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Near 15 cm of snow expected to fall today in Toronto

snow storm Toronto

Toronto and it’s surrounding areas including Halton, Peel, Niagara, Waterloo – Wellington, Kingston are under Snow fall warning. A special weather statement is in effect for areas to the north and east of the GTA. Environment Canada has predicted near 15 cm to hit Toronto and other parts of the GTA. Snow will continue through the day before ending this evening. Locally higher amounts of 20 cm are possible near the west end of Lake Ontario. The heaviest snow is most likely to fall this afternoon, resulting in a significant impact on the commute home late in the day. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination.
This snow event will be from yet another in a series of low pressure systems which have formed over the Southern Plains States. This latest low will pass by just to the south of Lake Erie.

For Halton region, all schools and administrative centres are closed today due to weather.

My Condo Neighbor is a Smoker, What Can I Do?

My Condo Neighbor is a Smoker

The smell of cigarette or marijuana smoke in a condo is an unpleasant, but all too familiar scent for many homeowners in the city. With the recent legalization of cannabis in Canada, the problem is becoming increasingly frequent. Smoke emanating from within a neighbors condo can enter yours through the front door, windows and shared electrical sockets. In older buildings which typically aren’t sealed perfectly, the issue can be particularly severe and unpleasant. Much of the problem is caused by air currents and pressure which cause the smoke to drift into your home rather than staying in your neighbors condo.

It’s often the case that your neighbor may smoke in their living room and open their window to let some of the smell out, perhaps even to prevent others from smelling it. But the result is a change in air pressure, causing air to rush from outside into their apartment. According to Jack Prenter, the founder of ChoreBliss Toronto, “this pressure pushes the smoke into the hallway” of the building, where it can enter others homes. For this reason, it’s often necessary to talk to the smoker directly and to ask them to work with you to minimize the smell. Ideally, they will smoke on their balcony and as long as your windows are shut, you will experience little to none of the smoke. The primary issue is when neighbors smoke inside their condo, which often happens during the bitter months of the year when Toronto balconies are covered in snow.

What does the law say?

no smoking ontario

According to the Smoke Free Ontario Act, tenants and owners are prevented from smoking in the common areas of multi-unit buildings. However, there is no law in Ontario that prevents people from smoking in their private residences. Although there is no law preventing it, condo’s, property owners and landlords are entitled to demand that their building is 100% smoke-free. Therefore, one measure you can take is to encourage the building to become entirely smoke-free by enacting a building ruling. Be aware, this can be hard to pass and make take a long time. Likewise, a lot of people smoke and therefore getting a board to pass such a rule might be challenging. Currently, there are a limited number of condos in the city which have banned smoking.

It’s worth noting that Section 117 of the Condominium Act states that the building must prohibit any activity in common areas or units that are likely to cause injury to others. Countless studies show that second hand smoke can be dangerous to your health and therefore a neighbors smoke being allowed to enter your unit would be in contradiction to the ruling. Subsection 17(3) of the Act clearly states that the Corporation has a duty to take all reasonable measures to be in accordance with the Act. Therefore, if you wish to lobby your building to enact a non-smoking policy, or at least to take steps to prevent all smoke from entering your unit, you might wish to use this Act as justification.

Preventing the smell from entering

smoke smell

If your neighbor is unwilling to change their behavior, you will need to take measures to prevent the smoke coming into your home. The key is to alter the air flows so that the smoke isn’t sucked into your residence. To start, you should try to identify the key points of entry. If your neighbor is across the corridor, it’s almost certainly only entering through the front door. While next-door neighbors on either side might have shared sockets and neighboring windows where smells can creep through. Use your nose and a damp finger to sense where the smell and air are flowing through most intensely. By doing so you’ll be able to find out what you need to do to create positive air pressure which will prevent smoke from being sucked in from the hallway or neighboring condo.

