Home of the Month: “Deck House” in Annapolis, MD
Fichtner Services recently completed a roof replacement in the Hillsmere community of Annapolis for homeowner Craig Martin, one of the principals of Spire Architecture. The Martin home was built with the historic style of architecture called a “Deck House”, which is identifiable by vaulted ceilings with exposed tongue and groove decking, open beams and walls of glass. While beautiful, this type of construction presents challenges with mixing of interior conditioned air with the hot/cold climate here in Maryland.
Over the years we have received many calls that homeowners with a Deck House have a leaking problem. More often than not, the problem turns out to be condensation rather than a roof leak. Deck Houses are notoriously energy inefficient as well. The installation procedure requires that interior air be blocked from possibly mixing with outside air through a series of vapor barriers, rigid insulation board and a new roof system. It is a tedious but very necessary process in order to eliminate the issues that owning a Deck House can bring. We asked Mr. Martin to share his experience with us, especially being an expert in the building industry.