What are the signs I need a new roof?
Your roof is between 8 - 12 years old - The average life span in Ontario is typically 8 - 12 years despite many shingles having 25+ year warranty. Improper installation and our weather conditions in Ontario are one of the contributing factors to the end of life of your roof. An annual inspection should be performed after 8 years to make sure that there is no leaking or damage to the interior of the roof.
Curling shingles - Shingles can curl in two ways: There's cupping, which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and there's clawing, which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. It could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Both are warning signs of problems with your roof and should be inspected and/or addressed.
Missing shingles - Shingles may blow off due to inferior roofing product or improper installation. In some cases, the asphalt shingle become very brittle and a strong enough wind may result in the loss of some shingles. Unaddressed, leaking may occur. A repair may be a temporary solution however it is important to have a professional inspect your roof to prevent future damage or issues.
Cracked shingles - "Thermal splitting," or "cracking" which in fact is in most cases actually a tearing of the shingles is considered by experts to be the principal current problem with fiberglass-based shingles. This is mostly due to expansion and contraction due to temperature differences of the seasons in conjunction with inferior roofing material. Horizontal cracks indicate substrate issues that will need to be addressed.
Granules in the eaves trough - Look in your eaves trough (gutters) to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.
Moss - Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles.
Light through the roof boards - You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.
Sagging roof - Often means water absorption has caused the wood to weaken and sag. A good sign of improper ventilation and/or roof failure.
Your Neighbours are getting their roof done - Typically speaking, most houses in a subdivision were built at the same time. Often times your neighbour may have caught an issue with his or her roof and yours may be next as the same installers and material were used on your house. A roof inspection may be warranted
Have one of our roofing specialist come out and perform a free roof inspection today.
What factors determine the price of a roof?
1. Size of the roof: The material & labour cost to install a new roof on a small roof vs. a larger roof will differ.
2. Roof slope or pitch: Roofs that are steeper requires more time to install and also more material.
3. Type of application: Low slope vs steep slope systems require different roofing applications.
4. Material choice: Prices vary depending on the roofing material and its quality.
5. Number of layers: If your current roof has multiple layers of roof shingles, this will require additional time to account for the removal of the existing layers.
6. Roof Adornments (wall flashings, chimney flashings, skylights, plumbing stacks, etc.): These may require extra work if leaks and/or flashing repairs/replacements needs to be addressed.
7. Roof accessibility: Roofs that are difficult to access will require additional equipment and labor.
8. Roofing system components: This includes the underlayment and decking materials, ventilation and insulation installed and types of fasteners used.
Get an online estimated price for your roof now. Its fast and its free!
How do I know which roofing solution is best for me?
Our roofing consultant will come out at a pre-determined time and assess the roof condition, confirm roof measurements, address any questions that you and all key decision makers have, ask all the right questions to determine your needs from our variety of roofing products, styles, colours, and budget. Because we have offer multiple products from multiple manufacturers, we will explain the products and make recommendations based on your needs, not ours. You will be shown exact roofing product differences and benefits of each will be explained.
Why is Canadian Roof Specialist the right choice for me?
Most people spend hours and hours researching and interviewing numerous companies to confirm their quality of work, insurance credentials, references, history, safety record etc. to find the best value for a quality job on their roof. Your Canadian Roof Specialist has done all that for you, saving you loads of time and provide you with the right product at the right price from our Vetted roofers ensuring it will be installed to manufacturer specifications.
We provide you with an exact quote on out initial visit so you know exactly what you are paying for to fix all your roof issues. The right job at the right price.
I am not on the roof. How do I know the roofers will do what you say they will do?
Each roofing installation crew must take up to 30 pictures of work in progress to ensure proper manufacturer recommended porcedures and best practices were followed on each and every job. We also perform arbitrary inpections of our projects to maintain our highest quality standards and confirm our rigorous policies and procedures were adhered to by our installers. We also confirm that they are doing exactly what we have promised you that we would do, without cutting any corners. If the installer fails to provide photos of work in progess or comply with our standards, they will be pulled from the job and re-trained or releived of duty.
You are provided with a completion checklist and will be invited by the installer to view thier work to confirm that each aspect of the installation was done correctly and as promised.