How to Create a Budget for a New Roof

How to Create a Budget for a New Roof

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to budget for a new roof, which is a pricey investment and can be difficult, stressful, but it’s inevitable. The roof protects the home from extreme outdoor conditions, i.e., hailstorms, torrential downpours, high winds, and scorching heat. So, if your roof no longer does its job, you’re left with no choice but to replace it.

A new roofing project requires meticulous planning – there’s no going back once you sign the contract. But, before you do that, you must first create a budget.

A roof replacement project puts a significant strain on your finances, but everyone must go through it eventually. Creating a budget allows you to put the project under your control; it’s all about managing every step, so you don’t end up going overboard.

File an Insurance Claim

Some types of roof damage may be covered by insurance, so it makes sense to file an insurance claim. However, don’t give the insurance provider a reason to deny the coverage.

When your home insurance covers the cost of repairs, the entire expense might not be deductible. It means that for a roof that costs $6,000 to install and a $1000 deductible, the insurer pays for the $5000.

Once you submit a claim, the insurance company will contact you to establish a time for an adjuster to assess the damage.

Create an Outline

Outlining the budget is essential to come up with accurate estimates for a new roof. You should factor in building permits required by local regulations, size of the property, the roof’s pitch and material preference, and roofer fees. The outline serves as a guide throughout the process. It’ll give you a boundary on spending.

Comparison Shopping

To make a budget for roof replacement, you need an estimate of the total project price. Then, consult with several contractors for approximate costs of the project. You’d be surprised to see they offer varying figures. It’s the reason why comparing quotes makes perfect sense – you want to get the best deal for the same project.

Choose a roofer who goes the extra mile to provide an accurate estimate. Most contractors offer a general quote with dedicated lines for labour and material costs. A highly detailed quote helps you figure out if there are reasonably-priced materials out there that do the same job.

Most contractors don’t recommend cheaper materials for roofing, but it’s your prerogative as the property owner to decide, especially if you have budget constraints.

Quotes from a few roofing contractors should give insight into the typical cost range. Gather at least three quotes from contractors and show them to the insurance adjuster. It’s his job to assess the accuracy and rationale of the quotes.

Household Spending

Not everyone has emergency funds set aside from the home renovation. Putting up a new roof costs thousands of dollars, which is why many homeowners can’t afford it. But don’t get discouraged – there are ways to seek funds for new roofing.

Begin by taking a closer look at your household spending. Look for areas where you can reduce spending and repurpose the money for the roofing project. This isn’t permanent; you get to go back to your usual household spending once you get over the necessity of a new roof.

Housing Grants

It’s common practice in North America for local governments and states to offer financial assistance, loans, or housing grants for low-income property owners. Look for information about housing grants in the locality or state where you live. There’s usually a website where you’ll see the eligibility requirements to qualify for the program.

Choose Roofing Material Wisely

Choosing a material is an important decision when replacing the roof of your home. The available choices vary greatly with price and durability.

For example, asphalt shingles offer practicality, while metal and concrete tile roofing materials provide longevity.
Your choice of roofing material plays a crucial role in creating your budget – work with a trustworthy roofer to get the best deal regardless of the roofing variety.

Other Financing Options

In some instances, using a credit card to finance your roof installation is an option. Credit cards with high cash-back rewards can be advantageous if used for financing purposes. If you can use your credit card to finance a new roof over the next year without interest, it’ll be more affordable in the long run.

But be wary of credit card schemes where you’re tricked into paying high processing fees. If possible, go for an installment program that allows payment extensions.

A personal loan is a viable option if you don’t have the desired funds upfront to cover your roofing project. If that’s what suits you best, a lender can offer you an upfront payment for your new roof. The main downside to personal loans is the high-interest rates. With a bad credit history, you will pay more in interest; however, you might be eligible for more reasonable payment terms with good credit.

The Value of Saving Cash

Unless a roof replacement is urgent and unavoidable, wait a few months to save the money. Then, save at least 1% of your home’s value every month. For example, $8500 is enough for a 2,000 square foot house that needs a new roof.

Not having enough money set aside to purchase a roof is the most significant barrier for most people who need one. A fail-proof way to get the cash for a new roof is to start saving at least two years before taking on the project.

It’s the roof we’re talking about – the structure that protects you and your family from the harsh environment outside. So, if you’re looking for a reason to cancel recently planned vacations and other unneeded expenditures to save money, this is it.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist

Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist

It’s not easy hiring a roofing contractor for the first time. You’re here because you need help for a repair or replacement project, but you’re clueless on where (or how) to begin your search. Unsurprisingly, many homeowners abandon the plan of a roofing project simply because searching, vetting, and choosing a roofer is way too much of a burden. 
Hiring a roofer doesn’t have to be that hard if you know what you’re doing, including the questions to ask and the red flags. If you continue reading this post, you’ll realize that it’s relatively uncomplicated after all. We’ve put together a checklist to explain every element of the search and hiring process. 

Work with a Contractor You Trust

Roof repair is unlike any other home renovation job. Once you figure out that there’s something wrong, hiring a local roofer is no longer just an option. To restore the roof’s structural integrity, you’ll have to cover the repair or replacement as soon as possible. The first step is to find a trustworthy roofing contractor. Here’s what you have to do: 

  • Ask your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors for recommendations. 
  • Call or visit the local organization of roofers for referrals. 
  • Search for prospects online.
  • Find prospects via local newspaper and TV ads. 

