Obviously a flat roof is designed differently from a peaked roof. A flat roof has a unique composition that is designed to ensure water doesn’t enter a property while being simple and strong to construct.
It is most commonly used on commercial properties as well as condos, but even on standalone houses.
This distinct design can sometimes make it tricky for Vancouver property owners to recognize the signs that a flat roof needs repair.
All flat roofs have to be able to hold water because of their flat surface. This type of roof does not allow for continuous drainage unlike sloped ones. Due to this, pooling water on a flat roof does not always mean it has been damaged. If pooling water dries up within 24 hours of Read Full Article »
In a previous blog, we looked at the importance of insulation in a roofing system. There are plenty of benefits in having quality work done to ensure that either warm or cool air is being kept in to increase your comfort in the home, depending on the season. What we might believe, therefore, that it is necessary to pack the attic or roof deck with as much insulation as possible, case closed.
The more material present, the higher the R-value, which in some ways does mean a more efficient house; unfortunately, this idea is a bit misguided. While having a good insulating product is extremely important, there needs to be another vital element at play to ensure that your home’s roof remains in good order and functions well.
Roof Ventilation: Count the Benefits
The rainforest climate of Vancouver requires homeowners to consider their choice of roofing materials carefully.
The continually moist conditions throughout much of the year can cause water pooling, sags, blockages, mildew, mold and accumulation of debris. Nobody wants that water to find a way through their roof.
While we all know the common roof materials like asphalt shingles and cedar shingles and shakes – and these are good –
Let’s look at some other quality products available:
TruSlate®, from manufacturers GAF, is a product that holds significant water protection advantages over many products on the market. The system features the UnderBlock UV & Moisture Barrier, which provides a strong layer of protection against Read Full Article »
Over the last decade, the skylight seemed to lose some of its allure with homeowners. But it is now making a comeback. Thousands of Canadians are seeking out the benefits of skylights and the beauty they can bring to their houses and lives.
However, it is important to note that while it is true that there are many benefits to having a skylight on your home, these are only experienced when the skylight is properly installed. So make sure to hire a professional roofing company for the job in order to avoid any leaks and spending more time and Read Full Article »
First-time homeowners often face a number of challenges during their first few years of property ownership. From plumbing problems to financial issues, day-to-day property maintenance can sometimes seem difficult to handle. But the most important thing to remember throughout is choosing the right expert help when you need it.
But how can homeowners decide who to trust for home maintenance work like roof repairs? Here, we’ll look at 5 tips for first-time Vancouver homeowners searching the market for a roofing contractor.
1. Ask for References Before Signing a Contract
Working with a contractor requires homeowners to place their trust in that company’s ability. It’s important that first-time owners ask roofing contractors for several references, and read testimonials, before agreeing on a project.
Also check the company’s portfolio of work. Speaking with previous clients can help you be sure the company is both professional and Read Full Article »
Homeowners spend quite a bit of money throughout the year to keep their home at optimum temperature. The tendency is to start cranking the heat up during the winter to ward off the chill and bring out the air conditioners when the summer heat sets in.
This delicate balancing act of keeping the home temperature constant regardless of the season translates into spending a lot of energy and money.
There should already be something inside your home that helps this regulation. And it does much more than just keep heat Read Full Article »
When it comes to building, there are many aspects to juggle simultaneously to ensure it is a success, such as getting materials, finding a reputable builder, and guaranteeing the site is ready for what is to come.
A homeowner has to consider a simple question: What can make this entire process a smooth one? There are tons of facets that point to a builder’s pedigree, mostly coming from word-of-mouth or online reviews. However, there is another and more prevalent way…
The Lower Mainland had some amazing sun and heat throughout this last season, meaning a fantastic time for many homeowners to act on some needed roofing work, including various repairs or a complete installation.
Rest assured; finding the right time to initiate some roofing solutions for your home is not a done deal for this year! If you’re convinced that the chances to schedule and carry out any roofing work on your home are basically limited to late spring and throughout the summer, think again.
An experienced Vancouver roofing contractor will know the best time to start up any particular residential job and how to take advantage of windows of opportunity that may actually be in the seemingly “off season.” Much depends on the nature of the work, how long it is expected to take to complete. Depending on the size and other requirements of the job, it may not be as weather-dependent as you imagine. Consulting your Vancouver roofing contractor about all of these factors is approach, as there are plenty of jobs that can be tackled very successfully throughout the fall and even during the winter months.
The Weather Factor for a Vancouver Roofing Contractor
Just one aspect that residential roofing companies need to take into account is the weather and planning around typical seasonal conditions. Given the temperate Read Full Article »
Every homeowner wants to make sure that their roof functions well and provides the utmost in protection. And this is the time of year when issues around leaking and water damage can begin to arise.
Most people tend to focus only on the visible aspects of a structure, not really thinking about what goes on beneath. True to the old “out of sight, out of mind” adage, it’s no different when it comes to roofing. What most homeowners tend to think about when discussing roof replacement of any kind is the uppermost, evident layer; they are often more concerned more with good looks than the role of what can’t be seen.
Right below the surface, however, sits one of the most important components of any roof system.
What is Roof Underlayment?
The Vancouver area has a multitude of different roof styles in practically every neighbourhood. Each one has their own design idiosyncrasies and specific materials required to keep it “healthy.” But one thing they all have in common is the need for good ongoing preventative roof maintenance to help keep concerns in check and avoid that dreaded, unexpected dripping sound, especially in the middle of the night.
In a city with an often torrential amount of rain spread out over a goodly part of the year, it can’t be stressed enough how important regular roof inspections become in keeping a roof problem-free. That’s why savvy owners know that maintaining the state of any structure means taking preventative roof maintenance steps before major issues arise.
However, we all know that the best laid plans don’t always pan out and therefore inspections don’t always get done. Meanwhile out of sight out of mind problems are developing undetected, and finally manifest as an issue requiringRead Full Article »