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 water ingress. Not only is it lighter than other slate tiles but just as tough, TruSlate® includes additional waterproofing coverage that other slate tiles simply cannot match. TruSlate® is also environmentally-friendly as slate is a 100% natural material.
Fiberglass Laminated Shingles
As we know, fiberglass is waterproof and used extensively on marine craft. The fiberglass core of these shingles helps empower the product with superior strength, thereby protecting it against moisture absorption. These fiberglass laminated shingles are both cost-effective and designed with the Vancouver climate in mind.
Fiberglass laminated shingles also offer strong yet flexible protection against falling branches and other debris.
It’s the type of roofing system that should withstand even the most challenging West Coast weather patterns.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is often a leading choice for both commercial and residential building owners. One of the leading benefits of metal roofing is that it’s treated to resist moisture-driven corrosion. This makes it exceptionally durable. Believe it or not, a homeowner who installs metal roofing materials on their Vancouver home can look forward to almost 40 years of protection.
And, with the area’s summers becoming hotter and dryer, many property owners are turning to fire-resistant materials like metal.
Flat Membrane Roofing Systems
Flat membrane roofing systems are designed for flat or nearly flat roofs to help stop rainwater from pooling and reduce the risk of leaks. This type of roofing is essential for many businesses, warehouses, condo buildings and standalone houses.
Made from synthetic rubber, modified bitumen or thermoplastic materials, the unique feature of these roofing systems is that they work to remove standing water.
Many Vancouver homes now have flat membrane roofs to replace asphalt ones that have rotted due to moisture intrusion.
Choose Roofing Material Based on Your Situation
For a roof that is directly under or close to tall trees and other plant life, choosing the roofing material becomes even more important. Rain washes onto the roof surface various kinds of sap, oils and dirt from the trees and these will try to eat away at the roof. For a roof well away from the trees and branches, the choices might be wider.
And then there is always the well-proven and popular asphalt shingles and cedar shingles and shakes. A professional Vancouver roofing company can handle them all.
Choosing the best roofing material for your home in the Greater Vancouver area needn’t be a challenge. You don’t need to be overwhelmed by choice and information. A chat with the right roofing experts will empower you, rather than confuse you, to select the best roofing material for your home.