Roof Inspection Decides Price Dispute for Historic Building

We bought a building that is part of the history of the area. It has a very steep roof. I cannot imagine being up there over a hundred years ago putting up those slick tile or fixing them when they needed fixed. There was no way even the best maintenance staff would be called upon to go out there and even inspect the roof. This was a job for professional roofers with all the right equipment. We called a company that does roof repair in Manhattan NY to come out and fully inspect the roof from the peak to the eaves. We needed a professional evaluation because of a dispute in the price of buying the building.

The owner said the roof was in great shape. He had an inspection document, but I saw evidence of water leaks. We were going to fully renovate the interior, but we were only paying his price if the roof did not need replaced for another 25 years. The company that does roof repair in Manhattan NY set up scaffolding and took hundreds of pictures of the roof from the outside and the inside. They found evidence of moisture getting inside in different places. Their assessment was that a full replacement would be needed immediately to fully stop all the leaks. The previous repairs had been haphazard and not up to code.

We were then able to successfully bid down the buying price to accommodate much of the cost of repairing the roof. When it was all said and done, some of the roof timbers also were replaced. We expected that. They had to be hewn by hand by craftsman who knew the old construction methods. The new composite slate roof looks incredible. We are very pleased in keeping the look of the historic structure and remaking it with newer materials and old craftsmanship.

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Finding a Roofer in the City

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. Everyone knew everyone else and it was something that I took for granted that should I need something, I could think of who to get it from right off the bat. When I was twenty-one I moved to New York to pursue my passion of being a world renowned chef and quickly fell in love with the city. I loved the fact that in a crowded place such as this, I could blend in and be anonymous. Then I got my first home and needed roof installation in Brooklyn NY.

If I had been back home, I would have called my cousin Paul who owns a successful roofing business and I would not have even had to think twice about whether I was getting a raw deal or whether the work would be good. Of course he was also the only roofer in town. Here in Brooklyn I had so many choices that it was a little intimidating. I called around and had no luck finding someone who could come out and give me an estimate any time in the week that I had free. Luckily I had some fabulous coworkers and friends who gave me helpful advice for finding a contractor as well as referrals to people they knew and trusted in the business.

I ended up finding someone who came out within the week and gave me a reasonable estimate. He was highly recommended by two of my friends so I hired him and he had my new roof installed in no time. After the fact I found out that he is actually my friend's third cousin. I guess even in the big city, it is a lot like back home. There are just more people around is all.

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