Material Options for Repair or Replacement

Roof Material Options When Repair or Replacement is Needed for Toronto Homes

Roof Material Options When Repair or Replacement is Needed for Toronto Homes

At some point while residing in their current home, it is quite likely that the homeowner will require the services of a roof repair and replacement contractor.  Factors that might eventually lead to the deterioration of a roof and/or its performance, and thus prompting the homeowner to call a roof repair company would include:

  • The age of the roof
  • Improper prior repair work
  • Exposure to Toronto’s weather
  • Type and quality of the roofing material
  • Poor workmanship by the original installation firm
  • Level of regular inspection/maintenance (or lack thereof)
  • Structural damage subsequent to acute storms or accidents

In many of these cases, if the roof needs substantial repair or complete replacement, the homeowners will choose to retain the same type of roofing materials used when that roof was first installed; for a majority of homes in Toronto, the most common material is still asphalt shingles, due to their extensive range of proven benefits:

  • Lightweight – no need to reinforce the roof substructure/framework
  • Versatile – can be cut to accommodate a variety of angles and shapes
  • Sufficient lifespan – offers an excellent long-term return on investment
  • Relatively cost-effective to buy and install – affordable for most budgets
  • Protective characteristics – highest fire rating; sound-dampening qualities
  • Aesthetics (curb appeal) – available in numerous different colours/designs
  • Durability – formulated to withstand high winds; also very impact-resistant

But asphalt shingles are not the only choice of roofing material for Toronto homeowners.  Local residents can actually select from several available options, including:

  • Clay or slate tiles
  • Copper or other metal
  • Wood shakes or shingles (cedar)

Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Toronto HomeOne influential factor that could play a role in the decision-making process would be how long the homeowner expects to occupy their home.  From a lifespan perspective, as well as investment value, a metal roof may be the best option as it provides greater longevity than asphalt shingles with very little maintenance and related costs.  On the other hand, homeowners who anticipate a shorter stay in their home (maybe another 15 years) may lean toward asphalt shingles due to their lower purchase price and installation costs.

Aesthetic appeal is another consideration when choosing new roofing materials.  Tiles or wooden (cedar) shakes can appeal to specific personal tastes and add allure to certain types of homes.  However, these materials may require more extensive installation work (i.e. roof structure reinforcement by the repair company) and hence will be more costly; as noted above, asphalt shingles may be a more practical option when price is a concern.

Therefore, determining whether asphalt shingles or alternative type of roofing material is the best option would be dependent on several factors, such as:

  • Initial acquisition costs
  • Complexity of installation
  • Type of roof (flat or sloped)
  • Desired aesthetics/curb appeal
  • Effect on property/resale values
  • Anticipated duration of residency
  • Weather-related durability/lifespan
  • Long-term maintenance needs/costs
  • Personal inclinations of the homeowner

Fortunately, there are expert roof repair contractors, such as Integrity Roofers, who can be consulted to provide their insight on the installation of all types of roofs, from asphalt shingles to metal to tile, for a variety of residential and commercial properties in Toronto and the GTA.  These discussions can be instrumental in helping homeowners choose the best roofing material for their specific needs and preferences.

A Reliable Roof Repair Company Offering a Complete Range of Roofing Services

The team at Integrity Roofers has been supporting residential and commercial property owners with their roof repair and replacement needs, including their respective choices of materials, for over 20 years.  In addition, these skilled roof repair contractors provide a full range of roofing services, including but not limited to:

  • Slate roofs
  • Copper roofing
  • Commercial flat roofs
  • Soffit, fascia, and gutters
  • Siding installation services
  • Skylight installation services
  • Gutter cleaning/filter systems
  • Attic insulation and ventilation
  • Attic air sealing and weatherizing
  • Roof snow and ice damming removal

For further information on the entire scope of residential and commercial roofing services available from the specialists at Integrity Roofers.

For all your roof-related needs, including repairs, complete replacements, and changes in your existing roofing materials, call the experts at Integrity Roofers in Toronto today at 416-736-7373 or Contact us to request a complimentary consultation.  Our specialists will be pleased to answer your questions and provide the information you need to make an informed decision on the best course of action for your roof.

What to Do When You Need Emergency Roof Repairs

What Homeowners Should Do When Facing a Need for Emergency Roof Repairs

What Homeowners Should Do When Facing a Need for Emergency Roof Repairs

Summer weather systems can produce some of the most relaxing and enjoyable settings possible, from brilliant sunshine to warm temperatures to gentle breezes drifting through the trees on a moonlit evening.  Unfortunately, these same patterns can also generate some of the most severe storms, in turn inflicting damage to personal property including landscaping, fences, and, very often, the roofing of residential and commercial buildings.

For property owners, their roofs can suffer considerable harm as a result of the scorching heat and violent storms that are part-and-parcel of the summer season.  Consequently, their enjoyment of summer might be disrupted due to a need for emergency roof repairs resulting from a compromised roofing system.