Assess Your Prospects

Not every roofer is a fit. If possible, avoid hiring someone who’s not based locally. You want a quick turnaround and response in case something goes wrong after the completion of the job. Working with a company headquartered outside of the city could prove difficult because of the distance. 
To figure out which among your prospects is the best fit for the roof repair or replacement project, follow these steps:

  • Request individual quotes from at least four local roofers. Focus on those who are willing to visit your home to see the site. Some roofers hand out an estimate without an inspection. 
  • Visit the website (provided there’s one) of each roofing prospect. Favor those with an established online presence and with multiple positive reviews from previous clients. 
  • Read all reviews, especially negative feedback. Figure out if there’s a pattern of bad practice from the roofer. If you notice a trend, remove that prospect from your list.

Questions to Ask

Narrow down your list to two or three local roofers. Request a phone interview and ask these questions:

  • How long have you been in the roofing business?
  • What is your experience in a similar roofing job?
  • Can you give me a list of references?
  • Can you furnish a copy of your liability insurance? Does it cover property damage and worker’s compensation?

You’ll have a much better understanding of each prospect based on how they answer those questions. One of them will likely stand out. 

In-Person Interview

You have all your questions answered on the phone, so why go the extra mile for an in-person interview? You must personally meet the remaining prospects to review all the roofing job details; it’s also your best opportunity to temper expectations. If possible, come up with a spreadsheet to help you compare each contractor’s pitch. Discuss the technical details, including:

  • Get some more details on the insurance, i.e., policy number and limits.
  • Talk about the warranty details and the person responsible for the claim. 
  • See to it that you agree to a fixed price and that it must be included in the contract. 

Red Flags when hiring roofing contractors

As honest as your intentions are, some roofers will rip you off, while others engage in bad practice. Be wary of door-to-door contractors who go to areas devastated by storms and tornadoes. They usually scam innocent homeowners with outrageously cheap offers and misleading pre-payment deductibles. These are the common warning signs:

  • The contractor demands an upfront payment or a large down payment
  • They compel you to sign a contract right away
  • It sounds too good to be true. Whether it’s shockingly cheap bid compared to others, or whatever other reason.

Final Meeting

The final meeting is as crucial as the other steps in the hiring process. There’s a handful of things to iron out before the project begins:

  • Reconfirm the roofer’s initial quote
  • Explore payment options and make sure both parties agree on a payment plan
  • Ask for a copy of the contract, project plan, bills and invoices, proof of insurance, local government permits, and order changes

Wrapping It Up – Roofing Contractor Services

There’s no turning back once you sign the contract, so see that you get it right the first time. If you follow these steps, then you should see yourself hiring the best available roofing contractor. A roof repair or replacement project is one of the priciest investments for you this year, so there’s no room for mistakes.

Spring Cleaning Maintenance on Your Roof

Spring Cleaning Maintenance on Your Roof

In this blog post, we’re going to talk about spring maintenance on your roof and how it’s different this year. The snow is melted, the sun is out – it’s Springtime in Vancouver. While for most it means more hikes, walks, mountain biking, it also means that it’s time to do a little spring cleaning—and that also means roof repair.

A tough winter can be hard on your roof, especially after long periods of snow, wind and ice. Make sure trees and shrubs are not rubbing the roof, and clear from causing damage.

Every residential roof could use a simple inspection in the spring. With regular, seasonal maintenance on your roof, it lasts longer and performs better. Whether you do some of the maintenance work on your roof yourself or hire a professional roofing contractor to do it, there are some key things to do in the spring.

You should incorporate, roof repairs and maintenance routines into the seasonal changes. This is because roofing problems vary with the climatic conditions, especially the rough colder months and it’s a perfect time to fix them. The winter weather can cause problems such as:

  • Leaks around flashings or chimneys and skylights
  • Ice dams forming inside the gutters and at the edge of your roof
  • Broken and cracked shingles
  • Damages to the insulation and blocked attic vents

The first step is to get a roofing professional to do a roofing inspection to make sure that your roof is still in good shape after the winter.

Although it has been a mild winter by Vancouver’s standards, we still recommend you get a roofer to take a look at our roof to prevent large repairs. Here is a list of things to look out for:

Clearing Debris

Cleaning the roof is essential because it helps you get a better view and determine if there are any broken or cracked spots that need repairing. When you’ve had a couple days of sun without rain, brush away branches, twigs, leaves, nests and other debris. Check gutters and downspouts as part of the inspection process.

Leak Repair

After you’ve cleared away debris from your roof, you should inspect the attic, chimney, vents, skylights for any water pooling, leaks or damp areas. Darker patches are often a sign of water damage and you should address them immediately. If you see any black mould it means that the area has been problematic for awhile and might be a symptom of a much larger problem. You should contact a roofer immediately.

Replacing Shingles

If any shingles are missing, they should be replaced immediately as they can lead to leakage and other structural damage. If you see small holes, cracks, or tears, they can be fixed without replacing them, saving you money. Any broken, curled or missing pieces must be taken care of before waterproofing the vents.

Resealing Vents

Examine the vents or get a roofer to do it to make sure the sealants have not cracked or chipped. Be careful while checking the areas around the vents to prevent any mishaps. If a vent cracks, you should get a professional roofer to fix it.

Recaulk Your Chimney

When inspecting a chimney, you should be extra vigilant as this is a common problem area. If the caulking is worn, get a professional to replace it. They will apply a new high-quality sealant to prevent any water damage which will be more costly than fixing the problem immediately.

