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Bergen County Roofing: Article About Clearing Up Roofing Disputes

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With the prevalence of state, local and model building codes, it can be hard for property owners to keep their homes compliant, especially during new projects. Further complicating matters, your contractor won't always agree with the building codes or the building material manufacturer, forcing you to choose sides and make the final decision about what will be included in your new buildout. Fortunately, this guide to clarifying such disputes may make it easier to get your Bergen County roofing project completed safely.

Why do buildout disputes arise? In many cases, local building codes only address the bare minimums needed to ensure safety. Municipalities may hire third-party consultants or contractors to help them devise new laws and codes; these rulings can go for many years without being updated. Model building codes, on the other hand, are devised by standards bodies that keep a close eye on different roofing technologies and options. While the different kinds of code sometimes overlap, this isn't always the norm.

When national manufacturers come out with new materials, they aren't necessarily focusing on keeping them compliant with the specific laws in your particular geographic region. Instead, they usually concentrate on readying their products for nationwide usage, meaning that they generally aim above and beyond local standards. While this does make it easier to use code-compliant materials, it can also lead to planning conflicts.

For instance, a roofing manufacturer that creates modular roof panels may refuse to install its skylights in panels destined for a certain geographic region.

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This company might have had problems with local regulators and fines in the past over its skylight panels because the locality stipulated that the minimum pitch for such roofs was higher than the national standard. While codes may have changed in the interim, manufacturers generally don't want to take major financial risks for a single roofing project.

In other cases, disagreements arise from the contractor's end. In order to maintain their credentials, many contractors stick closely to the guidelines established by professional trade and industry associations. These organizations often implement higher standards than generic codes do.

Although your roofing material manufacturer may say that it's fine to install their asphalt shingle products on a roof with your building's pitch, for instance, your contractor may decline to do so. While this may make you want to work with a different roofer who will follow your designs to the letter, doing so doesn't ensure that you'll receive an installation of the highest quality. It's important to understand the reasons behind your roofer's decision so that you can arrive at a workable compromise or modify your project. Be diligent about clarifying disputes and having your plans independently checked in advance so that you don't end up having to redo everything or settle for something you dislike after the fact.

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