What Shingle Should I Use on my Roof?

GAF vs BP vs IKO vs CertainTeed vs Owens Corning- Which one is best?!

Choosing the right shingle for your roof can be tough.

We’ve compiled a list of the most popular shingles along with their features from the big 5 manufacturers.

GAF- Timberline 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 210 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 30-35 years

    BP- Mystique

  •  50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 237 lbs pre 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 25-30 years

CertainTeed- Landmark 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 240 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 30-35 years

Owens Corning- Duration 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 260 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 30-35 years

IKO- Cambridge AR 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 240 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 20-25 years
    If you have any questions regarding shingles, contact us anytime! We’re here to help :)

    Richard Nelson
    President
    Roofr Inc
    1-866-287-3121

 

 

How to Avoid Roofing Scams

How to Avoid Roofing Scams and Save a Ton of Money

Finding the right roofing company to repair your roof can be quite the hassle.

From filtering through the thousands of roofers online, not knowing who’s best, to getting inconsistent quotes with massive markups. It can be really tough to make the right decision. On top of all this, there are a ton of shady, ‘fly-by-night’ contractors looking to scam you out of your hard-earned money.

In fact, problem’s with home renovations are among the top consumer complaints in Ontario. In 2015, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services received approximately 1,600 complaints and inquiries about home renovation services – 21% were related to roofers.
-Consumer Protection Ontario

We’ve compiled a quick checklist to help you avoid these scams and save as much money as possible.

  1. Get written quotes – Make sure the following is in the contract:
    • The contractor’s business name, address and contact information
    • Detailed description of the work to be completed and the materials used
    • The total cost, including all applicable taxes, the payment terms as well as the down payment and deposit
    • How the property will be protected
    • Cleanup details
    • Who will cover any damages to your property in case of any accidents
    • Detailed warranty on both materials and workmanship
  2. Understand what you are signing for, ask the following questions:
    • How long will the shingles last?
    • Is there adequate ventilation?
    • Are you putting Ice & Water Shield along the perimeter, valleys, and skylights?
    • How much do you charge for plywood replacement?
    • Will you pull up the plywood to inspect for mold in the attic?
    • Will you magnet the property to pick up any missed nails?
    • Will you be using synthetic underlayment to cover the entire roof deck?
    • Will you be using drip edge flashings?
  3. Ask your contractor if they have the necessary safety training. Working at Heights Training is mandatory for any contractor using a ladder or working at any heights.
  4. Avoid any TAX-FREE deals. This is extremely important. Not only does this raise many concerns why a business is trying to avoid taxes, but it also voids your warranty completely. If something happens to your roof within the warranty period, the shingle manufacturer will request a receipt for all materials and installation. If the contractor is providing you with a tax-free deal, they are most likely keep everything off the books and nothing will be documented. You will be on the hook for yet another expensive roof replacement.
  5. WSIB and Liability Insurance. Make sure you ask for a recent WSIB Clearance Certificate and Proof of Liability Insurance (Minimum 1M)
    If you’re planning on repairing or replacing your roof this year, please take the time to vet the contractors, it could save you thousands of dollars down the road!

    Hope this helps!

    Richard Nelson
    President
    Roofr

 

 

 

 

How Much Will it Cost to Replace My Roof?

Not sure how much it will cost to replace your roof? This should help!

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How much should my roof cost to replace??

Replacing or repairing your roof is no fun. It can be super expensive and tough to find a reputable contractor.

The roofing market is flooded with ‘fly by night’ contractors and dishonest sales reps. It’s hard to know who to trust and how much your roof should really cost to replace.

Every roof is different making it impossible to estimate EXACTLY how much it will cost to replace without an onsite analysis. There are many factors that will affect your price:

Shingle Type
Underlayments
Roof Complexity
Roof Slope
Number of Stories
Location

After years in the industry, we’ve come up with the average price/sqft to replace your roof in the General Toronto Area.

Prices for Roofing

Slopes

Asphalt Roofing

Low Slope (14-30 Degrees) :$2.00 – $2.50/sqft
Moderate Slope (30-45 Degrees) :$2.60 – $3.60/sqft
Steep Slope (45 Degrees and above) :$3.60 – $5.00/sqftmarkham houses before-after

Flat Roofing

2 Ply Modified Bitumen:$7 – $10/sqft
danforth flat

Cedar Roofing

Cedar Shakes:$9 – $14/sqft
danforth home

You should always get prices from at least 2 – 3 reputable roofing contractors in your area to get a better idea of what it should cost. You can also try our satellite estimator tool to get an instant free estimate for asphalt shingles or a modified bitumen flat roof without all the hassle.

