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3 Ways Your Roof Can Help You Save Money or Add Value to Your Home

Even though your roof is your houses crowning glory, it is strange how it is completely forgotten about unless something goes wrong with it. This started me thinking about how useful your roof actually is to your home; apart from keeping the elements out that is. Here I have listed some ways that people can use their roof to add value their homes and save money. Read more

Roofing Problems

Common Roofing Problems

The Most Common Roof Problems Faced By Toronto and Area Property Owners

Although it may go about its duties in relative obscurity, the roof it a vital component in protecting and safeguarding the occupants of any residential or commercial structures; while the property owners take the appropriate measures to ensure that their doors and windows are locked, smoke detectors have batteries that are fully charged, and electrical outlets are not overloaded, the roof quietly and effectively keeps them sheltered against the elements of nature all year long.

The truth be told, a majority of home and business owners would admit that they simply take their roof for granted, fully expecting that it will perform to expectations on a daily basis. Unfortunately, a roof typically has a finite lifespan; what’s more is that, sometime during their lifecycles, roofs will most likely develop one or more defects and will in turn require professional repairs or remedies; unfortunately, some roofing problems and their ensuing solutions can deal a rather significant blow to the property owner’s maintenance budget.

Furthermore, roof problems often give little to no warning about when they will occur. It is as likely that a property owner will experience roof issues in the winter as any other season, and this unpredictability is equally applicable, so to speak, to the development of commercial flat roof problems and the emergence of residential pitched roof defects.

The following list reflects the most common roof problems for which property owners in the Toronto area would need professional repair services by an experienced contractor like Integrity Roofers; the list is headed by likely the most frequent roof-related concern:

  • Shingles problems (broken, warped, loose, or missing)
  • Penetration of water/moisture through an opening/flaw
  • Roof installations or subsequent repairs done improperly
  • Clogged or incorrectly-angled gutters and/or downspouts
  • Ice dams in gutters, one of the top roof problems in winter
  • Deterioration or rotting of wooden soffit, fascia, and valleys
  • Storm damage: heavy rains, gusting winds, fallen branches
  • Inadequate/deficient ventilation and/or insulation in the attic
  • Poorly-caulked flashing around chimneys, skylights, and vents
  • Ponding of water on a flat roof (due to problems with drainage)
  • Other causes: mold or mildew growth; animal/insect infestation

Some of these causes of roof defects will be immediately evident to the property owners while others may be less readily identifiable; however, the importance of diagnosing and addressing any roofing problems quickly and effectively can make a sizable difference in the ultimate cost of the repairs as well as in ensuring limited disruption to the protection of the building’s residents, staff, and/or visitors.

And how does one go about determining the condition of their roof and whether any type of common roof problems exist? This can all be accomplished with a comprehensive roof inspection by the experienced roofing professionals from Integrity Roofers in Toronto.

Specialists in Resolving Your Common and Not-So-Common Roofing Problems

Roofing SpecialistsFor over 20 years, the team at Integrity Roofers has been accurately identifying common and not-so-common roofing problems and implementing suitable solutions for Toronto and area residents. These services include roof repairs or replacements for residential property owners due to pitched roof defects as well as for commercial property owners facing flat roof problems and requiring immediate resolution/solutions.

In many instances, a complete roof inspection by Integrity Roofers can prevent smaller problems from developing into more complex structural issues, and thus alleviating more extensive and expensive remedies.

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Furthermore, as noted above, one of the primary causes of roof defects is the failure of asphalt shingles. Nevertheless, there are precautionary steps that property owners can take to avert such roof problems in concert with regular roof inspections by the Integrity Roofers team; hence, property owners with shingle roofs on their homes/businesses may find the following article to be helpful in this regard: Precautionary Steps to Avoid Wind Damage to Shingle Roofs

Count on the specialists at Integrity Roofers to resolve any common and not-so-common roof problems that may occur over the life of your roof. Call Integrity Roofers today at 416-736-7373 or contact us to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection as soon as possible and/or for a no-obligation quote for any roof repair needs.

