Shingle Roof: Coloured Flashings

General Roofing Systems Canada provides coloured flashing installation throughout Canada. Installations are completed in the following cities: Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Consider a Roof with Coloured Roof Flashings. It Shows Great!


Why not take that extra step and ask your shingle installation contractor to re-roof with coloured roof flashings?

Re-roofing with coloured roof flashings just finishes a shingle installation off right. This is especially important when taking off or doing a roof conversion from Cedar or Pine Shake and then re-roofing to an Asphalt Shingle. The profile of the cedar or pine shake roof is higher than the new shingles – along walls and such the old galvanized step and wall flashing will show poorly. The street appeal is greatly affected. Some roofing contractors will re-roof and install the shingles and leave the old galvanized wall flashing and a gap along the wall to roof connection for the home-owner to deal with, others will paint the wall flashing – but this creates a regular roof maintenance issue. GRS shingle installations include new coloured flashings to these areas to increase street appeal after the re-roofing installation is complete.

The photo in the upper right and the one below it is a recent Calgary Pine Shake to Asphalt Shingle re-roof installation that shows the coloured wall flashing at the roof to wall connection (click on the photo to enlarge).
Also included standard with the GRS re-roofing Specification is gable or rake edge coloured roof edge flashing. Gable edge flashing, especially a coloured gable edge flashing finishes the roof installation nicely and here again shows your home and completed roof installation with great street appeal.
Another area colour can be used in re-roofing is with the roof air vents. Coloured roof air vents are shown in the re-roof installation below.

Coloured flashing is also great to have installed at the roof valleys. If you are re-roofing with closed valleys, galvanized valley is fine (if you are putting metal in your valley underneath the shingles). Coloured metal flashing is standard with GRS Re-Roofing Installation Specifications and shows great from the street also.

The first photo above shows the installation of coloured valley flashing product and the second shows valley flashing installation completed and the wall to roof section still galvanized flashing (good photo for contrast between the two) and installation of the wall flashing still needs to be completed.
Our website includes a section that is actually the shingle re-roofing installers’ installation manual that details our re-roofing how-to and the specifications of re-roofing our installers are held to at this link:

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

When deciding on your re-roofing Company of choice, refer to our Hiring a Roofing Contractor check list here:
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Choose_Roofing_Contractor.html

We are proud of our re-roofing Installers and an explaination as to how our re-roofing Installers are different is here:
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roofing_Installers.html

For an Online Request Form for a Quote to Repair or Re-Roof Your Home.

And remember, our company has expert re-roofing roofers on call 24 hours, 7 days to answer roofing questions you may have!

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.

Certainteed Landmark Roof Shingles

General Roofing Systems Canada provides shingle installations throughout Canada. Shingle Installations 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

A Review of Certainteed Landmark Shingle from the Installers in the Field 

Certainteed Landmark Shingles

After installations using the CertainTeed Landmarks shingle are complete we receive reports from our installers about the use of the product. Based on the reports received from our crews, the CertainTeed Landmark shingles have a high satisfaction rate. Along with the exceptional reviews from our installers, the Certaineed landmark shingles also have a high rating in the marketplace.

Certainteed Landmark Shingles have the wide-track nailing line that is 1 1/2″. They are impact resistant and possess a UL 2218 Class 4 rating and the have the patented Tri-Laminate that gives the shingle a thick shake look, or a shake like appearance. If you are considering a shingle that has a great shake look – the Certainteed Landmark TL is a great choice.

For other great shingle products that have been reviewed  by our installers, simply type “shingle review” in the search box provided at the top right portion of this roofing blog.


About the CertainTeed Landmark Shingle

Certainteed Landmark Shingle
Certainteed Landmark Shingle

 

 

 

 

Certainteed Landmark Asphalt Shingle Warranty http://www.certainteed.com/resources/GeneralAsphaltShinglesWarrantyEnglish.pdf

Certainteed Landmark Designer Shingle Brochure http://www.certainteed.com/resources/LandmarkSeriesBrochNorthwest.pdf

Certainteed Landmark Designer Shingle – Web Page http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential/designer/308747

Certainteed Landmark Premium Shingle – Brochure http://www.certainteed.com/resources/LandmarkSeriesBrochNorthwest.pdf

Certainteed Landmark Premium Shingle – Web Page http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential/premium-designer/308926

Certainteed Landmark TL Shingle Brochure – Shake Roof Shingle Look 

Certainteed Landmark TL – Shake Shingle, Luxury Shingle, Triple Laminate Shingle – Web Page http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential/luxury/308956

Certainteed Landmark Shingle Pictures – Online Photo Gallery of Landmark Shingles http://www.certainteed.com/idea-center/gallery/roofing

Certainteed Landmark Shingle – How to Install Roof Shingles.

