Ongoing Roof Leak and Drain Repair in Fort Saskatchewan, July 2015

Below you will find an ongoing series of reports for a leak repair in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The site is currently a work in progress. More updates will be posted as they become available. Scope of Work, July 21 2015: Upon arriving on-site, the client advised me about two leak sites - one in the kitchen and one above a light fixture by the washroom. On the roof, there was a major water ponding issue and lack of drainage. There is also a fryer vent that has major dripping onto the rubber. The grease that is leaking out has, over time, started to eat away at it [the rubber]. Structural integrity has been lost, so the next step is to cut out the damaged area and replace it with a 12 ft. x 12 ft. EPDM fixture. The next scope of work would be to install an internal drain, piped in by a plumber. < End Report > Code: 100 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.  

TPO Roof Repair in Fort Saskatchewan, June 6, 2015

Article: TPO Roof Repair. Flat Roof. Commercial Building. Hotel in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta.

TPO Roof Repair, maintenance, and considerations for type of membranes in cold climates. TPO Roofing or Thermal Plastic Olefin Roofing is a single ply roof system that is used extensively world-wide. In most instances TPO is installed as a white or cool-roof. It can be installed in one of three ways. 1. Fully Adhered, 2. Mechanically Fastened, and 3. Loose Laid Ballasted.  Single ply roof systems came along after tar and gravel and then torch-on SBS modified systems. It's primary advantage is that it is less costly for supply and install than torch-on and tar and gravel due to labor costs. Market acceptance in the USA (or in warm climates) is considerable and the product is effective in those climates. In colder climates, such as with most of Canada, TPO isn't installed as often as the USA and there are considerable studies that suggest that reflective roofing in Canada results in a negative net benefit and that reflective or cool roofing in Canada is prone to condensation issues. Visit these off-site publication links for more information about cool roofing membranes (reflective) in cold climates: 1. Calgary Says No to Cool Roofs. EPDM Roofing Association. http://www.epdmroofs.org/blog/2015/05/18/calgary-says-no-to-cool-roofs 2. The High Cost of White Roofs in the North. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlie-soffel/the-high-cost-of-white-roofs_b_5623273.html?utm_hp_ref=green 3. Effects of Roof Color and Solar Reflectance on the Accumulation of Moisture in Roof Systems. Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. http://www.asphaltroofing.org/effects-roof-color-and-solar-reflectance-accumulation-moisture-roof-systems

Repairing a TPO Roof (or any single-ply) Does Have Advantages Over Torch-On and Tar and Gravel.

One advantage that single ply roofing systems have (TPO, PVC and EPDM) is that they are usually quicker to inspect and easier and quicker to repair. As long as it isn't a ballasted single ply roof. If it's ballasted with rock then this becomes a negative and not an advantage because it takes more labour to remove the rock for inspection and repair. Single ply roofing such as TPO, PVC, and EPDM also do not need open flame work such as with torch on modified bitumen roofing. If you get a roofer to work on your 2 ply SBS modified bitumen roof BE SURE they are insured for open-flame work! Also to consider is that torch-on roofing typically requires a more experienced technician than does single-ply and as the years go on there are more and more single ply techs and less that can repair torch-on and tar and gravel. The issues or pro's and con's listed above are why we typically encourage customers that are looking at single ply to install EPDM in a cold climate and not TPO or PVC. The net benefit is a consideration but also is the cost of installation and the cost for repairs and maintenance over the years. October 30, 2014: Crew Arrives To Complete TPO Roof Repairs.  10120 86 Avenue Fort Saskatchewan.
They have a leak in the south-west corner of the hotel. The roof is TPO. When I got up on the roof I picked at all the laps in the area in where it was leaking and on the top side of the slope that would of run through the area and they were all good. I did find a couple breaches in the system. One I fixed with TPO cover strip and the other with water cut off. Personally, I think the leak is coming from the stucco to frame work - there are cracks and holes all through it. Also there is a electrical conduit that runs along the parapet walls which is mechanically fastened and the conduit is attached with 1 inch screws and are popping out - this should be fixed (re-installed correctly or patched correctly) to prevent any further breaches to the system.
TPO Flat Roof Repair
TPO Flat Roof Repair
TPO Roof
TPO Roof with conduit running along parapet wall.
TPO Leak Identified
TPO Roof Repair. Leak Identified.
  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.

EPDM Roof Repair in Fort Saskatchewan, May 28 2015.

Article: EPDM Roof Repair Fort Saskatchewan, Flat Roof Commercial Building.

