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||Roofing Inspections - Consultations Do you need an expert to evaluate a roofing issue? We offer on site analysis, written reports along with photo mark-ups on any roofing situation. Just contact Robert Wewer to set up an appointment.
..."because "experts" miss things.."
We are experts in all of the above but we do not leave off at the roof. Damages below the roof line must be ascertained and repaired. Philadelphia Mold Testing & Inspections.
Note: This entire web site. of over 3000 pages was written by Mr. Wewer. He operates a business related to contracting but will approach every situation independently in the consulting capacity. Robert's work speaks for itself as a careful review of this web site will verify that his observations are independent and not beholden to manufacturers, other influencing entities or clients. He will not color a consultation report to favor anyone's position.
"I learned the trades by physically doing the work, repairing and rectifying the mistakes of others, respecting the outstanding work of the tradesmen that preceded me and by inspecting thousands of buildings over many years. I have been chasing leaks for over 35 years. I know the various roofing systems intimately. Experience is the best teacher. New age ideas and methods have crept in and are often the cause of major roofing problems. Workforces are increasingly less experienced and the journeyman no longer pays his dues learning the trades. Quickly man power is thrusted onto the scene often of unknown credentials and origin. The baton is no longer passed onto the youth by the seasoned American craftsmen to the American journeymen under their tutelage. The value of experience has been lost to the worker-commodity in a profit oriented industry. Even old school natural roofing systems where the guidelines were set over a hundred years ago are affected by new age methods. The “newcomers” to the trades in contracting, manufacturing and specifying have new ideas and altered mind sets. Much of this originates at the manufacturer level and with antiquated building codes, reverting to self-serving manufacturer "new age" specifications is the norm. Of these affects the modern architects, engineers and specifiers have not escaped. Unraveling the confusion is my job. " - Robert Wewer
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|Robert Wewer is a veteran of over 35 years in the trades. Since 1978, he has been involved with roofing and the related fields. His knowledge transcends the single trade mind set and is extensive. More than mere Roof Consulting, Moisture mitigation is more of his passion. Whether it be a vapor issue where moisture has migrated from within the structure to the dew points on the exterior, or from an actual active leak, he will find the cause of moisture within a structure where a typical Roofing Consultant may only focus on the roof. His experience has helped many homeowners, architects, engineers and contractors to get to the bottom of moisture issues that pose a threat to health, finances and business reputation. It is imperative that your roofing consultant look at more than the roof in problem situations. Often the problem resides in far more than just the roof, either in resultant damage or in damage to the roof itself, causing it to fail.
Robert Wewer's Youtube Channel: Although Robert is a newcomer to youtube, his work is beginning to be noticed by industry professionals. Robert Wewer's Google+ account is very telling of the banter he is stirring up as when he exposes or comments on issues, it makes industry inspectors and insiders respond, many times exposing their own lack of knowledge.
The above are just a few of the more controversial topics Bob has taken head-on. He will find the cause of your moisture problem and document its cause, whether or not it is related to a roofing issue with the same vigor and forthrightness.
°POLYISO & FASTENING SYSTEMS
°SLATE °TILE °WOOD SHINGLE & SHAKE
°STANDING SEAM METAL
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°SPECIALTY GUTTER SYSTEMS
Have you had problems with a roofing job? Do you need answers from an expert? Possibly you need advice on how to move forward and you don't want to make a mistake in engaging the services of a roofing contractor. You may need detailed specifications on intricate work that your architect has been unable to provide. Trade knowledge of not only roofing, but building science is imperative. Often the roofing consultant will document defiencies in flashings, membrane details, etc., but what about the resultant damage? Harmful Mold, Mildew and Rot follow roofing issues and focusing only on the topside membrane, shingles, flashings, etc. leaves out improtant data. What do you do now? How much it will cost? Do you call in yet another "expert?" Special situations require an independent expert that has extensive experience in all facets of construction, along with roofing expertise.
Often in the pressures of bidding on jobs, contractors will take an easy way out in order to keep the price low and the results can be devastating. Often it is after a bad experience we get the call. Sometimes our clients have had bad luck before and they just want it right before they engage the services of a roofing contractor. Sometimes the roofer himself is getting the blame for a problem that was not caused by his workmanship. An independent roofing consultant working for you, not trying to sell you anything, but just documenting the truth can go a long way to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
The roofing trades are actually several trades wrapped under the “Roofing” umbrella. Specialists in one, or two types of roofing will over extend their abilities into areas where they are not qualified. From Slate, Tile, Metal, Wood, Integral Gutter Linings, Ventilation, Low Sloped Rubber, PVC, Modified Bitumen and Hot Asphalt, we have the expertise and have installed these products for decades.
Manufacturers tend to find loopholes in warranties to get out of paying on claims. Warranties mandate certain guidelines in construction for coverage, but often specifications and contractor training in these areas is nonexistent. With the materials becoming less quality oriented and warranties increasing in fine print, an independent expert can untangle the situation so that you can be reimbursed not only for the roof but for the resultant damage. In a sick way, complexities and ancillary issues are often welcomed by manufacturers in warranty issues. We are no friends of Roofing Manufacturers. When they are wrong, we record and document the issue and bolster our findings with historical data and specifications. Simple proof of our independence has been the threat of lawsuits from big manufacturers for information contained on this web site. A threat is just a threat and the truth is the truth and that is what sometimes causes a stir.
Ventilation is a key component, especially in the heat-vulnerable roofing systems such as fiberglass based asphalt roofing shingles. Versed in ventilation, mold remediation and moisture mitigation, siding, metallurgy, basement waterproofing, etc., you will get the most accurate inspection of any consultant in the area. Often lack of knowledge of associated trades can cause vulnerabilities in your position. We know how things should be done. We will work hard to evaluate and provide valuable independent reports that will uncover issues others overlook.
Mold Remediation and Basement Inspections:
It may seem out of place to be addressing mold remediation and basements but if you think about it, Where does the roof water go? It goes down, and hopefully away from the building. Many times it does not and underlying structural damage occurs even in the foundation problems arise along with mold issues. What if poor design results in water inside the walls? Will a roof consultant pick that up?
We are the most in-depth and accurate roofing consultant in the area. We work with attorneys, insurance companies, homeowners and businesses to reach the truth so that you are not left holding the bag.
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With over 35 years of experience in the roofing industry, we have the expertise in every type of roof in the Philadelphia area. Call Us today