Often the most obvious cause is the gaps on the side and bottom of your front door. In which case, contacting your building manager can resolve this. They will often be willing to provide rubber insulating strips which can form a tight seal when the door is closed, preventing air from coming into your home. Likewise, you can seal electrical sockets easily with foam inserts which block any small cracks or gaps. Very rarely smoke can also come in through your windows. However, in almost all of the city there is double or triple glazing to prevent the cold from getting to you and therefore the chance of cigarette smoke entering a closed window is low. If none of these methods work, you can take a large fan and point it towards the most common entry point. The fan will create positive air pressure and prevent smoke from entering. Alternatively, if you know that it’s only coming through the front door, opening a window will also create a pressure that will instantly push all of the smoke into the hallway.

Over 70 Vehicles involved in pileup in Barrie


Reports are coming in from Barrie where a major pileup is reported involving over 70 vehicles. This happened at Hwy400 SB south of Mapleview Drive in Barrie.

As per the latest updates from Sgt Kerry Schmidt of the OPP, All lanes reopened Hwy400 NB and SB after earlier collision south of Mapleview Dr.

Toronto and it’s supporting areas were under strong wing warning since Sunday afternoon which wreck hovac on traffic and daily commute. A number of School boards including Peel District School board had school bus cancellations for Monday Feb. 25th.

Hydro One has reported more than 60,000 customers without power and they are working diligently to restore power.

Strong winds Wrek Hovac in GTA

windy toronto

Strong winds are creating serious problems in the GTA as very strong southwest winds with frequent gusts of 100 to 110 km/h are battering Toronto and all major cites in Ontario. As per Environment Canada, Higher wind gusts of 120 km/h are possible long the shores of the Great Lakes.

The damaging winds will continue tonight, then will gradually start to diminish early Monday morning.
Power outages, damage to trees and structures are being reported across the regions. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Pearson airport in Toronto is reporting several delayed and cancelled flights.

Strong winds in the Niagara region have forced the closure of the Niagara River Parkway due to ice getting pushed over the retaining wall from the lake.

Contemporary Design Solutions for an Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area

Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area

Even those people who don’t like cooking like eating tasty and delicious and that means we all deserve a nice kitchen, regardless of our culinary skills. However, not all kitchens are the same, and the majority of people are looking for practicality as much as ingenuity. That’s why they insist on connecting their cooking and dining areas, creating an amazing open-plan area every member of their family – not to mention their guests – is going to love. If you too want to design such an area, here are a few ideas that might help you.

Connecting kitchen island

Everyone loves having a kitchen island and this is probably one of the most practical and functional parts of every modern kitchen. This is where you can prepare and serve your food, as well as use that extra space for storing your pots and pans. But, when you’re creating an open-plan area, such an island can serve another purpose and connect your kitchen to the dining room.

Placing a kitchen island right between these two areas will help you utilize every inch of space it has, and you’ll be able to approach it from both sides. The side closer to your kitchen can be used for preparing the food, and you can equip the other side with some bar stools, connect it to a table and use it for eating. This is particularly useful if you have lots of people over and the dining room can’t accommodate all of them.

Unifying colour scheme

Unifying colour scheme

If you really want to connect your kitchen and dining room into a single unit, you need to pay attention to the colour scheme as well. This is the easiest yet most effective way to create a huge open-plan space and blend everything together, and the best thing about it is that you can do all the work yourself.

Even though most people don’t like painting, applying a new coat of paint on your walls is actually more than they can imagine – all you need is a few hours of free time, a bucket of paint and a few brushes. You can even invite a couple of friends over and turn this project into a fun time you can enjoy with your buddies.

Fix the floors

fix kitchen floor

Most kitchens are equipped with ceramic tiles and the dining rooms with hardwood flooring, and this could be quite a problem when trying to mix these two into one distinct space. One of the ways to do that is by installing brand new floors in the entire open-space area and opt for materials that will work well in the kitchen and the dining room at the same time.

Cork, bamboo, and vinyl are among the most practical and easy-to-maintain materials for your floors, so take them into consideration first. Don’t forget to add some rugs, though, especially if you prefer walking barefoot. A visually appealing modern rug can also add some charm to your new cooking and dining space, so be sure to find one that matches your colour scheme and works for you the most.

