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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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How to Prevent a Skylight Leak

Skylights are incredibly beautiful and can add some much-needed light to your home. Having additional natural light skylights can also look to expand interior spaces, reduce utility bills, and help make your home seem a little more inviting.
The problem is, however, that skylights, especially when installed poorly, can be prone to developing water leaks. In fact, skylight leaks are among the most common roof repairs in residential homes. When a skylight starts to leak, it can be minor but can lead to expensive water damage, especially if it goes unchecked. A leaky skylight can also be an indication of other, more serious, hidden roof damage. You can contain and prevent skylight leaks by asking a roofing contractor to perform a regular roof inspection.

What Causes Skylights to Leak?

The first question to ask is what causes a skylight to leak. As with most things, it can be a variety of factors. Some people blame leaks on faulty product design but usually, it’s the skylight wasn’t installed or maintained properly. Sometimes it can be a combination of several factors including old age.

How To Spot a Leak

If you’re indoors, you might not even have to step outside to see if there is a leak around the skylight. If you see a dark spot around the skylight you need to distinguish whether it is a true leak or just built up condensation – moisture on the cool skylight surface. Depending on the skylight design, especially modern ones, some of them have condensation drip trays that collect extra moisture.
The best way to determine a skylight leak is to do it from a vantage point indoors. Look very closely at where water stains originate inside the building – trace stains to their highest point. The leak will likely be at the highest point from the wet spot.
Homeowners can have trouble determining exactly where the skylight leak is occurring, sometimes simply slather caulk or roof cement all over everything in sight. This is obviously not the best way to do it and can not only value your home but also can cause lasting damage. In addition, when professional roofers are called in, a roof-cement slathered skylight that is still leaking may be even more difficult to diagnose.
If the skylight leak is at the roof flashing, it may be possible to do a temporary repair using roof cement around the perimeter of the unit. While this can be used if a roofer cannot be contacted immediately, the best solution is to remove the shingles near the skylight and install a news properly.
Modern skylights have been designed by their manufacturers to make the window as simple as possible. As a backup to prevent leaks around skylights, during the installation process, roofers usually also install flashing which are lips to direct water away from the sealed area. It is a good idea to seal the skylight curb and surrounding roof area with a bituminous membrane.
Older bubble-type skylights that were mounted flush with the roof surface are notorious leakers because they relied entirely on sealants between shingles and the skylight. Newer curbed skylights are much more reliable.
Indoors, if the ceiling drywall is badly leaking, it is best to remove the damaged drywall material completely, remove any wet or stained fibreglass insulation, and clean the ceiling area. It is always best to get a professional contractor to do this, rather than a DYI project.

What Can You Do To Prevent Skylight Leak?

Many if not all skylight leaks can be prevented through seasonal roof inspection. A roofing contractor will look for damage to the shingles, and gutters, but will also check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration. They should also check the interior of the house for issues that could be causing your problems. It is best to schedule roof inspections during the Spring or Summer to make sure your home hasn’t sustained any damage during the harsher winter months.

Roofing Maintenance

Taking care of your roof with regular check-ups is a great way to prevent skylight leaks. Roof maintenance is especially important around winter time, more so than in other months because of the damage, the cold can do to the skylight and a roof in general. This is largely due to the threat of ice dams, which can cause costly damage.
First, after a particularly heavy snowstorm, you should clear your roof of snow as quickly as possible. Quick snow removal does not allow precipitation time to melt and refreeze on the roof, creating ice dams. Ice dams can block drainage to the point that moisture can seep into the home through the roof and skylight.

Adequate Ventilation

Another factor to consider with skylight leaks is the humidity level in the highest floor of your home. Too much humidity in the air, which can come from the laundry room or bathroom, can cause condensation on skylight glass while leading to leaks or even cracks around the frame. Ask your roofing contractor to suggest an appropriate ventilation system or dehumidifier for your home to prevent condensation.
If you hire an inexperienced roofing who is not familiar with skylight installation, then you can be in trouble down the road. If the skylight was installed on an older roof as a retrofit, and especially if the installer did not install the skylight properly, leaks at the skylight are likely. Always ask the roofer about their experience with skylights.

