Overall, better long-term performance and life-cycle can be expected from properly formulated, installed and maintained modified bitumen flat roofing systems.
Easy Maintenance Easy inspection allows damaged areas to be readily identified. Repairs may be performed with a hand torch and round-nosed trowel.
Protection from the Elements Used as recommended, modified bitumen systems provide superior protection against water leakage and extreme weather conditions.
Quality Assurance Stringent quality control testing ensures high elasticity, tensile strength, optimal granule adhesion, high thermal shock resistance, low temperature flexibility, high fatigue endurance, exceptional resistance to aging and weathering and excellent puncture resistance.
At times when your flat roof is leaking or on the verge of falling apart, stay calm and be patient. You want to find a trusted and qualified commercial roofer to perform the repairs or replacement. It is always better to get the job done right the first time.
We have been in the commercial and industrial roofing industry since 1999 and have accumulated over 15 years of flat roofing experience
We specialize the installation, repair and replacement of multiple flat roof types (BUR, TPO, PVC, EPDM, Modified Bitumen)
We have serviced thousands of roofs all across the Greater Toronto Area.
Our flat roof technicians are fully trained and certified to service your flat roof.
We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured
We use only the best materials for our projects that offer warranties that last up to a lifetime.
We stand behind our workmanship with a 7 to 10 year leak-free warranty
We offer 24 Hour Emergency Flat Roofing Services
We are a leader and innovator in the Toronto roofing industry, being the first to combine thermal imaging and flat roofing to locate and eliminate flat roof leaks and moisture problems
We offer simple and affordable flat roofing solutions.
We help our clients achieve lasting value through quality flat roofing
Your roof is one of the most important investments and elements of a building, so finding a specialist is essential. Call 416-999-7663 to schedule an appointment with a flat roof specialist and to discuss your needs.
For all commercial property owners, replacing a flat roof will become a reality sooner or later. Today, storms are increasingly wreaking havoc on flat roofs and many commercial and industrial property owners are often setting aside the idea of a flat roof replacement until it is too late. Avoid letting this occurrence become a reality for you and the people under the roof.
It is always best to seek advice from a professional prior to taking any action. A thorough flat roof inspection must always be completed in order to accurately assess the damage. This allows a contractor to gauge the amount of work and material needed for the specific job and provide flat roofing solutions your budget. Ultimately, your flat roofing budget is what determines the options that will be available to you. Short term solutions to repair any flat roof leaks allow commercial property owners to start setting aside funds for when a full replacement is truly needed. Take the time to assess how much you want to invest in your flat roof now, in order to save later.
Choosing the Right Flat Roofing System
As a commercial property owner, it is essential that you know the basics of commercial roofing systems before you make the right decisions.
Depending on the location of the building and region it resides in, there are optimal flat roofing systems that provide advantages in cost-effectiveness and efficiency. For example, cool roofing systems such as PVC and TPO, perform better and provide a better return of investment in energy savings in warm weather regions. Modified Bitumen roofing systems provide better resilience in colder weather (sleet, hail, snow, high winds, etc.) and can handle high and low temperature extremes.
When selecting a roofing system, be wary that installing an inexpensive, low quality flat roofing system will initially cost less to install, but at the expense of issues you will face later on such as troublesome flat roof leak repair, leading to no money saved. Cheap roofs offered by lower-priced competitors will also have a short life expectancy even with ongoing maintenance. The best alternative: a reasonably priced high quality flat roof replacement that will last and comes with a warranty.
For free consultation on your flat roofing system, contact us today! Call 416-999-7663 to speak to a live representative.
As summer winds down and the leaves prepare to start falling, now is a good time to have your commercial or industrial flat roof inspected for possible problems. If you haven’t started preparing your flat roof for its battle with winter, now is the time to begin.
By the time the first snowfall hits the ground, our phones will be ringing off the hook with customers calling us because their roof is leaking and water damage is starting to occur on the inside of the building.Why wait until this happens? Problems like this can be avoided with just a simple roof inspection by a licensed flat roof specialist.
Flat Roof Inspections
Getting your flat roof inspected by a licensed professional before the winter begins is as simple as picking up the phone and calling Roof Maintenance.ca. No matter if your commercial or industrial building is located in Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area, we can come on site and give your flat roof a thorough inspection for any potential problems. Using thermal imaging technology, we inspect your roof with infrared roof scans to detect subsurface moisture and pinpoint any leaks to its origin. Detecting and repairing and problems that pose threats to your flat roof fixed before winter is not only smart, it helps prevent serious damage, saving you money in future costly repairs.
