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Old 07-16-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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Stinky skylight and new roof


About a year and a half ago we had a new membrane roof installed. They put it on top of the tar that was there from the original tar and gravel roof. This spring, we had a new skylight installed. The old skylight was a drop in and the new one is a cap. This left a gap inside the house where the drop in used to be (see attached photo). We put drywall on that space. With the hot weather we have begun to smell tar or adhesive. The smell is somehow seeping into the room either through the skylight or through the wall that is thinner (only drywall, not plaster). Where could the smell be coming from and how can we stop it?
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Need a picture of the roof. Not the inside.
Someone really missed the boat on this one.
That sky light would have been so much better off with what I would call a tapered chute.
Then you would have light coming in at all angles during the change of the season.
The way it is not if it's not directly over head your not getting all the available light.
What type membrane roof was this?
Tar on an EPDM is not a good thing.

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We hired the roofing company that Mike Holmes uses, hoping that there would be no mistakes. We're not worried about more light, we just wanted to replace the leaky original skylight.
I believe it's an EPDM roof and the tar is on the bottom, not on top.
So what would the solution be? Do you think that finishing drywalling and putting a rubber seal around the inside would help?

Should I contact the company that put in the skylight? They only do roofing, no interior (hence why it's not finished inside yet), so I'm wondering if the smell is due to their error or the interior.
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