Old roof Blues! Need a clue!

Old 10-02-03, 07:31 AM
Bill Koehler
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Question Old roof Blues! Need a clue!

I have 2 roofing issues:
1). The roof over my porch appears to be some strange kit from the 60's that is composed of an aluminum frame and 4 panels. The panels are made with, from top to bottom, a thin layer of painted crinkley aluminum, a layer of masonite, a web of expanded paper about 2 inches thick, another layer of masonite, and a another layer of aluminum all edged with a 1/2" thick piece of wood. Total thickness is 2 1/2" This mess was here when I moved in 10 years ago. Over the years, water seems to have leaked in, and with out 2+ foot snowfall last year, it is starting to fall. Any idea what this is? Are these panels available anywhere? ANY lightweight substitutions?

2) The flat roof on my house has a couple of low spots that can be attributed to rotting tongue and groove underneath. The section in question is at the edge, and is about 8'x8'. I know I need to rip up the roofing material and replace the wood with ply, but what should I use to cover that part of the roof? The current material is what I am guessing to be asphalt roll.

In my case, budget is a real concern. ANY help would be appreciated! Thanks!
Old 10-09-03, 01:05 PM
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As long as I have been in the roofing industry, I have no idea what kind of system that is. If it is on at least a 4/12 pitch the cheapest solution would be to shingle it.

As for the flat, pull it up, replace the wood, nail a base ply (perma-ply 28 is what we use) and torch a white granular faced capsheet. Make sure you get good bleed out of the bitumus material if you do it yourself. Also, make sure you coat the bleedout with loose granules


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