When a roof becomes compromised, its protection against water penetration is adversely affected, and the damage must be addressed promptly to avert any further destruction of property.  Common reasons for emergency roof repairs in the summer in Toronto and neighbouring communities such as North York, Markham, and Etobicoke would include:

  • Need to replace missing, buckled, or broken shingles
  • Damage to eavestroughing (including soffit and fascia)
  • Leaks in caulking around chimneys, skylights, pipes, vents
  • Attic ventilation issues, leading to dry rot or roof deterioration
  • Structural problems due to infestation by insects or small animals
  • Structural repairs subsequent to fallen tree limbs and/or flying debris

While homeowners cannot control the weather and are therefore helpless against natural acts that could damage their roof, they should however be ready for any such possibility; this preparation should consist of the following:

  • Keep the phone number handy for a certified roofing company that offers emergency roof repairs.  Due to safety concerns for their staff, most roofers will not act on these requests until storms subside, the calls, though, should be placed as soon as possible
  • Contact the home insurance provider and document the damage (safely) with photos
  • Beware of so-called storm chasers, or deceitful contractors, who will canvass homes looking for opportunities to deceive upset homeowners by proposing on-the-spot roof inspections and repairs; these types of solicitations can be excessively costly, and the  repairs can often be done poorly and outside of any warranties or insurance coverage
  • Avoid the urge to complete do-it-yourself emergency roof repairs; yes, they could get done faster but at what cost? i.e., risk of personal injury? incorrect repairs? causing more damage? voiding an insurance claim?

This latter point cannot be overstated; based on the post-storm condition of the roof and the importance of properly remedying the damage, emergency roof repairs should be left to qualified professionals like the crews from Integrity Roofers, who have been assisting homeowners in Toronto, North York, Markham, Etobicoke, and all other areas of the GTA in handling unexpected roof damage for more than 20 years.

For additional information on the emergency roof repair services available from Integrity Roofers.

Regular Inspections, Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Emergency Roof Repairs

How Homeowners Can Handle Unexpected Roof Damage and Emergency RepairsThe need for emergency roof repairs is typically unplanned (thus the word ‘emergency’). However, procrastinating when it comes to routinely maintaining a roof can prove to be a costly proposition for homeowners, as such a failure to act can result in very extensive structural and property damage throughout the year.

It is therefore important that the roof system not be ignored but rather maintained in a proactive and diligent manner.  There are several precautionary steps that Toronto and area homeowners can take to prevent the need for emergency roof repairs; these steps should include the following:

  • Conducting regular (semi-annual) roof and attic inspections
  • Cutting overhanging tree branches away from the roof/gutters
  • Keeping gutters and downspout openings clear of dirt and debris
  • Brushing away or spray washing dust/dirt from all soffit and vents
  • Attending to minor repairs as soon as possible to avert larger issues

For homeowners who may not be comfortable in performing their own roof inspections or any identified repair needs, professional roof inspections and maintenance services are available through a reputable contractor such as Integrity Roofers.

To learn more about the roof inspection and maintenance services offered by the team at Integrity Roofers.

Even though emergency roof repairs can be most inconvenient and potentially costly too, their importance should eclipse any and all such factors.  A roof is an integral component of a home, especially from the perspective of protecting the occupants and the contents, and it must be treated with top priority to prevent further issues and unwanted costs.

When unexpected damage happens to your roof, emergency repairs are just a phone call away. Call the roofing specialists at Integrity Roofers in Toronto at 416-736-7373 and we will be there when you need us most.

The Benefits of Detailed Roof Repair Estimates

Detailed Information in a Roof Repair Estimate Will Help in Choosing a Contractor

Detailed Information in a Roof Repair Estimate Will Help in Choosing a Contractor

Quite often, the urgency to have a service provider repair an item that is very important in their daily life, such as a vehicle, an appliance, or the roof of their home, can cause the owner of that item to act too quickly in signing the work order or contract.  In their haste to have the repair work done as soon as possible, thus limiting the extent of their inconvenience, they do not take the time to ask any questions or review the contract thoroughly before giving the go-ahead; in turn, there are countless stories of people who have subsequently paid a contractor far more than expected for their particular services.

These situations can tend to have a lasting, and negative, effect because that owner had planned on a specific amount but was invoiced a higher total due to such circumstances as additional parts and labour, the need to substitute more expensive materials, project overruns, or that dreaded catch-all category known as unforeseen complications.

Whatever the basis, these surprises are typically rather upsetting to consumers, but they often pay the increased fees because they resign themselves to the fact that they had no other alternative.  However, such situations can be prevented if homeowners or property owners request formal written quotes and invest the time to fully review/understand all aspects of that quote before signing the agreement.

In the case of a roof repair or replacement, there can be a substantial cost involved; as a result, this type of expense should be considered as an investment in the home, thus the work should be performed by competent roofing professionals and guided by a binding agreement between the contractor and the homeowner.

To begin the process, it is strongly recommended that homeowners obtain three or four roof repair estimates for comparative purposes rather than relying on a single roof repair company; additionally, the quotes should all be the result of onsite roof assessments and not general estimates merely provided over the phone.

