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Roofing Tips For The Winter

Winter is definitely here in Vancouver and as you all know, the harsh conditions can cause damage and decrease the longevity of your home’s roof. If your roof needs repairs, it’s generally better to do them in the drier months. In fact, most experts say the best time to do work on a roof is from July to August when the weather is best. In a perfect world, summer would be great to finish all those projects, but your roof doesn’t just leak during those months.
In British Columbia, where the weather is often unpredictable, these ideal conditions can be few and far between. Most roofing companies have to consider how they can perform a roofing job in the winter, in less than ideal conditions.
While not always the best, roof construction and repair can be done in cold weather, as long as precautions are taken. In winter, roofers face a variety of challenges including:

  • Roofing materials don’t work quite as well as they do in moderate temperatures.
  • Shorter days give roofers less time to work which generally means the project takes longer.
  • Tools such as nail guns generally don’t work as well in the cold.
  • Snow and ice can create hazards or cover up dangers to roofers.

 
What to Expect When Roofing in Winter
Roofing in winter weather requires a lot more foresight, planning and safety precautions than summer days. Be aware that some companies will charge you up to 20% more for their services, while other companies will be looking for work and might give you a discount. Whatever you do, you should shop around and get between three to five quotes and ask them specifically about their winter work.
 
Winter Safety Is The Most Important
Safety is obviously the most important thing when it comes to roofing – no matter what time of year. Under no circumstances should you hire a company that doesn’t take safety serious as there are some unique cold weather issues to be aware of when doing winter roofing work.
For example, roof surfaces can become slippery thanks to snow, ice, and frost. A common winter problem is snow removal or de-icing of the roof surface must be done after a snowstorm. The roofers must take extra precaution and use specialized equipment, which they need to be trained on, along with increased monitoring while the removal is taking place.
Snow can also disguise dangers such as skylights, debris and other risks. The roofing contractor needs to pay close attention to where they walk to ensure they don’t accidentally step on or fall through a skylight or trip over hazards hidden under snow. Even on a freshly cleared roof, there may be black ice or frost build-up on the roof or deck surface, which can make work extremely dangerous. If the temperature is too cold and the snow and ice remain, it is best to wait until the weather warms up.
Another thing to do before getting a roofing contractor to work is to ensure that the attic space is adequately ventilated. Often, what appears to be a roof leak is actually condensation from interior air drifting up into a cold, improperly ventilated attic.
 
Working in the Winter
Working in cold, damp temperatures can put a strain on the body, making your heart and lungs work harder, while at the same time putting you at increased risk for hypothermia or frostbite. Be aware roofers, as mentioned before, will work shorter hours, and plan around the sunshine and weather forecasts. Be prepared for work stoppage and delays because of the weather.
Roof contractors should also wear warm clothing that is breathable but also provides an ample range of motion. If you notice that a roofer isn’t appropriately dressed, do not let them work.
 
The Weigh Of Your Roof
Another thing to consider is the extra weight that snow and ice can add to a roof. If you add a human’s weight into the mix, you can potentially be looking at serious injury. A roofer must ensure that the surface he is working on is sturdy and safe from collapse. An experienced roofer will test the structure before beginning to work on it to ensure that there is no danger from collapse.
 
Equipment and Materials
Now you know what to expect in the winter, you also have to keep in mind the quality of craftsmanship which can suffer if the roofer is inexperienced.
 
Asphalt shingles
The best temperatures to install asphalt shingles is between 4 and 26 degrees Celsius. If a roofer decides to install roofing shingles in cold weather below these temperatures, your shingles may become brittle and more prone to breakage. To prevent this, when working in below-zero temperatures, make sure the roofer stores your materials in a warm place until you need them. Shingles will mould to the shape of the surface they rest on, so if you are buying them before using them, keep them flat, stacked and raised on pallets so they don’t touch the ground. Be aware that a roofer should not work in below-zero temperatures unless it is an emergency situation that needs fixing.
 
Types of Roofing Materials
Most roofing organizations recommend using winter weather membranes to seal your eaves, valleys, skylights, and vents, rather than warm weather roll roofing, which can buckle or warp when applied in cold weather. When you choose to use any kind of felt or membrane, the roofer will roll it out in a staging area, away from the elements and allow it to relax before you apply. This will help reduce wrinkles caused by the weather.
 
Conclusion
The information in this blog is intended to be a starting point for cold weather roofing applications. Each situation is different and as always consult a professional roofer before starting. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at Cambie Roofing to schedule a free roofing estimate.
 

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Repair vs Replace Your Roofing

Roofing is one of those tasks like replacing the alternator on your car – nobody wants to do it but sooner or later it has to get done. Afterall there are so many more fun tasks to be done around the home that are so much more satisfactory.
Roofs are prime targets for procrastination– what you can’t see doesn’t matter, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t true and those leaks, missing tiles and other issues have started to pile up so you might be wondering whether its’ time to fix them or invest in a new roof all together.
The question of whether to repair or replace isn’t always an easy one to answer because there a number of different factors to consider which we will cover in the blog post. The big one of course, is always the cost but before we get to that one, there are a few other things.

What Are My Plans For Your Home?

This is probably the most important question to ask yourself before spending money on your roof. Do you plan on spending a long time in your home or do you intend to sell it in the next couple of years?
Nothing can stop a sale faster than a roof that’s in bad shape and in desperate need of replacement. Even if you’re pricing the home relatively modestly for roofing repairs, many people don’t want to deal with the hassle or stress of replacing the roof. Making an investment in your roof can actually help your property sell faster and get a higher value for it – more than the cost of replacement.
While an old roof can scare off potential buyers quickly, a new roof can just as quickly attract plenty of hopefuls. For those looking to move into a new property, not having to immediately invest in something major like a new roof is a huge benefit.
If you want to retire in your home and don’t mind waiting or dealing with the headaches that come with an old, damaged roof then you might want to consider putting off spending money on a new room. A word of warning, however: be prepared for the fallout that comes with not upgrading your roof including major water damage.

