What to do if after a storm we made a claim for roof damage but it was demied because our insurer claimed that the damage was due to faulty workmanship?

We purchased a home from a contractor that had done some work on the house himself, including a new roof within the last 5 years. At the time of purchase, we had an inspection done and found very few problems (no problem reported with the roof either). About a month ago, we had a bad storm and a few rows of shingles slid down the roof. After waiting for our homeowner’s insurance company to finally come look at the roof (that we had to tarp ourselves because it took them so long) but it denied the claim saying it was poor workmanship and not the storm that caused the damage. We had a professional look at it and he agreed that it needed to be redone, so we paid for a new roof. Do we have a case to get any money back?

Asked on October 10, 2014 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I would not take this case if it came in the door.  He is going to argue that you had the home inspected, and the roof passed inspection.  He is going to argue that the homeowner's insurance was trying to get out of paying a legitimate claim and the professional wanted to get hired to replace your roof.  He is going to argue that you got snowed, and he is most likely going to win.

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