Roof Repair and Preventative Roof Maintenance

Roof repair season is here again in Calgary, Alberta – it’s that time of year and GRS Calgary can help with your leaky roof! Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Roof Repair Topics:
– Flat Roof Repair
– Metal Roof Repair
– Shingle Repair
– Roof Tile Repair
– Skylight Repair
– Emergency Roof Repairs

The principle of preventative roof repair and roof maintenance is just like any other. Failing to change the oil in your car will cause serious repair problems and the same applies to repairs to a roof. Preventative flat roof repair or even preventative roof tile, metal, or shingle repair is much less costly than waiting for a leaky roof problem to arise.

 

Flat Roof Repair

Flat roof repair and preventative roof maintenance is important because the failure of a flat roof can cause extreme aggravation to a commercial or industrial enterprise and to a homeowner.

The cost of flat roof repair and proper maintenance will save a flat roof owner a great deal of expense over time.

Calgary has extreme temperature swings and the weather in Southern Alberta is very tough on flat roofs in particular. Flat roof repair on the West Coast is much different than Flat Roof Repair in Calgary for example, and our flat roof repair and roof maintenance programs are expert – single source roofing solutions.

Our flat roofers are flat roof specialists – they only repair flat roofs, our flat roofers are tooled for all flat roof repair scenarios, and our flat roofers are on call 24 hours for emergency roof repair at +1.877.497.3528.

Our Calgary flat roof division roofers regularly repair flat roof systems on commercial, industrial, and residential tar and gravel, SBS modified, EPDM, TPO, PVC, and built up flat roofing systems.

For further flat roofing and flat roof repair information, enter your search term (inquiry) in the search box located to the left side of our roofing blog – results will be listed for information on this blog, any web pages linked to our blog, and the Internet in general.

 

Metal Roof Repair

Metal roof repair can be a frustrating roof repair scenario for building owners and roofers alike because the roof leaks can be very intermittent. Adding insult to injury; when hiring a metal roofing contractor to repair a metal roof, many people make the mistake of hiring a roofing contractor that does not know how to fix a metal roof properly.

The problem is that metal roof repairs are typically necessary due to expansion and contraction of the roof metal at the seams of the metal roof panels and also at the roof penetrations.

Metal roofs expand and contract much more than most roofing materials (especially in a climate like Calgary) and as a result metal roofs tend to leak more often and more intermittently than most roofs.

If one does not understand the inherent leaky problems that come with a metal roof and if the attempt to repair the metal roof is executed with conventional roof repair methods (say as a shingle repair would be done), this typically results in an unhappy customer as the repair won’t hold, the roof leaks again, and the building owner is back to the same problem and short some money. So more often than not, the real solution to a metal roof repair issue is simply having the right metal roofer do the roof repair. Metal roofing is a specialty roofing trade and as such it requires an expert.

We have have journeyman metal roofers that work exclusively in our metal roofing division. Our metal roofers have metal roof repair techniques and materials that a general sloped roofer wouldn’t typically possess – if there is a solution to your leaky metal roof our metal roofers will find it, show you what is occurring, and they will remediate and bring solutions to your metal roofing issues.

For further metal roofing and metal roof repair information, enter your search term (inquiry) in the search box located to the left side of our roofing blog – results will be listed for information on this blog, any web pages linked to our blog, and the Internet in general.

Shingle Repair

Shingle repairs can be difficult to assess and repair as shingles are typically on steep roofs and at times the roof itself can be quite high.

Shingle repairs are most often a result of a roof penetration leak such as a skylight, a roof vent, or roof flashing… shingle blow-offs are also a common problem with shingle roof leaks.

The problems we see with shingle repairs are more often than not a result of the original installation of the shingles and not the roof system itself (the typical issue with metal roof repairs).

Our blog is full of posts about proper shingle installations. How to shingle a roof properly seems to be an art most don’t like to fully engage. Nonetheless, there is hope because shingle roof systems work well when installed right.

Search terms such as “shingle roof underlayment”, “how to install shingles”, “installing roof shingles”, etc on our blog and a number of posts will show you the proper shingle installation procedures.