Roof Leak Investigations
Quite often, when you notice water leaking into your building, the damage has already been done to the underlying structure. Water can take its time and pool up under the damaged areas on the roof, eating away at the structure until it finally breaks free and starts to leak inside. This only leads to costly structural repairs and replacement of insulation and waterproofing membranes.
We often get calls from commercial industrial property owners complaining that water is leaking onto inventory or machinery from the roof overhead. When we arrive to have a look at the problem, we often find the flat roof has either been poorly maintained or installed with low quality workmanship. We also find that the leak has been present for some time, and some of the roof trusses are rotten or the flat roof decking has completely rusted or given way resulting in the need for the total replacement of the roof. Had the property owner invested in a roof maintenance plan, these issues would have been noticed and the problem would have been fixed before it got out of hand. Instead, thousands of dollars are required to repair the structure and replace the entire roof.
Your Final Roofing Solution
At Roof Maintenance.ca, when we remediate a flat roof, we always give you the option in upgrading your current roof to a more durable and longer-lasting alternative. The cost of the inspection is relatively minor compared to the total cost of repairs when damage has occurred. Not to mention the savings in your sanity by not having to deal with your insurance company over the damage that may occur when a leak is left too long. Have your roof inspected before the winter rolls in. Schedule an appointment today for free consultation and the highest quality commercial and industrial flat roofing services in the Greater Toronto area.
Choosing between roofing contractors for your next roof replacement or repair may be the determining factor which can lead to disappointment and unsatisfactory results. Choosing the right roofing contractor guarantees a well constructed, leak-free flat roof that will serve you well for years to come. After asking these 10 questions, you should have a better idea why choosing Roof Maintenance.ca is the right choice for your commercial industrial flat roofing project.
1. What warranties do we offer?
Flat roofing contractors should offer two kinds of warranties: a manufacturer’s warranty and a labour warranty. A manufacturer’s warranty is the guarantee that the maker of the roofing materials offers the customer. It states what the replacement requirements are when the roofing materials are inadequate or defective and how long the roofing materials are typically good for. Our labour warranty is what us as your flat roofing contractor offer our client s on all new work performed and completed. It promises that all our work will be done according to code and to the highest professional standards and remain leak-free for the next 7-10 years. We back our work and honour our warranties fully. If you have any questions about our warranties, they can easily be answered by contacting us.
2. Can you take before and after photos to show me the trouble spots on the roof?
Most of the time, it isn’t safe for a building owner to simply jump on the roof and inspect it. Rely on experienced professional to visually inspect your flat roof. Pictures of all troubled areas are taken and included in your written estimate.
3. Ask our previous clients.
When researching roofing contractors, you should ask for references of similar work performed within the past 12 months, of whom you may contact and see the work completed. What you’re looking for is an expectation of what it could be like if you hire us as your flat roofing contractor. Were we easy to get along with? Did we clean up the job site at the end of every day? Were all the past customer’s questions and concerns dealt with?
4. Ask detailed questions about your roofing system.
We are here to educate our clients and help them make an informed decision. If you’re in the market for a torch-on roof, ask us what kind of material the membrane is made from. You can also ask about the flashing we might use, or the kind of qualities the material will offer. The more knowledgeable you are about the flat roof you need, the better prepared you are to judge the answers you will get.
5. Do we offer a regular maintenance program?
After spending all that money on a flat new roof, the last thing that you want to think about is when it will need maintenance. But think of your question this way: you’re asking the roofing contractor if they are planning on being around in a couple of years, 5 years, 10 years or longer. Regular roof maintenance extends the life and value of your investment, and it is smart to get your roof checked out every now and then. All work completed by our flat roof technicians is guaranteed and regular check-ups are included in our commercial industrial “Preventative Maintenance+” plans as our way of standing behind our work – 100%. We look forward to securing long-term relationships with our clientele based off the principles of satisfaction, service and quality workmanship.
