Thursday, July 29, 2010

Flat Roof Replacement - Day 4

Day 4 started with a light approach to finish off the sloped area of the roof while strategizing a better approach to the flat roof areas. Given the weather has been in the 90's lately, I certainly have empathy for how hot it must be to work on a black roof all day. With Day 3's work closing on a bad note, we used this time to reconcile a new approach to negate the ponding over the new installation.

Although much of this work is the same as Day 1 & Day 2, I think it helps to document the process day by day to get a sense of the amount of work and time it's going to take to finish this roof. Again, up comes the existing 4 layers of roof, down goes the batt insulation, followed by the 3/4" T&G plywood and the new roof.

At the transition to the flat area that has major existing ponding issues, we discovered that portions of it actually have 2 layers of built-up roofing, originally we thought there was just one. The sexy photo to the left gives some perspective on just how many layers builds up to about 2-3" of material to be removed. My roof thanks me every day we have work done.

After the final install, we got some soaking rains. It's a good thing they seal each days work off, the small puddles along the transition between the new and old roofs is a result of the level change. Removing the existing roof could almost be considered excavation. Day 5 & Day 6's work are complete, so I need to catch up on posts to catch you up to where we're at. In the meantime, be sure to check out CincinnatiModernation's facebook page for more photos, Day 5 going up shortly.


  1. I was born on the same day as Abrom Dombar (April 27th) the year your home was built. How about that?

  2. This flat roof replacement project sounds especially tough because of the transition from sloped to flat. Sometimes I don't think designers really care about the people who will need to repair their buildings, they just want them to look awesome.

  3. From Day 1 to Day 4, such hard work was required for the project. Good thing you had enlisted patient and skilled handy men to do this job. Also, it’s good that you identified the problem before it’s too late. I haven’t seen your Day 5 post. I hope to read it soon. :)
    {Allyson Duguay}