Why should you have your gutters checked - Eavestrough Inspection

An overflowing eavestrough can cause all kinds of damage to you home. From discoloured siding, or rotted fascia boards, to cracked pavement or flooded basements, the problems are serious.

The water flowing down your house can cause severe foundation problems over time and erode, destroy or waterlog your landscaping.

We understand why you might be putting off cleaning out your eaves troughs, it can be quite the task, not to mention it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Let us save you the trouble; we’ll do it for you!

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Stagnant water can breed and attract pests

Trapped and stagnant water in your eaves troughs not only can cause damage to your home, but it also creates the perfect breeding area for mosquitos. 3 of the 4 stages of a mosquito’s pesky life is spent in water, and by leaving your eaves troughs blocked, you are allowing these annoying, disease carrying insects to multiply on your property.

Along with mosquitos, stagnant water in eavestroughs can attract other pests including birds, rodents and bees. Let us clean that up for you before things get out of hand.

It's tough to see these issues without a proper eavestrough inspection - Learn More.

Ice damming and freezing water

You might think that ice damming is caused by issues with your eave troughs, but really the root cause of most ice damming is heat escaping from your attic. The heat coming from your home will escape and melt the snow on your roof, causing it to run along the roof and into the eavestroughs.

Icicles as a result of ice damming in clogged eaves

This water running into clogged gutters cause damage to both your roof and your eaves troughs, as well as cause some dangerous falling icicle problems. The damming can force the water back up into the roof, which can cause severe rotting. Clean gutters, and proper application of Ice & Water will prevent this water damage.

Roof damage is always to be avoided. Eavestrough cleaning helps prevent damage to shingles over winter.

Solar panels and other roofing technology

These days, it is not uncommon to find homes that have solar panels, a lot of which are installed onto roofs for overall efficiency. Having solar panels on your roof means that they are subjected to the same harsh elements that your roof and eaves troughs are, which can cause a build up of dirt and debris that will begin to affect the amount of energy they can bring in.


Solar panels are expensive and cleaning them can be risky, so you should only trust an experienced professional to clean them for you. Again, that’s where we come in. Let us match you up with a reputable contractor that knows how to handle your solar panels, so that you can keep that electricity flowing at the same rate that you’re used to.

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How to get a roofing estimate for your home

Getting an estimate on a roof repair or a roof replacement used to take a long time, especially when trying to hunt down the best contractors in your area. Roofr does roofing homework for homeowners, providing you with an instant satellite roofing estimate for free.

Use our tools to find your home on a map

To get started with our Instant Online Estimate Tool, you just need to type in your address. In a matter of seconds a birds-eye view of your roof is shown on your screen. Our software works on all devices, even able to provide an instant roofing estimate on your mobile device.

Outline your roof using satellite imagery


This is where our instant estimation tool can be fun! Trace your roof in the maps view with the cursor by touching on the corners of your house. It's necessary to go clockwise, or counter-clockwise in order to build a proper outline. This important measuring step is going to calculate the square footage for our instant roofing estimate.

The rest of the calculations are made after you select the pitch of your roof. If there is any confusion, you can step outside to look at your roof pitch or pull up a google street view. To submit for your free estimate; fill in your contact information, and then you’re done! You’ll have your estimate in seconds, simple as that.macbook2.jpg

Get multiple roofers to provide free estimates

We offer multiple estimates directly through our dashboard to ensure you are getting the best deal. Roofr can save you up to 20% more by cutting out wasteful middlemen. When it comes to your roof, quality is what matters. If you are investing in a repair this size for your home, you are going to want to make sure the job is done right the first time. No more sifting through contractors to find the right, reliable one for you, we will do that for you too.

Roofr can save you up to 20% more by cutting out wasteful middlemen.

With our list of hand-selected contractors, we will match you up with only the best and most reputable roofers in your area. No more worrying whether or not you picked the right person for the job, our guarantee insures that you are only getting the best contractor for the best rate possible. 

What are you waiting for?

Do you have 26 seconds to spare?

Get your 100% free roofing estimate today with our Roofr Estimate Tool!

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How Does Roofr Save You Money?

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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.

How do most roofing companies work?

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 archaic aspects of their business operational.

We connect you directly with reputable installers in your area

We eliminate the middleman and ensure that you receive competitive pricing on all materials.

Roofers working on a terra cotta roof

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. 

  • One on one connections
  • Vetted roofers

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 will never be the absolute cheapest roofer

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!

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The Importance of Proper Roof Ventilation

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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

How to Avoid Roofing Scams

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

Roofing Project Checklist - What to Do:

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

Why Should Roofing Contractors Join Roofr?

Partner with Roofr!

Roofr is a platform that connects homeowners, insurance companies, and property managers looking for roof replacement to vetted, local roofing contractors. Our platform simplifies the roof replacement process while saving our clients and roofing contractors time and money.

Click here to learn more about being a Roofr vetted professional.

We're always on the hunt for reputable, reliable, and experienced roofing contractors to add to our roster!

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So, Why Should Contractors Join Roofr?

1. Zero Upfront Costs!

Contractors do not pay anything upfront to be a part of Roofr's roster. Only upon sale and completion of a job do we collect a small percentage of the total sold

2. You Only Pay Us if You Close the Job!

With Roofr you won't pay on a per lead basis as you would with most other online contractor referal systems. We only collect payment once you've secured and completed the job. We don't make money if you don't!

3. We Qualify Leads for You!

No more wasting time chasing leads that go no where! Roofr takes the time to follow up on every lead to ensure each job we pass your way is worth your time.

4. We Help You Sell the Job!

At Roofr we have a dedicated team with years of experience in both roof application and roof sales.  You quote the job, we'll help you close the sale!

5. We Help Homeowners Make the Small Decisions!

We act as design consultants so you don't have to. When it comes to colour choice and coordination, we're happy to step in and help customers make decisions.

6. We Act as Liaison Between You and the Homeowner!

If ever any issues arise, from inclement weather to unsatisfactory work, Roofr will deal with unhappy or concerned homeowners on your behalf and work in conjunction with you to create a solution.

7. Our Contractors are Making More Money!

Because of the volume and quality of leads generated by Roofr our contractors have been selling on average $50 000 to $75 000 per month in projects!

8. Our Contractors Close More Jobs!

Roofr's contractors have been closing at minimum rate of 50% with our help and support. With a focus on customer satisfaction, absolute transparency, and contractor loyalty, we work tirelessly to ensure a seamless experience for all from start to finish!

Make More Money with Roofr!

At Roofr we take the time to make the roof replacement process simple, so you can focus on what you do best: installing roofs

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What Shingle Should I Use on my Roof?

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
Roofr Inc


Don't Make These 5 Roofing Project Mistakes


Some of the most common mistakes that homeowners make are easily avoided. In this infographic we cover five of the most common roofing project mistakes made by homeowners.


Roofing isn't rocket surgery, but the size of the project - and the value of everything your roof protect, can make a roofing project seem daunting. Don't make these mistakes!



If you have more questions, or need a second opinion - contact us on Roofr.com is the right place to start.


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