6. Are they knowledgeable,experienced and certified roofers?
We have been in the residential and commercial roofing industry for over 15 years and have experienced all types of roofing problems. We have worked with all types of roofing applications. This includes all types of membrane roofing, hot and cold applied BUR roofing systems, standing seam metal roofing, shingles, slate and tile roofing, waterproofing and damp roofing systems. In 2009 we were working around the clock assisting the victims of the Vaughan and Woodbridge tornadoes. All our technicians are trained and certified to complete your roofing project.
7. Does you roofing contractor have proper liability insurance?
Liability insurance covers the homeowner/business owner from any potential legal issues that arise from accidents, damage or other unforeseen problems that arise during the roofing job. You may ask to see a copy of our liability insurance and also call the insurance company to see if it is up to date.
8. What is the roofing company’s safety policy?
Safety is our number one priority. Every job-site is evaluated and a safety plan is devised if anything should happen. All Roof Maintnance technicians hold Fall Safe Protection training.
9. Do we use superior quality roofing products?
As in all aspects of construction, there are better quality and lesser quality products available for your flat roof. If you don’t know much about the roofing trade, it can be hard to know if the materials we are using are being installed according to product specifications, and if they are top quality roofing products. One option is educating yourself on the roofing products by checking out the manufacturer’s websites or going to suppliers. Ask us why we use the products we do, and how we install them.
10. Can we assess whether you need a roof replacement, recovery or repair?
You may think that you need a new roof but it might be the case that all you need is a patch. Roof Maintenance.ca is the first roofing company in the Greater Toronto Area to use thermal imaging technology to provide infrared roof scans which spot subsurface moisture on your flat roof. This allows us to accurately and efficiently detect problem areas of the flat roof and locate the source of a leak. No more guessing where the problematic areas are.
Ensure that you get written quotes for the work to be done on your flat roof, and make sure that they contain everything you ask for. At Roof Maintenance.ca we provide detailed written reports identifying any and all deficiencies and recommendations. We provide our clients a scope of work, a written estimate which will allow for proper budgeting for implementation of all necessary repairs or entire flat roof replacement.
Make sure you understand what you are signing for and what is included.
Make sure the invoice, estimate or contract gives the full name of the sales person and the name, address and phone number of the roofing contractor.
Ask your contractor to see any safety gear that will be used on the job, and ask if the workers have been trained to work safely.
Avoid any contractors who try to offer you a tax-free deal to replace your roof. This can be a sign that a business is not only avoiding tax responsibility, but other important consumer and worker protection responsibilities as well.
What you need to know:
Buying a new roof? Consider this…
Roofing is dangerous work; even a small slip can have serious consequences. So it’s very important to ask about health and safety precautions and certifications before hiring roofing contractors. At Roof Maintenance.ca, all of our flat roof technicians have obtained Working at Heights, Fall Arrest and Protection Certifications and CPR-C Training.
Get it in Writing!
Having a written contract gives you control over your renovation or construction project, and is a good way to protect yourself and ensure long-term satisfaction. You want assurance you’ll get what you agreed to, on the schedule agreed to, at the price agreed to.
Consumer Beware List
Many municipalities require roofers to be licensed, so a check with City Hall may tell you if your roofer is in good standing. Check this list for information on the company you may select.
Spring is right around the corner after a cold and brutal winter in the Greater Toronto Area. Soon, the melting snow will try to find its way through the cracks and holes in your flat roof which can lead to flat roof leaks, damaged insulation and damage to the deck of your roof. Frozen ice dams have formed over the winter and have backed up hundreds, if not, thousands of flat roofs across the GTA.
Your flat roof membrane, insulation and vapour barrier may have gradually become less effective after years of enduring Canada’s extreme climate and weather patterns. At this time of the season, it is critical to make sure that as the snow begins to melt, the water is carried away from your property and the drains are functioning properly. For personal safety, avoid doing this yourself and have your drains and flat roof inspected by a professional flat roofing contractor.
You might have experienced a leak to your flat roof before or are currently experiencing reoccurring leaks to your flat roof. This is a sign that the integrity of your flat roof construction has been compromised. Many contractors will often suggest a full flat roof replacement or extensive flat roof repairs without knowing the true extent of the damage. Seek a professional flat roofing contractor with the knowledge and tools to locate the source of the leak and make repairs to the damaged areas of the roof.