Clean Your Gutters

Troughs and downspouts are meant to safely carry water off your roof and away from the walls to prevent pooling and water damage. If your gutters have debris from leaves, sticks, or branches built up in them you will need to clean them out in preparation for spring showers. Cleaning gutters is a simple task and you can do them by yourself or hire a handyman to do it for you.

Trim The Surrounding Trees and Remove Leaves

Make sure tree limbs don’t touch or overhang your roof. If they do, they can easily scrape or fall on the shingles and loosen the granules that protect your roof. Trim trees close to your home to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface or the gutter.

If you trim your trees it will also prevent organic matter from falling onto your roof. A little leaf or a few pine needles won’t damage your roof, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be removed from you roof. Anything that holds moisture will cause mildew to form and can block gutters or cause extra weight on the roof.

Clean Any Excess Moss or Mold

Dark coloured patches on a roof can indicate mold, algae, or fungus is living there which can eat away at the roofing material and can cause leaks.

A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution can be applied and can kill the mould but there are more environmentally friendly options available. Recently some shingle manufacturers have created algae-resistant shingles that have a specially formulated granule that inhibits algae and moss growth. Be sure to ask your roofer about these options.

Cutting back trees in the surrounding area will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the shade and moisture that moss love. To get rid of moss, there are some environmentally friendly sprays you can use to get deep into the roots.

Examine Your Soffit and Fascia

Soffits are metal or wood panels between the wall of the house and the roofline, while fascia are the metal or wood boards along the roofline. Both of these components are crucial for a leak-free roof so don’t overlook them when doing your spring roof maintenance.
Check to see if the soffits or fascia have any water spots, cracks, or holes. Depending on how damaged they are, they might need to be repaired or replaced. If you’re unsure, ask a professional roofer to take a look at them.

Conclusion

Spring time is for renewal. It’s when flowers start to blossom and plants start to grow. It also a time when homeowners take a look around and try to tidy up and throw away things that aren’t doing any good.

Part of your spring cleaning should include either taking a good hard look at the condition of your roof to see if it’s time to call a roofer. If you need a roofing expert, give Cambie Roofing a call. They will answer any questions you might have and will give you a free roof inspection so you can make the most informed decisions about your home.

Originally published on April 15 2019, updated on March 9th 2021

Why Do Asphalt Shingles Cup and Curl?

Why Do Asphalt Shingles Cup and Curl?

Have you ever wondered why asphalt shingles cup and curl? There are plenty of reasons besides weather conditions that compromise your roof.
Asphalt shingles offer a multitude of advantages over other roofing materials. Besides their cost-effective quality, they’re also versatile enough to cover different angles, forms, and shapes.
Asphalt roofing is energy efficient and can withstand fire and high winds. But like all other roofing materials, it has its share of weaknesses. 
You’ve come across several houses in your neighborhood with asphalt roofs, and the one thing you notice right away is the cupping and curling shingles. Have you ever wonder why?

Why do Asphalt Shingles Cup and Curl?

Since it’s a relatively common sight, you may think that it’s no big deal. On the contrary, cupping and curling shingles are telltale signs that something is wrong with the roof. 
Cupping occurs when the shingle’s center portion is curved in or concave, forming a bowl-shaped appearance. On the other hand, curling happens when the shingle’s edges elevate or turn up while the center remains flat.
Most homeowners don’t pay attention when or why their asphalt shingles cup and curlo until it’s too obvious. Usually, they believe that it’s purely an aesthetic issue.
But get this: there are reasons why asphalt shingles cup and curl compromising their usual shape, and it’s a problem requiring an immediate inspection; the lack of attention may eventually force you to re-roof. 
It’s your job as a property owner to learn of the possible causes behind the cupping and curling of shingles so that you’ll prevent them from happening in the first place.
You’re in no condition to fix the problem unless you’re a professional roofer. The best option is to call a licensed roofing company as soon as possible. 

1 – Severe Weather

Some reasons are beyond your control, including harsh weather conditions. If your roof is less than five years old, there’s no reason for the shingles to start showing signs of deterioration other than extreme weather.
Contributory factors include hailstorms and constantly changing temperatures. Hail usually damages a few tiles, which you can replace individually. But extreme heat does more profound damage to asphalt shingles. 

2 – Age

Like harsh weather, you don’t have control over the age factor. No matter how much you take great care of your asphalt roof, it’ll never last forever. So, expect the shingles to start cupping and curling when the roof is at the end of its life.
Some homeowners try to delay the inevitable by replacing individual shingles, but they’ll have no other choice down the road but to replace the whole structure. 

3 – Insufficient Roof Ventilation

Extreme heat impacts the asphalt shingles on two fronts: above and below. The lack of proper ventilation underneath the roof traps the heat from the sun.
When there aren’t enough vents in the attic, heat doesn’t find a way to get out and the lack of airflow makes matters worst. As a result, the asphalt material gives in to the heat, causing the shingles to deteriorate. This problem is remedied by improving attic insulation. 

4 – Inadequate Binders 

Supposed you’ve installed your asphalt shingles less than five years ago, haven’t been exposed to harsh weather, and you have proper roof ventilation. Yet you notice some of them curling and cupping; the likeliest culprit is a manufacturing defect.
This is where you’ll feel the impact of choosing a cheap and low-quality roofing material. If there’s not enough asphalt binder on the shingles, the underlying layer doesn’t have sufficient protection against heat damage.
When the thin binder washes off, the shingles give in to the extreme heat and start to curl up. 

