Roofing Service Frequently Asked Questions & Information
What are Euroshield® rubber roofing products made from?
The major component in the Euroshield® formula is recycled tire rubber comprising approximately 70% of the material. The rest is a proprietary blend of other materials that add to its industry-leading durability and longevity, for a total of 95% recycled content used in the making of the finished product.
Where are Euroshield® rubber roofing products manufactured?
Corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located at 9330 48th st SE, Calgary, AB, Canada.
Will Euroshield® products crack, like tires can crack?
To answer this question properly you have to understand what makes a tire crack. Tires have metal wiring in them, this is what gives the tire its shape, and when you expand & contract this wire enough it will eventually break. When the metal in the tire breaks you will visually see the rubber crack or separate. Euroshield® roofing materials contain no metal so we do not have to worry about this problem. In both real life & lab testing Euroshield® has never cracked.
How resistant is Euroshield® to high wind conditions?
Euroshield® recycled rubber roofing has been tested to the required Modified Dade County test in compliance with the CCMC guidelines for wind uplift and wind-driven rain to 170 kph and passed. The unique interlocking panels of the EuroSlate® and EuroShake® product hold the leading edge in a lock-down position so the corners will not lift or curl and blow off, even in extreme high-wind conditions. Harvest Shake and Heritage Slate have a factory applied adhesive strip on the underside of the butt edge, in combination with roofing nails, to hold the panels down and meet the same wind standard.
Will hail damage my Euroshield® roof and can I walk on it?
Euroshield® has achieved the highest rating, UL2218 Class 4 for Impact. All products are Listed and Labelled with SwRI (Southwest Research Institute -Accredited Texas Lab) and qualify for the maximum insurance discount available for hail impact from insurers offering these discounts. Warranty coverage is provided for hail impact, up to 1″ in diameter. Visit the Videos section of the website to view the Extreme Impact video to see just how tough a Euroshield® rubber roof is. You will not damage your new roof, nor will you void the warranty, if you walk on it.
What will happen to the color over time?
The color in Euroshield® roofing products goes all the way through the piece; color is added to the mix during manufacturing process. Over time, as with virtually anything exposed to the suns rays, the product will change color slightly and uniformly, when exposed to equal amounts of sun, such that it develops a soft warm rich patina.
How can you offer a lifetime warranty on a product that has not been around “forever”?
Roofing products sold in North America are subjected to various forms of extreme testing designed to simulate the exposure to the elements over time. CCMC assigns a product registration based on these results. These accelerated weather test results give us a reasonable expectation of performance over time. Based on our test results we are confident Euroshield® roofing products will stand the test of time. Rubber tires have been around a lot longer than most folks can remember and Euroshield® products are mostly derived from recycled tires. The durability and long-lasting properties of rubber are well documented. Our products have been tested to the highest standards required in the industry today and very few products can make that claim (refer to the test section of our website).
Does Euroshield® roofing have an R-value or Energy Rating?
Roofing products are not included in Canada’s Energy Star Program. EuroSlate®/EuroShake® have never been required to have an R-value for any certification standards, but G.E.M. Inc. has had a number of customers comment on the difference the product has made in keeping their homes cooler in the summertime, and to the superior sound-deadening qualities as well.
Does the rubber smell go away?
Like a new set of tires on your automobile, you may notice a rubber smell after installation however this dissipates over time after exposure to the elements.
INLAND COATINGS FAQS
What types of coatings does Inland offer?
Inland Coatings is your source for both SEBS (Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene) and Silicone coatings. Each can be used in a wide range of applications, including commercial roof substrates such as single-ply, metal, modified bitumen, and more
What are the benefits of Inland’s SEBS coatings?
Excellent water resistance and adhesion
High elongation and tensile strength
87% solar reflectance (white coatings)
Miami Dade County and ENERGY STAR approved
What are the benefits of Inland’s Silicone coatings?
Excellent water resistance and adhesion
High elongation and tensile strength
Breathable membrane seals against leaks
What roof surfaces do you coat?
Metal, single-ply (TPO, EPDM, Hypalon), modified bitumen/BUR, spray polyurethane foam (SPUF)
At what temperatures can Inland’s coatings be applied?
Between 40 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 44 degrees C). Best spray results are achieved between 70 and 90 degrees F.
Does Inland Coatings offer warranties?
Yes. We offer 10- and 15-year product and system (product and labor) warranties for a variety of commercial and industrial roof types. See the Resources tab for more information.
What type of surface preparation is required prior to coating?
Power washing is normally adequate to remove dirt and other loose debris. Any material that is poorly adhered or in bad condition should be scraped off or mechanically removed and the surface should be completely dry prior to any product applications.
For metal roofs, all protrusions (air conditioners, vents etc.) on the roof should be checked and if not working, replaced. All fasteners should be checked. Stripped fasteners or badly rusted fasteners should be replaced with the next largest size or a lap screw. All seams that have a gap more than 1/8″ wide should be secured with lap screws. Proceed to power wash the surface. A detergent such as Inland’s RC-300 Cleaner/Degreaser should be sued if the roof is greasy or oily.
