About Us


The McCallum family has been roofing Contracting on Southern Vancouver Island since 1945, and today the business remains family owned. Some things never change with time - quality is still as important today as it was when my grandfather first began.



Some of the Contractor Services we offer: 

• Flat roofing:(green Roofs) Torch-on, EPDM and TPO~Installation & Repair

• Pitched(sloped) roofing: Asphalt/Laminate Shingles, Shake Roofs, and Metal Roofs Installation and repair

• Chimneys: pointing & caps, and removal 

• Vinyl decks: new installation and repairs

• Gutters: new installation, repair and replacement 

• General renovation contractor


P W McCallum Roofing now offers total home and business care: Whether it is your Roof Leaking or your Patio needs a face lift;

  our slogan is 

“From the Chimney to the Curb”.



Locations of recent Roofing work: 

Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Cowichan Valley, Parksville, Western Communities, Shawnigan Lake, Sidney 

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Customer Reviews

  "Paul McCallum does great work & I would recommend him to do your roofing work"

Bob Saunders 

 What to expect: When you have hired a roofing contractor and your roof is getting replaced 

Sloped roof: 

Pitched, Asphalt Shingles  after you have picked your color, roofing shingles will be send to your home or business. Sometimes the shingles and roof sheeting will be lifted to the roof with the use of a crane. It is very helpful to know if your house can be crane loaded; overhead power lines, a poor driveway that might crack and large trees can be a problem. A garbage bin will arrive at your house or business, it is good to have cars or things that you may need to use while the roof is being done accessible, as garbage bin usually will stay until roofing job is complete. Outside power is very important as roofers air compressors, saws and other tools that require power. Tarps and plywood will be placed around your home to protect your landscaping and windows. Expect a lot of dust as roofing turns up years of built up dust and organic matter. The old roof will be removed and the gutters will be cleaned. In some applications roof sheeting will be installed, then new asphalt shingles. This is also the time to replace skylights and repoint chimney’s. If you live in Victoria, or the Western Community’s your roofing supply’s come from your local supplier. If you are in Duncan or the Cowichan Valley as go’s for you as we have a large market area and we work to keep your money local. 

Flat/Green Roof’s 

There are many types of flat roof products. Torch on is more common but has limitations. Mule Hide E.P.D.M. and T.PO. Are new products, that are instrumental in the building of Green Roof’s. When a flat roof  is replaced, weather plays a factor as these roofing systems are not easily to get to a state of water tight and a small rain squall can be catastrophic, so be prepared to wait for flavorful weather conditions. The process to replace a flat roof can differ depending on the application, in most cases the old roof is removed and  new is installed, however in some applications isolation board is installed prior to roof installation. This is the time that skylights are replaced and chimneys are repointed. I always recommend these things be done at time of roof installation, as both skylights and chimneys’ need attention every 20 years.   

       

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 Roofing Project Questions and Answers


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  How long will it take to install my new roof? Answer: a number of factors come into play when installing a new roof.   An easy 1970s box house found in a number of older neighborhoods in Victoria, and Duncan, BC may only take a few days to re-roof. However a house that has wood shakes on it and requires plywood re-sheet may take up to a week, these houses are very common in the Victoria, Duncan, BC areas. It may take an extra day or so if your roof is complex with many small sections, such as; hips, valleys and steep pitches. Poor access can also be a time consuming challenge.  Weather is major factor; I say add a day for every day it rains.

What is the best time of year to do my roof? Answer: There is no real best time of year. Best temperature we feel is more important.  10°C to 14°C is best range.  The common belief is that summer is best; however this is not totally true.  Summer time the roofs are hot and shingles become soft from the heat, causing asphalt shingle to be easily damaged. Winter weather is a much bigger factor, as rain or snow could slow the roof job for a few days.

 What does my estimate include? Answer: Most roofing contractors price roofs to be competitive, this however is not always best for the homeowner, because there are a number of benefits that may be overlooked at the time of the initial visit. We will inspect and bring to your attention, other possible problem areas and will include them in detail on your roof quote, as optional items.  Extra venting can be added, chimneys can be re-pointed/ repaired, skylights can be changed or installed, fascia boards can be replaced, Moldy/Mouldy sheeting can be removed and replaced with new making for a heather home.

What type of shingle is best? Answer this is very important and almost never spelled out in a roof quote. Asphalt shingles are like any other consumer item you might purchase. Imagine going to a car lot where all the cars look the same but some are beaters and some are good and some are overpriced, this is very true when it comes to roofing shingles. Some people will tell you that they will give you a heavy one for the price of a regular one, but what they don't tell you is they are still a beater with better heater. We offer a mid-range shingles and we would never be part of dressing up a dog. We install shingles that are going to last and prevent costly call backs.

