The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs

When most people think about metal roofs, they think only of places that get lots of snow. Sloped metal roofs, especially, are best known as workhorses against nature’s harshest (and heaviest) elements, and are common in northern or central Canadian towns and cities that receive heavy annual snowfall.

That said, there’s a pretty compelling case to be made for metal roofs – even in mild Vancouver.

The Case for Metal

If you’re walking or driving around Metro Vancouver, it’s unlikely you’ll spot many metal roofs. They’re very uncommon on residential homes, especially around here; you’re much more likely to find them on commercial buildings (or ski lodges), but even so, other types of roofing are a lot more common.

Why? There’s probably lots of reasons – shingled or asphalt roofs are cheaper up front, for example, and metal roofs might seem unnecessary due to our snowfall levels in Vancouver being significantly lower than the national average – but the main reason is likely much simpler: metal roofs just aren’t that trendy around here.

So, if everyone around you probably has some variation of a shingled and/or asphalt roof, why might you want to consider a metal roof instead?

Types of Metal Roofing

First, let’s look at types of metal used in roofing. Metal roofs are most commonly aluminum, steel, copper, or zinc alloy. Aluminum and steel are by far the most common, and both have their advantages and disadvantages: steel is costly and heavy, but durable, whereas aluminum is lightweight and rustproof, but more prone to denting.

There are many different ways for metal roofs to be installed, each of which also offer distinct advantages as far as cost-effectiveness and overall aesthetic; for now, however, let’s just look at the overall pros and cons of metal roofing.

The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Pro: Durable and Long-Lasting

Metal roofs have a long lifespan and are more resistant to the elements than asphalt shingles. Depending on the type of metal you use, they’re virtually impervious to weather damage, wind damage, damage from animals, and leaks. Moreover, most metal roofs are likely to last 50+ years; shingled roofs generally only last for ~20.

Con: Can Be Noisy

In times of heavy rainfall, many people might find the sound of precipitation gently (but persistently) tapping on your rooftop a little irritating after a while. Depends on your preferences.

Pro: Low Maintenance

Because metal roofs are so durable and so resistant to water ingress, they require very little regular maintenance. While a typical shingled roof might need costly repairs due to weather damage, a steel or aluminum roof will generally take care of itself – but remember to clear your gutters and downspouts either way!

Con: Difficult to Install

Many roofing companies – especially companies that operate in a city where shingled roofs are most common – don’t have the knowledge, skill, licensing, or accreditation to install a metal roof.

Pro: Weather-Resistant

Metal roofs are so popular in snowy areas not only because they can handle the extreme weight load of snow, but also because snow tends to slide right off.

Con: Slippery

If you need to get on your sloped metal roof to clean the gutters or take down your Christmas lights, be warned that the smooth surface can make things extremely slippery – and extremely dangerous.

Pros: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable

Because metal roofs reflect sunlight away from your home or business – instead of absorbing it – it can help keep your home cooler in the summer, thereby lowering your heating bills. Moreover, if you need to replace a metal roof, it’s 100% recyclable, whereas shingle roofs – which need to be fixed and replaced more often – just end up in a landfill.

Con: Potential for denting

Some metal materials – especially aluminum and copper – can be prone to denting if hit by fallen tree branches or large hailstones.

Pro: Fire-resistant

Because metal isn’t flammable like wood or asphalt, it’s much less likely to catch or spread fire.

Con: More expensive up front

Depending on your house size and type of metal, a metal roof is likely to cost quite a bit more per square foot to install than a shingled roof, meaning your overall up-front cost might be quite inflated.

Pro: More cost-effective in the long run

However, despite being more pricey up front, metal roofs can save you money in the long run. Due to their decreased maintenance costs, increased durability and lifespan, and improved energy efficiency, they’re more likely overall to put cash back in your pocket.

How Can We Help?

Thinking of putting a metal roof on your home or business? We’d love to hear from you. We have an in-house metal shop that allows us to fabricate the parts we need, and we’re fully accredited and licensed installers.

For all your metal roofing needs in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, get in touch with Cambie Contracting for a quote.

providing free estimates

Providing Free Estimates

Providing free estimates

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, Cambie Roofing isn’t just a roofing company – it’s a symbol of reliability and excellence. Our dedication to professionalism, attention to detail, and trustworthiness is epitomized through the practice of offering free estimates. In this blog, we will delve into the reasons why choosing a roofer that provides free estimates, like Cambie Roofing, is essential. Additionally, we’ll shed light on some of the most common findings during the estimate process, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to customer service, competitive pricing, and quality workmanship.

Comprehensive Understanding Through Free Estimates:

Choosing a roofer that provides free estimates is a prudent decision for homeowners and businesses alike. It offers a comprehensive understanding of the scope and cost of a roofing project, empowering clients to make informed decisions. Cambie Roofing’s free estimates serve as a detailed roadmap, providing clarity on necessary repairs, or maintenance requirements for both residential and commercial projects.

Identifying Potential Issues:

During the estimate process, Cambie Roofing’s experienced team often identifies common roofing issues that may go unnoticed by the untrained eye. From leaks and water damage to deteriorating shingles and structural concerns, our free estimates are not just about pricing; they serve as a diagnostic tool. This proactive approach enables us to address potential issues early on, preventing more extensive damage and costly repairs in the future.

