Just bought a house over the winter in Toledo, OH, and recently discovered major damage to the flat rolled asphalt roof of our 10’x13’ screened in side porch (the sellers claimed to have had no problem; we were in Arizona and couldn’t verify, and inspector missed it).
I just had an EPDM replacement roof installed, and was generally pleased with the reconstruction work performed (down to the fascia and sill plate in one corner), though they used MDF instead of the original 1x6 deck material.
For the roof material, they used some form of black underlayment with large circular fasteners, and the EPDM on top, connected to a term bar to the wall and drip edge all around.
Here’s the worst damage:
And here is the final installed roof, snapped this evening. I’m in the process of re-painting the decorative railing, no comment please ;):
Two things concern me: the “bubbles” where the rubber clearly isn’t held down to the black underlayment, and an extra “edge” of EPDM material all the way around. Here’s a shot of the corner:
This edge piece is “glued” down around its boundary with black sealant of some kind (the same stuff that’s use above the term bar at the wall). This wasn’t what I had discussed, which was a single solid sheet of EPDM. I’m concerned they ran out of room, and tacked on this piece. The sealant also presents a nice place to slow the flow of water.
Is it possible they have used a solid sheet with an extra strip on top of it at the edge? Are bubbles like this to be expected (e.g. giving the rubber some room to contract)? Before I ask them about it, I wanted to get some information.
I’m also somewhat concerned about the (very heavy) decorative iron railing. They intended to find some metal feet to spread the load, but in the end, just added a double layer of extra rubber underneath. This railing had punched through the old roof, which is what alerted me to the problem.
Thanks in advance for your help.