Roof Skylight Repairs and Installations

General Roofing Systems Canada installs and repairs skylights throughout Canada. Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Skylight repair and installation is a trade in and of itself. One of the most common calls that our call center receives is the “my skylight is leaking” call or the “I hired them to install my skylight and this went wrong, and now my skylight leaks.”

Repairs and Installation – Who Do You Hire?

Our recommendation for skylight repairs and installations is to hire a repair company that has roofers who also know, and are experienced in, skylight repairs and installations. The reason is that skylights are installed on a roof – more specifically, they are typically installed on a roof curb (the skylight is mounted to the curb), and the roof curb has special flashing designed for around it and/or the skylight, with the roof curb being attached to the roof system. After all that, the roof curb (if required), the skylight flashing, and the roof membrane must all be installed properly so that your home or business does not have a skylight leak or a roof leak. We continually recommend an expert roofer that is also an expert skylight installer to be the best skylight repair and installation technician you can get.

The Cause of Skylight Leaks

Skylight repairs are more difficult at times than our roof membrane repairs – tricky to say the least. The following are some of the causes of skylight leaking which need repair:

  • Leaking due to flashing failure/flat roof membrane repairs.

The skylight flashing installation is typically the cause for a skylight leak. Repairing skylight flashing can be challenging. The skylight flashing may be a special order, or the skylight flashing will likely be apart of the roof membrane. In the case of commercial skylight repair or residential homes with flat roof skylights that are leaking, this can become more of a challenge. If the skylight leak is on a flat roof installed skylight, you may need a certified SBS modified torching roofer to deal with the skylight flashing and the roof membrane, or in the case of TPO, EPDM, PVC, or even tar and gravel roofing scenarios, quite often you will need a specialized roofer and the skylight repair coordinated in one job.

  • Leaking caused by roof membrane failure at penetration.

Roof membranes break down over time. Your skylight may be leaking because your roof membrane was either installed incorrectly or it is simply breaking down from age. Nonetheless, you will need a specialized roofer to repair the roof membrane. The shingles or flat roof membrane will require the right roofer with the right skills for the repair.

  • Leaks caused from failure.

Skylights, like everything else, age and break down. It may be that some caulking repair is required at the skylight, or the flashing needs repair, or the curb has rotted and needs replacing. Typically, if age is the cause of the leaks, with advancements in technology, you are better served replacing your skylight versus repairing it.

  • Leak caused from condensation.

Skylights were not made like they are now say… twenty years ago. New skylight technology deals with most condensation issues and there are less repairs needed as a result. However, not even the best system can stop condensation from affecting it if your attic ventilation is incorrect or something else is causing your house or attic to not vent correctly. Condensation in your attic space, home or business can be complicated to repair. It can be similar to a wiring issue in a car: frustrating.

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Roof Repair and Preventative Roof Maintenance

Roof repair season is here again in Calgary, Alberta – it’s that time of year and GRS Calgary can help with your leaky roof! Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Roof Repair Topics:
– Flat Roof Repair
– Metal Roof Repair
– Shingle Repair
– Roof Tile Repair
– Skylight Repair
– Emergency Roof Repairs

The principle of preventative roof repair and roof maintenance is just like any other. Failing to change the oil in your car will cause serious repair problems and the same applies to repairs to a roof. Preventative flat roof repair or even preventative roof tile, metal, or shingle repair is much less costly than waiting for a leaky roof problem to arise.


Flat Roof Repair

Flat roof repair and preventative roof maintenance is important because the failure of a flat roof can cause extreme aggravation to a commercial or industrial enterprise and to a homeowner.

The cost of flat roof repair and proper maintenance will save a flat roof owner a great deal of expense over time.

Calgary has extreme temperature swings and the weather in Southern Alberta is very tough on flat roofs in particular. Flat roof repair on the West Coast is much different than Flat Roof Repair in Calgary for example, and our flat roof repair and roof maintenance programs are expert – single source roofing solutions.

Our flat roofers are flat roof specialists – they only repair flat roofs, our flat roofers are tooled for all flat roof repair scenarios, and our flat roofers are on call 24 hours for emergency roof repair at +1.877.497.3528.