Hire a Professional Roofer to Help

Skylight leaks can be very difficult to repair, and we don’t recommend you do it yourself. If done poorly it can lead to significant interior and exterior damage. Instead, call for the advice of a professional. It will be cheaper in the long run and will prevent you from a lot of headaches.

Conclusion

If you notice leaks around your skylight, contact Cambie Roofing, a family owned & operated local roofing contractor with decades of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We’ll evaluate your skylight and surrounding shingles and recommend repairs that will fit your budget and remedy your water problems.

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How a New Roof Can Increase Your Sale Value

If you ask most Real Estate agents, add new roofing before attempting to sell significantly increases the value of your home and makes it appealing to buyers. By increasing the value of your home, you actually make money on your repairs as the resell value increases more than 100% of your roof. In 2018, a survey in the United States found that roofing replacement added an average resale value of $14,214. Roughly the same amount of money could be expected – if not more – to be added to in Canada.
While nobody likes to spend money replacing or repairing their roof, when you’re about to sell, it makes a lot of financial sense, especially when you compare to other house projects. In fact, mending the roof offers a better return on investment than an addition to the master bedroom, major kitchen remodel, deck installation, or a bathroom remodel.
When a buyer makes an offer for your home, they assume the roof isn’t leaky or in need of fixing. If it does need repairing, and the buyer does their due diligence, they can often successfully negotiate the price down. If you’re on the fence about installing a new roof, consider these facts in making your decision.

Beautification

Buying a home is as much of a emotional investment as an financial one which is why aesthetics matter. If your home has a roof that’s shabby, ugly and clearly in need of replacement, buyers will take note. Obviously nobody wants to buy an ugly home, and a roof is such a big part of that.
If a buyer needs to take the price of a new roof into account when purchasing a home, plus the headache that comes with it, he or she will likely be enticed to shop elsewhere. While, on the flip side, a new a roof can pique buyer interest and make your home stand out in your neighbourhood. If someone in your area is selling their home at a similar price, it can give you the edge and can even spark a bidding war.

Buy A Transferrable Warranty

Buying a home can be a stressful experience. It is often one of the largest purchases someone will make in their lifetime which is why reassurance is a good thing. With the right roof warranty, it can give the new owner peace of mind that things won’t go wrong. Nobody likes surprises which is why if you can transfer the warranty to the new owner, it will likely give the buyer reassurance that they are making the right decision. Since standard warranties for asphalt shingles used to be 15-20 years and premium-quality asphalt shingles today offer warranties as long as 50 years, sometimes these warranties outlast their current occupants. Ask your roofer if you can transfer your warranty to the new owner.
A transferable warranty can mean a lifetime of not having to pay for roofing repairs. Buyers can be willing to pay more to own a home with a roof that will come with warranty. A roof warranty can add more value to a home than one without a warranty, especially if it is the difference between a standard and premium roof.

Increased Energy Efficiency

New roofs are more energy efficient then they once were which means that along with a warranty, a great-looking roof, the owners will save money on heat as well. Increased energy efficiency can increase the appeal of a home, because it means savings in the long run. In addition, many people, especially in the younger generation are more environmental conscious and having an energy efficient roof fits in with their lifestyle and values more than an older home.

Reduces Maintained

An old roof can cause trouble for future homeowners. Old roofs tend to leak, lose shingles in a storm, damage siding, and break easier than new roofs. For a prospective buyer, these potential dangers of an old roof might be enough to encourage them to buy elsewhere. Even if there is nothing wrong with the old roof, a savvy buyer will realize that older roofs are not as well built as newer ones and will most likely cause problems in a few short years. A newer roof will translate into lesser maintenance costs for the new owners overall, giving them less of a headache – both financially and emotionally.

Other Factors To Think About

Since it’s not an exact science, there are many miscellanies variables that go into appraising a home. If you can give the buyers as much data as possible it will likely increase the likelihood of getting your desired price for your home.
When you’re getting your home appraised, he or she will want to see receipts of the new roof, as well as information about its materials, construction, and warranties. The more information the appraiser has on the roof, the more likely you will see an increase in value.

Conclusion

Your roof has a lot of responsibilities to bare. It protects your entire home, its contents, and its occupants from the external environment.
When a house goes on the market, the roof is the most visible features to everyone driving down the block. A roof in poor condition can quickly stop any sale even before the negotiation has started. That’s why it’s smart to replace an old roof with a new one even before you put it on the market.
A new roof is a big investment and you should take the time to find a professional trustworthy contractor to complete the job. Give us a call at Cambie Roofing where we put customer service first and never sacrificing quality for price and guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the job.

