East3 Roofing is dedicated to providing superior materials, workmanship and service to all of our customers. We believe our customers are the most important part of our business now and in the future.
- Adam McCorrison Principle East3 Roofing
With all the hail damaged roof repairs and replacements that will take place over the coming months, it’s important to be in the know when dealing with roofing contractors. East3 Roofing can provide you with a free estimate for any hail damaged roof or exterior siding in and around Calgary and Airdrie.
When selecting a roofer to do your job, make sure that you are getting all the proper elements of a roof system. Some companies will just install shingles, to save themselves money and work. *You need Metal Drip edge along the bottom edge of your roof, to make sure the water that drips off your roof gets into the trough, and doesn't damage your plywood *Then you should have an extra thick underlay for the first 3-4 feet of the roof, to make sure the snow and ice that build up in the winter along the edge do not penetrate to the plywood. *The whole rest of the roof deck should be covered in underlay, at this point your roof is already waterproof. Making sure if anything happens and the shingles fail, the roof, and your house, will still be protected. *Starter shingles should be applied to the WHOLE perimeter of the roof. they provide extra adhesion to the first row and the Gables, where the wind will affect the roof the most. *Then the roof should be shingled properly, with 4-5 nails per shingle, Nails spaced evenly apart and ON the nail line. Not above. And definitely not below. 5-6 Nails are required in high wind application (East3 roofing only shingles with the 6 nail method) Making sure the nails are installed on the nail line overlap will mean the difference between your shingles blowing off in a wind storm, or staying on the roof. Which would YOU prefer? *The top of the roof should have air vents installed to extract the hot air from your attic. Many a roof has failed before its time due to lack of sufficient ventilation. *Finally, The roof should be capped and with ridge capping. The strongest available is the high profile cap. It also provides a beautiful Three-Dimensional look to your roof.
With the recent sever hail storms in Calgary and Airdrie Alberta, it’s important to take steps to repair or replace leaking roofs and siding. Be sure to call us for a free quote on Hail damaged roofs and siding in and around Calgary and Airdrie.
Siding leaks appear in many shapes and forms. Water stained interiors are quite often the first indication to homeowners that they may have problems with a siding leak. As mentioned in our other articles ruling out ice dams is one of the first things you should do if you believe you have a siding leak. Many times roofing leaks can mimic siding leaks so we recommend keeping this in mind as you search for the cause of your leak. There are a variety of siding materials such as cedar, vinyl and cement board and each has it’s own most likely cause of leaks. Take for instance cedar clapboard siding. As this natural wood ages it can warp, split and have knots that may come loose and even fall out over time. When looking for a leak with cedar clapboard siding you will want to first do a thorough inspection of the siding in the area of the leak. Look for obvious problems like loose or missing knots and dried out caulk. You will then want to look under the laps of each piece of siding where the pieces lap over each other. Sometimes a small split will develop which can only be seen upon close inspection. Check around the leak area and make sure all the wood corners and joints around windows and doors are sealed with a very good quality sealant. Once water is able to work it’s way behind the siding it can then end up in your finished living area. Many times with siding all that is required to fix a leak is a little high quality sealant. Vinyl siding is a little different than wood siding when it comes to leaks. Wood siding is nailed tight and caulked tight at joints and end points. Vinyl siding is nailed loose and is captured at end points by receiving channels that allow for expansion and contraction of the siding. These receiving channels have flanges behind them to help direct water that may enter. As in wood siding a thorough inspection of the leak area is recommended. Pay special attention around windows and doors tops as these can provide entry points for water. Make sure all caulking is in good shape and replace any old caulking as needed with a very good high quality sealant.
Installing a second layer of shingles over an existing layer of shingles may seem like a way to save money but we believe this method of re-roofing can have some unexpected pitfalls. Layovers as they are called in the industry involve nesting the new shingles up against the old existing roofing on your home. Since the new shingles are installed directly over the old roofing you do not receive many items associated with a complete re-roofing job involving removal of the old worn out roofing. Removal of old worn out roofing allows your roofing contractor to do a top side inspection of your roofs sheathing. This inspection will look for deterioration such as rot, insect infestation, mold, mildew and structural damage to the sheathing. Removing the old roofing will also allow your contractor to install snow and ice shield on all eaves and in all valleys under your new roofing. Since snow and ice shield is applied directly to your roofs bare sheathing this is something that can’t be installed on a layover where you don’t remove the old roofing. Many times old flashing located under the original layer of shingles can not be inspected or replaced during a lay over roofing job. Look at your roof does it have more than one roof plane? Are parts of these roofs surrounded by siding for instance a garage roof that ties into your main house with siding on the wall above the garage roof? If so and you elect to do a layover here are a few points you may not be aware of. When your home was built, your builder installed the siding after the roof was installed. This allowed the siding contractor to cover the roof flashing on the roof with siding material to make a water tight seal. Herein lies the problem. Many times during a layover where the new roofing meets an area of siding such as described above your roofer can not install new roof flashing. In addition they can not reuse the existing flashing since the original flashing is woven between the original layer of shingles and behind the siding. This leaves your roofer two options either seal the existing flashing or try and pry the siding loose enough to force new flashing behind it. Both of these in our opinion are unacceptable. Sealing the existing wall flashing most often can be translated as caulk existing wall flashing. Not only does this rely on caulking for your flashing system it can look unacceptable. The second option of trying to pry open the siding enough to slip new flashing in also can create problems. This can leave you looking forward to a future siding repair when the siding comes loose where it was pried open. With vinyl siding a vinyl J-channel is actually laying on top of the old roof. Trying to slip new flashing under this j-channel can also lead to problems in the future. We have seen short cut down flashing wedged under this channel in an effort to flash a layover job. The flashing was cut down because of the siding J-channel nails do not allow for a proper installation of step flashing. This method once again in our opinion is unacceptable. Flashing is designed to be certain lengths and widths to prevent water from jumping or running over the flashing during heavy storms. Cutting down this flashing may lead to future problems and water leaks. One final note on layovers. Your finished layover roof appearance has a lot to do with the condition of your old roofing. Over time your old roof can start to telegraph through to the new roof as it lays down over time. These are just some of the reasons East3 will not compromise and install any layover roofing over old worn out shingles regardless if your county and state code allow it. East3 Roofing, our quality name is on every roof we do and that says a lot.
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