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How Often Should I Have My Roof Inspected?

By | Roof Inspection

Summer is a busy time for roofing contractors, especially in Vancouver. Long stretches of rainless days make it ideal to do large scale roof replacements and repairs. Many of these jobs are booked long in advance because the building owners stick to a strict inspection and maintenance schedule. They get their roofs inspected regularly, fix problems as they arise and know that staying ahead of roofing issues is a worthwhile investment.

Roof inspections are just that investments that save you money in the long run. Roofs undergo a great deal of year-round wear and tear. They are exposed to the elements and have to withstand whatever comes their way, from drastic swings in temperature to weather systems like wind and rain storms, hail and even snow these days. And roofs are tasked with the very important job of keeping the contents of a building, including the people living in it, safe and dry.

Roof Inspections Are Important

Roofs are made to last years. Depending on the materials used, they should hold up for at least a decade. But problems can arise unexpectedly. So, how often should you have your roof inspected?

The general answer is that you should have a professional inspect your roof at least once per year, with the building owner performing regular, year-round care, especially after bad weather.

Usually, the spring or fall are when most people hire professional roofers to do thorough roof inspections. In the spring, roofers will assess whether or not there has been any damage from the previous rainy weather. In the fall, repairs can be made before the rain starts.

Its also important for homeowners to keep an eye on things between professional inspections, and to clear away any debris or hazards that might cause an issue. Some of the things to look out for include:

  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Spreading moss or algae
  • Cracked or missing sealant and caulk
  • Damaged, loose, buckling or hanging gutters
  • Evidence of a crumbling chimney
  • Overgrown trees and rotted branches nearby

If you notice any of these issues, either take care of them with safety in mind and taking precautions if youre climbing ladders or walking on the roof. If the problem seems serious, or if it requires skills beyond what you possess or is in a spot that you dont feel comfortable accessing, call a professional right away.

Another important type of inspection a homeowner can perform is to keep an eye on things from inside your home, always watching for discolouration if it appears in patches on the ceiling. This could point to a serious problem that might not be visible from the outside. However, if you have a professional performing your roof inspection, they should be able to catch these problems.

Roofs dont fix themselves, problems only get worse in time so its imperative to catch them early on. Roof inspections should be added to a part of an annual maintenance schedule, much like car maintenance or an annual check-up with your doctor.

If you would like to book a roof inspection or have any questions about your roof, give us a call. Our roof professionals at Taves Roofs are always happy to help.


What Happens if it Rains During Roof Repairs?

By | Leaky Roof, Vancouver Rain

In a city like Vancouver, youve simply got to face the fact that rain happens. Its a part of life, and a big part at that. In 2017, there were 154 days of rain and in 2016 the number of rainy days was a whopping 186. Thats pretty much half the year! As roofers, the rain is something weve had to learn to deal with. Of course, roofing in the rain is certainly not ideal, but roofers cant take half the year off. (Although, wouldnt that be nice?) For those of you thinking ahead to schedule roofing services or others that need emergency repairs, you might be wondering: What happens if it rains during roof repairs?

leaky attic ceiling house man fish cartoonIts a question we get asked a lot. And the answer varies, depending on a few factors.

We do closely watch the weather report and try to plan around it. Our busiest time of year is in the summer, and thats when we schedule the largest jobs that need the longest stretches of dry weather.

On the other hand, many emergency situations happen because of the rainstormy weather knocks a tree onto a roof, or a leak gets noticed because its been raining for a week.

So what happens when the weather changes quickly or there is an emergency repair needed?

Here are some scenarios and how we handle them in Vancouvers rainy climate.

RELATED: How To Prevent A Leaky Roof

Flat Roofs

To replace a flat roof, we must tear off the old one before putting on the new one. Occasionally we will scrape down the old roof and apply a new layer of asphalt primerdepending on the condition of what were working with. Next we add the new membrane on top, and use roofing sealant around edges like chimneys, vents, skylights and fans.

As you can imagine, when we tear off the old roof, we need dry weather. If the weather looks questionable in any way whatsoever, well reschedule or work section by section so that if clouds do suddenly roll in, we wont be in too much trouble.

Shingled Roofs

ShingleMaster CertificationFor shingled roofs that need repairs or replacing, we first tear off the old shingles and underlay. We try to remove them all in a day, or if its a large job, we approach it in sections.

Then we usually install a waterproof synthetic underlay, which is great for keeping out any surprise showers. After that, we nail down the shingles and, if we do our job properly (which we always do!), the roof will be ready to face any and all weather conditions.

