Roof Shingles Damaged by Windstorm: Winter Storm Warning Announced!

CALGARY – Tuesday November 29, 2011

A WINTER STORM WARNING FROM ENVIRONMENT  CANADA HAS BEEN ANNOUNCE FOR CALGARY AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. PLEASE BE ADVISED DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF THE WEATHER, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR ROOF LEAKS TO OCCUR.

FOR EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIR IN CALGARY OR SOUTHERN ALBERTA CALL US AT +1.877.497.3528. Emergency Roofers On Call 24 Hours.

General Roofing Systems Canada is repairing wind damaged roofs through-out central and southern Alberta due to the storm that blew roofs of homes and businesses last Sunday.

Several homes and businesses were affected by this storm , as a result our roofers have been providing emergency repair services to the following cities and the municipalities; Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Lethbridge, Taber, Okotoks, Nanton, High River, Bragg Creek, Red Deer, Sundre, Carstairs, Drumheller, Strathmore, Chestermere .

Below are some photos taken by GRS emergency roof repair crews, of the shingles that have been blown off roofs. Many homes have had the shingles blown off right down to the plywood leaving no roof underlay left at all, just bare plywood.

Now that the wind has blown off not only the shingles, but also the underlay  our concern is that many of these roofs are being left completely exposed to the elements.

To make matters worse, as of  tonight at 9:27 PM Environment Canada has issued a storm warning for Calgary and Southern Alberta, with lots of snow expected! Things are going to get much worse on these roofs. 

There was enough significant damage caused to shingles that when the roofs start leaking from snow cover, the insurance claims in Calgary and Southern Alberta will go through the roof.

Here’s the Winter Storm Warning for Calgary and Southern Alberta

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/index.php?product=alerts&region=wwcaab0006&placecode=caab0049&productname=weather#Winter Storm Warning

Calgary, Alberta

Winter Storm Warning

Issued at 9:27 PM MST Tuesday 29 November 2011

Summary

Snowfall amounts of 10 cm or more and blowing snow expected by Wednesday morning. This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions…Listen for updated statements.

Details

An intense low pressure system off the northern tip of Vancouver Island is expected to move across the Rockies after midnight. As the system redevelops in Southern Alberta many forecast regions will experience a brief risk of freezing rain. The precipitation will then quickly transition to snow as cooler air moves in with the low. Snowfall accumulations of 10 cm or more should be expected by noon Wednesday for the City of Calgary, Kananaskis, Okotoks, Airdrie, Cardston, Lethbridge, and the Cypress Hills forecast regions. As the low moves eastwards strong northerly winds will develop behind it generating widespread blowing snow in the City of Calgary, Airdrie Drumheller, Brooks, Okotoks, Lethbridge, Cardston, Medicine Hat and Cypress Hills regions.

FOR EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIR IN CALGARY OR SOUTHERN ALBERTA CALL US AT +1.877.497.3528. Emergency Roofers are On Call 24 Hours.

Here are some of the pictures the emergency roofers are sending in while repairing the wind damaged roofs.

 

Calgary Roof Shingle Wind Damage
Calgary Emergency Roof Repair Crews attended this home today for shingle repair from the winds
Shingles Repaired from Wind Damage
This photo shows high quality ice and water roof underlay installed to roof deck prior to shingles being installed by repair crews
Wind Damage Shingle Repair Calgary
The wind blew the shingles and the roof underlay right off this roof. The underlay was only a #15 pound felt, this is why GRS only installs to a specification that won’t allow this to occur in a wind storm. The roof underlay is critical for keeping the roof from leaking. https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Replacement_Home_Guide.html

 

Wind Damaged Roof, Shingle Blow Offs, Calgary Alberta Wind Storm
This was the state of the wind ravaged roof when the emergency roof repair crew from GRS arrived today
Wind Blows Shingles off Improperly Installed Shingle Roof in Calgary
This photo shows why the shingles blew off and why it is important to have a trustworthy roofers that will install underlay when they are supposed to, to the roof. If you look close, in some areas of this roof, under the shingles was no underlay installed at all. And, the nails are not installed properly in the shingles. The shingles blew off this Calgary roof because most of the nails are not place in the double laminate of the shingle and the two end roofing nails are not within 1 inch of the ends and the shingles are not storm nailed.

 

See our Series on HOW TO SHINGLE A ROOF:

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

FOR EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIR IN CALGARY OR SOUTHERN ALBERTA CALL US AT +1.877.497.3528. Emergency Roofers On Call 24 Hours.


