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Old 07-15-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Roof problem-help!

I had an inspection done on a home I want to buy in Michigan. Home has a 2nd floor addition which has no attic and low pitch roof. Inspector's report says the roof is "built light and showed bows". What would cause this, and with no attic, how would I repair it? I don't want to move 2,000 miles to the piney woods and lake if this house is trouble.


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Old 07-16-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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How old is the 2nd story structure since it was added on?

How many layers of shingles are on it, or does it have flat roofing materials on it since it is a shallow slope?

Firstly, I think you should contact the inspector you hired and request that he be more definitive about the suspected areas, so that you can decide if it is worth taking care of or not.



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Old 07-16-2009, 04:14 AM   #3
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If no access to the underside of the roof framing (no attic) then you will need to remove the drywall and add larger size rafters. But this will also lower the ceiling at the outside wall.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:34 AM   #4
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You also might want to find out if the addition was built with proper permits and inspections. Sounds like a problem that shouldn't be there if it met code to begin with, unless it's just really old. Could be a can of worms.
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