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Roof valley failed leak repair using non-structural sprayed foam.
Roof tile slippage from lack of mechanical fasteners relates to shoddy workmanship linked to premature roof decay from Underlayment U.V. exposure, and safety hazards.
Roof Underlayment installed without wrapping over the outside edge of the fascia can result in dry rot and termite damage.
Rafter dry rot damage code violations between the roof edge blocking and the fascia using a partial rafter tail toe nailed to the eave blocking; leaving the roof substrate with safety hazards.
Rafter and starter board safety hazard code violations involving cutting nails used to secured the roof substrate, and replacing dry rot damaged without mechanical fasteners as required to create shear panel strength.
Price should be the last consideration when considering the consequences for hiring the "Cheapest Throw-on Contractor" linked to Shoddy Workmanship, "Construction Defects," and "Safety Hazards" that in turn is linked to expensive litigation, and possible Homeowner Insurance Cancellation!
It has been said that consumers often get estimates to compare ideas, products, and pricing before making a major purchase, wherein reality they maybe shopping price due in part to a lack of confidence in the construction industry... Shopping only pricing for a product that should last 10 - 50 Years can lead to hiring the Unlicensed contractor that give work away at or below cost just to get their crews working, which may include cutting corners by using mixed/matched materials that maybe unfit for the project, operating with Unskilled, Unsupervised, Uninsured employee's, to include but not limited to operating with the unsupervised production roofer paid for their volume, compared with supervised hourly worker paid for their quality!
In states that require licensing, YOU could be arrested for hiring an unlicensed contractor! And if an unlicensed, uninsured contractor gets hurt on your project, they could Sue YOU and WIN! Article cited:abcnews.go.comUnlicensedContractorsWillRipYouOff Lawbreakers have an unfair financial advantage, forcing the reputable contractor "out-of-business"...There is no shortage of building contractor horror stories. Almost everyone has heard tales of damage, scams, shoddy workmanship, and builders who disappear in the middle of a project. In fact, except for shoddy workmanship auto repair shops and shyster car dealerships, no other industry has generated as many complaints, according to the Council of Better Business Bureaus...
Review hypothetical scenario's (below) BEFORE YOU HIRE!
Homeowner hereinafter ref. to as (HO) hires nationally advertised home improvement Co. for their advertised "We Will Beat Any Price - LifeTime Warranty" roof product installed by an experienced Certified Roofing Contractor.
Day Laborer's: When the project is started, the (HO) discovers an on-slot of daily crew member changes referred to as (Day Laborer's) climbing up a shaky and very unstable ladder to access the two story roof. During the project, the (HO) observed several day labors fall from yet another older rickety ladder that kept sinking into the wet lawn from the weight of multiple climbers. And others who had successfully reached the roof were observed setting around drinking beer while throwing empties to the ground. During the roof removal, several hammers and hand tools were thrown off the roof without warning, and during the tear-off, two shovels had slid off the roof breaking the front bay window. And in spite of repeated warnings; workers continued urinating on hedges, next to parked cars on the street, and behind the house on the shrubs. Labor Disputes: During the project, several fights broke out between the Spanish speaking (day laborers) and the English speaking foreman over cash wages, resulting in several disgruntled workers walking off the job, and during the project, a neighbor's claimed vehicle damage from workers that were muttering obscenities in Spanish while throwing beer cans. It was also observed that a few of the more enterprising (day laborers) had supplemented their cash wages by caring off the (HO's) gardening tools, and after the re-roof was finally completed, the (HO) noticed numerous nails protruding from trees, which the day laborers had used to hang bags of empty beer cans.
Shoddy Workmanship: Given the lack of the installer's trade qualifications; it's no wonder that the Mfg. top of the line roof product was left unsecured, stretched tile, crumpled with roof felt bucking water throughout the roof, including several areas with mixed/matched tile sizes and mixed colors haphazardly installed around the old rusted-out vent pipe flashing. The Neighbor's video security system taped the entire project, which was later used against the throw-on contractor's shoddy workmanship, however, it took three months (after the heavy rains) to get the contractor back for leak repairs using of course (a new set of under-the-table unskilled day laborers). However, because the contractor refused to fix the resulting interior damage, the (HO) used his homeowner's insurance, which after 45-Days was rejected due to construction defects coupled with safety hazards.
The Complaint: Four months later, the Product Mfg. rep. verbally agreed that three separate products were used, and in a numbers of areas; the older roof had not been removed leaving a bulging roof appearance, wherein the shingle courses had varied lengths, and in other areas, the excess shingle lengths were simply chopped off leaving a rough jagged edge.