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Can A Roof Be Earthquake Proof?

It’s common knowledge that Vancouver is due for a large and devastating earthquake. Thankfully all types of builders recognize this and are continually trying to seismic upgrade all our buildings. A large part of that is, of course, our roofs. If a roof collapses during an earthquake, it can kill or injury those inside.
During the design and construction process of a roof there are earthquake resistant features the roofer can apply which would increase enormously the chances of survival of both buildings and their occupants which we will cover.

What is an earthquake?

The earth is made up of plates floating on the soft centre of the earth, which consists of heavier molten rock and molten iron. The plates are not one solid piece but are separated by cracks which are known as faults and trenches which can press or expand together into mountains and valleys. These separate plates move slowly from a combination of forces in the Earth’s core, gravitational forces, and centrifugal forces from the Earth’s rotation.
Some plates are moving apart, for example in ocean trenches, where molten material pushes up and shoves the plates apart while others are bumping into each other head-on. The Cascadia fault, for example, which goes from northern Vancouver Island to Northern California is a very long, sloping subduction zone where the Explorer, Juan de Fuca, and Gorda plates all move to the east and slide below the much larger mostly continental North American Plate. If the movement was steady, about a millimetre or so a year, it wouldn’t matter. However, the plates tend to jam.

What makes a building or structure fail in earthquakes?

An Earthquake can be one sudden movement, or it can be a series of movements at short intervals. It can move the land up and down or it can move it from side to side.
Buildings are not necessarily resistant to side-to-side shifts unless this has been taken into account during the design and construction phase of the building process. A building might be perfectly stable until a severe earthquake hits. It is this side-to-side sift that generally causes the worst damage, often collapsing poor buildings on the first shock wave.
The side-to-side shift can be worse if the shocks come in waves, and can vibrate like a huge tuning fork, each new sway bigger than the last, until the building collapses. Often when more weight has been added to a building because of a heavy roof or more floors the greater the risk of failure. This extra weight produces great forces on the structure and helps it collapse. As one might expect, massive buildings like skyscrapers attract more seismic forces while smaller buildings with lighter roofs respond better to earthquake forces.
Luckily, the overall weight of a building and its contents can be calculated fairly accurately and can be accounted for in engineering design –these loads are called static loads. Wind and earthquake forces can change suddenly and unpredictably –these are called dynamic loads. The engineer must design a structure to withstand dynamic loads that may be highly variable over a very short period of time, a much more difficult task than designing for static loads alone. In Vancouver, the general awareness of earthquake danger is only a few decades old, many older buildings and roofs were not designed to stand up against the dynamic loads caused by earthquakes.

Is it Possible to Build A completely Earthquake Proof Roof?

There are, of course, roofing techniques that can be used to create a very sound roof that will endure a small or even strong quake. However, no building or roof is completely earthquake proof. During a severe earthquake, even the best-engineered building may suffer severe damage.
Most modern buildings are designed to support a vertical and dynamic load in order to support the walls and roof to keep them standing. One way to make a building more resistant to these lateral forces is to tie the walls, floor, roof, and foundations into a rigid box that holds together when shaken by a quake.

So What’s The Solution?

Because earthquakes are a function of mass shifting, all other structural elements being equal, the lighter the roof the lower the center of mass and, therefore, less likely it is to collapse or crumble. This means that roofs made out of wood tiles or asphalt are better than, say, brick, tile, or a heavy metal roof.
Lighter walls also have the advantage of exerting less force onto a building’s support system, but another good reason is that lighter wall construction tends to be more physically flexible which allows for more movement at the joints and throughout the structural members when an earthquake hits.
Many Vancouver builders use reinforced concrete where the steel reinforcement provides the tension-resistant qualities of the building which is able to absorb the shaking from an earthquake. A good analogy is an old car made in the 50s can better withstand an impact with minimum damage, however is more likely injure the occupants as the shift in mass travels through the car to the person. Modern cars crumble easier in an accident, absorbing the shock so the person doesn’t have to. This is much like a modern-day roof.
If you’re worried about your roof withstanding an earthquake call Cambie Roofing. Our expert roofers can quickly diagnose any problems with your roofing system and perform maintenance to save you the trouble of dealing with an earthquake or any other possible calamity, possibly preventing you from having to replace the entire roof all together.

