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Question DetailsAsked on 4/5/2017

the roofing company i hired past all checks but failed building inspection ,i don't trust him

the only thing he did correct per manufacture install instructions was the shingle offset, every other instruction per manufacture was ignored ,i am going to take him to smal claims for damages, i replaced my roof six months after it was installed. this company has been in business over 23 years , so how can anyone trust any reputation a company has

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Hmmm - hope you documented the heck out of it before getting the roof replaced - you should have gone after him based on his warranty (assuming a 1 year contractor's labor and materials warranty here) and if you did not trust him to fix it, then his Bonding company, not sued, but hard to do now all the evidence is gone.

Actually, you don't say how you know he did everything wrong, but if based on your own inspection why were the flaws not noticed before you paid him for the job ? If he failed the building inspection, why the heck did you pay him ? Or did you pay him only part before the inspection and not immediately demand the money back till inspection passed ?

This assumes two things: that the job was really that bad, and that your contract called for him to install the roofing per the NRCMA manual or per the manufacturer instructions - because just because he used certain shingles does not by itself require him to follow their instructions unless the contract requires that he deliver a good manufacturer warranty with the job. Course if he failed a city/county building inspection, then that strengthens your case substantially.

Good luck with the suit - first, in most states you probably have to go with a civil suit, not small claims, for a normal roofing job value. Also, unless you had an attorney on board when you did the replacement (and even if you did), you are in a bind from step one because it sounds like you did not notify the contractor of the flaws and give him the opportunithy to either refund the money or make the job right (by himself or another contrator) so the judge may say you shot yourself in the foot by replacing the roof (also thereby destroying the evidence of the "bad" roofing job).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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