Do I have to do a full coating job or can I just do repairs?
Although the durability of a full system application is significantly higher, Inland Coatings products are commonly used for leak repair and general roof maintenance.
Do you need primers?
No, Inland Coatings products do not require primers, saving time and creating efficiencies in your product application.
Can I coat my skylights?
Yes. Inland Coatings CR-2100 is designed specifically for skylight applications.
Do you carry colors other than white?
Yes. RC-2000 Rubber Roof Coating is available in 12 standard colors, including white. We can also match custom colors with a minimum 100-gallon order.
What is a “cool roof"?
A cool roof is a roof that strongly reflects visible, infrared and UV rays of the sun, dramatically reducing the temperature of the roof. Lower roof temperatures reduce air conditioning costs, minimize deterioration from exposure to the elements, and reduce heat-related expansion and contraction problems. Cool roofs also lower the heat transfer from the roof to the air, reducing the urban heat island effect.
What are the benefits of installing a cool roof?
Extended life of the current roof membrane/surface, improved energy savings, easy maintenance, and minimal business interruption during application.
Can I use Inland's coatings on my asphalt shingled roof?
We do not recommend our coating be applied to an asphalt shingled roof because shingles move, shift and curl a bit. If this happens, the coating could get punctured and this in turn would allow water to enter.
ELASTOMERIC COATING FAQS
How long does elastomeric coating last?
NaturaSeal elastomeric coatings can last the lifetime of a building with regular maintenance including cleaning with a hose or power washer and reapplying the coating every 10 to 15 years. Contact LG Pro Roofing Systems for NaturaSeal coating maintenance.
What is the difference between high and low permeability coatings?
The main difference in high and low permeability coatings is the amount of vapour and air the coating allows to pass through it. Low permeability coatings are better used on insulation, foam, concrete walls and cedar blocks. High permeability coatings are designed for wood structures and fibre board but can also be used on foam and insulation.
Can NaturaSeal elastomeric coatings be painted over?
NaturaSeal coatings can be painted over. However, acrylic latex paint needs to be used. Other types of paint won’t adhere to the elastomeric coating as well, which can allow water to seep under the paint and ruin the finish of the paint.
Do you apply NaturaSeal coating in the rain?
No, we do not. Elastomeric coating needs a warm and dry environment that’s free of rain or dew to set properly. If you are scheduled to have NaturaSeal coating applied to your building and the forecast shows rain, we will be in touch to reschedule.
How warm does it need to be to apply NaturaSeal coating?
The warmer the environment, the better. If temperatures dip below 5 degrees Celsius, then it becomes too cold to apply the coating properly. Plan to have NaturaSeal coating applied by LG Pro Roofing Systems anytime from the late spring to early autumn.
TRADITIONAL ROOFING FAQS
How often should a roof be replaced on a house?
This depends on the type of roofing system you currently have on your home. Different roofing systems have different lifespans. Your roof should be replaced at these intervals:
- Asphalt Shingle Roof: 15-30 Years
- Wood Shingles and Cedar Shakes: 20-25 Years
- Rubber Shingle Roof: 30-50 Years
- Metal Roof: 50-75 Years
If you’re unsure how old your roof is, then call us for an inspection! We can assess the state of your roof and give you an accurate estimate of when it should be replaced.
How long does it take to replace a roof?
This depends on a few factors such as the size of your home, the weather, the complexity of your roofing system, and how accessible your home is. We can usually replace a roof in an average sized home in 1 to 2 days. Larger homes with more complex roofing systems could take 3 to 5 days or more. We will always provide an accurate estimate of how long a roof replacement job will take before starting any work.
Can you live in a house while the roof is being replaced?
It is completely up to you whether you want to remain in the home while we replace your roof. You may want to ensure the roof is being properly installed and/or ask us questions as they come up. Please keep in mind that roof replacement is usually a very noisy job between our staff walking on the roof, and running our power tools.
When is the best time of year to replace a roof?
Truthfully, the best time of year to have your roof replaced would be whenever you’ve developed a solid plan to have it done. Seasonally, we recommend having it done in the late spring or summer time during a period where there isn’t any rain in the forecast for a few days.
Can you replace a roof in the rain?
We do not conduct roof replacements or repairs in the rain. Rain can damage roof decking and cause wrinkling in the barrier, causing the need for them to be replaced. Otherwise, the roofing system that we install will not be as effective as it could be and it won’t adhere to building codes.
FLAT ROOFING FAQS
What is the life span of a flat roof? How can you extend it?
If a flat roof is built well, using proper materials, and receives regular maintenance yearly, it can last 10-25 years. The best way to extend a flat roof’s life span is with regular maintenance and inspection. Problems in a roof that are left unfixed will only get worse and can end up causing permanent damage to a building which is far more costly to fix than simple maintenance repairs. Reach out to our team to learn more!
Is a flat roof harder to replace than a traditional roof?
