Edmonton Tar and Gravel Roof Recovery, October 2012

This client in Edmonton sought a quote from GRS for the services available to their failing tar and gravel roof system. We returned the quote to them, helped make the best selection for their situation, and followed through with the service. We first heard from this client in mid-September and assessed their property for viable solutions to their problem. We returned our usual quotation to them, which included pricing for temporary repairs, roof recovery, or roof replacement systems. The client was hoping for a single recommendation in terms of viability, as they weren't sure what each solution entailed. We recommended roof recovery via liquid rubber or EPDM system to give the same longevity of a total replacement, but at a lesser cost. The client elected for an EPDM system installation, and we got to scheduling the job. For mid-October, we began clearing space for a waste bin and prepared the site for the technicians to come in for the installation. IMG_8042 IMG_5470 Field Report, October 11 2012: Our crew arrived to the location for 8:30am and worked through to 6:30pm. The bulk of the day was spent removing the on-roof gravel in preparation for the EPDM. Due to the accumulation of ice on the roof, we had to spud it instead to remove the gravel and ice at the same time. The roof is now cleared off and ready to move on to the next phase of the project. 0ct 11 2012 007-Optimized 0ct 11 2012 004-Optimized         0ct 11 2012 005-Optimized0ct 11 2012 006-Optimized 0ct 11 2012 008-Optimized 0ct 11 2012 009-Optimized 0ct 11 2012 010-Optimized 0ct 11 2012 011-Optimized 0ct 11 2012 012 Field Report, October 17 2012: The crew began the EPDM installation for the roof recovery, and had it finished quickly. Below are some in-progress photos and materials used in the job. The metal is yet to be installed, but that should be completed shortly. Materials:
  • 3 rolls of EPDM.
  • 2 Splice Adhesive.
  • 1 Bucket of screws.
  • 1 Bucket of plates.
  • 2 Buckets of primer.
  • 2 Pallets of fiber board.
  • 2 Russ strips.
  • 1 Box of seam tape.
  • 3 Pails of Mulehide bonding adhesive.
  • 8 Roller sleeves.
  • 2 Roller cages.
  • 2 boxes of regular silicone.
  • 1 box of sealant.
photo (53) photo (57) photo (56) photo (55) photo (54) < End Report > CODE: 14014 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, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Edmonton EPDM Roof Recovery, July 2012

Below you will find the report for an EPDM re-roofing effort GRS undertook for one of our Edmonton clients. Their existing tar and gravel roof is in need of some work, so we quoted cost for repair, replacement, and recovering services before the client elected to recover the existing roof with EPDM. Our office thought it would be best to establish the scope of the work and inform the customer of what we intended to do at their location. Below is a summary of the correspondence from our team that outlines the project details. Project Scope, July 3, 2012: We will first order the engineered insulation package for the project, and the arrival of this will (in large) determine the effective start date. The best estimate for now is that we can begin late next week (July 11-13), but we promised to keep the client in-the-know if any updates were to come about. The client's on-site contact will be instructed to put a "walk in" bin on street (to allow for us to wheel in wheelbarrows of gravel from the street level); if there are any issues with that he'll let you or I know. We promised to put down sheathing that would safely allow wheelbarrows to be repeatedly rolled across the grass without damaging the property. Another member of the project team will contact the client with respect to colour swatch and choice for metal. They will be advised to keeping the face as low profile as possible, considering the raised elevation view due to sloped insulation raising the parapet. The roofers will be advised that we will be doing an EPDM recovery (removal of gravel first leaving the existing assembly), taking core samples to ensure insulation is dry, and that we are building up parapets to allow for sloped insulation. Finally, the job will require the removal of the flashing around the chimney and possibly require a re-flash (to be evaluated at the appropriate time). Materials:
  • (2) Spud bars.
  • Saws-all.
  • Cordless drill, charger, & extra battery.
  • (2) Push brooms.
  • Trowels.
  • WD-40.
  • (4) High Build 200.
  • (3) Jute mesh.
  • (2) Plastic cement.
  • (6) 6" rolls scrim.
  • (4) 4' rolls scrim.
  • Mastic.
  • Bag of calcium.
  • 5 Gallons of Varsol/Mineral spirits.
  • (2) Rolls duct tape.
Field Report, August 13 2012: The crew met with the two new members, and began working on gravel removal from the roof. First, gravel was shovelled into easily-managed lines on the roof, and was then loaded into the smaller buckets. The buckets were brought to the edge of the roof, lowered to ground level, and put into the wheelbarrow. One member would ferry the gravel into the disposal bin and return for the next load. Once the gravel was removed, existing nail holes in the flashing were filled with caulking to make a watertight seal while the rest of the crew cleaned up the site for the day. IMG_1421 IMG_1422 IMG_1423 IMG_1424 IMG_1430 IMG_1432 IMG_1433 IMG_1434 IMG_1435 IMG_1436 IMG_1437 IMG_1438 IMG_1439 IMG_1441 Field Report, August 14 2012: Prior to arriving at the worksite, our team went to the local shop to procure supplies needed for the day. The first store did not have everything necessary, so a detour was made to ensure that the remaining materials were purchased and brought to the client's residence. They began preparing the roof for the day's work when the weather conditions rolled in that would've made the work perilous. The crew left the site for the day. NOTE: The in-progress field reports will be inserted here as content is moved over from the old system. This will cover the EPDM installation, re-sloping, and other site details. - Please accept our apologies for the temporary omission! Field Report, September 11 2012: Today, the crew installed two scupper drains on the south-facing parapet of the roof. This will accommodate for better water drainage and lengthen the life of the newly-installed system. New sheet metal was installed to the parapet, as well as the drop-drain near the garage with a downpipe. photo (38) photo (39)-1 photo (39) photo (40) photo (41) photo (42) photo (43) photo (44) photo (45) photo (46) photo (47) photo (49) photo (50) photo (51) photo (52) photo (53) Field Report, September 12 2012: The GRS team finished up the job, by installing two new caps for the vents, two new caps for the scuppers, and the two downpipes for the scuppers installed the day before. Everything is clean, level, and to GRS' exacting standards for project success. photo (54) photo (55)photo (65) photo (64) photo (63) photo (62) photo (61) photo (60) photo (59) photo (58) photo (57) < End Report > CODE: 9528 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, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Edmonton Tar and Gravel Garage Roof Repair

Below you will find a field report for minor repairs carried out to a 7’ x 8’ garage roof in Edmonton. The client wanted a quote for both repair and replacement options, which we provided ahead of service. Inquiry Received, June 9 2012: We arrived on site and began to work on the capping on the edge of the garage roof. In doing so, the capping itself was replaced, seams were caulked, as were the nail heads. This ensures a more watertight roofing system, which is always important but even mores on smaller structures such as this. After the capping replacement, we swept the gravel and rocks (ballast) back to the edges of the roof and evened them out. The photos we typically seek to include in our reports are no longer available, please accept our apologies! < End Report > CODE: 14 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, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Edmonton Liquid Rubber Roof Replacement, April 2012

