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Home and Garden February 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Roof hatch contractors/companies?

Hey PoPville,
Our condo building needs a new roof hatch or someone to reinforce our current one. Does anyone have any recommendations on who to contract for this? As many suggestions as you have are welcome; we’d like to get a few estimates first.
Also, any other advice you have about getting a new roof hatch, installation, roof hatch do’s/don’t, etc, are appreciated.

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I use Keith Roofing in DC. They have always done a superb job for me and at a very quick pace.  The only thing about them is they are probably more expensive than a lot of others, but they do such high quality work, I would not go with anyone else.

I got a lower estimate from Keith than from two other roofers, so they aren’t necessarily more expensive than others.
Overall, the work that they did was good… but they forgot one porch roof that was included in the contract, so I had to get them to come back.  And when they replaced that roof, which had formerly been covered with gravel, they shoved a lot of the gravel into the gutter and drainpipe — something I didn’t discover until months later.

So my experience with them wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t uniformly good either.

Depending on design specifics of your individual building, you can find manufacturers online who ship ready-made, ready-to-install steel or plexi-bubble hatches. They are typically designed for big buildings and warehouses, etc. They are not cheap to acquire, of course, and you’d likely have to modify your structure to accommodate sizing specifications. Or, if you have a basic rowhouse-style hatch like me, it’s pretty easy to do it yourself. I built a wooden box of 2×4’s and 1.5-inch thick plywood, added hinges and sealed it along the seams — both inside and out — with all-weather silicone. Then I screwed a sheet of stainless steel (to bend or fold the steel to fit the dimensions of the box, just score some lines where needed and bend — pliers can helpful here). After stainless-steel sheet was screwed on, I got a silicone whose chemical composition was compatible with roofing tar. I dabbed that silicone on every screwhead and folded seam. Allowed to dry for about 48 summer-time hours (obviously kept an eye on weather/rain, etc…). Then I slathered with roofing tar. The finished hatch is lockable with basic eye-hooks on the inside and it was easy to install an alarm sensor. It was pretty cheap and relatively easy to do.  Two and half years later: Still fully functional, sturdy and absolutely no leaks.

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