What are my rights if my roofing company damaged an addition of the roof that wasn’t part of the job and is causing continuing damage?

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What are my rights if my roofing company damaged an addition of the roof that wasn’t part of the job and is causing continuing damage?

I recently had my roof completely redone, minus the addition in the back that is a separate back roof. The job was great and looks great on the main house where it was supposed to be done. However, we are experiencing leaks in the back room under the roof that was not supposed to be touched. Several attempts to “fix” it failed (temporary black tar) and they said they came back to reseal it, but it wasn’t done. Now I fear that the back room roof needs to be redone because of the botchery on their part. NOTE: They did not need to be on that roof at all being it wasn’t part of the plan.

Asked on August 1, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Florida


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the roofing company for negligence.  Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable roofing company would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).

Your damages (monetary compensation in your lawsuit for negligence) would be the cost of repairs to the roof and back room.

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