Material Options for Repair or Replacement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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