Drone Footage: Flat Roofing Raw Drone Video Footage

Flat Roofing Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario. 

Drone Video Footage of a Commercial Flat Roofing Project Installing Fully Adhered EPDM Membrane.

This particular flat roof is 4.5 football fields in size. It is a tar and gravel flat roof on an industrial / commercial building that has a failed roof system. We are installing a fully adhered 60 mil EPDM flat roof system on the building.

In colder areas of Canada an EPDM or SBS Modified Torch-On flat roof system are preferred. In warmer areas such as Vancouver, downtown Toronto, or in warm areas of the USA reflective systems such as TPO, PVC or reflective roof coatings should be considered.

The advantage of using EPDM (especially fully adhered) in colder areas like Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, some parts of BC and Ontario is that EPDM expands and contracts very well with the change in temperatures. 2 Ply SBS Modified Bitumen Torch-On flat roofing is stronger for foot traffic (if your roof is going to have a lot of foot traffic) but it is not near as flexible as EPDM.

We recommend fully adhered EPDM over mechanically fastened EPDM membranes and loose-laid EPDM membrane roof assemblies. Loose-laid EPDM is much cheaper because the install time is shorter than with fully adhered (and the glue is expensive with fully adhered) but the disadvantage a loose-laid EPDM ballast system is maintenance costs in future. If you have to move the rock ballast to locate leaks in the future then this can be very costly.

For advice on various flat roof systems give us a call or email us anytime!

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

 

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24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

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Flat Roofing 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.

 

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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EPDM Commercial Roofing Project in Edmonton, May 2011

EPDM Commercial Roofing Job-site Progress

General Roofing Systems Canada installs EPDM roofing systems throughout Canada. Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Field Report, May 2 2011:

Commercial Roofing Project in Progress (EPDM)
Photo shows the crew installing the roof board (mechanically fastened) prior to EPDM being installed and the construction of the roof parapet wall (plywood sheathing).
We promised follow-up pictures of our Commercial Roofing Project on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta to assist owners of commercial roof systems to visual the process of a commercial roof re-roofing process (more specifically an EPDM Commercial Roof Recovery System).

The photos in this post show today’s progress on the EPDM Commercial Flat Roof Recovery system.

Material Used:
  • The EPDM is a Carlisle EPDM (labelled under the Mulehide name).
  • The sheathing at the roof parapets is 3/8″ spruce.
  • The ISO board is a standard IKO 1″ ISO mechanically fastened.

 

Commercial Roofing - EPDM
ISO insulation is mechanically fastened prior to fully adhered EPDM installation.
The old Built-Up Roofing (BUR) system had the gravel removed, was skinned (ripped) to the fiber board, a 1″ ISO insulation board mechanically fastened, any wet insulation removed, and the commercial roof parapets had the metal removed as required. Sheathing installed to the parapets and along any roof penetrations, upstands, etc. as the EPDM cannot be adhered to the metal flashing around the skylights, or to anything with asphalt present.
For commercial re-roofing, this EPDM roof recovery system is used often and in many instances is an excellent alternative to a complete removal of a BUR roof system when doing a commercial re-roof. The idea of taking an old built-up tar and gravel roof completely out and throwing it in the landfill not only costs needless money, it is harmful to the environment, and a roof recovery has the same life-cycle as a complete commercial roof replacement.

 

Commercial Roofing, EPDM, Roof Parapet Construction
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) worker installing plywood sheathing at the roof parapet walls.

 

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.