So what type of information should be incorporated in a roof repair estimate?  And what are the questions that homeowners should ask of each contractor, and have answered in their written quote, to determine which roof repair company is the right one for the job?  The roof repair specialists from Integrity Roofers, a leading roofing company in Toronto for over 20 years, suggest that homeowners/property owners consider the following:

  • Company information – address, means of contact, business/license number
  • Full details of the project, e.g. full roof replacement, gutter replacement, etc.
  • Anticipated duration of the project – estimated start date and completion date
  • Detailed cost breakdown – materials, installation/other labour, applicable taxes
  • Complete list of all materials – brands, styles, quantities, colours, product codes
  • Terms and timing of payments (deposit, final) and accepted methods of payment
  • Presentation of valid workplace insurance and general liability insurance coverage
  • Evidence of manufacturer certifications to install or repair their respective products
  • Particulars of all warranties relating to materials, workmanship, and any exceptions
  • Responsibilities for post-project clean-up – materials disposal, sweeping up nails, etc.
  • The period of time/date for which the quote remains valid (for a decision to be made)

While this seems like a particularly extensive list, the roof repair company should include this level of detail in their estimates if they want to secure the contract.  It is important for the homeowner to be fully satisfied with this information before accepting/signing the agreement as well; therefore, they may also want to ask these questions before moving forward:

  • Did the onsite assessment include the entire roof system?
  • What is the contingency plan in case of inclement weather?
  • What is the expected lifecycle of the new roof and materials?
  • What is the process if unexpected problems are encountered?
  • How does the roof repair company handle any warranty claims?

As with any type of repair or service contract, a homeowner should be well-informed and comfortable with the terms and details of a roof repair estimate before committing to the contractor.  In the end, there should be no surprises for either side when the job is done.

A Trustworthy Approach in Preparing and Abiding by All Roof Repair Estimates

Questions to Ask the Contractor When You Get a Roof Repair EstimateOver the past 20+ years, Integrity Roofers has established and maintained its reputation as a leading roof repair company in Toronto and throughout the GTA. This standing has been earned via a commitment to delivering quality workmanship as well as unparalleled customer service.

Integrity Roofers is motivated by a dedication to provide roof repair services in a reliable manner; this includes preparation of written estimates, by onsite roof assessments, and abiding by those quotes when contracted to do the work by their customers.

To learn more about Integrity Roofers and their trustworthy approach as a roof repair contractor.

When you require roof repair services from an experienced and reliable contractor within Toronto and the GTA, call the professionals from Integrity Roofers at 416-736-7373 or Contact us  to request your free estimate.

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When a commercial roof needs to be replaced, it would be rather understandable if the first reaction of the property owner was considerably less than positive; more precisely, their state of mind would likely be influenced by visions of cost, both direct (labour and materials for a new roof installation) and indirect (the potential for tenant inconvenience, business downtime, revenue loss, and so on).

In general, property owners are seldom if ever pleased by the prospect of extensive and expensive repair bills.  Yet, instead of looking at any roof replacement primarily from the perspective of immediate costs, perhaps the need for a new roof installation should be viewed as an opportunity to invest in and add value to the property.

Yes, the initial and sometimes substantial expenditure associated with a new roof cannot be avoided, but a new roofing system that is well-designed and well-installed can deliver qualitative and quantitative returns both short-term and long-term; these will consist of:

  • Improved curb appeal
  • Reduction in repair costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Elimination of mold formation
  • Reduction in insurance premiums
  • Improved reliability and protection
  • Potential conversion to green roofing

As well, depending on the particular type of commercial property, a new roof installation offers an excellent selling feature with respect to:

  • Attracting new tenants
  • Retaining existing tenants
  • Enticing prospective buyers
  • Appealing to potential investors

Whether their plan is to retain possession of the commercial structure or sell their asset, owners can add value to a property with the installation of a new roof. It is important to note, however, that any potential returns from a new roof installation will be predicated on the quality of the roofing materials and the workmanship of the roofing contractor.

Consequently, to ensure that they maximize their return on investment, property owners would be well-advised to use the services of a contractor with considerable experience in commercial roof installation; one such contractor is Integrity Roofers, a leader within the roofing industry in Toronto for more than 20 years.

Experience and Skilled Workmanship in the Installation of Commercial Roofing

Installation of Commercial RoofingThe specialists at Integrity Roofers have the experience and the skills needed to perform new commercial roof installations efficiently, effectively, and to the complete satisfaction of the property owner.

Integrity Roofers recognizes the importance of minimizing inconvenience and disruption throughout the installation process, without compromising the quality of the roof surface and the multiple benefits and returns that it is intended to deliver to the property owner. As a result, all commercial roof replacements by Integrity Roofers include the following:

  • A no-obligation onsite roof assessment
  • Professional installation to specifications
  • Work done by qualified and insured roofers
  • A range of products to satisfy customer needs
  • Product warranties and workmanship guarantees

To learn more about the roof replacement services offered by Integrity Roofers, please check our roof replacement page.

Looking for a leading Toronto roofing contractor to install a new roof for your commercial property? Call the commercial roof installation professionals at Integrity Roofers today at 416-736-7373 or contact us to book a no-obligation roof assessment and receive a quote for a new roof installation.

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