Commercial EPDM Flat Roofing in Northern Alberta

General Roofing Systems Canada installs Commercial Roofing throughout Canada. Commercial Roofing in; Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

Commercial Roof System Alberta - EPDM Roofing
Commercial Roof System Alberta – EPDM Roofing

Our Commercial Roofing Division just completed an EPDM roof in North Alberta (between Edmonton and Fort McMurray). The crew took some pictures of the completed roof which we thought we would post. Many prospective flat roof purchasers, when considering a flat roof replacement, ask what an EPDM roof looks like. Our photos should be able to help.

Commercial Roofing, EPDM Roofing, Alberta, South of FortMcMurray Commercial Roofing, EPDM Roofing, Alberta Commercial Roofing, EPDM Roofing, Northern Alberta Commercial Roofing, EPDM Roofing

The commercial roof in the pictures is a fully-adhered .60 mil EPDM roof membrane from Mule-Hide. The EPDM is adhered without an open flame or heat welder. Commercial clients appreciate the low-risk with applications in this respect. Additionally, EPDM is now available with a 20 year warranty on the membrane for commercial roofing projects.

Our Commercial Roofing services are available throughout Western Canada. GRS also runs a 24 hour 7 day week Commercial Roofing Repair Service.

The GRS Commercial Roofing division is insured with 5,000,000.00 Commercial Liability, Commercial Flat Roof Certified, BBB Accredited, WCB Registered, and Licensed.

Miscellaneous General Roofing Documentation

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Liquid Rubber Roof Coatings

General Roofing Systems Canada Applies Liquid Rubber throughOut Canada. Liquid Rubber Coatings in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

Liquid Rubber Coatings – Waterproofing (Roofing and Concrete), Corrosion Protection, Engineered Applications

Liquid rubber is a water-based, VOC, and solvent-free waterproofing liquid rubber product that is cold applied using an airless spray system, roller, or brush. Liquid rubber coatings cure to provide a seamless, fully adhered flexible membrane which prevents water ingress, ultraviolet light, and harmful chemicals.

These products are both worker and environmentally safe and are available for commercial, industrial, and residential markets for rubber roof and concrete structure protection.

This category of products can be spray to metal roofing, flat roofing including tar and gravel, BUR, SBS modified, and a number of other flat roof scenarios. Liquid rubber can also be used below grade for concrete foundation waterproofing and a number of concrete structural waterproofing scenarios.

Corrosion Protection

Liquid rubber addresses the major industrial problems of corrosion in a very efficient and high performance manner. Used alone or as part of a multilayered coating and lining system, liquid rubber protects metal in scenarios from salt water to acids with unparalleled success.

In terms of industrial usage, liquid rubber coatings provide corrosion protection in mining, marine vessels, offshore drilling sites, and metal warehouse roofing.

Our products are formulated to be safe to apply, even in confined spaces such as storage and process tanks. Using emulsion based formulations, liquid rubber’s corrosion protection coatings and liners are environmentally friendly and safe for the workers.

Engineered Applications

Liquid rubber provides facility owners with turnkey solutions to specific application requirements. These solutions begin by incorporating analysis and specification through to the completed application of waterproofing and corrosion protection systems based on our range of elastomeric and polymer modified acrylic and bitumen based coatings, liners, and membranes.

Roof Coating Link:

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

Waterproofing Link:

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

Liquid Rubber Manufacturer Link:

http://www.liquidrubber.ca/

For More Information or a Quotation on Liquid Rubber Roofing

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

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Pros and Cons of Different Flat Roof Systems

General Roofing Systems Canada Repairs flat roofs throughout Canada. Flat Roof Repair; 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.

Below you will find the pros and cons of each type of flat roofing system we offer written by our Alberta roofing repair crew. A link has also been provided below to our main website describing each.

Spray Foam

While moderately low in price, this is largely based only on individual perceptions. As far as material efficacy goes, spray foam is seamless and light. However, in Canadian weather, it is subject to cracking due to extreme hot/cold shifts, and a failure can result in a complete re-roofing being required. As well, maintenance mandates top-coating, which contributes to expenses – nullifying perceptions about spray foam being a low cost solution.

Single-ply Systems (EPDM/PVC/TPO)

While these have been excellent systems in terms of performance and a lower initial price, they do not have the longevity of 4-ply tar and gravel or 4-ply liquid rubber. As well, these systems are vulnerable to tearing over time. The installation process also entails using mechanical fasteners, which provides another damage vector with respect to water and strong weather conditions.

