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
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:
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:
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.
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.
For 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:
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.
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
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:
There are principally three types of attic insulation commonly in use today, including:
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?
Compared 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.
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:
Today, a majority of commercial flat roofing is composed of various types of membrane material, most notably:
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.
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:
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.
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:
Soffit is usually constructed from one of the following types of material:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
As 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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
Sometimes, 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:
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.
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.
So 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:
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:
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.
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.
For a majority of homeowners, it is very likely that contact information for a local roofing contractor is not stored in their mobile phone directory or on a business card being held by a fridge magnet. This may be due to the fact a need for roof repairs or replacement may only arise once or twice during the time that a family owns their home.
However, when a roofer’s services are needed, there is often a desire on the part of the homeowner to have the problem resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible; this can in turn result in added stress or self-imposed pressure to find a local company that can handle the job with the least amount of delay. And while there is likely an abundance of advertising by roofing contractors at any given time (flyers, online, lawn signs, and local media), picking a good roofer, i.e. a reputable and reliable roofing contractor, may prove to be a more exhaustive exercise than one might at first assume.
So how does the homeowner go about hiring the right roofing contractor to address their specific needs within an acceptable timeline? The answer – though there could be some degree of inconvenience with this process, homeowners would be well-advised to invest some time and effort into screening various contractors before scheduling a service visit.
To begin the process, there are several sources through which homeowners can identify a few roofers worthy of potential consideration; these include but are not limited to:
Once that short-list of roofing contractors (perhaps three to four max) has been created, homeowners will want to assess each company on their own merits; this can be done by contacting them directly to ask and learn about the following aspects of their business:
Throughout the process of evaluating any roofing contractor, homeowners should also be aware of so-called ‘red flags’ that they may encounter along the way; any of these alerts should raise serious concerns/doubts about the trustworthiness of that particular roofer. The most common reasons for unease would consist of:
Although this might seem like a tedious and time-consuming effort, such research can be completed over a fairly short period of time, probably within the same business day; this investment of time will pay handsomely in terms of hiring the roofing contractor with the experience, skills, and reputation to meet the homeowner’s needs and budget. One such certified roofer in Toronto and the GTA that can satisfy these criteria is Integrity Roofers.
Integrity Roofers recognizes and respects the importance of customer satisfaction when the need arises for roof repair or replacement service. For more than 20 years, Integrity Roofers has strived to develop and maintain its reputation as a leading roofing contractor in Toronto and the surrounding area.
These professional roofers provide a comprehensive range of services for both residential and commercial property owners, including:
For further information about Integrity Roofers and what homeowners can expect when they choose the roof repair and replacement services offered by this experienced roofing contractor, please go to our About Integrity Roofers page.
Looking for the right roofing contractor in Toronto and the GTA? Call the specialists at Integrity Roofers today at 416-639-0779 or Contact us to request your free estimate.
Many homeowners throughout Toronto and the GTA have likely seen news footage of the tropical storms that have devastated communities along the Florida coastline and in the island nations of the Caribbean. The extraordinarily powerful winds of these storms have flattened homes, overturned vehicles, brought down hydro lines, and closed off access to clean water; over the course of just a few hours, these high winds can certainly alter the lives of countless families, in some cases on a permanent basis.
Fortunately for the vast majority of Toronto area residents, it is improbable that they will ever experience these conditions first-hand; the last tropical storm to strike Toronto was Hurricane Hazel in 1954, with winds reaching 124 kilometres per hour. But this does not mean that Toronto is immune to the effects of high winds; to the contrary, winds gusting to 80 km/h or even to 100 km/h have been recorded within the GTA, and subsequent damage to homes and properties has been substantial.
For local property owners, the area of their home most often affected by such high winds is the roof, specifically the peeling/tearing away of asphalt shingles. And while this type of roof damage could occur at any time of the year in Toronto, it can happen more often during the winter, as shingles tend to become more brittle in extreme cold temperatures.
There are in fact several contributing factors or root causes that can predispose a roof to damage/shingle loss resulting from high winds, with the majority founded in poor quality materials or poor installation techniques; these issues can include:
With winter temperatures having arrived in Toronto and the GTA, high winds cannot be far behind. As mentioned above, this is a dangerous combination that can cause severe shingle/roof damage and hence expensive roof repairs, not to mention the inconvenience and disruption that such situations can create for the homeowner and their family during the cold weather season.
Therefore, it will be important for homeowners to inspect the condition of their shingles, and their roof as a whole, before the weather worsens to ensure that all is firmly in place and able to withstand any high winds that may assail the GTA during the winter. Such inspections can be done by the homeowner in one or more of the following of ways:
One further option that should be given serious consideration would be to hire a Toronto roofing company, such as Integrity Roofers, to perform the inspection. The professionals from Integrity Roofing can assess the condition of the shingles, and of the entire roofing structure, to determine whether any roof repairs might be needed on an immediate basis to prevent more extensive and expensive roof damage over the winter.
To learn more about the roof inspection/assessment services offered by the specialists at Integrity Roofers, visit our Roof Consulting page.
Loose, damaged, or missing shingles, in addition to any accompanying costs for repairs or replacement, can lead to many other types of roof or structural damage, principally due to leaks/water penetration; some of the ensuing problems may consist of:
Such issues can be averted by confirming that the asphalt shingles are properly installed and appropriately secured, thereby safeguarding the home and its contents – and most importantly, its occupants. And in turn, skilled roof repairs performed by the crews from Integrity Roofers, one of the leading roofing companies in Toronto, may provide the ideal solution for avoiding these types of concerns.
For more information on the extensive range of roof repairs available from the experts at Integrity Roofers, go to our Roofing Repair Services page.
For reliable roof repairs in Toronto and the GTA, including the repair or replacement of asphalt shingles in preparation for the coming winter, Call the professionals at Integrity Roofers today at 416-736-7373 or Contact us to book a roof inspection/assessment at your earliest convenience.