In most cases, your roof will let you know when it is starting to show its age. Periodic (twice per year) inspections can often uncover shingles that are missing, cracked or buckled, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutter or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof system problems. Curling is another obvious sign of deterioration that can pose an additional problem: a curled shingle can allow wind to get under and lift it. Shingles become brittle with age, and a lifted shingle is highly susceptible to breaking off and exposing the unprotected roof deck to the elements. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discoloured drywall and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
Not necessarily. First you should establish that it is indeed the roof that is leaking. Windows and chimneys can be the culprits when water damage occurs inside the home. If your roof only leaks in winter you may be experiencing ice damming or “ice back-up” and the problem may be due to ventilation and/or insulation and not necessarily a roof problem. A qualified roofer will, in most cases, be able to pinpoint the problem. At that point, the age and condition of the existing roof will determine whether repairing or replacing your roof is your best option.
Most work should not be done by someone who isn’t qualified. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles, and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system).
Hiring a GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite® Roofing Contractor means that GAF has taken the worry out of choosing a roofing contractor. To become a Factory-Certified roofing contractor requires that the roofer meet a stringent list of criteria, which include:
Because of GAF’s stringent standards, less than 3% of roofing contractors are qualified as a Master Elite® Contractor!
The price of a new roof system varies widely, and depends on such things as the material selected, the contractor doing the work, location of the home or building, local labour rates and the time of the year. There are also a number of other factors that affect the price of a roof replacement; the size, slope (how steep), the number of layers, the type and quality of shingle selected, access to the customers property, and the number of storeys are some of the most important factors pertaining to cost. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials, warranty and workmanship.
For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. You will need to look at the whole product range and make a choice base on your budget and needs. It is important when selecting a roofing material that you compare the cost vs the life expectancy of the materials. Some of the Premium style asphalt shingles may require a larger initial investment, but a lower annual cost overall.
Yes. We provide a written estimate, which includes the materials to be used on the job, the scope of the work, the cost, and any other relevant information pertaining to your roof. This estimate is emailed to you in advance so that you can review it before meeting in person with one of our sales team. We also include educational materials and shingle samples as well as a copy of our insurance papers, WSIB, references, and a complete list of terms and warranties.
The majority of estimates always cover the cost of redoing the agreed-upon area completely. There are only two reasons a price will change:
As a GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite® Roofing Contractor, we are required to carry a minimum of $2 million in liability insurance. We are also fully covered and supported by the WSIB and will provide you with hard copies of our certificates during our in-person meeting at your home. If a contractor does not provide you hard copies of their certificates they may not have WSIB coverage or insurance of any kind. You could be personally liable if an accident or an injury occurs. This can include being held liable for medical and other costs. You could also be exposed to lawsuits.
During our busy seasons it can take an average of 1-2 weeks before installation can begin. So, it is important that you plan accordingly. We do offer emergency repair services which provides temporary protection for your home before your new roof can be installed. But, we encourage you to be proactive when it comes to replacing your roof.
Replacing a roof is a labor-intensive project and depending on the type of roof could take anywhere from a day or two to a couple of weeks to complete. The time involved can be affected by the weather. Wind, snow, rain or even just the threat of one of these will tend to slow the process considerably. However, homeowners should be concerned when the timeline provided by the contractor to complete the project turns from days into weeks.
Roofing Done Right is a GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite® Roofing Contractor, and your BEST and SAFEST choice for roofing materials and installation in the Sudbury Region. Follow the link to get in touch with us!