A CONTEMPORARY HOME LOCATED AT THE END OF MICHIGAN AVENUE

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   This beautiful contemporary home is permitted by the Monroe City building codes.  The writer is not aware of any problems with this dwelling.  However flat or low slope roofs can be a problem in our climate because of high construction costs to withstand rainfall and the requirement to design for high snow loads.  Likewise, flat roofs are not recommended for industrial and commercial buildings by this writer.  

   This home is correctly engineered for this climate.  A new owner has installed EPDM membrane roof which is much more expensive that torch down roofing and gives years of service if properly installed.  

  Anyone wishing to buy an existing home should have it professionally inspected.  In Monroe, the building department can provide the repair history on the home assuming that no “bootleg†work was done without the required permits.  You will find our building department very knowledgeable and helpful.  Please click on:

http://www.ci.monroe.mi.us/building.htm

http://www.nationaltrust.org/historic_homeowner/rehabilitating/index.html

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