After reading comments here I have decided to get EPDM roofing with perhaps 1 inch insulation to lower heating and cooling of the house, there is absolutely no foot traffic up there with exception for once / twice a year to remove leaves (one tree is very close to the house, I will have it removed since it looks like EPDM is fragile to things falling on it), the other one is a big tree that is far off but wind brings the leaves…).
But I do have few questions;
First let me start with the most important one;
-I have had ponding problems on this roof, we bought the house recently and weren’t aware of it. With cracking noises in winter etc that sometimes would wake us up in the middle of the night, we had no idea what it was and after an architect investigated the roof it came down to the ponding and ice formation in winter, I personally didn’t know ice makes cracking nosies even when it forms and not only when it melts… The ponding needs to be taken care of obviously not only for thee noise but also to enahnce the lifetime. I was told that we need “tapered insulation beneath the new roofing with varying thickness from approx 1.5 inch at the perimeter to approx 6 inch at the center”. Can this be done if I go with EPDM?
-do I absolutely have to tear the previous roof? I believe it’s only one layer.
What type of warranty should I expect
how should the seams be glued, double glued or whatever the jargon is, since it looks like majority of the problems happen in the seams area?
How can I pick a good roofer since everyone here keeps talking about being more important to go with a good roofer rather than X type of roofing
This is an approx 2300 sqf roof can I guestimate a fair price /sqft?
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