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British Columbia Red Cross Fires Appeal & Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds

Posted Oct 18th, 2017

Extreme weather and climatic circumstances this year have been brutal and a tremendous number of people, their homes and properties have been critically impacted. In most cases their communities and buildings simply were not designed, and constructed to survive historic, epic natural disasters. It has been heart-wrenching to witness such human vs environment catastrophic events and we wondered how to help.

The first name in disaster relief and community assistance often thought of is The Red Cross.

So simply, we have contributed through the British Columbia Red Cross Fires Appeal Recovery Fund along with the International Emergencies & Disaster Fund. We encourage all business owners to consider also how you may make a difference. Please help those who's lives and livelihoods changed so dramatically during these last few months.

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Your Roof Under The Weather?

Posted Sep 29th, 2017

When it comes to protecting a flat roofing system, it's the not-so-obvious things that need consideration. Some building owners or commercial facility managers may not realize how various circumstances can impact their flat roof performance. Important roofing factors to consider: 

  • Strong winds can generate serious uplift, suctions and pressures which could destabilize a roofing system.
  • Driving rains with prevailing winds can create an unusual leaking event--usually this attacks a weak roof edge or paraphet wall detail. Sometimes leaking in these weather related circumstances is found to be around window seals, thru deteriorating masonry or at access doors leading to the rooftop. The leak might not be from your roof system after all!
  • Roof coatings will deteriorate with solar exposure and should have periodic maintenance.
  • HVAC units have to be regularly serviced as often pans or piping are rusted or worn out.
  • Gravel loss or scuffing due to high winds or water can expose roofing membranes to weather elements.
  • Roof felts and insulation may breakdown from solar exposure.
  • Tar and petroleum based roofing products expand and contract as they react to oxidization, heat and temperature fluctuations.
  • Seasonal debris, and other organic materials clog your roof drainage system and must be cleared away.
  • Standing water is a major cause of roof deterioration.
  • Ponding may damage certain flat roofing materials, and also adds excessive weight to the building envelope. Usually indicates a need to improve drainage.
  • Lower buildings are particularly vulnerable to winter weather circumstances of drifting and packing snow. Ice build up and meltdowns from other sources such as higher building sections, can hamper water-proofing performance and do structural damage. Further, icicles or falling tree branches can perforate certain roofing surfaces.

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Example of severe drainage issues and ponding water.

Watertite Roofing Company History
Flat roofing commercial, industrial roofing contractor specialist in roof replacement, repairs, metal retrofit and new construction of roofs in Ontario - Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara and more since 1976. Watetite Roofing is a division of Tarmco Construction which was established over 40 years ago to provide roof water-proofing solutions, and roofing services on a variety of buildings and facilities.

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From the WTR Archives - Watertite Roofing Owners Help Sponsor RCAF Museum 2010

Posted Aug 28th, 2017

Watertite Roofing owners, Archie and Cheryl Merigold were amongst like-minded business owners who were honored and thanked during a gathering at the No. 6 RCAF Museum in Dunnville, Saturday October 16th.  Specifically the Merigold's offered support and helped sponsor a piece of aviation history--the 1940 Yale NA-64 aircraft. Their donations helped maintain and store the priceless artifact of WWII throughout 2010. The sponsorship was part of a community driven initiative to care for planes and relics housed at the local museum. (That project was especially important to the couple, as Archie's father served in the RCAF and was stationed in Britain. It was there Norman Merigold met his future wife Phyllis--who later came to Canada as a war-bride. In 1940, they experienced first-hand the bombing blitz of London during WWII.)

Donations such as these "help to keep the memories alive, the history alive" as quoted by a fellow benefactor in a covering article published by The Regional News This Week, October 20, 2010.

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Watertite Roofing Company Background
Flat roofing commercial, industrial roofing contractor specialist in roof replacement, repairs, metal retrofit and new construction of roofs in Ontario - Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara and more since 1976. Watetite Roofing is a division of Tarmco Construction that was established over 40 years ago to provide roof water-proofing solutions, and roofing services on a variety of buildings and facilities. Our construction experience base allows us to complete many phases of roof reconstruction. By being able to work on roof drainage, plumbing tie-ins, carpentry details, skylights, metal fabrications, welding and rigging work, we are enabled to facilitate on-site progress and eliminate many cross-over trade delays. This provides timely control and continuity through each flat roofing or metal retrofit project.