5 – Handling and Storage Issues

In terms of production and storage of asphalt shingles, what do you porducers prioritise? Quantity over quality, or viceversa? Yes, you have guessed. Here, due to the high demand for the material, producers prioritize quantity over quality.
Although you can still get high-grade asphalt roofing, defects like cupping and curling may still surface early in the roof’s life. It’s because the shingles may have been improperly stored or mishandled before the installation.
There is no way to know when those shingles you bought were produced, and how much time they were exposed to the sun before they ended in your roof. Therefore, those shingles have a significant ‘wear and tear” in them even before you got them. 
There are special protocols to handle and store shingles to preserve tgeur physical integrity. If they’re left exposed to the rain and direct heat from the sun, they’ll saturate or get overheated.

What to Do When your Apshalt Shingles Cup and Curl

So, even if you haven’t done anything wrong, there’s always a chance thos asphalt shingles to cup and curl before your eyes.
You can always claim the installer’s workmanship guarantee if there’s proof of mishandling or poor storage as a last resort. But you’ll have to document everything from the beginning, including the name of the roofing contractor and the materials used.
If most of the shingles on your roof show signs of severe damage, you may no longer have a choice but to replace the entire structure. But don’t dwell on anguish – at least you’re now armed with the knowledge on why shingles cup and curl.
It’ll help you prepare for what can happen to your new roof and at least try to prevent the circumstances that lead to its premature decline. And by the way, please hire a licensed and reputable roofing contractor next time. 

best roofing material

What to Do If You Can’t Afford a New Roof

Nothing lasts forever – not even the most expensive roofing material. Regardless of what your roof is made of, it’ll eventually age or give in to severe damage caused by extreme weather or another fortuitous event.

When that happens, you’re left with no choice but to have it replaced. But like many property owners before you, the problem is not having the money to afford a new roof. You’re in a mess, left in a corner with no solution in sight.

If you can’t afford a new roof, know that there are other options to consider. It’s not like you sit idle and wait for nothing. Keep reading this article and learn about the potential ways to smartly solve your predicament.

Do You Actually Need a New Roof?

Some property owners are overwhelmed by the prospect of replacing a roof.  They and you are right: The cost associated with it is a big deal. But before you stress yourself out, think about the possibility of having it repaired instead.

Just because a local roofer told you that you need a new roof doesn’t mean that he’s accurate or telling the truth. Talk to other roofing contractors and tell them about your situation. Some roofers can salvage a roof for less money than it’ll cost to replace the structure.

Some old and severely damaged roofs can be remedied with the necessary repairs and the best roofing material. That will last you for at least a year. That should be enough time to save money for the inevitable replacement. Instead of relying on the sole assessment, you must get at least three independent assessments and repair estimates to fix your roof.

Property owners spend an average of $900 for roof repair, although minor fixes typically cost around $200. If you’re facing a major roof repair project, you’ll have to shell out at least $500 and upwards to $1500.

As much as you want to replace your severely damaged or aged roof, you may have to contact a roofing professional first to inspect the structure. Roof repair costs less than a total roof replacement, but even that is a hard pill to swallow when you’re low on funds.

Financing Options that Include Best Roofing Materials

If you can’t afford to pay cash for roof repairs, there’s a handful of financing options available to ease your burden. Use your credit card to get the repairs done and have enough time to pay off the charges.

If you’re uneasy about the credit card option, getting a personal loan is the next best thing. It gives you the option to pay on a monthly scheme while the needed repairs are addressed right away. Keep in mind that this is a short-term investment for your property, so please be sure to use the best roofing material. Use money wisely.

Improvement and Renovation Grants with Best Roofing Material

Applying for a home improvement or renovation grant is a popular option for roof repairs. They’re available from the local and national governments, and they usually include the best roofing material.

In North America, these home improvement or renovation grants are meant to provide financial assistance to property owners who can’t afford to have their homes fixed after weather devastation or natural disaster.

Another type of grant focuses on low-income homeowners who need help in improving their houses. Home improvement and renovation grants are meant to give property owners relief as they come with low-interest rates compared to standard loans.

Consider DIY

If you have tried roof work before, then you should explore fixing the structure one more time. On the other hand, DIY roofing projects are only meant for minor repairs. Unless you’re a roofing professional, you’ll have to tap the services of a licensed contractor for major repairs and replacements. But because you’re short on cash, there’s nothing wrong in pondering a DIY solution.

Refinance the Property

Refinancing your home make sense, too. Home improvement loans include refinancing the property, where there’s an explicit set of guidelines to be followed. In most scenarios, the loan is exclusively intended for the needed repairs and cannot be used for other purposes. Since the roof is part of the property, this option is viable for major roof repair jobs.

See to it that you talk to a financial expert before taking this path. You need professional advice since refinancing your home is a long-term responsibility that affects you and your family’s future. Aside from getting a reasonable interest rate and favourable loan term, the financial expert helps you understand the legal consequences in the failure to pay the loan.

Why Not Save Some Cash?

Investing in a new roof is out of the question, but with the help of a professional roof inspector, you could wait it out for several months to afford a repair project.

Call a local roofer to examine the structure. If the inspection report says that you can live with the damage for a year or so, you can go through your budget and save the necessary funds for a major repair. There’s always the option of cutting costs on stuff like food, vacations, and entertainment.