Tailored Solutions for Different Roof Types:

Every roof is unique, and Cambie Roofing recognizes the importance of providing tailored solutions for different roof types. Whether it’s a sloped residential roof or a flat commercial roof made from various materials, our free estimates take into account the specific needs and challenges associated with each type. This ensures that our clients receive personalized recommendations and accurate cost assessments based on the characteristics of their roofing system.

Transparent Communication:

Choosing a roofer that offers free estimates is synonymous with transparent communication. At Cambie Roofing, we believe in keeping our clients well-informed throughout the estimation process. Our team explains the findings in a clear and understandable manner, discussing identified issues, proposed solutions, and associated costs. This transparency builds trust and allows clients to make decisions based on accurate information.

Cost-Efficiency and Budget Planning:

One of the practical advantages of opting for a roofer that provides free estimates is the opportunity for cost-efficiency and effective budget planning. Cambie Roofing’s competitive pricing, coupled with detailed estimates, allows clients to plan their roofing projects with confidence. Knowing the anticipated costs upfront enables homeowners and businesses to allocate resources efficiently and avoid unexpected financial surprises.

The Cambie Roofing Experience: Over 75 Years of Excellence

Cambie Roofing’s journey spans over 75 years, representing a legacy of excellence and a commitment to delivering top-notch roofing solutions. Our wealth of experience not only ensures the highest standards of craftsmanship but also positions us as leaders in the industry. Throughout our storied history, we’ve honed our skills, embraced evolving technologies, and maintained an unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction.

Why Choose Cambie Roofing?


With over 75 years in the industry, Cambie Roofing brings unparalleled expertise to every project. Our seasoned professionals understand the intricacies of different roofing systems and materials, ensuring that each estimate is a product of extensive knowledge and experience.

Local Understanding:

Situated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cambie Roofing possesses a deep understanding of the local climate and its impact on roofs. This localized knowledge allows us to tailor our solutions, ensuring that your roofing project is equipped to withstand the specific challenges posed by the environment such as long periods of heavy rainfall.

Innovation and Tradition:

Cambie Roofing seamlessly blends innovation with tradition. While our techniques are cutting-edge, our commitment to traditional values like honesty, integrity, and quality workmanship remains unwavering. This fusion sets us apart, providing clients with modern solutions anchored in time-tested principles.


Cambie Roofing stands as a testament to the benefits of choosing a roofer that stands proud on providing free estimates. Beyond the cost evaluation, our free estimates offer a comprehensive understanding of the project, identify potential issues early on, and provide tailored solutions for different roof types. With transparent communication, competitive pricing, and over 75 years of experience, Cambie Roofing is the trusted choice for those seeking professionalism, attention to detail, and quality workmanship in their roofing projects. Our legacy speaks for itself – a legacy built on excellence, trust, and a commitment to exceeding expectations. Choose Cambie Roofing for a roofing experience that combines tradition with innovation, ensuring the longevity and resilience of your home or business.


Best Metal Roofing For Residential Areas

Best Metal Roofing for Residential Areas

Even in a city like Vancouver, the popularity of metal roof products has increased dramatically over the past decade, a clear sign that homeowners and builders are growing more and more aware of the benefits of this roofing. In fact, during the last ten years, a whole new type of metal roof materials has hit the market. These are a far cry from the old, expensive metal roofs which used to be on the market. Today’s metal roofs serve as high-tech answers to the need for durable, fire-resistant, lightweight roofing that looks at home on a house – and are cost effective too!

When considering a metal roof, you’ll first want to determine the fundamental look 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, colours, and patterns.

Benefits of Metal Roofing Systems

The primary benefit of metal roofing is longevity. Manufacturers routinely offer 50-year warranties and even lifetime, non-prorated warranties. They claim their products will last two to four times longer than roofs with asphalt shingles. By avoiding one or two re-roofing jobs during the life of the metal roof, you will more than offset the higher initial cost.

There are other advantages, as well. Metal roofs are lightweight, sometimes allowing them to be installed directly over old roofs. Additionally, metal roofs are effective in preventing the spread of fire when hot embers fall on them. This could mean the difference of saving some of your most precious photographs or losing them in the event of a house fire. In fact, some insurance companies will give you a discount if you have a metal roof. In addition, metal roofing is made with a large percentage of recycled metal—often 95 percent—and when its useful life is done, it can be recycled again. No worries about it filling up dwindling space in landfills.

Metal Roof Materials

Residential metal roofing is generally made of steel, aluminum, or copper. Rolls of 24- or 26-gauge steel sheets are given a metallic coating to prevent rust, followed by a baked-on paint finish. Aluminum sheets don’t require the metallic coating but do get painted. Copper, often called a natural metal product, is neither coated nor painted, because it weathers without corroding. It is sometimes used for special features, such as the roof of a prominent bay window.

Metal Roof Textures and Finishes

Metal roofing products can be stamped into many shapes and are typically installed as interlocking panels with hidden fasteners. Viewed from a distance, they offer fairly convincing renditions of shingles and tiles.
Standing-seam metal roofs look exactly like what they are–long sheets of painted steel with vertical seams. From a design perspective, they are a purer product but not suitable for every home. Standing-seam roofs are perhaps best matched to the simple lines of cabins and contemporary home designs.