Roof Inspections After Storms

Storm-Damaged Eavestrough Repair in Toronto

Eavestrough Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair Can Guard against Storm Damage

An effectively functioning roof is indispensable to protecting families and their personal possessions from the seasonal extremes of Toronto’s weather; in many respects, a roof acts as a shield against these elements, ensuring the family’s comfort and safety while holding at bay any high winds, rain, snow and ice, intense sun and heat, bitter cold, etc. that local residents can experience throughout any calendar year.

Yet the roof itself is merely one aspect of the entire roofing structure; another important component that contributes significantly to safeguarding a home and its occupants is the eavestrough system. This assemblage of horizontal channels and vertical drain pipes is responsible for collecting and carrying away rainwater and melted snow/ice from the roof of the home as well as preventing potentially serious water damage and expensive repair work to other parts of the home such as:

  • Siding
  • Masonry
  • Windows
  • Foundation
  • Soffit/Fascia

Unfortunately, the eavestrough system can often be neglected, and even ignored, within the overall scope of home and property maintenance responsibilities. Since the majority of the system is situated somewhat out-of-sight along the roof edge, it may not receive the attention it deserves, particularly if it appears to be working appropriately. Often, its repair or full replacement may only be done after storm damage or failure has occurred, thus resulting in a rather substantial expense for the homeowner.

However, homeowners might escape such extensive eavestrough repair costs by making sure that this system is well-prepared for the eventuality of a storm, whether high wind, rain, snow, or any combination thereof; these preparations should include the following:

  • Regular inspections
  • Systematic cleaning
  • Timely minor repairs

These preventative measures can be implemented by an avid do-it-yourself homeowner; however, in order to ensure that they are done thoroughly and knowledgeably and avoid the potential risks of working at heights/on a ladder, it might be more prudent to use the services of a professional roofing contractor such as Integrity Roofers.

Integrity Roofers offers more than 20 years of roofing experience, including eavestrough inspections, cleaning, and repairs, for the residents of Toronto, Scarborough, and other communities in the GTA such as Brampton and Mississauga, as well as centres extending north toward Barrie. The experts at Integrity Roofers can recognize existing or potential eavestrough issues and perform any necessary repairs to help homeowners avoid more extensive and expensive damage and costs due to high winds or other types of storms.

Comprehensive Eavestrough Repair Services for Toronto and Area Homeowners

Due to both their function and location along the roof edge, eavestroughs are susceptible to storm damage. In the event that homeowners are faced with storm-related damage to their eavestrough system, they can rely on Integrity Roofers to perform the requisite repairs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Storm Damaged Roof RepairThe comprehensive eavestrough repair services offered by the team at Integrity Roofers in Toronto include the following:

  • Realignments
  • Reattachments
  • Ice Dam Removal
  • Downspout Rerouting
  • Patching/Leak Repairs
  • Drip Edge Installations
  • Leaf Guard Installations
  • Soffit and Fascia Replacement

Additionally, any local property owners who have yet to comply with the City of Toronto’s Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Bylaw (downpipes are no longer permitted to drain below ground level) can contact Integrity Roofers for advice on where to best reposition these pipes in relation to their home and landscaping.

See for further information on the eavestrough maintenance and repair services offered by Integrity Roofers in Toronto.

If you experience storm-related damage to your eavestrough system, or your gutters are not adequately diverting rainwater and melted snow/ice away from your home, call the eavestrough repair experts at Integrity Roofers today at 416-736-7373 or contact us to schedule a service visit as soon as possible to assess the extent of the damage and to determine the best course of action to remedy the situation.

Ways to Avoid Wind Damage to Roofs

Precautionary Steps to Avoid Wind Damage to Shingle Roofs

Taking Precautions with Shingled Roofs to Avoid Damage During Wind Storms

For those so inclined, a casual walk or drive through virtually any Toronto neighbourhood would quickly affirm that asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used in residential construction.  Notwithstanding the ages or styles of those homes, it is quite likely that their roofs are finished in this manner.

There are many good reasons for this; asphalt shingles are cost-effective, relatively easy to install, functionally effective, and have an average lifespan of approximately 20 years. And while that latter point implies that this type of roofing will not last forever, the many positives of asphalt shingles often influence homeowners to simply have them installed again when their roof does need replacement.

However, there can be times when these shingles are rendered less effective/ineffective long before they ever reach their projected lifespan. Quite often, this is the consequence of strong wind, with or without rain/snow, which can impair/weaken asphalt shingles in many ways:

  • Lifting
  • Cracking
  • Fully tearing away
  • Loosening of the nails
  • Breaking the adhesive seals
  • Impact damage from flying debris
  • Damage subsequent to broken tree limbs

Now that these common indications of how wind can damage the roof of a property have been established, it raises the question about what steps can be taken for avoiding these types of damage to shingled roofs. While homeowners are essentially powerless to stop natural winds from blowing, there are precautions they can take with their shingled roofs to prevent or minimize damage that can occur during wind storms; such actions include:

  • Regular roof inspections (once or twice per year)
  • Address any/all roof and shingle repair needs immediately
  • Trim back any tree branches overhanging the roof or gutters
  • Use only a certified roofing company for new installations/repairs
  • For roof replacements, invest in high-grade shingles/underlayment
  • Minimize unnecessary foot traffic/decorative installations on the roof

Wind damage is a frequent contributor to partial or complete failure of asphalt shingles, especially as they weather and age. Taking extra steps and precautions like those noted above can assist homeowners in avoiding damage to their shingled roofs – and avoiding potentially extensive and extensive roof repair costs.

Reliable Inspections, Replacements, and Repairs of Shingled Roofs in Toronto

As indicated above, the choice of roofing contractor can have a direct impact on avoiding wind damage to shingled roofs. Although it would probably be less expensive to attempt do-it-yourself roof replacements or repairs, or to utilize non-qualified handypersons, the possible risks and long-term consequences far outweigh any short-term cost savings.

Maintenance of Shingled RoofsFor more than 20 years, the capable and certified professionals at Integrity Roofers have provided reliable inspections, replacements, and repairs of shingled roof for the residents of Toronto and surrounding area.  Utilizing the services of Integrity Roofers for any such roofing needs will ensure that the work is completed with the following:

  • Correct shingle placement
  • Proper installation and nailing
  • Adherence to manufacturer guidelines
  • Contractor’s and manufacturer’s warranties
  • General liability and workplace insurance coverage

For more information on the roofing maintenance, repair, and replacement services offered by the professionals at Integrity Roofers, including those related to avoiding wind damage to shingled roofs, see Roofing Repairs

For dependable roofing services, including roof inspections, replacements, and repairs, call the experts at Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or contact us to request a no-obligation quote.

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Examining the Composition and Function of Fascia Board

Fascia is Available in Various Types of Material and It Serves Several Functions

It would not be surprising if a significant number of homeowners could not identify which area of their home contained the fascia; some might believe that it must be somewhere on the front of the house (because the word sounds like face or facing) while others may be convinced that it is found inside the home – perhaps the front/façade of the kitchen or bathroom cabinets? Read more

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Save Energy Costs for Your Home with Adequate Attic Insulation

Adequate Attic Insulation Plays a Vital Role in Reducing Home Energy Costs

It is quite possible that a substantial percentage of Toronto homeowners have never set foot or even looked in their attic; some may actually have to reflect for a moment before they can recall where in their home they might access the attic. And because there is so little, if any, homeowner traffic in this area, it is very unlikely that they could confirm the type of attic insulation housed within.

However, these same homeowners are likely aware that, without any attic insulation, the seasonal temperatures within their home can be rather unbearable; this in turn would be the result of poor energy efficiency and lead to home energy bills that are undoubtedly very steep and staggering. In essence, attic insulation is a thermal barrier that inhibits heat flow or transfer; it serves to keep hot air out during the summer and prevent heat loss throughout the winter, thereby regulating the amount of energy required for cooling and heating the home respectively.