Hope this helps!!

Richard Nelson
1-866-287-3121

 

How Does Roofr Save You Money?

The days of having to pay top dollar for quality workmanship are over. Enter Roofr.

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Roofr Vs. ‘The Big Guys’

Since Roofr’s launch just a few months ago many people have asked how we can possibly save customers so much money, and do so without sacrificing the quality of both workmanship and material.  The answer is ingrained in the basic principal of who we are. We are ‘Roofing Simplified’.  After many years in the traditional roofing industry, we’ve witnessed the seemingly endless inefficiencies and subsequent costs of the standard roofing operation. We’ve decided to do our best to change that.

“Why are large roofing contractors charging an arm and a leg to get the job done?”

Let’s start by talking about ‘the other guys’. Why are large roofing contractors charging an arm and a leg to get the job done?

When it comes down to it, big roofing contractors are essentially marketing giants; consisting of elaborate tiers and avenues to be navigated. When you, the homeowner, call up one of the big guys and ask for a quote, they proceed to send out a sales rep to convince you their high price point is necessary.  They will then call up a guy who will probably call up another guy, who might just be the guy that installs your new roof.  Large scale roofing companies subcontract 100% of ‘their work’ and tack on an additional markup as high as 50%.  That massive markup is necessary for these giants to survive.  It’ll cover over head costs, sales staff commission, marketing departments, accounting departments, project managers, and so on and so forth.  In the end you’re paying not only for your roof replacement, but for the big guys to keep the many aspects of their business operational.

“You contact us, and we connect you directly with reputable installers in your area. We eliminate the middleman and ensure that you receive wholesale pricing on all materials.”

At Roofr, we’ve decided to switch it up a bit, and really pair down the whole process. You contact us, and we connect you directly with reputable installers in your area. We eliminate the middleman and ensure that you receive wholesale pricing on all materials.  No sales teams to pay commissions to, no advertising team or project managers, and most importantly no crazy overhead. Our revolutionary, stripped down platform has allowed us to save ourselves money in all areas.  We’re so pleased we get to pass those savings on to you.

“We know, and want you to know that we will never be the absolute cheapest choice.  There are quite a few ‘fly-by-night’ roofing companies that often don’t have proper insurance, certifications, or WSIB clearance.”

We pledge to always provide the best possible workmanship and service at the most affordable price point.  At Roofr, we understand that you get what you pay for.  We know, and want you to know that we will never be the absolute cheapest choice.  There are quite a few ‘fly-by-night’ roofing companies that often don’t have proper insurance, certifications, or WSIB clearance.  There can be no guarantee of the experience they provide or most importantly, the end result. Be wary of these companies; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

All of Roofr’s installation teams have been hand selected based on reviews, years in business, amount of jobs completed, insurance, certifications and overall workmanship.  You can rest easy knowing that your roof is in capable and reputable hands, and you didn’t have to spend that arm or leg to make it happen!

 

Richard Nelson

The Importance of Proper Roof Ventilation

Not sure if your roof is well ventilated? This quick 2 min read will help!

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A properly ventilated roof can save you a ton of money in the long run. 

One of the most important components of a great roofing system is ventilation, the longevity of your roof greatly depends on it. A few extra dollars spent on adequate ventilation will save you a ton of money in the long run.

What does Ventilation do and Why is it Important?

Ice damning is a major cause of leaks during winter months. Ice damning occurs when your attic is not properly ventilated. Warm air from your home travels upwards and remains in your attic, melting the snow unevenly, which then freezes again when it reaches your eaves. This ice buildup will not only cause condensation and mould, but will deteriorate the shingles at a rapid rate and rot the roof deck.

During the summer, proper ventilation will allow for continuous outside airflow throughout the attic, keeping the inside of your home cooler, thusly saving you a large amount on your air-conditioning bill.

Things to Remember When Ventilating your Roof!

  • Your intake ventilation (soffits) must not be blocked by any insulation.
  • Vents must always be staggered along the ridge of the roof. Placing vents adjacent to one another will cause cross ventilation (air entering one vent and leaving directly out another).
  • Only one style of vent can be used in the same attic space. The use of different vents types will cause an imbalance in air flow and leave portions of the roof unventilated.

