This roof structure is a candidate for either a repair-maintenance program or an engineered coating and does not have to be replaced. I would not recommend an elastomeric coating or the SPF Spray Foam as the acrylic and EPDM covering options do not last well in Edmonton climate, but liquid rubber performs well in our climate. Generally speaking, metal roof systems are constant aggravating roof structures. Industrial metal roof systems have a deficient design - they are water-shedding and not water-proofing coverings. Metal expands and contracts more than any other roofing material. Metal roofs tend to leak from expansion and contraction and ice / snow loads. Leaks are intermittent at seams, penetrations (stacks, etc.), fasteners (fastener holes get larger with expansion and contraction), around the perimeter as ice back-ups at gutters and then under eave, and at joints between roof and wall connections. Metal rust / corrosion may start at places, the seams and fasteners are vulnerable from expansion / contraction and snow loads, and any traditional caulking or coating won’t last more than a few seasons at best. Remedies are either spot repairs-maintenance with caulking or more extensive maintenance which involves engineered coatings. Our recommendation is a high end engineered liquid rubber polymer coating that carries a 10 Year Manufacturer Warranty and has option for maintenance contracts for extended warranty. General Roofing is considered a pioneer and leader in engineered roof coatings; (www.liquidrubber.ca, https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Coatings.html, https://www.grscanadainc.com/Liquid_Rubber.html). We have significant liquid rubber operations specifically serving industrial facilities with low slope metal roofs. Our clients include companies such as Imperial Oil, Shell Oil, Telus, Fortis, Toran Power, National Oil Well Varco (NOV), Teck Resources, and many more.(https://www.grscanadainc.com/Project_Portfolio.html). In this instance, we recommend a 2 Ply System engineered liquid rubber coat to complete metal roofing, fastener replacement as required, sheet metal repair as required to-achieve a water-tight state. Typically this is even more successful than a full metal roof replacement. A recent project with photos can be found at; http://generalroofingsystemscanadainc.blogspot.ca/2012/05/roof-repair-liquid-rubber-metal-roof.html Thank you.August 16th, 2011: The crew arrived on site and found two pipe boots and two patches that were leaking. Also discovered were two large holes in the membrane of the north corner (also causing leaking). It appears that something heavy had dropped on the roof at some point causing the holes. The insulation around the two holes was totally saturated and this was clearly allowing quite a bit of water into the system. The insulation is acting like a sponge and is releasing water into the Q deck and lunch room of the building. The crew performed a drip count within the three areas where dripping was occurring. The first drip count was done before the flood test and the results are as follows: Area 1: every 10 seconds. Area 2: every 6 seconds. Area 3: every 19 seconds. After the repair and during the flood test the results were as follows: Area 1: every 16 seconds. Area 2: every 20 seconds. Area 3: none.
The test indicates that the repairs were successful and that there is a slow drip only because of the still saturated insulation. The crew also searched the rooftop for any other possible leak spots. One area was found and patched. It was further reported to the client that the A/C unit in front of the roof hatch was dripping water from inside the unit.
The client was highly satisfied with the execution of the repairs.
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