The Response: After repeated complaints by the (HO) to the Home Improvement Co., the (HO) was informed that the original roofer had sublet (Sold) the project to a newly licensed roofer whom they had never met, therefore, due to an inability to track-down the roofer as well as a lack of project records, i.e., product invoices, employee hiring slips, time cards, federal and state tax records, etc., the Home Improvement Co. alleged that they were unable to cover warranty issues, however, they agreed to look into it, and also suggested the (HO) file a claim against the unknown roofer.
Warranty Myth: After several more months, the Home Improvement Co. responds - The Mfg. rejected the product warranty based in part on (No Contractual Obligation against "Flashing Decay"), and (because no leaks were reported during the six months following the re-roof), the re-roof contract with its Terms and Conditions stipulates: Repairs including resulting damage are offered on an individual basis or (as they occur). Furthermore, there is no Contractual Obligation relating to aesthetics."
Cheap Price Reality: Before hiring, you must do diligence to verify the contractors experienced, trade license for the specific project, and that their employees are journey level skilled operating under Workers Comp. Ins. Also understand the real risk when hiring the contractor operating with production Pieceworker's; because they are (paid for their volume). Whereas, if they are not provided the necessary products and do not have the proper tools; the roof system can fail during the first rain!
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Consider the following scenarios before hiring the "WRONG" contractor!
∙Seller hires well established multi-trade state licensed roofing contractor for a roof leak repair below the roof ridge involving expensive structural dry rot damage renovations. During the project however, the roofer discovers water intrusion (entering from the higher roof area above the contracted work area) and recommends re-roofing, which the seller rejected. During escrow, the HO is told he must disclose the "No Warranty" repairs, unfortunately however, rather than using the original roofer, he hires the realtor's referred "Cheaper Bidder" who failed to disclose that he operates with an "unregistered salesperson" resulting in poor quality repairs limited to caulking (gluing together) the broken tile instead of replacing the roof felt as well as the broken tile performed under a contract which stipulated in small print "No Repair Warranty," leaving the buyer to re-reconsider purchasing a home under a leaky warranty under a homeowner insurance policy that covers only limited dollars for potential resulting damage.
∙HO sues contractor after being sued by the contractor's "uninsured undocumented illegal worker who was injured after falling off the roof." ∙Unlicensed contractor falls from his 40' ladder while trimming the HO's palm tree and files a major lawsuit against the HO... HO responds, "No Problem, I'll just file a claim under my (HO) policy... However, the Ins. Adj. denies the claim after the HO fails to produce Employee tax records"
∙ HO complains to the material supplier about the remodeling contractor he had referred. She was upset about her missing lawnmore, and after reporting this to the contractor, she was informed that "the worker was paid in cash," so there's no Employee Records! Supplier responded, "Think that's bad,we've just filed a LIEN against YOUR property because the contractor didn't pay for YOUR materials!"
∙ Re-roof failed because the contractor's unsupervised pieceworkers instead of using the contractor's furnished nails and flashing, had instead used them for use on their side jobs" leaving the contractors re-roof leaking with safety hazards.
∙ HO's Ins. Adj. rejected "Wind-Damage Claim" because the roof tile were not nailed, and the following daythe HO's Policy was CANCELED due to construction defects with safety hazards!
∙ Senior injured after wet ceiling fell during a rainstorm. After failed efforts to reach the roofer, the HO discovers the Yellow Page Directory (had failed to police)allowing the lawbreaker's display ad placement under the Roofing Contractors category.
∙ HO hires the cheapest bidder from a "Quality Roof's At Lowest Rates" Newspaper ad. Contractor demands full payment up-front, and agrees to start work that same day, but he never returns. Ripped-off HO later discovers the scam artist only held a City Business License. One week later, HO confronts the scam artist who she discovered was re-roofing a neighbor's home demanding her money back, and then alerts that neighbor of the fraud. However, instead of getting her money back, she was sued for defamation of character by the scam artist, and later receives a claim from her neighbor against resulting damages alleging her actions forced the roofer to abandon the project leaving lose debris on an open roof allowing water intrusion and safety hazards.
∙ Supplier loads roof materials over a re-roof project underlayment felt without notifying the contractor who was put the project on hold until the rains stopped. That evening however, the roof started leaking damaging the HO's couch and floor covering resulting from the "roof loader" who had carved his initials in the new felt.
∙Material supplier contracts with owner/builder for windows, doors, and a lifetime warranty roof product for installlation by subcontractor roofer. But when the roof work failed during the first rainstorm, damaging the ceiling, stucco, lathing, wood wall framing, entry door and several windows, the material supplier agrees to replace/repair the damaged property including repairing the roof, however the second rainstorm results in more damages, this time, however, the owner/builder involves the roof product manufacture, who reported "the roof was incorrectly installed, thereby voiding the lifetime roof warranty." Four months later, an out of court settlement was reached for only half the claim, less attorney's fees, leaving the owner/builder financially strapped and unable to resolve the construction defects, and unable to meet Bank loan construction payments forcing the home into foreclosure."
