Hello Everyone, and thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. I live in a 6-unit, 3-floor condo building with a flat bitumen covered roof. I should also mention that I live in Chicago - with a wide variety of crappy weather.
The building is 2 years old, and recently we had been seeing evidence of water intrusion in the form of split window moulding, and baseboards pulling away from the wall. We had a professional and highly recommended inspector come out for a consultation. The consensus is that the masonry on the parapet walls needs to be patched and sealed…As well as scupper flashing replaced (was not installed correctly).
My question is in regards to roof decks. Like most new condo buildings in Chicago, ours has a roof decks on each side (accessed through internal stairways for the 3rd floor units). The inspector told us that we really should not have a roof deck on a bitumen surface, particularly in our climate. He says the “floating” of the deck could compromise the membrane, and overall said that it would greatly reduce the life of the bitumen.
I’ve not heard this before, but want to do what is best for our building. As of now, the roofs are technically a ‘common area’ – and their repair is the responsibility of the association. So you can see where this is going – why should we be responsible for damage of a roof due to a deck that can only be accessed by two people!
I would like to offer the upper residents an option: either take the roof decks down, or become liable for any roof repairs. Before I light the fuse to this bomb, I would like to get some more professional opinions.
Thank you so much, James