Until Next Time,

The Staff at GRS

 

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

info@grscanadainc.com

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High Winds in Southern Alberta Cause Severe Roof Damage

General Roofing Systems Canada provides emergency roof repairs  throughout Canada. Emergency 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.

Today in Calgary, Alberta , wind storms created havoc for all commercial and residential owners. The high winds caused shingles to be blown of rooftops and even entire commercial roofs to be blown completely away. GRS has received several reports of skylights and shingles being torn completely off and thrown into traffic. As a result of the vast amounts of damage surrounding the Calgary area, the GRS crews are at capacity.

Video clip: http://www.ctvnews.ca/strong-winds-down-trees-fuel-fires-in-southern-alberta-1.732137

News report: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/11/27/calgary-strong-winds-damage.html

Weather Warnings

As of Sunday November 27, 2011 at 18:30, severe weather warnings for high winds are still in effect for the following areas:

Airdrie, Bow Island, Bow Valley (Provincial Park), Brooks, Calgary, Crowsnest Calgary (Olympic Park), Canmore, Cardston, Claresholm, Cochrane, Drumheller High River Kananaskis (Nakiska Ridgetop) Lethbridge Medicine Hat Milk River Okotoks Onefour Pincher Creek Stavely Strathmore Suffield Sundre Taber Three Hills Vauxhall Waterton Park Willow Creek (Provincial Park).

High Winds Cause Havoc to Roofs and buildings

Industrial Roofing, Sparwood, BC
Emergency repair crews

Downtown Calgary and surrounding areas have had buildings glass shatter causing Calgary Firefighters to scramble in attempt to clear all debris to prevent any injuries happening to citizens.

The amount of damage that this wind storm has caused is impressive. Normally with wind storms the damage is isolated to one city and area, yet this particular storm is spreading its wrath to all of Southern Alberta. The damage that is causing is not isolated to only knocking down trees and power line. We have been receiving various types of reports of damage being caused.

In Airdrie we received reports of a church losing its siding, while in Fort Macleod, a gas station had its entire roof blown away. In Beiseker, grain silos and commercial roofs were being blown completely away.

The same variety of damage has been reported all the way to Lethbridge and surrounding areas. Grass fires have even began to occur due to the intense wind.

At the top of the Calgary Bow tower, the winds were recorded to be at a dangerous 140 km per hour, whereas in other parts of Southern Alberta is has been reported the wind gust are even stronger in areas such as Nanton and its surrounding municipalities.

The 911 call centers have been over loaded with calls relating to roof damage. As a result of this Calgary has engaged the Municipal Emergency Plan.

Steps for Fixing Damaged Roofs When high winds blow shingles, tile, and metal or damage your skylights:

1. Emergency Roof Repair Services. Call a roofing company and get on their emergency service list. In our case, we are asking emergency call ins to continue calling other Calgary Roofing Companies to be sure the soonest available emergency crews can come and assess the damage. At GRS, we are keeping a running list of home-owners and businesses that require emergency roof repair service and we are dealing with the repairs on a first call – first serve basis.

2. In extreme high winds, such as those in Calgary today, for your safety we advise you to stay away from windows and stay indoors. Due to the winds blowing off various forms of sidings, tiles, shingles skylights etc., it is unsafe to be outside with this vast amount of debris being blown around.

3. Roof Insurance: Be sure the roofing company selected to attend the repair of your shingles, commercial roof, metal flashing, or skylight keeps excellent record. You will need accurate photos before and after the roofing repairs. Make sure to ask the emergency roofers to provide you with copies of photos for your roof insurance company. Also, ask the roofing company to quote you for a complete replacement and have photos documenting all damage to your roof or skylights. After the immediate roof repairs are done, you can then address your possible roof insurance claim properly. Commercial properties are more apt to engage their Commercial Insurance Adjusters right at step one.

4. Choosing a Roofing Company: Be sure the roofing company you choose to do the roof repair work has a City Business License, have provincially incorporated roofers, Better Business Bureau registered and able to provide written receipts. Ensure that they take photos of work done for your roof insurance companies records. A quick check of complaints registered at the Better Business Bureau on line can help determine if the company is reliable. If it is a commercial or industrial roof repair, be sure the emergency roofers are qualified specific to the commercial roof system type.

5. After the emergency roof repairs are done, you have will have photos of the roof damage, and will now be dealing with your roof insurance company. Remember that insurance companies will refer you or want you to deal with specific roofers. However, in many instances, you have a choice as to which roofing company actually does the work. High Wind Shingles (Wind Resistant Shingles) Shingle manufacturers do make shingles rated for high winds.

Until next time

The Staff 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.