Roofing Law

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Extreme Weather and Roofing Part 1

In extreme weather situations wherein homeowners’ roofs have been compromised, roofing professionals tend to see an immediate boost in business.

As roofing attorneys in Tennessee, we have backgrounds in construction, an asset which helps us better understand our clients’ needs. Today we are here with a four-part exploration of how weather conditions affect a given roofing business. In Part 1 and in Part 2, we will cover how a variety of extreme storms and natural disasters can impact a roof. In Part 3 and Part 4, we will go over the wear and tear that happens more gradually. We will also conclude Part 4 with some advice on how to avoid OSHA citations during a boost in business following a storm or natural disaster.


Our beautiful state of Tennessee does not lie in the “tornado alley” region of the Southern Plains; however, its location is still conducive to a fairly high frequency of tornadoes.

Bigger, stronger tornadoes can obviously cause more damage, but smaller tornadoes should not be underestimated. A tornado can affect areas within about a mile of the direct path on which it touches down. Even from afar, a tornado can crack chimneys, cause damage from flying debris, and suck away shingles. A stronger, closer tornado can cause damage to the roof’s frame and compromise the structural integrity of the entire building.

Snowstorms and Winter Weather

A roofing lawyer in Tennessee might not be quite as familiar with snowstorms as a roofing lawyer in Michigan or North Dakota. That said, the roofing professionals we work with definitely still handle a good number of projects having to do with snowstorms and ice damage.

One major winter roofing issue begins with clogged gutters and downspouts. If your customers don’t clear out their gutters sometime in the late fall, the twigs, leaves, and dirt will clog the pathways through which the snow should be draining. If the snow can’t drain, it is left to sit on the roof, melting and seeping under shingles. This can cause water damage to your customer’s home. Furthermore, ice dams can cause the roof to bow down under the weight, or come crashing down onto the landscaping, car, or other items below.

Roofing Attorney in Tennessee

Do you have a legal issue on your hands? Perhaps you just want some solid legal counsel as your company grows? We have over 100 years of collective construction law experience, and roofing law is our specialty.

If you would like to speak with a roofing attorney in Tennessee, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.