In addition to making a home more energy efficient overall, adequate attic insulation can provide homeowners with the following benefits:

  • Preservation of roof integrity and longevity
  • Improvement of the air quality inside the home
  • Prevention of expensive roof repairs/replacement
  • Averting the formation of ice dams during the winter
  • Extending the lifespan of heating and cooling systems

There are principally three types of attic insulation commonly in use today, including:

  • Fiberglass Insulation – sheets or rolls that are sized to fit the spaces between floor joints and wall studs; they can be cut with a sharp blade to fit into irregular spaces or to permit pipes or wiring to pass through, and can also be treated with fire-resistant chemicals to provide added protection for home and occupants.
  • Blown-In (Cellulose) Insulation – this form consists of loose fibers or fiber pellets that are distributed through specialized machinery; due to its loose-fill nature, it is a good option for attics with unfinished floors as this material will readily fill/plug gaps and spaces.
  • Spray Foam Insulation – a compound prepared by qualified spray foam insulation contractors and applied using special equipment; it acts as both insulation and an air barrier and is very effective in sealing cavities and gaps to prevent heat loss and cold air penetration. Additional benefits of spray foam insulation include its fire-resistant and insect-resistant properties, noise reduction, and its substantial long-term savings with respect to home energy bills; it is considered by many to be the best option of the three attic insulation types.

Many homeowners may be looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient; some commonly-known practices likely include: upgrading to high-efficiency appliances, switching to LED lighting, and adjusting their thermostat by one degree. Another area to consider would be their attic insulation; is it effectively inhibiting heat flow/heat transfer?

Experienced Spray Foam Installation Contractors Can Help Optimize its Benefits

Spray Foam InsulationCompared to the other types of attic insulation, foam has a higher initial installation cost. However, as noted above, foam insulation provides the dual benefits of inhibiting heat loss and preventing cold air penetration into the home, pivotal factors in reducing home energy bills.

To gain the maximum benefits from spray foam, the installation must be completed by experienced roofing and insulation contractors such as the team from Integrity Roofers in Toronto; this would be particularly important if the existing attic insulation requires removal before the foam insulation is sprayed.

In scheduling a thorough roof and attic inspection by Integrity Roofers, homeowners will receive a detailed analysis of the energy efficiency, or more accurately, the deficiency of this area of the home; in turn, Integrity Roofers can Seal these Leaks Professionally prior to addressing the insulation itself.

For further background on the attic insulation services provided by the professionals at Integrity Roofers, see our Attic Insulation page.

Having sufficient attic insulation and effective air sealing can have a major impact on the energy efficiency of your home. If you have questions about spray foam insulation (such as how much does spray foam installation cost?) Call the attic insulation specialists from Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to schedule a comprehensive attic inspection or a no-obligation consultation at your earliest convenience.

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The Advantages of Flat Roofing for Commercial Properties

There Are Several Benefits to Installing Flat Roofing on Commercial Buildings

Understandably, the exterior of a commercial property receives a considerable amount of attention with respect to its appearance; the types of materials used, colour schemes, landscaping, and signage all play important roles in generating curb appeal and inviting customers to utilize the products or services available within.

However, one facet of commercial structures that should also receive due attention is the roofing.  Although it is probably not the first feature that patrons or tenants see, the roof is a vital component to the overall operation and success of the business; its design and structural integrity have significant protective and financial implications for the viability of that business.

In the construction of a commercial building or an industrial complex, the recommended practice is to install flat roofing.  For owners and/or property managers of such Toronto properties, there are some fundamentally sound reasons that favour this style of roofing over the sloped/pitched roofs that are usually seen in the construction of private homes.

The advantages and benefits typically associated with a commercial flat roof compared to a residential pitched roof would include:

  • Easier to install, resulting in lower initial installation costs
  • Maintenance and repair costs are generally lower as a rule
  • Affords more versatile use of space on top floor of building
  • More easily accessible for maintenance and repair purposes
  • Better wind resistance – reduces potential for storm damage
  • Can be adapted for the installation of green roofing initiatives
  • More available space to accommodate mechanical equipment
  • Energy efficiency – less unused space under roof to heat/cool

Today, a majority of commercial flat roofing is composed of various types of membrane material, most notably:

  • Thermoplastics
  • Synthetic Rubber
  • Modified Bitumen

These materials are usually installed in sheets that are sealed along the seams/edges; due to the importance of the installation process relative to the roof’s performance and integrity, it would be highly advisable to engage the services of a roofing contractor with considerable flat roof experience, such as Integrity Roofers, to perform the installation.