Tar and Gravel

A seamless and versatile system, which also has a long life if maintained properly. However, the installation process can be quite messy. As far as maintenance goes, leaks can be difficult to find. As a result, maintenance costs are higher than single-ply systems and liquid rubber application. Maintenance or repair with tar and gravel systems often entails a vacuuming as well if damaged sites are difficult to locate.

SBS Torch-on

This system is lighter than 4-ply and has a broad range of application methods. However, torching is not seamless and the life cycle is shorter than 4-ply systems. A fire watch is also required during installation, which contributes to a higher price point.

Liquid Rubber

Seamless, UV stable, and elastic, this is a system which we have had a lot of success with in the Canadian climate. The 1000% expansion rate provides a “cushion” for extreme weather changes, which makes it resilient to tearing and leaks. The system is also multi-purpose, having applications in gutters, too. However, the price point is initially higher. In terms of total life cycle cost, it is similar to all other systems.

Summary

We usually recommend single-ply systems and liquid rubber to our clients. Single-ply systems are more economical on the front-end and perform well. Liquid rubber also has the least chance of failure, as it is the most predictable and is 4-ply. Also, it is the system most suited to Canadian weather due to its elasticity.

For more information about each system we have described, visit our main site by clicking here for more information on flat roofing.

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Metal Roof Repairs | Flat and Metal Coating & Restoration

General Roofing Systems Canada Repairs metal roofs throughout Canada. Metal Roof Repair; 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.

Repairs to metal roofs are quite often due to metal seams expanding or contracting, screw holes that have expanded over time, or roof penetrations that are improperly flashed.

The first step is to assess the repairs from a repair or remediation perspective. Some high end caulking, underlayment, and flashing knowledge is required. We use a journeyman that can assess the conduct the repairs to this end.

Once the repairs are done, you may have to consider one of the many options in metal roof coatings if your roof is low slope or irreparable.

Flat Metal Roofs – Low Slope Roofing Considerations

A roof coating or restoration will likely be required in addition to the repairs, especially if you have a flat or low slope system. We often service these types in commercial and industrial facilities.

Flat roofing is more difficult as “waterproofing” becomes key. A high slope roof can be looked at as a “watershed”, so are a little easier in terms of this type of maintenance.

There are many different options for metal roof restorations/roof coatings. A proper metal roof restoration, with the right people doing the application coupled with the right materials, should get you (conservatively) about ten years or more out of your metal roofing system. As well, a high quality coating will cost you about half the price of a brand new metal roof. In the meantime, you will have another decade free to plan for your roof replacement when it has reached end of life.

The reason a roof coating or restoration is typically required when you have run into metal roof issues especially flat ones) is that the issues are most often installation or design issues that cannot be permanently fixed. Any fix we do to mitigate a roof leakage, for example, will most often be temporary repairs.

For more information on roof coatings, flat roofing, industrial and commercial coatings, and metal roof systems, visit our website for roof repair and re-roofing information. At the bottom of the main page you will find links that discuss various issues, repairs, systems, hiring contractors, and related topics. You can also search this blog by keyword using the built-in search function.

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Metal Roofing

General Roofing Systems Canada Repairs metal Roofs throughout Canada. Metal Roof Repair; 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.

 

One of the most common calls that come into our switchboard are those with reference to metal roofs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

From prospective buyers

  • How much are metal roofs? For the most part, people inherently know they are higher in price than a shingle roof.
  • How long does a metal roof last? Most folks know a metal roof is supposed to last longer than shingles.
  • What colours/profiles are available? Most often our clients have seen, at one point or another, a metal roof that really stood out which they really liked, and they have also seen others they did not like the look of at all.

From metal roof owners that have a leaky roof

  • Why does my metal roof leak?
  • How can I avoid leaks?
  • Are the seams leaking?
  • I can’t figure out if the leaks are coming from the screws.

In fact, we had a call this morning in which the caller, a golf course facility manager in Alberta, said he had changed out every screw on the roof (exposed fastening system) and caulked every screw head and seam and he still had two leaks he just could not pin down.

From metal roof owners frustrated by their leaky roof

  • I’m done with this roof, I’ve tried everything to stop the leaks. What other types of roofs are there?
  • I’m done trying to seal or caulk this roof, can we look at roof coating options?

The truth is, a metal roof is like any other roof. Metal roofing systems have benefits and they have inherent problems.

Hidden fasteners
Hidden fasteners

A metal roof can be the best roof you will ever own. It can be installed so that it does not leak, as well as look great and last almost a lifetime.

