Ask the Experts: How to Prevent a Leaky Roof

Written by on April 15th, 2013

Your roof is one of the trickiest components of your home to maintain. In order to ensure that your roof is performing properly, you have to ensure it is inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Neglected roofs are the primary cause of water infiltration and premature building envelope failure. In our climate the last thing you want is water pouring into your home in the middle of our rainy winters!Macbeth Roofing & Waterproofing

Here are 3 easy steps to ensure your roof is not leaking:

Visual Inspection – The first thing to do is make sure that when it rains there are:

  • No visible water stains marks on your ceilings
  • No water drops on your hardwood floors or carpets
  • No buildup of moss & mildew on the exterior of your roof
  • No water flowing over the side of your eaves trough or decks
  • No odd musty smells lingering on the top floor of your home

Yearly Maintenance – Every fall (Nov & Dec are the best months) it is important to:

  • Remove all debris off your roof with a broom or air pressure (certain roofs can be pressure washed)
  • Clean out your deck drains, eaves trough and flush out your downpipes & drain tiles
  • Inspect all roofing materials for signs of premature aging (i.e. curling shingles or separating seams)
  • Ensure chimney, venting and skylight are securely fastened & unobstructed
  • Perform routine maintenance: shingle/shake replacement, metal shimming, hot weld seams, etc.

Proactive Replacement

Your roof typically comes with a 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 year warranty. These warrantees cover the roofing materials & installation. However, most roof leaks occur due to the weather (wind and rain storms) or mischievous animals and not due to faulty workmanship or roofing materials.

Even if you have a number of years left on your roofs warranty, it is often wise to be proactive and have your roof replaced. Different regions of Vancouver will age your roof sooner than other regions due to higher amount of rain per year (i.e. Vancouver roofs age quicker than White Rock roofs and North Shore roofs age quicker than Vancouver roofs).

If you are proactive the chance of having a leaky roof is greatly reduced! Make sure that you have done everything you can to protect your largest investment from our windy and rainy winter season.
If any of the tips mentioned above seem overwhelming, contact your roofing professionals to inspect your roof or sign you up for a regular roof maintenance package to give you the peace of mind that the water stays on the outside of your home!

Have a question about your roof? Just call the experts!

If you have any questions about your roof or need another opinion on your roof’s health, give Macbeth Roofing & Waterproofing a call at 778-374-0333 or visit their website at You’ll be glad you did!


Macbeth is now COR certified!

Written by on February 14th, 2013

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COR (the Certification of Recognition program) is implemented by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and recognizes and rewards employers which are committed to workplace safety.

In order to become eligible for certification, the employer must meet a strict set of safety guidelines and implement a Corporate Health & Safety Program. The Health & Safety Program and the company are then rigorously examined by an authorized COR Auditor, in order for the company to be considered COR certified, with annual audits conducted thereafter to ensure the maintenance and improvement of the program.

The purpose of the COR program is to create a corporate culture of safety for companies, particularly those in high risk industries.  The concept is that if there is a culture of safety, then workers are less likely to engage in unsafe work practices and more likely to recognize hazards, preventing injury. The incentive for employers is to minimize injuries, lost time and loss of property, while receiving deductions on their WorkSafe BC assessment.

According to WorkSafe BC, in 2011 over 141,000 injuries were reported, of which 190 were fatalities – a majority of which were preventable. It is important that everyone be held to higher standards of safety for themselves, their coworker and their employees and the COR certification program is aimed at doing just that.

Keep your roof protected with Macbeth’s Lifetime VIP Membership

Written by on January 28th, 2013

For a limited time only, we are offering a lifetime VIP membership for only $199.00+tax per building or home (valued at $499+tax), which offers you the following:

*Certain conditions apply. Please contact us for details.

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We cannot stress enough, the importance of roof maintenance, particularly in this wet Vancouver climate! The roof of the house is, after all, what offers your whole home protection. Depending on the roof type, usage, age and complexity, roof maintenance programs are designed to maximize the life cycle of the roof while minimizing the costs involved. The purpose is to protect one of your most valuable investments and avoid any nasty surprises, such as leaks, mold or stains.

Macbeth Roofing & Waterproofing provides high quality residential and commercial roofing services in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Our skilled team is trained to provide thorough inspections, detailed estimates and durable installations. We are experts in roofing maintenance, roofing repairs and new roof installations. We are also COR Safety Certified for your peace of mind.

For more information about our VIP membership program, please call 778-374-0333 or email us today!

*Must be performed between Nov–Jan at Macbeth discretion & in conjunction with a maintenance plan or gutter cleaning
**No charge for emergency service call providing client books permanent repair within 15 days.

Ask a Roofer – Golden Tip #5

Written by on September 24th, 2012

In case this is your first visit to our blog we’re currently posting a number of questions that homeowners or business owners should be asking a roofing contractor before hiring them. Often these are questions that may not be obvious simply because a roof is something that few people spend a great deal of time thinking about – unless you’re us, of course 🙂

Today’s question is a little more obvious but it has to be covered:

Ask for (and CHECK) References

Any good company that has been in business for any length of time will have a decent list of references that will vouch for the services they provide.  Make sure you ask for references related to jobs similar to the roofing work you are looking to have done.  These may not always be readily accessible but some roofing companies specialize in different types of roofing work. If they’ve done work similar to your project there is less chance that things will go wrong.

The second part of this tip is even more important.  Be sure to follow-up with each reference. It is one thing to ask for and receive a reference but it is another to verify that the reference is valid. When you speak with each reference don’t be shy. Ask them the tough questions and make sure you’re comfortable with the answers.


Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor – Golden Tip #4

Written by on September 19th, 2012

Today we’re going to be covering big question number 4 when it comes to interviewing potential roofing contractors.  This one is  another great question and one not a lot of people outside of the roofing industy (that’s everyone, isn’t it? 🙂 ) may think of asking.

What kind of roofing system do I need and what is the process for installing or repairing it?

There are many different types of roofing structures and materials available in the market but there is only one that will be the best choice for your particular project.  By asking multiple roofing experts what they recommend and comparing the results you should be able to get a clear understanding of which is right for you.

Once you’ve gotten your answer to the above question, you’ll want the roofer to expand upon the process involved with the work you need done.  At this stage you’re not looking for a full plan outlining every cost and detail involved in the project but you do want to get a clear understanding of what you can expect should you decide to go ahead.

You will also want to get further information about the materials they plan on using.  If you’re looking at replacing a shingle roof, ask which manufacturer of shingles they normally use and why.  Find out about the manufacturer’s warranty and make sure you’re comfortable with the answers that they give you.

Not every roofer will have the same opinion so it is always a good idea to get a few then choose the one that you feel most comfortable with.