Expert Commercial Flat Roofing Inspection, Repair, and Replacement Services

Flat Roof Replacement

While a flat roof can offer numerous advantages over a sloped surface, it is not immune to issues with water penetration.  Like a pitched roof, a commercial flat roof can require leak repair; if/when a leak occurs, it could be the result of such circumstances as:

  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Outmoded roofing technology
  • Improper installation techniques
  • Exposure to ultraviolet (or UV) rays
  • Water left standing on the roof’s surface
  • Shoddy maintenance efforts (snow removal)
  • Punctures from rooftop equipment installations

Fortunately, a full inspection by a roofing contractor that is skilled and knowledgeable in commercial flat roof repair and maintenance, such as Integrity Roofers, would recognize any potential issues before they become a problem and also identify situations that are in need of immediate attention.  Furthermore, should the condition of the roof be such that a new roof is required, the specialists from Integrity Roofers can usually complete a flat roof replacement in one or two days, thus limiting any disruption and inconvenience to patrons and tenants of the commercial building.

For more information on the commercial flat roof repair and replacement services offered by Integrity Roofers, a leading roofing contractor in Toronto for more than 20 years, visit our Commercial Flat Roof Repairs page.

For any/all needs related to commercial flat roofing, including inspection, replacement, or repair, Call the flat roof specialists from Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to request an onsite visit and/or a no-obligation quote.

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The Role of Soffits in Your Roof System and Their Importance to Your Home

The Importance and Benefits of Well-Maintained Soffit for Your Home

When the topic of conversation turns to roofing, a majority of homeowners could not be faulted if the discussion focused primarily on the type of roofing material (usually asphalt shingles) and the eavestroughs.  In all probability, this is likely due to the fact that most people understand the functions of these roofing elements in protecting their home from water penetration and structural damage.

Less understood and perhaps even overlooked within a roofing system is the role of the soffit; this is what covers the underside portions of the eaves that extend from the top of the exterior walls to the outside edges of the roofline.  Yet, just like shingles and gutters, soffit also plays a significant role in safeguarding the integrity of the roof and the home and is therefore warrants due attention.

Fundamentally, soffit performs these distinctly different yet critically important functions:

  • Provides air intake to naturally vent the attic and keep roof’s surface cool
    • Helps reduce energy consumption and costs, especially in the summer
    • Also helps extend the lifespan and reliability of shingles/roof materials
  • Seals gaps between the rafters/joists to prevent entry by rodents, insects
    • Protects against damage to roof deck/frame and to the attic insulation
    • Shelters the family members from exposure to possible health hazards
  • Adds a finished look to the home’s exterior and an element of curb appeal

Soffit is usually constructed from one of the following types of material:

  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Aluminum
  • Fiberboard

Though wood soffit has been the traditional choice for a majority of home builders in the past, this material needs regular maintenance (either painting or staining) and it is prone to decay and eventual replacement over time.  More recently, vinyl and aluminum soffit installation have grown in popularity, both in new home construction and for upgrades to existing homes; these newer types of soffit material offer several advantages over wood and fiberboard, including:

  • Little to no maintenance
  • Greater durability/lifespan
  • Energy efficiency (cost savings)
  • Better airflow and attic ventilation
  • Toughness under weather extremes
  • Enhanced aesthetics and curb appeal
  • Available in a broad selection of colours

Based on the protective function of soffit as well as its possible cost-saving and aesthetic benefits, it will be particularly important for homeowners to regularly inspect and assess its overall condition.  This is true for all types of soffit material but especially so for wood and fiberboard construction.