And we must not forget, one of the other primary reasons for a leaky shingle roof is the attic space and the ventilation of the roof. Here again, as it applies to roof ventilation and attic condensation, in a climate like Calgary’s, this can be especially of concern as the freeze thaw cycle and snow loads can cause allot of condensation and roof ice damming issues.

If you are having problems with roof leaks or condensation from your roof, ice damming, roof ventilation, etc be sure to search any of these terms in our search box on the left as our roofing blog has numerous posts on these common roof leak and roof repair problems.

Roof Tile Repair

Concrete roof tile and clay roof tile repair is again a specialty roof trade and as such requires a professional roof tiler. General Roofing Systems Calgary employs the best roof tilers in the roofing business and as such we can deliver real solutions to your roof tile problems.

Roof tile repairs are most commonly a result of damage to the roofing tile itself, improper installation of the roof tile, or the roof membrane under the tile. Roof tile is a watershed roofing system and if the underlay or roof membrane is compromised, so is the integrity of your roof water tightness.

Skylight Repair

Skylight repair is usually due to improper skylight installation. Skylights require proper curbs, flashing, and use of roof underlayment. More often than not, our roof repair technicians find that the flashing or the underlayment around the skylight is compromised. When water, snow, or ice back up behind the skylight on your roof, if the skylight backpan or membrane at the back side of the skylight isn’t done correctly, the skylight will leak. We should also note that a great deal of skylight repair calls we receive are actually condensation issues and not skylight leaks.

 

Until next time,
        The Roofers at GRS

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. British Columbia. Alberta. Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Ontario.

EPDM Commercial Roofing Project in Edmonton, May 2011

EPDM Commercial Roofing Job-site Progress

General Roofing Systems Canada installs EPDM roofing systems throughout Canada. Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Field Report, May 2 2011:

Commercial Roofing Project in Progress (EPDM)
Photo shows the crew installing the roof board (mechanically fastened) prior to EPDM being installed and the construction of the roof parapet wall (plywood sheathing).
We promised follow-up pictures of our Commercial Roofing Project on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta to assist owners of commercial roof systems to visual the process of a commercial roof re-roofing process (more specifically an EPDM Commercial Roof Recovery System).

The photos in this post show today’s progress on the EPDM Commercial Flat Roof Recovery system.

Material Used:
  • The EPDM is a Carlisle EPDM (labelled under the Mulehide name).
  • The sheathing at the roof parapets is 3/8″ spruce.
  • The ISO board is a standard IKO 1″ ISO mechanically fastened.

 

Commercial Roofing - EPDM
ISO insulation is mechanically fastened prior to fully adhered EPDM installation.
The old Built-Up Roofing (BUR) system had the gravel removed, was skinned (ripped) to the fiber board, a 1″ ISO insulation board mechanically fastened, any wet insulation removed, and the commercial roof parapets had the metal removed as required. Sheathing installed to the parapets and along any roof penetrations, upstands, etc. as the EPDM cannot be adhered to the metal flashing around the skylights, or to anything with asphalt present.
For commercial re-roofing, this EPDM roof recovery system is used often and in many instances is an excellent alternative to a complete removal of a BUR roof system when doing a commercial re-roof. The idea of taking an old built-up tar and gravel roof completely out and throwing it in the landfill not only costs needless money, it is harmful to the environment, and a roof recovery has the same life-cycle as a complete commercial roof replacement.

 

Commercial Roofing, EPDM, Roof Parapet Construction
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) worker installing plywood sheathing at the roof parapet walls.

 

Until next time,

The Roofers at GRS

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. British Columbia. Alberta. Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Ontario.

EPDM Commercial Roof Recovery System In Edmonton

GRS Canada addresses your commercial roofing needs; be it re-roofing, roof recovery, or other repairs. Our services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Wednesday May 4, 2011: On Location at Edmonton, AB Commercial Re Roofing Project on Jasper Avenue. Commercial EPDM Roof Recovery System.


The photo above shows EPDM up the roof parapet walls, across the top of the parapet, terminating on the front side – giving the roof membrane a monolithic type seal. The metal cap flashing will be installed next and finish this Commercial Roof System in the coming days.

The commercial EPDM membrane installed at this site is a Carlisle EPDM Membrane labelled under the name Mulehide EPDM roof membrane.