In saying that, we endeavour below to address the most important highlights of purchasing considerations, installation procedures, as well as leak repairs, coatings, and restorations.

When purchasing a new metal roof or when considering a roof replacement

 

The cost of poor worksmanship, poor metal roof design, or poor

Industrial metal roof
Industrial metal roof

quality metals:

People considering a metal roof purchase call us all the time with aesthetic and cost questions, and we cannot blame you. I know when I am searching for a new truck or my wife is looking for a new car, some of the first thoughts we have are regarding colour, style, and cost.

However, we should be thinking most in terms of what will get the job done right and what meets our needs most appropriately. Of course, budgets and pricing comes into play, but first and foremost the consideration should be: “what does it cost to do the job right?”

If a metal roof is incorrectly installed, or you have chosen a metal roofing system that has inherent problems or a low quality material was used, it will not so much matter how inexpensive it was when you consider the cost of leaks, repairs, roof coatings, and constant aggravations.

Metal roof coils, prior to machine
Metal roof coils, prior to machine

Case in point, to coat a metal roof or to do a metal roof restoration properly due to a leaking roof caused by a compromise during installation, it is about 50% to 70% of the cost of what it would have been to just install one properly the first time. Unfortunately, that is the most important thing to keep at the top of your mind when shopping for a metal roof.

The Right Questions

Commercial metal roof deck
Commercial metal roof deck

About the contractor

Experience with metal roofs specifically, regardless of its application, (residential, commercial, industrial) is paramount. Challenge the contractor, get references, check out their portfolio, and ask lots of questions. Unless their information is easily and publicly available, questions are your only weapon. You can find a guideline here for how to hire a roofing contractor on our main website.

The proposed metal roof system

When you are talking to roofing contractors about systems, I am not speaking of colours, cost, or the fancy names they give them [the systems]. Ask the contractor the follow questions. If the contractor can confidently carry this conversation with you, then you know you have a great chance at getting a roof that will, in fact, last near a lifetime and will have that aesthetic appeal you were looking for. A metal roof should not “oilcan”, should never leak, vent improperly, or require a full replacement after only a couple of years.

Questions:

Red metal roof, metal panels
Red metal roof, metal panels
  • If there are exposed fasteners, what kind are they?
  • If there are hidden fasteners, what kind of clips are being used and where are the clips fastened?
  • Are the clips being fastened directly to the roof deck; and if so, is there an underlay going under or over?
  • Ask whether the contractor will be hand cutting and wrapping the panels at the eave and at the ridge. If not at the eave, will you see the underside white of the panel from below when standing on the ground? If not, what are the wind lift considerations?
  • Is the system as monolithic as possible?
  • Are the seams hand crimped?
  • Where each seam is crimped or comes together, are they using a caulking underneath, or a caulking tape? How long does it last?
  • Will the underlay be synthetic, or tar paper? If it’s Ice & Water, what grade?
  • Will the underlayment be monolithic with base sheet torching?
  • If the contractor tries to “assure” you there will be no negative laps on the underlayment, gauge their reaction when you ask to see the roof for yourself.
  • Will there be strapping, and if so will it be going on before or after the underlayment
  • Will the system be able to breathe?
  • Will the metal panels be manufactured off-site? If so, what assurance is there that they will fit?

Once you have gone through this process, and the contractor’s answers have been vetted, then pick a colour, get a competitive and fair price, and pay your chosen roofers on time for a job well done.

Commercial metal roofers
Commercial metal roofers
Standing seam, hidden fastener roof
Standing seam, hidden fastener roof

When repairing a metal roof or considering a metal roof coating or restoration

This is a little easier than the questions you should be asking when you are considering a new metal roof.

Repairs are quite often due to the metal seams expanding or contracting, screw holes that have been expanded over time, or roof penetrations that are not flashed in properly.

The first step is to assess repairs from a remediation perspective. Some high end caulking, underlayment like Ice & Water, and flashing knowledge is required. We use a journeyman that can assess and conduct the repairs.

Once the repairs are done, then you will most likely have to do a roof coating at some point.

There are many different options for roof restorations that we will not go into here, but essentially a proper roof restoration with the right people doing the application should get you, under a conservative estimate, about ten more years out of your system and will cost you about 50% of the price of a new metal roof.

The reason a coating or roof restoration is typically required when you have run into metal roof issues is that they are most often installation or design ones that cannot be permanently fixed. Any fix we do to mitigate a leakage, for instance, will most often be temporary repairs.