Experienced and Reliable Soffit Installation, Repair, and Replacement Services

New Soffit System On Home

Soffit indeed plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity of a roofing system, as well as supporting the adequate ventilation of the attic and enhancing the overall appearance of a home; consequently, proper maintenance will be an important aspect in ensuring its optimal performance and lifespan.

When structural or performance issues are suspected, homeowners should act quickly by contacting a reputable roofing contractor, such as Integrity Roofers, to avert any further damage to the soffit, the attic, and/or the roofing system as a whole.  Integrity Roofers has been providing quality roofing services, including soffit installation, replacement, and repair, to Toronto homeowners for over 20 years, and all such work is completed with an unwavering combination of:

  • Quality material
  • Quality workmanship
  • Keen attention to detail

For more information on soffit-related services provided by the specialists from Integrity Roofers, go to our Soffit, Fascia & Eavestroughs page.

If your soffit needs repair or you would like to install vinyl or aluminum soffit to replace or upgrade your existing material, Call the professionals from Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to request a no-obligation consultation and estimate.

A copper turret on a house

Copper Roofing and Its Effect on Curb Appeal

There Are Many Reasons to Consider Copper Roofing or Features for Your Home

Homeowners looking to enhance the curb appeal of their property, and perhaps increase the value of their home, may instinctively consider such improvements as updating their doors and windows, re-landscaping the front yard, replacing the wooden garage door, or reconfiguring the steps leading to the main entrance. These are customarily the types of changes/modifications that can have an immediate visual impact on passersby and, even more importantly, on potential buyers.

It is reasonably fair to speculate that the eyes of any beholder are not instantly drawn to the roofing system of a home, unless that system has one or more exceptional features that make it stand above the crowd, in a manner of speaking; one such feature could be the choice of roofing material, specifically, a metal roof.

Metal roofing is certainly less common than the asphalt shingles used in the majority of residential construction. But metal roofing is gaining in popularity, not only for its added curb appeal but also for the following reasons:

  • Longer lifespan – over 40 years
  • Requires very minimal maintenance
  • More energy efficient – heat-reflective qualities
  • Resistant to drying out/cracking, buckling, chipping
  • Provides better fire protection versus asphalt shingles
  • Unaffected by insect infestation and mold/mildew growth

On the subject of enhancing curb appeal with a metal roof, more and more homeowners are considering copper as their metal of choice, not necessarily for full roof replacements but often for detailed roofing applications that can add elements of elegance and flair to their homes. Copper may be used for such roofing features as:

  • Cupolas or domes
  • Decorative dormers
  • Gutters, soffits, fascia
  • Parapet cladding or capping
  • Arches above doors/bay windows
  • Flashing around chimneys and skylights
  • Decorative caps or ends (known as finials)
  • Conductor boxes (used to collect rainwater)
  • Chimney saddles (used for diverting rainwater)

Investing in one or more of these copper roofing features will make any home stand out from the others in its neighbourhood in terms of both immediate curb appeal and long-term investment potential. Homeowners looking to boost the overall appearance of their property would be well-advised to consider the many benefits of copper roofing.

Supplemental Benefits Supporting Copper as a Leading Choice for Metal Roofing

Copper WeathercockAs discussed above, there are several factors supporting the growing popularity of metal roofing; these qualities are applicable, in general, to a variety of metals such as:

  • Zinc
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Coated Steel (zinc and aluminum)

However, there are some qualities/properties specific to copper that might tip the scales in its favour with respect to metal roofing systems; these supplemental features and/or benefits of copper roofing would include:

  • Timeless appeal – copper has been used for centuries
  • Resistance to corrosion, staining, scratching, or peeling
  • Weathers naturally, ultimately developing a green patina
  • Environmentally-friendly compound – completely recyclable
  • Protection – offers very effective leak protection/waterproofing

In order to maximize any/all benefits associated with copper roofing, installation must be completed by skilled professionals with extensive metal roof experience; for residents of Toronto and the surrounding area, one such roofing contractor is Integrity Roofers.

