A Guide to Roofing Shingles

Are the many different choices of Roofing Shingles confusing you?

Roofing Shingles are available in ever changing profiles and colours.
If you are shopping for Roofing Shingles, below is a Roofing Shingle guide for homeowners.

Our Roofing Shingles are available in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and rural points between.

Roofing Shingle Manufacturer Links:

IKO Shingles

GAF-ELK Shingles

Certainteed Shingles

BP Shingles

Malarkey Shingles

Owens Corning Shingles


You can visit the Pitched Roofing section of our website for more Roofing Shingle ideas, or also visit our page on Choosing a Roofing Shingle Company.

All the best with choosing your Roofing Shingles.

And remember, we are available 24.7 toll free if you have any questions about roofing shingles, re-roofing shingles; roofing shingle installation “how to”, roofing shingle DIY, types of roofing shingles available, roofing shingle quotes, how to choose roofing shingle companies, etc.

Until Next Time,

The Team at GRS

About Us
General Roofing Systems Canada is a Comprehensive Building Envelope and Roofing Company serving Western Canada. Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

Contact Us

Calgary, Alberta
Mail to:
240 – 70 Shawville Blvd. SE
Suite 1460
Calgary, Alberta Canada
T2Y 2Z3
+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free
+1.403.873.7663 Service

Edmonton, Alberta
Mail to:
3428 99 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
T6E-5X5
+1.780.424.7663 Service
+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

Vancouver, British Columbia
Mail to:
1489 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC Canada
V7T 1B8
+1.604.261.7663 Service
+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

Information Guide for Flat Roof Replacements

Flat Roof Membranes, Flat Roofing Systems, Flat Roof Repairs, Flat Roof Maintenance, Flat Roof Energy Efficiency, Flat Roof Coatings, Flat Roof Replacement.

The time of year has come again when we get a lot of calls about flat roofing. Flat roof repairs, flat roof system choices, flat roof membranes, and how to maintain a flat roof.

We thought it would be convenient for our customers to provide a flat roof link page on flat roofing to give a good launch page for flat roofing and all the options available.

Flat Roofing System and Membrane Manufacturers:

IKO, Soprema, Genflex, Firestone, Mulehide, Carlisle, Siplast

Flat Roof System and Membrane Choices
Details all of the options available for flat roofing including BUR, Tar and Gravel, EPDM, TPO, PVC, Spray On Foam, Emulsions, Roof Coatings, etc.

Flat Roof Coatings
Details all of the options for coating metal and flat roofs including Elastomeric Coatings, EPDM Coatings, Polymers, Mastics, Etc.

Energy Efficient Flat Roofing
Carlisle-Syntec PDF paper on “Energy Efficient Flat Roofing – More Than a Simple Black and White Issue”.

Flat Roof Maintenance and Flat Roof Repairs
Details all of the flat roof repair and flat roof maintenance considerations.

Commercial Flat Roof Replacement
The due diligence process of Commercial Roof Replacement.

Flat Roof Replacement
The process of flat roof replacement.

Consideration Prior to Choosing to Replace Your Flat Roof
Wind uplift considerations, R Values, moisture in the existing flat roof system etc.

Choosing a Flat Roofing Contractor
The due dilligence process of engaging a Flat Roofing Contractor.

We trust our consolidated link listing resource on flat roofing will assist you and save our customers valuable time.

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

About Us

General Roofing Systems Canada is a Comprehensive Building Envelope and Roofing Contractor serving Western Canada. Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

Contact Us

Calgary, Alberta

Mail to:

240 – 70 Shawville Blvd. SE
Suite 1460
Calgary, Alberta Canada

T2Y 2Z3

+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

+1.403.873.7663 Service

Edmonton, Alberta

Mail to:
3428 99 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
T6E-5X5

+1.780.424.7663 Service

+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mail to:

1489 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC Canada
V7T 1B8

+1.604.261.7663 Service

+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

Roofing in Western Canada Has Been Unusual This Spring

Our roofers in Calgary, AB were yesterday enjoying the spring weather and getting back to work before a large wind storm arrived. The storm literally blew roofs off houses – just when our Calgary roofers thought spring roofing season was here. There are roofs damaged all over the city – shingles were flying everywhere yesterday.