Instead of getting a loan and paying for the interest rates, you’ll save cash and end up fixing your roof with no long-term financial responsibilities to cover.

roofing options

The Best Roofing Options for Vancouver

Looking for roofing options when replacing your home’s roof is an important decision, and can be an expensive process. That is why choosing the right roofing options and materials can improve your home’s aesthetic appeal.
But also, you need to think about increasing longevity and keep within your budget. Replacing the roof also increases the value of your home for resale.
Many homeowners underestimate the importance of a good roof. If you’re thinking about reconstruction keep in mind the premise:

The more you invest in your house, the better you’ll want to protect it

There is no point in creating an amazing home if water is going to leak in and damage the inside. So, if you are rebuilding your roof, consider rain, snow, wind, and everything that can ruin it in a matter of hours – if not minutes.
It’s much better to have peace of mind and do it right the first time so you don’t have to worry.
As you probably know already, Vancouver is prone to a unique set of roof problems. Moss buildup, mildew and mold count among them due to the heavy amounts of rain the area gets.
It is important that homeowners understand which type of roof can naturally resist these problems in order to efficiently protect the integrity of the roof and the inside of the home. Roofing materials are extremely important, but the actual style of the roof can play a major role when it comes to resisting a wet climate.

How To Choose Your Roofing Materials

There are so many different roofing options. You should ask your roofing contractor what is the best material for your home. If you’re not an expert, it can be very difficult to identify just the right material if you don’t know what it needs to be capable of surviving.
You should look for information about lifespan, weight so it won’t crush the roof framing, and roof sloping. You should also find out whether it’s permitted by local building codes, how resistant it is to fire and extreme wind, and how much it costs.
There are a lot of different types of roofing used in Vancouver, depending on style – asphalt composition shingles, metal, wood, plastic polymer, clay tile, concrete tile, and slate. We’ll go over some of the most basic options so when you talk to your contractor, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are the most common and economical roofing material used throughout Metro Vancouver. They come in 2 main types; three-tab and architectural shingles. Both perform well with little e to no maintenance and come with varied warranties.
Three-tab shingles most often carry warranties from 20-30 years, while architectural shingles often have longer, and even lifetime, warranties.
On the other hand, asphalt shingles are effective and inexpensive. However, they are the last option to take into account because they do not enhance the visual appeal of homes, neither increase the value of your home.
Architectural shingles, however, come in many different styles and can mimic the look of more expensive roofing materials.

Cedar Roofing

Cedar roofs are a traditional Vancouver and Pacific Northwest roofing material that can give your home a natural, homely feel.
In BC, Cedar is readily available and fairly inexpensive. Cedar shakes and shingles are the most common wood roofing material and add a rustic, natural, particularly Vancouver appeal to many homes.
Due to the visually appealing nature of cedar products, using a cedar system can often increase the value of your home. While cedar products are lightweight and durable, they can be susceptible to moisture-induced mold or algae and may require more maintenance than other roofing options.
While untreated cedar roofing materials can fall victim to the elements, pre-treated options are now available. These pre-treated cedar shakes and shingles are slightly more expensive but offer a natural appearance and the equivalent effectiveness of a synthetic product.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing materials come in a range of styles, are durable, low-maintenance and visually appealing, with a clean look. The most common metal roofing material is standing seam, a series of interlocking panels that extend the entire length of the roof.
While installation of a metal roof is slightly more expensive than other options, it has a long lifespan, requires little to no maintenance and can increase the value of your property. Like asphalt, metal roofing materials that mimic the look of other roofing systems are available in many different styles.

Torch-on SBS Membrane Roofing

Torch-on SBS Membrane is available in many colours. It is one of the most durable roofing materials and can provide many decades of protection from the extreme Vancouver weather with proper slope and installation.
Torch-on membranes are commonly used in low slope or flat commercial and residential applications, giving them a more modern feel.
As these types of membrane systems are so robust they can greatly increase the value of your commercial or residential property. Torch-on is one of the more expensive options in roofing but the lifespan of the system can often offset the initial cost.

Don’t Forget about the Warranty

There’s a manufacturer’s warranty that covers all the problems that can arise from the actual roofing material.
Also, look for optional roofing contractor’s warranty that covers all the problems created by the contractors’ negligence. Accidents must be part of them when installing the roof.
Some warranties can’t be transferred to other owners. So, your children or a person to whom you sell the house must know and take previsions. Always search the contract for this information.
Homeowners must consider many factors when choosing the roofing material that best suits their home. Yes, aesthetic appeal and expense are important when choosing the roofing system. But homeowners should ultimately seek to find a balance between form and function.

Conclusion

It is important to understand which materials are the best for Vancouver’s weather conditions. Since British Columbia is a temperate rainforest, you need a roof that provides protection from the rain, wind, and the occasional snowfall.
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. Share the same confidence we have when saying we are your best roofing choice.
 
Originally published on Nov 15th, 2018 and updated on January 29th 2021,

common roofing terms

Roofing Terminology: A Guide to Common Roofing Terms

Give a step forward learning common roofing terms in advance! Replacing or fixing your roof means that you’re about to hear industry-specific terms from the roofing contractor.
Yes, you’re most probably unfamiliar with most of these terms, but you can always ask the roofer to expound. Nevertheless, it’s helpful to learn some roofing terminologies on your own so that you won’t feel overwhelmed. All it takes is to read this guide.
There are thousands of roofing terms, and one post isn’t enough to tackle them all. So, we stick to the most common ones for the typical property owner. It makes sense to start with the five popular roofing options in North America:

Asphalt Roof

Shingles made from asphalt are by far the most preferred residential roofing material in this part of the world.
Fiberglass reinforces the new iteration for extended life. Fortunately, the price remains competitive, which is why an asphalt roof never goes out of style.