What Is The Nature Of The Damage?

The first question you need to ask is what is the extent of the damage to the roof. A single missing shingle or a small leak can be easy to fix. In fact, the sooner you do so, the less likely the damage will spread and will cost more.
Larger problems that are more widespread like a large hole or a leak that is flowing can be your signal that a roof replacement will soon be in order.
Visually inspecting your roof from both the inside and the outside can tell you just about everything you need to know about its condition. Start outside from the curb in front of your house and look for any visible locations where the tiles or shingles are damaged or missing. These areas are major weak points in your roof’s ability to withstand another winter and are most likely the sites of leaks that could be causing discolouration or signs of water damage on your ceilings.
Once you’ve checked around the outside of your house, climb up into your attic and take a look. You should be checking for any wet spots or water. Water damage can be a real problem as it can cause havoc both on your roof and the interior or your home. Signs of water intrusion include wood rot, mold and mildew growth. Another thing to look out for could be small cracks where light is shining through.
Ultimately, you will need to get a roofer to take a look and give your professional opinion on whether or not these cracks, water damage, or mold warrant a new roof or if they can be patched up.

How Old Is the Roof?

Your roof’s age is another large factor in whether you should repair it or replace it. If your roof is still on the newer side, then repairing it is probably the better way to go. However, if your roof is old and has fallen into a state that no amount of repairing will really salvage, then replacing is definitely the optimal choice.
The expected lifespan of your roof depends on the material it’s built from. For example, in Vancouver asphalt shingles are common because they are inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to repair, but generally only have a lifespan of about 15 years. On the other hand, tiles, clay, and aluminum are much harder, more durable, and resistant to natural hazards and can last between 30 and 50 years or more in most cases. If your roof is approaching this age, then it may be time to consider replacing your roof and starting new.

What Is The Cost Difference?

Cost is obviously the first question wonder, but it shouldn’t be the major factor behind your decision making. If you’re a home owner you should be putting money away in a renovations fund each month to prepare for things like roof repair or roof replacement. If you don’t have the money, it’s not a good idea to go into debt to replace your roof unless it’s going to cause a large amount of damage to the interior of your home.

Conclusion

Unfortunately no roofing system lasts forever, particularly in a climate as diverse as Vancouver’s’ and will eventually have to be replaced. However, as a home owner, you should be able to stretch the lifespan for as long as possible. Roofing systems are important to the structure and protection of your home. It’s what keeps you dry, warm and safe from the elements. If you notice leaks, broken shingles or other problems with your roof, contact Cambie Roofing, a family owned & operated local roofing contractor with decades of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We’ll evaluate your roofing system and recommend whether you should repair or replace your roof.

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The Importance Of Roof Repair

When you wake up after a particularly hard rainfall, the last thing you want to hear is the dripping sound of water leaking into a room from your roof. A roof is an often overlooked component of your home’s structure, even as it’s one of the most important aspects. A good roof keeps Vancouver’s famous rain from getting in and damaging the interior of your home.
Roof Maintenance
Replacing a roof is a major expense that, of course, no one wants to shell out money for. Thankfully, if you maintain your roof and get regular inspections it is something you shouldn’t have to more than once or maybe twice in a lifetime.
Depending on the type of roof, it can last anywhere between 30 to 70 years and is easily replaced if well maintained, but a roof that’s been neglected can lead to finding a lot of new problems with your home. When you put off roof repairs, they continue to get worse and deteriorate over time to the point that you’re forced to purchase a new roof far sooner than you should.
Unfortunately, most people don’t think about a roof until it’s too late and in need or a repair. We’ve put together somethings you should know about roof repair so when those leaks do occur, you know what to do.
 
Don’t Ignore Small Problems
We all tend to procrastinate but it’s important not to ignore small leaks, rot or mold. These issues will only get bigger (and more expensive) over time. As we’ve previously stated, it often doesn’t take a lot for those small problems to balloon into bigger ones and become full-blown emergencies.
When a homeowner only sees a small leak, what he or she may fail to realize is that the problem is rarely limited to just that leak. Moisture damage and rot can cause water to leak into the walls and floorboards causing major damage. Water can also damage your home’s insulation and electrical systems, not only causing structural issues but even fire hazards.
 
Knowing When It is Time For a Roof Check
You should always know how old your roof is. If you didn’t replace it yourself, try and track down the previous owner or real estate agent and ask him or her when they last redid the roof. Next, you should figure out when it should be replaced and budget accordingly. For example, asphalt shingle roofs last between 20-25 years while metal ones last up to 40-60 years on average. If your roof is somewhere in between, it’s the best time to do some checking so you can plan ahead.
Repair or Replace Your Roof?
When a homeowner spots a leak, they will have to figure out if they can simply repair the roof or if it needs to be completely replaced. Of course, with any roof issues, there usually needs to be a big problem for it to be worth while to rip it up in its entity. To answer this question you’ll need to ask a reputable roofer with years of experience. Don’t try and figure out how much damage is done by yourself. Without experience, you most likely won’t be able to get to the root of the problem.
Resell Value
If you’re considering selling your home, you’ll really want to put some effort into fixing your roof. The condition of your roof is one of the first questions a potential homebuyer is going to ask, and it gives them a really good bargaining chip to lower the price. An old, neglected roof is very apparent to any real estate agent and will likely use it to his or her advantage.
Inspection of Other Areas
After checking inside and outside of your home, you will need someone to look closer into other areas of your roofing system. We advice you to call an experienced roofing contractor like Cambie Roofing for a comprehensive inspection. Cambie Roofing will inspect the gutters, drains. And remove any debris.  Next the roofing contractor will inspected the seals to see if the water goes to the drain.
The next areas to inspect are the flashings, roof edges, terminations, and expansion and control joints. As a trusted roofing contractor, we are aware that problems are likely to be found in these areas. There should not be any cracks or splits. At Cambie Roofing, we will also look for split, cracked, or broken shingles.
The Importance of Roof Repairs
We understand that roof repair can be a pain and isn’t something that you can do yourself. And of all the maintenance work that a homeowner has to do, home roof repair is one of the most important but also the least thought about. Nobody likes to think about it.  However, a well-maintained roof will keep your family safe and dry.
If you are in need of a local roof contractor or just need some help figuring out the best way to maintain your roof, give us a call. It can be a challenge for a homeowner to stay on top of everything they need to, but this is why we should do regular checkups so you don’t have to think about it. Contact Cambie Roofing today for a free inspection.