March 26, 2015: Initial Inquiry is Received.
Good Morning, I have a commercial building in Fort Saskatchewan that has a leak in their pharmacy area, can we have someone go repair this asap? Please advise Thank you,
March 29, 2015: Inspection of Roof and Roof Report Completed by Journeyman Superintendent. 
Roof Type: EPDM Ballast, Flat Roof, Commercial.
This customer with a commercial building is experiencing two leaks in the roof. Both of the roof leaks seem to be around the drains or units. It will be hard to locate the leaks. My recommendation is for the repairs to estimated on an hourly rate dispatch for this job because it could take 3 hours or it could take 20 hours - it is hard to say without shoveling back the ballast rock and therefore being able to inspect the EPDM roof membrane.
Some photos of the original roof inspection are below.
EPDM Roof Repair Unit one
EPDM Roof Repair Unit 1
EPDM Roof Repair Unit
EPDM Roof Repair Unit
EPDM Roof Repair Long Shot
EPDM Roof Repair Long Shot
EPDM Roof Repair Drain Work
EPDM Roof Repair Drain Work
EPDM Roof Repair Drain
EPDM Roof Repair Drain
  April 7, 2015: Flat Roof Crew Attends to Commercial Roof to do EPDM Roof Repairs.
Today we fixed three leaks. The first leak was along the north wall of the roof. We pin-pointed the leak to a curb and a make-up air-unit which were both beside each other. We found numerous cracks in the EPDM. We fixed them with EPDM form flash. Leak two was above the pharmacy are of the building on the west wall. I found a corner that had a puncture in so we cleaned it and and installed a corner patch. Leak three was located to be at the center of the roof. After measuring it out we pin-pointed it to a air unit. And then at another area I shoveled back the gravel and cleaned and inspected the area and I found a lap of the EPDM that had a large fish-mouth in the lap which was the cause of that leak. I repaired it with cover strip.
EPDM Roof Repair Fort Saskatchewan Photos:
EDPM Fort Saskatchewan Leak Point
EDPM Fort Saskatchewan Leak Point
EPDM Roof Repair Fort Saskatchewan
EPDM Roof Repair Fort Saskatchewan
EPDM Repair
EPDM Repair
EDPM Leak Identified
EDPM Leak Identified
EPDM technician points out roof deficiency.
EPDM technician points out roof deficiency.
EDPM repair done at rooftop unit.
EDPM repair done at rooftop unit.
EPDM roof to be repaired.
EPDM roof to be repaired.
EPDM roof repair at rooftop unit.
EPDM roof repair at rooftop unit.
EPDM repair done on roof.
EPDM repair done on roof.
EPDM Repair
EPDM Repair.
  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.

Tar and Gravel Roofing Repair, September 2014, Fort Saskatchewan

This very brief report shows that there's no job too small for GRS to handle. This industrial client's tar and gravel roof had split in a couple of places, requiring a technician to go on-site for a half day's work repairing it with meshing and sopramastic.   Roof Report: Sept 23, 2014 The technician arrived on site for 10:45 to repair the roof. They fixed a split seam (approximately 30 ft. long) on this tar and gravel roofing system, as well as some other spots along the one end of the split. In addition to the primary split addressed first, there was another split the width of the roof; perpendicular to the other one. This split required spudding before the repairs could be completed. Using 6" meshing and sopramastic, the repairs were carried out in less than five hours, leaving the technician opportunity to depart the site around 3:00pm.     Materials Used:
  • 3 Cans of sopramastic
  • 1 Roll of 6" mesh tape
    20140923_114529_resized 20140923_114541_resized 20140923_114554_resized 20140923_114605_resized 20140923_123340_resized 20140923_130501_resized 20140923_130519_resized 20140923_133629_resized 20140923_133646_resized 20140923_133657_resized   CODE: 17507 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.