The photo to the right shows the ISO flat roof board mechanically fastened prior to the installation of the fully adhered EPDM. The walls (parapet walls) were covered with plywood to comply with the EPDM manufacturer specifications (the parapet walls of this commercial roof are concrete). Prior to installation of the mechanically fastened ISO, the Built Up Roofing System was scraped of the gravel (Tar and Gravel Roofing) and the layers of Built Up Roofing were ripped or removed and disposed of.

The photo above shows the completed commercial EPDM membrane fully adhered to the ISO. The metal cap flashing will be placed next to both protect the parapets and also for curb appeal.

For more information about our Commercial Roofing Company and the Services or Commercial Roofing Systems we can offer, call us anytime at +1.877.497.3528.

To learn more about various Commercial Roofing Systems available follow this link:
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Flat_Roofing.html

To learn more about how to Choose a Commercial Roofing Company for your project follow this link: https://www.grscanadainc.com/Choose_Roofing_Contractor.html

 

Until next time,
The Roofers at GRS

 

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. British Columbia. Alberta. Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Ontario.

 

Shake Roof Replacement

Creating a Finished Product that Shows Some Pride in Workmanship and Curb Appeal!

General Roofing Systems Canada replaces shake roofs throughout Canada. Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

The photo to above shows a re roof in progress this week of a pine shake roof to asphalt shingle roof in the Riverview area of Calgary, Alberta.

The shingles are an IKO Cambridge Heatherwood Laminate Shingle with High Profile Ridge Capping.

The photo of the pine shake re roof shows a beauty cap flashing detail added at the connection between the new shingle and the wall connection of the home (where a gap occurs when removing shakes from the roof).

A coloured metal flashing to match the exterior scheme of the house (shingle colour, fascia etc) is placed at the wall connection and other areas of the home as galvanized shake metal flashing is now exposed when the pine shakes are removed from the roof – the silver / galvanized metal flashing is more exposed or easier to see from ground level because the profile or height of the pine shake roofing was higher than the new replacement Cambridge asphalt shingles are.

What occurs often in the re roofing trade is that when your roofing contractor replaces your pine shakes or cedar shakes roofing with asphalt shingles; the galvanized flashing now really shows – and shows poorly as it is more exposed than ever before.

When your home was originally built and the pine or cedar shakes were installed, the profile of the shake to wall flashing worked, and in most cases is hard to see – the home builder simply had the siders bring the siding down or the stucco to the profile of the shake roof. But when replacing your shake roofing with asphalt shingles, the step flashing and wall flashing from the original shake roofing now shows.

Your roofing contractor can paint the step and wall flashing to better match the new asphalt shingle roofing profile, but this just means more regular home maintainence painting flashing on the exterior of your home.

General Roofing Systems installs a coloured beauty flashing, or coloured flashing over top of our newly installed step flashing – which may be required.Make sure your roofing contractor (when re roofing from shake roofing to asphalt shingle roofing) reinstates proper step flashing – the flashing from the shake roofing will very likely be bigger than the flashing for asphalt shingle roofing. If your roofing contractor does not replace the flashing or take proper measures as required and install asphalt shingle step flashing, your new roof will likely leak (of course issues arrise if stucco is holding the flashing, but there are ways to resolve the issue).

After the roof shakes are removed from your roof, and the new step flashing is installed with the new asphalt shingles, if the profile (or gap) between the shingles and the stucco or siding is a large – noticeable gap, we often put a beauty flashing on top to make your new roof look like a clean finished product (the coloured flashing covers the gap along the wall). It has great curb appeal and shows some pride in workmanship. The picture above shows the finished product.

Re roofing a shake roof to an asphalt shingle roof has its own challenges and tricks of the trade we’ve learned over the years – hopefully this will assist you when re roofing your home!

Other links of interest:

For more information on Choosing a Roofing Contractor to Re Roof your Shake Roof follow this link:

https://www.grscanadainc.com/Choose_Roofing_Contractor.html

For more information on Re Roofing and what to look for in the installation process follow this link and click on links to right of page that describe the re roofing process:

https://www.grscanadainc.com/Pitched_Roofing.html

 

And remember, we have expert roofers 24 hours 7 days a week to answer any roofing questions you may have!

 

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. British Columbia. Alberta. Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Ontario.