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Most Economical Roofing Solutions

There are a lot of different roofing options these days but one of the more popular is an energy efficient roof. Whether you’re choosing a roof for a newly constructed home or looking to replace your old roof with more energy efficient roofing materials, we’ll help you make decisions so you can cut your home energy consumption. You will need to weigh your options and consider a variety of factors to find the
Not only does being more energy efficient help the environment as a whole, but it also can help you save money each month as nobody likes to spend more money then necessary on heat.
 
What makes a roof energy efficient?
Before you do anything, you need to find out what makes a roof more energy efficient than another. For a roof to be energy efficient, it needs to do a good job of keeping your home’s warm in within the walls. When a roof’s insulation isn’t good, the heat will escape into the air causing energy to be lost and your heating bill to soar. As warm air rises, it’s the job of the roof to trap the warm air into the house. The type of material that your roof is made out of will be a large factor of how energy efficient your home will be.
Wooden Shingles
Shake shingles are made of wood and are very durable and can withstand strong winds and storms making them a good choice. They are very energy efficient as they allow better air circulation. They are also popular because they fit well in Vancouver’s west coast style.
The downside to wooden shingles is that there is more maintenance than asphalt. Rot and mold can create problems in shake shingles, especially in Vancouver’s climate.
Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are very popular in Vancouver because they are low maintenance and are relatively energy efficient roof. While Vancouver only has one bad storm every two years, homeowners need to keep in mind that asphalt shingles tend to become more easily damaged.
Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are rare in Vancouver and are generally recommended for homes in warm weathered regions like California. They are sturdy, light, and last on average fifty years without any major repair. They are made from materials like copper, steel, or aluminum and are thin enough that they do not absorb and retain heat from the sun which can be problematic in cold damp climates like Vancouver.
Tile Roofs
Tile roofs are great at regulating temperature, efficiently trapping heat during winter months and keep your home cool during summer days. Clay tiles are generally recommended for warmer climates because they can’t withstand hail and snow. However, in Vancouver you can get sturdier concrete tiles which are better suited for the city’s climate.
Unless tile roofs are damaged from an external force, tiles are extremely durable and long-lasting. A lot of century old houses in Europe have the same roof they had when first constructed. The roof’s underlayment however, needs some maintenance and periodic replacement especially if you want to keep your home insulated from the cold.
Concrete Roofing
While still rare in Vancouver, concrete is becoming a favourite roofing material option in areas that have colder climates. Concrete cement is mixed with fiber reinforcement for durability to withstand snow accumulation and weight pressure making concrete a good choice for the most energy efficient roofing option. Concrete tiles are coated with plastic for durability and better heat trapping efficiency. The downside to concrete is that they are often the most expensive, but their durability and energy efficiency can pay for themselves.
Sprayed-On Foam Coating
Another option that doesn’t involve replacing your roof while still improving energy efficiency of your house is to coat your existing roof with polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam is mostly used in car seats, furniture and chairs but more recently is being used for other applications. Unfortunately, the spray foam works best on flat or low sloped roofs which are unusual in residential homes in Vancouver. However many commercial buildings use a polyurethane coating to help lower energy consumption.
An added benefit to polyurethane foam is that it blocks ultra violet rays of the sun. Adding a coat to your existing roof will not cost as much as replacing it with a more energy efficient roof. It is also lightweight, and as a result not a significant burden to your existing underlayment. Polyurethane foam spray should only be applied by professional roof contractors. Roofs need to be recoated between five to ten years.
Garden Roofs
An easy way to help insulate your roof and trap the warmth is to build a garden or cover your roof with plants. This can significantly lower your home cooling and heating energy expense. The plants will absorb most of the heat during summer, and it will give your home an additional layer of insulation to trap the heat during winter.
However the downside to using plants for insulation is that they are a lot of work and can be expensive. It is really only recommended for those who love to garden. You will need a structural engineer to assess the feasibility of a rooftop garden.  He or she will tell you if the roof’s foundation would be able to support your garden. Then a drainage system has to be installed for proper irrigation. Lastly you will also need to water and take care of your garden. But the energy saving and the fresh produce you can enjoy might compensate for the effort and initial expense.
Conclusion
With new innovations always on the horizon and improvements regularly made to existing energy efficient roof options, homeowners should always research their options when replacing a roof or building a new structure. Carefully consider your needs and look for economical roofing materials. By understanding what energy efficient roofing materials available and how they absorb heat, you can make a positive impact on the environment and save money in the process. If you have any questions about materials or the environmental impact of roofing materials give us a call at Cambie Roofing and we’ll be happy to help you.
There are a lot of different roofing options these days but one of the more popular is an energy efficient roof. Whether you’re choosing a roof for a newly constructed home or looking to replace your old roof with more energy efficient roofing materials, we’ll help you make decisions so you can cut your home energy consumption. You will need to weigh your options and consider a variety of factors to find the
Not only does being more energy efficient help the environment as a whole, but it also can help you save money each month as nobody likes to spend more money then necessary on heat.
 
