How to Repair Roof Shingles

August 17th, 2018

How to Repair Roof ShinglesSo your roof is leaking and you are hoping that there are some easy to follow do it yourself repairs that will stop said leaking.  Knowing how to repair roof shingles is helpful even for a new roof because it is not uncommon for roofs to develop leaks before the entire roof needs to be replaced.  In cases such as these, a home owner with the right tools and a handyman’s intuition may well be able to repair a leak and save the cost of hiring professional roofers.  Small leaks caused by localized damage such as broken or missing shingles can usually be fixed quite easily.  In fact, the most difficult part of repairing roof shingles is locating the leak.  One you have found the leak, single roofs tend to be the easiest to fix. 

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Avoid Major Roof Repairs

June 7th, 2018

Roof Inspection Techniques

Roofing contractors will tell you that one of the leading contributing factors to roof deterioration is improper maintenance. Homeowners often expect that their roof is in good condition if it can survive major weather events; but if you have to wait for a storm to learn that it needs repairs, you’ve waited too long. Even minor leaks during a moderate rainstorm may be a sign of more significant problems; and since your roof provides important structural support to your home and protection to your belongings, it is vital that you ensure it is cared for properly.

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Best Roofing Materials for British Columbia

March 5th, 2018

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The leaky condo crisis of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s provides plenty of proof that construction materials and methods can have a major impact on the overall condition and quality of your home.  Living in British Columbia means that you likely experience more rain in a few months than most climates experience in an entire year.  Yet, if you’re wondering which the best roofing materials for British Columbia are, there are no simple answers.  Indeed, British Columbia offers a very diverse climate, and many regions face a great deal of rain as well.  So, if you’re asking yourself which roofing materials are the best, speak to a qualified roofing contractor in your city.

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Best Commercial Roofing Products

January 19th, 2017

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In general, commercial and industrial building feature flat roofs, but that’s not to say all flat roofs are the same.  There are a number of flat roof options for commercial and industrial buildings and each have their pros and cons.  Perhaps one of the best commercial roofing products today is the sprayed polyurethane foam roof, though it is not commonly installed.  Built-up roofs, modified bitumen roofs, PVC roofing, and single ply EPDM roofing structures tend to be more popular.  Let’s take a look at each of these roofing products and some of their benefits and disadvantages.

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Re-Cover or Replace a Roof?

December 22nd, 2016

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Roofing systems are integral to the structure and protection of any commercial building and by extension your business.  As such, they are built for long-term durability and feature high performance materials and components in their construction.  Nevertheless, no roofing system lasts forever, particularly in climates that receive a diversity of inclement weather.  So, when your commercial roof is showing signs of wear and tear, how can you tell if it’s time to re-cover or replace your roof?

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Roof Repair Cost

November 22nd, 2016

Roof Repair Cost

Roof maintenance is important, no matter the cost.  As one of the most structurally significant aspects of your home, keeping your roof in tip top condition also helps you protect your home and your belongings.  Indeed, a quality roof does more than just keep the rain out.  The structural integrity of your roof is important for insulation too.  In other words, your roof keeps your home dry and warm!  So, if you’ve discovered a leak and a professional roofer is recommending repairs, follow their advice – the costs associated with roof repair are usually a fraction of the cost of replacement.

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When Should You Replace Roof Flashings?

September 21st, 2016

When Should You Replace Roof Flashings?

Your roof is a major structural component of your home (or any building for that matter), and one that requires regular maintenance and repairs in order to preserve optimal functioning.  With respect to shingled roofs, shingle replacement is a common repair.  Sometimes you’ll replace an entire roof, while other times you’ll need only to conduct repairs to a portion of your roof.  Because roofing repairs and/or replacements constitute a sizeable investment, you want to take every precaution to prevent major repairs.  So, let’s turn our attention to flashing and the integral role it plays in protecting your roof.

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Best Time to Reroof a House

August 22nd, 2016

Best Time to Reroof a House

The reality of the roofing industry is such that no matter the time of year you can get a roof replacement if you really need it.  That being said, a reroofing is a major project that is best scheduled for a convenient time rather than left for an emergency.  Why?  Simply put, if you try to schedule a roofing project (reroofing or repairs) during a roofer’s busiest season, you are likely to pay a premium for the work.  On the other hand, if you take care to maintain your roof and schedule regular inspections, you will be in a better position to schedule a roof replacement during your roofer’s off season.  This usually means the labour costs are lower.  So, when is the best time to reroof a house?

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How Much Should You Pay for a New Roof?

July 21st, 2016

How Much Should You Pay for a New Roof?

The roof on your home is not only important for providing protection and shelter, but it is also one of the most structurally significant parts of the building.  Therefore, it is especially important that you keep your roof in good condition which will require regular maintenance and repairs as well as the occasional replacement.  Unfortunately, roofing work is also among the most expensive to undertake, so how much should you pay for a new roof?

First, it’s important to understand that there are many factors that will affect the cost of a new roof.  Some of these factors include:

  • The size of your roof
  • The pitch of your roof
  • The type of roof and materials used
  • Your geographic location
  • The presence of roofing fixtures (i.e. skylights, chimneys, or pipes)
  • Hourly contractor rates
  • The nature of replacement (i.e. scheduled versus emergency)

As you can see, it can be very difficult to provide an estimate of roofing costs without more details about your particularly roof.  Nevertheless, the average roof replacement in North America runs between $5000-7000 which represents a sizeable investment for most homeowners.  Sometimes roofing repairs are an adequate and much more affordable solution to leaks or damage; and still, there are some circumstances under which you should consider getting a new roof.

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Commercial Roofing Material Options

June 21st, 2016

Commercial Roofing Material Options

Commercial roofing is a much more complicated industry than many of us are aware.  Though there are 2 standard types of commercial roof – low slope and steep slope – there are actually a wide range of materials utilized in commercial roofing.  We’ll consider these two main types of commercial roof, if only to help organize the discussion.  But, before we start, let’s define low slope and steep slope roofs.

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