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Commercial Roof Project

Roof System

2ply modified bitumen roof membrane

Details

Commercial roof was leaking into kitchen causing the restaurant to shut down , Better Contracting came out and installed a new roof and had to work on Sundays when the restaurant was closed and holidays due to a popular high traffic restaurant located south of Yorkdale mall. We added insulation to the roof deck and helped reduce the cost of heating and cooling of the building. Better Contracting also does the snow removal and also looks after the disposal services of the building.

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Apartment Building Project 2

Roof System

2ply modified bitumen roof membrane

Details

Original roof was a 50 year old Tar and gravel roof with no insulation and was leaking into the apartments causing damage. Mike Graves @ Better Contracting sold a new roof with upgraded insulation giving a R25 value. Saving on heating and cooling costs. Better Contracting had to deal with tenant parking constantly moving equipment and trucks to help with the management of the building. New cladding was installed around elevator room and a new roof hatch installed.

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Commercial School Project

Roof was leaking and causing programs to be shut down due to leaks into building, Better Contracting came out and worked on weekend ends and at night so the programs would not be affected with the Roofing work

Roof System

2ply Modified Bitumen Roof membrane

Special Accommodations

Working at Night and weekends due to a special needs school

Day Program and Support Services

  • Supported employment
  • Vocational training
  • Life skills
  • Educational workshops
  • Respite
  • Recreation and arts programs
  • March break and summer camp for youth 16-21 years
  • Also day program for persons 50 years and older with cognitive impairments (including developmental disability, stroke, Alzheimer Disease)
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Apartment Building Project

We own a 3 story apartment building with 35 units in Toronto. On the third floor of the building in two apartments, there were minor intermittent roof leaks which appeared primarily after a spring thaw. At the end of May 2013, we hired a company to repair the leaks. They were going to spray an environmentally friendly material called “Tough-Guard” over the effected area which was about one sixth of the total roof area. They guaranteed that they would fix the leaks.

Later, when we went to the roof to see how it was going, unfortunately we saw that, without our prior knowledge or consent. they had begun tearing the roof apart in that area and beyond. When we asked what was going on, the roofing company owner told us that they felt the job needed more work. Now we were stuck.

That weekend, June 22 and 23, the weather turned bad and it began to rain heavily. Water literally deluged into the back of the building as if the roof had been completely open with nothing to even slow the water. It rained in heavily over the tenants and their goods and penetrated down on every floor of the building right through to the basement.

The next day, the roofer and some of his helpers came to the building purportedly to try fix the problem.With a huge white tarp, they created a tent covering over the back portion of the roof. This was ineffective as the tarp had several large rips and holes in it. They also took a wet-vac to the roof and were up there the following week, after each rainfall trying to vacuum up the water. Nevertheless, with each subsequent rain, water poured into the building. Then, the company owner began trying to sell us on a complete new roof installation to be done, of course, by him.

So, our attempt to effect a simple repair had now become a nightmare for us and 15 effected tenants. Fifteen apartments now had water soaked and damaged ceilings, walls, floors and contents. The back areas of the hallways on every level, their floors, carpets, ceilings and walls were soaked as were the ceilings, walls and carpets of back areas of the finished basement which had all been seriously damaged.

At this point, it was very clear that these people had caused this problem and did not want to or know how to solve it effectively and rain was threatening yet again. So, we contacted Better Contracting Services which we knew is a roofing company used regularly by Mr. Mike Holmes on the TV program, Holmes Makes It Right, on Home & Garden TV. Despite the fact that this is the busiest season for all roofers, they saw the urgency and immediately sent a team of men to the roof to try to seal the damage done by the other company sufficiently enough to gain time to effect a good repair or replacement of the roof. Based on our experience to date, we were quite concerned about their ability to do this.

On the morning of July 8, 2013, five men from Better Contracting Services arrived at the building to apply a bandage-like measure to the roof in order to stop the deluge of water and buy time to effect a proper repair. They completed the work in about 5 hours and assured us that this would stop any further water coming into the building. They finished by 1:30 pm. That very afternoon, the skies opened up and we had a record rainfall (126 mm in 2 hours) which flooded subways, Go Train tracks and Toronto in general. Yet, not one drop of water entered the building.

As a result of this success and in view of the serious damage caused by the other roofer, we asked Better Contracting Services for a quote to replace the roof. The roof they proposed was the best insulated roof I have ever seen and I have owned and managed apartment buildings all my life. It was by no means cheap. But, it should last for decades without a leak. They worked on it constantly for two weeks. The result is a work of roofing art.

The services provided by Better Contracting were fast, informative, extremely efficient, clean and effective. If you want it done right, your choice is clear.

Paul Schillinger

Commercial Apartment Project

New Owner had recently bought the building and found out that the apartment building having multiple roof issues with leaks in units, original roof was a 4 ply tar gravel system and was breaking down. This was caused from years of neglect of maintaintence on the roof by the previous owner. Water was getting in between the layers of felt causing Roof blisters to form. Better Contracting removed the old roof system and installed new insulation providing a better R(value) thank existing and putting a new 2ply Modified roof system on, this will give the clients a peace of mind for many years.

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Commercial High Rise Project

High rise apartment building having multiple roof issues with leaks in units, original roof was a 4 ply tar gravel system and was breaking down at the transitions from field of roof that meets the walls. Water was getting in between the layers of felt causing Roof blisters to form. Better Contracting removed the old roof system and installed new insulation providing a better R(value) than existing and putting a new 2ply Modified roof system on, this will give the clients a peace of mind for many years.

High Rise re roofing project including:

  • Crane truck delivering roofing material to a 12 story building.
  • Removal of multiple layered 4 ply tar and gravel roofing (B.U.R), using special containers to bring roofing debris down to disposal containers supplied by Better Disposal Bins.
  • Installation of tapered insulation to roof surface and providing a R12.1 (minimum) value with vapour barrier / retarder.
  • Installation of a 2 ply SBS Bitumen membrane to roof surface area.

Project Challenges

Large commercial project with a multitude of challenges.

  • Challenge 1: This project is located on a very busy street in Toronto and the accessibility for large trucks for delivery and removal of material proved difficult to stay on budget.
  • Challenge 2: This project is a high rise multi tenanted residential facility. Materials needed to be lifted and lowered to and from great heights with health and safety concerns for the residents.
  • Challenge 3: Due to the large surface area being replaced, equipment and work areas had to be altered to accommodate the client and their tenants.

How We Solved Them

  1. Due to the high volume of traffic on the street, we organized routine delivery and removal during non peak traffic times (delivery and removal were scheduled at 7 a.m. daily during work progress)
  2. We are meticulous about client and general public safety. We provided a separate and fully fenced area for our workers and equipment throughout the project duration.
  3. We at Better Contracting understand that clients and their respective tenants need to be reassured during extensive renovations.  Our obligation is to satisfy our client’s needs with special care to their requirements.  Always being on time and on budget.
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Commercial 2 Story Roof Replacement

2 story re-roofing project including:

  • Removal of multiple layered 4 ply tar and gravel roofing (B.U.R.)
  • Wooden Roof deck replacement (Rotten or worn areas)
  • Installation of tapered insulation to roof surface and providing a R12.1 (minimum) value with vapour barrier / retarderInstallation of a 2 ply SBS Bitumen membrane to roof surface area

Project Challenges

Relatively small commercial project with large challenges.

  • Challenge 1: This facility is located on a very busy street in Toronto and the accessibility for large trucks for delivery and removal of material proved difficult to stay on budget.
  • Challenge 2: The facility is an automotive repair and maintenance shop that has a high volume of customers on a daily and hourly basis.
  • Challenge 3: The work being conducted was directly over the clients service bays and entrances to the facility.

How We Solved Them

  1. Due to the high volume of traffic on the street, we organized routine delivery and removal during non peak traffic times (delivery and removal were scheduled at 7 a.m. daily during work progress)
  2. We are meticulous about client and general public safety. We provided a separate and fully fenced area for our workers and equipment throughout the project duration.
  3. The work area not only had to be safe and away from the general public, we were working directly above the service bays of the facility. Special care was taken overhead to ensure that the customers vehicles were protected while they were being serviced by the client.