The Calgary Herald ran a story this morning:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Windstorm+causes+damage+across+city/4598487/story.html

And then, just when our Alberta roofers thought their roofing projects would gear up full steam (I know our Project Management had every roof project perfectly laid out and scheduled with the roofers booked), mother nature sends the roofers one last spring surprise. 10 – 15 cm of snow are expected in Calgary, Red Deer, Leduc, Edmonton and other areas of Alberta over the next 48 hours – once again the roofing projects will grind to a halt and then start again for a few days before the spring rains come – a roofer’s life. The Saskatchewan roofers look to be in the best shape to get roofs done over the next week as the Vancouver area roofer’s will be dealing with 10-15 mm of rain a day over the next few days.

The season will get under way for our roofers soon and when it does I suppose we will just have to get more done with about one month now missing from our roofing project calendar for 2011.

Which brings this roofing weather blog to one last point, or a tip for those considering a re roof on their home this spring.

Storm Nailing Shingles and Ice & Water Roof Underlayment

When you hire your roofing contractor to re roof your house this spring, be sure the roofers storm nail the shingles. Every roof should be storm nailed, because you just never know when the storms will come as evidenced in Calgary yesterday. And a high quality roofing underlayment will go a long ways when your shingles fail to protect your home and keep the water out.

Our website has an informative section on residential shingle re roofing at the following link:

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

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

Emergency Roof Repair 24 Hours

Calgary Flat Roof Collapses on Senior Centre

Flat Roofers Daily

Just when our flat roofers are gearing up to get the season going in Alberta, another dump of snow hits Alberta. Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and most of the Province. Again, a strange spring for us roofers. We’re a month behind out of the gate on our roofing project calendar, hopefully it’s a long fall 2011 roofing season – some of us will need it to complete our project calendars.

And yesterday, a flat roof collapses in Calgary under the stress of flat roof materials loaded on the roof. It wasn’t one of our roofs, but nonetheless, it’s a sure thing this will cause a lot more inspections on our sites in Alberta this year, especially in Calgary. Which isn’t all bad considering the hazards flat roofers face on a daily basis (not to mention pedestrians, people under the roof etc.)

This particular flat roof collapse is interesting because the residents of the care home were under the roof when it collapsed – in the dining hall, and – NOBODY WAS HURT! “Wow” is all our roofers have been saying all day today when they hear about the roof collapse. What a story.

Interesting timing at GRS, our new Construction Safety Officer starts next week in Calgary and our Calgary Flat Roofers have a series of Flat Roof Safety Meetings next week with Safety Certifications being updated. The week after, our Edmonton Flat Roofers go through the same stringent flat roof safety certifications and meeting with the company CSO.

For more information on the Calgary flat roof;

CTV has a story at this link on the Calgary Flat Roof Collapse

http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110413/CGY_roof_collapse_110413/20110413/?hub=CalgaryHome

So, we’re all gearing up and hoping the fall of 2011 is long so we can get these flat roofs scheduled for this year in BC, SK, and Alberta.

And don’t forget, if you’re considering replacement of your flat roof this year [ Flat Roof Replacement ] or you need flat roof repair or maintenance [ Flat Roof Repair and Maintenance ], check with your local Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see how your prospective flat roofing contractor handles complaints [ GRS Better Business Bureau Rating ], consider all your various flat roof system options in detail [ Flat Roofing ], look in to the roofing contractor you are hiring [ Choosing a Roofing Contractor ], ask for previous flat roof projects and client references [ Flat Roof Project Portfolio ] and be sure the flat roofing contractor you hire works safe! You can check their WCB status online and ask them for their written Roof Safety Protocols and Procedures (if the have a CSO on staff this is a good sign).