If a storm causes major damage like a fallen tree or torn shingles, call a roofer as soon as you can. Theres not much that can be done in middle of the storm but at least a professional can come and assess the damage as soon as possible.

During extreme weather or if theres severe damage, the most important thing is to stay safe. Its best to stay inside and wait out the storm, and take precautions when assessing damage (or wait for a professional to arrive).

If you need a roof replacement or repairs, even in the rain, dont hesitate to call. Were here to help, no matter the weather.

Most Popular Roof Types in Maple Ridge

By | Flat roof, Maple Ridge, Roof Replacement, Roofing

Most people think a roof is just a roof, but each one has something unique to it. Every roof has been carefully designed for the size and shape of the building. And the materials used are chosen to both withstand the elements and to satisfy certain aesthetic preferences.

The roofs you’ll find in a city like Maple Ridge, for example, will last through rainy seasons, and will match up with a common aesthetic you often find in residential and commercial neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland.
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A Brief History of Roofing

By | Blog, Roofing Materials

Having a roof over our heads is a basic human need. It dates back to primitive times, having shelter can mean the difference between life and death. In fact, the first rule of survival is to build a shelter. We simply can not survive for long if exposed to the elements.

Ok, that’s a bit grim. Let’s lighten it up and talk about The Evolution of Roofing. Like anything, roofing materials have changed over time. They have evolved for aesthetics, durability, availability, and efficiency. So, why don’t we take a trip down memory lane to see where we’ve come from and imagine where we might go next when it comes to the beautiful world of roofing.
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How to Prevent Roofing Leaks in Maple Ridge BC

By | Blog

If you’ve ever felt the dread that comes from hearing that terrible drip… drip… drip… sound, you’ll know how stressful a leaky roof can be. Not only can it be an indication of other far more serious structural problems in your roof, but it can also lead to health problems for you and your loved ones because of mold and mildew buildup.

Now that the leaves are almost gone, and winter will soon be here, it’s essential to take measures to prevent leaky roofs. Places like Maple Ridge are not called Rainy Haney for nothing; the average rainfall is 1577 mm (that’s 620 inches)!
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Porch Roof Replacement: Is It Time?

By | Maple Ridge, Roof Replacement, Vancouver

Our Vancouver Weather Can Accelerate The Need To Replace That Roof On Your Porch

Is there anything better than sitting on a porch? There’s something special about these wonderful spaces—half indoor, half outdoor, and the perfect place to listen to a Vancouver rainstorm or to enjoy a cup of coffee on a lazy weekend morning.

A porch is the perfect place to watch the world go by, but, like anything, in order to make them last, they need upkeep. Roofs especially need some regular attention and care. And eventually, they will need replacing.
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Commercial Flat Roof Replacement: Things To Consider

By | Commercial Roof, Flat roof, Maple Ridge, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor

Our Guide To Commercial Flat Roof Replacements

No matter how well you care for your roof, eventually it will need replacing. There are, of course, many things you can do to keep that day at bay: perform regular inspections, fix small problems as they arise, and keep it clean and clear of debris.

But sooner or later, a roof will need replacing. And if you have a flat roof, there are specific things you’ll need to consider. The more you pay attention to the following points, the longer your flat roof will last.

So here’s a short guide of things you’ll need to keep in mind for a flat roof replacement.
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Flat Roof Replacement Or Repair Tips

By | Flat roof, Roof Inspection, Roof Repairs, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor

Tips For Your Commercial Flat Roof Replacement

We recently read a great quote: If you take care of your roof, it will take care of you. A simple sentence that sums up the cardinal rule of roofing.

Roofs come in many different forms and vary depending on both climate, and the preferences of the designer or homeowner. But whether it’s a pitched roof or flat, all roofs require care and attention. And the better a person cares for their roof, the longer it will last, the more money they will save, and the fewer headaches they will suffer.

We’re going to focus on flat roofs in this post, and offer some advice on how to check for signs of damage and what to do if damage is noticed.

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Common Roof Problems and When to Call A Roofing Contractor

By | Roof Repairs, Roofing Contractor, Vancouver

Do I Need To Call A Roofing Contractor?

Roofs are arguably the most important component of a house. Without them, or at least a properly functioning one, the whole structure is compromised.

Keeping a roof in good condition and spotting problems before they become disasters, will save a home owner time and money in the long run. While many people are tempted by a do-it-yourself approach, it is not always the best idea. Roofing problems usually require a roofing contractor to fix in order to make sure it’s done properly, and for insurance and warranty purposes.

The sooner a home owner can spot a problem, the easier it will be to fix. Here are some common roofing problems to watch out for.
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