Using the same materials

Using the same materials

Both your kitchen and your dining room feature tons of different surfaces – from your countertops and your cabinets to your cupboards to your dining room table – and using the same material is another way to put these two areas together. Though most people prefer quartz and marble for their kitchen countertops, these materials can turn out to be too different from the rest of your new kitchen/dining room area, so going in another direction might be a better idea.

Using wood, for instance, could be a good solution – not only do wooden countertops look amazing and unusual, but wooden cabinets are what most people are already using. The same goes for your dining room furniture, i.e. your table and your cabinets, so using this material is probably the easiest way to solve all your problems.

Turning your kitchen and dining room into one open-plan area could seem like the hardest thing in the world, but if you know what you’re trying to achieve and aren’t afraid of experimenting, you could easily create a cosy, inviting and welcoming space everyone in your family is going to love.

6 Tips to Make Condo or Apartment Moving Stress-Free


Moving to a new house has always been a difficult task for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are moving to the next block or a place far away from your house. In reality, moving shouldn’t be this much difficult if we just follow a procedure. There are many apartment buildings where management helps a lot. Like the management of Azura Condos always helps the new tenants to settle down nice and quietly. There are many ways you can ease your burden of moving to a new condo. Here are some tips to make a condo or apartment moving stress-free. If you employ these tips then I hope you will have stress free moving. But don’t get the wrong idea, you still have to do a lot of work. But this time it will be organized which will save you from a lot of hardship and time.

Get to know about your neighborhood before moving

It is very important to have plain knowledge about your future neighborhood. Because you will be moving to a new place with a lot of stuff. It will take a lot of time to unpack. In the meantime, you also need your daily necessary things like groceries, banks, school, hospital etc. It will be very difficult for you to find these places with a whole lot of packed stuff needed to be unpacked. Think before you do and do before you move. Have a thorough knowledge about where the closest grocery shop is located. Which is the nearest bank and hospital? So that when you move you can easily get these things which will save you a lot of time for unpacking.

Modify your address

The most annoying mistakes almost everyone makes is not changing their address before moving. Which leads to missing important mails and a lot of tension for your family and friends. So, the first thing you need is making a list of every possible place where updating the address is important. Then notify them accordingly with your new address. Also, make sure to notify them when you are moving so they know when to use your new address. Besides, Postal services in most cities provide this option to use their mail forwarding service. If you spend a little money, they will forward any mail to your location for one full year.

Organize yourself

You might think of sorting out your mail is the only organizing task. But there is a whole lot of paperwork that’s still needs to be done. What is the first thing that comes to mind when packing your valuable properties? Which is actually needed, and which are not? There are a lot of papers that are uselessly stacking up in your drawer and wardrobe. E.g. There could be appliances which are damaged and can’t be fixed. You don’t need to move such articles with you. It is better to list up most of the possible items which you find unnecessary, damaged or broken. It might seem a lot of work but if you have some help from your family and friends it will get easier. The idea is that if you carefully curate a list then you have less items to worry about and you will end up spending less money overall. Think about how much pressure is lifted from you with all those unnecessary things being left aside.

Plan your strategy

Apart from everything else you will need a strategy. This is the only thing which alone can make your move easy. Because everything else is related to it. If you are moving to an apartment really close by or If you are moving to a house which is small. Then you might need to arrange a mover or some of your family or friends to help you move things. Even if you just get some help from your neighbors it will be more than enough. But if you are going to a large condo or a medium sized house which is far away from your current residence, then just the friendly neighborhood help is not sufficient. You need professional help and people who can handle & transport your stuff carefully. You also want to figure out if there is any condominium bylaws regarding moving stuff into the building. Most condos have set of rules or guidelines that apart from other rules include moving timings, off days, reserving elevator etc. The more you wait the more stress you will get. So, strategize in advance to lessen your burden later on.

