San Diego Construction Claims Lawyer Bryan Snyder litigates cases for clients with Roofing Defects
Roof defects represent a significant amount of construction claims in the real estate industry. Roofing defects can be costly if not repaired in a timely and efficient manner. Frequently, homeowners discover roofing problems only after a leak has already damaged part of the home. A roofing defect may also create grounds for construction claim litigation depending on the particular circumstances involved.
San Diego attorney Bryan Snyder is experienced and knowledgeable about legal cases involving roof defects and has fought hard to protect the rights of his clients while litigating construction claims. While many homeowners try to mitigate a potential roof issue with periodic inspections, some roof defects are inevitable and are only discovered after heavy precipitation.
While there are many different types of roofing defects, most are known to be caused by:
• Improper installation
• Poor workmanship
• Defective materials
Determining whether or not you have a defective roof or just an ordinary roof repair should be left to the diagnosis of a licensed expert.
Common roofing repairs include:
• Cracked or missing shingles
• Loose seams or worn flashings
• Backed up gutters or downspouts
• Cracked paint on interior ceiling of home
• Discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper indoors
Before you hire an expert to begin major repairs on your home or to examine your roof defect, confirm the following details:
• Check the contractor’s references or customers for prior work quality
• Ask the contractor for his tax ID number and proof of insurance
• Contact the Better Business Bureau
to see if there have been any customer complaints
• Discuss the contractor service and material warranties
If you are experiencing damage from a roof defect, there are various ways to handle a roofing defect or repair but all of them require some investigation to determine the best course of action. Check to see if your roof repair is covered by a warranty.
Also, review your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if it covers the cost of a roof repair.
If your homeowner’s warranty or insurance is not specific about roofing repairs, consult with a construction defect attorney to discuss the best course of action. There is a possibility that the prior seller of your home or contractor may be held liable for the cost of repairing the roof plus any damage caused by the defect. San Diego lawyer Bryan Snyder is experienced in advising clients with roof defects about how to proceed to protect their legal rights as property owners.
For example, some home inspection contracts require that the homeowner notify the original inspector of a subsequent defect before a future repair or construction claim is made. Failure to notify an inspector of a roof defect prior to filing a construction claim may release the inspector of liability in some cases.
While not all roof defects result in construction claims or lawsuits, proper documentation of the repair is necessary regardless of how the defect is handled. Photographing the roof damage is an important way to protect your potential construction claim. Depending on the age of the roof, the home inspector or builder may be liable for a failure to disclose a roofing defect that has resulted in damage to your property.
Be aware that some roofing problems are not caused by roofing defects. The choice in materials used for the roof may not be the best use of resources for that particular home. Maintenance of the roof is also an important role in the performance of a roof. No matter what type of roof system you have, hiring a licensed professional to inspect its condition on a regular basis is the best way to prevent or remedy a roof defect.
It is also important to keep in mind that not all roofing materials and services come with warranties. Generally though, a contractor should offer a warranty on his or her work. Review the details of a roof repair warranty before you make the final decision to hire a particular contractor to maintain or replace your roof. By reviewing the details of your warranty with the contractor, you will be in the best position to prevent a potential construction claim.