We have designed our website as a resource to answer your roofing questions. If you don’t find what you are looking for among the frequently asked questions, give us a call at 604-533-8322.
How expensive is a new roof?
The cost of a new roof varies greatly, depending on the size of the roof, the type of roof material, the slope of the roof, and the complexity of the job.
A large roof will simply cost more than a small one.
Metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but you will get many more years of life from a metal roof.
Possible scenarios of bigger jobs include one or more chimneys, skylights, and/or several different slopes such as a multi-gabled roof or an A-frame.
The best idea is to have a free estimate done that looks at the particulars of your home.
How long should a roof last?
A roof should last anywhere from 15 to 50 years. The lifespan of a roof depends on factors such as the type of product installed, the quality of the installation, the climate and whether the roof is properly ventilated.
How long does Cedar Shake Roof last?
The lifespan of a Cedar Shake Roof will vary depending on many factors, such as the quality of the cedar, the quality of the installation, the amount of foot traffic on the roof and the climate.
A premium grade heavy cedar shake roof should last between 20 to 30 years. However, due to the Lower Mainland’s damp, rainy climate, the majority of cedar roofs must be replaced after about 15 to 20 years.
How do you know when an asphalt shingle roof needs replacing?
One clear indicator that your roof may need replacing is the condition of the shingles. When shingles are missing or damaged, curled or buckled it’s definitely an indication that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.
Interlocking or three-tab shingle roofs generally need replacing after about 15 years in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.
How long does it take to install a new roof on my house?
The time it takes to install a new roof depends on the size and complexity of the job. In general, reroofing an average-sized house will take 1 to 3 business days.
Converting a roof from cedar shakes to asphalt will usually take 3 to 5 days.
What warranties do you offer?
We provide a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty on many of our products. Extended labour and material warranties are available upon request.
What does a lifetime warranty on my shingles mean?
Many roofing material manufacturers offer warranties which are generally pro-rated after a period of 5 to 10 years. One of the shingles we often recommend, GAF Timberline, when installed with the System Plus Warranty comes with 50-year material defects coverage.
How do I know if I need a replacement, or just a repair?
We offer free roof inspections and will come and assess your roof.
If you have specific damage, such as from animals or a tree falling, you don’t need your roof replaced. We can work with your existing roof to repair the damage.
If your roof is 15-20 years old and is exhibiting signs of wear and tear, it may be time to replace.
Our technicians will discuss all options with you to help you make the best decision for your circumstance.
If my roof is leaking, does this require a roof replacement?
Not necessarily. Often the problem causing the leak can be identified and repaired, if the roof itself is in good condition.
Can I replace my roof in the winter?
Yes. Especially in the mild climate of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia!
Temperature is rarely an issue for roofing in Vancouver and outlying areas. Safety is though. Our roofers do not work on roofs that are covered in snow, or when it is raining, due to the danger of slipping.
We also work around the weather so that an open roof will not be exposed to rain. In the case of rainfall after a roof has been removed, we will tarp it so it is watertight, and wait for a dry day to finish the job.
If I replace my roof, do I have to replace my gutters as well?
No, if the gutters are fine, they do not have to be replaced with the roof. If you have a hidden gutter system, it is part of the structure of the roof and will be replaced.
Do I need a permit to replace my roof?
A permit is usually not required for a homeowner to replace a roof.
How will you protect my landscaping during my roofing project?
All necessary steps are taken to protect property and landscaping. This may involve covering items with plywood, or removing items such as planters from the area.
Are metal roofs loud when it is raining?
This is a frequently asked question!
The answer is No – A properly installed metal roof, with a roof deck, insulation is not loud in the rain.
What areas do you service?
We work anywhere in the Lower Mainland, from Richmond to Chilliwack, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Abbotsford, Langley, and of course our hometown of Surrey.
Is it okay to re-roof over old shingles?
This is not recommended and would not meet roofing industry standards.
Have any other questions? Please feel free to contact us and we would be more than happy to answer your questions.