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The Importance of Ventilation and Insulation in Asphalt Shingles

Roofs need the right balance of both ventilation and insulation to work properly, especially with the type of weather we’ve been having in Vancouver the past couple of ears. In warmer weather, poorly ventilated roofs can result in hot attic spaces which can significantly damage shingles, causing curling or even breaking, reducing the lifetime of a roof.
In the colder seasons, a lack of ventilation can trap cold air and cause moisture to build up, resulting in problems with mold, rot, and mildew, which can damage the roof and walls. Properly ventilated and insulated roofs upon are important to protecting against the problems caused by seasonal extremes and avoid costly repairs. Just think of the leaky condo crisis that cost Vancouver over $4 billion in damages because buildings didn’t have the proper ventilation. While in Vancouver ventilation was a problem with newer buildings, it is usually common in older homes, which were generally constructed when building codes did not require as much insulation.
As many Vancouver builders discovered, creating the proper ventilation and insulation of asphalt shingle roofs is isn’t always easy. You need to get the advice of an experienced, licenced roofer to do the job correctly.

Roof Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation reduces electricity bills, extends shingle life, and prevents roof rot and ice dams in winter. Doing it right the first time also protects your house from expensive future repairs. The most important aspect of roof ventilation is to ensure your roof has vents so that the excessive moisture can escape. Ventilation is required by building codes. If you don’t properly ventilate your roof it will likely void your roofs warranty.
The number of vents within roof space will depend on the size of the roof and the material used, however, the general rule is that a single vent should be enough for a squared 30-meter roof space. A specific number of vents are required per square footage to ensure that the right amount of air enters and exits the attic.

Roof Insulation

Insulation plays a vital role in ensuring your home is properly ventilated. While you need to have enough insulation to help your house efficiently maintain a comfortable temperature, it is just as important t that you do not have too much insulation in case it blocks proper air circulation. An experienced roofer or contractor can decide what your home needs and advice you on the proper course of action. Of course any work a roofer or building contractor does on the vents needs to be done carefully so you do not decrease the area of the vents or anyway stop the airflow.
You probably won’t notice if something is wrong with your roof’s insulation or ventilation which is why it’s important to have an experienced, trustworthy roofer do a checkup at least once a year. If there is a problem with the airflow, they will know and be able to fix it. Often the solution depends on what is causing the lack of airflow. In the simplest and least costly case, there may be something obstructing the vents which is an easy fix. Unfortunately, in many cases, the lack of ventilation is caused by something more serious—such as a lack of or inappropriate placement of vents. If that’s the case, you might need to rip up a part or the complete roof to fix it.
Insulation placed on an air-sealed attic floor is simple, yet one of the most underappreciated building assemblies. A vented attic works in all types of climates to keep the home regulated.
Unfortunately, unexperienced builders do not install insulation correctly which causes excessive energy losses, ice dams, mold, rot which all need to be fixed sooner than it should.
If your builder has properly ventilated your roof space, then you will have to keep the vents free so they can allow for proper air flow. This means that the vents should not be obstructed otherwise the moisture will still stay trapped within the roof structure and eventually turn into mold and rot the wood.

Using Vents In Your Roof

There is a variety of different vents to select from when choosing a new vent for your roof. Two of the more common vents you will find are the box vent and turbine vents. The box vent uses natural air flow to draw hot air out of the attic; however they are not as effective as turbine vents and you will require more of them to properly ventilate your space. Turbine vents are wind-driven and more effective.
There is a third type of vent which are called ridge vents but they are not as common as the first two. They, as you might suspect, run along the ridge of your roof. They keep a more consistent temperature across your roof than box vents, and do not require wind to operate like turbines. They are slightly more expensive, but when used with soffits, the underside of the area which connects the roof to the wall, they will keep your space well ventilated.

Conclusion

Whether you are in need a roof inspection or have a leaky, it’s important to choose a roofing contractor that is trustworthy, reliable, and experienced. At Cambie Roofing we are experts in providing you the service you need within your budget. Give us a call or email us for a free estimate.

