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Sevi313
Roof Advice
Sevi313

Hello all,

I have a cape style house-back of the house has the dormer, which causes a flat roof in the back. Last winter, we had major water damage from the snow. We also had bad ice dams also. Our roof was installed in 2005. I am not sure if we need a new roof or what to do. I'm a worried if I don't fix the roof the water will seep through the ceilings again. We recently installed new gutters also. One roofer came to look at the roof and said that he can install a rubber roof. Does anyone have experience with rubber roofs? Will my roof leak? Will it be strong enough to withhold another winter? Or should I stick with a regular roof? How can I fix my ice dams on my cape? We always have them every winter! Our crawlspace attic isn't insulated very much either.....

dj1
Re: Roof Advice
dj1

Flat roof has a short life, 10 years or so. Get at least 2 more estimates, and get going before the rainy season.

Rubber roof is a good choice.

hollasboy
Re: Roof Advice
hollasboy

We had a flat-ish (2-3 degree slope) square section on top of a remodel house, covered with a copper sheet folded at several joints, installed in the 1920's. It perpetually leaked, no matter how much we did to seal it off. A roofing guy recommended a "TPO membrane" to replace the copper. I was very skeptical, but the cost was cheap (~$2,000) so I figured what the heck. He put it up and 5 years later, not a single leak so far. I have been back up on the roof and checked it out a few months ago, and it looks like new - no seams, kind of plyable and stretchy so it gives with temperature changes. Only issue is the bright white color could be ugly if visible from the street. In this case, it was not. I highly recommend this option and will use it next time I encounter a flat roof on a house.

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