Flat Roof Repair, Coatings, and Restoration

General Roofing Systems Canada provides flat roof coatings throughout Canada. Roof coatings 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.

Technology has changed. Today’s flat roof coating technologies allow for GRS to offer highly effective flat roof coatings that perform extremely well, have relatively lengthy manufacturer warranties, possess tax deductible benefits that a new flat roof system can’t offer, and are economically more feasible than traditional roof maintenance systems (the new flat roof coatings have excellent life cycle costs not available in past).

 

Flat roof coatings available today are an excellent, predictable solution for waterproofing new or old flat roofs (low slope roofs). GRS has cool roof coatings (“reflective white coatings”) and we also supply and install black rubberized flat roof coatings (which are more commonly used in Canada). We have recently been installing a number of flat roof and metal roof coatings throughout Western Canada (early in the 2011 season) and we will be posting the process of those installations to our blog as soon as photos start coming in from the sites.

GRS flat roof coatings are an excellent solution for flat roof repair over most aged flat roofing materials except coat tar roofing (in which case a roof recovery membrane system is better suited). As a side note, we can offer an “out of the box” manufacturer warranty on the new flat roof coatings that is 10 years, and on flat roof recovery systems 20 years is available from the manufacturer.

Technology in both categories of flat roof remediation or restoration has certainly changed in recent years. GRS installs flat roof coatings over metal roofs (the photo above shows a metal roof coating in progress in Leduc, AB just south of Edmonton), BUR Tar and Gravel Roofing, Modified Bitumen SBS Torch Down Roofing, and Single Ply Roofing such as EPDM, PVC, TPO, etc.
Our flat roof restoration systems utilizing roof coatings allow our clients to avoid a complete re-roof tear-off; they complete the flat roof repair or restoration process faster; coatings lower flat roof maintenance and replacement life cycle costs; and roof coatings (or roof recovery systems) eliminate landfill costs.
Coatings are applied using a brush, roller, squeegee, and/or sprayers as required. The coatings cure quickly (set instantly and cure within 48 hours). With excellent advancements in roof coatings our client base has rapidly grown also, GRS has many satisfied commercial and industrial clients that can attest to the remarkable advances in product deliverables in this particular segment of the roofing maintenance industry. We strongly encourage anyone with a flat roof or a metal roof that is seeking replacement, repair, or maintenance to look in to this excellent solution.

 

In addition to the new roof coating products being an excellent solution and alternative to complete flat roof or metal roof replacement, many of our flat roof coatings are green, environmentally friendly roof coatings. A few points of note:

  • They carry a 10 year roof coating warranty.
  • UV resistant.
  • Have  tax deductible benefits as they are considered maintenance and not a new roof.
  • Coatings are cold-applied roof systems (no open flame is used on the roof).
  • Many of our roof coating systems do not contain any toxins or VOCs.
  • Highly elastomeric – in most cases are equal to or exceed 850% elongation with 95% recovery – that is a very elastomeric roof coating – they are able to adapt to surface movement and thermal changes like few flat roof solutions can.
Alternative to a Roof Coating is a New Flat Roof Membrane Roof Recovery / Retrofit: https://www.grscanadainc.com/Flat_Roof_Replacement.html
Things to Consider Before Replacing a Flat Roof:
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Replacing_a_Flat_Roof.html 

Different Choices in Flat Roof Systems can be found here:
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Flat_Roofing.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.

Residential Roof Replacement – Shingles

Below you will find an article consisting of roof replacement options for both shingled roofs and low-slope systems. When considering a shingle roof replacement in Western Canada there are a number of different considerations to make – hopefully this list will help you!

ROOF REPLACEMENT, ROOF SHINGLE TYPES:

3 Tab Shingles
3 Tab Shingles are the traditional looking shingle. The traditional 3 tab shingles now typically have 25 or 30 year warranties. There are, however, laminate shingles now that look like a 3 Tab shingle, and there are designer 3 Tab shingles that are a laminate. The latter are designed for an Estate Home look like the IKO Royal Estate.

Laminate Shingles (Designer Shingles, Luxury Shingles, Textured Shingles)
Laminate shingles have become the standard. The older 3 tab style is no longer on these shingles typically and the laminates may be double or triple layer laminates of asphalt and fiberglass shingle material. One of the heavier laminates we like to use is the Certainteed Presidential TL.

Asphalt Shingles
An Asphalt Shingle is a type of shingle. Asphalt Shingles is a term for what the shingles are made from. Traditionally shingles were mostly made from waste paper saturated with asphalt. On the top of the shingle is an adhesive asphalt with ceramic granules. Nowadays there are asphalt shingles, asphalt mixed with other products, and asphalt modifiers in shingles.

Fiberglass Shingles
Here again, fiberglass shingle is a term for what material the shingle is made from. Fiberglass shingles typically have a base layer mat of fiberglass.

SBS Modified Shingles (Rubber Shingles)
Here again, SBS modified shingle is a term for what material the shingle is made from. The SBS modified shingle in our opinion is the best shingle you can buy, and is better for weathering and impact resistance. One of our favourite SBS modified shingles is the Malarkey Legacy Shingle. Malarkey has taken great strides in excellence with the Legacy shingle.

High Profile Ridge Cap Shingles
High profile capping is a standard upgrade in modern shingle technology. It gives your roof a high profile look at the roof ridge and roof hips as the capping shingles have a textured high profile. If you are doing a shake roof replacement the high profile ridge cap is essential.

One of our favourite Ridge Cap Shingles is the GAF RidGlass – SBS Modified High Profile Ridge Cap.
GAF RidGlass High Profile Cap

Algae Resistant Shingles
Algae resistant shingle granules contain a coating of leechable copper ceramically coated.

