ARCO’s goal is to inform and educate homeowners about the condition of their shake roof, and then let them decide what course of action is best. Regardless of which option the homeowner chooses, ARCO can help.
Homeowners with a cedar or pine shake roof will at some point be faced with at least 3 questions:
What is the condition of my shake roof?
If there are signs of wear, what are my roofing options?
The answer to this question begins with a detailed shake roof inspection. ARCO Roofing Solutions is proud to provide the most thorough and comprehensive cedar and pine shake roof inspection reports in Calgary. More specifically, after receiving a shake roof inspection from ARCO, homeowners will have a better understanding of the following:
The causes of deterioration in cedar and pine shake roofs
The difference between urgent and non-urgent concerns (issues that cause leaks versus issues that are cosmetic)
How ARCO identifies these signs of wear,
The location and number of shakes that ARCO recommends replacing (shown in a diagram)
The condition of the ridge cap (the pieces that are along the peaks)
Any specific roof concerns (described with notes and shown with pictures)
How these areas can be repaired
The condition of other related items (i.e. roof vents, chimneys, eaves/downspouts, flashing, etc.)
The cost for performing the suggested repairs and maintenance
After receiving a shake roof inspection from ARCO, homeowners have a thorough understanding of the current state of their roof and will then be in a better position to explore their options.
We give you options.
2) What are my roofing options?
For homes with cedar and pine shake roofs, there are generally 3 options:
Repair and maintain the existing roofing system,
Replace the entire roof
Many homeowners jump to options 2 or 3 without even exploring option 1. Some common reasons for this are:
Homeowners are unaware that shake roof repair and maintenance is an option.
There are only few companies that actually SPECIALIZE in cedar and pine shake roof repair, whereas there are hundreds of companies in Calgary that specialize in re-roofing.
Homeowners are misinformed about the true condition of their shake roof (often from a company that offers repair services but is actually most interested in providing a full replacement).
Homeowners see a neighbor replace their shake roof and they assume they should replace their shake roof as well.
Homeowners have the mindset that “if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it” or “I haven’t had any leaks in the past, and therefore I won’t have any leaks in the future.”
Shake roof repair and maintenance is an option that should be explored before a final decision is made. ARCO provides honest and accurate information to help homeowners make an informed decision.
For example, cedar and treated pine shake roofs that are 15 to 30 years old generally have 5-15% deterioration. This means that 85-95% of the shakes on the roof are still in good condition. Therefore, it is not practical to replace 100% of the shakes when only 5-15% of them require attention. An inspection performed by ARCO Roofing Solutions will detail how much of your shake roof is deteriorating, and allow you to decide if repair and maintenance is a logical option. Conversely, if such a great percentage of the roof requires replacement that maintenance is not the most practical option, ARCO can also provide homeowners with alternative solutions.
In general, if homeowners choose to repair and maintain their shake roof, they distribute the cost over time rather than facing one large upfront expense. In addition, repair and maintenance work can extend the lifespan of the existing shake roof for as long as or longer than the life expectancy of a new roof. If the shake roof inspection shows that repair and maintenance will not be the most economical option (which is sometimes the case with UNTREATED PINE shake roofs), ARCO can provide the homeowners with alternative solutions.
Replacing a roof prematurely means filling our landfills with unnecessary waste. With only 5-15% of the roof being deteriorated, it is a waste of energy and resources to not only throw away so much good material, but to also process, manufacture and install new roofing materials. Repair and maintenance work to shake roofs has an overall positive impact on the environment.
We help you decide.
3) Which option is the best for my roof?
This decision can only be made by the homeowner, and ARCO believes that the best decision is an informed decision. Most people base their decisions on one or more of the following 3 factors: