If you pay attention to trends in Toronto architecture, you’ve probably already noticed that one of the hottest design features all the latest rebuilt and renovated downtown homes offer is a flat roof.
There are many reasons for the boom in flat roof building across the core of the GTA, but if you’re considering a major renovation of your own, your biggest question is probably about the practical advantages and disadvantages flat roofs offer.
Are there hidden costs to flat roofs in a climate like Ontario’s? Is it really worthwhile to get rid of your pitched roof in favour of a flat roof?
Everyone’s needs will be slightly different, but there are some general things all homeowners should keep in mind. To that end, here is a short explainer laying out some flat roof pros and cons if you’re looking for Toronto roofing upgrades.
Flat Roofs are Easier to Maintain…
A flat roof offers you much easier access, and for that reason it is a lot easier to maintain. You can get up onto the roof yourself more easily, which makes everything from cleaning debris to fixing the drains easier to do.
Furthermore, punctures and tears in the membrane don’t require you to replace whole sections of the roof, especially if you’re using a single layer membrane system that can be easily patched up.
…But They Require More Maintenance
Most asphalt roofs are designed to last between fifteen and twenty years at minimum, and metal, slate, or cedar shake roofs can last considerably longer. Though you may need to take care of storm damage or deal with minor issues here and there, for the most part you won’t have to think about it until it is well into its life-cycle.
A flat roof, on the other hand, does require a little more TLC, especially before and after winter. Some of this maintenance can be taken care of by the homeowner, but you’ll still want to regularly get in touch with a roofing company in Toronto that knows your style of roofing to make sure your membrane is watertight.
A Flat Roof Expands Your Living Space
One reason flat roofs have become such a common feature of Toronto roofing is because they help homeowners make the most of the space they have. Not only does a flat roof replace awkward slanting ceilings with clean, square angles, the roof space can also be used to build a deck or rooftop garden in the summer.
Non-Pitched Roofs are Cheaper
Finally, flat roofs simply cost less than pitched roofs do, both in terms of maintenance and installation — sometimes by thousands of dollars. While converting a pitched roof house into a flat roof house will come with its own costs, once a flat roof has been installed, it is a great deal less expensive to fix and replace than a pitched roof.
People choose flat roof homes for a variety of reasons. Some appreciate the more economical use of space, some want a roof they can maintain on their own, and others are simply drawn to the clean, modern lines of flat roof homes.
Whatever your particular reasons for considering a flat roof Toronto has plenty of great examples of successful flat roof renovations. More importantly, Toronto roofing contractors have the experience and know-how to help you install a roof that can hold up in the face of even the most extreme Toronto weather.
With football gone – hopefully returning as scheduled in 2021 – Mateas and the rest of the CFLers feel like a part of their life has been taken away.
“I’ve never missed football the way I do now,” he said. “I feel like there’s a piece missing right now. Hopefully I can manifest that sense of competition through commercial real estate. But I’ve never wanted to put on the pads and hit somebody more than I do right now.”
With football on the back burner for now, Mateas will keep working out and doing off-season football activities, but he’s also sharply focused on the new business side of his life. He’s also thinking about his friends, his family and his fiancee Chelsea.
“There isn’t a better motivating factor that helps me wake up in the morning with fire,” he said. “It keeps me awake at night and wakes me up early in the morning.”
Then, there are his teammates – in business and in the locker room.
“The bond you create with your (football) teammates through the wins, through the adversity and through the physical contact, you can’t find a parallel to that anywhere,” he said. “You put your body on the line for the benefit of your teammates and it creates a brotherhood you can’t recreate anywhere.”
As for his role as part of the team at Cushman and Wakefield Ottawa, Mateas said: “I’ve been working toward this for three years. I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve got great teammates – in football and in business.”
The first overall pick in the 2015 CFL Draft (out of the University of Connecticut), Mateas is home grown. He grew up around the fields at old Lansdowne Park (with his dad Traian a well-known local soccer coach), going to Merivale High School and playing football for the Myers Riders, Cumberland Panthers and Ottawa Sooners.
Members of Royal LePage Community Realty stand outside their Southview Drive office with a $1,000 check for Medicine Hat Family Services on Friday, the first of a dozen donations in the organization’s 12 Months of Giving campaign.–NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN
Forget the 12 days of Christmas, Royal LePage Community Realty is stepping up with 12 Months of Giving.
The local real estate team recently announced it will be taking $1,000 from its Institutional Advertising fund and giving it to a local not-for-profit group every month for the next year.
“We wanted to repurpose those funds and do something we could feel good about,” said Royal LePage Community Realty owner/broker Brooklyn Kalista, adding the Institutional Advertising fund is built through monthly contributions from agents.
“We support the community and the community supports us. Without community support it’s pretty hard to have success in our industry. It’s just wanting to be there for the community on a collective level. A lot of us do it personally and collectively throughout the year, but just seeing what was happening this year, specifically with COVID and everything else, we just thought this would be a really good time and a great way to repurpose funds and inject something back where we could.”
First up will be Medicine Hat Family Services, followed by the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society, the Santa Claus Fund, the food bank’s Brown Bag Lunch Program, the Kinsmen Club of Medicine Hat and Medicine Hat Soccer Association.
The second half of the campaign will feature donations to McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association, the local Mustard Seed, SPCA Medicine Hat, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Hat Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.
Kalista says many of the team’s 46 members already volunteer their time at a number of these organizations throughout the year. When approaching the 12 Months of Giving campaign, Kalista says team members were asked to express which organizations mattered most to them.
“We kind of just picked things that really hit home, literally,” she said. “We went with things like bringing food to the table, things that deal with mental health – because obviously that’s been a really big thing for our community this last bit – and just family. Anything to do with those sorts of services that relate to everyday living, we wanted to make sure we were hitting.”
After figuring out the 12 recipients, Kalista says the team reached out to each one to co-ordinate a schedule that will help each organization at a time when it’s needed most.
“We put some thought into our timeline over the next 12 months, as to when it works best for those organizations. We connected with the organizations too, to see if there were times that were more opportune for them as well,” said Kalista. “We kept our one that goes directly to the Santa Claus Fund right around the time that we know we’re usually donating to them anyways. And we will collectively donate toys and games on top of what we’re doing. We did try to match up with the food bank for the brown bag lunch that they have going on right now.”
The real estate market balance is strongly leaning towards the seller currently.
That is what Ron David, President of the Rideau-St. Lawrence Real Estate Board says.
“There’s still a shortage of inventory. The buyers are out there and they are active and they either want to purchase or need to purchase, so what we are experiencing are multiple offers on most of the sales and listings. Which, of course, also relates to a shorter time on the market.”
David says in Leeds and Grenville they’re finding they’re having an influx of people coming to the area from communities like Ottawa, Toronto, Brampton, Kitchener and Oshawa. He says the cause of the influx is price saying this area is still a great bargain. David adds people being able to work from home is another reason when they get an exceptional deal here to work from home.
David says the Ontario Real Estate Association will be bringing a plan to Premier Ford’s government to outline how housing can help drive Ontario’s post-COVID economic recovery. He says presentations to MPPs will be done next week for the plan.
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