A Roof By Any Other Name

Because a tarp is merely a temporary solution, it does not constitute a “roof.” Still, insureds may argue that a planned temporary roof covering that is specifically designed to protect the building is part of the “roof.”

March 5, 2012

Law360, New York (March 05, 2012, 1:25 PM ET) -- As the snow and ice of winter give way to spring, owners exit their buildings to assess the work that must be performed on their building exteriors. The first place many look is up, to the roof.

But roof replacements rarely go as planned. They generally take longer than expected, leaving the roof exposed to unpredictable spring weather. With the roof open and a spring storm closing in, building owners and contractors might grab their trusty blue visqueen tarp to cover any exposed areas.

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