Myths About Metal Roofs

Myths and legends get started about all sorts of people, places, and building material. Metal roofing has more than its share, perhaps because it has undergone so many transformations over the years. Here are the most common myths about metal roofing:
• It will increase the likelihood of a lightening strike. Metal conducts electricity, but electricity is not drawn to it so you don’t need to worry about stormy weather.
• Metal roofs are noisy in the rain. Not so. They may even be quieter than other roof types
• A metal roof will make your house colder in winter. Actually, a metal roof has no effect on the temperature of the typical vented attic in winter. It’s the insulation under the floor of your attic that keeps you warm.
• Metal roofs are susceptible to damage by hail. While extremely large hailstones can dent a metal roof, normal hailstorms will not. With textured roofs, minor denting is not readily visible.
• You cannot walk on a metal roof. You can, but you have to know how to do it without causing damage. Check with the manufacturer of the product you choose.

Metal Panel Roofing

The most familiar pattern of panel-style metal roofing, “standing-seam roofing,” has raised ribs every 6inches or foot and is 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 favoured by architects for its honest, clean, contemporary look, It is commonly used on homes ranging from mountain cabins to modern masterpieces but would look very out-of-place on a Colonial home.

Metal Shingle Roofing

Metal shingle-style roofing is quite different than sheet roofing. With this style, metal is formed into shapes that imitate Spanish tile, wood shakes, or slate. In addition, these shingles are typically given multiple-layer factory finishes that may include granulated-stone topcoats to complete the realistic effect.


Because a new roof is a major investment and something you’re likely to live with for a long time, it’s important to choose your roofing contractor carefully. This holds true for all types of roofing contractors but is even more important with metal roofing contractors because application of a metal roof is a specialty that requires skills and tools that are quite different than those used for installing more-typical roofing products. Whereas a typical roofing contractor can install wood or asphalt shingles, it takes a specialist to install mot types of metal roofing. At Cambie Roofing, we are experienced with all types of metal roofs and give you a fair quote.
For sheet metal roofing systems, choose a contractor who has had at least three years of experience installing metal roofs.

The best way to find a good metal roofing contractor is through friends and neighbors who have had similar work done. At Cambie Roofing we have an excellent reputation. Just look at our testimonies or ask any of our customers. If you ask, we’re happy to refer us to some of our happy clients.
Make appointments with at least three professional roofers. Make sure they are well experienced at the type of roof you intend to have installed. After talking to a couple of contractors, we know you’ll be happy to come back to us.

Originally published June 2018,
Updated and republished Dec. 2023

What is TPO roofing?

What is TPO roofing?

What is TPO roofing?

When it comes to choosing the right roofing option, there are so many choices on today’s market it can get a little overwhelming. In this blog post we are going to answer the question ‘what is TPO roofing?’ – as well as dive into the advantages and disadvantages, what it is, how to install it and if it’s the right choice for you. TPO stands for Thermoplastic Olefin which is a single-ply roofing material made from rubber and reinforcing fillers.

TPO is installed in large sheets that are welded together at the seams using heat. This achieves a seamless and water resistant finish. TPO is typically used for commercial and industrial projects but has been gaining popularity in residential projects.

TPO roofing advantages

Durability: TPO roofing is recognized as an extremely durable roofing material. Because of this, it is favoured in climates with different weather conditions such as intense rainfall, strong winds, hail and extreme temperatures – both hot and cold. The materials found in TPO can withstand tears and punctures caused by these weather conditions.

Cost-Effective: TPO roofing is a very popular choice for those looking to keep costs relatively low. The initial installation cost is low and because of its long lifespan, you won’t be spending a lot of money on maintenance or repairs either.

Low Maintenance & Long Lasting: As mentioned above, TPO roofing is low maintenance. If you want a roofing system installed that doesn’t require much upkeep then TPO roofing might be a good choice. TPO is resistant to chemicals and is less likely to support algae growth.

Environmentally Friendly: Because TPO is 100% recyclable, it is considered an environmentally friendly option. So even when the time comes that it does need replacing, your materials will be recycled. So if you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact, opt for TPO.

TPO roofing disadvantages

Limited aesthetic options: TPO roofing materials can be found in some colours but the selection is not extensive. So if you’re looking for a specific colour to match your aesthetic preferences, TPO might not work for you.

Welding Complexity: Proper installation of TPO roofing requires skillful heat welding of seams. If not done correctly, seam failures can occur, leading to leaks and other issues. It’s important to hire the experts at Cambie Roofing as this is not a DIY project.

Variability in Quality: The quality of TPO membranes can vary between manufacturers. It’s crucial to select a reputable TPO product from a trusted manufacturer to ensure the best performance. The experts at Cambie Roofing choose only the best materials so not to worry!
Despite these disadvantages, TPO roofing is a very popular choice thanks to its reliability, cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits.

Installation process

It is recommended you hire the professionals at Cambie Roofing to install your TPO roofing system. To do so, this system is installed as a single-ply membrane. Firstly, we will prepare your existing roof surface by extensively cleaning it, as well as remove debris. Then we will install insulation to ensure energy efficiency, while providing a stable layer for the TPO membrane.

Next, we will lay out the TPO sheets and attach them together using professional adhesives. Once laid out, the seams between the sheets will be welded together using heat – this creates a water resistant seal. After this, we will ensure all flashing and detail work is perfected to ensure the entire roof is waterproof. Lastly, our qualified team members will perform an inspection to ensure that the roofing system meets all quality standards.

Final thoughts

There are some factors to consider when choosing a roofing system that is best for you. TPO is suitable for most commercial and industrial projects however it can be used on residential builds as well. Take into consideration your budget, climate, building type, local building codes and your overall aesthetic preferences when considering TPO. This type of roofing is durable, emergency efficient, cost effective and easy to maintain. If TPO does align with your specific requirements, give us a call today and we will provide you with a free estimate. A properly installed and maintained roof will last your home or commercial building for years to come.

