Fixing/Restoring Roof

Old 07-20-12, 04:04 PM
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Fixing/Restoring Roof

Hi all,
I need some guidance to make sure I do a good job to Fix or Restore on my roof (flat roof) some on attached picture.

From what I know these are things I need to do:

1. (from my 2008 home inspection report) Water appears to pond on various areas of the roof membrane. This usually leads to a shortened life expectancy and increases the potential for damage if leakage occurs. Drainage improvements are not usually practical until reroofing is performed.

2. last year during the heavy rain, I noticed a leaking near the cuts of my main bathroom skylight.

3. In addition, I would like to do roof UV protection (white paint coat) to reduce heat inside my home. My home tend to be hotter in summer and colder in winter than outside the home.

I am not quite sure what to do with Step 1 and 2, but for step 3, I saw on Homedepot about these 2 products:

Asphalt Emulsion:

SolarFlex White Roof:
287F Solarflex White Roof Coating 4.75 Gal-HE287SF871 at The Home Depot

My understanding is to clean the roof from dust, paint the asphalt emulsion then cover it with solarflex white roof. Am i right on this?

I know I should fix problem 1 and 2 first, but I have no clue where to start.
can you tell me what to do with this?

I am attaching picture of my roof and problems showing from my home inspection.

Thank you in advance for your time and comments...

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Old 07-26-12, 12:59 PM
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are my questions unclear? or this is something i should not do myself?
Old 07-26-12, 02:13 PM
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No expert....but from working on a few...flat roofs are an art form IMO.

From what I know...the best thing is a torched down roof. Coatings and such are kind of a stopgap thing. It also depends on how it was originally done...some (like my porch and lots of homes around here) require a re-coating every 5-10 yrs to maintain waterproofing and sun resistance.

If you have water pooling...that's normally from the roof sheathing sagging due to rafters spaced too far apart for the sheathing used.

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