Commercial Tar and Gravel Flat Roof Leak Repair Edmonton, November 2015

Below you will find a routine leak repair service call for a commercial client by our Edmonton roofing repair crew. The following reports underline some of the work we do with other contractors and trades, such as plumbers.  Inspection, November 19 2015: We began to sweep the rock layer on the flat roof to expose the surface so that we could start looking for leaks. After speaking with the building manager, our crew has been asked to wait for a plumber before we inspect the drains. The second part of our inspection entails what units need to be removed.
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The client was the owner of a multi-residential apartment unit.
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We started by sweeping away rocks on the flat roof to look for the potential causes of water that was leaking into the building.
20151119_135419 Roof Report, November 21 2015: Today the crew removed more gravel from the roof. A couple leaks were patched up. The site manager gave us the go-ahead to remove one unit from the roof. Roof Report, November 23 2015: Today we shoveled more rock from the roof to find more holes that needed patching. Once it started snowing, we covered the roof and shut down the site.
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We eventually found a few holes throughout the roof that needed patching.
Roof Report, November 25 2015: We removed the one unit that the building manager had requested to be taken off-site. We also started working on two drains but were later informed that the owners were having all the pipes replaced, including on the other two drains that we were not given permission to begin work on. The remaining two pipes were added to the work order and we will have to wait until they have completed the pipe replacement before proceedings.
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We removed a unit off-site at the building manager's request and patched over it.
Roof Report, November 26 2015: We are still waiting for the plumber so that we can proceed with the inspection and maintenance on the remaining two drains. This site should be completed on Saturday. Site Completion, November 30 2015: We finished the site today, on schedule. The remaining two drains were replaced, which we had to add to the original work order. Another possible leak location was sealed. As well, any metal that we removed from the walls was reinstalled. Another rooftop unit was disposed of, as well.
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First drain replacement, with coatings around the seams.
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We then sealed in the second newly installed drain pipe.
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After sealing a final possible leak location, we reinstalled the cap flashing that we had previously removed.
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Residential EPDM Roof Replacement, October 2015, Edmonton

This client's home bears a low-slope roof that they wished for GRS to replace with an EPDM system. The crew of technicians went out to their location and completed the roof replacement in two days' work.   Materials List: October 13, 2015 Two technicians went out to the client's location and inspected the roof for what kind of deficiencies might be encountered during the roof replacement. During their inspection, they noted down the expected materials that would be required for the job.
  • 2x Rolls of EPDM
  • 7x Pails of EPDM bonding adhesive
  • 1x Pail of primer
  • 1x 6" roll of form flash
  • 2x Pipe boots
  • (84) 4' x 4' sheets of fiber board
  • 4x Roller cages and sleeves
  • 1x Box of seam tape
  Roof Report: October 16, 2015 The team arrived on site for 8:00am, and had their disposal bin arrive by 9:00. At that point, they were already underway ripping off the old roofing system and making good progress. It was after then that they found that there was no plywood with the order, just 2x6 boards. They departed to get the requisite plywood, and returned an hour later around noon. The boards were all mechanically fastened into place, with some of the EPDM laid atop it. The crew departed in the early evening, set to return the following day and focus on the remaining EPDM and metal flashing.
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The client had an EPDM roof, with the system going past its life cycle. Here is a torn section, with some cracking in the underlayment.
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We removed the existing EPDM system until the plywood was exposed. Many of the boards were either rotting or had holes in them.
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Rotted wood that had eventually given way, creating a prominent hole in the assembly.
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After installing new fiber boards over the assembly, we applied bonding adhesive to the underside of the EPDM.
    Roof Report: October 18 The reporting technicians notes were brief, but the site is now marked complete with the EPDM and flashing that was left over from the previous day's work. Everything went well and the roof was covered without any issue or hindrance of note.  
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Completed EPDM installation, with liquid rubber coatings applied over the seams.
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Newly installed edge flashing.
  CODE: 12936 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.  

Flat Roofing Replacement, August 2015, Edmonton

The following report covers an ongoing file in which GRS is to replace a commercial client's flat roofing system. The article will be updated with an inspection and in-progress photos as they come in. Continue reading Flat Roofing Replacement, August 2015, Edmonton

Commercial Tar and Gravel Leak Roofing Repair, August 2015, Edmonton

The report below covers some small repairs made to a leak in the client's tar and gravel roofing system. We attended to their concerns, and later advised that the roof be replaced. Continue reading Commercial Tar and Gravel Leak Roofing Repair, August 2015, Edmonton

Commercial Flat Roof Repair, August 2015, Edmonton

Below is an overview of a swiftly-completed job at one of our clients' commercial location. Two small leaks and some missing flashing were all that we required, so we sent over two crew members to handle it.  Continue reading Commercial Flat Roof Repair, August 2015, Edmonton