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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 Ins and Outs of Roof Warranties

Homeowners are often confused by warranties and their terms, which is compounded when a lot of roofing contractors don’t explain them adequately. Homeowners assume that when a product includes, for example, a 15-year roofing warranty, that everything to do with their roof installation will be covered for 15 years. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. More commonly, a warranty is limited to material costs only, and does not cover cost of labour and other costs associated with the removal and replacement of materials. When looking at roofing warranties always read the fine print and ask if you don’t know.
In fact, roofing warranties can be complicated and it’s important as the building owner that you understand what type of warranty covers your roof, the terms of the warranty, factors that may make the warranty void. In this post, we will demystify some of the issues that surround roofing warranties.
 
Types of Roofing Warranty
There are two basic types of roofing warranty which area the contractor warranty and the manufacturer warranty. Just as they sound, the contractor warranty is provided by the roofing contractor that installs your roof whereas the manufacturer warranty is provided by the company that makes your roofing material. The type of warranty can vary significantly from one company to another, from one manufacturer to another. Typically, a contractor offers a warranty that covers labour while manufacturers’ warranties cover materials. Sometimes these warranties overlap, but that’s certainly not always the case. Just what kind of roof warranty do you need, and what does each kind actually protect you against?
While this is not a complete list, here are some of the basic warranties:
Labour warranties: This means the labour costs to remove and reinstall defective building materials. This does not always include the original installation. If leaks are due to workmanship errors with the original installation, a labour warranty may not cover this problem.
Material warranties: are fairly inexpensive but apply only to material defects that cause early deterioration of roofing systems. These warranties include the roof membrane but not flashings, adhesives, or edges. A material warranty will cover the costs of material replacement but not the labour costs associated with repair.
Workmanship warranties: This type of warranty can be confused with a labour warranty. It is, in fact, a type of warranty that will cover you against costs related to actual installation failures and errors which a labour warranty may not cover. If you’re worried about sloppy workmanship, than this is probably the best warranty to purchase.
 
Terms of Roofing Warranty
As you may have guessed, the terms of your roofing warranty will depend on the type of warranty you have and also the company providing the warranty. A thing to keep in mind is that the warranty is only as good as the company backing it.
It is important to note that there are typically maintenance responsibilities that are outlined in your warranty. If you fail to maintain your roof, your warranty may be deemed voided. For example, if you fail to fix curling shingles, the warranty may not be honoured. Additionally, roofing warranties are not likely to cover damage from standing water, damage to interior structures, and also so-called “Acts of God”. Acts of God are extreme weather conditions such as a floor, lightning, earthquakes, vandalism, or fire.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that a lot of roofing warranties are more geared toward protecting the manufacturer than the homeowner. Manufacturers, of course, don’t want to shell out money to homeowners unless they really have to which is why they spend a lot of money on lawyers to compose the fine print that ultimately tries to limit their own liability if something goes wrong with their roofing products. That’s why it’s so important that you understand the following before signing off on your project and warranty purchase:

  • What type of roof warranty am I getting?
  • How long does the warranty last?
  • What can void my roof warranty?
  • What are my responsibilities for maintaining my roof warranty?
  • What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?

 
Manufacturer Warranty
The most common kind of manufacturer warranty is a shingle warranty which may cover you for 20 to 50 years. As described earlier, this type of warranty only protects you against defects in the roofing materials themselves, not against improper instalment or worker error.
Although having a manufacturer warranty is important for your peace of mind, it’s actually rare for a roofing problem to be traced to a manufacturing defect. More commonly, a substandard roof is attributable to poor installation which is a separate issue altogether and which a manufacturer warranty won’t cover. Keep in mind even if the materials themselves are at fault, your warranty may only cover those materials, not the labour required to install them.
 
Conclusion
 The actual terms of a roofing warranty will differ from company to company and the roofing material you select. Always ask for a copy of the warranty before signing the contract and educate yourself about the exclusions and limitations in the warranty.
When you hire a roofing contractor, you should first check to see if your roof is under warranty. If it is, then it can help you save possibly thousands of dollars in repairs. Call us at Cambie roofing because we offer you the most warranty choices for your new roof or roof repairs. For the best protection for your home, call our Vancouver roof experts to schedule a free, in-home consultation.