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Duro-Last Roofing Contractor Advisory Board Meets in Nashville, Tennesee

Posted Aug 11th, 2017

Archie Merigold, President/Owner of Watertite Roofing was pleased to represent Canadian installers at the recent Duro-Last Contractor Advisory Board meeting held in Nashville. It was an excellent opportunity to meet, mingle and exchange ideas with some of the most highly-respected roofing company owners in America, along with the dedicated senior management team at Duro-Last.

During the two day think-tank event, this exclusive group of business people shared insights, feedback and made suggestions to help improve various product lines or services between the Duro-Last manufacturers and it's contractors. Ultimately the efforts of this collaboration benefit all existing or potential customers who have or will have Duro-Last products on their buildings.

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From the WTR Archives - Watertite Roofing 1988 Mixed Slo-Pitch Provincial Champs!

Posted Aug 1st, 2017

Watertite Roofing and the Merigold family have long been supportive of community activities, events and causes.

During the mid-to-late eighties their flat roofing company sponsored a men's slo-pitch baseball team which won many regional awards and divisional titles. "Watertite Roofing was always the team to beat" remarked one opponent Ron Shirton, former member of the Royals. "They were a tough group..." he reminisced. In 1988 they had the rather ballsy and spirited idea of pulling together a co-ed mixed team of hometown athletes to register and play in The Ontario Provincial Slo-Pitch competition. The resulting team of feisty, energetic personalities had never played together competitively before, yet they brought home the ultimate title of 1988 Mixed Slo-Pitch Provincial Champions! It was a gritty, competitive weekend that surprised Watertite Roofing owner, Archie Merigold. "They were the unstoppable team that just won EVERYTHING!" .

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The Watertite Roofing 1988 Mixed Slo-Pitch Provincial Champions from left to right:

Top: Bobby Green, Alf Nelson, Paul Gurnick, Paul Kostelny, Brian Ottoway, John Patton, Randy Arrowsmith, Rick Hanna, Gord Chymko & JP (John Paul) Jacob Bottom: Tom Nelson, Terri Jacob, Becky Kowaleski, Tracy Adams, Carolyn Chymko, Leanne Chymko, Vicki Pettigrew, Janice Veldman & Jeff Jacob

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Weather Alerts, Building Issues, & Roof Drainage

Weather Alerts, Building Issues, & Roof Drainage

Posted May 6th, 2017

There has been an unprecedented amount of rainfall this spring with more predicted to come. All of us are receiving weather emergency alerts from Environment Canada, weather channels, newscasters and even insurance companies are sending out warnings.

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Fake News, White Lies and Fibs in the Roofing Industry

Fake News, White Lies and Fibs in the Roofing Industry

Posted May 4th, 2017 in Roof Technology

For a minimum investment anyone can create the illusion of business credibility with a splashy website or quick print materials. So how can a consumer discern between facts and fiction in the flat roofing industry? Here are some tips to help determine which roofing company is worthy of your trust and business.

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Metal Roof Solutions Available Now!

Metal Roof Solutions Available Now!

Posted Apr 27th, 2017

We have alternative solutions for your rusty, aging, metal leaky roofs! If you want more information, please check out our new website www.watertitemetalroofing.ca

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Roof Drainage & Spring Maintenance Tips

Posted Apr 27th, 2017

Spring is the time of fresh starts and new beginnings. You clean up the landscaping, clear out the closets and put away the snow shovels, but you may forget about your roof. Now is also an important time to make sure your roof drains are unclogged and functioning properly. Look out for some of the following:

Seagulls, geese and other flying birds like Kill-deers make many rooftops their home. Nests get built and roof drains become the catch-all for this makeshift nature reserve. Check for nesting debris, twigs, feathers, string and other bits of material that will block-up the free flow of water thru your roof drainage system.

Debris over the fall/winter seasons will also have landed on your roof and will have gathered around the critical drainage areas, it is advisable to check your roof at least twice per year.

Water Ponding is common if your commercial or industrial building is from 1990 or older, as chances are positive drainage was not incorporated into the design and building function. Most of these older situations have roofs with zero slope. Slight sloped design considerations now allow for water to escape properly, also most current roofs have overflows on them which eliminate rains from storm events. If you have a dead flat roof, you may have to contact a reliable roofing contractor who can advise you on how to improve your existing roof system.

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Why A Duro-Last Roof Installed by Watertite Roofing is the best roofing choice...

Posted Feb 18th, 2017

Why A Duro-Last Roof Installed by Watertite Roofing is the best roofing choice... Watertite Roofing is an Elite Roofing Contractor award winner and certified Duro-Last Roofing installer.

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