Flat Roof Skirt Deck Installation, August 2015, Edmonton

Below you will find a series of ongoing reports for a residential client in Edmonton, Alberta. The client requires a DuraDek roof skirt replacement. Parts of the flat roof are currently exposed to the elements, so we must examine all exposed areas for damage and ensure that the new installation ties in to the old. Continue reading Flat Roof Skirt Deck Installation, August 2015, Edmonton

EPDM Roofing Replacement, July and August 2015, Edmonton

Below you will find a series of ongoing reports for a client in Edmonton looking to re-roof their building with an EPDM system. The building is a low slope duplex, where the entire roof would receive treatment with the new surface. Continue reading EPDM Roofing Replacement, July and August 2015, Edmonton

Photo Journal: Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton AB, March 2014

Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton - Below you will find a photo journal and emergency roof repair assessment from our Edmonton roofing repair crew at a commercial roofing site. Although the call began as a tar and gravel flat roof leak repair, the extent of damage escalated to the client requesting a quotation for flat roof recovery or replacement options. More field reports will be posted as they become available for this site. Regular Flat Roof Maintenance Will Save You Money. If you own a flat roof it is critical for you to conduct regular inspections, maintenance and repairs as needed. You will save considerable money if you do this twice per year. The reason it saves you money is that a complete flat roof replacement is expensive and 9 in 10 times had maintenance been done the replacement would not be required. If you do not do regular inspections and maintenance you could face a catastrophic failure which has occurred to this roof below. Simple spring and fall inspection and maintenance would have avoided a costly re-roof. Click here for a proper flat roof inspection and maintenance check-list. Emergency Flat Roof Inspection Edmonton, March 29 2014: Flat Roof Leaks. There are multiple large leak problems on this commercial tar and gravel flat roof that are currently being managed with buckets. Flat Roof Ponding. The roof assembly is carrying considerable ponding all over that is definitely a concern with dead weight load on the roof in times of sudden storms or in winter freeze thaw situations. Roof Drains. There are two drains on the roof that are useless; the previous contractors did not sump them properly. Roof Maintenance. Previous roof maintenance contractors did not remove the gravel before using tar to patch spots that needed repair. An excessive amount of tar has also allowed trapped air to cause blistering. Gum Boxes. Four gum boxes were actually near open water, and it was able to get into them. This is also contributing to some of the leaks. Roof Membrane. The tar and gravel roof membrane has become weather cracked from the sun, contributed by an improper ballast spread. If the pea gravel is not covering the bitumen layers the UV of the sun will dry out the bitumen causing it to crack and ultimately leak. Blisters. There is mass blistering of the roof membrane in multiple areas. If they continue, water will enter there as well. Several of the blisters on the roof are cratering water into them. Temporary Flat Roof Repairs. While we were on-site, we attempted to drain as much water as possible. The client called off the temporary repairs since the problems have become greater than simple roof maintenance work. The client has requested a quotation on roof replacement or recovery options.
Pitch pan pocket (gum box) is allowing water to enter. Needs maintenance.
Pitch pan pocket (gum box) is allowing water to enter. Needs maintenance.
Gum box needs to be filled.
Gum box needs to be filled.
Gum Box - Pitch Pan Pccket.
Gum Box.
Considerable roof ponding that was much worse prior to pumping water off roof.
Considerable roof ponding that was much worse prior to pumping water off roof.
Unit curb flashing is deficient and needs repair or replacement preferably.
Unit curb flashing is deficient and needs repair or replacement preferably.
Pea gravel is vacant on this section of roof allowing UV rays to dry out bitumen layers causing bitumen to crack and allow leaks in the building.
Pea gravel is vacant on this section of roof allowing UV rays to dry out bitumen layers causing bitumen to crack and allow leaks in the building.
Water ponding around flashing at curb of rooftop unit.
Water ponding around flashing at curb of rooftop unit.
Photo of tar and gravel roof showing all the rooftop units etc.
Photo of tar and gravel roof showing all the rooftop units etc.
Roofers vacuuming off water and using sump pumps to get water off roof.
Roofers vacuuming off water and using sump pumps to get water off roof.
Water ponding on Edmonton Tar and Gravel flat roof.
Water ponding on Edmonton Tar and Gravel flat roof.
Ponding water at various locations of flat roof.
Ponding water at various locations of flat roof.
Pea gravel on tar and gravel roof is vacant.
Pea gravel on tar and gravel roof is vacant.
Roof drain in bottom right of photo is not installed properly (it should be sumped down) to allow more water to get to drain.
Roof drain in bottom right of photo is not installed properly (it should be sumped down) to allow more water to get to drain.
Ponding everywhere on this flat roof.
Ponding everywhere on this flat roof.
Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton
Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton
Flat roof inspection reveals roof blisters at numerous locations.
Flat roof inspection reveals roof blisters at numerous locations.
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Tar and Gravel Roofing Recovery, July 2011, Edmonton

