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

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.

 

Firestone Roofing TPO/EPDM Hybrid

General Roofing Systems Canada provides TPO/EPDM roof replacement and recovery throughout Canada. 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.

A Firestone press release from LAS VEGAS dated February 16, 2011, states:

At the 2011 International Roofing Expo, Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, is showcasing its UltraBlend Roofing System, a hybrid TPO/EPDM system that combines the strengths and benefits of two durable single-ply materials in one comprehensive, warrantable roofing system. To complement the UltraBlend system, Firestone’s full line of EcoWhite QuickSeam accessories – including flashings, pipe boots, penetration pockets and patches – can add to the ease and speed of installation.

Product Highlights:

  • Firestone is a roofing industry standard. It is a “single source roofing system provider” which creates a great platform for roofing contractors to serve clients.
  • The new single-ply system has an excellent warranty. The combination of the UltraPly TPO and the Rubbergard EPDM in a shingle roof system is innovative, comprehensive, and backed by a 20 year warranty.
  • The combination of UltraPly TPO for horizontal roof surfaces and either RubberGard EPDM or EcoWhite EPDM for vertical surfaces helps contractors save time and labour costs.
  • With the choice of 45 or 60 mil fully-adhered or mechanically attached UltraPly TPO membrane combined with either 60 mil black EPDM or highly reflective white EPDM, the UltraBlend System offers the option to use various combinations of accessories and flashings from both product lines.

Our Review:

Over the course of the year, we will be installing the new Firestone Roofing system and we will report on it. The hybrid system makes sense, and with Firestone’s history of roofing performance, we see no reason at this point to disqualify this system when considering commercial applications.

We encourage other roofing contractor comments as the system is being installed this season either by emailing us at info@grscanadainc.com or posting here on our blog.

The link to Firestone news releases is found here:

http://www.firestonebpco.com/whatsnew/companynews/IREUltraBlend/

The link to Flat Roofing Systems on our website is found here:

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

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.

British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario

Emergency Roof Snow & Ice Removal in Alberta

General Roofing Systems Canada provides snow and ice removal services 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.

Our Alberta roofing crews returning to our offices last night and early in the morning had many interesting reports with regard to snow and ice removal.

One report was not exactly heartening; fortunately, nobody was hurt.

One of our office staffers took a call mid-afternoon from an industrial facility just outside of Edmonton. The client was requesting emergency snow removal from an industrial corrugated metal roof system (low slope/flat).

While on the call, our operator could hear people in the background beginning to cause a stir. There were a few screams and a lot of noise. The distraught caller informed us that a portion of their roof had just collapsed.

Even more concerning was when our service manager arrived on-site. There were staff in the area of the building he reported to when they heard “snaps” and “cracks” coming from the roof. They left that room to inform their management what they were hearing while our office was on the phone with them [management] in the meantime. It was just as they left that area that the whole roof collapsed. ‘Just goes to show that a structural failure can occur without any warning and at any time.

It was a very emotional day. No one was hurt physically, but there were tears to be sure. Clearing snow, clearing ice… trying to help folks on the phone and in person when their homes are leaking very badly or their business roof is collapsing. Even more emotional in the life of the roofer is knowing that there are many more calls that we are not able to respond to when we get stretched thin during “tsunami” seasons.

Our crews continued to roll in through the night and the last of them arrived at about 4:30 am. We will start rolling out crews again sometime around 5:30 am and see how today goes. We are certainly hoping for everyone’s safety and the best for the business and homeowners that we will be dealing with. Serious leaks are expected to start coming in if we cannot remove the snow sooner than later for our current work-sites.

When questioning the crews arriving back at the office, we asked them what could be said or what could be taken and learned from the last 24 hours to assist folks affected by the snow and ice on roofs. This was their response:

  1. If you think your roof may have too much snow load, be sure to get it removed immediately or at least get a structural expert to inspect the roof for load capacity.
  2. If you hear anything at all that does not sound right, leave the building. Today was a real eyeopener for some.
  3. Take some preventative measures. Read up on roof ventilation and ice damming; fix the problems that cause ice buildup before it leads to structural failures. Remove the snow from your roof as soon as possible, and remove ice on the sides of buildings which are immediately hazardous to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Apparently, the Edmonton Journal had also caught wind of our latest crew experiences with ice and snow removal. (Update 7-24-2015: The link has since been removed from their website)

Below you will find some pictures from today’s crew reports. One shows over 40 in. of snow on a flat roof, obviously challenging load capacity. Another shows a roof collapse from the inside of the building (imagine how much snow was on the collapsed portion before that happened). Another photo shows a piece of ice on the exterior of a condominium building. Signs of leakage in the eave section of the low slope metal roof for this building will become evident when the melting begins.

40 inches on a flat roof
40 inches on a flat roof
Industrial site requiring removal
Industrial site requiring removal
Interior view of a collapsed roof
Interior view of a collapsed roof
Second collapsed view
Second collapsed view
Jan 17, 2011 Roof Ice, Edmonton AB 5
Ice damming on low sloped metal roof
Jan 17, 2011 Roof Ice, Edmonton AB 1
Metal roof reaching load capacity
Jan 17, 2011 Roof Ice, Edmonton AB 2 (1)
Ice damming along gutter system
Jan 17, 2011 Roof Ice, Edmonton AB 2
More ice damming
Jan 17, 2011 Roof Ice, Edmonton AB 3
Packed snow and ice dam growth
Jan 17, 2011 Roof Ice, Edmonton AB 4
Second view of the same

 

Contact Us:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)

24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free. info@grscanadainc.com.

British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario