Roofing FAQ

How do I know for sure I need a new roof?

Older roofing shingles and wood shakes typically have a 15- to 30-year lifespan. This depends on the shingles’ quality, the location and tree cover of your home, and how well the roof was installed originally. Direct sunlight, weather/wind, and poor roof deck ventilation are rough on coastal roofs.

Though the CertainTeed, Malarkey and IKO shingles we use today have limited lifetime warranties, they did not a decade ago. We tell our customers that 12 years is a good rule of thumb to go by. At that point, check for these warning signs:

  • Curling shingles
  • Loss of the asphalt granulation (looks like bald spots)
  • Evidence of leaking on your ceilings
  • Cracked or discolored interior drywall (painted or wallpapered)
  • Decaying shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Visible cracks
  • Wind damage
  • Broken or damaged shingles
  • Rusted or missing flashing

If a residential roof is over 15 years old, we recommend you call us out for a look. Sometimes damage isn’t visible to the untrained eye on the ground, and catching it early can avoid expensive interior repairs in the future.

If I see any of these roofing warning signs, are we talking repair or total roof replacement?

This depends on whether the roofing shingles are past their prime or the original roofing contractor installed the roof system improperly. Perfectly good roofing shingles can be repaired if the damage hasn’t affected their integrity. If your roof shingles are old and decaying, it’s economically smarter to replace the entire roof.

How much does a new roofing cost?

Several factors go into determining the cost of your new roof. Roofing prices include the quality and professionalism of your roofing contractor; the brand, type and grade of roofing shingle you select; the size of your roof and the shape and slope of your roofline. Do not choose a roofing contractor on cost alone. Price is a factor, but not the only factor you should consider. Quality roofing material and contractor workmanship have value. Hiring the cheapest roofing contractor could cost more in the long run when you consider the cost to repair sub-par roofing and the damage it causes. Get a roofing estimate for an accurate idea.Kitsilano Roofing estimates are convenient and fair with no obligation.

How do I know what type of roofing shingle is best for my roof and my budget?

This is a roofing question where aesthetics and finances come into play. Having been a Vancouver roofing contractor for many years, I can recommend without hesitation CertainTeed, IKO and Malarkey shingles. For the vast majority of homes in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, these roofing shingles deliver the best value for the money and look for curb appeal.

Will I have to replace gutters and downspouts at the same time?

If your gutters and downspouts are in good shape, our roofing contractors will work around them. To avoid damaging them, we do not remove and reinstall them. If your gutters are in relatively good shape, but need minor repair, we can provide this service as well. Kitsilano Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor.

How long will it take a roofing company to install my new roof?

Of course there are variables that affect all roofing projects such as weather and unexpected surprises that come with the removal of the old product. Kitsilano Roofing contractors’ are completely finished with your new roof in two to four days which includes a full site clean and magnet sweep for leftover nails.