This report follows repairs made to both levels of a client's tar and gravel roof. The gravel was removed, the roof itself patched and repaired, all before a thorough coating of liquid rubber was applied. Continue reading Tar and Gravel Roofing Recovery, July 2011, Edmonton

Nisku Liquid Rubber Roof Recovery, August 2011

The report below follows services carried out on a metal roof for one of our industrial clients. They sought GRS' assistance in recovering their roof with engineered liquid rubber, with some other spot repairs to complete as needed. Inspection: June 2, 2011 The GRS crew went on location to inspect the existing roof system and take photos that will help the project management group form a better idea of what service will be needed at this location. The photos appear below.
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Our client had an industrial-grade metal roof. A crew was dispatched to perform an initial inspection with regard to the scope and requirements of performing a roof recovery using engineered liquid rubber.
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Many of the screws were exposed or missing, with parts of the metal beginning to rust.
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Rusting at the seams, with exposed screws running the length of this section of the roof.
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There were signs of previous spot repairs. In this case, caulking had been applied to the screws.
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More spot repairs, with caulking applied at the seams and over the edges. This solution had expired, with cracks forming along the length of the roof where the caulking had been applied over the seams.
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Closeup of some old sealant applied over seams and around raised screws. Note the hole in the fastener that had previously been closed off. As well, there are slight buckles in the metal. Each of these deficiencies contribute to common leak entry points and a loss of a metal roof's water shedding properties.
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We inspected the wall connection, noting whether any components on the wall itself needed to be replaced, and whether we had to order any new flashing as part of the recovery.
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Sealant had previously been applied to the window sills, flashing, along the wall seams, as well as on the intersection between the flashing and the standing seams on the roof. Besides showing signs of cracking, there was also more rusting along the walls.
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Significant rusting on the flashing, with an unsealed base for the rooftop appliance. As well, the edging over the window sills is not flush with each segment. Further down, it can be seen to be curling up from the window.
  Quotation Delivered: June 6, 2011 After seeing the roofers' investigation photos and measurements, GRS' project management could deliver an accurate quotation for services to be carried out of the roof. Included in the quotation were two separate services; the engineered liquid rubber application and an EPDM installation for the area around two eaves. Also attached to the quotation were the documents and web links surrounding GRS' workmanship guarantee, system methods, schedule availability for the season, and more. There was another note mentioned that regarding schedule availability, it's best to book liquid rubber jobs earlier in the season for when it's warmer. Even though the solution will bond, it performs best when applied in warmer weather.   Roof Report: July 20, 2011 The crew went out to the client's building and got to administering trowel-grade liquid rubber to all penetrations, joints, and problematic areas that has been previously discovered. They also did a lap around the perimeter, ensuring watertightness on the high-risk parts of the roof. They then set up the pump to apply the spray-on liquid rubber and managed to cover roughly one-quarter of the roof itself. Their plan was to finish the entirety of the roof the following day, so they packed up the equipment, cleaned the site, and closed the site for the evening.  
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Trowel-grade liquid rubber curing at the base of two plumbing appliances.
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Liquid rubber coatings applied and curing at the base of a chimney stack.
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We began the roof recovery by applying coatings at the wall connections, paying attention to the penetrations.
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A lap around the perimeter was completed to ensure that high risk parts of the roof were protected.
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Mid-application over a significantly rusted section of the roof.
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By the end of the day, our technicians managed to coat one-quarter of the entire roof.
    Site Inspection: August 1, 2011   One of the senior members of GRS' crew went on-site to inspect the liquid rubber application and found it to be forming a good seal. There was some water that had formed a small bubble in the rubber, but once popped it was deemed fit for continued use as the rubber still formed a solid barrier to the metal.   Roof Report: November 25, 2011 Several months after the initial liquid rubber coating, the client call in to report some other leaks in separate areas of the roof. GRS sent a team out to the site to investigate and carry out the necessary repairs. They administered sealant to the flashing where the wall meets the north-facing roof edge, and again on the south-west corner of the building. They also sealed in the wall-to-roof spots on the west-facing wall and inspected the existing wall spray. After carrying out the spot repairs, they had a better idea of what else needed to be done to the roofing system, and returned the following report:
  • The west-facing wall where the windows are is 3' x 78'. Will need 100' x 6" skrim sheet, and roughly 16 man-hours to install it.
  • The north-facing wall is 3' x 40'. Need 50' x 6" skrim sheet for another 12 man-hours to install.
  • The west-facing wall's upper roof is 3' x 24'. Need 25'x6" skrim sheet and 10 man-hours to finish.
The site was cleaned up, and the crew departed, leaving the repair options in the hands of the client.   This report will be updated as more reports come in, should the client elect to move forward with repairs. CODE: 1409 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.