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What Causes a Cedar Roof to Warp?

Cedar is among the top options when you’re considering protecting the roof of your home. But it is flawed; the wood tends to warp with age (around five years) if not maintained well. How do you know when cedar roof is having trouble? Check for unevenness in the profile, colorlessness, and growth of moss.

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Reasons behind warping The declining preservative

The first reason has something to with the preservatives in the cedar shake. The chemical begins wearing away approximately five years in service. From that moment onwards, the roof entirely exposed to the insults of nature. The mix of these events sets in the process of warping and eventual rot.

Effect of UV Rays

The exact way UV radiations harm your skin, they can do the same on your home’s roof. Sadly, you don’t have sunscreens for the roof. Not even the clouds can protect it. Constant exposure to UV rays strips the preservative eventually causing the cedar to warp.

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Too much moisture filtration

The susceptibility of the roof to moisture absorption during highly humid days increases drastically as the preservative wears off. Other forms of roof damage such as strong winds and falling debris can further escalate rotting and warping.

Moss, mold, and mildew

With sustained moisture filtration, the growth of fungus or moss on and beneath the cedar shakes becomes inevitable. Since such extensions require moisture to survive and keep spreading the cedar will warp and rot over time if the condition continues existing.

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Recommended that homeowners with cedar shakes on their roofs treat them once every five years to restore the preservative. Not only does it improve the appearance of the roof but also prevents it from rotting and warping into an ugly. Our Cedar-Life division has the required treatment services. Hire our Vancouver roofing services.

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Cooper Roofing Vancouver
600-1285 W Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8
(778) 773-3124


How Long Do Roofs Last On Houses?

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Knowing the signs of an unstable roof is a must! These tips from Cooper Roofing can help you to protect your valuable investment, save you thousands of dollars in roofing repairs and keep your family and belongings safe.

These are ten critical signs that your roof may need some attention or repairs:

Age – In all probability, your roof isn’t as secure as it should be if it’s over 20 years old.

Loose or Missing Shingles – These can lead to several other potentially dangerous and costly problems for any Vancouver homeowner. A cold winter or strong winds are two of the most significant causes of loose shingles.

Exposed or Loose Nails – The nails holding your roof together can become loose over time, as the material starts to wear away with age. This, in turn, can lead to problems with the roof’s structure.

Granules – The shingles on your roof may be starting to wear away if you notice granules in the guttering on your house.

Light Leaking Into Attic – You probably have a hole somewhere in your roof if you notice sunlight streaming into your attic. A hole in the roof can lead to various other issues including ventilation issues, or damage from water and insect infestations.

Missing Or Broken Flashing – A leaking roof may be a problem, or the weatherproofing ability of your roof can be affected if the flashing is missing or broken.

Worn Or Dirty Areas – You may be experiencing a structural problem with your roof if you see signs of wear and tear, or your roof looks dirty all the time. It may be time to replace your roof; a lot of roofs naturally lose their good looks as they get older.

Curling Or Cracked Shingles – Again, it may be time to think about putting down a new roof if you notice cracked tiling or curling or split wood. All of these signs mean that your roofing Vancouver is coming to the end of its natural life.

Peeling Or Blistering Paint – The ventilation in your attic may be damaged, and it may be time for some severe roofing repairs if you spot blistering or peeling paint inside or outside.

Water Damage On Inside Walls Or Ceiling – It isn’t a good sign if you see water spots or damp spots on your ceiling or walls, as you may be looking at severe structural damage if the water starts to eat away at the trusses. Humidity building up because of ventilation problems can cause dampness, as can a leaking roof.

It’s important to understand that the above list isn’t all-inclusive, and you may need to carry out some roofing repairs if you notice seemingly random variations in your energy bills or a sagging roof.

For all your roofing needs, contact Cooper Roofing at 778-773-3124 and make sure the value and safety of your home aren’t under threat.

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Cooper Roofing Vancouver
600-1285 W Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8
(778) 773-3124


Why Metal Roofing Isn’t As Loud As You Think

Let’s do away with this myth from the very outset: Metal roofing isn’t any louder than traditional shingle roofing. I know exactly what you’re thinking – it’s a crisp, cool day in the fall. The clouds are beginning to roll in, and the wind is starting to pick up speed. You’ve just raked up of all the leaves in your front yard, and a single glance at the darkening sky has convinced you to put off working in the backyard until a later date.

You might get lucky enough to have the wind blow every remaining leaf right into your neighbor’s yard. After pouring yourself a steaming cup of cider, you nestle down into the couch and get ready to watch a movie. Thunder cracks and the wind starts howling. Acorns and other debris from local trees fall noisily onto your roof with a sound that echoes all throughout the living space like the strike of stilettos moving across a tile floor. You issue a sigh and then increase the volume on your TV. No foul. But, the rain starts to fall harder and even though it’s only rain, it sounds as though your metal roof is being pelted with hail.

What once sounded like running stilettos on tile now sounds like a veritable army of fashionistas racing around right above you. It sounds like machine guns are being used to blast nails into the metal roof. It’s not possible to hear anything that’s being said on the TV, and you’re beginning to go mad with frustration. And the only thing to blame is the metal roof that your roofer has installed, right?

Wrong. When you purchase a metal roof for your home, this scenario isn’t something that you’re going to experience.

There won’t be any pulling of your hair, using earplugs, or looking for properties in locations that have little to no rainfall each year. Metal roofing is no louder than shingle roofing. Although you won’t be straining your ears to hear what your spouse says whenever the rain starts to pick up, you’ll absolutely love the resulting decrease in your energy bill.

In addition to being much less expensive in the long run, a metal roof is far more durable, it will last a lot longer than shingle roofing, and it can make your house a lot more efficient overall.

So how is metal roofing quieter? Well, we have all made a noise maker from a tin can in the past, and we aren’t exactly dumb. Metal is loud, but when used in roofing, other roofing materials are used along with it to help mute the sounds that metal produces.

Original metal roofs were noticeably louder, but in their day, these roofs were little more than a thin, metal sheet placed directly on the rafters. Metal roofing is currently far different from this.

Now, special insulation is used in conjunction with metal roofing materials to mute excess noise. There are folds within the metal shingles that are deep-textured to limit the “pinging” noise that metal is known to produce. Moreover, the airspace between the attic and roof along with built-in ventilation will absorb the majority of the sound that occurs when anything hits the roof. If there isn’t sufficient room for creating airspace, additional layers of padded material will be installed to reduce noise pollution.

When a roofer uses solid sheathing during the insulation process, this will absorb sound more effectively than shingled roofing. So no, your home isn’t gone to sound like a veritable drum line during a rainstorm. With a metal roof, you’ll barely hear the sound of the rain at all. Researchers found that there’s only a six-decibel difference between shingle and metal roofing and that the human ear won’t register sounds until they exceed at least eight decibels.

While we’re talking about metal roof myths, let’s go ahead and debunk several more. If you aren’t already struggling with poor reception in your home, then having metal roofing isn’t going to negatively affect your cell phone reception. More likely, you’re probably already using your mobile phone in restaurants, offices and stores that have metal roofs, and without experiencing any reception issues.

Second, metal roofing will not make your house into an easy target for lightning. While metal conducts electricity, lightning is not attracted to it – it is instead attracted to the highest objects in the sky, and thus, utility poles, antennas, and even trees will be much taller than the highest point of your roof.

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Cooper Roofing Vancouver
600-1285 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8
(778) 773-3124