Know your need and measure regarding that

It is obvious that you will need a truck to move your stuff. So, the first thing before you hire a truck is to know which size you need. Because if you hire a small truck than your need, then you might need to make an extra trip which will cost you more money and time. It would also be annoying & frustrating to find out that you didn’t really plan for this extra trip beforehand, so know before you do. Any 8’x10’ target box container is good enough for a one-bedroom condo. But if you are targeting for a 2- or 3-bedroom apartments then you will need an 8’x20’ container. If you think that this size can’t load all your belongings, then there is also an option for 8’x40’ sized containers.

Keep track of your cost

When you are busy in packing or planning your strategy, you might forget about your cost management. Often the time of moving is so crazy that it’s easy to forget it. You are hiring professional movers or a trick or any other services, all of which will cost money. You may have to buy packaging supplies, boxes to pack up your properties. If you are getting new furniture or other appliances, then there might be a delivery charge. There is so many minor and major expenses. Keeping track of it all and budgeting for everything is the key. Don’t forget to list down everything and budget wisely. It will give you a clear insight into the cash flow.


We have discussed the most trivial matters here. I hope if you follow the instruction you won’t face any major surprises. There are other not so tricky but important tips I would like to conclude with such as label your packets, be sure to pack the moving survival gear, Take some photos for electronic devices which will help you to reorganize them later on. And since you are stacking up thing in the boxes, keep in mind that which goes last will come out first.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Investing in Property


If you’re new to property investment or even if you’re a seasoned expert, it’s easy to make mistakes. There are plenty of different scenarios out there that can turn what was originally a well thought out investment with strong returns, to a huge liability that loses you capital.

This short guide below aims to outline and give advice to people planning to invest in the property market or enter any form of buy-to-let scheme. There are a number of horror stories out there of people who made the following mistakes and instantly regretted them.

Using a well thought out plan and strategy you can avoid some of the bigger mistakes that others have already made before you.

Not Researching Correctly

One of the biggest mistakes a lot of property investors make is not doing the correct research, whether if it’s because its not deep enough or incorrectly conducted this can have a huge impact. Lack of research or correct research can result in the potential purchasing of a property with fundamental and irreversible flaws. It doesn’t matter how amazing your newly purchased and improved student accommodation is if your cities University only has 1000 students enrolled it won’t matter.

You have to think about this as a long-term investment, which is what it is, but one that isn’t 100% secure. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that investing in the housing market is a dead-certain way to get a strong rental yield and that they’ll instantly start making money, no matter what.

Taking the time to do in-depth market research is so important. Not only can you avoid future problems but, you can potentially find the best deal for your money.

But it’s not just those new to property investment that can get caught out. Even people who have been in the game for years can grow comfortable and overlook some minor details that turn out to be really important later on down the line.

All this being said, sometimes the best option is to get an expert opinion. There are plenty of property experts up and down the country, however, if you are new to property investment or working with a smaller budget, the north east of the UK is a good place to start. Properties in the north east are currently some of the cheapest in the country with strong returns on investment.

Here are some starting points of research to help get you started:

  • Prices of other properties in both the immediate and larger area.
  • The average time it takes to sell a property in that area.
  • How many properties in the area are vacant or uninhabited? Is there a government scheme to fill these houses?
  • Surrounding businesses, are there any that might cause you problems or give the house additional value?
  • Check out any nearby planned construction projects

Making Emotionally Charged Decisions

An easy mistake to make for those new to investing in property. You might personally love a property because of how it makes you feel, or you see the potential it has for your own personal uses during ‘void’ periods when it has no tenants.

It might just seem like a harmless benefit to buying the house but, in fact, if you become emotionally invested in a property it can be hard to walk away if the numbers don’t make sense. You have to make the conscious decision that this is primarily a financial investment and anything else it might bring is an additional extra.

Whatever you do, avoid investing in ‘potential holiday homes’. These have poor yields and require huge amounts of maintenance. Feel free to buy one for personal use but, don’t confuse this with a promising buy-to-let property investment opportunity.