How to Install Shingles – General Roofing Systems Canada Shingle Installation Guide https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Replacement_Home_Guide.html      

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

 

Roof Shingle Installations – Storm Planning

General Roofing Systems Canada is an Expert Shingle Roof Installation Contractor Serving Shingle Roofing  Throughout Canada. We install shingles in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

Below is a shingle installation and purchasing guide for storm nailing shingles, high wind rated shingles, impact resistant shingles, roofing underlayments and installations for shingle blow-offs, shingle installation placement for storm planning, and caulking shingles (tabbing) for high wind shingle applications.

High wind shingle roofing is different than normal shingle installations. Most installers do not plan for high winds, as most roofing installations are just fine without specific planning. GRS installs every roof assuming high winds and rainstorms (as well as ice, snow, water, ice damming, etc.).

The first consideration is the roof underlayment you use and how you install it. To summarize, roofing underlayment must wrap the complete roof deck. It must also run up all verticals and wrap all roof penetrations. Ice & Water peel and stick membrane has to be installed at the eave edge and in valleys in and around roof openings. Tar paper does not withstand storms, so synthetic roof underlayment should be used instead for the deck field area.

The Best Roof Shingles for High Winds, Hail, Ice Damming, and Rain Storms

IKO Armourshake is a fantastic shingle for high wind areas. It is heavy and has an out of the box wind warrant of up to 177 km/h. IKO also offers an extended warranty option of up to 210 km/h. Armourshake is so strong it has a UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating! It looks great, and our technicians say the system installs well. While our clients also remark on its street appeal, the only complaint that they have had with the Armourshake is the pattern of roof when it is installed isn’t as random as some like, while others like a more uniform pattern.

Another great shingle made for high wins are the Malarkey Legacy Shingles. They have a wind warranty almost identical to the IKO ones, as well as a Class 4 Impact Rating. The main difference between the two is that IKO maintains a 15 year “no grief” type warranty, while Malarkey’s is 10 years. All the limited lifetime warranties that manufacturers are offering are complicated. From our perspective, the more unconditional complete replacement front-end warranties are the most important.

Some other shingle systems we recommend include the Certainteed Presidential TL and the GAF Grand Canyon.

The Best Caulking for Shingle Installations

Karnak is by far one of the better caulking materials roofers can use. It is rubber-reinforced asphalt and doesn’t break down like typically black jack-roofing tar caulking.

For high wind application, tabbing is required under each shingle. Three to four dabs of caulking to the underside of each shingle will assist with high wind shingle lift tolerance.

In terms of technique, it is necessary to caulk valley flashing metal prior to installing shingles in the valley. This entails a consistent bead of caulk from top to bottom of each side about 2 in. in from the chalked in. Next, caulk the underside of roof penetrations such as roof vents, goosenecks, etc. Caulking the chimney backpan and skylight backpan prior to the shingles being installed will help storm planning, especially ice and water backups & leaks.

Finally, caulk the first row of starters, as well as all of the shingle capping.

Storm Nailing Shingles (Shingle Fastener Installation for High Winds)

GRS storm nails every roof and follows almost every precaution for high wind planning. We use six nails per shingle instead of four. The nails must be as low as possible and be in the double laminate strip or on the shingle nailing line (depending on the technology). A nail that does not hit the double laminate portion, if there is one, is a nail that has no value. We have our shingle installers storm nail for peace of mind. We don’t make a profit returning to fix our shingle installations.

Also, the nails (or fasteners) on the outside – so the first and the sixth nail fastened – must be within one inch of the end of the shingles. We are critically “OCD” when inspecting our shingle roof installation on this point. The nails on either end are critical.

The nails or fasteners must lay flat and be driven right in and flush with the shingle. A fastener that isn’t straight is a deficiency and won’t help in high winds. The nail head will also eventually break through the next shingle installed, which is obviously no good.

Our exclusive specification calls for the removal of every nail from the roof deck prior to installation, because simply hammering down the hold nails of the new shingles just gives the new fasteners a reason not go to straight in. Not to mention the fact that any nails simply hammered down can work their way up during installation and cause all manner of issues with roof water tightness.

High Winds and the Laminate Sealing Strip on Shingles

Do not install shingles in cold weather if there is any opportunity for high winds in the area. The weather must be warm, and the sun strong enough, to activate the sealing strip on laminate shingles. The sealing strip on laminate shingles is definitely a lifesaver when it comes to high winds and whether or not your shingles blow off.

The Placement of Shingles for High Winds

The GRS specification for shingle installation in high winds (AKA every roof for us) calls for the strip on double laminated shingles to be lowered from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. No shingle manufacturer we know of mandates this and many shingle professionals will argue its merits, but we see it as simple wind dynamic engineered as works (which is likely one of the many reasons we are installing for engineers, architects, and designers all the time). Getting back to the point, installing shingles lower causes more shingle material to be installed and it is a little more costly as a result. However, it increases shingle wind resistance. Try it and you will see.

Essentially, the premise is that more of the shingle below is covered (less expose = less opportunity for shingle wind lift) – lift resistance is important. More than that, the double laminate strip almost acts as a natural “break point” for the shingles to snap in high winds. To test this, install your laminate shingles as usual, and before the shingles seal in the heat slowly lift it up until it snaps. It will always snap at the double laminate strip. Lowering your shingle rows 1/8 of an inch gets the shingle above to hold down the shingle below before the break point at the double laminate. You’ll have to try it to understand. Anyways, this practice has lowered our shingle blow-off issues at least by 10 to 1, so we use this method for every roof.

  • For information on hiring the perfect Roofing Contractor click here:

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

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.

British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario

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IKO Shingles

IKO Crowne Slate Shingle Reviews

General Roofing Systems Canada installs IKO Shingles through-out Western Canada. IKO Shingles in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

IKO Crowne Slate Shingles Score Big with Consumer Report Reviews
IKO Crowne Slate Shingle has one of the Top 5 – Best Rated  reviews on the Market for 2011

IKO Shingles - Crowne Slate Shingle Reviews
IKO Shingles

IKO Crowne Slate, Owens Corning Berkshire, and the Certainteed Grand Manor all rate in Top 5 in the Consumer Reports annual  reviews. The products that provide the most competition for the IKO Crowne Slate Shingle are: the GAF Grand Slate, the Certainteed Centennial Slate shingle, Certainteed Grand Manor, IKO Royal Estate and in some aspects the Owens Corning Berkshire shingle.

If you can get away from the classic estate look or the 3 tab classic estate look, we would recommend the Malarkey Legacy SBS Modified Shingle. however, in regards to the classic estate shingle reviews, here’s what we’ve discovered this year from the installers in the field  along with what the Consumers Reports has to say.

Roofer’s Review of IKO Shingles

The new IKO Royal Estate is an excellent shingle and consistently receives positive reviews from our installers.

The GAF Grand Slate , Certainteed Centennial Slate and the Owens Corning Berkshire shingle are all exceptional shingles. Yet what stands out this year in reviews from the installers is clearly the IKO Royal Estate Shingle and the IKO Crown Slate Shingle.

Hands down these two shingles are being reviewed by our  replacement installers as the best shingles available for 2011 (classic style or estate profile shingles). This is also agreed upon by Consumer Reports. Our installers most specifically like the no hassle 15 year front end warranty on the IKO Shingles and the SBS Modified Component of shingle such as the IKO Crowne Slate. The GAF Grand Slate is asphalt (a respectable shingle), but not an SBS Modified Shingle like the Crowne Slate or Grandeur Shingle from IKO.

Consumers Reports Rates / Reviews Shingles

The latest available Consumers report has the following reviews available for shingles:

The Certainteed Grand Manor Shingle, Owens Corning Berkshire Shingle, and the IKO Crowne Slate Shingle all rate in the top 5 Shingles Reviewed with  review ratings of 87, 87, 86 respectively.

In the opinion of our shinglers installing the new IKO Royal Estate shingle, they feel  the Royal Estate shingle would receive a high rating as well, yet it was not included in the reviews.

Also missing from the reviews were the Malarkey Legacy shingles. This particular shingle is also a favorite amongst our installers.

So when considering the classic look shingle this year, give the SBS Modified IKO Crowne Slate a look (which is a bold looking shingle) or the IKO Royal Estate shingle, and if you would like to stray away from the classic look, take a look at the Malarkey Legacy SBS Modified shingle.

For more information on roof shingles, reviews or how to install shingles , take a few moments to review to documents below. Another great search tool to gain some information regarding shingles would be to search our roofing blog (top right corner of page. And as always there is plenty of information on our main website.
Other GRS Roof Repair and Roof Replacement Links and Documents

Roof Repair Page on Web Site  https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Repairs.html

Choosing a Roofing Contractor for your Roof Replacement https://www.grscanadainc.com/Choose_Roofing_Contractor.html

What Makes our Roof Installers Different – Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee

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

 

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

About General Roofing Systems Canada

General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) is a Comprehensive Roofing Contractor Installing Shingles through-out BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Shingles Installers in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Cranbrook, Banff, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and 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, Canmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Whistler, Cranbrook, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and all points between. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario.