Issues from a new "flat" roof install
Hope I do a good job explaining myself here:
Early last week we had a new roof installed. The front portion of the house is your typical pitched roof (shingles) but the back portion of the house, which is a new addition (prior owners added on), required a "flat" roof system. The "newer" addition enabled prior owners to move a kitchen back there as well as a larger family room. So the flat roof system is above the kitchen and family room.
I believe the contractor employed a torch down roofing system for the "flat roof". I cannot confirm if he used modified bitumen. I just know that when I watched a bit of the process, it appeared to be the torch down method.
Everything seemed to go great and the pitched roof looks awesome but the flat roof is rather...unsightly. Fortunately, it can't be seen from my backyard. Problem now is, during the day (when it's hot) the kitchen smells pretty badly of what I think is a tar-type smell. Not sure what the smell is but it smells like the stuff they torched down. While the kitchen smells awful there is absolutely no odor in the family room, yet both rooms have the flat roof above it.
The kitchen also has two skylights and my theory is that the odor is seeping in through the skylights.
What do you guys think?
To make matters worse, if I turn on the central air, (only the front portion of the house has central so the kitchen and family room do not. When we remodel the kitchen and family room the plan is to put in mini-split system) the kitchen no longer smells but the air conditioned part of the home now begins to reek. I theorized that when the central is turned in, the hotter air from the kitchen (which smells badly) seeps into the living room.
How plausible does this sound to you guys? I'm generally pretty clueless about this whole thing and somewhat discouraged. I just paid for central air to be installed and then two weeks later had a new roof installed only to find that the flat portion of the roof stinks up the kitchen and turning on the new central air moves the stink to another room. Hope you guys can either validate or invalidate my theories and provide some guidance on how to resolve these issues.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 1:53 PM ET
Edited Jul 7, 2014 2:12 PM ET
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