No matter the structure you live in, if there is a defective roofing system, you are probably experiencing serious headaches. Whether you are a homeowner or are acting on behalf of an association for a mid- to high-rise building, aside from wondering how to deal with the resulting mess, you are probably keen to find out the cause of your defective roofing system and have the contractor resolve it immediately.

Roofing systems must be installed by licensed, experienced roofers who offer precision work. While even the best contractors and subcontractors make mistakes from time to time, often during large projects or building booms in certain areas, construction workers hurriedly work through one deadline just to get on to the next job—and the next paycheck. Because of that, careless or inferior work or lack of thorough inspections may be to blame. Faulty materials may also be the cause of a roofing system defect.

Defects usually come to light after a big storm or days of pelting rain, with water intrusion capable of causing great damage to numerous areas of a mid- to high-rise building. Although you may have just experienced some drops of water falling on you here and there, if you live in a large building, the damage may be much worse above you. This could cause eventual damage to your ceiling as well—along with floors and walls. In the upper floors as well as in the attic or space below the roof and the first residence or offices, insulation may be ruined and mold and mildew may begin to grow—especially if the ventilation system is struggling as well.

Water may be entering the roof due to issues with flashing. If not properly installed, the roof will be lacking a major part of the expected water barrier system, with water coming in through areas meant to be protected by metal sheeting around vents and other areas. The roof of a large building should also have a substantial drainage system. If it is defective, water could begin collecting in large quantities all over the roof, presenting the potential for serious leaking, damage, and even collapse of the structure.

In a large building, other systems may be routed through the roofing system too, with breakdowns in the HVAC units or other components causing leaks and other problems too.

If you suspect a construction defect in your high-rise building, contact Scott D. Levine, APC as soon as possible. We offer an initial free consultation to examine the property and investigate any defects, and then work diligently from there to help your association reach a positive and speedy resolution.

To schedule a free consultation, please call us now at (213) 880-4585 or contact us by email at We are here to help!