Roof Replacement, Roof Shingle Products and Manufacturers

Malarkey Roof Shingles

IKO Roof Shingles

Certainteed Roof Shingles

Owens Corning Roof Shingles

GAF Roof Shingles

ROOF REPLACEMENT – LOW SLOPE ROOF SHINGLES

Building Code for Low Slope Roofing
Before you listen to anyone that says you can install xyz shingles on a low slope roof, be sure to check your local building code. Typically anything less than 3/12 pitch is not allowed. However, we strongly suggest looking at not putting shingles on anything less than a 4/12 pitch roof unless you really take precautions and that requires the right low slope roofer.

Shingle Manufacturer Specifications for Low Slope Roofing
Shingle manufacturers have specifications for what they will allow for low slope shingle applications. In some instances the warranty is affected or void. Be sure to look up the shingle manufacturer spec first, before purchasing the shingles. Sometimes the shingle manufacturer will ask for 2 ply felt, or ice and water membrane on the whole roof, etc. Malarkey shingles is one of our favorites to use for low – slope.

Low Slope Roof Valley Applications
We close valleys if the roof is 3/12 slope or less. For 4/12 slope or more, we encourage open valleys (with a specific way of installing the valleys of course).

See our Homeowner Guide to Roof Replacement – How to Shingle a Roof.

Roof Underlay for Low Slope Roofing
Usually, if a low slope roof application is allowed by local building code and the shingle manufacturer states that you can install their shingles on a low slope, then either 2 ply’s of tar paper will be required or a complete ice and water membrane (peel and stick) will be required.

Alternative Membranes for Low Slope Roofing (Flat Roof Membrane Options)
When the slope is so low that you will have constant aggravations after the roof replacement is complete, it is better to consider a roof membrane designed for low slope roofing. TPO, PVC, EPDM, or a MODIFIED BITUMEN are all sound choices.

Visit Low Slope / Flat Roof Section of our Website.

ROOF REPLACEMENT, ROOF SHINGLE COLOURS

Typically, shingle colours are more limited on the lower end and on the higher end of the shingle line. When you are considering a roof replacement this is an important place to park for a few minutes. The mid line shingles like an IKO Cambridge has many options as those shingles are used in more roof replacements than, say, high-end Presidential TL.

ROOF REPLACEMENT, ROOF SHINGLES THAT HAVE A SHAKE LOOK (TEXTURE, PROFILE)

If your roof replacement is from a shake roof to a shingle roof or you just simply want the textured shake look to your shingles, there are more and more shake appearance shingles available every year.

The Presidential TL is a great example; the Owens Corning Woodcrest Collection, Certainteed Landmark, IKO ArmourShake, and the Malarkey Legacy shingles are also quality examples.

ROOF REPLACEMENT, ROOF SHINGLE WARRANTIES

Most shingle manufacturers now have Limited Lifetime Warranties on most of their shingles and on the front end the shingles will typically have a “no grief” warranty period of 10 years, or, in the case of IKO the warranty on the front end is 15 years.

GENERAL ROOFING SYSTEMS CANADA DOCUMENTS

General Roofing Systems Canada – How to Shingle a Roof Properly.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor for your Roof Replacement.

What Makes our Shingle Roofing Installers Different – Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee.

Project Portfolio and References of Roof Replacements.

Roofing Shingle Section of our Web Site.

Request Shingle Pricing Online – Roof Price Contact Online Form.

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.

Calgary Commercial Roofing

General Roofing Systems Canada Repairs, Replaces, and Maintains Commercial Roofing to the Greater Calgary Area. Below is a Commercial Roof Installation Project Spotlight of the MOVAC Head Office Commercial Roof Installation.

Calgary Commercial Roofing Project Spotlight

Commercial Roof Installation Scope
MOVAC Head Office
New Construction
Engineered Sloped Roof Insulation
4 Layers Mop on Bitumen
SBS Modified Base Torch On
SBS Modified Cap Sheet Torch On

This commercial roofing project that is  located in the South East of Calgary, Alberta was for a new commercial building for Movac. The project included vapour barrier including 4 layers of mop on bitumen, a sloped engineered insulation package from Plasti-Fab and IKO base and IKO SBS modified bitumen cap sheet.

 

Calgary Commercial Roof, Bitumen Mopped
Calgary Commercial Roof, Installing Tar Flood Coat
Calgary Commercial Roof, Mechanically Fastern Roof Insulation
Installing Engineered Slope Insulation
Calgary Commercial Roof, Tar Flood Coat over Roof Insulation
Commercial Roof Ready for Rooftop Units
Calgary Commercial Roof, Tar
Tar Roofing –  in Calgary, AB
Calgary Commercial Roofers, Base Mechanically Fastened to Steel Q Deck of Roof
Roof Board installed to Steel Q Decking
Calgary Commercial Roofers, Roof Hatch Install
Roof Hatch installation.
Calgary Commercial Roofers
Bitumen flood coat to completed.
Calgary Commercial Roofing
Fibre board mechanically fastened prior to SBS Modified Torch On.
Commercial Roof Calgary
Rolling out hot bitumen layers to this .
Commercial Roofers Calgary
Commercial roof system – shows layers of the roof – almost ready for SBS modified torch.
Commercial Roofing Calgary, SBS Modified Torch On, Metal Roofing, Flat Roofing
Commercial roof has SBS Modified Torch On Cap Sheet Installed (grey torch on cap).
Commercial Roofing
One of our Calgary Commercial Roofing Roofers Got Creative by taking photo from inside of where roof scupper would be installed.

 

Visit our main website for more information on our Calgary Commercial Roofing services.

 

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, Canmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Whistler, Cranbrook, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and all points between. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario.

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.