This flat roof had been leaking and rotting for years. It doesn’t take nature long to find a weakness; as soon as you let your guard down animals and plants try to take your house back from you. Generations of birds have been nesting here, this was really gross; lots of bugs, bird skeletons, mouse skeletons and probably 30 pounds of droppings.
Ok; who wants to be a roofer?? Anyone?? Anyone?? Bueller??
No; it isn’t glamorous but its the life we chose.
The roof was leaking almost everywhere, when it gets this bad the only sensible thing to do is remove all of the wood decking and start over. To leave even a little questionable wood behind would be like a doctor taking out a little bit of cancer. Wet rotting wood left behind will just make the roof rot again in the future.
Clean, dry and strong plywood installed and ready for insulation.
This is polyisocyanurate insulation board, it comes in 4×8 sheets and ranges in thickness from 1″ up to 6″. It does two things; first it protects the roofing membrane from the relatively rough plywood roof deck; second, it provides terrific R-Value keeping the interior cool. If your flat roof doesn’t have positive slope we can install a tapered insulation system to make sure the roof drains clear.
Cleaning up; now the roof is ready to battle nature again. The bright white TPO roofing membrane will reflect most of the heat from the sun, coupled with the new insulation should make the house much more comfortable and certainly cheaper to cool.
The key to keeping your roof in good shape is regular maintenance. Cut back overhanging trees, clean the gutters a few times a year and have the roof inspected every 18 months by a qualified roofing contractor.