Roof Repairs Can Be Costly!

Article: Roof Repairs Can Be Costly – Have a Roofer Inspect Before You Purchase Your Home

GRS Canada inspects and installs roofs to residential, commercial, and industrial properties across 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.

Roofing Calgary Alberta – Roof Repair Report [July 20, 2011]

Inspecting your roof before you buy your home is very important. The roof on your new home may be one of the most costly repairs you do after moving in. Some home inspectors just don’t have the experience to catch problems that can escalate the cost of roof repairs very quickly. Here’s a report from a roof repair from Calgary, Alberta today – our roofers didn’t even catch the problem prior to ripping the shingles off, how could the average home inspector?

Here’s the roof repair report that came in….

         “When we tore the roof of the area I had assessed prior, I discovered there were 3 layers of shingles beneath the one I had assessed which I did not see because they had used drip edge all the way around the roof edge so my small 10 bundle (low slope roof) tear off became a 40 bundle tear off with each layer of shingles becoming more difficult because of the time the shingles had been on the roof. This posed several problems not allowed for in the roof repair costing, first of all because of the fact that our roof repair garbage went from 10 bundles of shingles to 40 bundles of shingles (at about 70 pounds each), I now needed a bin to handle the added shingle tear garbage which I had planned to haul away in the pickup truck and not a shingle disposal bin. The man hours spent on removing the old roof shingles were already a little over total time allowed for the job so I phoned the customer and told him about the situation and that the cost to do the repair had doubled. He agreed under the circumstances I could not have foreseen the extra cost involved in this roof repair and approved us to go ahead and finish the roof repair project.”

Buyer beware – have an expert roofer inspect before you buy your new home!

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About General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS):

General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) is a Comprehensive Building Envelope and Roofing Contractor serving Canada, including such areas as: Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Canmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Whistler, Cranbrook, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and all points between.

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.

Problems with SBS Flat Roof Installation

From our Calgary branch comes a report detailing problems that can arise from a poor SBS roof installation. Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

 

Problems with Repair 1
SBS Modified Torch on Roof / Residential / Many Problems with Installation of Roof

Here’s a report from the field today in which one of our flat roofers in Calgary, AB had run into classic torch on (SBS Modified Bitumen) flat roof installation problems. Of course, for the homeowner that has a flat roof on their home that is paying the cost for improper installation practices, this is not a positive occasion. Nonetheless, the leaks on their flat roof will now cease and the homeowners will know that their flat roof repair is completed is in good shape to serve them well in to the future – it could have been worse!

Here’s the roof repair report;

“When I arrived I spoke to both the customer and his wife about the problems they were having with the roof leaking. I walked around the perimeter of the house and they had showed me the places the moisture was coming in to their home. The roof is a SBS roof – modified torch on. I found several problems; almost all of the roof membrane seams had no bleed out, I had bent down to check and observed cap sheet was torched down past the salvage edge between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches, and the seam is sitting on the granules instead of torched down to the salvage edge. Where I pulled up on the seam or used a trowel I could lift it up. Also any corner of the sheet I wanted to I could pull up as well. The real kicker is the perimeter edge around the whole roof was completed wrong – the people that did the roof replacement did not prime the perimeter flashing when torching to it so it does not stick to the metal at all. Also I found the capping membrane was not buttered in at the metal so there is no termination point at the roof metal, the roofing installers didn’t granulate it either because it wasn’t torched properly. The homeowner had put some sort of water proofing gum or mastic around the perimeter of the roof and has stopped whatever problems they would have had earlier, but over time (no UV protection i.e. granules) the roof is starting to crack and the roof is failing and leaking – leaks from the improperly torched roof. I had observed in one location on the roof where the SBS meets the metal at a lifted corner – I pulled it up and saw that it was a definite leak spot so I temporarily repaired with mastic and granules. The chimney and vent stack should be re-caulked as well. The home owners were very happy I was there to figure out their problems with the roof and to explain to them how and why they are having roof leaks that require immediate repair. I also told them the office will be in contact with them with reports, pics, quotes and costs for permanent repairs to the roof. ”

Pictures taken at Roof Repair site:

 

Problems with Repair 2

Problems with Repair 3

Problems with Repair 4

 

 

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.