Roof Leak Repair in Fort Saskatchewan AB, July and August 2014

Below you will find a series of reports from the Edmonton roof repair crew responding to a call for leak repairs from a commercial client. We had to resolve some problems which were left over by previous contractors. Assessment, July 1 2014: Once we got up to the EPDM ballasted roof, we found a lot of broken glass uphill of the area where leaks were reported. After doing some cleaning, we moved some gravel aside (32 ft. x 32 ft. area) to look for issues. It was swept back into place when this section was cleared. After that, we did another 32 ft. x 32 ft. section of the roof and continued on in this fashion. It is also worth noting that the previous contractors did not use any seam tape on the field laps, but glued them to each other with a 6 in. overlap between each. On the parapet wall detailing, the previous contractors had used EPDM rubber as a patch, as opposed to form flash or cover tape. Considering the detritus removed from the site, coupled with the improper EPDM installation, we thought it would be best to check all the field laps above the leaking area. When we finished our day, we spoke to the client and explained that more time was required to continue looking for the leak. Field Report, July 2 2014: 3:00 arrive on site and assess the leaks from inside building when we got up on the roof in the area where the leaks where we found two corner patches that were cracking and the lap seal had let go that was the only visible sign of a leak everything else looked good so we used water mastic as we didn't have any lap seal on the truck to seal the cracks with the rain we could not put a permanent patch on this fix was temporary We arrived on the site at 3:00 pm and assessed the leaks from inside the building. When we checked the roof, there were two corner patches that were cracking and the lap seal had come off. This site was the only visible sign of leaking. Everything else looked okay, so we used water MASTIC, as we did not have any lap seal in the truck to seal the cracks with. Since it began raining, we could not put a permanent patch on this fix. August 4 2014: When the team arrived on-site, we started to move gravel away from the next section of the roof and found that there was a glued lap at the front parapet of the building with only a 2 in. overlap and buckle going through the lap. Around the curb, the wrong flashing was used and only wrapped the corners once. We fixed these issues before the afternoon began. All the gravel was then redistributed onto the roof surface. The client was informed that the problems he was having so far had been remedied. While we were away at another site, however, the staff at this location called us about another problem area that had emerged. The first is that the EPDM is peeling away from the wall and should be cut and patched before it starts pulling apart the field laps. There is also a new gas line going through the roof, and only caulking is being used as a sealant. A gum box should be installed as well.
Materials:
  • 4 ft. x 1 ft. form flash
  • 8 ft. x 6 in. cover tape
  • 1x gallon of splice wash
  • 300 mL of quick primer
  • 30x rags
  • 4x scrub pads
  • 1x tube of lap sealant
August 5 2014: In order for us to fix the walls, we are going to need to cut the membrane and secure it back. This is going to leave a 2 ft. x 40 ft. EPDM opening in two different places. The following materials are required to fix these new openings:
  • 4 ft. x 40 ft. of EPDM (cut from a 10 ft. x 100 ft. roll)
  • 1x 5 gallon pail of bonding adhesive
  • 1x 4 in. gum box and sealer
  • 1x 5 gallon pail of splice wash
  • Box of rags
  • 4x roller sleeves
  • 4x paint brushes
  • 4x rolls of 3 in. seam tape
When we got to site, we went and talked to the site manager and she showed us the problem area.  Once on the roof, we found six deficient corners around the curbs and sleepers in the area above the leak.  Instead of guessing, we repaired them all in the hopes of fixing the leak.  We are still not 100% sure that solved problem, and we did not want to spend too much time repairing this area since all theses curbs should be removed and the old air unit thrown out.  So from 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm we looked for the leak, and from 2:15 pm to 5:00 pm we cleaned and patched the six aforementioned corners and replaced the gravel.  These were permanent repairs. At 5:00 pm we went back to the upper roof and started the preparatory work for repairing the walls until 7:00 pm.  We have all the gravel moved back and the cut out the EPDM required for tomorrow.
Materials:
  • 6 ft. x 1 ft. form flash
  • 1 gallon of splice wash
  • 1x tube of lap sealant
  • 30 rags
  • 32 ft. x 10 ft. EPDM
  • 3x scrub pads
  • 1x paint brush
  • 4x pairs of disposable rubber gloves
August 6 : We completed the two wall repairs which took extra time since wehad to redue the russ strip in these areas. I informed the client of the extra needed and he said as long as it was done right. We had a meeting on the roof at 4 pm and showed the work we had done and he was happy with it and would like to give us more work on another building. We know this building will need more work since the original roofers took a lot of short cuts. August 6 2014: We completed the two wall repairs, which took longer than anticipated since the Russ strips required redoing. The client was okay with the overtime and appreciated that we were completing the work properly. We had a meeting on the roof later in the afternoon and showed the client the finished product. He was happy with the results and wanted to give us more work on another building. It is also anticipated that this building will need more work done since the original contractors took a lot of shortcuts. Materials
  • 8x tubes of lap sealant
  • 3x rolls of 3 in. seam tape
  • 10 ft. x 1 ft. of cover tape
  • 1/x of rags
  • 2 gallons of splice adhesive
  • 2 gallons of quick prime
  • 1 gallon of bonding adhesive
  • 2 gallons of splice wash
  • 2x roller sleeves
  • 4x paint brushes
  • 6x scrub pads
< End Report > Code: 99 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.