Homeowners can rely on Integrity Roofers to deliver the level of knowledge, high-quality craftsmanship, and attention to detail required to work with copper as a roofing material, and to ensure a long-term return on such an investment in their home and property.

See our Copper Roofing page to learn more about the copper roofing services offered by the metal roof experts at Integrity Roofers.

For the installation of copper roofing or the integration of copper features in your roofing system, Call the metal roofing specialists at Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to obtain a free quote.

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Signs Pointing to the Need for a Roof Replacement

Homeowners Might Need a Roof Replacement Prior to an Apparent Roof Leak

Many homeowners can likely recall scenes from movies or television programs in which a person or family is sitting among numerous buckets distributed about the floor while the sounds of dripping water are heard in the background. Such a scene is customarily used to suggest that the property owner has a leak, or several leaks, within their roof system that have obviously been ignored or neglected.

Although this representation might be a little exaggerated, any apparent signs of a water leak or other water-related damage would clearly suggest to the homeowner that a roof replacement could be in their imminent future. These homeowners can almost certainly conclude that water has been seeping through one (or more) spots in their roof for quite some time and, because water has a capability to travel, it is conceivable that significant damage has occurred before any obvious signs actually appeared.

However, in addition to direct evidence of a leak, there are many other signs that a roof, especially an asphalt shingle roof, may need the attention and services of a professional roofing company such as Integrity Roofers in Toronto. Some of these signs will be more easily detectable while others will be rather obscured or hidden, but they can all point to the eventuality of a roof replacement.

Here are some common signs and reasons why homeowners might need a new roof:

  • Aging – the average lifespan of asphalt shingles is 20 to 25 years
  • Damaged shingles – curled, buckled, or cracked, or sections missing
  • Granule accumulation in gutters due to deterioration of asphalt shingles
  • Moisture in attic/wet insulation, indicative of a problem with attic ventilation
  • Loose flashing around chimney or skylights – caulking has become ineffective
  • Moss or mildew (dark stains) – shingles below may be lifted off the roof surface
  • Deteriorating masonry or cracks in foundation from prolonged water intrusion
  • Compromised valleys – may be from corrosion or damage to neighbouring shingles

Based on signs like those described above, it should be apparent that noticeable leaks or water intrusion are not the only reasons that a homeowner might need a new roof; there can be damage to the roofing material and/or other areas of a roof system that can also be the source of impending problems. Regular roof inspections, completed at least once and preferably twice annually, can identify one or more issues that advocate the need for a roof replacement well before the appearance of any actual leaks or water damage.

Regular Inspection Can Find Signs Pointing to the Need for a Roof Replacement

Roof Replacement In TorontoSometimes, a professional roof inspection by a reputable roofing company like Integrity Roofers can identify issues early enough that the homeowner can avoid the cost of a new roof. And due to the seasonal weather extremes experienced across the Greater Toronto Area, roof inspections are recommended in the spring and the fall in order to ensure that local homeowners and their families are well-protected from the ensuing rain storms and snow falls respectively.

Although roof inspections can be completed by the homeowner, the use of a professional roofing company such as Integrity Roofers is strongly recommended. This will eliminate any potential risk of injury to the homeowner, particularly those who are not comfortable working at heights, while also providing the opportunity to have an experienced observer assess the entire roof system for conditions or issues that might not be readily apparent.

Integrity Roofers will conduct a thorough, and free, onsite roof assessment to determine if a full replacement is needed or whether the cost of a new roof can be avoided through localized repairs. In cases where roof replacement is the best course of action, Integrity Roofers will ensure that:

  • All underlying conditions are addressed prior to the replacement
  • The new roof is installed according to all manufacturer guidelines
  • The roof installation will be done by qualified and fully-insured staff
  • Property owners can choose from a wide variety of roofing materials
  • The new roof is covered by product warranties/workmanship guarantees

For additional information on the roof replacement services offered by the experts from Integrity Roofers for residential property owners within Toronto and its surrounding area, please visit our Roof Replacement page.

Integrity Roofers has over 20 years of roof installation and roof replacement experience. For dependable roofing services, including inspection, installation, and replacement, Call the professionals at Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to obtain a free assessment.