Not Taking into Consideration your Own Personal Circumstances

Never, ever bite off more than you can chew. Property investment takes a lot of work and overestimating how much work you can put in on a regular basis can be hugely detrimental. If you plan on leaving the country in the future and becoming an expat then property investment might not be the best idea. While retiring over-seas and living off of the proceeds might seem appealing, you need to be in the property’s immediate vicinity in case of problems.

There is no problem with investing in a property a few hours drive away, so long as you are comfortable keeping an eye on it from a distance. Tenants, especially if you are investing in student property, are more likely to treat your property with more respect if you show that you are going to be personally hands on and pro-active in its upkeep. Building a relationship with your tenants can go a long way, they might even recommend others to your property once they leave.

Even if you have a professional service or estate agent responsible for sorting out any property issues, personally contacting the tenants goes a long way. It also gives you the opportunity to keep an eye on any agent you might be employing and make sure they are doing the job properly.

If you fail to take your personal circumstances into consideration, then the above might not be possible. While this might not seem like a huge issue, it does put you at a huge disadvantage and opens the door for any profit you make from your investment to slowly bleed away through various avenues you are unaware of.

Strategise your Financial Plan

This might seem like it should fall under the ‘Not Researching Correctly’ section but, this is, in fact, a whole other mistake that people make. You could do all the research under the sun on the property you want to invest in, it won’t matter if you don’t have enough money to see the project all the ay through to the end.

Like with anything, property investment has a huge number of unexpected costs that you can never prepare for. If you budget directly to the T without consideration for the future or any possibly occurring issues, you’re going to be in big trouble.

Sit down with an expert and go over your financial plan. Some of the best buy-to-let projects come with huge arrangement fees and hidden costs, it’s important you arrive as prepared as possible.

You need to be able to allocate money for all your monthly mortgage payments with an annual fund allocated to fixing any problems that might arise. Just don’t be greedy, if you need to, invest in a cheaper property that you can securely finance rather stretching yourself to thin with something more expensive.

Know the Potential Problems with Buy-To-Let

Staying up to date with the news is essential. You cannot afford to be lazy when it comes to being aware of changes to the law or property market that might impact you. If you get caught unawares in the middle of a market crash or miss a minor change in the law, it could be monumentally catastrophic.

Make yourself aware of the things you should be keeping an eye on in case you need to cut your losses and sell up quickly. Additionally, things like mortgage rates are certainly needed to be taken into consideration, what would you do if mortgage rates rose? How will you handle things if you can’t find a tenant for a while?

These are problems that, while might impact you financially, need to have practical solutions. Sit down and come up with potential solutions to all of the could-be problems that might occur.

You can read about all the rules to do with tax here.

Bedroom Decor For Improved Sleep


The bedroom is the most important place inside of your house.  It is your retreat and haven where you can get away from all of the mania and stress that comes with a hectic day.  However, have you considered your decor much and how it may help to improve your relaxation and rest?

So many people neglect their bedroom design and instead focus on making sure they have state-of-the-art appliances in their kitchens or getting their reception areas spruced up to the perfect state.  After all, it is only a place for you to sleep, right?  Wrong?  It is essential that your bedroom is pleasant and peaceful. 

One of the most critical things that contributes to a healthy lifestyle is sleep. It keeps us happy and alert, reduces stress, and extends our lives.  We could go on and on about this.  So what can be done in order to give your bedroom decor that added touch?  The following are five tips to help you sleep better at night. 

Symbolism can really be miraculous

Symbols promote certain triggers inside of the brain and have been known to induce national and collective pride, fanaticism, and even cause entire countries to go to war.  The same principle may be applied to sleeping well at night.  For children, these symbols may include things like a bedtime storybook or cuddly stuffed animal on their nightstands.  For adults, it may include peaceful pictures on the walls, Indian dream catchers, or comfortable pillows.

Dreamcatcher decor

The quality of your sleep can be boosted by getting peaceful iconography incorporated into your bedroom decor. 

Selecting the right color

Is a bright red ceiling really something you want to stare at while trying to fall asleep?  This color denotes danger, violence, and anger.  Instead choose a more soothing color like subtle yellow shades, light blue, taupe, peach or green. The hues inside of your bedroom need to create a serene and restful sanctuary.  You should preferably feel airy and fresh during the summer and warm and cozy during the winter. 

Select the right bed and mattress 

Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and it should look the part.  Having the wrong sleeping surface will cause major problems for your back.  Keep in mind the benefits of sleep that we discussed, and remember that you will not be receiving many of those benefit if you suffer from aches or continuously wake up in the middle of the night.  Don’t skimp and make sure to give yourself the chance to get the best sleep with a Stearns and Foster mattress.  There are some excellent websites such as Top Mattress that can provide you with guidance along with reviews and useful information.

Get rid of the TV

Your bedroom is primarily a place for you to sleep and isn’t an extension of an office or family room. Devices like laptops, smartphones, and TV emit like that alter the natural light sense of the body, and effect your circadian schedule. A flat screen might barely be notice, but a nice photo or painting will look a lot better on your wall.  You will also get a lot more reading done, and improve your language skills and knowledge while falling asleep at the same time.   

Light a fire

Install a fireplace if you would like to splurge a little.  It not only exudes coziness and warmth, but the right fireplace will provide your space with a nice romantic vibe.  The crackling sound of wood and dim light can be very relaxing.  If you think it is too dangerous to have a real fireplace at night, then you can always get an electric one instead.


Keep these tips in mind when you are getting ready to redecorate your house since the bedroom is the most important room of all.  Having the right decor can have a significant impact on how you sleep. If you can get it right it will also influence how you wake up the next morning.  So say goodbye to your grouchiness and hello to the new sharp and happy you.

6 Must-Know Rules Of Packing Items For Self-Storage

Move Happy to your new home

Packing everything away is essential irrespective of the reason for moving house or the office. Your belongings should be handled with care because they can be of financial or sentimental value. Regarding the packing, putting away your things into boxes can be a daunting task. As such, people will try their best to spend the least time possible packing. The following tips can help make the process a less hectic and more organized.

1.    Stock Up On Packing Supplies

You will need to have enough packing supplies to help you store everything away in readiness for relocating to a new office or home. For starters, you will need containers to put in your stuff, and these can range from boxes of different sizes to empty plastic containers. You also will need to have bubble wrap, foam peanuts, a marker pen, newspapers, furniture covers and packing tape.

The boxes and containers should have a strong built, able to hold whatever is in them without them splitting. Avoid using plastic bags to store or protect your items unless it is to shield them from getting wet suggest Yes Storage, a company that provide box storage Hong Kong. Also, ensure that the boxes are dry to keep mold and mildew from developing. Above all, visit any of our stores if you need more packing supplies.

2.    Organize Your Items And Label The Boxes

Ensure that you sort your belongings before packing instead of randomly throwing things into the same box. Have a box for fragile items as you also group together similar stuff so that they go in the same box. That means you can have kitchen items put in exclusive containers that are then label accordingly. The same goes for your stationeries, small equipment, and clothing. Use a marker to write on each box what it holds inside. It is not easy to remember which items were put where especially if they were stored away several days before the relocation into a new premise.

3.    Be Careful When Packing Delicate Items

When it comes to packing your most priced items that are delicate, then you need to spend more time reading them to be stored away. Use bubble wrap to cover glasses, china, and fragile ornaments individually. Consider using a box that will hold these items and then include the foam peanuts for added cushioning. Do not forget to mark their boxes so that it is clear the contain delicate things and which is the right way up for them to be stored and carried during the relocation trip.

Other items such as books, some utensils such as pans, and small furniture may not be breakable but can endure damage. Such things should be pack carefully. For instance, place the book flat and stacking them on each other so that you avoid bending their spines. Cover the crockery with newspapers before putting them in boxes and then add some foam peanuts before taping up the container. Use a hanging wardrobe box for your clothes.

4.    Avoid Overloading The Boxes

While it may sound wise to try and save on costs of storage space and packing supplies by cramming many belongings into one box as possible, this can turn out to be a costly mistake. It exerts so much strain on the storage container and increases the risk of damaging your items. Moreover, overloading the boxes makes them bulky and difficult to carry.

At times, you may not overload the box, but you may notice it bulging at the sides; this is a sign that the items do not fit in it and you need to get a bigger box. Ensure the storage container has a flat and well-secured base and have its top flat when you close and run the packing tape over to seal it so that you can stack the boxes on of each other during transport. Ensure the stuff in the box are not too cramped nor too fee that they move about inside the container. You can use something soft and light, such as foam peanuts or newspapers, to fill up the gaps and secure the items in the boxes.

The rule of thumb is to pack light. Have heavy items in small boxes and reserve the large container for the light things such as linen, pillows, and clothes.

5.    Disassemble Your Furniture

Take apart the large furniture items such as the bed and tables that you can disassemble so that they take up less storage space. Keep their bolts, screws, nuts, and washers of each furniture together in an individual bag and then place that in a secure box or take it to the frame of the table or bed.

6.    Clean Before You Store

When we talk about cleaning, it applies to everything – from the kitchen utensil and appliances to clothes, furniture, drapes, rugs, and linen. Storing them with dirt increase the risk of them developing mold or mildew. Also, ensure the storage spaces and boxes are clean and dry so that your belonging are be kept for a while and not produce a nasty smell due to dampness or dirt.

How much does it cost to replace a roof in Toronto?


Let’s get to the point: the cost of a shingle roof on a typical bungalow will normally vary between $4,000 and $5,500 and that of an average cottage between $5,000 and $7,000. A flat roof will cost a minimum of $7,000 for a 1000 ft. area.  Although this represents a significant investment, a damaged roof can cause damage and have much greater financial consequences than the cost of replacing it, which are usually not covered by insurers. It is therefore usually more economical to carry out this renovation as soon as it is due rather than waiting for it to cause damage.

The price of a roof repair can vary greatly depending on different elements such as the slope of the roof, the type of materials used, the surface area, the temperature and finally the roof structure. Here we present you with the average costs according to the type of roof and materials as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Asphalt shingles, the cheapest option

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common and are often chosen during roof repairs because of their low cost, which is much lower than other types of roofs. Its variety of colors, finishes and therefore style also makes it very popular and allows you to modify the appearance of your home.”After a lot of roof repairs in Toronto, I can assure you that asphalt shingles is a cheap option”, says Mike from Devis Roofing Toronto. The life span often varies depending on the weight of the asphalt shingles, but it is very common to be offered a warranty ranging from 20 years to a lifetime. New generation asphalt shingles should be more resistant to the effects of time and sunlight. 

To get your asphalt shingles through our sunny winters and summers, proper ventilation in the attic is the key. The sun is an enemy for this type of roofing because the intense heat dries out the oils in the asphalt and weakens the material. Adequate ventilation can reduce shingle heat in summer and moisture accumulation and ice formation in winter.

Finally, for the cost, asphalt shingle roofs are the cheapest and you need to count $3.15 per square foot at least, which represents a starting price of $4,000 for a typical bungalow to hope for a job well done. 

What is the price of a TPO or EPDM roof?

This material is actually a synthetic rubber that has a high resistance to the sun’s rays and is perfectly resistant to our winters. Its lifespan is more than 50 years and is very ecological, from its manufacture to the end of its life. This type of roof is available in white, which reduces heat capture. Compared to other types of oil-based roofs, EPDM roofs are often considered to be the least polluting and most durable.

On the negative side, the fact that it is single-layer can make it more fragile, the cost is somewhat high since the installation is very specialized and the joints can weaken over time. The cost is between $7.50 and $9.50 per square foot and the life span is 25 to 35 years.