It’s About Freakin Time

While at the local permit office the other day, my estimator called with some awesome news.  In our area several “contractors” had recently been fined for breaking the building codes (some of the fines were up to $10,000.).  Some of them never applied for a permit at all.   Now I have to admit that I am not a big fan of government interference in business, but what these “contractors” were doing was not only wrong, it was life threatening.

Section 1510 of the International Building Code covers re-roofing applications. It states that “ Roof system removal and replacement, instead of re-cover applications, are required if an existing roof system is wet or has been re-covered.  ”  There are several reasons for this, but the main one is the additional weight that it adds to the structure.  Most structures are not designed for this additional load.  This can lead to building collapse under some circumstances.

Core Cut of Existing Roof

We try to get a “core cut” of an existing roof when doing an evaluation.  This is very important to determine what are the components of the existing roof.  The weight of the roof can vary greatly depending on the components and whether or not they are wet.  Wet roofing should ALWAYS be removed.

During the economic recession it has often been difficult to convince building owners that spending several thousands of dollars more, is the right thing to do.  Certain things remain true….You get what you pay for, and if you cut corners, sometimes, You get what you deserve.


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3 Responses to “It’s About Freakin Time”

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  3. MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc Says:

    In the Westchester NY area MCAS Roofing & Contracting often comes across shotty work done by unlicensed, uninsured so called roofing professionals. When we have to come in and fix a poor roofing job it often ends up costing the homeowner much more in the long run. Make sure your roofing work is done by a licensed and insured roofing professional. If a roofer comes in with a very low bid it is probably because they have no license or insurance. For tips on how to choose the right roofer and verify they will do good work check out MCAS Roofing’s tips at

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