Torch-Applied Systems: Common Pitfalls and Contractual Remedies - March 2020
Trent Cotney, FRSA General Counsel, Cotney Construction Law
If you have been in the roofing industry very long, you are probably aware of the potential risks involved in working with torch-applied roofing materials over combustible roof decks and substrates. Even the most skilled CERTA-trained contractors are at risk of unexpected rooftop fires resulting in extensive property damage and personal injury. That being said, contractors often find themselves in a bind when designers and owners require these methods of application, despite the contractor’s recommendation for safer, alternative methods. Because of this, it is important to limit your potential liability arising from torch-applied application as much as possible. A suggested starting place is including a disclaimer of liability in your standard contract. When doing so, it is important to keep the following in mind: Read more.