What makes a roof energy efficient?
Before you do anything, you need to find out what makes a roof more energy efficient than another. For a roof to be energy efficient, it needs to do a good job of keeping your home’s warm in within the walls. When a roof’s insulation isn’t good, the heat will escape into the air causing energy to be lost and your heating bill to soar. As warm air rises, it’s the job of the roof to trap the warm air into the house. The type of material that your roof is made out of will be a large factor of how energy efficient your home will be.
Wooden Shingles
Shake shingles are made of wood and are very durable and can withstand strong winds and storms making them a good choice. They are very energy efficient as they allow better air circulation. They are also popular because they fit well in Vancouver’s west coast style.
The downside to wooden shingles is that there is more maintenance than asphalt. Rot and mold can create problems in shake shingles, especially in Vancouver’s climate.
Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are very popular in Vancouver because they are low maintenance and are relatively energy efficient roof. While Vancouver only has one bad storm every two years, homeowners need to keep in mind that asphalt shingles tend to become more easily damaged.
Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are rare in Vancouver and are generally recommended for homes in warm weathered regions like California. They are sturdy, light, and last on average fifty years without any major repair. They are made from materials like copper, steel, or aluminum and are thin enough that they do not absorb and retain heat from the sun which can be problematic in cold damp climates like Vancouver.
Tile Roofs
Tile roofs are great at regulating temperature, efficiently trapping heat during winter months and keep your home cool during summer days. Clay tiles are generally recommended for warmer climates because they can’t withstand hail and snow. However, in Vancouver you can get sturdier concrete tiles which are better suited for the city’s climate.
Unless tile roofs are damaged from an external force, tiles are extremely durable and long-lasting. A lot of century old houses in Europe have the same roof they had when first constructed. The roof’s underlayment however, needs some maintenance and periodic replacement especially if you want to keep your home insulated from the cold.
Concrete Roofing
While still rare in Vancouver, concrete is becoming a favourite roofing material option in areas that have colder climates. Concrete cement is mixed with fiber reinforcement for durability to withstand snow accumulation and weight pressure making concrete a good choice for the most energy efficient roofing option. Concrete tiles are coated with plastic for durability and better heat trapping efficiency. The downside to concrete is that they are often the most expensive, but their durability and energy efficiency can pay for themselves.
Sprayed-On Foam Coating
Another option that doesn’t involve replacing your roof while still improving energy efficiency of your house is to coat your existing roof with polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam is mostly used in car seats, furniture and chairs but more recently is being used for other applications. Unfortunately, the spray foam works best on flat or low sloped roofs which are unusual in residential homes in Vancouver. However many commercial buildings use a polyurethane coating to help lower energy consumption.
An added benefit to polyurethane foam is that it blocks ultra violet rays of the sun. Adding a coat to your existing roof will not cost as much as replacing it with a more energy efficient roof. It is also lightweight, and as a result not a significant burden to your existing underlayment. Polyurethane foam spray should only be applied by professional roof contractors. Roofs need to be recoated between five to ten years.
Garden Roofs
An easy way to help insulate your roof and trap the warmth is to build a garden or cover your roof with plants. This can significantly lower your home cooling and heating energy expense. The plants will absorb most of the heat during summer, and it will give your home an additional layer of insulation to trap the heat during winter.
However the downside to using plants for insulation is that they are a lot of work and can be expensive. It is really only recommended for those who love to garden. You will need a structural engineer to assess the feasibility of a rooftop garden.  He or she will tell you if the roof’s foundation would be able to support your garden. Then a drainage system has to be installed for proper irrigation. Lastly you will also need to water and take care of your garden. But the energy saving and the fresh produce you can enjoy might compensate for the effort and initial expense.
Conclusion
With new innovations always on the horizon and improvements regularly made to existing energy efficient roof options, homeowners should always research their options when replacing a roof or building a new structure. Carefully consider your needs and look for economical roofing materials. By understanding what energy efficient roofing materials available and how they absorb heat, you can make a positive impact on the environment and save money in the process. If you have any questions about materials or the environmental impact of roofing materials give us a call at Cambie Roofing and we’ll be happy to help you.

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How To Protect Your Roof From Pests

Many types of animals including birds, rats, insects and other pests can be a nightmare for homeowners, especially if they make your roof their home. They can have a significant negative impact on the quality and durability of your roof. Not only can their droppings make a considerable mess, but they also expose your home to parasites such as worms and mites. Large pests especially rats, raccoons and birds can also cause damage to roof tiles and shingles which not only make a lot of noise but can also cause costly repairs. Still, preventing pests from damaging your rooftop can be difficult. So what are some safe methods for protecting your roof from animals and, if you have them, how do you get rid of them?
 
Know the Signs of Infestation
The first step is to figure out if you have a problem to begin with.  Pests leave visible signs of their presence in a variety of ways. Once you know what to look for, it’s easy to tell if you’ve got unwanted animals in your attic or on top of your roof.
The first thing to do is a visual inspection of your roof. This can be done from the ground but it is better if you use a ladder for a closer inspection. Mammals like rats, squirrels and mice leave droppings wherever they go. Small pellets of feces are an obvious sign that rodents are near. Where there are feces, there is also urine. If you look in your attic, you might not detect a smell immediately, but practice safety by using gloves and wearing a face mask before you poke around in areas where rodents have been. Their droppings can contain harmful bacteria.
Another sign to watch for chewed areas, holes or tunnels bored in the attic or roof. Rodents and insects often chew their way through wood, plaster and other materials.
 
Pest Removal Methods
Depending on what type of pest you’re dealing with, different methods may be more effective. Here are some common removal methods that could help you get rid of those pesky animals.
Trapping: Using a trap and some food is a great way to catch unwanted pests inside and around your roof. This is a common method for rodents such as mice and rats.
Decoys: Placing plastic statues of predators, like owls and hawks on your roof are a great way to trick birds into staying away and can prevent them from starting a nest.
Destroy The Nest: If birds are constantly trying to make your home their home, there might be a nest somewhere either on or inside your roof or chimney. Removing it is fairly straightforward, just watch out for eggs or small birds.
One removal method we don’t recommend is poison. The reason being is that often the pest will crawl into an area of your home that may be unreachable for you or an exterminator. If this is the case then the dead carcass can really stink up your home and even lead to the growth up other unwanted pests.
 