Wood and Cedar Shake

Wood shingles are as competitive as asphalt in pricing, but its advantage is its aesthetic value. In other words, it looks more pleasing than the conventional asphalt roof, thanks to the rustic and natural appearance.

Metal Roof

Roofs in metal are better to resist extreme weather all year. As metal is resilient and resistant to severe conditions, i.e., snow, strong winds, and torrential rain. Metal roofs in North America come in two styles: shingles and panels. The material composition can be aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc.

Tile and Slate

Tile and slate make for an ideal customized and DIY roof as they’re versatile and come in a handful of colours. Unlike asphalt and metal, tile and slate roofing materials are light enough for a DIY enthusiast or a handyman to install.

Rubber

The purpose of a roof made from rubber material is to mimic the asphalt shingle. It’s the newest roofing material available in North America and is causing quite the stir because of its competitive price and durability.
Aside from the types of roof, there’s a handful of common terms in roofing you should know:

1. Course

Refers to a row of shingles or other roofing materials that run horizontally across the structure’s length.

2. Decking

The roof’s decking is a sheet material usually made from plywood. It is attached to the rafters, which in turn is found in the attic. The decking serves as the host for other roofing materials, i.e., shingles and underlayment.

3. Downspout

This part of the roof comes in the form of a pipe installed to the building’s sides. Its purpose is to direct water from the gutters and away from the structure.

4. Drip Edge

It’s an L-shaped metal strip situated along the edges of the roof. It allows the water to drip, preventing a possible buildup in the eaves, siding, and decking. The drip edge is also responsible for preventing moisture penetration in the fascia boards.

5. Chalk

In roofing, chalk refers to a powdered residue applied on the surface of a material.

6. Chalk Line

It is a line purposely made on the roofing structure by snapping a cord wrapped in coloured chalk. Depending on the roof material, some contractors use a taut string instead. The idea of a chalk line is to provide a guide for alignment purposes.

7. Chalking

The term pertains to the degradation of a chemical ingredient used in roofs, such as coating and paint.

8. Chimney

The chimney is a structure that projects through and above the roof for aesthetic and practical purposes. Wood, stone, metal and masonry are the most common materials to build chimneys.

9. Fascia

Those boards exposed on the roof eaves or overhang’s front edge make up the fascia. The boards are typically made from wood, vinyl, or aluminum. The gutters can’t be adequately installed without the fascia.

10. Flashing

The flashing is a sheet metal material that prevents water from penetrating through the projection and intersections in a roofing system.
Contractors install flashing to protect the chimneys, valleys, joints, vent pipes, and other parts of the roof where water naturally finds its way through.

11. Gutter

The gutters are troughs embedded in the fascia board. Guttering is crucial for collecting water run-off from the roof, leading to the downspouts and the ground.

12. Ice Dam

This describes a condition in which the combination of ice and snow thaws and re-freezes at the roof’s lower edge.
Ice dams cause water to back up and collect under the shingles. The pressure created by the buildup of water causes leaks and extensive water damage if not addressed.

13. Overhang

“Overhang” is the part of the roof which extends beyond the exterior walls of the building or house.

14. Rafters

The rafter provides support to the roof. It is the one you see in an unfinished ceiling of an attic. As raffers are attached to the roof deck, they play a critical role.

15. Ridge

The ridge describes the top edge of a couple of intersecting sloping roof surfaces.

16. Valley

The roof valley is an area where two adjoining sloped planes meet. It’s easy to spot since it creates a “V-shaped” depression on the roof.
Knowledge of common roofing terms comes in handy when you’re venturing on a repair, installation, or replacement project.
It protects you from getting ripped off by a mischievous roofer, and it helps you find the best roofing contractor by sharing educated conversations with them.

Vancouver roofing

How Colour Affects Your Roofing Choice In Vancouver

As you drive through your Vancouver neighbourhood, the colour of a roof is probably the last thing on your mind. In fact, you will probably only notice a roof if it’s out of place or doesn’t look right. Well, allow us to explain why you should mind about your roofing in Vancouver.
Yes, the roof colour in Vancouver tends to blend into the background of the landscape, but did you know your home’s roof colour affects your home in more ways than one? In this blog post, we explore why the colour of your roof matters.

Vancouver Roofing: Light or Dark Colours?

Unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer to which is better: light roofs or dark roofs.Ultimately, the best roof colour for your home is the one you like the best and the one that fits in with your neighbouring roofs. But there is a little more than just aesthetics when it comes to roofing colour choices in Vancouver.

