We’ve done quite a few of these row house flat roof replacement, this job was a little different because of the new cornice at the front wall. The existing roof in Alexandria, VA wasn’t leaking but the owner knew it was getting to the end of its useful service life, the wall coping (metal cap around the outside walls) was probably original to the 70 year old house and was pretty rusted out. While discussing the job the owners mentioned that they were looking for ways to add some curb appeal to the front of the house; I came up with the idea of a new cornice to add some mass to the upper front face of the house.
Flat roof ponding water: This roof of this row house is holding between 1.5″- 2.5″ of water across much of its surface. Ponding water on a flat roof can be a huge liability; when the roof develops a leak (it will) there will be a ready supply of a hundred gallons or more of fetid stagnant water waiting to pour in through the breach. [Read more…]
This is standing seam tin roof, probably around 40 years old. During high winds the eave edge of the roof was peeled back and flipped over on itself; the owner did his best to push it back and laid bricks across it to hold it down. When the panels flipped over it split the metal along the seams, there was really no repair option, the roof needed to be replaced. [Read more…]
We just finished these row houses. I’m writing about them because unlike the hundreds we have already done these are more like bathtubs than roofs. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]