Sustainable roof coatings

Choosing a sustainable roof coating

Choosing a sustainable roof coating

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner who needs roof work, it is imperative that you choose materials that not only protect against the elements but something that offers you a good investment. In this blog post we are going to dive into sustainable roof coatings which have gained popularity in recent years.

These coatings are environmentally friendly but they are also good for your pocket as they lower overall energy consumption. In addition, they will extend the lifespan of your roofing system while minimizing the environmental impact your property has. Continue reading to learn about what roof coatings are, the sustainable options available in today’s market, why you should opt for a sustainable roof and all of the benefits that come with sustainable roof coatings.

What is a roof coating?

A roof coating is a fully adhered fluid that is applied to your existing roof system which works as a protective layer against harsh weather conditions. This protective layer also known as a fluid roofing membrane has a plethora of benefits in addition to weather protection, this includes durability, energy efficiency, cost effectiveness and positive environmental impacts.

Roof coatings are available in many forms whether that be polyurethane, silicone or acrylic among others. Once a roof coating liquid is applied to your roofing system, it will extend the life of your roof while lowering the need for repairs and replacements. A roof coating is always recommended to help extend the longevity of your roof.

What makes a coating sustainable?

If you want to add a sustainable roof coating to your roofing system, there are a few things to look for.

Cool roof coatings: These coatings are reflective which means they reduce the amount of heat that your roof absorbs. In turn, it will help lower your utility bills because you won’t need to run your HVAC as much! A cool roof coating helps keep money in your pocket while also decreasing your carbon footprint, a win-win.

Recycled materials: Some roof coatings can be manufactured from recycled materials which is wonderful for the environment. Ask us, the experts at Cambie Roofing about the different materials available and if utilizing recycled materials is possible for your project. If it is, you’re contributing to reduced waste and the conservation of valuable materials.

Low volatile organic compounds: Also known as low VOC, these roof coatings are made up of less chemicals which means less harmful emissions. These compounds also make for a safer work environment for the roofing installers as well as the people living beneath the roof!

Polyurethane roof coatings

Polyurethane materials contribute to the sustainable preservation of energy. These roof coatings are extremely durable and waterproof, making them a popular choice within the roofing industry. If your building or home is situated in a wet area with plenty of rainfall, having a polyurethane roof coating is going to protect your roof from the elements. These coatings can be applied to various roofing substrates such as foam, concrete and metal.

Silicone roof coatings

Silicone roof coatings are another great option although they are mostly used on flat and low-slope roofing projects. That’s why they are more popular among commercial and industrial builds. Silicone is very long lasting and is wonderful when it comes to UV resistance – making it another sustainable roof coating option. In addition, it is waterproof and weather resistant.

Acrylic roof coatings

Lastly, acrylic roof coatings are another sustainable and versatile option. If your roofing project calls for the restoration of an existing roof, you may want to consider an acrylic roof coating. They are used to restore a plethora of materials including single-ply membranes, asphalt, metal and more. Both used in the residential and commercial roofing worlds, acrylic coatings help reduce heat absorption, in turn lowering your utility bills.

Why choose a sustainable coating

There are a multitude of benefits that come with choosing a sustainable roof coating. The obvious is the positive environmental impacts they offer which help contribute to a greener future in an industry that historically was not environmentally friendly. These coatings are also energy efficient because they reflect heat which means a cooler and more comfortable indoor temperature. Again, this lowers the need for air conditioning which saves you money and reduces your reliance on energy.

It’s important to invest in a roof coating because it acts as an extra layer of protection from any weather conditions your home or business may face. This includes heavy rain, hail, extreme periods of heat, wind and snowfall. By extending the lifespan of your roof, you won’t have to spend nearly as much on repairs or premature replacements. Even if the initial investment costs you money, the longer term financial benefits will prove worth it. These coatings can also help increase your property value which will come in handy if and when you decide you want to sell. Many purchasers look for sustainable features and having an eco-friendly roof could be a main selling point.

Final thoughts

Choosing a sustainable roof coating for your property is a wise investment that benefits your building and the environment. The experts at Cambie Roofing are happy to discuss the various options available to you as well as provide you with a free estimate for your project. Benefit from the various advantages such as being more eco-friendly, energy efficient, reduce your maintenance costs, extend the lifespan of your roof and more.

Rolled roofing system

Exploring rolled roofing systems

Exploring rolled roofing systems

When it comes to roofing solutions, one option that often flies under the radar is rolled roofing. Rolled roofing offers a cost-effective, practical, and efficient way to cover flat or low-slope roofs. In this comprehensive blog post, we’ll delve into exploring rolled roofing systems, the most popular types and the advantages and disadvantages of this roofing option. We will also touch on when choosing a rolled roofing system is the best option for you.

What Is Rolled Roofing?

Rolled roofing, also known as roll roofing, is a roofing material commonly used on low-slope or flat roofs. Unlike traditional shingles, rolled roofing typically comes in rolls, making it easier to install on large surfaces. This cost-effective roofing material is often made from materials such as asphalt, rubber and fiberglass.

Low-Slope and Flat Roofs:

Low-slope roofs are a type of roofing design characterized by a gentle incline, often with a pitch ranging from 2:12 to 4:12. In simpler terms, for every 12 horizontal inches, the roof rises only 2 to 4 inches. Low-slope roofs are commonly found on various structures, including commercial buildings, modern residential homes, and industrial facilities.

