Tips & Tricks Legacy Roofing & Sheet Metal

Tips & Tricks Legacy Roofing & Sheet Metal

Flat roof asphalt repair and reseal in Wyoming Baptist Church Ontario

Their main roofing system was a sloped metal roof system, however there was a section of roof where two air conditioning units were situated that were on a flat section of roof, using a 2ply modified roof system.

The church was having leaks in this section of roof, there were a few trouble spots on this roof, for instance the seams on many parts of the 2ply system could be lifted up, we could actually put our hands under some sections, and there was moisture underneath most parts. The vertical detail that you can see in the video we could lift up the cap sheet, the roof was in bad shape, even though the roof didnt look like it had been done too long ago.

Instead of replacing the roof, to save the church money we re-seamed the asphalt, and then covered with a rubberized all sands system for an extra water tight seal. You can see in the video where we used a heat gun to heat the asphalt back up and roll it using lots of pressure to get it to reseal again. A good tip if you are trying this, is to wait until the asphalt is bubbling, then you know its hot enough to roll and get a good seal.

There was another section of roof on a corner detail where the sloped roof truss meets the flat roof section, the membrane there just seemed to be plopped in there with nothing to seal it, I could actually get my hands in behind there, and it was causing problems for the building envelope. We framed up that section, put cap sheet on there to stop any water flowing, then seal the truss from getting rain exposure by putting in some metal flashing to stop the driving rain.

There was one other section where the leading edge of the roof met the metal sloped roof, and it was very poorly done, they had used caulking to create the seal (dont ever do that!). We cleaned that area up and put a polyurethane membrane down. First we put a layer of polyurethane down, then put some mesh down, and then another layer of polyurethane. That gives the roof an excellent watertight transition between roof layers.

It was a small section of roof, the smallest one we have done in a while, but definitely needed doing, and hopefully we could save the church some money by not replacing the entire roof system, as well as saving any further damage to the interior of their building.

Legacy Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal Serving all of SouthWestern Ontario: Lambeth, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, Wyoming, London, Woodstock, St. Thomas, Wallaceburg

How to waterproof and prevent ice and snow getting through metal flashing

We like to reuse metal siding if its in good condition because it saves clients a lot of money by not making an unnecessary decision to replace the metal.

Some roofing companies just tuck the membrane underneath the flashing and they don’t remove it.

We carefully remove the old metal siding, make sure the pieces are labelled so they can be easily reinstalled. You can see in the video how we have taken the drip flashing off.

Then we put the new roofing membrane up the side of the wall so that ice, rain and snow cannot get underneath the flashing and the membrane. We typically run the membrane up the wall detail around 12-14 inches to maximize the waterproofing.

We hope this video helps show you what we do!

Save money on flat roof repair Sarnia Ontario

This Canada long weekend we were busy working out in Sarnia Ontario, working on a residential flat roof system.

I brought my special helper along for the ride with me this time (make sure you leave him a comment to say hi!).

We were working on a regular 4ply built up roof with pea stones on it. The client had been complaining that the roof was allowing water into their house, they originally thought it was a leak in the walls, but upon inspection it was a section of roof that was letting in water. You can actually see in the video there was a spot in the membrane that I could literally put my hand into, and it was damp with the water we had just been having in South Western Ontario.

We cleaned off the pea stones and cleaned the roof down to the felt, we reactivated the old asphalt so we could put the new asphalt on, to make sure we had a great seal on the roof. Then we installed the sopaboard and base sheet, and then the new membrane.

This is a great way to save money instead of having to repair a whole roof, just repair a section and you can save a ton. If you are concerned about your roof and want an honest recommendation, by all means give us a call as we would love to talk to you and see if Legacy Flat Roofing can help.

How To Tie In A Flat roof With A Shingle Roof

This latest project was in early December in Lambeth Ontario for a residential home that had an existing sloped or shingled roof that needed to tie into a new flat roof that we had created.

This one took a lot of work, we had to clean off the snow and then melt the snow and get the roof dry so we could work on it!

We had to remove 2 courses of shingles so that we could create the transition in a way that even when the roof is covered with water, ice and snow that we would push the water away from the roof and of course make sure it has a water proof seal.

There was an area where the flat roof went under the existing soffit, so we had to close that area off with plywood, create a membrane over it, then put metal flashing over it to give it a nice clean look.

We think this was the best tie in to a shingled roof we have done so far, take a look at the video, and take a look at what our client had to say about it!

You can see what the client thought of our work in this video here .

Legacy Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal Serving all of SouthWestern Ontario: Lambeth, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, St. Thomas, Wallaceburg

How to save money on your flat roof project

This project was for the roof of a detached garage in London Ontario. The client wanted this project to be cost effective, so we advised that if the client could remove the old membrane themselves, we could just clean up the surface and save money.

And because we know that our clients want the most cost effective roof repair they can, we recommended to them and we advise you that if your eaves trough are in decent condition, have your flat roof contractor remove them carefully and reuse them, it will save you hundreds if not thousands in materials and labour.

This was a really tidy project, we were able to work around the stone coping, install new flashing, and create a water tight roof that will last for years to come.

Legacy Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal Serving all of SouthWestern Ontario: Lambeth, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, St. Thomas, Wallaceburg

Save money by doing one half of roof per season

This project is a little different than others we have done before.

At Legacy Roofs, we are a family orientated company, and we know what its like to live on a tight budget. Something that we like to offer our clients as a way to save money yet still get quality work done is to have half of a roof done one season, and then save up to have the other half done. Its a way we serve our clients by recommending this if finances are an issue.

Note: we only recommend waiting 1-2 seasons to do this as the surfaces will get too old to make that integration in the middle of the roof.

We also saved our client money by not replacing the whirly bird and dryer vent detail. The job was done in one day, and we are really pleased with it. Cost effective for our client, and efficient and watertight.

Legacy Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal Serving all of SouthWestern Ontario: Lambeth, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, St. Thomas, Wallaceburg

How to fix a flat roof leak London Ontario

This was a residential project for a client in the West side of London Ontario. It was a flat roof repair on a 2300sqft area, our largest residential project to date, so it was a 2 day project.

The roof had some moss growing in the roof, which we had to remove along with all the existing stone. A warning for you if you have moss growing on your roof if you dont do something about it, dirt starts gathering on the roof, then a root system develops and it will in time ruin your roof.

We cleaned off the roof to access the substrate, we went right down to the old felt especially in the mossy area, put new sopaboard down and base sheet. The weather was great considering it was early November. There were some old patch repair work done that we had to tie into.

We installed new drip flashing, which really finished off the project nicely.

We stand behind all of our work make sure to visit our website and hear what our customers have to say about our work. Contact us for a no obligation quote today!

Legacy Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal Serving all of SouthWestern Ontario: Lambeth, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, St. Thomas, Wallaceburg

How to Bend Metal Flashing

This is a short video on how to break metal flashing on a job site. The benefit of doing this work on site is that you get exact measurements for your roof. If someone is making cuts and then bringing those cuts to the site they will never be exact.

Legacy Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal Serving all of SouthWestern Ontario: Lambeth, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, St. Thomas, Wallaceburg


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