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It’s summer in Toronto, and that means it’s roofing season.
After months of unpredictable weather, Torontonians can look forward to months of long, hot days that are perfect for home renovations and maintenance projects.
If you’re considering booking a new roof installation this summer, here are three of the most important things to consider before you start looking for a contractor.
Re-roofing a house is frequently listed as one of the most expensive home maintenance jobs a homeowner will ever undertake, and while you can expect to pay at least $5,000 for a residential installation, the full cost can be significantly higher depending on the size of your roof and the materials you use.
This means that before you start the booking process, it is a good idea to determine your general budget. To do this, you’ll want to get in touch with your insurance provider, check the warranty on your current roof, and find out how much of the expense you will need to pay out-of-pocket.
If the warranty has expired and your insurance will not cover the full cost, you may want to consider taking out a home equity loan or second mortgage to fund the repairs. If your roof is reaching the end of its life, putting the work off until you can afford it through savings will only drive total costs up.
With your budget determined, you can get in touch with a professional roofing company to talk about materials. If you want to get your roof fixed in Toronto you have a wide range of options available, both for flat and pitched roofs.
If you have a pitched roof you will need to choose between the default 3-tab shingles most commonly used in residential homes and the longer lasting, more upmarket laminated shingles that have become increasingly popular.
For those with flat roofs, the range of choice is even more expansive. Companies like Professional Roofers, for example, offer solutions like:
- Modified Bitumen
- EPDM membrane
- PVC membrane
- TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
- Spray Polyurethane Foam
Experienced Toronto roofers will be able to provide the best advice as to which of these materials will provide the best protection for your home.
In a city like Toronto, where winters are cold and the spring and autumn are rainy and unpredictable, the window of time in which roofing can be done is relatively small. This means that Toronto roofing companies tend to get booked up early in the season.
To make sure you can get the repairs done in time for winter, start looking for a roofing company to book your installation with as soon as possible. If you are flexible about dates, you may still be able to find a contractor who can get you a beautiful new roof before school starts up again in September.
A roof is a major investment in your home, and the last thing you want to do is book repairs without fully knowing what the process involves. By establishing a set budget, familiarizing yourself with the materials, and getting a sense for the expected timeline for completion, you can make sure the job is done right.