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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor Requires an Investment of Time and Research

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:

  • Online searches to identify roofers from the local area
  • Feedback from third parties – family, friends, neighbours
  • Websites dedicated to contractor reviews (HomeStars, Houzz)

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:

  • Experience – how long have they been active in the roofing business?
  • Estimates – will a quote be presented and approved/signed before work begins?
  • Designations – are they manufacture-certified to install or repair their products?
  • Warranties – what are they, and will these guarantees also be provided in writing?
  • Insurance – can they offer proof of valid workplace and general liability coverage?
  • Contingencies – what happens if they find any unexpected problems and/or costs?
  • Work Crew – will the services be provided by their own staff or by sub-contractors?
  • References – are they prepared/able to share feedback from other jobs/customers?
  • Safety – are the members of their crew fully trained and certified to work at heights?

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:

  • Attitude – speaking in a patronizing or superior tone; openly critical of competitors
  • Discourtesy – poor/tardy communication/follow-up; use of unprofessional language
  • Overselling – too hasty to recommend that a full roof replacement is the sole option
  • Limitations – reluctant to discuss alternatives to a ‘preferred’ type of asphalt shingle
  • Too Good to Be True – submitting a price/quote that is significantly below all others
  • Bending the Rules – offering to start work prior to an insurance provider’s approval
  • Process Issues – assuming repair needs and quoting costs without onsite inspection

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.

A Comprehensive Range of Services from a Leading Toronto Roofing Contractor

Roofer Measuring Roof

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:

  • Installations
    • Flat Roofs
    • Slate Roofs
    • Shingle Roofs
    • Eavestroughing
    • Siding and Skylights
  • Roof Repairs and Replacement
    • Leaks/Shingle Damage
    • Flat Roofing Membranes
    • Eavestroughing Systems
    • Snow and Ice Dam Removal
    • Attic Sealing, Insulation, Ventilation
  • Diagnostics
    • Roof Inspections
    • Infrared Thermal Imaging

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.

High Winds Can Cause Serious Damage to the Roofs of GTA Homes

Several Underlying Factors Can Lead to Roof Damage by High Winds in Toronto

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:

  • Improper positioning of nails
  • Use of air guns to install shingles
  • Metal drip edges not being installed
  • Loose shingles – due to under-driven nails
  • Shingles punctured from nails driven in too deeply
  • Nails piercing metal valleys/valleys incorrectly trimmed
  • Absence of sealant from starter or leading-edge shingles

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:

  • From street level, using binoculars
  • From a ladder, on all sides of the home
  • From close range, by walking about the roof
  • From a distance, by asking neighbours for help

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.

Expert Roof Repairs to Help Toronto Homeowners Prevent More Costly Damage

Winter Storm Damaged Roof ShinglesLoose, 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:

  • Rotting of soffit and fascia
  • Failure of the gutter system
  • Impairment of attic insulation
  • Weakening of the roof decking
  • Staining of interior walls/ceilings
  • Cracks/leaks in building foundation
  • Crumbling/buckling of masonry walls

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.

The Importance of Having Snow Removed from Your Roof

Snow Removal from a Roof Can Avoid Major Structural Issues and Repair Costs

When depicting winter scenes, or perhaps the festive season, many graphic designers or artists will include a home that is decorated with coloured lights hanging from the eaves, wreaths adorning doors and windows, a snowman on the lawn, and perhaps some smoke billowing from the chimney; it is also common to see pure white snow sitting on the roof.

While these images are meant to represent the joys of winter, the beauty of its scenery, and the spirit of the holiday season, they may also be encouraging, albeit subliminally, a situation of potential concern for homeowners; allowing snow to accumulate on the roof of their home, though attractive in its own right, can prove to be rather detrimental.

There are several different issues that can result from the over-accumulation of snow on a roof; these will include:

  • Formation of ice dams – snow can melt (due to sunshine or heat escaping from the home) then refreeze along the edge of the roof; this creates an ice-dam effect which can redirect water underneath the shingles and into the home, resulting in significant damage to the roof, the rafters, and the interior walls and ceilings.
  • Stress on the roof structure – roofs are designed to withstand a certain amount of weight based on local building codes, etc.; if those limits are exceeded, the roof can actually collapse, resulting in severe structural damage to the home and the potential risk of injury to its occupants. It might also negate approval of any insurance claims.
  • Damaged eavestroughs – gutters can fill with wet snow and ice, making them too heavy for their anchors and causing them to pull away or fall from the fascia; this will also inhibit the normal flow of water/melted snow, forcing that water to spill over the sides of the gutters and cause damage to masonry, siding, and to the foundation.
  • Blocked roof vents – the ceiling space or attic under the roof cannot be adequately ventilated, leading to the formation of condensation in this area and the potential for future issues with the shingles, roof deck, and attic insulation; not to mention higher energy consumption and costs.

Therefore, in the event of a significant snowfall or a substantial accumulation of snow on the roof (six inches or more), it would be important for homeowners to have this weight removed before any appreciable amount of structural damage can occur. This is usually accomplished in one of these ways:

  • Roof raking – with a specially-made tool (snow rake) to pull snow from the roof
  • Shoveling – through the use of a plastic-edged scoop to prevent shingle damage

The use of one method versus the other will be dependent on several factors, notably:

  • Quantity of snow
  • Height of the roof
  • Surface area of roof
  • Type of roofing material
  • Type of snow (powdery or wet)

Above all else is the safety factor; working at heights, either from a ladder or on the roof surface, has inherent dangers that are substantially magnified in snowy or icy conditions. Therefore, in addition to the importance of removing accumulated snow from a roof, it is highly recommended that homeowners engage trained professionals to perform this job; such snow removal services are provided by the experts at Integrity Roofers, one of the leading roofing companies in Toronto and the GTA.

For further information on the advantages of contracting the skilled crews from Integrity Roofers for the removal of accumulated snow from the roof of your home this winter, please visit our Roof Snow Removal page.

The Value of Investing in Professional Services to Remove Snow from Your Roof

Icicles Hanging From HomeAlthough it may be more economical for homeowners to remove the snow from their roof on their own or through the use of inexperienced or unqualified contractors, the risks of any such action will far outweigh the immediate cost of hiring the licensed professionals from Integrity Roofers. The value of investing in these trained and knowledgeable snow removal experts includes:

  • Use of proper equipment
  • Use of most suitable method
  • Appropriate attention to safety
  • Care for the protection of property
  • Valid workplace insurance coverage
  • General liability insurance coverage

The potential expenses associated with matters relating to personal injury, roof/property damage, and insurance claims can be both steep and enduring; due to the importance of removing accumulated snow from the roof of a home, from the perspectives of structural and financial implications, the tangible cost of professional snow removal services should be viewed as a viable investment in overall home maintenance.

For efficient and expert removal of snow from the roof of your home this winter, call the specialists from Integrity Roofers today at 416-736-7373 or Contact us to arrange for our services throughout the season.