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Tips for Selecting the Best Roofing Contractor in Vancouver

Selecting the best roofing contractor in Vancouver can be easy if you know what to look for.
Yes, there are a lot of roofing contractors in Vancouver, so choosing the right one for you can be challenging. How can you know if you’re making the correct decision or not? What are the concrete signs you should look for in a roofing contractor?
Beyond solving the emergency of a leaking roof, it’s important to do your due diligence and not to rush into a decision. Get the boll rolling! Follow these tips and answer important questions before choosing a professional roofing contractor in Vancouver, and be sure you will do the best for you!

Tips for Selecting the Best Roofing Contractor in Vancouver

Tip 1: Determining Authority

To sift and determining what are the best options to select the best roofing contractor in Vancouver, you need to shrink your list of possible choices in roofing services from many to few. Here are some questions you need to answer to speed up this part of the process:

How Long Has The Company Been In Business?

With a little research online it’s easy to find out how long a company has been in business. An established company will most likely be around in the future should any problems arise.
You don’t want a roofer who has been only one or two years on the job. Inexperience can lead to complications and if they go bankrupt it will be next to impossible to follow up with them.
At Cambie Roofing we have half a century in the roofing and drainage industry, which means we have the expertise and the knowhow to do a job done correctly. We are recognized in our community as trustworthy and dependable.

Does The Company Have Good Reviews?

There is less chance of potential issues or scams when you choose a contractor who has good Google and Yelp reviews. Don’t just trust reviews on their website, although that’s always a good place to start. Dig deeper and find some third party review sights. They generally have honest, unbiased opitions.
Ask the company if you can talk to some of their past customers and if they don’t give you a few names then that should raise some red flags. As the past customers about their experience and if they would recommend the roofer.

Tip 2: Service Quality and Warranties

Does The Company Offer Warranties On Its Products And Services?

As surprising as it may be, not all roofers offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship.
If a contractor installs the roof incorrectly, it may take months or years for the damage to show up—and insurance won’t pay for it. If the contractor won’t fix it, your only recourse is to go to court which can take months, if not years, or pay for their mistake yourself.
At Cambie Roofing we guarantee all our labour and products so you know we stand behind the work we do.

Is The Company Licenced?

Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate for validation.
Not having adequate insurance could potentially lead to litigation between a contractor and homeowner if a roofing employee sustains an injury at the home. If someone is injured on your property and the roofer doesn’t have correct insurance then you might have to pay Worker’s Compensation .

Have There Been Any Complaints Against The Company?

Research your potential roofer on the Better Business Bureau. Look for the overall business rating and keep in mind the general size of the company when checking for complaints.
It’s important to verify they have a good standing and no outstanding complaints against them. You should stay away from roofers who do not exist on the Better Business Bureau.

Tip 3: Best Practices

Is Safety An Important Issue for the Company?

Roofing can be a dangerous job. More important than budget, safety should be the roofer contractor’s primary concern. A contractor without a training or safety program may not be the best person for your job. Although this may be hard to gauge when first interviewing them, ask
them direct questions about what they do to ensure safety on the job.
At Cambie roofing we ensure all our employees are certified and up to standard with the latest regulations. When you hire us, you will discover the safety of our workers are the highest priority.

Does the Roofer Put Everything in Writing?

All job specifications and prices should be supplied in writing so you can refer to it when the job is done. The roofer should take time to explain everything in the contract in detail and answer any questions that you may have. Contracts have the estimated price and competition date as well as anything that might be a problem during the job.
To protect both you and the roofing company, make sure that all aspects of the job are well understood. Write down the details and make sure that you don’t hand over the funds for the work until you’ve inspected everything. By setting a clear expectation, it’s easier to avoid frustrations later on down the road.
Do no do a straight for cash deal or sign any contract you do not feel comfortable with. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage. Some contractors say they can work with whatever your insurance company settles upon, however the homeowner needs to ensure it’s not just any amount, but the right amount.
The contractor should thoroughly examine the home and check that their insurance adjuster didn’t miss any damages.

Conclusion

Your home should be your family’s sanctuary. You spend a majority of your time there and you need to be able to enjoy it and worry about the roof or any other aspect of your house. Why would you trust it to anyone less you weren’t confident in?
Whether you are in need a roof inspection or have a leaky, it’s important to choose a roofing contractor that is trustworthy, reliable, and experienced. At Cambie Roofing we are experts in providing you the service you need within your budget. Give us a call or email us for a free estimate.

