What To Expect From Roofers
It’s easy to get confused and get into an argument with roofers about things like roofing design, materials, standards, etc. But I’d like to point out that there is an area of professional responsibility that we should all understand. And that’s when it comes to information disclosure.
We know that these professionals make use of a number of different tools, but it’s very rare to find an industry where the terms of the confidentiality agreement are actually part of the contract. Many times, the terms of this kind of agreement are put in place by the contractor who is handling the project. They’re trying to keep themselves protected from lawsuits and other legal issues that arise from using what’s called “trade secrets”.
Now, trade secrets can mean various things, and they’re a little tricky in an industry like roofing. It’s all well and good to have a written contract that spells out what is expected of you, but that doesn’t mean that the roofers who work for you will actually take it seriously. After all, they’re in business, and it’s not going to be very difficult for them to copy and steal that information. There are some companies that do require this, but in general they’re very vague about what is required.
It is possible, however, to put in place a communication mechanism that will limit the areas where the contractors cannot go. This would apply for a variety of reasons, including avoiding lawsuits and other lawsuits, avoiding employee theft and embezzlement, avoiding potential fire hazards, and protecting yourself against the possibility of a contractor sabotaging your roof during the installation process.
There are some laws that cover how we protect ourselves from roofing contractors, and it’s a very complicated subject, but there are some areas where you can just set aside the confidentiality agreements and avoid any potential problems. For instance, you can put into writing that the contractors should not discuss with anyone else, including you, how to install the roof. You could also request that they provide you with a completed plan, and a test report before they begin work. Anything that states “Do not discuss this material with anyone” is perfectly acceptable.
One other thing you can do is to demand that the roofers provide you with full disclosure of all materials used in the work that they perform on your home. This could include: the material that you will be installing, the materials that the subcontractors will be using, and any other kinds of materials that might be involved in the installation process. (This includes latex based products, since they are extremely hazardous.)
The main thing is to make sure that the contractors are in compliance with your disclosure obligations. Some companies will be more lax than others, but the fact that you are being told everything, and that you have access to the complete information available to them is what will truly prevent any problems.
There are many areas where you can help prevent a roofing contractor from taking the information they glean from your roof and using it against you. Please do yourself a favor and get in touch with a reputable legal attorney who can help you with your situation.