Do you have WCB insurance? Answer: This is very important if you get a number of roof quotes and one seems too good to be true, it is likely something is not getting paid or filed ie WCB. The Roofing industry is full of individuals who work on the fringe bouncing from one company to the next. They often get side jobs on places like Craigslist Victoria, Used Victoria, or Used Cowichan in Duncan. WCB is a good way to sort these types out. “I’m getting it” is not an answer, believe me if I had a dollar for every time I heard that one I wouldn't need to roof anymore.

Do you need to get into the house? Answer:  is,  yes a key should be given to the contractor, Roof's use power and sometimes electric breakers can trip, leaving the roofing crew no way to finish the day’s work if they have no way of restarting the power. Access to a bathroom will also help the job go smoothly so roofers don’t have to leave for bathroom breaks.

Will I be under a tarp? Answer:  We generally try to compete what we remove in a day.  However, tarps are important tools in the roofing industry and we will use them as an added level of protection in area’s that likely wouldn’t leak without the tarp on, but you can never be to careful with the weather changes we get in the Victoria, Duncan, BC areas.

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PW McCallum Roofing will not pay or partake in websites that demand monies, to remove derogatory reports filed by disgruntle employees’  We demand the best out of our installers! We will not be intimidated by those who clearly don’t meet the bar. If the consequence of firing a bad installer is a slanderous report, we would rather the report over a poorly installed roof. All new roof  components are sent from our supplier's new, in order to reduce waist and loss of time, each roof is estimated right down to the last anti rust coated nail! 


 


 

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Metal/ Steel Roofing

    Metal roofing is really buyer beware, what makes a good metal roof from a bad one is not easily seen. Level of quality changes geographically for instance a pro-lock metal roof installed in Victoria will be installed with a bottom starter flashing used and metal panel folded around it. In Duncan and the Cowichan Valley the bottom is almost never installed this way. We have found that though metal roofs are more common in the Cowichan Valley, this level of install is somewhat poorer quality than roofs installed in greater Victoria. Of course I’m sorry to say generally this applies to all roofing materials and their application in the Cowichan Valley. I’m not saying that every installer in the Duncan area is doing a poor install just that we have noticed poor installers do go unnoticed in the Cowichan Valley for longer periods of time. At PW McCallum Roofing our goal is to provide the best steel roof for a reasonable price and professionally installed.

    One of the biggest myths I hear when it comes to the purchase of a metal roof is question that the roof may be noisy in the rain. We feel that people come to this conclusion after staying in a trailer or something. However when roofing a house in metal there is an attic space in between that dampens the rain noise.  A modern home with an attic and a very thick layer of insolation, we don’t feel noise would be a problem when weighed against the overwhelming benefits of a metal roof. The benefits of a metal roofing are great. Long lifespan, increased asset value, many colors and styles plus the ability to safely harvest rain water for irrigation of plants. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about steel roof estimating and pricing.        

November 21st 2016

    Roof repairs in Duncan B.C.  The 2016 fall has been very moist and warm in the Cowichan Valley. Most of the leaks we have seen this year have been leaking chimneys and leaking skylights, we’ve had some flat roof leaks and a few metal roof leaks. @PW McCallum Roofing we now offer a yearly roof maintenance package that would make a great Christmas 2016 gift. The benefits that comes with a roof maintenance are many. Your roof is inspected for possible roof leaks, leaks that may go unnoticed for long periods of time are identified saving you thousands of dollars in damages from rotted moldy attics and walls.

     Call for a free re-roof estimate,  if your roof is beyond roof maintenance. We have many roof installation locations in Duncan, and Victoria, that can be viewed. We have many types of roofing products at these locations that we offer. Flat Roofs, TPO, Asphalt tiles and metal Roofs, for more go to our web page at www.pwmccallumroofing.com        

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November 7th 2016

Moss on my roof! Is it a problem? The answer is most often yes, moss roots itself into the granules i.e. rocks on asphalt roofing. The environment on Vancouver Island is optimum for the growth of moss and algae and molds.  On roofs that we have installed in Victoria and Duncan B.C. we have found the moss will start growing within 10 years on A.R. Roofs.)   A.R. Roofs are algae resistant roofs, some people refer to these shingles as moss proof. This however is untrue as there is over a thousand species of moss no manufacture can claim they can stop moss.  A.R. “resistant” please read more at   http://www.pwmccallum.ca/moss-removal.php