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Should Your Next Roof Be Using Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are somewhat of a new trend and are quickly becoming one of the more popular roofing alternatives today.
Even when they have a lot of good attributes, homeowners in Vancouver prefer the traditional asphalt shingles. In other words, asphalt shingles are the number one option for homeowners in Vancouver.

It’s estimated that up to 80% of homes in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are topped with asphalt shingles.

When it’s time to repair or replace their roofs, homeowners always wonder about the different roofing materials available and which one they should choose.
Roofing shingles are by far the most popular choice, but you must still choose between the different types of shingles. Some shingle types, like slate, last longer than others, but they are far more expensive too.
Fiberglass is literally made from remarkably fine threads of glass. This synthetic pattern (glass fiber) may be a thermoset polymer form – usually based on the likes of polyester resin, epoxy, or a thermoplastic.
Fiberglass shingles are created from an interwoven foundational mesh of fiberglass, and then encased with a water-resistant layer of asphalt, and then covered with other compounds that protect the shingles from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

How Are Fiberglass Shingles Made?

Generally, fiberglass shingles come in two different kinds: three-tab shingles and the architectural fiberglass shingles.
More people prefer the architectural ones because. They offer malleability and they fit into anything that you want but still maintain that stability and all the other aspects of the fiberglass.
To finish it off, asphalt sealant connects the separate panels, bolstering the shingles’ watertight characteristic.

Advantages

Most people don’t know but fiberglass is actually fairly inexpensive. It usually costs less than $4 per square foot. This is the first thing we always look at when we’re trying to build something. Well, not only is fiberglass shingles cheap but it’s also high quality.
Fiberglass is also very durable and it also does not hold liquid or moisture thereby reducing the risk of damage. Fiberglass shingles also have a greater fire grade than the regular asphalt shingles.
Because fiberglass is so thin and therefore lightweight, it’s actually not that hard to install so you can save money on labour which is also a big win.
Lastly, the fiberglass base gives the shingle a higher fire rating versus felt or paper-based shingles. The fiberglass base is lighter and easier for roofers to work with, which can also mean faster installation or repair times.

Disadvantages

There’s not a lot of disadvantages with fiberglass shingles. However, one would be that having fiberglass shingles would not perform as well in cold weather than when they are in warmer conditions.
That being said, it is a negligible discrepancy and the difference in all the other points we just mentioned will more likely cancel out this issue. They are perfectly adaptable to Vancouver weather. However if you live in Toronto or Ottawa it might be an issue.
The second disadvantage is the environmental impact it has when you want to replace your roof. Due to the fiberglass endurance, these materials don’t necessarily just degrade and dissolve in a few years, they could go on for a thousand year easy.
A solution to this is that they can easily be recycled and used for other purposes.

Asphalt Shingles vs. Fiber Glass

So now you know the advantages and disadvantages of fiberglass shingles, which one should you choose?
Organic-mat is the material for regular asphalt singles. As they contain more asfalt, they last longer than fiberglass shingles. They’re more rugged and more likely to stay put during severe storms.
However, asphalt shingles are more expensive than fiber glass and are prone to warping over the long term or if there is a severe storm.

Conclusion

If you want a durable, lightweight and practical roofing solution, take a close look at fiberglass laminate shingles. But don’t take our word for it, research yourself and look at the several pros and cons of the different options and then determine the best one for you.
Making choices for your roofing system solution has a number of different considerations to evaluate before making a final decision. Make the right decision and it could pay dividends, make the wrong decision and it could cost you money in the long run.
Taking time to learn about the two different shingle solutions on the market – asphalt and fiberglass – will help a homeowner choose the best possible product at the best possible price.
Learning about the two different shingle solutions on the market – asphalt and fiberglass – helps homeowners to choose the best possible product at the best possible price.
There should be a roofing company in your area that you can easily contact and ask for their help. Most companies, including ours, offer a free assessment and even free quotation for the service you want them to do. Don’t delay your roofing project any longer.
If you have any questions or need an estimate on your roof call the experts. At Cambie Roofing, we have been in business for over half a century – so we feel confident in saying we are your best roofing choice.