Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 24, 2015 · Page G11
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page G11

Rochester, New York
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Saturday, October 24, 2015
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Real Estate & Rental • Democrat and Chronicle • • Saturday,October24,2015 11 &8>>BD*.(,33A 1>#E$BE!0BB"#>6@E<E68?B@6@E-C"9EC '%!!%$"#& %3?63,. 532)/"$C"E0;E$=E&<"#AEB@EC+,F72.7* :68EB4"8=%E>B!EC>;E!DC"%5'72,F:088>6$#E"D/1:BB@6@>B@>#B( (?>>!86?7/ 'B,3<@92-1-0+44)+444 #:3,1C$B>>B8;"8>6B;=45+. ! !%&'"%&&%$# #?8,*AA18?=9/"&(C1</C '5+-+,6.),->>) 981441CA;419B4=D:/,817 "211*-.#+$'&)23*41,+/2&0+'%%!24'&( 0+0)241)+--1',A55 .$7:%!5A <@"%:=A( F!1$?0/@13!B/%=89A *42!/::@13!B/!C39BE ')72;423!4*;1:;)!(:;;:64 //#:-1+&!);#19$)1140:635%"8,./, ,355%A6?*/B ;"=;3@;!53##:#> $"9@%"8A& Since you were so helpful (and correct!) a bout my past iced amming issue, I wondered if you could help with another r oof problem on my house, built in 1968. Ihave an attached t hree-season room, about 12 by 14 feet, that has very little roof pitch. When I first moved in, it had a worn asphalt shin- g led roof, which I was told was wrong because of the pitch. This was rep laced with rolled roofing, which did not last very long, either. The next step was a “rubber roof” that was coated with a silver liquid. That is now wearing. As I get older, and less p rone to want to do repeated repairs, the ideal solution would be some- t hing final and permanent. Metal? Plastic? S omething else? T hanks. —M.W., Penfield I f we look to the past, most homes built before World War II would have metal roofing on the wood framing over bay wind ows, sun rooms, porches a nd other areas with low- p itched roofs. H owever, using metal w as, and still is, a labor-intensive process. If your b udget would allow it, I w ould recommend this type of roofing. Metal roofing comes in various qualities, so for a traditional house, I would prob- a bly recommend a flats eam soldered roof, either T erne metal or copper. T he Terne metal will need to be painted; the copper will need no coating. L ess expensive options, including pre-painted metal and aluminum, are also available. Dep ending on design and col- or, you can avoid the “Hess gas station or Pizza Hut look.” Just make sure that any fasteners, including those for gut- t ers, are concealed and not applied through the f ace of the metal. Arubber-like EPDM (ethylene propylene die ne monomer) membrane such as Carlisle roofing is also an option. T his will cost less and should last 25 years or so. We’ve had this type of roof on our family room and it has held up well. It r equires little maintenance, other than keeping it clean of debris and i nspecting it periodically to make sure it is still in good repair. There are also asphalt roofing products that will last longer than your “rolled roofing,” which typically was u sed on outbuildings for other non-residential applications. These are a vailable in various colors that may blend in w ith the rest of your roof. GAF’s Liberty roofing is one such option. Alt hough it is known as sing le-ply roofing material, it actually is installed in two layers. It has a 15-year warranty. Depending on which o ption you choose, you will need a qualified roof- i ng contractor to apply it. Roofers who specialize in standard asphalt shingle r oofs may not be qualified to install metal or EPDM roofing. F inally, the roof that you currently have may simply need another application of the silver roof coating. This helps pro- t ect the roof from ultraviolet rays and can also seal small cracks in the roof’s s urface. I’d explore this option as well. Jerry Ludwig is a former building contractor and home inspector. Email your house questions to o r write him at P.O. Box 25510, Rochester, N.Y. 14625. Please include the y ear that your house was built and what town you l ive in. How to fix a low-pitched roof JERRY LUDWIG HOME IMPROVEMENTS & REPAIRS

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