Your roof makes a statement of your style. It has the power to transform your house from regular to elegant. It also determines the lifespan of the rest of the house and how safe your family and property are.
The final look of your roof and its performance depend on your roofing contractor. As you choose a contractor from among many Oakville roofing companies, it is critical that you pick the best in the industry. Compromising on the choice of contractor translates to compromising on the quality of your roof.
Top Metal Roofs has a long-standing reputation of experience and reliability. We have perfected the art of installing metal/steel roofs on all types of residential as well as commercial buildings in Ontario. Whether you need a new roof, repairs on your old one or a roof replacement, we will take care of it.
We have numerous satisfied clients in Oakville, Toronto, and other areas located 80 kilometers around Toronto. Our service areas include Pickering, Ajax, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and Newmarket. We also serve clients from Vaughan, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, and Mississauga.
For all your metal roofing repairs and installations, contact us at 647-470-7161 for price quotes and customized metal roofing solutions.
Why Metal Roofs?
An old or damaged roof does not offer the necessary protection for your building, especially in the unpredictable Toronto weather. It is, therefore, essential to install a roof that you can rely on for the long term. Asphalt shingles are cheap and readily available, but they cannot withstand harsh weather and climatic change.
A metal roof offers the long-term protection which you cannot get from asphalt shingles. Upon installation, metal guarantees durability for more than 50 years and does not require routine maintenance, replacement, or repair.
Here are more reasons why metal is the ideal roofing material.
- Metal roofing reduces cooling and heating costs
- Metal roofs increase your property’s resale value
- A metal roof prevents mold from forming inside your attic insulation
- Metal roofs are resistant to pests and rodents
- Metal prevents leaks by eliminating the formation of ice dams
- Metal is resistant to hail, wind, and fire
- Metal roofs offer unlimited color and style options
Too Many Oakville Roofing Companies? Here is How to Select the Best
A good roofing company is not determined solely by low prices. There are many requirements that a company must meet before it can be considered suitable. Here is a list of the necessary features that you need to look out for in Oakville roofing companies.
Confirm from the building authority whether the company has the requisite permits and the validity status of its licenses. You can obtain this information from your area town hall. During your license application, the building authority may automatically check the company’s licensing status, but the checks are not guaranteed, especially for small projects.
Warranties and workers’ insurance
It is essential that you examine the warranties that your contractor provides. Some contractors offer lifetime warranties on materials and installation, while others customize the warranties to suit your needs. Some warranties may exclude natural disasters. The roofing company should also have valid insurance for its employees in case of injuries that may occur on your premises.
Hiring a contractor who has been recommended by a friend, family, or a neighbor is ideal. However, if such recommendations are unavailable, you can get referrals from a manufacturer of roofing products. You can also visit the company’s website to see their portfolio and read reviews. References from suppliers reflect the standard of materials the company uses, while references from banks provide evidence of the company’s financial status. If you have other recommendations, call the references and establish the contractor’s expertise and reliability.
Competence and experience
Confirm the contractor’s abilities and experience from their references. Ask the contractor questions concerning the installation process and requirements. A qualified instructor must give detailed responses to all your questions. Also, the contractor should evaluate your roof and give you a cost estimate before installation commences. You should pay a beginning deposit of less than 80% and pay the balance after the roofing is finalized.
A written contract
All your agreements with the contractor must be in writing. The contract should describe the scope of work and the expected duration. Confirm that everything you discussed is in the contract. Do not allow the contractor to commence work based on verbal agreements.
Quality of materials and skilled installation crew
Always hire a roofing company that employs the installation crew as opposed to those that work with subcontractors. Installers employed by companies are more qualified and experienced. Subcontractors may be cheaper, but they often lack the required level of competence. In addition, contact suppliers to find out the quality of materials that the contractor uses.
Certification from manufacturers
A contractor who has been certified by a manufacturer of roofing materials will often provide better-quality services. Contractors often receive specialized training on specific materials from manufacturers. A certified contractor can extend the warranty from the manufacturer and safeguard you against handiwork flaws that may arise later.
Factors That Influence Metal Roofing Prices
As you compare services and prices offered by different Oakville roofing companies, you need to know how these companies estimate roofing prices. Your roofing contractor will provide you with a cost estimate based on several factors. These factors include:
The price of metal roofing materials depends on the demand and supply of raw materials and production costs. Galvanized steel and aluminum are more common in roofing residential property because they offer you the highest value for your money. Stainless steel, zinc, and copper are unconventional but also high-priced.
The design of the panels that you choose will determine the cost of your roofing. Interlocking panels have a more complex production process, more structural detail, and require more space during shipping. They also have a better quality finished look because they interlock on four sides. These features make interlocking panels more costly than overlapping panels.
The coating is also known as the finish, and it determines the lifespan of your roof. Polyester based coatings are the cheapest, but it also has a short lifespan. In contrast, Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) is durable, resistant to fade and chalk, and adhesive.
The most crucial second line defense system that your roof has against the elements is the underlayment. To reroof over asphalt, you can use the fairly-priced synthetic breathable membrane. For a new roof, you will need a water and ice shield at a cost that is five times more than breathable synthetic membranes.
Physical location and roof design
Depending on the structure of your roof and its physical location, your roof can either be easy or difficult. Your physical location determines how accessible your roof is such as the width of access routes and proximity of your roof to trees and power lines. The design determines whether your roof is walkable and whether you need special equipment during installation. The more complicated your roof is, the more it will cost you.
Cost of the workforce
Some roofing companies hire cheap subcontractors for the installation. Respectable contractors usually attach a higher price tag to their services because they offer training programs, WSIB premiums, and liability insurance for their employees. They also hire knowledgeable project managers to oversee correct installation, insulation, and water management.
Stripping and disposing of old roofing
In addition to the cost of your new metal roof, you may incur costs associated with removing the old roof and disposing of the old roofing material. If you use lightweight material, there will be no costs of stripping and disposal. However, it is essential to seek expert advice or check the local building code to establish the weight specifications on the roofing structure.
Estimating your Metal Roofing Costs
You can easily estimate the cost of your metal roof in three steps using our Metal Roofing Cost Calculator.
Enter area in feet
The area is the space that your house occupies, and it is measured in square feet. You measure the distance along the long side (length) and multiply it with the distance along the short side (width).
Choose the correct number of stories.
Pick the correct number of stories that your house has. A one-story building has all the rooms on the ground level. In two-story houses, one section is built on the ground floor and another section on the upper floor.
Select the slope
Also known as the pitch, your roof can have a high, medium, or low slope. A high or steep slope rises 12 inches (1 foot) for each horizontal foot. A medium slope has a 6-inch rise for every horizontal foot while a low slope rises 3 inches for a 12-inch horizontal distance.
Our roofing cost calculator is a useful tool for approximating metal roofing costs. The calculator, however, excludes:
- Variations in the standard of materials made by different manufacturers
- Cost implications due to geographic location
- Cost of replacing roofing structures if necessary
- Requisite taxes and permits for roof replacement
- Replacing other damaged roofing systems
Consult a Metal Roofing Expert
There are many Oakville roofing companies. However, to achieve the perfect results, you need to work with experts who have extensive experience in the field. Talk to a Top Metal Roofs consultant at 647-470-7161 or send us an email. Tell us about your roofing idea, and we will work on delivering it to the last detail.