An old flat roof does require more manpower to replace due to their many layers that are needed to protect against the elements. A flat roof, especially on a commercial building, also covers a larger area than the average home with a traditional roof. Over the years, flat roofing technology has advanced quite a bit. Better materials and more compact waterproofing allow for fewer layers with stronger results. Our flameless roof coating solutions are also much more environmentally friendly when replacing an older roof. A modern flat roof has become easier and less expensive to replace while providing quality and a long-lasting roofing system. Contact our team today to learn more about our flat roofing services!
Is flat roofing eco-friendly?
Flat roofs are eco-friendly! They require fewer materials to be built than pitched roofs which reduce emissions from manufacturing, transportation, and installation. Recently, the roofing industry has moved to use flameless products which are not only safer for workers, but also environmentally friendly. Contact us today to learn more about our eco-friendly flat roofing solutions!
What causes a flat roof to fail?
Flat roofs can fail from age, weather, and general wear. The best way to prevent a flat roof from failing is regular maintenance to catch small problems while they are still easy to fix. If problems are left for too long, the damage will grow and can compromise the undamaged parts of the roof. For more information on how you can care for your roof, contact our team today!
How often should a flat roof be waterproofed?
If a flat roof is properly waterproofed by a professional, it would last for many years. However, the harsh seasonal elements we experience in Ottawa can take their toll on a flat roof over time which makes regular maintenance of the waterproofing crucial for avoiding more serious roofing issues.
Often people will take on waterproofing a flat roof as a DIY project or hire someone who is not properly trained. This is when problems become more likely to occur. If waterproofing is not done well, a roof can sustain serious and costly water damage and will require more work to fix. To learn more, contact us today!
SOLAR PANEL ROOFING FAQS
What should I know before installing solar roof panels?
There are a number of things that you should consider before having solar roof panels installed on your home.
- Whether your roof needs repairs.
- The shape and size of your roof.
- The direction your roof faces.
- The amount of weight your roofing system can support.
- How water will drain off the solar panels and roof.
- The possibility of extreme weather events.
- How the solar panels will connect to the power grid.
If you are considering having solar panels installed on your roof, then contact LG Pro Roofing Systems for a consultation! We will go over all of these points to determine whether a solar roof is right for you.
What is the lifespan of a rooftop solar panel?
The average lifespan of a solar panel is approximately 25 years. However, this does not mean that the solar panel will stop producing electricity after this lifespan. Beyond that point, solar panels will still produce electricity, but the energy production may decrease more and more over time.
Can a house run on solar power alone?
It is possible to run a house entirely on solar power, but the home will have to be in an ideal location with lots of sunlight, have a large amount of roof space for solar panels, and power consumption habits will need to be monitored to ensure you always have power. We recommend using solar roof panels to supplement the power you receive from the grid to reduce your monthly electricity bills.
Do solar panels void my roof warranty?
This can be a tricky question to answer and will depend on the roofing system used in the home. Some manufacturers have terms that void their warranty when solar panels are installed while others do not. To avoid the possibility of losing the warranty on your roof, have LG Pro Roofing Systems install a roofing system and solar panels together. We ensure that all of our work meets the specific warranty requirements of the manufacturers we work with. If you are unsure about the warranty of your roof, then contact LG Pro Roofing Systems for information.
Do solar panels need maintenance?
Rooftop solar panels need very little in the way of maintenance since there are no moving parts in the system. We recommend having a technician perform light maintenance once per year to ensure the solar panels are generating power as they should, replace any faulty components, and give the panels a good cleaning to keep them in full working order.
NATURA SEAL INFORMATION
Today the building science community and industry professionals understand the cause and effect of proper building enclosure performance on the longevity of the building, tenant and owner comfort, energy consumption, internal air quality, and both initial construction budget and operating costs.
Two approaches for building envelope enclosure are commonly utilized in today’s construction industry – vapour open and vapour closed assemblies, utilizing sheet membrane or liquid applied materials. Industry consultants and building professionals are increasingly using a holistic enclosure approach to address a common technical challenge, which is compatibility of materials and assemblies.
Naturaseal offers both high and low permeability air-barrier solutions. The Air Barrier NS-A250-HP is a high permeability formulation designed for wooden structures, foam, insulation and fibre board. It is often seen in residential homes and townhomes. The Air Barrier NS-A250-LP is a low permeability formulation designed for commercial application in wood, insulation, foam, and particularly in concrete walls, and cedar blocks.
Air Barrier NS-A250 is an elastomeric coating for industrial, commercial and residential air barrier applications. Air Barrier NS-A250 is water-proof, weather and vapour resistant, UV stable, eco-friendly, and safe to use. With its unsurpassed ability to expand and contract, it can easily withstand all weather conditions. Both the Air Barrier NS-A250-HP and Air Barrier NS-A250-LP act as a rain screen, with a seamless and monolithic membrane.
The application utilizes cold liquid applied, adhesion and instant cure technology, with an easy ability to bridge building settlement conditions as there are no seams of laps conditions. During sequencing or construction delays this air barrier can be exposed for long periods of time.
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