October 30th 2016

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February 23rd 2016

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February 23rd 2016

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February 23rd 2016

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

 

  Fall and winter 2015 is fast approaching and with that the Duncan rain and Victoria wind storms to go with it! It’s time to think about roof maintenance and roof leaks and how to avoid them. It is best when you have a roof leak to turn off power in that location. Via the breaker box if possible, or a wall switch at least. Roof leaks can lead to a house fire if they’re neglected Roof leaks enter the attic and soak your insolation. Under your insolation is a plastic vapor barrier that the water finds holes in.  The water most often surfaces around lights and fans.  This can lead to electrical shorts, and fires. . PW McCallum Roofing has roof repair experts to prevent and repair this. Roof leaks can travel in your attic a great distance before becoming visible in your home or office. Sometimes leaks can go unnoticed and cause molds and fungi growth leading to unpleasant smells and health effects.      .  

PW McCallum roofing understands roof maintenance.  Clearing the roof of leaves and twigs is a very important way to prevent leaks, also it is important to clear organic debris around vents and flashing to prevent water damming and entering your home. Wind can be very damaging on older roofs, after a wind storm you should inspect your roof for signs of wind damage. How wind damage to your roof may look, missing shingles or discolored spots on the roof. Should you have a roof leak or suspect roof problems. Whether you’re in Victoria, BC or Duncan, BC we have the roofing repair experts to help.  

Should you require a new roof or a roof replaced, we are your Roofing Contractor. PW McCallum Roofing offers free estimates we have fast friendly service in Victoria, BC and Duncan BC  We install TPO flat roofs, standing seam pro lock metal roofs, Asphalt fiberglass shingle Roofing and Recycled Rubber roofs, we offer green roofing options on our green roofing page    

September 2nd 2015

Roofing Contractor Victoria Duncan BC PW McCallum Roofing

With fall weather coming, it brings back all the problems with that old roof that went away over summer. We find that fall brings clogged drains on your flat roof and gutters. Asphalt roofs suffer from clogged valleys and this can cause roof leaks. Our Roofing experts know this all too well, we offer preventative maintenance for your home, condo or business. One of our expert Roofers will come to you for a free estimate and recommend the best course of action be it new roof, roofing  repair or preventative roof maintenance, we can help!  We’re your local roofing company! We service Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, and Lake Cowichan and all points between.   

September 15th 2014

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Roofing Project Questions and Answers

 

1. How long will it take to install my new roof? Answer: a number of factors come into play when installing a new roof.   An easy 1970s box house found in a number of older neighborhoods in Victoria, and Duncan, BC may only take a few days to re-roof. However a house that has wood shakes on it and requires plywood re-sheet may take up to a week, these houses are very common in the Victoria, Duncan, BC areas. It may take an extra day or so if your roof is complex with many small sections, such as; hips, valleys and steep pitches. Poor access can also be a time consuming challenge.  Weather is major factor; I say add a day for every day it rains.

2. What is the best time of year to do my roof? Answer: There is no real best time of year. Best temperature we feel is more important.  10°C to 14°C is best range.  The common belief is that summer is best; however this is not totally true.  Summer time the roofs are hot and shingles become soft from the heat, causing asphalt shingle to be easily damaged. Winter weather is a much bigger factor, as rain or snow could slow the roof job for a few days.

3. What does my estimate include? Answer: Most roofing contractors price roofs to be competitive, this however is not always best for the homeowner, because there are a number of benefits that may be overlooked at the time of the initial visit. We will inspect and bring to your attention, other possible problem areas and will include them in detail on your roof quote, as optional items.  Extra venting can be added, chimneys can be re-pointed/ repaired, skylights can be changed or installed, fascia boards can be replaced, Moldy/Mouldy sheeting can be removed and replaced with new making for a heather home.

 

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November 29th 2013

New Roofs and Roof Repair in Victoria, and Duncan, BC

Fall is coming and in the Victoria, Duncan BC area’s and that means roofing leaks are back. We find this time of year to be very buzz y, the roof leak that you put off all summer in now wrecking your home. So book early and get the problem dealt with proactively, before you are scrambling to find a roofing contractor. While we are there we are only too happy to inspect your brick chimney and see if it needs pointing. We also inspect for mold in your attic, so have one of our expert Roofers go over your home. Remember roof estimates are free in Victoria, Duncan, Cobble hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, BC and all point in between.  

August 12th 2013
 
 
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