- 32 separate 2-story multifamily residential buildings
- 128 individual condominium units (4 units per building)
- 3-tab asphalt shingled roofs
In 2011, a hail event occurred at the complex, which resulted in a roofing insurance claim and subsequently, a “reroof” of all buildings in 2011 and 2012. The scope of the reroof included removal and replacement of the existing roof shingles and underlayment, as well as localized replacement of dryer vents. After installation of the new roof, residents reported problems with water intrusion and poor dryer vent performance at various locations. In 2014, Fuller Group, Inc. was retained to determine if the reroofing of the complex was completed in accordance with the applicable building code requirements, accepted industry standards, manufacturers’ installation instructions, and to determine if the roofing contractor fulfilled the provisions of their contract.
Fuller’s architecture professionals completed a comprehensive visual survey and forensic analysis of the roofing assembly and interior conditions of attic spaces at multiple residences. We concluded that the reroofing applications throughout the complex were not properly installed, including inadequate layers of underlayment, reuse of improper/damaged flashing materials, and attic vents improperly installed for use as dryer exhausts. As part of a construction litigation claim against the reroofing contractor, we provided a comprehensive report, repair scope, and expert witness services, outlining the deficiencies observed at the complex and items included within the insurance claim estimate that were not installed.
Based on the existing conditions, Fuller determined that a new reroof would ultimately be required to correct the observed deficiencies. Our expert witness services assisted the owners of the complex in reaching a successful settlement with the defense parties responsible for the reroofing project.