Flat roofs, on the other hand, are nearly horizontal or have a very slight slope, typically ranging from 1:12 to 2:12. These roofs are nearly level and are often used in commercial and industrial settings, as well as in some residential architecture. Despite being called “flat roofs,” they usually have a slight pitch to facilitate water drainage.

Rolled roofing

Rolled roofing is a great option when it comes to affordability. Because it is cost-effective, it is great for those who are on a tight budget. The materials that make up rolled roofs are inexpensive and the installation process is very easy. The experts at Cambie Roofing can complete rolled roofing projects in a very timely manner so if you need a roofing system installed fast, rolled roofing might be the best option for you. It is also known to be low maintenance which means with regular inspections and minor fixes, your rolled roof can have a good life.

There are some disadvantages to rolled roofing systems such as limited lifespans. Compared to other roofing systems, rolled roofs don’t last the longest. Typically you’ll get between five and 15 years from your rolled roofing system. Secondly, rolled roofs are not the prettiest. You don’t get the modern style from rolled roofs that you would get with materials such as slate or shingles. They also don’t come in many colour options which can deter some homeowners. Lastly, they aren’t the best at fending off extreme weather conditions like heavy snow and strong winds and don’t offer a lot of insulation.

Asphalt Rolled Roofing:


Affordability: Asphalt rolled roofing is one of the most budget-friendly roofing options available.
Ease of Installation: It is relatively easy to install which means lower labor costs.
Quick Installation: Contractors can complete asphalt rolled roofing projects swiftly.
Low Maintenance: It requires minimal upkeep.


Limited Lifespan: Asphalt rolled roofing typically has a shorter lifespan compared to other materials, ranging from five to 15 years.
Aesthetics: It may not be the most visually appealing option for residential homes.
Vulnerability to Extreme Weather: It may not provide the same level of protection as more robust roofing systems in areas with harsh weather conditions.

Rubber Rolled Roofing:


Resistance: Rubber roofing, often made from EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), is known for its resistance to extreme temperatures, UV radiation, and ozone exposure.
Durability: EPDM rubber roofing can last 20 years or more.
Low Maintenance: It generally requires minimal maintenance.
Versatility: Suitable for flat or low-slope roofs.


Higher Upfront Cost: Rubber rolled roofing can be more expensive than asphalt.

Modified Bitumen Rolled Roofing:


Waterproofing: Modified bitumen roofing excels in waterproofing.
Durability: It is resistant to temperature fluctuations and suitable for both residential and commercial applications.
Installation Options: Can be installed using a torch-down or self-adhesive method.


Limited Aesthetic Options: There are limited color choices.

When to Choose Rolled Roofing

Temporary Roofing Needs: Rolled roofing is an excellent choice for temporary roofing needs, such as covering a shed, garage, or small outbuilding. Its affordability and ease of installation make it a practical solution for these applications.

Low-Slope or Flat Roofs: Rolled roofing is designed for low-slope or flat roofs, where other roofing materials may not be as effective. If your home or building has a roof with a gentle pitch, rolled roofing can be a suitable option.

Limited Budget: If you’re working with a tight budget and need to replace or install a roof quickly, rolled roofing can be a cost-effective choice that doesn’t compromise on quality.


Exploring rolled roofing systems is not something that everyone is well versed in. Rolled roofing, available in various materials such as asphalt, rubber, and modified bitumen, offers a practical, budget-friendly, and versatile solution for roofing needs. While it may not be the longest-lasting or most visually appealing option, it excels in affordability, ease of installation, and low maintenance requirements. Consider your budget, roof slope, and intended lifespan when choosing rolled roofing for your project. When used in the right circumstances, rolled roofing can provide reliable protection and value for your investment, making it a viable choice for many homeowners and builders. Reach out to us at Cambie Roofing today if you would like a free estimate or have any questions related to rolled roofing.


Modern roofing materials

Modern roofing materials

Trends come and go within our society on a regular basis, this is especially noticeable with fashion. Certain things that once were in style no longer are while other things have come back into style, full force. This also applies to the look of our homes and in this blog post we will dive into all modern roofing materials as well as the do’s and don’ts when it comes to following these trends. Many modern roofing materials are not only aesthetically pleasing, they offer benefits that older materials never could.

Synthetic materials

Many homeowners and commercial building owners now opt for synthetic materials when building their roofs. This is because they offer durability while typically using recycled materials. Things like synthetic slate and shake are common choices, being made from recycled polymers. These materials are very weather resistant and also very sustainable.

So, if you’re building your roof and you want it to be environmentally friendly, choosing recycled synthetic materials is the right choice. You can find these materials in various colours and styles that all offer long-lasting protection for your home. Many people will opt for synthetic materials because they are lightweight which means they put less stress on your structure than other roofing choices. This means it’s easier to install as well as maintain.

Metal roofing systems

Metal roofs have gained popularity in recent years and not just with commercial buildings but also homes. It used to be that metal roofing systems were only used for structures like barns and industrial buildings. However, because of their style, metal roofs have joined the top modern roofing materials on the market.

Often metal roofs are made using standing seam designs which provide ample protection against all weather conditions including heavy snow and extremely hot temperatures. They also are perfect for reflecting sunlight which in turn will lower your energy bills. Metal roofs are no longer overly loud either thanks to modern installation techniques. While they can be a tad pricey upon installation, metal roofs are designed to last and they are great for being fire resistant.

