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The Fate of a Fallen Roof
When I lived in St. Petersburg, FL, I stayed in a small, two-bedroom condo overlooking the St. Pete Pier with my wife and our small, toy poodle named Rocco. It was a comfortable space, with exposed brick, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen and a vintage, city-like feel throughout. To me, it was the perfect place to live. Just enough space to feel like we could move around, but not enough to become overwhelmed. We had lived there for a little over a year when one night, upon returning home from eating out at a local restaurant, we noticed something peculiar: A water spot over our living entertainment system that certainly wasn't there when we had left.
We didn't think much about it, but instead, called our condo's maintenance department so they could come up and take a look. After about two minutes of being there, the maintenance guy informed us that it was a water spot (no, really!?!) and that it had been caused by rain from the night before. He ensured us that it wouldn't get worse, and that if it did, they'd surely fix it quickly.
Not being a roof expert myself, I took his word for it. I knew that moisture build-up wasn't a good thing, but I also knew (or thought) that the information given by the hired maintenance department would be in the best interest of the condo complex. So, we let it go.
For a while, no more moisture had accumulated. Over the span of a few months, I kind of just forgot about it; other than every time I looked up - it was kind of hard to miss. That is, until one morning, when we woke up and the entire living room was flooded.
Other than these two incidents', we hadn't really had any real issues with the quality of construction. The building we lived in was built in 1822, so we knew there'd be some maintenance accepting we'd have to face if we wanted to live here, but the condo complex management told us that any issues which arose would be fixed in a timely manner.
The same maintenance guy that told us it was "okay" the first time was the one who was assigned to the repairs this time as well. Only this time, he didn't have such confidence in his prior diagnosis. This time, he was much more straight-forward, telling us that they'd have to bring out a roof specialist to take a look.
A few days later, a local commercial roofing Michigan contractor came out. I had stayed home that day to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Within moments of being there, the contractor informed me that there had been some moisture build-up streaming down from a crack in the roof, and that it looked fairly old. After a walk-through of the attic and the roof above, the diagnosis was grim: The entire roof would need to be repaired as there were several cracks, mold build-up and several of the materials used to restore the roof a few years back weren't applied properly.
The point is, if you live in a shared-living area – such as condos, Townhouses, apartments or lofts - it's probably not a good idea to take the word of the management or the maintenance people. Sure, they most always have the best interest of the complex in mind: But they also have only one objective in mind: To save money.
Bringing out the roof contractor lead to weeks of repairs. Thankfully, everything that needed to be done was covered by the apartment complex, which means it didn't come out of our bottom line. To other homeowners, they may have not been as "lucky". So next time, when you see something minor such as some moisture build-up, don't disregard it. Seek professional advice as quickly as possible. We didn't, and look where it lead us.
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