Being an owner of a house, building or any structure, you have a lot of environmental and safety responsibilities particularly in a city like Chicago where building codes are strictly implemented. Regular inspection is crucial because you don’t always get to observe what kind of damage develops over time, particularly in the roofing system. Think about the liabilities you would answer to and the potential danger to your family if you allow rot and rust to build up and eventually cause a collapse. You wouldn’t want to be accountable for a potential tragedy just like what occurred in this report on nbcchicago.com:
The owner of a vacant Chicago building that collapsed in a fire in 2010 and killed two Chicago firefighters was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail.
Chuck Dai, 65, of South Holland, pleaded guilty to contempt of court charges after prosecutors said he failed to comply with an agreed court order requiring that his building be secured and structural roofing problems be fixed before the fire broke out on Dec. 22.
The roof of the abandoned building collapsed in a December 2010 fire, killing firefighters Corey Ankum and Edward Stringer. Seventeen others were injured.
We mourn for the fallen firefighters and this event just goes to show that you can’t delay residential or commercial property inspections and repairs. With our wide range of weather, roofing in Chicago should be inspected by a reliable professional to ensure that the structural integrity of your property is still intact and will not collapse under pressure.
Call A+ Roofing, a fully licensed, bonded and insured company that will offer you free property inspections and insurance claim assistance. They will replace or repair any component of a building’s exterior structure using only quality materials and superior workmanship. They are registered by the Better Business Bureau and as a licensed and insured contractor, they adhere to all building codes and safety regulations. The same can’t be said to some other roofing companies in Chicago so you shouldn’t take a risk – only hire a company that has a stellar reputation in the area.
(Article Excerpt from Owner of Building Where Chicago Firefighters Died Gets 6 Months, nbcchicago.com, May 15, 2014)