Cool roofing techniques

Everyone wants to be comfortable in their homes which means it can’t be too hot. As the world continues to live with the effects of climate change, being environmentally conscious is something many are striving for. Cool roofing techniques help combat rising temperatures by using reflective materials such as coatings, tiles, shingles and more.

In turn, this helps keep your home at a more comfortable temperature while reducing your reliance on air conditioning. Having a cool roof is something to consider especially if you live in a dense urban area with plenty of neighbouring buildings. But it doesn’t stop there, cool roofs also contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This means having a cool roof will save you money on energy consumption while also being environmentally friendly! A win-win for homeowners looking to make a difference.

Solar panels

For our last modern roofing material, we are going to touch on solar panels. Another step towards sustainability is using solar panels on your roof. They carry amazing energy generating capabilities but they also offer stylish and modern architectural looks. We have already mentioned how modern roofing materials are fueled by the desire to be environmentally friendly which is why solar panels are now becoming a common necessity. Solar panels lower energy bills and reduce carbon footprints by converting sunlight into electricity. This takes away the need to rely solely on traditional energy sources. By investing in solar energy for your home, you’re investing in the future.


All modern roofing materials have something in common – positive environmental impacts. Nowadays you are no longer limited to historic roofing techniques that can be expensive, hard to maintain and are not good for the environment. Today, you can find roofing materials that are both stylish and modern but also good for your pocket and the environment. Whether you opt for synthetic roofing materials such as recycled slate and shake, a beautiful metal roof and/or solar panels, all of these options can be made into a beautifully designed modern roofing system.

If you want to learn more about these roofing materials, contact the experts here at Cambie Roofing. We provide free estimates and have more than 75 years of experience in all things roofing. We are here to help you decide on what roofing materials are best suited for your home, budget and desired look. We know the pressure of wanting a roof that is visually appealing but also environmentally responsible.

What roofing materials last the longest?

What roofing materials last the longest?

What roofing materials last the longest?

When it comes to fixing your roof or installing a brand new roof, you want to choose materials that are going to last. While some roofing materials may seem like the perfect choice because they’re super affordable, you might have to replace them sooner than you’d think. Other materials on the market can last more than 50 years if maintained properly but could be too pricey for your budget. In this blog post, we will dive into some of the longest lasting roofing materials.

1. Slate

Slate is arguably the longest lasting roofing material you can choose from. Some soft slate materials will last 50 years while other harder slates will last up to 200 years. Slate is a natural substance that comes from clay and volcanic dust, also known as metamorphic rock. Slate roofs have been around for thousands of years, acting as one of the most durable and long lasting materials on the market. Because it is a stone, slate is fire resistant. This makes it a popular choice for people living in climates with harsh weather conditions such as strong winds.

If you’re searching for a sleek and beautiful roof that will last you a very long time, slate could be for you. However, because slate is a premium roofing material, it is very costly. This is because it is hard to install, it is very heavy and it’s fragile. That’s why it is important to hire a knowledgeable professional for the job because not everyone knows how to install slate roofs.

On a positive note, if you can afford the initial installation, you won’t need to worry about too much maintenance. That’s because slate is durable and does not require lots of upkeep, other than regular inspections and cleaning. Slate is available in many different colors and shapes, offering plenty of options for homeowners seeking different appearances. Slate is built to last which is why despite its high cost, it is seen as a valuable investment.

2. Metal

Another great long lasting and low maintenance roofing material is metal. Metal roofs have become increasingly popular among both residential and commercial building owners because of their longevity. They are on the more expensive side but luckily they can last up to 50 years if installed correctly. One of the greatest benefits of a metal roof is their inability to rot and grow mold. This also means insects will not impact the structure, like they sometimes do with typical shingled roofs.

Metal roofs are another great option for homeowners in places with harsh climates and they are fire resistant. Compared to a typical roof, metal does not usually erode and it actually reflects sunlight. What this means is your metal roof will last a long time, even when exposed to plenty of sunlight or other elements such as snow and rain water. Because it reflects sunlight, your metal roof can actually lower your energy costs! And unlike heavy slate tiles, metal roofs are lightweight. If you’re looking for a durable roof that will last you a long time, metal roofing could be the right choice for you! Once installed, it requires little maintenance and no, you won’t have to worry about resealing or repainting! So next time you ask ‘what roofing materials last the longest?’ Remember metal roofs are on the top of the list.

3. Concrete

Concrete is another roofing material with a lifespan that can last more than 50 years if properly maintained. In some cases even 100 years! Concrete is commonly used to achieve Spanish style roofing systems. These types of roofs are timeless and beautiful. Concrete can be more expensive than metal roofs, depending on a variety of factors such as the slope, thickness, design and of course, labor costs. If you haven’t caught on yet, longer lasting roofing materials will always be more costly than materials with short lifespans. You will always get what you pay for!

Concrete is extremely heavy, similar to slate. This means it won’t work for every home and can only be installed if the home’s structure is strong enough. It is imperative that you have a professional inspect your home before agreeing to install a concrete roof. So why are concrete roofs a good choice despite their weight? Their durability and ability to withstand fires are some of the most important aspects. Let’s also talk about environmental impacts. Concrete is sustainably formulated and in some cases can be made of recycled materials. With climate change increasingly becoming a concern, many homeowners seek to use sustainable materials for their projects and this includes concrete.