This post reflects the field reports of a GRS crew attending to a client's re-roofing request. At the onset, it would appear that they would like to explore Tough Roof or a liquid rubber system.
The homeowners at this location are in the midst of a complete remodel and are looking to eliminate all problems with their roof. Though smaller repairs could be made, it looks like they would like to replace the roof outright. After explaining the systems available to them, they appear most interested in Tough Roof or a liquid rubber system.
  Scope of the Work:
  • Sealants and tie-ins are dried, non-malleable, and cracking.
  • The drainage appears to be good. No clogs, No pooling.
  • The parapet walls consist of capping only.
  • Building structure interior and exterior appear solid
  • The current tar and gravel roof is splitting - there is no sponginess. Blistering was found in 2 areas, with the larger of the two nearly punctured.
  • Christmas Light holders have been screwed into the capping above the windows, this will have to be replaced.
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  Update (May 30, 2012): We advised the client that roof preparation would commence the following day for the engineered liquid rubber application. Update (May 31, 2012):
After picking up some equipment from another job, the crew arrived on site for 9:20am, ready to begin preparing the roof for liquid rubber application. The gravel had to be removed first, followed by a thorough power washing to remove all possible debris from the roof. This took up the bulk of the day, but they received some extra assistance between 3:30 and 5:30 from another pair of crew members after they'd completed another job. Everyone on the main team departed at 6:30pm.
Update (June 1st, 2012): The crew returned to the job site for ~10:00am and continued pressure washing the roof and preparing it for the spray-on liquid rubber. They departed again for 2:30, having completed the preparations. Liquid rubber was then applied to the roof in what is called a 'flood coat'. The crew cited that the single coat was appropriate, and that another wouldn't be necessary. Update (June 13, 2012): The client called us to advise that a leak had developed at the skylight and that regardless of rain quantity, it appeared 'random' in how much water would seep through, and at what rate. The leak began after the Christmas lights were removed from the screw-in fixtures atop the window capping. The responding team went back up onto the roof and determined that the caulking around the windows was correctly applied. They concluded that there was no damage to the roof or fault in the liquid rubber application; the leak must be a problem with the window itself.   IMG_1858 IMG_1859 IMG_1860 IMG_1861 IMG_1862 IMG_1863 IMG_1864 IMG_1865 IMG_1866 IMG_1867 IMG_1868 IMG_1869 IMG_1870 IMG_1871 IMG_1872 IMG_1873      
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        Update (August 12, 2012): The client reached out to us again that the window is continuing to leak, and that they would like us to look at the flashing  on the roof where the Christmas lights had been screwed into. This recent bout of poor weather saw more water leaking in beyond a spot or two.   Update (August 28, 2012): The crew made it out to the client's location for further, more extensive repairs and safeguarding. They arrived at 9:15, and removed water from the roof, blow drying it clear as well. The capping metal was replaced and screwed down, and a trowel installed to the roof connection. After that, they installed scrim sheeting just before more rain came in. They had to leave the site between 4:30 and 6:30pm due to weather, but returned to tarp the site walls for an over-spray of more liquid rubber. Another coat was started, and the team continued to work until 8:15pm when more rain came rolling in. Tarps were left in place with the client's blessing, and the team promised their return in the morning.   Update (September 19, 2012): Once again, we arrived on location to address the area around the skylight/windows. Our crew member found a few holes and cracking that required repair. They were patched with seam tape and more liquid rubber. This repair took a mere hour and a half; crew departed site after that.     20140918_080905_resized 20140918_080910_resized 20140918_080957_resized 20140918_081004_resized 20140918_091942_resized 20140918_091953_resized 20140918_093327_resized 20140918_093341_resized 20140918_093349_resized   CODE: 4722 Contact Us 24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair. Telephone: 1.403.873.7663. Email: info@calgaryroofrepair.ca. Mailing: 240 – 70 Shawville Boulevard SE Calgary, Alberta. T2Y 2Z3. For all other areas of Canada call 1.877.497.3528 Toll Free. We service all areas of southern and central Alberta and south east British Columbia including Airdrie, Banff, Calgary, Canmore, Crossfield, Carstairs, Didsbury, Olds, Sundre, Three Hills, Drumheller, Hanna, Brooks, Bassano, Strathmore, Chestermere, Irricana, Cochrane, Black Diamond, Okotoks, Priddis, Bragg Creek, Cranbrook, Fernie, Panorama, High River, Vulcan, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Taber, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer and other Alberta rural points between.

Edmonton Built-Up Roof Repair, March 2012

This client required small repairs to a Built-Up Roof on their industrial building. We provided a verbal quotation at first (when attending the site), then forwarded a proper copy shortly after returning to the office. In the agreement, we also promised to closely inspect the roof while on site and advise the client about the structural integrity. Inquiry Received, March 9 2012: We attended to the minor repairs a few days after providing the original quote, and took photos of the site’s roof for any future work that the client would have us do. Repairs were carried out without incident, and the client was pleased with the work performed. March 12 Edmonton 033 March 12 Edmonton 035 March 12 Edmonton 036 March 12 Edmonton 037 March 12 Edmonton 041 March 12 Edmonton 042 March 12 Edmonton 043 March 12 Edmonton 045 March 12 Edmonton 046 March 12 Edmonton 047 March 12 Edmonton 049 March 12 Edmonton 050 March 12 Edmonton 051 March 12 Edmonton 052 March 12 Edmonton 053 March 12 Edmonton 054 March 12 Edmonton 055 March 12 Edmonton 058 March 12 Edmonton 060 March 12 Edmonton 061 March 12 Edmonton 062 Field Report, September 8 2012: The client reached out to us again for roof replacement and recovery options. We provided another quote, this time for the various systems and services that GRS can provide to the low-slope roof system currently on the building. Our recommendation was to have the engineered liquid rubber recovery or replacement, and we left it in the client’s hands to make a decision and get back to us. Field Report, March 11 2014: We heard back from the client nearly a year and a half later, looking for the liquid rubber recovery for their roof. We placed the order for necessary materials, and awaited their arrival to begin the job. Materials Ordered:
  • Soprabase FR - 50.
  • Sopraguard tape - 2 rolls.
  • Cap sheet sopralene flam 250 GR - 20 rolls.
  • Sopra flash flam stick - 2 rolls.
  • Sopra lap - 7 rolls.
  • Sopralene flam 180 - 1 roll.
  • Duotack foamable ADH - 12 tubes.
  • Elastocol stick - 1 pail.
Field Report, March 13 2014: We arrived on-site for 10:00am after finishing the last of the repairs to another building. The first thing to do was shovel away gravel and waste from a rip in the existing roof. The gravel was shovelled away, and the team was done for 2:00pm (waiting on materials to arrive). image-1 image-2 image-3 image-4 image-5 image-6 image-7 This article will be updated as more reports come in. CODE: 9950 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, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Leduc Liquid Rubber Roof Recovery, August 2011

The report below follows the several visits that GRS made to this industrial client's building. Repairs were carried out on a handful of occasions, with a liquid rubber roof recovery performed as well. Continue reading Leduc Liquid Rubber Roof Recovery, August 2011

Flat Roof Drain Installation and Repair, Edmonton, 2010-2011

This client sought GRS' assistance in alleviating leak and ponding problems on their tar and gravel roof. The first visit made out to their location had us install a new drain, and the second visit (the following year) had several vents and roof penetrations re-sealed to stave off water ingress.   Quotation Delivered: September 10, 2010 The GRS Project Manager sent over the quotation that the client requested, covering the roof drain installation and surrounding area patch. The job itself was scheduled to be a quick install, to be completed on a single visit to the site sometime during the following week as time provided. Roof Report: September 16, 2010 The GRS technicians arrived on site for 11:30am and met with the client regarding the roof drain and low spot that required attention. Once they'd assessed the site, it was decided that the repair would proceed on this day so the pair drove to the local shop to pick up the necessary supplies and materials. They returned an hour later and went up to the roof, beginning the repair on the drain. The job itself only took two hours, so they departed at 4:30pm for the day.
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The drain repair entailed applying a new liquid rubber patch over the deficient sections. We found some holes in the membrane surrounding the drain itself, as well as old sealant which was cracking.
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Next, we moved some gravel to exposed sections of the roof which we suspected were leak entry points. We found some minor tears and holes in the membrane and spudded over them.
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After affixing the drain back into place, we put a mesh over the coatings and then sprayed primer around the drain.
Quotation Request & Delivery: June 20, 2011 GRS received another phone call from this client about a leak coming through the roof. This time, they sought the replacement of two plumbing vents and two gooseneck vents. As the current roof is tar and gravel, the repairs can be done with a torch-on system. We sent over the quotation for the work to be completed and scheduled them in with the roofing crews.. Roof Report: July 29, 2011 The crew returned to the client's site an hour after a heavy storm had subsided. They spent a little bit under an hour and a half on-site before getting rained out once again. Regrettably, they were unable to fix the root problem and would have to return when next possible. Roof Report: August 7, 2011 After the previous week's delays, the pair of technicians arrived on location for 7:00am, completing the safety documents and beginning the day's preparations for torch-on repairs. They picked up some more supplies once the store opened, and got to torching on the repair patches at 10:20am. By the time 12:30pm rolled around, the repairs were completed and the team had to remain on fire watch duty for the prescribed hour before the site could be safely departed. Without any issues presenting themselves, the crew packed up the site and left the job site a completed project.  
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There was significant standing water around this cluster of rooftop appliances. The client wanted their vents replaced, although we recommended replacing a section using torch-on.
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Our first step was to drain the water around each of the appliances.
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We began by torching down some rubber around the plumbing boots, and then applying coatings over the seams.
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The process was repeated for all appliances along the roof edge.
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Next, the ventilation units were addressed.
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The main cluster of appliances where we found the standing water required custom strippings fit around them before they were torched down.
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Closeup of the newly torched-on membrane around the rooftop appliances.
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Finally, we applied new ballasts around the completed torching.
  < End Report > CODE: 13015 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.