How Roof Colour Reflects or Absorbs Heat

Did you know roof colour affects your home’s internal temperature?  In general, light-coloured roofs reflect away heat from the sun, while dark-coloured roofs absorb much of that heat and transfer it into the rooms below.
Obviously, if you have a lighter-coloured roof, your home absorbs less heat through the roof during summertime. As a result, your air conditioner operates more efficiently, uses less energy, and leads to lower utility bills.
In contrast, a dark roof likely raises the temperature inside your home’s highest rooms. Your cooling system works harder to compensate for the extra heat, and your bills slowly rise.
However during the colder months, the reverse is true. A dark roof brings in more heat from the sun than a light roof. This feature makes dark roofs advantageous in colder climates with long winters and short summers.
Thankfully in Vancouver we live in a temperate climate which means that there aren’t as hug fluctuations in temperature as there are in other cities. In Toronto, for example, you get extremely humid summers and bitter cold winter months.
In Vancouver, we’re more likely to have worry about the colder months but we are also seeing hotter summers in recent years so we may seem lighter roofs becoming more popular.
Or course, colour isn’t the only aspect of your roof that affects home temperature but it is a larger factor.
The roofing material also affects how your roof reflects or absorbs the sunlight. For example, asphalt shingles are less reflective than metal or rubber roofing. This quality means even tan asphalt shingles may welcome more heat into your home than a dark brown metal roof.

How Roof Colour Affects Snow Melt

Now, let’s consider how snow, another huge factor affects the equation. Because dark roofs absorb more heat, they can also help melt snow but does it actually help enough for you to take into consideration?
First, consider Vancouver has fewer sunny daylight hours during the cold winter months. And less sunlight exposure means less sun beating down on a roof and less time for the roof to absorb that heat.
Next, remember that even dark-coloured roofs may not actually appear black during the winter because they’re covered in snow. Snow actually reflects much of the sunlight before it can reach the roof so the dark roof underneath cannot absorb heat and melt the snow. This means dark-coloured roofs may have a small snowmelt effect but not a sizeable one.
Similarly, if your roof experiences winter problems like ice dams, your roof colour probably isn’t the primary culprit. More likely, insufficient attic insulation and poor roof ventilation create the problem.

Location 

Which part of your roof gets the most sunlight? Does the front of your home face north? Is the sun blocked by taller buildings or maybe you are high up on a hill? Sunlight can affect the appearance of your roof. Because of how far north we are in the hemisphere, the sun can bring out cool, blue hues while in southerly regions, roofs can appear more orange. These variations can completely change the look of a roof.

Roof Design

the architectural style and materials of your home should be kept in mind when deciding on a roof colour. Also what colour roofs are your neighbours?
Your home will look awkward if your roof sticks out like a sore thumb in your neighbourhood. There might actually be homeowner associations or subdivision rules about how your roof should look so remember to check with your neighbours before doing any major work.
Lastly, You should keep in mind that, like paint in a room, dark roofs make a home look smaller and light colours make a home look larger.

Last Thoughts in Vancouver Roofing

If you have the budget, advances in modern roofing material technology mean you can likely find a colour your like in a roofing material that suits your taste without worrying too much about heat or coolness.  However, if you just want to stick with the traditional materials you should think about
Cambie Roofing will bring you shingle samples to your home for you to view the colour next to your brick or siding. This makes the decision extremely simple as you can visualize how it will look.
Homeowners should be smart and do research when searching for a roofer who can correctly advise you on how to proceed. It could save you money and prevent a whole lot of trouble if you find a roofer that you can trust and who will do the job properly the first time around.
If you need a roof replacement from a reputable contractor, call our team at Cambie Roofing. We are happy to help with any questions you may have.  We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing repair needs.

pexels-photo-1666467[1]

4 Tips On How To Beautify Your Rooftop Balcony

Rooftop patios or terraces are great getaway spots to host parties or family gatherings, especially in the summer when the weather is hot and the days are long.  In this blog post, we want to give you some ideas for how to make the best of your rooftop patio.
Even if your rooftop balcony isn’t large, there are some great options to make it an inviting place and a perfect place just to lounge about. By choosing the right furniture, décor, and accessories, your rooftop patio will be the envy of all.
 

  1. Show Off Your Views As Much As Possible

The entire reason to have a rooftop patio is to show off your view of the surrounding area. Whether that is for fireworks or just to see the city lights, you should arrange your rooftop patio in away to accommodate the view.
One option is to put in glass rails or panels so it won’t obstruct anything. Also, be sure you’re not getting in the way of the view when placing furniture, awnings or umbrellas.
An alternative possibility is using a glass enclosure. Although they’re more expensive, they’re also very worth the investment, especially since it will allow you to use your terrace year-round. Additionally, this will help the space capture more light, giving it the appearance of being more spacious.
 

  1. Choose The Right Furniture

You’ll have to think about the furniture that you’re going to use to decorate your rooftop patio. Make sure the furniture you buy matches to give a unified look to your outdoor space.
Hammocks and hanging chairs are very common for terraces, and for good reason – the are extremely comfortable. If you don’t have a lot of storage space available, we recommend choosing folding chairs and lounge chairs, and hammocks. That way, when you have to store them for the winter, they’ll hardly take up any space.
If you are particularly crafty, you could also consider making the furniture yourself, which is very common in rest and relaxation areas. Pallets are great for this project; you just have to sand them before using them. If you like its natural colour, you won’t even have to paint or coat them.
You’ll want to choose materials and a design that are made to last. Higher pitched roofs tend to last longer.  Also, keep in mind that some materials need more care than others, so think about that before buying. You’ll also want to consider the material. Natural fibres like rattan or wicker tend to look great outdoors. They add a simple and very natural touch.
 