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

+1.877.497.3528 (24 Hour Emergency Flat Roof Repair)

About Us

General Roofing Systems Canada installs flat roofing, repairs flat roof systems, and maintains flat roofs in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

GRS works on Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Flat Roofs.

GRS is Registered, Licensed, WCB, Flat Roof Certified in numerous Flat Roof Systems and Flat Roof  Membranes, Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited, maintain a 5,000,000.00 Commercial Liability Insurance Package, CSO (Construction Safety Officer) on Staff, and maintain the exclusive GRS Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee on every Flat Roof System our Flat Roofers install.

Contact Us

Calgary, Alberta

Mail to:

240 – 70 Shawville Blvd. SE
Suite 1460
Calgary, Alberta Canada
T2Y 2Z3

+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

+1.403.873.7663 Service

Edmonton, Alberta

Mail to:

3428 99 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
T6E-5X5

+1.780.424.7663 Service

+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mail to:

1489 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC Canada
V7T 1B8

+1.604.261.7663 Service

+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free

Flat Roof Repair on Your Commercial or Residential Flat Roof

Spring 2011 is finally here – I’m speaking on behalf of the Alberta and Sask residents… Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, etc…. not the lucky folks in Vancouver – spring flat roof repairs in Vancouver have been in progress for some time now. For us, the flat roofing contractor, spring means that the winter holidays are over and the residential and commercial flat roofs begin to leak.

Flat roofing contractors will tell you that the spring thaw isn’t the main concern for a flat roof owner on the prairies – the main problem flat roof owners experience in Alberta and Saskatchewan is when the spring rain storms start. Your flat roof that has been through freeze – thaw – freeze – thaw – and the roof snow loads (especially from 2010/2011) is more often than not, getting to ready to leak (unless you have had a recent flat roof replacement in the past few years).

Now, if you catch it just right, which is between the spring thaw and when the rains start, you may alleviate a lot of flat roof leak issues – a proactive spring flat roof maintenance is a good idea anyway.

Nonetheless, when it comes time to repair your flat roof, or consider a flat roof replacement, we have a lot of material on our blog and website to assist you in the process.

For commercial flat roof owners, we have a document that provides you with a step by step due diligence process for commercial flat roof replacement available at this link – it’s a good read for anyone taking on a flat roof replacement:

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

For those that need to investigate various flat roof systems and flat roof membrane options, our website has a document that outlines all your flat roof membranes and systems in a one document guide to flat roof systems, it is available at this link:

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

If you want to take on flat roof repair or annual maintenance of your flat roof yourself, or if you simply want to understand the process of flat roof repair and what regular maintenance steps are required on a flat roof, we have an excellent step by step flat roof maintenance and inspection guide available at this link.

And, when considering flat roof repair or replacement this spring, remember you can call us anytime 24/7 and speak to an expert flat roofing professional (we always have flat roofers on call and available to discuss details for repair or replacement) – our 24/7 Emergency Flat Roof Repair Phone Line is +1.877.497.3528, or you can simply email us info@grscanadainc.com and we can respond to your roofing questions there. If our Emergency Roof Repair line is busy when you call, if you have access to email – send one! Our on call Emergency Response Flat Roofers all have blackberry phones and when the weather is bad alot of calls come in, and many times they are on the business phones and texting and emailing with clients on the blackberry phones about flat roof repair issues – it’s a roofers life, what can I say. Livin the dream the roofers say.

And finally, many folks have had flat roof leak problems solved right over the phone when disaster strikes their flat roof and immediate roof repair is required – just the other day a major industrial facility called in the middle of the night with serious flat roof leaks…. long story short, the facility manager learned that he could temporarily repair the flat roof himself with our direction which allowed for the time for our crews to get to their facility to repair the flat roofing system the next day.

Anyway, all the best with your flat roof challenges and solutions in 2011.

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

 

About Us:

General Roofing Systems Canada is Comprehensive Building Envelope and Roofing Contractor Serving Western Canada. Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.