∙Buyer purchased a 2-Story home with structural defects in need of repairs on the exterior deck over the kitchen which were performed by an unlicensed contractor whom the seller hired, but after the repairs failed the new HO files a construction defect claim against the seller. The Realtor submitted testimony from the unlicensed contractor. however, "the Court rejected the claim based on plaintiff's failure of preventative maintenance by a state licensed contractor as required to mitigate the damage."
Buyer Beware: During Escrow, the inspection report documents flat roof decay and a minor roof leak with recommendations for repair or complete re-roof. Seller persuades buyer to accept a spot patch repair based on the roofer's inexpensive repair quote with a 2-year roof certification. However, shortly after escrow closes buyer discovers water dripping from ceiling below the roof repair and contacts the seller's roofer who in response installs a second roof patch but this time uses particleboard to raise the inverted roof surface over his original repair. But during the second rain storm the buyer notices the repair failed to resolve that leak issue plus discovered additional roof leaks in other rooms with water running down the walls as well as a flooded bedroom closet, but the buyer is unable to reach the roofer, so HO files a claim against the roofer with the Contractors State License Board and also involves other roofer's attempting to fix these leaks. Whereas, three of the four roofer's offer repairs "without warranty," but the fourth roofer expresses concerns for losing the roofers roof certification if any repair attempts are made by others, thereby suggesting filling a claim with the buyers realtor against the seller with a demand for a tarp to cover the entire flat roof in order to allow time for the other roofer's opinions which could support a re-roof claim including considerations for potential structural damage renovations linked to "resulting damages" against the seller. Buyer agrees, and after 90-days gets a complete re-roof with a 20-year warranty paid by the seller. Whereas, the seller gets nothing from his cheap patch roofer, and the roofer gets his license suspended for workmanship failures under a 2-year warranty.
Hiring an unlicensed contractor and/or a contractor operating out-of-trade classification usually meansuninsured, operating in a high risk industry without Workers Comp, with "No Coverage" under YOUR homeowner policy unless so stipulate,Noncompliance with building and safety codes, Poor Quality work, Con artists, the potential for failing to resolve structural damage, and water intrusion issues. Contractors operating without a license is aMisdemeanor caring stiff penalties with possible prison time plus the potential for hefty fines. Furthermore, the property owner can be fined for aiding and abetting an unlicensed contractor. Hiring the lawbreaker can lead to huge liabilities. Moreover, without this and other information; YOU could be paying for construction defects linked to expensive litigation, which YOU maybe ill prepared for.
When marketing your property; Escrow may require a Certificate of Completionby a state licensed contractor... Without that certificate, the employer becomes responsible and must stand behind the workmanship.Since different laws are involved, it is possible that the same individual hired will be considered an (employee) for purposes of one law and an (independent contractor) under another law. Because the potential liabilitiesand penalties are significantif an individual is treated as an independent contractor and later found to be an employee, it is advisable that each such relationship be thoroughly researched before implemented.
RoofWARRANTIESare less than satisfactory!
Manufacturersbuild in many loopholes that detract from the presumed value of the warranty resulting in a leakier warranty. Example: Manufactures exclude their product warranties for roof tie-in areas i.e. at vent jacks penetrations, at edge metal, walls, chimney flashing, around skylights, at solar systems, etc.
Due to time restraints, unsupervised production pieceworkers have an ability to throw-on roof systems without concerns for the manufactures specifications and/or building and safety code violations. Also understand that some cities do not require on-the-roof inspections leaving concerns for defects! Therefore, WARRANTIESare only as good as the company that stands behind them!
"Don't be fooled"verify the contractor is operating with a legal workforce, and carries commercial liability insurance. "Protect Yourself & Your Investment." Before hiring the Low Bidder, verify that their bid is not based on: √Operating under the table with the unskilled, undocumented workforce that drive wages down, and contribute next to nothing towards tax sponsored programs. √ Operating under a Revoked, Inactive, Expired, Canceled, or Suspended license. √Associating with another license, which has been referred to legal action. √ Failed to resolve an outstanding final liability from the Franchise Tax Board, Department of Industrial Relations, Employment Development Dept., or Contractors State License Board. √Abandoned a project without legal excuse. √ Left a project unprotected from poor weather conditions, and/or from vandalism. √Failure to create a safe work environment for the building occupants and its visitors. √ Failed to abide by State & Federal and/or O.S.H.A. Safety Regulations. √Fired for construction defects. √ Contracting out of classification. √Using products no longer manufactured. √ Using products unfit for the project.