For more information on roof coatings and metal roof systems, visit our roof repair and roofing replacement website. At the bottom of the main page their are links that discuss various issues, repairs, systems, hiring contractors, etc. You can also search this blog and the documents or links to the site by typing in your search key words and that may assist you also.

Ultimately, you can pick up the phone anytime and more often than not we have very experienced roofers that will either answer your call right away or one will get back to you in short order (we do our best to have our most senior roofers answer live on the front end as much as possible). We will give you a hand with whatever questions you may have.

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Low Slope Roofing- Choosing the Right Flat Roof Membrane

General Roofing Systems Canada provides low slope installations throughout Canada. Low slope installations 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

The inquiry below came in to our call center today, we thought it best to post it as an article to our blog to assist others who have questions regarding Low Slope Roof Membranes.

The email conversation below contains standard questions and answers that our clients have when choosing the correct “low slope roofing” or “flat roof membranes”.

The following items are a listing of the topics covered amongst the email; low slope roof life cycle costs, choosing the right roofing contractor, low slope roof prices, roof installation quality, choosing the right flat roof membrane, differences between various flat roof systems, and many more.

RE: A roofers perspective of low slope / flat roof costs, life cycle costs, torch down 2difference between flat roof systems, and most importantly  roof craftsmanship.

Email Conversation:

Hello,

I am presently in the middle of preparing to build a new office space with a low slope. My architect was advising the TPO material for it being more “green” and its heat reflection.

 However,in my internet search, the results and outlook for TPO roofs is still in question. I am looking towards the old standby 2 ply SBS and I writing this letter to you as you do all these products.

 Which one would last longer and what is the cost difference between the 2 products… also include PVC if you can.

 Regards,

 

Dear valued client;

Thank you for your inquiry.

We have been receiving a lot of the same sort of inquiry lately (what are the cost of flat roofs, the life cycle cost of flat or low slope roofing, and the difference between low slope or flat roof membranes).

Generally we tend to receive these types of inquiries at this time of year, this is primarily due to commercial, industrial and home owners having time to complete research as a result of the holiday season.

With saying that, I am going to post your questions about low slope roofing to our blog along with my answers (in article form) so that our conversation(s) will assist others when researching about low slope roof membranes and roofing contractors.

Your “Roof Life Cycle Cost” will be determined as follows: 90% will be a result of the roof installation quality and 10% will be determined from which low slope roof membrane is selected.

For every ten hours you put in planning for your new flat roof, nine of those ten hours should be researching and selecting the right contractor for your project. If you put in a total of 5 hours planning your flat roof project, 30 minutes should be spent considering the different flat roof membranes available and 4.5 hours should be spent researching, selecting, and communicating with your new flat roofing contractor.

The most important aspects to considering a Flat Roofing Contractors is; Roof Workmanship Quality, WCB, BBB reports, Insurance, Liability, Warranty, Guarantee, Safety programs. Although it is not necessary that the flat roofer is a member of the BBB because complaints can be lodged whether a company is a member or not.

Random consumer complaints are not that important due to the fact that anyone can rant about anything online (It is impossible to make everyone happy 100% all the time), yet complaints to the BBB should be given serious consideration as the BBB has a highly professional process required for authenticating complaints.

The workmanship guarantee is to be considered one of the greatest factors to take into consideration.  In some ways this is even more important than the roof membrane manufacturer warranty.

Alongside this there are other considerations to keep in mind such as insurance coverages for example:

A) Work Safe / WCB clearances (you are able to get one from Worksafe / WCB),

B) Commercial Liability Insurance (which should be 5,000,000.00 – some go as low as having only 2,000,000.00 insurance),

C) Roofing Contractor’s Safety Program (which ensures the workers are actually being safe while on your site including the use of hard hats, vests, harnesses, daily hazard assessments etc.)

These are all important considerations that help protect the customers. An injury to a worker can be a significant issue for a home or business owner if the roofing contractor has not followed the proper compliance procedures. Such an event like this can cause you considerable expense and aggravation.

TPO Roof Life Cycle Costs

Now in regards to your question pertaining to TPO Roofing and life cycle costs, unfortunately this is still unknown. Perhaps not scientifically, but from a flat roof installer perspective it is.

Statistically speaking, we have more data specified to PVC roofs than we do TPO. The reality is that all low slope roof membranes have similar life cycle costs. Yet when you consider them statistically or scientifically they do vary, but all in all, low slope or flat roof membranes all perform quite well.

