Guest User
5/28/2002
I have a 1979 double wide mobile home. Within the first few years the original owners had some kind of roll roofing applied over the original metal (there is no sheathing--the metal rests directly on the roof trusses) and the nearly 20 year old job looks terrible. The edges of the roll roofing are curling up and the tar is very brittle with many deep cracks. It only leaks a little, if at all. There are some water spots on the ceiling near the stove pipe. What are my options? Should I remove the tar paper (or whatever it is) down to the metal? Is that even possible?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
5/29/2002
I have a hunch that it's going to be tough to remove the roll roofing without damaging the aluminum skin. Really, though, I suggest going back to the manufacturer of the home and inquiring as to their suggestions for retrofit roofing. There are several engineering issues involved here as far as weight loads and structural strength which they can answer based upon the exact design of your home.
Guest User
5/29/2002
Yes, I'm sure it would be difficult to remove the roll roofing but can anyone advise me as to how to try?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
5/29/2002
This is way out of my league but I'll try to give you some ideas. While working on the roof, I would try to walk on boards which span the rafters. I would try peeling back the roll roofing. Particularly on a hot day, it might release somewhat from the aluminum. Something like a paint stripping gun might help to melt the adhesion. At that point, clean-up could be with a solvent such as acetone, toluene, or mineral spirits. This is going to be pretty time-consuming. And, of course, always guard against things that might be a fire hazard such as a heating gun and the solvent. I hope this helps somewhat. Perhaps someone else will have some better ideas.
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