Speak to one of our flat roofing specialists and IR technicians to find out how we can reinforce your flat roof and prevent any future leaks from occurring. Call 416-999-7663 or visit www.roofmaintenance.ca
In a push to provide the Greater Toronto Area with the highest quality commercial and industrial flat roofing services available, Roof Maintenance.ca has acquired ownership of infrared flat roof inspection expert and industrial roofing contractor Roof Scan.ca. This unification of companies will create the most effective commercial and industrial roofing services the Greater Toronto Area has to offer. Roof Maintenance.ca will remain the parent company but the companies will remain separate.
“The roofing industry has changed from what was a battle between a handful of roofing companies to hundreds of roofing companies within the Greater Toronto Area. Working together with Roof Scan.ca, we can drive innovation, set new standards for quality roofing and restore confidence to property owners who have experience failed roofs.”
– Alex Murdza, President of Roof Maintenance.ca
Roof Maintenance.ca is a leader in the Toronto roofing industry for its commitment to high quality roofing. With over 15 years of flat roofing experience and thousands of satisfied customers, the acquisition of Roof Scan.ca adds specialty infrared roofing experience to a team of highly trained roofing experts in flat roof leak repair, flat roof replacement, roof-top equipment installation, skylight services, and commercial waterproofing.
Why, despite the knowledge, decades of experience in the design and construction of flat roofs and the use of increasingly sophisticated materials, do flat roofs still bring doubts and worries to many property owner’s minds? The answer to this question lies in these three factors: Design, Construction and Operation.
Very common flat roof problems stem from poor maintenance or a complete lack thereof. Regular maintenance requires flat roofs to be periodically inspected for damage, repaired, cleaned and checked for the functionality of its insulation and waterproofing properties.
The cycling through hot and cold seasons deteriorates flat roofs across the Greater Toronto Area year after year. On the surface of a flat roof, temperatures can range from -30 to +80 ° C. They are also exposed to UV (ultraviolet) radiation and several cycles of freezing and thawing. Therefore, the nature and properties of the materials from which the flat roof will be made and insulated with should ensure functionality under these conditions for at least 15-20 years.
Leaks, roof moisture and fungus are the most visible consequences of imporoper maintenance. Poor insulation promotes heat from escaping through the layers of roofs leading to leaks and flooding from melting ice and snow. This process becomes detrimental to the flat roof and leads to the deterioration and destruction of the membrane, flashings, gutters, downsputs, and melting or falling icicles that add danger your workplace.
Each type of roof should have carried out calculations of temperature and moisture. The aim is to not only select the correct thickness of thermal insulation, but also eliminate the possibility of condensation between the layers of the roof and eliminate conditions conducive to the growth of mold on the ceiling and walls on the inside. These calculations take into account the space around windows, skylights, roof hatchways, etc. These are the places where freezing frequently occurs and are favorable conditions for mold growth. With inadequate ventilation, steam and moisture within the layers cause separation and can be seen visually on the ceiling and wall in the form of streaks and peeling paint coating, which are tell all signs of weakness in the roof’s waterproof seal.
This layer on every flat roof, regardless of its function is crucial. The most common cause of leaks is due to errors by the contractors: lack of knowledge of the technologies used and the lack of a qualified team of employees.
Approaching the problem from the exterior (the “positive side”) seems to make the most sense to many people. It takes a considerable amount of labor to dig down to the base of your foundation wall. Once excavated, any areas in the roof decking or concrete foundation or walls that have been compromised can be repaired with a new waterproofing membrane.
Waterproofing Toronto flat roofs and foundations and detecting any flat roof problems early can help extend the service life of a flat roof for many years.
Substitution of Materials
A common mistake is to use “just as good but cheaper” alternatives or materials other than those provided by the manufacturer or chosen and described in the project documentation. The resulting “savings” for the difference in price of material is usually superficial and disproportionate to the cost of any subsequent repairs.
Proper execution of waterproofing usually depends on the use of special equipment. The waterproofing layers can can be mechanically fastened and connected to factories, glued or welded with hot air, fumes, flame or heat-sealed and require the use of different types of equipment. Overheating of the burner flame can cause weight loss in the asphalt’s insulating properties and can be made “stale”. This risk is virtually removed with the use of insulating materials welded by hot gases or hot air. Welding temperatures in this case are too low to permanently damaged the roof waterproofing material.
