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    Default Duck pond on the roof

    How much can a roof take? Ponding can worsen the sag on an old home - more ponding, more sagging. The seller said the roofing material was 1 year old - said there were 2 patches on the roof (how come if its only 1 y.o.?). this pond remained after a rain 10 days ago.
    To make matters worse, the roofer layed down material over a number of conduits on the roof. Each conduit ridge provided further blockage to the roof draining properly.
    No stains inside, but it is freshly painted.

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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Weekly View Post
    How much can a roof take?
    Depends entirely on the design of the roof and its construction.

    With that mess or laying the roofing over the conduit runs - that needs to be torn off and redone properly.

    Jerry Peck, Construction / Litigation Consultant
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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    What JP said, the 'roofer' did the home owner a major disservice, and he wasted thousands on a useless roof.

    A small pond should dry up in 48 hrs. A large pond can sometimes have a drain installed in it. Flat roofs on the West Coast, gotta love it.

    John Kogel, RHI, BC HI Lic #47455
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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Depends entirely on the design of the roof and its construction.

    With that mess or laying the roofing over the conduit runs - that needs to be torn off and redone properly.
    The roof framing is a wood beam with plank sheathing. It's a pretty good sized open area - you can get the gist of it from the last picture. Big beams, spanning the open space. 40 year old house and getting a little sway back. What worked when new is not what works today. If it had a slope, the slope is now toward the middle. Having a roof drain in the middle would help, but wouldn't look good in the living room.


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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    [QUOTE= Having a roof drain in the middle would help, but wouldn't look good in the living room. [/QUOTE]

    Throw in a pile of rock and call it a water feature.


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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Reinmiller View Post
    Throw in a pile of rock and call it a water feature.
    Excellent! I like it! It could be a cascading waterfall into the living room...and with a meandering stream out into the back patio area...forrested, leading to a meadow... . Why not...I, I think I see Bambi in the distance - over by the barbeque grill...


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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    Is this one of those "flips"? The fake wood floors are telling. I wish someone would make a blog featuring nothing but crappy flips & the shortcuts they take.

    PS not an inspector, just an inspector appreciator if I may introduce myself, came here for the laffs, love the images of failed DIYS and bloopers/follies. Bought enough homes in my lifetime to accrue basic knowledge of homeowner woes such as knob & tube wiring, pre-3' waste pipe requirements, etc etc.


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    Default Re: Duck pond on the roof

    Hello Kristin
    Welcome to the board. Good to hear from you. You have experience as a buyer, and consumer you say, and an eye for details. I sure want to hear from your experiences what you like about inspectors. As an inspector I would not necessarily comment on cosmetics, or choice of materials (like wood floors or laminates (as I call them)) versus tile, carpet, stone, concrete floors, etc. If the floor is damaged somehow, or interferes with usage, then I would comment.
    You, as a consumer can make choices to replace or re-cover flooring materials. I, myself thought this was a really nice floor - real wood, not laminate. Some sort of exotic wood - looked very nice.
    To answer though, this is a flipper, and there were lots of upgrades - just not the roof.


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