Best Methods For Preventing Pests From Coming Back
So let’s say you finally get the pests to leave, but how do you stop them from returning? This step is just as important as getting rid of them. It’s beneficial to take some time to work with a local pest patrol agent to determine a plan of action. In order to prevent pests from returning, here are some of the most effective methods to try.
Seal it Tight: When you’ve identified the source or the entry spot, seal it tight with non-chewable material so the pests can’t use it again. Pests cannot get into your home if it’s properly sealed. Sometimes roof shingles or flashing will come loose, giving critters a way to tunnel in. If you have missing shingles or roofing tiles, they need to be replaced as soon as possible and the underlying layers should also be checked for damage.
Clean Your Gutters: When gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, they can become a home for all kinds of creatures. You can get bugs, squirrels, rats, and even birds’ nests in them. In addition, because backed-up gutters are also a common cause of leaky roofs, you’ll definitely want to make sure they are kept clear.
Trim Back Foliage: Tree branches that touch or overhang your roof could act as a bridge for all kinds of pests. To keep your roof protected, trim back any foliage that touches your home. This will make it harder for pests to gain access. You should put at least several inches between your house and any tall bushes or trees.
Protect Your Roof With Nets: While this may seem unconventional, your local home and garden supply store usually sells netting you can use to stop pests from getting too comfortable. You can lay this netting over your roof and this will prevent pests from access. The netting does not harm the pests and it’s not intended to catch or tangle the pest.
 
Conclusion
You can keep your home free of unwanted guests by regularly inspecting your roof or having a roofing professional do it for you. During one of the inspections, it’s important that you don’t procrastinate and let the pest reek havoc, otherwise, you’ll end up with a bigger problem down the line. However, before you take action, do your research and see what the habits are for your particular pest as each can vary and will likely dictate how to get rid of it.

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The Importance of Roof Maintenance

There is more to roof maintenance than simply cleaning the gutters. You should pay close attention to your roof especially if it is over 20 years old or exhibiting signs of wear or damage. Thankfully if a roof has a bit of damage then it can be quickly addressed without much expense from an experienced roofing contractor.  It is very important not to ignore small leaks or other water damage as these problems will eventually quickly grow into big, more expensive problems if left unattended.
Regular roof maintenance is just as important for your home as it is for a person to get a regular physical checkup, especially as age increasingly becomes a factor. Roof maintenance ensures that your home remains strong and is capable of withstanding Vancouver’s heavy rain and harsh weather conditions.
Did you know your roof expands and contracts when the weather temperature changes? As a roof constantly shrinks and expands there is greater chance for cracks to develop and damage shingles. This in turn provides a greater opportunity for water to seep in between the cracks and cause damage to your home.
Failure to repair roof damage or putting it off will only likely lead to more expensive repairs or even replacement down the road. In addition, failing to fix your roof is a sure way to shorten its lifespan.
But how do you maintain your roof? We have put together some tips to help you prolong the lifespan of your roof and get the most out of it.
How To Clean Your Roof
A homeowner can tell when the outside of their home is dirty and is in need of cleaning. The paint is peeling or there is moss growing on the side. Keeping your roof clean and free of dirt, and grime is not only important for visual attractiveness, but it also extends the life of your roof and increases the resale value.
You may only see part of your roof from your lawn and is hard to inspect. However, just like the side of your home, the roof needs to be well maintained and cleaned as a part of regular maintenance schedule. Because climbing on your roof is dangerous, it’s best to contact a trusted roofing contractor to both clean and inspect the roof for you. Never try to clean or repair your roof yourself.
The most common issue with a dirty roof is algae, fungus and moss which can be difficult to get off. While debris can easily collect, it most likely won’t be an issue. However when a living organism takes root on your roof it can damage the integrity of your roof.
 
Benefits of a Clean Roof
New roofs have great look great and are great if you’re trying to sell your home but what about that same roof, ten or twenty years down the line? Your roof doesn’t look so great and becomes a liability instead of an asset.
A well-maintained roof protects your family from the wind, rain and snow. If you want it to keep doing its job, you’ll need to do regular maintenance on it to ensure that there is no sign of damage. Usually people only inspect their roof after a major wind or snow storm. However, it’s best to have a scheduled six-month inspection to find out any problems before they become major issues.
The important thing to remember is that inspecting a roof needs to be done both from the ground and on top on the roof. You can do the ground inspection, however you should hire a roofing contractor to climb up on the roof and inspect close up. From the ground, you can see look out for general problems or potential dangers and how your roof looks. A roofing contractor, once he or she is on top of the roof, will find details that you cannot see from the ground. There are a couple parts to your roof, such as flashing and shingles, that require closer inspection.
How To Inspect Your Roof
You’ll need to look for signs of cracked or broken singled. Use binoculars to look for damage when you’re inspecting your roof from the ground. Missing shingles are easy enough to find, while rust or moss can sometimes be difficult to detect. Other signs that your roof needs some repairs are if shingles start curling or buckle. These are warning signs that you have a problem and you will most likely have a leak if you don’t get them fixed.
Minor repairs like replacing a shingle or resealing some flashing are small fixes. For major problems like damage to an entire section of roof, it can be a little costlier. Taking on any type of roofing project is dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. Even if it is a small fix, don’t try it yourself.
The presence of invasive organisms like moss, algae, or lichens onto your roof can surprisingly cause a lot of damage. These tiny organisms may seem insignificant and may be easy to ignore but always know what to look out for.
Moss: is a plant that has a shallow root system and requires a lot of moisture to survive. It can thrive on the side of a roof that doesn’t get much sun. In addition moss can cast spores which can easily spread and grow, causing more damage.
Algae: is a type of bacteria that you will find on your roof. It feeds off of both asphalt and limestone in moist and shaded areas, making roofs a prime growing spot. If you’re not carefully, algae will quickly spread and cause trouble.
Lichens: are a type of fungus similar to algae. They form a branching growth of tentacles that penetrate deep into the shingle’s base which can cause cracks and other damage if left untreated.
Conclusion
Cambie Roofing is a professional roofing company that serves Vancouver. We work hard to provide the best quality service and our goal is ensuring you are 100 percent satisfied. If your roof is in need of an inspection or a repair, contact us today.

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Top Questions to Ask a Roofer

Most homeowners don’t know the type of questions to ask a roofing company they’re considering hiring. Installing a roof is an expensive and complex job. You want to make sure you have the right people, otherwise it will just end up costing you more time and money . There are many things to consider including how long the company has been in business, references, proof of insurance, and information about warranties. These little things can make a big difference, which is why it’s important to choose an experienced roofer who really knows what they’re doing.
The ideal time to gather all information is during the roofing estimate process. A qualified roofing contractor should be able to answer all of your questions and give you a fairly accurate estimate of how much your roofing project will cost.
Here are some questions which you should ask a contractor when they present you with a roofing estimate.

1. Are you licensed?

A roofer is not required to carry a trade certificate or to have a license to work in B.C. However, some experience and education is expected. Many employers prefer workers with a certificate. Some employers will train and sponsor apprentices on the job. Ask what sort of training the roofer has had.
In B.C., an individual can become certified as a roofer by completing the apprenticeship program through the Industry Training Authority (ITA) The duration of the apprenticeship program depends on how training is delivered. However, it generally takes about 3 years to complete the program through ITA.

2. Do you have workman’s compensation insurance?

This is one of the most important questions you can ask a roofer. At one time employers with three or fewer employees didn’t have to offer workman’s compensation insurance. Now they do by law. Still, some contractors and roofers will skimp out on this requirement. The reason? Insurance isn’t cheap, and some would rather take their chances. The problem, of course, is when the chance is taken on your property and an employee becomes injured. If you hire a company that doesn’t offer employees workman’s compensation and someone gets injured on your property, you might find yourself forking over thousands of dollars to pay for medical bills. This is a loss no homeowner wants to incur. To protect yourself, make sure the company you hire insures each worker that will be present on your property.

3. Will you remove my old roof?

Some roofers will claim to save time and money by inspecting the old roof, and then, if all looks sturdy, shingling over it. However, unless the old shingles are pulled up you will never know if you have soft spots or rotten wood beneath the current shingles. If bad spots remain behind, you will have larger, costlier problems in the future. Don’t let a roofer place a new roof on your house until they have taken up the old roof.

4. What is the warranty on my new roof?

There are many different type of roofs and each should come with its own warranty. Homeowners should get between a 25 and 50-year warranty. Always check before starting any roofing project. You don’t want to realize down the line that you’re not covered and have to pay out of your own pocket.

5. Do you use a complete, matching system of roof components?

A roof is more than just shingles nailed to some plywood. It’s a complete system of components: synthetic underlayment, water protector, hip and ridge shingles, starter strips, flashing, shingles, vents which are all designed to work together.
Make sure all your roofing components come from the same manufacturer. Don’t mix and match to get the price down. It might be a little less expensive, but it could complicate elements of the installation. Be sure your roofer is using products as prescribed by the Vancouver building code. It may not happen often but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

6. Do you bring a container for refuse material?

Scrapes from the old roof, such as shingles, will need to be placed somewhere as it comes down. The company you hire should bring a container to the job site to contain the scrapes. You should not be required to supply this container, nor should you have to deal with the scrapes once the job is completed.

7.What will you do in the case of unexpected weather during the job?

In Vancouver, let’s face it: the weather person is not always right and the forecast can change daily, if not hourly. This isn’t too bad when you’re stuck in the office all day, but when someone is removing and replacing your roof it can be a major problem. If the prettiest of days turns into a rain storm, what will the roofing company do to protect the interior of your home? Make sure your roofer has a plan for this. Your roof should be covered in some type of plastic sheeting or tarpaulin to ensure it, and everything beneath it, remains dry. Also ask what the plan is if the rainy days extend for a while. Will the company come back to ensure the covering is keeping the home dry? If there is a storm with high winds, will someone be available to come out and secure the covering if it appears to not be holding?

8. How Will the Roofer Leave the Jobsite at the End of Each Day?

Your roofer shouldn’t strip more of your roof than necessary each day, making sure your home is protected from nature’s elements. If there are any open areas remaining in the event of an emergency, the roofing crew should tarp them before leaving. They also need to clean any stripped shingles and check the lawn and garden for nails and other hazardous items.

Finding the Perfect Roofing Company

As you’re looking for roofing services, remember that they’re not all created equal. It’s important to find one with the experience and knowledge to repair or replace your roof – helping it look and perform its best for decades to come.

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Vancouver Roofing and Metal Sheet Performance

You If you’re considering installing a metal roof for your home, it’s important to look at its benefits and drawbacks. You most probably are not fully aware of the metal sheets performance, and you need to contrast them against other common types of roof materials.
Well done! You have landed to the right place. We have broken down the procs and cons so you can make the right decision for your home.

Metal Roofing Benefits

Metal roof has a longer life expectancy than other types of roofs. Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is also resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot.
Warranties vary widely, but most companies back their products for 20 to 50 years. The performance of a metal flashing directly correlates to:

  • Type of metal or alloy incorporated
  • Thickness or weight of the material
  • Protective coating applied.

Metal roofs are lightweight when you compare them with tile at 750 pounds per square or concrete tile at 900 pounds per square. Most varieties run from 50 to 150 pounds per square.
For a sheet metal roof, a waterproof membrane must be installed prior to the installation of metal flashings as a part of the metal flashing detail. To prevent leakage, contractors must install metal flashings in a manner that will ensure water sheds away from the seams.
The leading causes of leakage from sheet metal flashings include the absence of a waterproof membrane under the flashings and poor transitional detailing.
Most metal flashing installers have little knowledge of waterproof membranes or transitional detailing. An experienced roofer will install the waterproof membranes so you don’t have to worry about any leakage.