What about asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles are inarguably the most popular choice when it comes to residential roofing systems. However, this is not because they are the longest lasting option on the market. It’s because they are easy to install and in turn, low cost. Many homeowners do not have high budgets which means they must install a cheaper roof that will need to be repaired often and/or replaced sooner. On average, asphalt shingles will last between 12 and 15 years. In some cases, they can last longer but usually not past 20 years. That is still a relatively good lifespan so don’t assume asphalt shingles are bad! They are easy to install and repair, unlike many of the longer lasting materials we listed above. There are pros and cons to all roofing systems. That is why it’s important to consult a professional when wondering what roofing materials last the longest and what materials are best suited for your job. The experts at Cambie Roofing can help. Contact us today for a free estimate.

All about sustainable roof coatings.

All about sustainable roof coatings

All About Sustainable Roof Coatings

Your roof, often overlooked yet vital to the protection of your property, can play a significant role in environmental sustainability. Sustainable roof coatings are emerging as a popular choice for property owners looking to enhance the longevity of their roofs while minimizing their environmental impact. In this comprehensive guide all about sustainable roof coatings, we’ll explore the different types of roof coatings, delve into the world of sustainable options available on the market, discuss the reasons for choosing these eco-friendly alternatives and highlight the myriad benefits they bring. Let’s embark on a journey to understand how sustainable roof coatings can contribute to a greener and more energy-efficient future.

What is a Roof Coating?

A roof coating is a monolithic, fully adhered, fluid-applied roofing membrane designed to protect existing roofing systems. Applied directly to the roof’s surface, these coatings form a seamless, waterproof barrier that shields the roof from various environmental factors, including harsh weather conditions and UV radiation. Roof coatings come in various formulations, including silicone, acrylic, and polyurethane, providing versatile solutions for different roofing materials and structures.

Cool Roof Coatings:

Cool roof coatings are engineered to be highly reflective, minimizing the absorption of sunlight and heat. This, in turn, reduces indoor temperatures and the need for air conditioning. Energy savings, extended roof lifespan, and a decreased carbon footprint are the key benefits of cool roof coatings. Commonly used on flat or low-slope roofs in both residential and commercial settings.

Recycled Roof Coatings:

These coatings are manufactured from recycled materials, contributing to a more sustainable and circular economy. By using recycled materials, these coatings reduce waste and conserve valuable resources. Suitable for a wide range of roofing materials, promoting eco-conscious practices.

Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Coatings:

Low VOC coatings emit fewer harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, promoting better indoor air quality. Environmentally friendly and health-conscious, low VOC coatings contribute to a safer living and working environment. Versatile and applicable to various roofing systems, reducing environmental impact.

Solar Reflective Coatings:

Solar reflective coatings incorporate reflective pigments that deflect solar radiation and UV rays, reducing heat absorption. Energy savings, lower cooling costs, and extended roof lifespan are the key advantages of solar reflective coatings. Effective on various roofing materials, contributing to energy efficiency.

Why Choose a Sustainable Roof Coating?

Environmental Benefits:

Opting for a sustainable roof coating is a proactive step towards reducing your environmental footprint. Cool roof coatings, recycled roof coatings, and low VOC coatings, in particular, contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future. By utilizing recycled materials and emitting fewer harmful chemicals, these coatings align with the principles of environmental responsibility, making them an ideal choice for the conscientious property owner.

Energy Efficiency:

Cool roof coatings and solar reflective coatings are champions of energy efficiency. By reflecting sunlight and reducing heat absorption, these coatings help maintain a cooler indoor temperature. This not only results in lower energy bills but also reduces the overall demand for air conditioning. The ripple effect is a significant reduction in energy consumption and a more sustainable approach to building operation.

Extended Roof Lifespan:

The protective nature of roof coatings plays a pivotal role in extending the lifespan of your roof. By forming a seamless barrier against weathering, UV radiation, and other environmental stressors, these coatings prevent premature deterioration of roofing materials. This longevity not only reduces the frequency of repairs but also minimizes the need for premature roof replacements, contributing to overall sustainability.

Cost Savings:

While the initial investment in sustainable roof coatings might be slightly higher than traditional alternatives, the long-term financial benefits are substantial. Energy savings, reduced maintenance costs, and an extended roof lifespan translate into significant cost savings over time. Sustainable choices are not just environmentally responsible; they are economically savvy.

Improved Indoor Comfort:

Cool roof coatings and other reflective options contribute to a more comfortable indoor environment. By reducing heat absorption, these coatings help maintain cooler temperatures within the building. This results in a more pleasant living or working space for occupants, enhancing overall comfort and well-being.

The Benefits of Sustainable Roof Coatings

Energy Savings:

Cool roof coatings and solar reflective coatings are particularly effective in reducing energy consumption. By reflecting sunlight and heat away from the roof, these coatings lower indoor temperatures, reducing the need for air conditioning. This, in turn, leads to significant energy savings and lower utility bills.

Reduced Maintenance Costs:

The seamless protection offered by roof coatings minimizes wear and tear on roofing materials, reducing the frequency of repairs. This results in lower maintenance costs over the life of the roof, making sustainable roof coatings a cost-effective choice in the long run.

Environmental Responsibility:

Choosing sustainable roof coatings demonstrates a commitment to environmental responsibility. Whether it’s through the use of recycled materials, low VOC formulations, or green roof options, these coatings contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly built environment.

