It looks like that 1960’s contemporary in Chevy Chase is going to get a new roof and a new lease on life! I am very happy for the homeowners, because the roofing contractor has agreed to tear-off his new roof as well as the old roof beneath, and replace everything from scratch to my specifications. That’s the right thing to do and I applaud him for stepping-up — particularly because it is going to be very expensive for him.

Even so, the homeowner has spent money on structural restoration work that could have been avoided, if only the roof had been properly installed. Not to mention the cost of my time in diagnosing the problems and negotiating the solution. If there is any silver lining, it is that we caught the problem before it spread into the living space. And we will take advantage of this opportunity to increase the insulation of the roof and greatly reduce heating and cooling costs in the long-run. Still, it was an expensive lesson for my clients I’m afraid; but given the enormity of the problem it is a pretty good resolution and I’m glad I could help.