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New roof/siding smell/odor. Is it unhealthy?

We got our new roof (architectural shingle)and siding installed two yeras back and after that a strong odor started coming on the main level, esp when you come from outside you smell the fumes/smell , more during summers. This was done by a storm chaser roofing contractor who probably sub contracted this job, they have changed roof of almost every other home. I am worried that the job was not done properly with poor material etc and thus the odor..I am worried about the health of my family. Have you heard anything about such health problems due to bad roofing/siding?? What can we do to fix this problem? Pl advice.

Asked by rjocky jocky
Posted Feb 18, 2011 10:46 AM ET
Edited Feb 18, 2011 10:54 AM ET


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Rjocky jocky,

Is it a chemical/plastic/asphalt kind of smell or a rotten eggs kind of smell?

What kind of siding do you have?

What did the roofers use for underlayment?

Where are you located?

Do you run an air conditioner in the summer or do you open the windows?

Answered by Michael Maines
Posted Feb 18, 2011 11:05 AM ET


It is a chemical kind of smell not rotten eggs type. It's vinyl siding. Not sure abt the underlayment but vaguely remember some water ice shield. I am in DC metro area. We run AC at 75 degree F thermostat setting. Thanks

Answered by rjocky jocky
Posted Feb 18, 2011 11:09 AM ET


It's probably nothing to do with the siding then, and not a broken stack pipe. How old is the house, what was the old roofing, and is/was the roof vented at the ridge or soffit? Is the attic finished?

Answered by Michael Maines
Posted Feb 18, 2011 11:20 AM ET


House is 15+ old, it was asphalt only, i guess the roof is vented, there's an attic,not finished i think. Thanks

Answered by rjocky jocky
Posted Feb 18, 2011 11:24 AM ET


Have you replaced any interior finishes such as carpeting or vinyl flooring?

Answered by Michael Maines
Posted Feb 18, 2011 11:43 AM ET

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