However, coming from a “roofer’s perspective”, here is what I can tell you; An issue that we as roofers see every day on the roofs, which in truth should be your highest priority in research is the actual installation of the material itself. Numerous building and home owners alike are unaware of the actual process, procedures and potential roof failures due to improper installation of the flat roof.

Another area of concern is the other workers that will attend the roof during construction or after, such as HVAC installers for an HVAC retro-fitter.

Now with the assumption that the contractor is reliable and adheres to all the proper regulation, the reality is that things can happen when a flat roofs are being installed. No company is flawless and has a perfect flat roof installation every-time.

In the offices, we here several conversations about how things can and do go wrong, yet it is how we deal with the problem that separates us from success or failure with other roofing contractors. We see time and time again, people that do not do their proper due diligence because they assume things should just go without incident. Although this is not like buying a car. Hiring a trade is much different.

Of course on the other side of managing roofers or the installation of flat roofs is that there is the pro-active side of things that says there are things that we can do as the roofing contractors before problems arise to assist in a higher probability of a proper roof installation occurring.

Now, in our instance we have done things like institute our industry with an Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee which causes our roofing staff to be more aware of the day-to-day incidents that could occur. It is our responsibility to provide superior roof craftsmanship. This has our staff in a more stringent project path for a flat roof installation quality control system. Ultimately, the craftsmanship itself is what most determines the true cost of your flat roof and not which flat roof membrane or flat roof system was chosen.

Once you get past the issue of the quality of installation for your roof and hiring the right contractor you can then consider which roof membrane to use.

Now to provide some answers specific to your questions, here are some considerations for your low slope roof membrane research;

 

With respect to traditional low slope roofing (SBS, TPO, PVC, EPDM, BUR) I would recommend using 2 ply SBS modified with complete confidence.

The reason is that with a single ply, you have opportunity for what we call catastrophic Failure. In other words, a hole the size of a quarter in the membrane can cause significant damage to the complete system as the water can travel. With SBS, it is torched down and the opportunity for water migration is less. Here’s one other factor to consider with SBS modified, if you have roof installer that does not install the membrane correctly, this will result in you having significant issues. The deficiency list can be considerable and cost more than replacing the roof in the first place.

Now, You didn’t ask about multi-ply low slope roofing specifically, yet I am going to take the liberty of giving you a couple of thoughts regarding those systems. You are able to get a multi-ply low slope roof like the Tough Roof System that will give you the reflective values you desire. Additionally, you will get the sense of security knowing your roof will have maintained durability. The Tough Roof is a multi-ply built up (BUR) roof system that has layers of bitumen (in this case a synthetic layer in between instead of the traditional felt mats between each layer) and on the top, Tough Roof uses white elastomeric roof coating which contributes to the reflective component.

The other option you have in these newer systems is a multi-ply liquid rubber system which is VOC free, completely environmentally friendly and you can cover it with an acrylic reflective top coat. The system is a proprietary system from General Roofing that includes 2-4 layers of liquid rubber with a synthetic fabric between layers of built up and with an optional top coat of acrylic reflective roof coating. Of all the systems you can get, this particular system is most environmentally friendly, it is bullet proof like the built up roofs, and it can be as reflective as you choose.

So ultimately your choices are; traditional 3-4 layer built up roofing (Tar and Gravel) which is 3-4 layers of tar with tar felt paper in between, then the 2 ply modified bitumen which is torched down, the single ply roofing (EPDM, TPO, PVC) which is mechanically fastened, fully adhered, or ballasted, and then the newer type of built up roof like the Tough Roof which is 3-4 ply of tar with synthetic fabric between the layers with an elastomeric top coat for reflectivity and the newer built up liquid rubber systems from GRS that are 2-4 layers of built up liquid rubber with a synthetic fabric between the layers with the option of a reflective top coat of acrylic elastomeric roof coating.

From least expensive to most expensive the roof membrane systems typically go from least expensive to most costly as follows; Spray Foam, EPDM, TPO, PVC, 2 Ply, GRS Liquid Rubber BUR, Traditional BUR, Tough Roof. However, it is important to note when considering the cost of a flat roof or a low slope roof system two things. First, the cost difference between flat roof systems as you go from one to the next is small in comparison to expected life cycle cost planning. For example, EPDM roofing is moderately more costly than Spray Foam, and PVC moderately more cost than TPO and on and on as you go through each system. Yet the important consideration is the cost of the roof over a period of time. A properly installed Tar and Gravel roof or properly installed 2 Ply SBS Torch on Roof will likely last much longer than EPDM, TPO, or even PVC – “likely” has a number of considerations…. weather, application, service workers on the roof, etc. And a Liquid Rubber Built Up Roof and the Tough Roof built up systems have almost unlimited life cycle as they both come with maintenance agreements to renew the top reflective layer of elastomeric coating.