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What Information Should Homeowners Expect to See in a Roofing Quote?

It would not be surprising if many homeowners could recount the details of a situation in which they, or a family member or friend, had to pay more than expected for a particular contractor service.  These cases tend to have a lasting and negative effect, because that person had budgeted for a specific amount but was invoiced at a higher total due to such circumstances as extra service charges, materials substitutions, project overruns, or the all-encompassing unforeseen complications.

Whatever the circumstance, these surprises are upsetting rather than pleasing in nature; but they can often be avoided if the homeowner (a) requests a proper or formal quote or agreement and (b) takes the time to fully review and understand all aspects of the quote before (c) signing the contract.  Sometimes, perhaps because the pricing seems okay or there is an urgency to get the work started and completed, these three steps are either glossed over or skipped entirely; and the consequences can be both stressful and costly.

When the matter at hand is a roof repair or replacement, there could be substantial cost involved; fundamentally, this type of expenditure should be considered as an investment in the home, and as a result, such work should be done by certified roofing professionals and guided by a binding contract between the contractor and the homeowner.

To initiate this process, it is recommended that homeowners obtain three or four quotes for comparison purposes; suggestions on how to choose the various roofing contractors who will be asked to prepare and submit these quotes can be found at our Hiring a Roofing Contractor page.

Roofer Inspecting Gutter SystemSo what type of information should homeowners expect to see in a roofing quote?  What are the questions that should be answered, in a written quote, to help determine which contractor will be the best choice for the job?  Here is the information they want to see:

  • Complete contact information – company name, phone number, and e-mail
  • Physical address/location of the business (rather than just a post office box)
  • Itemization of the project e.g. shingles replacement, gutter replacement, etc.
  • Anticipated duration of the project – estimated start date and completion date
  • Itemization of all materials – styles, quantities, colours, brands, product codes
  • Itemization of all costs – materials, installation and other labour, applicable taxes
  • Terms – timing of all payments (deposit, final) and accepted methods of payment
  • Confirmation of valid workplace insurance and general liability insurance coverage
  • Manufacturer certifications/accreditations to install/repair their respective products
  • Details of all warranties relating to materials and labour plus conditions/exceptions
  • Responsibilities for property clean-up – disposal of old materials, sweeping for nails
  • Other pertinent company information – business or license number, HST registration
  • Permit – whether a building permit will be needed and who is responsible to obtain it
  • The period of time/date for which the quote remains valid (for a decision to be made)

While this may be an extensive list, it is incumbent upon a roofing contractor to provide this type of detail if they want to secure the project, and important for the homeowner to be fully satisfied with this information before accepting and signing the agreement.

To the latter point, there can be certain details contained in a roofing quote which should be cause for concern about hiring that particular contractor; these elements will include:

  • Stipulation that payment be made by cash only
  • Requesting a minimum deposit in excess of 10%
  • A mandated deposit for the purchase of materials
  • Requirement of full payment before work can start
  • Use of sub-contractors (potential for insurance issues)
  • Offering a discount if the contract is signed on that day
  • Offering a discount if the contract is paid in full up-front

As with any type of contractual agreement, a homeowner should be sufficiently informed and comfortable with the particulars and the terms of a roofing quote before committing to the contractor.  There should be no surprises, for either party, when the work is done.

A Forthright Approach in the Preparation and Adherence to Your Roofing Quote

For over 20 years, Integrity Roofers has maintained its reputation as one of the leading roofing contractor in Toronto and the GTA.  This recognition has been achieved through a commitment to providing quality workmanship plus their unparalleled customer service.

As its name implies, Integrity Roofers is driven by a dedication to deliver roofing services in a reliable and forthright fashion; this includes the preparation of all written quotes and the adherence to these quotes when they are awarded the business by their customers.

To learn more about Integrity Roofers and their trusted approach to all aspects of their business, visit our Mission & Values page.

When you need the services of an experienced and reliable roofing contractor in Toronto and the GTA, call the trusted professionals from Integrity Roofers at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to obtain your free estimate.