Ask your Contractor.

When replacing your roof, be sure to ask your contractor the following questions regarding ventilation:

  • Do I have an adequate amount of exhaust vents in relation to my attic space and intake vents?
  • Is there more than 1 type of exhaust vent being used on the roof?
  • Are my old vents being used?
  • Is there potential for cross ventilation to occur?
  • Are my intake vents (soffits) blocked by any insulation? (This can be checked by looking inside the attic space).
  • Do I have an adequate amount of intake ventilation?

All in all, choosing the right roofing contractor in your area will eliminate any future ventilation risks and save you a ton of money in the long run.

Hope this helps!!

Richard Nelson

Need a new roof? Not sure? Here’s what to look for…

A semiannual inspection can save you a ton of money in the long run. If your looking for an inspection by a professional contractor, give us a call!

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When Was Your Roof Last Inspected?

…Could you describe your roof right now?

Let’s be honest, how often do you look up at your roof? If you’re like most of the population, almost never… and when you do look up, how can you tell if it’s still in great condition?

Many homeowners look past the condition of their roof, thinking it is not very important. In actuality, your roof is protecting one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime, your home.

Taking the time to do a semiannual inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run, not to mention, a ton of headaches.

What to Look For During your Roof Inspection

A professional will be able to perform the most thorough and complete inspection of your roof.

Here’s a few signs that it’s time for a new roof, or even just a repair. Keep in mind, some aspects of an inspection require the help of a professional contractor.

  1. Shingles are falling off, tabs are going missing
  2. Shingles are looking cracked and blistered
  3. Plywood is sagging
  4. Shingle granular is missing and filling the eaves
  5. Moisture damaged plywood and mold in the attic
  6. Water is leaking inside of your home

Act Fast to Prevent Further Damage

If any of these signals are present, don’t wait. The last thing you want is to renovate the inside of your home and realize water has leaked through the roof and drywall, damaging everything in it’s path.

Be certain to call a trusted, professional roofing company in your area to come and do an inspection or small repair. Keep in mind, you may only need a small repair in one area, rather than forking out thousands of dollars replacing your entire roof.

Get Started Now

Visit our homepage to get started with your free instant roofing estimate, using our satellite technology.

Introducing: Roofr – The Best Way to Get Your Roof Replaced

What is Roofr?

We currently exist in the age of technology. Almost every aspect of our lives has been simplified and streamlined with the help of automated advancements. The roofing industry seems to be stuck in the technological dark ages.

Why is the roofing industry seemingly stuck in the dark ages?

Enter the hero of our story, Richard Nelson. With a career spanning 15 years within all facets of the roofing industry, Richard found himself asking that very question, “Why do we still do it this way?”. He witnessed the ins and outs, incapabilities and inefficiencies of an industry that hasn’t evolved since its inception.

The roofing industry, as it stands, has many opportunities for improvement. For a homeowner looking to have work done on their home, there can seem to be many daunting challenges.

  • Weeding through masses of roofing companies in the area
  • Figuring out which of them is properly insured
  • Determining who can provide the best service and installation

You could face these challenges while spending outrageous amounts of money to hopefully get the job done the way you expect. Richard knew there had to be a better way.

Your home is your biggest investment. The process of protecting it doesn’t have to be complicated or antiquated.

Introducing: Roofr!

No middlemen, no crazy markups or overhead, no sleezy salesmen; and the added bonus of wholesale pricing on materials, plus direct guidance and great warranties. By calling the internet our home base we’ve managed to save ourselves a ton of money, and are so pleased we get to pass those savings on to you. We are quite simply your one-stop-online-shop with a few added perks.

We start by using our satellite imagery technology to provide you with a free online estimate. Before ever picking up a phone, you have a roofing quote accurate within 10% right in front of you. Here’s the best part, at Roofr we’ve already done the legwork for you! We’ve done the research, and hand selected the best roofers in your area. All of our installers have full liability insurance, WSIB clearance, and have excelled in the business for at least 10 years.

Choosing Roofr?

We’re all about savings; saving you time and saving you money. We believe in providing the peace of mind you need when replacing or repairing the very roof over your head.

Your home is your biggest investment. The process of protecting it doesn’t have to be complicated or antiquated.

Stop wasting your time and money, let us put a roof over your head, the easy way! Get started here!