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Roofing Articles by Smart Roofing

We understand that buying or replacing your roof is one of the more significant purchases you will make for your house. Our goal with these articles is to give you as much information about roof systems and guide your through the roof replacement process. If you have any specific questions that you would like answered, please don’t hesitate to email us as [email protected].

How Much Does a Flat Roof Cost in Ontario

The most common flat roof system uses the Modified Bitumen System, a two-ply heat-welded vulcanized system that is much stronger than the single-layer iron-on-system. So how much does it cost to replace a flat roof? Just like there are many different factors that impact the price of shingle roofs, there are also various factors that impact the price of flat roofs.

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Components of Modified Bitumen/Torch Down Flat Roof Installations

There are many different installation options for low-sloped or flat roof homes and buildings, depending on the requirements and preferences of the property owner. At Smart Roofing, we have the expertise and the experience working with various flat roof systems, including the Modified Bitumen flat roof installation method, also known as the Torch-down flat roof system.

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How Much Does It Cost to Reshingle a Roof in Ontario

There are many factors that impact the price to reshingle a roof. In this article, we outline the various factors and provide the price ranges for the popular types of asphalt shingles used in Ontario. Prices provided for each grade ranges per square foot and is determined based on the factors listed.

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How to Select a Good Roofing Contractor

A roof is one of the most important elements of your home, so it is crucial to select a good roofing contractor to protect what you value most – your family and your home. Smart Roofing highlights three important points to remember when selecting a quality roofing contractor.

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How to Tell When a Roofer Does Good Workmanship

You know you want to hire a quality roofing contractor, but how can you tell which contractor does good workmanship vs a fly-by-night roofer? This article outlines some things to pay attention to determine if your roofing contractor does quality work.

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Component of a Good Roof System

While the color and quality of roof shingles is an important part of the roof purchase, when it comes to quality roof installations, it is also important to consider the entire roof system, which includes the materials underneath the roof shingles, as well as having proper attic ventilation and insulation.

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When to Replace Your Roof Shingles

A roof is one of the most important elements of your home, yet for many, it is often an overlooked part. Unfortunately, even small roof problems that are not dealt with quickly and correctly can start to impact other areas of your home. So how do you know when it is time to replace your roof shingles?

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Why Roof Replacement Cost Estimates Differ

There are many reasons why roof replacement cost estimates vary. These include the type of roof shingles used, what kind of roof warranty is included, and how the roof replacement work is being done. To properly compare the various roof replacement quotes, make sure you know what the roofing contractors have included in their estimate.

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Factors that Impact the Cost of a New Roof

How much does a new roof cost? This is typically the first question that comes up when a property owner realizes that the existing roof needs to be replaced. To give a proper roof estimate, a reputable roofing contractor will have to physically visit the property and do some measurement as well as inspect the health of the roof system.

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Common Roof Repair Problems in Toronto

We at Smart Roofing have fixed many types of roof problems in the Toronto area. In this article, we show you photos of roof repair problems that we as commonly encounter. If you notice these issues on your roof, we encourage you to deal with it right away before they start impacting other areas of your roof system.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Roof is Leaking

One of the questions we get frequently here at Smart Roofing is, “My roof is fairly new. Why is my roof leaking?” Based on our experience, we have observed that roof leaks are primarily caused by the following factors:

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How Often Should You Replace Your Roof Shingles in Ontario?

One of the most common question we get asked by Ontario home owners is how long should roof shingles last. A related question is how often should asphalt shingles be replaced? As with most questions, the answer is “it depends”. As we have pointed out in our article on how to choose the best roof shingles, there are a myriad of options to choose from and the higher quality shingles will give you the best value and highest warranty.

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Preparing Your Roof System for Toronto Winters

The Toronto winter can take a toll on your roof, but below are some useful tips to prepare your roof system (including eavestrough and attic) for the coming winter months.

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What You Need to Know About Roof Warranties

Roof shingle manufacturers sell 25, 30, 40, and lifetime warranties. How do you choose which roof shingle to purchase for your home? This article discusses the various roof warranties that homeowners may encounter and understand which option(s) give them the best protection.

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How to Choose the Best Roof Shingles for Your Home

Replacing your roof is one of the most important purchases a homeowner can make. Based on this, it is important to understand the various options available. Asphalt shingle roofs are the least expensive and most popular option, followed by metal roofs, cedar roofs, slate roofs and clay roofs.

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Benefits of a Properly Ventilated and Insulated Attic

Insulation is an essential part of any home, regardless of the climate you live in. Insulation, in combination with proper ventilation, helps to stabilize the temperature inside of your home so that it’s not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter.

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How Ice Dams Form and How to Prevent Them

Old Man Winter can be a dangerous enemy to home owners if the right protection is not put in place. Water damage from ice dams in the eaves and gutters of your roof can cause a number of costly problems to the integral structure and soundness of your home.

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What are the Causes of Attic Mold?

Your home’s attic plays a very important role in ensuring your roof system lasts a long time. As outlined in our article on the benefits of a properly ventilated and insulated attic, having a properly ventilated attic is key to an energy efficient attic. One consequence of not having a well functioning and improperly ventilated attic is the growth of attic mold.

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Importance of Ventilation to your Roof Shingles

To ensure a longer lasting roof, it is important for homes in Toronto and the GTA to have a proper and balanced ventilation system. A proper and balanced ventilation means having proper intake air at the soffits and exhaust at the roof vents that result in your attic temperature being as close to the outside temperature as possible. Having this balanced ventilation system will prevent moisture build up in your attic which could lead to wood rot, mold formation and mildew.

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