Residential Roof Leak Repair in Edmonton AB, July 22 2015

Below you will find an initial assessment for an ongoing residential site by our Edmonton roofing repair crew. More reports will be posted as they become available. Initial Assessment, July 22 2015: We arrived on-site at 1:00 pm and were lead by the client to two leaks in the shop. One was coming from around the skylight, and another one around the chimney stack in the middle near the edge of the roof. Upon inspecting the roof top-side, we observed that the acrylic MASTIC around the chimney was cracking and lifting in areas. It should be removed and replaced with seam tape and liquid rubber. The penetrations require the same. It is only a matter of time until it begins to leak around the entire skylight. There are also cracks and splits in the skylight, which seems to have had been coated with spray foam. The metal gum box also needs to be topped off. There is a metal boot top-side as well that looks like it was only spray foamed. The roof measurements are 85 ft. long by 51 ft. wide, and the skylight was 4 ft. x 4 ft. It should take 25 man hours to clean and repair the penetrations, apply some gum patch into the metal boot, and cover the foam/top up the gum box with rubber MASTIC. < TO BE CONTINUED > Code: 154 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 Flat Roof EPDM Installation in Edmonton AB, June to July 2013

Below you will find a series of reports and photographs from the Edmonton roofing repair crew for an EPDM installation on a residential flat roof. Drain and flashing installation was also added to the roof replacement package. The client initially had a tar and gravel system. Site Preparation, June 23 2013: Gravel removal was finished in preparation of tomorrow's EPDM installation.
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June 30 2013: The EPDM re-roofing has begun.  The client also made us aware that they had paid for another drain installation. We will return next week to do a metal and drain replacement.
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IMAG0415 July 1 2013: The skylight, flashing, and drain need replacement or reinstallation. The client approved our use of the front lawn for doing our work on that side of the house. July 2 2013: The EPDM re-roof is now complete. Remaining tasks include drain installation on the rear roof, skirt flashing (skylight, chimney), and installing perimeter metal. IMAG0440 IMAG0441 IMAG0442 IMAG0443 IMAG0444 IMAG0445 IMAG0446 IMAG0447 IMAG0448 IMAG0449 IMAG0450 IMAG0451 IMAG0452 IMAG0453 IMAG0454 IMAG0455 IMAG0456 IMAG0457 IMAG0458 IMAG0459 Rear Drain Installation IMAG0479 IMAG0480 IMAG0481 IMAG0482 IMAG0483 IMAG0484 IMAG0485   < End Report > Code: 140 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 Cedar Shake Roof Replacement, August 2012

The client reached out to us to have a sloped roof (cedar shake) replaced. The shakes were in poor condition, with many cracking or missing. In the process of the re-roofing, it was deemed that ridge vents should also be installed. The client requested an estimate for regular laminated shingles, and was provided estimates for them alongside many of the similar types of roofing systems (shingles) offered after our crew performed some assessments and minor repairs to the existing structure. Their decision for roofing material was made simpler when our crew arrived with samples of various sorts (metal clad, UDL, ice & water barrier, and the requested laminated shingles). The current plan is to have the re-roofing completed before winter, so that it might protect the home from the weather. Field Report, August 11 2012: We did an estimate for the client and completed light repairs as a temporary fix. Tar was applied around the chimney. Field Report, August 12 2012: Today a skylight repair was performed, which eliminated condensation buildup. A hole in the corner of the skylight was also patched. We then provided an estimate on new chimney cap and applied tar to all five pipes.   Shake Roof Replacement 1 Shake Roof Replacement 2 Shake Roof Replacement 3 Shake Roof Replacement 4 Shake Roof Replacement 5 Shake Roof Replacement 6 Shake Roof Replacement 7 Shake Roof Replacement 8 Shake Roof Replacement 9 Shake Roof Replacement 10 Shake Roof Replacement 11 Shake Roof Replacement 12 Shake Roof Replacement 13   chimney repair close nail 2 chimney repair 2 chimney repair 1 close nail tar around chimney tar nails hole in the corner condesation build-up Until next time,         The Roofers at GRS CODE: 54 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.  

Shingled Residential Roof Repair, 2012-2013, Edmonton

This client had GRS come out for two repair contracts; the first to address leaks around a pair of skylights and roof valleys, the second to investigate another leak that appears two years later. They're both contained in this report, entered chronologically. Continue reading Shingled Residential Roof Repair, 2012-2013, Edmonton

