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The Mighty Shingle

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2nd April

The modern asphalt shingle is made from fiberglass and has an asphalt saturated base. This granule covered side blocks ultraviolet light (slowing deterioration), provides physical protection against the elements and also allows for a wide variety of color options. The fiberglass base makes the shingles strong, fire resistant and difficult to tear even in high winds. Shingles were invented in 1901 and originally were made from organic materials like cotton.

At one point in time there used to be an ‘Asphalt Shingle and Research Institute’ that was responsible for the many innovations and changes in asphalt shingles. That organization was replaced by the ‘Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’. When shingles are designed there are several qualities that must be considered: Shape/Texture, Solar Reflecting Ability, Wind Damage Resistance, Hail Damage Resistance, Fire Resistance, Algae Resistance, Locking Shingles & Durability.

Asphalt shingles offer the best … Read More »


21st March

Parker Johnston has quite a safety story. Injuries, as a whole, have dropped a whopping 35% since 2006. That’s an enviable safety record that any roofing company would want to call their own. The first thing you notice when talking to Jay Beddows, Parker Johnston Industries Safety Practitioner and chief safety resource, is how quick he is to give credit to all levels of the organization for their success. He credits Rod Parker’s management style, the divisional superintendents for stepping up to the plate and most especially, the workers for embracing the safety program.

It wasn’t always so. Jay assumed this position in 2006 after working for Parker Johnston since 1992, first as a journeyman roofer and subsequently as a foreman. His operational experience, he learned, could be both an asset and a liability. The rudimentary … Read More »

When to get a new roof?

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17th January

Most of us, at some point, have lived through roof leaks and tiles all over our yards (and our neighbour’s) after a high wind storm. Experiences we don’t wish to repeat. The good news is we don’t have to. The truth is we usually don’t think about our roofs until there is a problem and we have to. Inspecting a roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent costly repairs down the road –and keep those raindrops where they belong — on the outside of the house. Don’t wait until the water is pouring into your home before taking action.

A new roof is a big investment that increases the value of your home. It’s an opportunity to enhance the appearance of your home and renew the first line of defense against the elements. … Read More »

Roof: The Director of Water

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17th December

It’s the time of year for owners to give serious attention to roof maintenance.  We are entering the winter season and this is when your roof will likely experience the most stress.  Establishing a regular roof maintenance program will protect your investment and will ensure your roofing system is operating optimally.  Years of life can be added to your roof by identifying and fixing those small problems before they become big problem. Unplanned fixes result in the dreaded unplanned cash outlay.

The primary purpose of any roof is to redirect water.  Precipitation, in all its forms, is a roof’s #1 enemy.  Fortunately on the west coast we don’t worry too much about the hazards of snow but our sometimes legendary rainfall amounts do require vigilance in the maintenance of roofing systems.  These systems provide safety from the elements, protect our contents … Read More »

We’ve Got You Covered Victoria

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20th November

 Keeping The Rain Off

As a Victoria resident, we enter into an implied contract. In exchange for living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, we are required to carry an umbrella 6 months a year, and own a good rain coat. We accept this. It is overall a great deal. However, like so many things, the devil is in the details. Check the fine print. While you have been busy keeping yourself dry, your home has been getting soaked. You just haven’t noticed.

Your roof and gutters are rain wear for your home, and you need to make sure they are in good order, or you may find yourself all wet. Even if you have not found a leak, the problem often lies in the damage you cannot see.  The slow, steady drizzle of rain we endure day after … Read More »

How your Roof Works and why it’s Important

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2nd October

As the summer months fade into fall, sunshine turns to rain and wind. If you haven’t kept your roof maintenance up to date, you could end up with a big problem — a leak. In some cases, you’ll notice a leak right away. After all, it’s hard to avoid the steady drip of water coming from the ceiling. However, in other cases, a leaky roof may be more insidious. Water damage can cause major problems, to the point where you may need to repair substantial portions of your home. Over the next few blog posts, we’re going to look at how your roof works, why professional maintenance is important, and what you can do to prevent costly repairs.

In this first post we’ll give you a little insight into the two main types of roofs, how they differ, and the importance … Read More »

Our first blog post

30th May

As usual, a lot has been going on with Parker Johnston this season. First of all, you may have noticed that we have a brand new website! We’ve been working hard to get our new site launched and we’re very proud of the final result. We hope you find our navigation easy to use and can find information on all of our service offerings. What do you think?

We have some large and exciting commercial projects on the go right now. Parker Johnston is currently working on the Uptown Shopping Centre Phase II, and we’re excited to be a part of what will soon be a Victoria landmark. We’re also roofing the Mondrian, a beautiful new real estate development Downtown. You can also find our team busy roofing Sobey’s new Distribution Centre, which is a great new advancement for the company. … Read More »