Our Calgary flat roof division roofers regularly repair flat roof systems on commercial, industrial, and residential tar and gravel, SBS modified, EPDM, TPO, PVC, and built up flat roofing systems.

For further flat roofing and flat roof repair information, enter your search term (inquiry) in the search box located to the left side of our roofing blog – results will be listed for information on this blog, any web pages linked to our blog, and the Internet in general.


Metal Roof Repair

Metal roof repair can be a frustrating roof repair scenario for building owners and roofers alike because the roof leaks can be very intermittent. Adding insult to injury; when hiring a metal roofing contractor to repair a metal roof, many people make the mistake of hiring a roofing contractor that does not know how to fix a metal roof properly.

The problem is that metal roof repairs are typically necessary due to expansion and contraction of the roof metal at the seams of the metal roof panels and also at the roof penetrations.

Metal roofs expand and contract much more than most roofing materials (especially in a climate like Calgary) and as a result metal roofs tend to leak more often and more intermittently than most roofs.

If one does not understand the inherent leaky problems that come with a metal roof and if the attempt to repair the metal roof is executed with conventional roof repair methods (say as a shingle repair would be done), this typically results in an unhappy customer as the repair won’t hold, the roof leaks again, and the building owner is back to the same problem and short some money. So more often than not, the real solution to a metal roof repair issue is simply having the right metal roofer do the roof repair. Metal roofing is a specialty roofing trade and as such it requires an expert.

We have have journeyman metal roofers that work exclusively in our metal roofing division. Our metal roofers have metal roof repair techniques and materials that a general sloped roofer wouldn’t typically possess – if there is a solution to your leaky metal roof our metal roofers will find it, show you what is occurring, and they will remediate and bring solutions to your metal roofing issues.

For further metal roofing and metal roof repair information, enter your search term (inquiry) in the search box located to the left side of our roofing blog – results will be listed for information on this blog, any web pages linked to our blog, and the Internet in general.

Shingle Repair

Shingle repairs can be difficult to assess and repair as shingles are typically on steep roofs and at times the roof itself can be quite high.

Shingle repairs are most often a result of a roof penetration leak such as a skylight, a roof vent, or roof flashing… shingle blow-offs are also a common problem with shingle roof leaks.

The problems we see with shingle repairs are more often than not a result of the original installation of the shingles and not the roof system itself (the typical issue with metal roof repairs).

Our blog is full of posts about proper shingle installations. How to shingle a roof properly seems to be an art most don’t like to fully engage. Nonetheless, there is hope because shingle roof systems work well when installed right.

Search terms such as “shingle roof underlayment”, “how to install shingles”, “installing roof shingles”, etc on our blog and a number of posts will show you the proper shingle installation procedures.

And we must not forget, one of the other primary reasons for a leaky shingle roof is the attic space and the ventilation of the roof. Here again, as it applies to roof ventilation and attic condensation, in a climate like Calgary’s, this can be especially of concern as the freeze thaw cycle and snow loads can cause allot of condensation and roof ice damming issues.

If you are having problems with roof leaks or condensation from your roof, ice damming, roof ventilation, etc be sure to search any of these terms in our search box on the left as our roofing blog has numerous posts on these common roof leak and roof repair problems.

Roof Tile Repair

Concrete roof tile and clay roof tile repair is again a specialty roof trade and as such requires a professional roof tiler. General Roofing Systems Calgary employs the best roof tilers in the roofing business and as such we can deliver real solutions to your roof tile problems.

Roof tile repairs are most commonly a result of damage to the roofing tile itself, improper installation of the roof tile, or the roof membrane under the tile. Roof tile is a watershed roofing system and if the underlay or roof membrane is compromised, so is the integrity of your roof water tightness.

Skylight Repair

Skylight repair is usually due to improper skylight installation. Skylights require proper curbs, flashing, and use of roof underlayment. More often than not, our roof repair technicians find that the flashing or the underlayment around the skylight is compromised. When water, snow, or ice back up behind the skylight on your roof, if the skylight backpan or membrane at the back side of the skylight isn’t done correctly, the skylight will leak. We should also note that a great deal of skylight repair calls we receive are actually condensation issues and not skylight leaks.


Until next time,
        The Roofers at GRS

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

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