Metal Sheet Performance

Some types of metal roofing materials may be applied over an existing roof without the need to tare or add additional structural support. In fact, if you’re building a house or an addition, you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members.
Most metal roofing materials come in multiple-shingle sections or in 12- to 36-inch-wide panels. An experienced roofer can install these quickly.
Metal flashings are fabricated from a variety of metals and alloys: Galvanized Steel, Galvalume, Zinc, Copper. The coatings used to provide rust protection include baked enamel, silicon, and kevlar among others.
Steel and aluminum are by far the most common and sensible of available roofing materials because they are economical, hold paint finishes well, and are durable.
Aluminum is a relatively soft metal, so it is more prone to denting and damage and it is also more expensive than steel. On the flip side, aluminum won’t corrode the way steel can if the finish is compromised.
To resist wind uplift forces, installers use metal clips and concealed fasteners to secure the flashings to the building during the installation process.
Also, metal flashing details are only one part of the buildings envelope and must be incorporated into the design of transitional details. This procedure ensure the building’s protection from wind and rain.

Metal Sheet Roofing is Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofs offer substantial household energy savings and much lower lifetime costs when compared to other roofing materials.
Same, Metal roofs are manufactured from as much as 60 % recycled materials and the extended lifespan translates to significant waste reduction.

Drawbacks of a Metal Roof

The variables that go into metal roofing prices are many, so much so that it is not possible to quote an exact price without a detailed inspection first. Factors like current roof condition, shape, and slope all affect price. Also, property location and roof accessibility are important considerations.
In 2016, the average cost of installing a high quality roofing system was $22 000 CAD. Residential metal roofing product prices ranged from $7.00 to $12.00 per square foot installed. To calculate the ballpark cost for your home in 2017 you would need to multiply the cost of installed product by square footage of roof area.
This is obviously a lot more expensive than your average roof, however you most likely won’t think about your roof for the lifetime of your home.
Labour of course is also a major factor when looking at a metal roof. However since they don’t take as long to install as a traditional roof made of asphalt or tile, the labour won’t be that expensive.
However, since metal roofs are uncommon, you should ask the roofer if they have experience installing such a roof before. You don’t want an inexperienced roofer trying to learn on your home. It can cost you time and more money than you expected.

Choosing a Look for Metal Sheets

If you do go for a metal roof, the last thing you need to consider is look. When installing a metal roof, you’ll first want to determine the fundamental design you want it to have. Residential metal roofing comes in two basic forms that are very different in appearance – sheet-like panels and shingles. Within these two categories, there are many variations, colors, and pattern.
The most familiar pattern of panel-style metal roofing, the “standing-seam roofing,” raises at every 6 or 12 inches. They are applied vertically on a roof and doesn’t attempt to look like anything other than what it is.
It has a decidedly commercial look that is favored by architects for its clean, contemporary appearance. For this reason, most modern homeowners choose them to garnish a true variety of homes, from mountain cabins to modern masterpieces. Yet, they look very out-of-place on a Colonial home.
Metal shingle-style roofing is quite different than sheet roofing. With this style, metal sheets form shapes that imitate Spanish tile, wood shakes, or slate. These shingles are typically given multiple-layer factory finishes that may include granulated-stone topcoats to complete the realistic effect.

Wraping it up

If you’re considering a metal roofing upgrade, you have probably done a search online, only to find that most metal roofing companies shy away from the topic of pricing.
In an effort to help property owners get a good idea of the metal sheets performance and their cost-benefit ratio, we suggest you give us a call at 604-261-1111 and we can guide you through the entire process.

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About Emergency Roof Repairs

Vancouver gets its fair share of extreme weather conditions especially during the winter months – the worst time to have an emergency of any kind, but especially a roofing emergency. Leaks are more likely to happen when your home is bombarded by heavy rain, snowstorms, strong winds or hail.
A leaky roof is one of the worst situations that a homeowner has to face. Immediate intervention is critical since water damage can directly affect the stability of the entire structure, as well as destroy furniture, flooring, appliances.
In the midst of a severe storm, a professional roofing contractor may not be immediately available because, let’s face it, your home is probably not the only one affected by the storm. What can a homeowner do to prevent further damage at such a time? Emergency roof repairs can help to minimize water damage until a roofing contractor is available to permanently and correctly handle the repairs.

What To Do When You Have An Emergency

If there is the unfortunate circumstance where weather conditions do cause a leak in your roof the most important thing you can do is stop the flow of water. Placing buckets under the leak can help prevent damage to flooring.
In the midst of a storm, you could easily slip, be swept away by the wind, or even struck by lightning. If you have experience with roofs, you can climb up to the roof and look for the damage, but don’t try and fix it. Wait until a professional is available. When and if you do go up onto the roof, clear away any snow, puddles of water, or stagnant water forming. If left unattended this can cause more damage and can cost you even more.
Next you can try to locate the exact source of the leak. This may be tricky but both externally and internal inspection should provide enough clues to help you figure that out. If you have a skylight or chimney, look around the edges first as those areas could be the culprit.
Aside from skylights and chimneys, roof vents are one of the most common causes of roof leaks. Air vents are used to allow outside air to enter into attics and other ventilation spaces. Rusty and cracked vent pipe collars around their base allow the water to first pool around and then seep through the interior walls of your home.
Occasionally, vent pipe leaks can also occur at the collar surrounding the base of the vent pipe where it breaks through the surface of the roofing material. When this occurs, rainwater can seep in between the rubber boot and the vent pipe and accumulate in your home, causing damage. If the rubber boot collar is cracked or damaged, it will need to be replaced. Talk to a roofing contractor about this as it’s not something you can fix yourself.
If you have determined that the issue isn’t a skylight, chimney, or roof vent, then you need to inspect the attic to see if you can find the source of the leak.
If you are able to find the leak plug it if you can. Use plastic sheets, or tarps as temporary methods until you can get a professional to come and look at the roof. A good method is to enclose a piece of wood — a two by four is an ideal size – in an end section of plastic sheeting. Wrap the board several times to ensure it will stay covered. Secure the plastic to the wood with staples. Lay the wood down on the roof and place the plastic sheeting over the leaky area. Wrap a second two by four in the other end of the plastic sheeting. Do not staple or nail the wood planks or plastic to the roof, as you might risk creating more leaks or other damage.
Contact a roofing company as soon as possible and explain your problem. Let the customer service representative know if your roof is made of shingles, tiles, wood shakes, metal, or if you have a flat roof. This information will help the contractor know what repairs will be required and send out the most knowable expert.

