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gt0854a

09:46AM | 01/11/06
Member Since: 01/10/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvroofing
I like to think of myself as a very handy person - I've done rough framing, run my own phone lines, installed new outlets.... but when it comes to roofs, I am a bit overwhelmed. It is when I finally stop and admit I am a young woman and in over my head ;)

I have a flat roof with a good slope, installed in 1997 (I just bought this, my first home). At some point, the gravel was scrapped off and an elastomeric membrane was installed by a DIY previous homeowner.

Last winter I had a 2 inch crack which I patched with tar/roof cement. Surprisingly, this was in the middle of the roof, not at flashing or an edge.

There are signs of two other such previous repairs (maybe - the elastomeric membrane in two places is brighter/looks newer).

This same evil previous DIY homeowner installed a kitchen vent hood and skylight with no flashing or tar. So I slathered those up good too, which got me through last winter.

Now I have been bringing out folks to do estimates on getting some real flashing put on the vent and skylight, as well as a proper chimney cap on an unused old chimney (the original kitchen had a wood burning stove).

The first estimate guy said he thinks I need a new roof if I am getting cracks in the middle. Is this a true statement in general?

If I do do a new roof, I really really like not having gravel for ease of inspection and repair. But the options are overwhelming. Can anyone enlighten me or point me to a good reference of the cost and durability of my various options? Googling has overwhelmed me even more, and I'm finding it hard to find an objective reference.

Many thanks,

Georgia

nicklhead

02:36PM | 02/06/06
Member Since: 02/05/06
3 lifetime posts
find someone who specializes in metal roofing and have them put on a standing seam roof that can go on a 1/4 inch on 12 pitch and your problem is solved forever. expensive but permenant.
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