Extended Roof Lifespan:

The protective barrier created by roof coatings shields the roof from various environmental stressors, including UV radiation and weathering. This extends the lifespan of the roof, reducing the need for premature replacements and minimizing the environmental impact of roofing materials.

Improved Property Value:

In an era where sustainability is increasingly valued, a property with eco-friendly features, such as a sustainable roof coating, can enhance its overall value. Potential buyers or tenants are often attracted to properties that prioritize environmental responsibility.


We hope you enjoyed this article all about sustainable roof coatings! Choosing a sustainable roof coating is not just about protecting your investment; it’s about making a positive impact on the environment and embracing a more sustainable way of living. Whether you opt for cool roof coatings, recycled options, low VOC formulations, solar reflective coatings, or green roof solutions, each choice contributes to a greener tomorrow. The benefits are far-reaching, from energy savings and reduced maintenance costs to improved indoor comfort and enhanced property value. The experts here at Cambie Roofing have witnessed firsthand how the roofing industry has transformed for over 75 years and we appreciate all developments that help us get closer to a sustainable future.

Commercial Roofs: Balancing Functionality and Aesthetics.

Commercial Roofs: Balancing Functionality and Aesthetics

Commercial Roofs: Balancing Functionality and Aesthetics

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current commercial roof or you’re starting from scratch, it’s important to consider both functionality and aesthetics. The roof of your commercial property plays a significant role in the overall look and feel of the entire building. While the main role of your roof is to protect what’s inside your building, having both a functional and aesthetically pleasing roof can have a positive impact on how people view your business. In this blog post, we will explore ways business owners can balance aesthetics and functionality when building their commercial roof.

Choose the right materials

In order to achieve total functionality, you must choose the proper materials for your roof. If you don’t choose the correct materials, your entire building structure will be compromised. When determining what type of roof is best for you, you should take into account your geographical location and your business use. Because Cambie Roofing is a Canadian-based roofing company, we know how harsh the climate can be on roofing systems. This is why we have a variety of recommendations for commercial projects.

Modified bitumen

Modified bitumen roofing is a very popular choice for commercial roofs in Canada. Using various layers of polymer and asphalt, this is a cost effective and durable option.

Thermoplastic olefin

Next, thermoplastic olefin (TPO) is an energy efficient roofing material that has grown in popularity. TPO roofs are made of single-ply membranes that are welded together to form a seal. This means no moisture is able to penetrate, allowing for a resistant roofing system.

Ethylene propylene diene monomer

Another popular roofing material used on commercial projects is ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). EPDM is a synthetic rubber which is great at protecting against the elements. Whether it be harsh winds that rip through a city for an afternoon or a scorching week-long heat wave, EPDM will protect your building.

Polyvinyl chloride

Another roofing material we thought we should mention is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This system is wonderful at deflecting the sun’s rays so if you live somewhere with plenty of sunlight, this might be the best option for you. PVC systems are also very lightweight which makes them easier to install on roofs of all sizes. Take advantage of energy efficiency for your commercial building after installing a PVC system!

Metal roofs

Lastly, if you want a low maintenance energy efficient roofing system, you should consider installing a metal roof on your commercial property. While they can be costly to install, they have a very long lifespan which will save you money on repairs down the line. Metal roofs have become very popular among Canadian business owners because they are great at withstanding harsh environmental conditions. On the other side, metal roofs have a modernized feel and can make your building stylish, energy efficient and functional.

Roofing aesthetics

Once you’ve picked out the right roofing materials and systems for your commercial building, the next step is to figure out how to make it look appealing! Whether your building has a flat roof or a sloped roof, there are simple things you can do to achieve your desired look! Are you going for a sleek and modern design or do you want your building to stick out from its surroundings? Either way, there are ways you can achieve your desired look.

Colours and designs

Do you think your roof is lacking colour? Consider installing tiles or shingles that compliment the rest of your building’s appearance. You can add various accent colours to your roofing scheme to make it stand out or just one neutral colour if you’re looking to achieve a more sleek appearance. If you want to take it a step further, consider adding designs/artwork to the roof. This has become very popular among business owners with artistic backgrounds and companies focused on things like graphic design and exterior decorators. You can search for local artists in your area who might be interested to take on an outdoor challenge.

Solar panels

Solar panels have become increasingly popular among commercial building owners. You can get the panels installed in ways that compliment the look of your building while also showing your potential customers that you care about your carbon footprint. There are plenty of ways to integrate solar panels into your roofing system while also adding style.

Inviting features

If your employees and/or customers regularly access your roof, adding some lighting can make your roof that much more inviting. This includes things like string lights, lantern lights and LED strips. Some other ideas include comfortable seating options, water fountains and greenery. These things will help improve the experience people get when they visit your roof.

Green roofing systems

One of the coolest ways you can improve the aesthetics of your commercial building is installing a green roof. Not only do these systems provide beautiful alternatives to regular roofing systems, they positively impact the environment, promote biodiversity, improve air quality, regulate your building’s temperature and so much more.


Balancing functionality and aesthetics may seem challenging when it comes to your commercial roof. It is important to consult the professionals before making any changes to your existing roof or before designing a brand new roof. The experts at Cambie Roofing can assist you with choosing the most functional materials for your project while also giving you recommendations on how to make your roof look its best. Cambie Roofing makes roofing easy, thanks to more than 75 years of experience in the industry. Contact us today for a free estimate or if you have any questions about your project.