Entries by Shane Cooper

Roof Repair, Roof Maintenance, and Roofing Contractors

Do you need a new roof for your home? Did you know that your roof in one of the most critical parts of your house? It protects your family and your belongings from whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you - rain, snow, hail or shine. Your roof is a significant part of what is undoubtedly the single most significant investment you will ever make in your life, so when problems arise, or routine maintenance is due, professional attention is called for. An experienced and reliable roofing contractor can deal with those small things correctly that if left unattended can turn into a significant concern. Leaks, dipping, buckling and damaged shingles can all quickly lead to a more massive repair bill if left unattended. So whether your roof just needs a checkup, some minor repairs or if it’s in need of something more significant, get quality service from a roofing contractor you can trust. Contact us today.

Cooper Roofing Vancouver
1285 W Broadway #600, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8
(604) 674-0319

How to Add Years of Life to Your Vancouver Roof and Save Money


Being from the west coast, we are blessed with beautiful snow capped mountains and lush green forests all around. On the other side of the spectrum, you can probably count the number of days it's not raining with one hand in the winter season. We have been dubbed the "wet coast" and become accustomed to the weather.

However, our roofs take a beating through the seasons. They are relentlessly slammed with massive amounts of rain through the fall and winter. Once spring hits, they think the suffering is over. A sigh of relief is taken to celebrate a victory, but then summer approaches. The blazing heat tests the many shingles and preys on any exposed asphalt and aged cedar. Over the years, moss and algae begin to spawn and flourish on your roof. They move in and invite their friends to join the party.

Once these green patches grow to a certain size, they have the potential to bond to the shingles, and if they are removed, sections of granules may come along with them. The problem is the ceramic coated granules protect the asphalt layer from UV rays. Once the asphalt is exposed to the elements the lifespan of your roof is significantly decreased. If the left is, moss retains moisture and accelerates the deterioration process on your shingles.

Most shingle manufacturers provide a 10-year warranty on algae resistance. The shingles are treated with algicide which helps fight off the growth of algae for about ten years. Once the algicide has worn away, your roof is open season for a free-for-all of algae spores to collect. Once the algae have fought its way through the limestone, it begins to dislodge granules and expose the asphalt.

Now you must be thinking, what can I do? Well, you can be a friendly Canadian and let the baby fungi grow up to be significant and robust adult fungi, or you can take action.

If you enjoy doing it yourself and are brave enough to set up a ladder and walk along your roof, there are various roof cleaner products on the market that can be used to fight moss, algae, and mildew. If you feel more comfortable on the ground, seek out a professional roofing contractor in your area to provide an assessment and maintenance plan for your roof.

These products can be applied to your roof every 1-3 years and fight off existing moss, mildew, and algae while helping with future prevention. Some sprays can be attached directly to your garden hose and have a long range like Spray & Forget or you may need to purchase a light duty sprayer which will not affect the integrity of your roof. Make sure any products used are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and NOT filled with any toxic chemicals such as chlorine or bleach. These can damage your shingles, gutters and kill gardens. High-powered pressure washers can remove granules on asphalt shingles and the treatment on cedar shakes. They also have potential to penetrate behind or under metal flashing, and vents so stay clear of using these to clean your roof.

Maintaining your roof isn't just about bragging to the neighbors about how pristine your roof looks. Regular roof maintenance will add many years of life to your roof and save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Roof Repair Vancouver BC

Cooper Roofing Vancouver
1285 W Broadway #600, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8
(604) 674-0319

Why Hire A Premium Vancouver Roofing Company?


This project is not your everyday roof. Most roofing companies would shy away from something this difficult or take on the job without the expertise.

  • The slope is extremely steep
  • There are many sections and the roof is cut up
  • Luxury shingles are installed (CertainTeed Landmark TL - 25% heavier than the standard shingle)
  • Two applications are required; torch-on and asphalt shingles

When dealing with a steep roof and many cut-up sections proper preparation and care is required. Jacks and planks must be set up every 4-6 feet as the installers work their way up the roof. Wearing the proper safety equipment and being tied off to a secure anchor point is critical to ensure the safety of the workers. The time must be taken to ensure each transition and metal flashing is done correctly. Some may try to rush through a small section take longer.

Applying shingles correctly on a steep slope requires a level of attention and skill which may take 15-20+ years to master. The shingles must be held at all times to ensure they do not slide down and create a crooked or angled roof line. The nails must be fastened between a 1.5-inch section or less or else the shingle should be replaced. Too high and the nails are only fastened to one layer of shingle instead of two. Too low and the nails may be exposed which will lead to corrosion and leaking down the road. On an angle and the nails may not be fully fastened to the decking. If the air pressure is set too high on the nailing gun, the nails could puncture completely through the shingles. If the pressure is too low, the nails may not fully penetrate the decking and damage the shingle applied over top. And I could go on, but I'll keep this short. The point is carelessness and inexperience can cause future problems. It is key to have a trusted, reputable company take care of your roof so you don't have to.

There are few roofers that are experts in a torch-on application and shingle application. Many crews specialize in one area. Be sure to check credentials in both forms and ensure the company you are working with has a minimum 2-million dollar liability to cover fire damage.

The CertainTeed Landmark TL (triple laminate) shingle is a luxury item. It's 25% thicker than the standard shingle and has three layers instead of two. The thickness increases the life while the triple layer provides a high profile look similar to cedar shakes. However, the price premium of 20-35% on the total job cost is what scares people away. When cutting through these shingle it takes more cuts and more time. When fastening these shingles on a steep slope, you must pay close attention so they do not drop. The tired, burnt out installer will lose focus and the attention to detail will suffer.

Want to avoid any leaks? Want to rest easy because you know you have a correctly installed roof? Don't want to replace damaged drywall, plywood, and insulation? Then pay the premium for the company you KNOW will complete the job accurately and keep your life simple.

Roofing Contractors Vancouver

Cooper Roofing Vancouver
1285 W Broadway #600, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8
(604) 674-0319