Last week, I had my house re-roofed, and they seem to have done a good job.
As part of the work, they replaced a skylight. In the room where the
skylight is, there is a smell of roofing cement. Actually, the smell travels
throughout the house because it gets picked up in the air conditioning
system, but is strongest near the skylight and especially in the heat of the
I went up on the roof to take a look, and noticed that there is roofing
cement on the place where the skylight fits onto the sheathing/frame. In
other words, they put roofing cement on the plastic itself where it contacts
the metal sheathing/frame. The skylight seems to be nailed in properly, and
I assume that the sun is heating up the roofing cement and the smell is
coming downward from the skylight. Which leads me to my two questions:
First, is putting roofing cement where they put it, as I described above,
the right thing to do? Though I have no experience here I would think that
nailing it in is enough, and that putting roofing cement where they did
would make it difficult to remove the plastic if ever necessary. Second,
will this smell go away over time?