents are composed of slatted louvers – you simply replace a chunk of your house’s siding with the vents and presto! You’ve got a hidden ventilator airing out your attic. Some people even like the aesthetic of the slatted louvers along the wall of their home, as a sort of functional accent. Most of these gable vents should have molded in screens that prevent debris, critters and insects from getting into your roof or home. While the vents are narrow enough that squirrels and raccoons probably wouldn’t be a problem, bees and hornets love to fly into these types of vents and make a home. This can be a pain in the butt, and a pain wherever the bees sting you when you’re trying to remove the nest!

Ventilation is not only important for protecting the wellbeing of your stored belongings, it is also important for the safety and preservation of the structure of your roof and home. Once moisture seeps into the plywood beneath your shingles and yields mold, the lifespan of your roof is severely reduced. Furthermore, mold can quickly spread inside of your house creating bigger problems and even attacking your respiratory system.

Roof and attic ventilation is no joke, so call us to learn more and book a roof inspection with one of our experts today. The rainy seasons are upon us, so batten down down the hatches and be patient: summer is almost upon us!

Summer: The Prime Time For Roof Work

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

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

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

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

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