Robert Lamoureux | Ready for a reliable roofing remedy

Ask No. 1


We live in Canyon Country in a house with an attached garage, which has a flat roof. We have had this roof repaired several times and it is due for repair again. We are now able to replace the roof and I really don’t want to deal with this anymore. Do you have any recommendations on what we can do to get this result in a one time job?


Answer No. 1


This is a loaded question because there are so many options. I would have to say that my first recommendation would be a three layer hot mop type installation where they lay down a resin paper, followed by roofing felt and sealed with a hot mop product. Again, there are options that a qualified roofer would discuss with you, depending on the configuration of your home / existing roof structure and your preferences. If you are going to walk on this roof I would definitely do this three layer and modified cap slab, which is the thick tar and sandy finish, which you can get in a variety of colors to complement the house when it is visible. This option gives you over 20 years. Another option is a TPO system, which, if I were to compare it to something more widely known, would be similar to a pool’s liner, but much thicker. This product is also very forgiving, offering a variety of colors, which can also help minimize heat load if you choose a light color. Make sure to choose a licensed and insured roofer and get several bids before making your decision.

Best of luck to you.

– Robert

Robert Lamoureux has over 40 years of experience as a general contractor, with separate licenses in electrical and plumbing contractors. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, not necessarily those of The Signal. The opinions expressed in this column are not intended to replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor after that contractor has performed a thorough visual inspection. Email inquiries to Robert at [email protected].

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