||Roof Repair of Michigan
Did you know we are the only company in the state of Michigan that
specializes in roof repair? We travel daily to cities such as Troy, Madison
Heights, Sterling Heights, Warren, and Detroit, repairing leaking flat
commerical roofs. Our dedication and focus to one specialty enables our
success rate to be exceptional. We even provide warranties on most repairs.
We began in 1989 just like everyone else. We were a general roofing company that
handled just about every roofing job that came our way. One day would involve replacing
a flat roof. The next day would be a shingled home. The third day involved miscellaneous
The tools, supplies and equipment needed changed by the day. Our roof workers would
have to guess what was required. And, if they guessed wrong they often made due with
what they had. We knew at the time there had to be a better way.
Why Specializing in Roof Repair is Better
Be the best at what you do and success will follow.
Every day we become a little bit better at repairing roofs. How much better is determined by what we do that day and the lessons
learned. If we were to spend 4 out of 5 days doing work that was not roof repair related, we would lose 4 days a week of
experience. At Roof Repair of Michigan, every day provides valuable experience resolving the challenging issues plaguing
Our workers are clean, neat, and professional. They have to be this way in order to help guide them to a high level of attention
and respect for the customers we serve. Great respect for our customers results in great respect for the repair task at hand. In
turn, customers treat our workers with dignity making for a quality work environment. The better the work environment, the better
workers we can attract. It is a trait about our company we value greatly.
Repairing a roof is clearly going to be less expensive than
replacement on the day work is performed. However, the
cost which is more important is the long term yearly cost for
the roof. For instance, if you paid $10,000 for a roof that
lasts 10 years, your yearly cost is $1,000. If you were to
properly maintain that same roof using protective coatings,
extending its life to 20 years at an additional cost of $1,500,
your annual yearly roof cost would be reduced to $575.
Most commercial flat roofs do not cost $10,000. Their true
cost is more like a hundred thousand to a million, or more.
In those instances, the final cost savings in repairing and
maintaining a roof is substantially more.
Conflict of Interest
When you experience a leak and call a company that does both roof replacement and roof repair, there becomes a conflict of
interest when relying on their advice. A roofing company can make up to 100 times more money selling you a new roof as
they can repairing your old one.
Virtually no roofing company provides warranties on repairs. There are two main reasons for this. The first of course is they
lack the confidence in the work that they do. The second reason is the biggest. The worse job they do at performing a repair,
the greater the likely hood you will call them back, soon. And, each time you have them back, the more likely you will chose to
purchase a whole new roof. There are some roofing companies that actually utilize this approach to their entire sales
presentation. It is a method used to wear down the customer.
At Roof Repair of Michigan, we do not have sales people. We only have engineers and estimators.
Hot Tar Gravel Roof
If you are the original purchaser of a properly installed hot tar gravel roof you know they last a long time. Typical life span for
this type of roof is 20-50 years. You read correctly, up to 50 years. Customers are unaware of this because roofers never tell
Why do hot tart gravel roofs last so long you might ask. There are two answers. First, these roofs are made up of 4 plys of
asphalt and felt. That means there is a layer of asphalt, then felt, then asphalt, then felt, and so on times 4. If one of these
layers begins to rot or develop a perforation, there are still 3 remaining layers for preventing water from passing. Second,
heat and ultra violet rays from the sun are the number one damaging factor for roofs. Gravel is an excellent solution for both
these issues. Its porous nature enables it to absorb, and then expel heat efficiently, preventing much of it from reaching the
delicate roofing material. It is also extremely effective at blocking ulta violet rays.
The key to longevity for these roofs is maintenance, roof repair, and good drainage.
Gravel works great at covering the wide open areas of a roof, but it works poorly along parapet walls, flashings, and roof
protrusions. That is because it can not adhere to the horizontal surfaces, or even the 90 degree graduating curves formed
where vertical roof material, meets horizontal surfaces. Good maintenance is critical here. Cold compound and an ultraviolet
ray coating should be applied at least every 5-10 years. It is best to perform these tasks before the existing material begins
to degrade. These materials work great when preserving original roofing material.
Properly conducted, skilled, roof repair is very important when dealing with a hot tar gravel roof. Lets say for instance a new
air handling unit is being installed, and the contractors have to cut a hole through the roof for ducts, electrical, or gas lines.
Re sealing and flashing of this type of roofing material requires much knowledge and experience. Remember, these roofs
are 4 layers thick. The top layer is often found to be degraded or rotten. Good sealing requires adhesion to all 4 layers, not
just the top layer. Most roofers fail to perform these repairs properly, resulting in leaks soon afterwards.
A common leak issue with old hot tar gravel roofs occurs in areas of standing water. That is because over the course of
many years, standing water slowly rots the material, until it penetrates all the way through to the 4th layer. There is no quick
fix for this dilemma. Again experience and skill are required.
Most customers Don't Realize
Most customers don't realize flat roofs require maintenance and sometimes
coatings to extend their life span. Roofing contractors rarely explain this, and as
a result, customers frequently neglect and replace their roofs long before they
There are many different types of roofing material, with each one having its own
needs and characteristics. Below are an array of forms we encounter performing
roof repair here in Michigan.
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EPDM is unquestionably the best flat roofing material being used today. Its advantages and strengths are endless.
Being made of rubber, EPDM stretches and bends as your roof does. The shape of a roof changes with the influences of
wind, heat fluctuations, and settling. Unlike many other roofs, EPDM changes shape without cracking or degrading.
There are many options for adhering EPDM to a roof surface. It can be fully glued, weighted down with ballast rock, or
mechanically fastened using bar anchors. These methods are free of the dangerous high temperatures involved with other
Synthetic rubber is extremely resistant to damage from ultra violet rays of the sun. It has an incredibly long life span. Fully
cured, it can last up to 40 years.
Seams are glued together with a two part adhesive. If applied properly, these seams will last the life of the roof.
While cured EPDM lasts a long time, uncured versions do not. These uncured versions often come in rolls 4,6, and 12
inches wide. They are used to form curved shapes. This material once stretched permanently takes on the new shape. This
characteristic enables EPDM to be wrapped around round poles and the like. However, there are draw backs. Uncured
rubber is easily degraded by ultraviolet rays of the sun. In many instances, it will only last 10 years, and then needs to be
EPDM is vulnerable to cuts from sharp objects. When cuts occur, EPDM can be easily repaired with glued patches.