I hope this has helped answer your questions, please feel free to contact us any time should you require more information or would like to ask us more questions.

Until next time

The staff at GRS

 

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Calgary Hail Hits Again

General Roofing Systems Canada is a Comprehensive Roofing Contractor Serving the Greater Calgary, Alberta Area. We service hail claims for roof damage anywhere in Alberta, BC, or Saskatchewan.

Calgary, the Capital of Hail Damaged Roofs, has been hit Again! On July 12, 2010 Calgary set an all-time record for insurance claims, totalling approximately 400 million dollars’ worth of damage. That particular hail storm has kept re-roofing contractors busy with roof insurance claims from the Calgary area ever since.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2010/08/11/calgary-hail-storm-record-damage-insurance-bureau.html

Now one year later the hail chasers are celebrating yet again as hail has hit Calgary more than a few times since the beginning of summer.

One question that comes to mind is whether or not Calgary is running the cloud seeding program? Surely after last year’s damage and the high insurance claims, the city would try to prevent a repeat.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2010/07/14/calgary-hail-storm-cloud-seeding-planes.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_seeding

On Aug 5, 2011 Hail, Wind, and Rain caused havoc with Calgary residents and was even the cause of an unfortunate death when a storm sewer filled and a man drowned.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/08/05/storm-submarines-neighbourhoods

On Aug 5, 2011 Mother Nature let loose her fury by pummeling Calgary yet again with Hail, Wind, and Rain. This brutal storm also became the cause of an unfortunate death when a storm sewer filled with water and a man drowned.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/08/05/storm-submarines-neighbourhoods

A Permanent Solution to the Cost of Insurance for Hail Damaged Roofs in Calgary? We at GRS believe that we have found a permanent solution to stop the insurance companies from having to dole out nearly half a billion dollars for one hail storm, in one city. We believe our solution would actually benefit more than just the insurance companies, it would also make homeowners happy due to home insurance premiums going down! The only group in this equation that may not be all that happy about our hail reduction program idea are ROOFERS 🙂

Look, it’s simple. Don’t install shingles on any homes in Calgary and you won’t have hail damaged roofs, and no hail damaged roofs equals no insurance needed for re-roofing. So if you do not install Shingles on houses, what would you use? What are the Hail Proof Roofing Products? When it comes to finding materials that are hail proof, unfortunately there aren’t many. Metal roofing is hail resistant and so are metal panels yet it is all dependent on the quality, as it will resist hail to varying degrees. A heavy gauge stone coated steel shingle roof will likely never receive a hail dent, but the granules sprayed to the outside of the steel would likely vaporize at a certain point. Remember…. Calgary gets dinosaur sized hail! Rubber tile roofs, they should hold up to almost any size of hail, but a good quality rubber tile roof can be quite expensive. I saw a quote earlier this year from a Calgary roofer (a client showed me), and it was for 6.90 cents per square foot. The truth is, when going with rubber tile and all the underlayment and flashings etc this would be the minimal price you would expect to pay.

A properly installed rubber tile roof will cost upwards 9 – 15 per square foot (depending on a multitude of factors). Concrete tile will give in to hail at a certain point, shingles no matter how thick will give, metal and steel depends on gauge and quality, and rubber tile will likely hold up to hail. So what’s the answer? We say liquid rubber will stand up to hail. Liquid rubber roofing is bullet proof (almost, let’s not get too literal). We’re installing liquid rubber to tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of square feet weekly. It is being installed on both industrial and commercial roof systems. Hail will just bounces right off. The only problem is that your roof looks like the tires on your car or truck, kind off a dull black…. although if you would like, you can paint it with an elastomeric designer paint, and shade the paint to your liking. And if you do not just want a boring colour and would like to stand out or possibly show case your favorite sports team, we would be able to paint there logo on it as well.

Well, it was a hail of a day in Calgary, so we thought we’d tell you all about our solution for the costs of hail damaged roofs. Perhaps someone with all the power to make change will take us up on the idea? And if not, off we go replacing more hail damaged roofs in Calgary for another few years at least. And the cloud seeding planes stay employed too.

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

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