The Dangers of Ice Damming

With the prolonged presence of snow in Metro Vancouver, many homeowners may be at risk of ice damming and not even know it. Ice damming occurs when a thin layer of ice pools at the edge of your roof, preventing melting snow from draining off. Ice is heavy and can cause severe damage to your roof. In order to prevent ice damming, you can purchase a roof rake. This is basically a sideways shovel with a long handle that you use to reach up and remove snow from your roof’s edge before it turns to ice. When the weather drops, you should use this rake at least once a week to clear the ice.

Where Do Ice Dams Come From?

When snow is allowed to accumulate on your roof, the heat from inside your home can cause it to melt. However, if the outside temperature is still below freezing, the snow will instead turn to ice. When ice develops around the edges of your roof, it can quickly build up into increasingly large blocks of ice or ice dams.
If too much ice is allowed to accumulate on your roof, it can damage the shingles and lead to leaks and water damage. In severe cases, roofs have been known to collapse under the weight of ice dams. However, such instances are rare, especially in Vancouver where the weather doesn’t stay below freezing for long. With the proper precautions and routine roof maintenance, you can prevent ice dams from taking a toll on your home.

Conclusion

If you are worried about a potential problem in your roof, give us a call for an inspection. Our expert professionals can quickly diagnose any problem and perform roof maintenance to save you the trouble of dealing with an emergency. Don’t let things become critical before you give us a call.

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Asphalt Shingle Repairs

Repairing or replacing the most common type of roofing-asphalt or asphalt fiberglass shingles is relatively easy. A professional roofer can work safely to ensure that you get the highest quality repair job.
You can repair your roof yourself, but the repair may stick out like a sore thumb if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if you don’t have an exact replacement product for your type of roofing. There’s also the potential to do more damage to your roof if the repair not done correctly. For those reasons, we don’t recommend you do the repair job yourself, but rather call a professional like Cambie Roofing to do the job for you.

Types of Shingle

Organic is the current word used to describe traditional asphalt shingles, which differentiates them from the up-and-coming alternative called fiberglass shingles. The two types of shingles look the same on your roof: coloured granules held together by hardened tar. Both types are flexible and both are applied in the same way. The difference has to do with what the tar is bonded to.
Organic shingles are built on a substrate of heavy felt, while fiberglass shingles have a foundation of non-woven glass fibers. This difference doesn’t sound like much, but it actually leads to substantially different performance, especially in particular situations.
The main advantage of fiberglass shingles is their resistance to heat and durability. They’re much less likely to curl up than organic shingles, even when used on hot, unventilated roof structures. This means they will last longer, especially when you use higher-end products. Fiberglass shingles can carry up to a 50-year warranty. They are also less susceptible to catching fire or melting from the heat of a fire below.

What To Look For In Shingles

These are some of the common things to look for to see if your shingles need to be replaced:
Curling or crawling shingles are signs of both an aging roof system and excessive heat. In Vancouver, we don’t have to necessarily worry about heat, so if a shingle curls, it means that it is worn and at the end of its life span. Curled shingles are highly susceptible to water damage, wind uplift, and ice damage. These shingles will become rigid and can break easily and lose edges.
Broken or missing shingles greatly weaken a roof’s ability to shed water and can be an entry point for leakage. Buckling shingles are visible waved distortions that can run vertically or horizontally across the roof. Overall, roof age and wet or poor installation are common causes of buckled shingles.
When your roof has multiple leaks or a lot of damaged shingles, it usually means it’s time to replace the roofing entirely. Although a greater expense up front, it can be more cost effective than repairing the shingles all the time. When you put on a new roof, make sure to store a few extra shingles in your garage or somewhere safe so you’ll have matching replacements for repairs.

The Loss of Protective Granules

Aging roofs or physical damage can cause bare spots and a loss of granules. When the protective granules of a shingle are lost, the shingles begin to harden from heat and sun exposure. Granule loss on a roof will accelerate aging and shingle decaying.
Roofing problems make themselves known in the form of leaks and drips. You should repair a leaky roof before ceiling and walls are damaged. We recommend you get your roof checked by an expert at least twice a year in Fall and Summer.

Finding The Leak

The source of most leaky roofs is hard to find because it ordinates away from where the leak shows up. To find the source of the leak follow the slop of the roof. You will need to “think like water.” This may seem like strange advice but will actually help you find the area you need to repair. Water typically comes through worn, or missing shingles, or where nails are loose. Other entry points for water are at poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys.
The water from a leak often travels down the rafters and shows up down-roof from where it begins. Once water passes the roof, it flows along the rafters or topside of the ceiling until it finds a place to drip down. Look for roof leaks during the day because they will be much easier to find. Scrambling around in the dark is usually a futile endeavor.
Go into the attic with a bright flashlight. Remember to step only on secure framing beams and never on the insulation or top side of the ceiling below. They will not hold your weight. Start above the place where the drip has occurred and work your way up the roof, looking for wetness along the beams.
If the weather has been dry for a while, look for a watermark stain or discolouration on the wood made by moisture. Then switch off the light and try to find a hole where the light shows through the roof. With a wooden shingle roof, you’ll see many such places but while the overlapped shingles let light show through they shed water. If it’s raining put a bucket under the leak in an area with proper support.

Shingle Warranties

You should know how long your roof warranty is good for and if your repair still falls within that warranty period. When you replace your roof, ask the roofing company about the warranty.
Some warranties cover only the cost of materials, while others will cover both the materials and labour. The most common reason for a warranty claim is incorrectly laid shingles and poor attic ventilation, not because of faulty material. Heavier shingles are generally more durable and will come with a longer warranty, while lighter shingles wear out faster.
If you need to replace your asphalt roof or get it repaired, it’s best to trust a professional who knows what they’re doing. Call Cambie Roofing today and we will come out to assess your roofing needs.