Residential Shake to Shingle Re-Roofing Fort Saskatchewan, AB – May to June 2014

Shake to Shingle Re-Roofing Fort Saskatchewan. Below you will find a quotation, field report, and photos for a residential re-roofing. The client needed a sloped roof replacement with respect to their shingles. Quotation, May 6 2014:
  • Sloped roof replacement (remove cedar shakes and replace with shingles)
    • Shingle options:
      • Architectural
      • Luxury slate/shake
      • Metal, rubber, shake, tile
    • Attic ventilation and assessment; vent correction as required
    • High profile shingle cap
    • Ice & Water protection: eaves, valleys, neck tie roof openings (vents, plumbing, skylights, etc.)
    • Complete wrap of roof underlayment
    • Storm nailing and installation
    • Caulking under vents, exposed nails, valleys, etc.
    • Replacement of rotted roof sheathing up to 100 sq. ft.
Work Order, June 4 2014:
  • Scope: Re-roof house, attached garage, and small rear shed
Materials
  • Field Shingles - 33 Sq of Malarkey Legacy Antique Brown Shingles (129 Bundle at 4 bundle sq)
  • Cap Shingles - 100 lineal ft of  Malarkey product number 224 - EZ Ridge 10" to be set up over the ridge vent strips at ridge of roof
  • Starter Shingles - 300 lineal feet of starter (whichever is recommended with Malarkey Legacy Shingles)
  • Eave drip edge - 140 lineal feet of color drip edge metal to be installed at eave of roof roof sheathing
  • Ridge Vent - 60 lineal feet of Lo-Omni Ridge vent is 9" wide for install under the Malarkey EZ Ridge 10" shingle
  • Plumbing Boots - 3 neoprene or plastic
  • Goose Necks - 2 colored goose-necks with-out baffle (screen only)
  • Valley Metal - 100 lineal feet of coloured valley metal for open metal roof valleys
  • Underlay -  31 square of synthetic breathable underlay choice GAF-Elk Deck Armour
  • Ice and Water - 240 lineal feet of 44" ice and water
Specifications
  • Inspection of attic space - check intake air at soffits to ensure insulation is not covering intake air that cools the attic.
  • Check exhaust venting at ridge to check if it is clear and calculate proper exhaust required for attic size - approximately 1 sq foot of exhaust venting is required for every 100 - 300 sq ft of roof attic space to properly ventilate the attic.
  • Check insulation for moisture damage. Damaged insulation will not work anymore (it will have no R Value) and must be removed.
  • Inspect sheathing for water damage.
  • Flashing all along the eaves-trough.
  • Rake-flashing along all rakes/gables.
  • Ice & Water along all eaves, valleys, flashing edges after sheet metal installation, back pans, and penetrations. Ice and water membrane is used to keep freeze thaw ice in the gutters from wicking back up and under shingles and warming at the sheathing and creating a roof leak in to the home.
  • Replace all vents and bathroom exhausts, with optional ridge venting included.
  • Supply and install metal back-pan for chimney.
  • Replace all goose-neck vents.
  • Replace all vents and exhausts with rubber-sealed screws instead of shingle nails at exposed areas (regular shingle nails can work back out of sheathing over time and can leak because the nails are exposed and caulking them will over time fade).
  • Storm-nail all shingles. Storm nailing shingles requires six nails vs. four nails in to each shingle.
  • Re-caulk storm collars and rain-caps with polybitumen or high grade polymer caulking (tar caulking will crack). Using a high quality UV resistant caulking in roofing is important.
  • Clean all gutters and downspouts.
  • Dispose of all materials, and full cleanup with magnetic roller so that no roofing nails are left in grass to hurt household pets or children playing.
image (1) image   The work order was approved, and we proceeded to drop off materials at the site on June 16 2014. Weather conditions were not very favourable for the next few days. Field Report, June 20 2014: We arrived on site to be met with tearing cedar shake. There were thousands of nails to remove, which took hours. It began raining today as well. Hopefully there will be more luck with the weather soon. IMG_20140620_083149 IMG_20140620_083153 IMG_20140620_083159 IMG_20140620_083201 IMG_20140620_083224 IMG_20140620_153707 IMG_20140620_153710   < TO BE CONTINUED > Code: 43 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.