Edmonton EPDM Roof Replacement, May 2011

Below you will find a series of reports pertaining to a residential client in need of some work to their roof. They sought an EPDM installation with some retro-fitting/installation of skylights, gutters, and downpipes. After receiving our quotes for services to be tendered, the client was interested in an EPDM re-roof with some additional features to be installed during the project (skylights, gutters, downpipes). Our quote, however, assumed that insulation would need to be entirely removed and replaced, which was not the case. We re-quoted the job (with minimal insulation work) and advised the client on the warranties available for materials and workmanship. Assessment, April 29 2011:
We arrived at the client's house to assess the building and existing roof system so that we might come to a better understanding of the scope of the work to be completed. We came up with some notes, and sent them to the client for review:
1. In terms of scheduling, we are held up on a commercial site that may put us a number of days off May 2, 2011 will keep [the client] abreast. As soon as they are off the job they will be ready to begin this project - likely Wednesday or Thursday [May 2nd or 3rd].
2. The disposal bin: when the truck goes up onto the lawn and unloads/loads the bin, there could be some damage to the lawn and beds by the sidewalk. We will do what we can to alleviate, but it is of concern.
3. In terms of scope, here is what we are ordering and planning for;
House
  • Remove shingles.
  • Remove sheathing, insulation, and poly.
  • Insulators come in.
  • Re-sheet deck (we are supplying material).
  • Install EPDM system.
  • New skylights installed.
  • Edge flashing to be white.
  • Gutters and downs replaced to be white.
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  • Remove shingles.
  • Reapply new green shingles.
4. We have spoken to three insulators that we normally use and will be deciding this weekend on whom we will be using; also have to speak to the fourth insulator that [the client] provided the contact information for (before making a decision). Inspection, May 11 2011: After selecting and contacting/contracting an insulator, we sent them on location to take measurements of the work area to understand how much material will need to be ordered. They were curious about the existing insulation, and whether they were to remove it or not. We put them in touch with the client to sort out the details on insulation removal. With respect to the spray foam insulation, however, the contractor advised us that they can only do the rooftop insulation in the event that weather permits and is not too windy. Roof Report, May 16 2011: Our crew loaded the metal and trim for two jobs, and drove into town to make the delivery. From 1:00-2:00pm they dropped the supplies for the first job, then made their way over to this job's site for 2:00pm and unloaded the tools and metal for the job. Roof Report, May 17 2011: The team, being yet unable to work on the roof, delivered the Ice & Water shield in addition to the tools required to work with the barrier. They left the site shortly after arrival to continue deliveries of materials to other job sites in the city. After picking up the necessary wood for this roof, they returned around 8:30pm and dropped it off; departing the site at 9:00pm. Roof Report, May 23 2011: One of the project leads met with the client to answer some questions about the job's progress. They discussed how the ridge vent is venting, and some of the desired changes to existing roof features. The client wants a guard installed on the gutter behind the house, and the eavestrough on the right side of the house raised to meet the new downpipe. The EPDM system was also discussed, and how the skylight installation would be performed. This meeting took just over an hour, and the project lead departed around 9:30 Roof Report, June 23 2011: We installed one of the two skylights, but the second was incorrectly sized and the order needs to be placed again. The client was very understanding, and we will get back to them as soon as the replacement comes in. Roof Report, July 12 2011: We received the replacement skylight last Thursday [July 7] but were unable to install it with inclement weather over the weekend. The plan is to install it the next nice day that comes about; we need at least one hour of dry weather to perform the installation. Roof Report, October 26 2011: The client notified us that there was some moisture coming in from the roof in an area where renovations were still in progress. Give that there was no rain this day, we were confused about where the moisture could be coming in. We sent over one of our crew members to attend to the concern and evaluate what repair options are necessary. Roof Report, October 27 2011: The client notified us again about a problem with the roof, this time the concern lay with the recently installed skylight. It would appear that some moisture was dripping down around the lower edge, so they requested that we look into it and make the necessary repairs before winter. Our teams were backed up with work, but we promised to send out a repair crew as soon as possible. Roof Report, November 10 2011: We arrived on-site for 1:30pm, and spoke briefly with the client before they had to leave for another meeting. The crew assessed the skylight and determined the materials needed for a proper repair. Furthermore, we cut open the bathroom fan flashing and the roof deck to access the connection at the master bedroom. As the flashings were about to be replaced with new ones, it began to rain. Temporary patches were put in place, and the client was advised not to use the fan for the evening and that we would return the following day.
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Exposing the roof deck to gain access to the master bedroom connection.
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We cut open the bathroom fan roof flashing to access the master bedroom. The insulators we were working with needed to know the amount of materials they would have to requisition and whether any or all of it required removal.
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The client had also reported leaks entering the building around the vicinity of this plumbing vent.
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Coupled with a failing sealant system, the base of the unit was also peeling apart.
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We removed the vent and decking to inspect for moist insulation and general water damage at the connections.
 
Roof Report, November 11 2011: Our repair crew spent the day on-site to address the leaking skylight. They began by removing the skylight itself and cleaned off the old membrane. Next, the curb was rebuilt to an 8-inch height, and the bottom was detailed with 2" x 2" for a solid sub-straight for drywalling. The entire skylight had to be dismantled for proper access to the membrane, so it was reassembled, caulked, tooled, and reinstallation. After the skylight was dealt with, we spoke to the client and let them know that we would return the following morning to give the same examinations and repairs to the bathroom fans and the soft spots at the each end of the ridge. Roof Report, November 14 2011: On this day, the GRS crew members arrived for 9am and spoke with the client to let them know of the scope of work for the day. We managed to repair both of the bathroom fan details, and half of the lower skylight (ran out of materials). All that remains (beyond the skylight) is the soft spot on the ridge, which should be repaired tomorrow with proper materials on-hand.
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We began the skylight replacement by removing the flashing and exposing the roof around the fixture.
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Next, the unit itself was removed.
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A new frame was installed. The previous skylight had been installed directly into the roof.
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Installing the skylight into place over the new frame,
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Next, we sealed the frame into the roof using seam tape. and metal flashing.
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Liquid rubber coatings were applied over the corners and the seams.
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Our repair of the bathroom fan details entailed installing new vents and replacing the insulation in the master bedroom connection.
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After replacing the exposed section with a new board, it was patched over with EPDM.
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Finishing up the second vent installation. The seams were made watertight with spud.
< End Report > CODE: 5408 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.