Shingles, particularly asphalt shingles, are the most common roofing materials for residential homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area because of their many benefits. These include their affordability, versatility, ease of cutting, fitting, and fastening, low maintenance, durability (most manufacturers offer warranties of between 25 to 30 years), relatively lightweight, curb appeal and a wide selection of colors and sizes.
At BRENO Roofing Inc., one of our main services is shingle repair. We offer this service all year round. If you are looking to save money on shingle repair, we recommend winter shingle repair. Below is an overview of our winter shingle repair service.
How do you know you need winter shingle repair?
The major warning signs that you need shingle repair include:
Missing or broken shingles
Clawing or curling shingles
Bare spots and missing granules
Benefits of winter shingle repair
Preventing leaks from getting worse
If you already have a leak, spots in ceilings, blistering paint or any other water damage, you cannot wait until another time of the year. If you do not repair your shingles, the damage will most likely extend and you may be forced to change the entire roof, which is very expensive.
The Greater Toronto Area has a humid continental climate which is characterized by warm, humid summers with daytime temperatures around 20 °C and highs of 30 °C and winters and cold winters sub-zero winters with lows of −10 °C. The low temperatures mean your family will be vulnerable.
Continuous leaks mean you will be at risk of book, upholstery, clothing, and furniture damage. You will also be risking mold and mildew formation in the attic, which contribute to rotting and which cause upper respiratory tract problems.
Shingles can safely be installed during winter
It is only during wet conditions that you can properly determine if you have a leaky roof. During hot summer months, we are only guided by physical inspection and there is a high risk we can miss something.
However, the wetness will not be coming from rain, only snow, and ice because of the extremely low Ontario temperatures. This is a good time to repair because rain increases the risk of leaks when repairs are taking place.
Easier shingle removal
Do not attempt DIY winter shingle repair
Avoid the common temptation of shingle repair, especially so during winter months. Snow and ice make working conditions much riskier. At BRENO Roofing, we not only have the right safety gear such as heavy-duty gloves, gripping boots, and protective eyewear, but we also carry workman’s compensation insurance in case of an accident.
We have all the tools and equipment needed for winter shingle repair, which include large hayforks, rake-sized scrapers, ladders, craw-bars, and pry bars, among others. If you were to do the repairs yourself, you would have to buy these tool and equipment.
Repairing shingles during winter is more complicated than in water weather. You have to take some precautions to prevent shingle breakage and to ensure they adhere properly. At BRENO Roofing, we have been doing shingle repair for around 18 years, meaning our roofers have the experience necessary to do a good job.
Hiring us is convenient because we will follow up on everything from permits to sourcing of materials. Hiring us also gets you 15-year full coverage warranty on workmanship. We are manufacturer-certified roofers, meaning you will not risk voiding the manufacturer warranty and you will not have problems with your home insurance provider.