Emergency Roof Repair Situations

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.

Emergency Roofing Repairs

Wind Warnings and Torrential RainFall has been causing roof failures in British Columbia, while meanwhile in Southern Alberta high Winds are Blowing Shingles, Shakes, and Tiles off Roofs Again.

This week has been tough on roof systems from the West Coast all the way to Saskatchewan. Our call center has been over-whelmed with wind related roofing repairs calls along the West Coast including Victoria, Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Vancouver North Shore, and in the Fraser Valley. While in Southern Alberta such areas like Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, and even into Calgary have been experiencing wind gusts of up to 120 km/h.

The unusual high winds have been tearing shingles off roofs and causing general havoc with a variety of roofs types. We have received calls with complaints of skylights blowing off or leaking, roof vents, flashing, and even roof hatches needing repair.

With the heavy rain on the West Coast, this has caused flat roofs to fail, this particularly has applied to those that have drainage issues or drains that are plugged. With the cycles of having warm air thawing to only freeze again due to the Chinooks in areas like Calgary, AB, this has been resulted in our 24 Hour Toll Free Emergency Roof Repair line to receive several repair calls.

We are finding that Roofs with improper attic ventilation are having condensation issues to areas even as far north as Edmonton and flat roofs are requiring more maintenance to clear drains that are freezing over with ice.

Solutions for Roof Repairs, Attic Condensation, and Roof Drainage Issues

There are some solutions we can offer to help with the various problems roofs have this time of year. However If you cannot solve the repair or maintenance issue by yourself, call our 24 hour emergency roof repair toll free number at 1.877.497.3528 and schedule a repair person to attend.

Flat Roof Membranes
Repair Crew Fixing Flat Roof Connected to an Industrial Metal Roof

Flat Roof Drainage Problems: Flat roofs unfortunately do require some regular maintenance, especially in high winds and freeze-thaw cycles.

Roof Drainage: The roof drains are prone to clog from leaves, tree branches, and with the ice and snow melting and freezing on the roof. Drainage problems on flat roofs can also be compounded by an inadequate slope of the roof. Nonetheless, a spring and fall maintenance of the roof is key to ensuring the roof bears well during bad weather. Click here to see our  Flat Roof Maintenance check list.

Roof Inspection: Extreme winds, heavy rain-fall, and snow and ice melting should trigger an inspections to be completed. It is preferable that this is completed during the storms to ensure our technician’s ability to see if the roof drains are clear.

Roof Slope Problems: With improperly sloped flat roof systems, there are solutions to mitigate these issues. An improper roof slope can be examined with our technician at the time of inspection or while we are performing maintenance to your roof.

Condensation in Attic Spaces

Roof Sheeting Mold, Attic Mold, Condensation II
Condensation in Attic Space

Sloped or Pitched Roof Attic Condensation Problems Attic condensation repairs or remediation tend to be a more involved process requiring a number of steps.

Solving Attic Condensation

Your attic require proper ventilation. You need to check the intake air typically at the roof soffits to be sure that there is enough air coming in to your attic space. Be sure to check that insulation is not covering the air from entering your attic by following the air flow along the roof sheathing to where you come to the ridge or peak of the roof.

Check the exhaust vents (typically by each square foot or along the ridge) to be sure they are not plugged with snow and see if there are enough roof vents. You will need about 1 square foot of roof venting per 100 – 300 square feet of attic. A calculation commonly used by our roofers for attic / roof ventilation is 1:250. If the air vents exhausting the intake air is appropriate then you need to check the vapor barrier of the attic. It cannot be compromised and be letting warm air in.

Warm air rises through the attic into the roof sheathing. The snow on the roof then melts and creates ice dams. The ice dams then back up under shingles, shakes, and tiles causing leaks in to attics and then ultimately in to your house through the ceiling. If none of these problems can be found in your attic, it is best for you to then call the experts.

Shingles Torn off in winds

Wind Blows Shingles off Improperly Installed Shingle Roof in Calgary
Shingles Torn off in Winds

High Wind damage and Roof Repairs to Shingles, Tiles, and Shakes Repairing Damaged Roofs: Ultimately, after the installation of shingles, tiles, or shakes are complete and the winds begin to increase, you can now face blow-off problems. The best we can do is repair the windblown damaged roof.

How to Shingle a Roof: Prior to having your roof replaced, it is a good idea to know the specifications and the proper way to shingle a roof to ensure your roofing contractor is in check at time a roof replacement is required. Our website has a series on How to Shingle a Roof that explains the process of shingling for areas with high winds and how to avoid costly repairs due to wind damage.

Roof Underlay: Beyond the actual installation principles when replacing your shingles, shakes, or tiles there is the issue of the roof underlay. If the proper roof underlay is used and is installed correctly, then one does not have a concern in regards to shingles, shakes, or tiles being blown off. The roof underlay or membrane will keep the roof water-tight with-out the shingles so no leaks occur.

Shingles for High Winds: Finally, there are roofing shingles available that are designed to withstand high winds. Shingles like the Malarkey Legacy have high wind ratings of up to 170KM per HR which gives areas like the West Coast, North Shore of Vancouver, Calgary, Lethbridge etc. some advantage over the winds that damage roofs every year.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your roof, our office is always able to provide over the phone advice, set up inspections or arrange for a complete repair.

Until Next Time,

The Team at GRS

General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.


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.

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:


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:


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.