  1. Using The Right Accessories On Your Rooftop Patio

We touched on this but in this section, we’ll dive a little deeper into how you should place your furniture and other objects. This is especially difficult if you have bulky furniture or space is limited. However, if you set up a small space well, it will make it look more spacious than it really is.
If you are one of the lucky ones to have a large rooftop balcony, you can try to divide it into the following sections:
Lounging area: you can use sofas, hammocks, chairs to gather with friends and family. Umbrellas will shade you from the harsh sunlight.
Eating area: set up chairs, sofa, some cushions, and a low table to have an afternoon snack, lunch or dinner.
Garden area: plants and trees are fundamental to greenify your rooftop patio. They will make your rooftop patio look natural and colourful.
Dividing: If you have enough space, you can divide your rooftop patio or terrace into zones which will give it a beautiful clean and organize look.
It’s important to keep the area tidy and in order so it’s inviting and appealing to your guests.
 

  1. Accessories Are Important

When it comes to accessorizing your rooftop patios, some extras you can add are pergolas, umbrellas or awnings. Sunlight hits rooftops more directly, so it’s important to protect yourself from the elements, especially if you plan to use them during the middle of the day.
Another thing we can add to our terrace are textiles, like cushion covers, which are essential accessories for the rooftop. You might also want to consider rugs, which are great for the rest and relaxation area. Just remember to take anything inside that you don’t want to get wet.
Lastly, consider light bulbs as they make great decorations and can allow you to stay late into the night even when the sun fades. You don’t have to get buy fancy or expensive lights but a few well placed soft-glow lights can really make a difference to the space.
 
             The Bottom Line
As you can see, decorating your rooftop patio doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to set it up in a way that takes advantage of the space and choose a decorative style that matches your tastes and, preferably, your home’s interior.
If you have a rooftop patio, you should make sure that it is well maintained by having a roof inspection at least once a year to ensure that you enjoy the space for years to come.
If you need a roof replacement from a reputable contractor, call our team at Cambie Roofing. We are happy to help with any questions you may have about rooftop patios.  We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs.

photo-1573912281387-729b138c0db7

5 Quick Tips to Spring Clean Your Roof

It’s almost March, and the weather is finally starting to warm up. As it starts to rain less, you’re probably getting ready for that dreaded spring cleaning when you clear out the garage, tidy up the basement, dust the windows, and overall get your home ready for sunny days.
While spring cleaning is important, there’s always one part of the house many people forget needs some spring cleaning attention too and that’s your roof!
Bad weather may have left your roof worse for wear, and there are a few things you can do to get it all tidied up for the rest of the year.
Here are some spring cleaning tips for your roof.
 
Check Your Guttering And Downpipes
The winter months can cause problems for your guttering, pipes and other drainage on your home and checking these as part of your roof top spring cleaning should be incorporated to avoid long term harm to your roof, walls, and structure.
If there’s been a lot of rain and wind then gutters and pipes may have become loose or detached through damaged joints and brackets. Also, the gutters can get clogged up from debris.
Moss, leaves and even loose shingles can be shifted in poor weather conditions and find their way into your drainage system. This debris can be the cause of blockages in the pipes which in turn can lead to inadequate drainage or overflowing water, and even flooding.
 
Damaging Tree Branches
If any branches fell on your roof over the winter, make sure to clear them off as soon as possible. You’ll probably be able to handle small twigs and branches by yourself, but you might consider calling a professional to take care of the larger ones. The longer they stay on your roof, the more likely they are to puncture holes through shingles, causing water damage and leaks.
It’s also a good idea to go around and trim any overhanging tree branches that could pose a problem in the future. If there are any looming over your roof that look like they might hit your roof, you’ll want to take care of them now that the weather is nice, and before they actually fall.
 
Wash Off Mold And Mildew
Mold and mildew can be very dangerous if they’re allowed to live on your roof. Make sure to check for signs of them.  You’ll see discoloured streaks on your roof if there’s anything growing. If you do see mold, you can treat the problem with a variety of solutions made to kill the growth. Generally you can pick these products up at your local hardware or roofing store.
 
Check Around Your Chimney and Vents
Be sure to check around the chimney and vents for signs of damage and disrepair that might have occurred through the winter weather. Heavy storms or fluctuations in temperature can have an effect on seals and flashing, shifting or damaging material which could lead to leaks in the future.
One easy thing you can do is go into your attic and check from the inside for any light which may be coming through cracks or gaps in the roof.
Lastly, if you have a skylight, you should inspecting around the edges for similar signs of damage.
 
Check for Broken or Missing Shingles
Snow, rain, storms and extreme temperatures can, cause shingles to degrade and become damaged. As the shingles are important for maintaining the watertight properties of your roof, it’s important to inspect for any areas where they may have broken or gone missing.
If possible, you want to repair or replace the shingles as soon as possible as water damage can be costly to repair. You can spot potential cracks or breakages in asphalt shingles as there will be areas or lines that appear black or darker than the rest.
Shingles that have come away altogether will likewise cause deficiency in the watertight properties of the roof, while also having the additional problem of potentially ending up in your gutter which, as we’ve discussed, can cause additional headaches.
 
Conclusion
We hope these tips help you treat and protect your roof and your home from damage. It can be time consuming and annoying, however, the more often you inspect and take care of your roof, the longer it will last, and the less you’ll have to spend on it over time.
If you’d like to have someone come out and inspect your roof for you, give the experts at Cambie Roofing a call. We’ll let you know how your roof weathered this winter, and we’ll fix any issues, no matter how big or small, as soon as possible. For more information, or to request a free repair estimate get in touch.