Many new homes in high-end neighbourhoods are being built to Spec with Rubber Roofs. Permanent Roofs are a great investment. Rubber roofs are not only permanent as a roofing material but they are also permanent in their aesthetics. Over time they do not fade like Cedar. They do not dent ding or warp like metal. They do not wash off like Asphalt. They are a great alternative for anyone looking for a long-term roofing material for their next home or roof replacement.
This is a roofing material that both looks great and protects your investment. Because it does not need to be replaced for 50-70 years. The cost of replacing the roof does not need to be factored in when you sell the home in 15-25 years. As inflation goes, the roof becomes worth more over time! The smart Money goes with Rubber EVERY TIME!
Now comes the easy part... installing the cedar shakes. We prefer HAND SPLIT shakes, not tapersawns. This means one side of the shake is split with the grain of the wood. It gives it a rougher more uneven shape. Each piece is unique but meets a certain minimum grade of quality. The grain of the wood has oils that prevent water penetration. Tapersawn wood has all the cut fibers that actually slow down the water flow off of each shake. If you take a piece of each and run a tap over them. You will see the difference.
Valleys are CUT AWAY from the roof and placed. Not cut in the valley. It is much faster to place the wood then cut up the valley with a skilsaw - however one little nick and you have a valley with a cut in it. Sargeants Roofing also ONLY uses W metal valleys. Note the grey metal in the center, has a bend in the middle to reduce the "Sloshing" of water back and forth as it goes down towards the troughs. This acts like a break from the water coming in from each side.
First we prep the roof deck with a synthetic underlayment and install horizontal sheathing. This would be considered a minimum. For some applications we will install vertical runners underneath those. That run up and down the roof. This allows cool air to get under at the base of the roof. The synthetic underlayment under the horizontal boards is also optional. The idea is that we want to give each row of cedar shakes a solid piece of wood to be nailed into. This prevents any movement in the cedar and allows air flow under neath. CEDAR NEEDS TO BREATHE!
Joe finishing his last estimate - getting dark outside. Because every estimate comes with a full complimentary roof inspection. It takes us a good hour to quote a roof. This ensures the price will never go up or change mid job. Because we know what is going on with every aspect of your roof and take lots of notes.
When BP Canada released their new shingle design. We were one of 3 contractors called on to install the first run out of the factory, and give our opinion. Here we have the General manger of our distributor, our local rep, and the BP Manufacturers scientific team all discussing the shingle with Joe.