Some property owners believe that the purpose of the roof, due to the fact that it is flat can be freely changed. Ventilation, HVAC units, television antennas and other rooftop equipment are connected via an internal installation carried out through the ceiling or attic, through which the lead wires are often randomly located. Each of these elements can have a negative impact on the stability of the roof, insulation and can increase the load.
Roofs with a layer of grass need an appropriate thickness of the substrate (at least 20cm). The growing grass requires regular mowing and watering daily. Roofs with vegetation (shrubs and low trees) need to be cautious – it is unacceptable to hammer into a roof (such as wood or metal supports for trees) without the knowledge and consent of the manufacturer or professional contractor. Waterproofing layers can easily be damaged by this process leading to a re-roof or replacement, and this is an expensive venture.
Green roofs can mitigate the urban heat island effect.
Even on an overcast, 23° Celsius day, black tar roofs can reach temperatures as high as 70°. But this green roof at Toronto City Hall boasts a 35,000 square foot garden, which keeps the roof’s temperature at the forecasted 23°.
Green roofs in Toronto are becoming increasingly common, as property owners realize the advantages of having a garden on top of their buildings. For the uninitiated, a green roof is most simply described as being a living layer of grasses, shrubs, and mosses, planted over a waterproof membrane on a flat roof. A fascinating combination of engineering and ecology, green roofs can be tailored to suit almost any building, and can be installed on new buildings or retrofitted to existing ones.
The big question is: why would anyone want one?
Firstly, a green roof provides a mini-habitat for birds, bugs, and butterflies – you’ll have your own little ecosystem on your roof. Also in urban areas, you often don’t have space for plants or trees, so a green roof is a good opportunity to get some green space back into the concrete jungle. What’s more, green roofs dramatically reduce storm-water run off, improve air quality, lessen the impact of the urban heat island effect, increase biodiversity, and increase a roof’s lifespan. In short, they’re brilliant for the planet.
The most important practical advantage of a green roof, however, is its energy saving potential. While green roofs do provide some degree of insulation to a building during the colder months, the major advantage lies in their ability to keep buildings cool during summers. With a living roof, the plants absorb heat and reflect some of it back as well, so it keeps the building a lot cooler.
With buildings responsible for about 50 per cent of CO2 emissions, green roofs could make a real contribution to the battle against climate change.
This recent growth of interest in green roofs is only the latest development in a centuries-old tradition. People have been building green roofs for thousands of years in Europe, right back to the Vikings, but it’s only recently that building codes and regulations have caught up. In May 2009, Toronto became the first city in North America to adopted a Green Roof bylaw.
If the idea of a living roof sounds appealing, there are some practical aspects to consider. The term “green roof” covers a wide variety of installations. Buying a green roof is not like buying a table, you can’t just go down to IKEA and pick up a flat pack. You’ve got to do some research first, and find out what type is best for you. Broadly speaking, green roofs come in two varieties: “extensive” and “intensive”. Extensive roofs consist of a thin stratum of soil and rock wool, supporting small, hardy sedum plants and mosses, and thus are lightweight and relatively low-cost. Sedum can survive with no water for up to three months; it’s a tough little plant and maintenance is minimal.
Intensive roofs, on the other hand, feature a thicker layer of soil that can host a much wider variety of flora, including lawn grasses, large plants and even small trees. The thicker substrate, however, has a higher weight and cost, and requires more maintenance. The depth of a green roof can be varied according to taste and requirements, and green roofs are flexible enough to be adapted to many different situations.
There are, of course, some places where a green roof would not be suitable. The extra weight isn’t normally an issue. Always get a structural engineer to have a look at your property, give you ideas and give you the thumbs up. You don’t want your roof collapsing, obviously.
So what are the downsides? If your structure can support a green roof, it really is the way to go. Wouldn’t you much rather have a green roof providing its own little habitat and doing its bit for the environment than a slab of felt or concrete. In fact, the only downside to a green roof might be the price. It is more expensive, but you simply can’t price the value of having a green visual space which you can enjoy.
Choosing Flat Roofing Contractors
Going “green” is catching on, from the products we purchase to how we renovate and build our homes and buildings. The increasing number of local “green incentives” has also led to a growing number of contractors and building companies offering “green” products and services; some including fly-by-night companies jumping on the “green” band wagon.
When choosing a Green Roofing Contractor, choose one that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Ask for references and about their green products, services and experience.