Roof Shake Maintenance, Repair, & Inspection

General Roofing Systems Canada provides maintenance, repair and inspection services for real wood roof shakes throughout Canada. Real wood roof shakes are installed in the following cities: 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.

Maintaining Your Real Wood Roof Shakes

Below this article has a listing of  links that will help assist you in a “do it yourself” shake roof cleaning and proper maintenance. We have also included options for roof repair and replacement. To experience the proper life-cycle of your roof, your real wood shake roofing require regular maintenance, inspection, and repair.

Roof Inspections

Should you experience any leaks, or see signs of splitting, curling or crumbling, it is advised to have an inspection completed. GRS provides thorough inspections that include complete documentation of the status of your roof. With our inspections you will receive accurate photos, cost estimates, and a detailed plan to maintain your roof properly. Shakes require regular upkeep in order to maintain 100% efficiency.

Even the roof flashing behind skylights, chimneys, and valleys require adequate maintenance. If not properly maintained, you may begin to see the metal rusting or the caulking around the metal roofing beginning to crust. If this continues to deteriorate, it is guaranteed that you will begin to have leaks.

Roof Repair

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The repair of shake roofs is often more extensive than shingle or metal roofs. When the time comes to do significant repairs, be sure to get a detailed roof inspection done so that you can see everything that needs to be completed on your roof in advance. GRS’s roof reports are highly detailed and show photos of all the areas that require immediate concern.

Replacement of Cedar Roofing

Cedar roof replacement (or cedar roof conversions) offer more options for re-roofing. Real wood cedar offers a traditional, warm, and aesthetically pleasing roof on your home. There is also available different roofing materials that have a cedar roof look. Shake looking roof materials include Concrete Tile, Metal, Rubber, Steel Coated Shingles, Composite Plastic Tile, and more.

For More Information on real wood shake repairs and maintenance please feel free to look through the links listed below:

Shake Roofing Replacement – a page about the various options for real wood, metal, steel, rubber, concrete tile, and more.

Re-Roofing Options for Shake Roofinga page for various alternative options with detailed descriptions of different grades of real cedar roofing.

Real Wood Roofing Shake and Shingles – a page for re-roofing your home with real wood roofing.

Re-Roofing Shake to Asphalt Shingles a page explaining flashing considerations when going from a pine or cedar shake roof to asphalt shingles

Should you have any questions in regards to your cedar roof, please feel free to contact our office and one of our members will be happy to assist you.

Until next time,

The Team 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.

Roof Replacement or Roof Repair

General Roofing Systems Canada provides roof repairs throughout Canada.  Roof Repairs are completed in the following cities; 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

Roof Replacement – To Replace or Repair the Roof?

The issue of whether or not to replace your roof or to just continue making repairs on the existing one poses to be a high debate this time of year. GRS thought it would be beneficial to others to post a roof report that came into our office that deals with this exact question.

To Replace or Repair the Roof: A Roofers Report

One of our Calgary Roofing Repair clients mentioned to me that he was having some issues with the skylights leaking on his cedar shake roof. The skylights were coming loose and causing damage every time we had a storm. He even had hail coming through it at one point!

He also mentioned some issues regarding the roofs chimney and how it had been leaking and that he was aware that the overall condition of the roof was in poor condition. Yet he still wondered if there was any way it could be fixed, focusing on the areas that were in the most urgent need of repair instead of replacing it all together.

The main house is a 12/12 roof with a 9Ft 5/12 section on all the eaves so the pitch change has flashing on it. Fortunately there are enough roof valleys and hips on the roof that we were able to make it to the top for a full roof inspection.

The first roof skylight we saw was the one that had been flapping around in the wind. The skylight was fastened from the inside and was about 25 Ft from the floor. The inside frame of the skylight had been ripped off from every fastening, all except for one screw. I was baffled as to how this skylight was not already blown away and laying in a field.

The back pan on this skylight along with three of the other four skylights was not running past the corner, causing it to leak. They had been tarred numerous times, yet the roof tar dried up causing it to leak again. This is the point in which the roof becomes a true nightmare.

The chimney had been decorated with stone work oer top of the flashing AND the existing roof where there is an area that is probably a short back pan on the top section. Lower down there is a diverter (Half saddle) which the top does not quite make it under the stone. It was either installed after the stone, or the stone was just not big enough to cover it.

I told the client in order for us to flash the chimney properly, the stones that were interfering would need to come off and put back on after the flashing was in place.

There are several areas where the cedar shake capping is missing, I would say there would be about two days’ work just to repair the skylights, chimney and replace the missing cedar shake capping. I told the client the cost required to fix all the damage would be a waste, as the money would be better spent going towards a new roof/ replacement where it would serve him better for many years to come.

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The Roof Hips that Allowed us up to complete the inspection. Back pan on chimney skylight.
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View of the entire roof showing the extent of damage needing repair

 

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Other General Roofing Systems Canada Roof Replacement Documents:

Choosing a Roofing Contractor for your Roof Replacement.

What Makes our Roof Replacement Installers Different – Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee.

Project References for Roof Replacement Portfolio.

Request Shingle and Roof Replacement Estimates and Costs Online.

Until next time,

The Team 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.