These roofs are the most serious of all. They have multiple businesses and people living or working under them.
There are three types of people that own these building's.
1) A building owner that cares about his investment.
2) A building owner that cares, but thinks they know more about their commercial building then any professional does.
3) A building owner that doesn't care at all.
The picture to the right or (if your on a smart-phone, then above) shows how building owner #2 thinks that tarping a flat roof is the answer? Instead of engaging a professional roofing contractor to solve the present leaks; He has hired some general laborers to install these tarps. Tarping a flat roof can be dangerous, and hazardous if a windstorm hits the area. The 1X4's used here to secure the tarp have all new nails driven right through the tarp and into the roof, creating more problems. Meanwhile this owner is on the phone to his insurance company?
A building owner that cares about their building most likely cares about it's contents and surroundings. These sorts of people are often retired business people, and they have their favorite professionals that they use and trust on a regular basis when needed. These are our favorite types of owners. They trust you as a professional, and allow you to do your job.
This type of owner cares, but they think they know more about the particular service or trade that their building requires, then a true professional does? They have acquired the name "Mr. Knowitall"
They think they know everything, and everyone else knows nothing? These people are a bit of a nightmare for a tradesman or a professional, because they like to tell you what they think should be done when it comes to your job? It's completely crazy, but yes these people exist. They are wrong 98% of the time, and they can cause all sorts of problems for a professional to do his or her job properly, efficiently, and most of all effectively.
In our roofing company we explain to these sorts of people who the professional is and why that is. If they don't understand our mandate then we simply tell them, and if they continue to take over the conversation with one of our contractors, then we will not work for these people.
This particular building owner doesn't care about his or her building, or what's inside of it. They expect insurance companies to replace anything that blew away, fell apart, or disappeared? These people are known as "Slum Landlords" They are a menace to any city, town, or community that they own buildings in.