About GTA Ontario Flat Roofers in Vaughan, Toronto and the entire GTA.
GTA Ontario Flat Roofers is independently owned roofing contractor, operated by professionals who believe in quality products, exacting workmanship and personal attention to our customers. Flat roof resurfacing and roof replacement are what we specialize in. We are fully knowledgeable with all types of roofs, in particular, industrial and commercial flat roofing systems, and the varied materials offered - and required for the leak-free barrier construction. Our roofing company also does residential flat roof and asphalt shingles and many types of designer shingles . We are enthusiastic and proud of our work in this industry and we guarantee it 100%. When you choose us as your flat roof replacement contractor, you're getting many years of experience. We are no nonsense people who like to tackle any roofing problems thrown at us no matter how challenging it might be. If you have a concern regarding your roof, we are here to talk to you.
We're not just about flat roofs. Check out our residential shingle roof systems available to you.
We are experienced and fully up to date on all of the different types of sloped shingle roof systems and can discuss any installation you are interested in. Sloped roof systems include asphalt shingle, Slate; Faux Slate; Cedar Shingle or Shake; Metal Roofing and recently the development and availability of long lasting Rubber Shingle roofing material.
Enough about us. Here are some of the basics of Flat Roofing in Vaughan, Markham, Mississauga, Toronto and the GTA
Single Ply Membranes
What are single ply membranes? These are the membrane materials (flexible sheets of compounded synthetic materials) that are used for many types of flat roof replacement. They are referred to as thermosets or thermoplastics, and apply to some of the systems below. Single plies are covered within some of the following systems.
Asphalt Flat Roofing Systems:
Built-up Roof (BUR)
BUR is the traditional hot-tar-and-gravel roof and probably the most inexpensive choice for flat roof replacement. Four or more layers of waterproof material alternated with hot asphalts, which can have a rather strong odor; and often ballasted (which really means stones are keeping the roof material in place). Small smooth stone is basically embedded in the final layer. Advanced roofing materials such as fiberglass membranes have made their way into the process, improving the performance and longevity.
Modified Bitumen Roofing
Modified bitumen roof systems have enjoyed over 30 years of success in the roofing industry and is usually installed as two plies with the common torch method. A rubber compound in the final ply is actually sealed by the torch heat, and ensuing melting process makes for the strong waterproof seal this system is noted for. Cold adhesives which is growing in popularity are also available. SBS modified bitumen roof system is the most popular at the moment. This is a durable, flexible (expands, contracts) weather resistant system.
Rubber Roof Systems:
Rubber Roof Repair (EPDM)
Rubber roofing (EPDM) is synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is in fairly wide use in North America. Its major advantage is the cost factor, often less expensive than other types of flat roofing. It is, however, more susceptible to tearing and does not look quite as appealing as the others.
Plastic Roofing Systems:
Thermoplastic Polyolefin System (TPO)
TPO roofing is typically installed as fully adhered or mechanically attached. The white membrane remains exposed during the life of the roof giving it some benefit for UV rays. It is a single-ply (see above) reflective roofing membrane made from polymerized synthetics including some rubber. The TPO system has been available for over 25 years.
PVC Membranes System
The PVC membrane system features fusion-welded seams for permanent water tightness. This is an advanced version of TPO, and it can cost a bit more. Some of the advantages are: Available in 10’ wide rolls for faster installation, fewer seams; White reflective Cool Roof surface for a reduction in air conditioning costs; long term waterproofing; exceptional resistance to solar UV, ozone, and oxidation.
Metal Roof Systems:
Metal Roofing for home or factory
Metal roofs are not for flat roofs but can be used and applied to sloped roofs with a minimum 3/12 pitch, or 3" elevated for every 12" length. Metal roofs come in steel or aluminum; copper and zinc. Tin and titanium may also be used, and overall, metal products can provide all kinds of benefits. It is a more expensive alternative, however the cost differential is made up by the much longer life-span and reduced maintenance that metal roofs can provide.
Flat Roof Maintenance:
Any roof needs maintenance and ongoing care from damage. Depending on the roof type, flat roof leaks and other surface problems can arise when severe weather passes through. Heavy storms may be a good reason to trigger a roof inspection to make sure that damage such as ripped or blown away material, or that water has not pooled anywhere on the roof. Water must drain properly and not be allowed to hang around for more than a couple of days. Joint areas such as vent flashing, gutters and and A/C units need to be checked thoroughly for any separation.
Other possible issues: blistering or layer separation of membrane(s) requiring tar repair; this service will extend the life of the roof if caught on a timely basis. Of course, not repairing the damage would have the opposite effect; costly roof replacement. Don’t wait for the dreaded leaking roof before you call us. Sure, we like to do repairs, (it keeps us busy) but we sincerely wish to see roofs last as long as possible. However, at some point, roof replacement will become necessary and we'll be there to get the job affordably done with the best results possible. When checking out Toronto flat roofing companies, make sure they can perform all of the services required for long lasting, quality protection.
Start your maintenance program now before the snow flies.
Whether you are a current client or not, we encourage you to have us come out from time to time to inspect your roof just to make sure it's in good repair. Recent storms, high winds or maybe a general lack of maintenance can lead to the start of roof issues needing attention. We don't charge for this service. Taking care of trouble spots, leaks and tears as they appear is much easier on your finances and will help extend the life of your roof. No need to replace an adequate roof if we can get a few more years out of it.