Homeowner’s life savings lost to bad roof job


LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Anthony Murty and Jenna Phipps thought they had bought their dream home in Lockport, but it quickly turned into a nightmare. They shelled out thousands of dollars to a contractor to have their roof replaced, but now they feel they have been ripped off and contacted Call 4 Action.

The house had been heavily damaged by fire, but as they say, it had “good bones” and Murty got a good deal on it–for him and Phipps who is a very close friend. Job One was tearing off the old roof–trusses and all–and putting on a new one, but the roof job turned into a mess.

Murty lamented, “I trusted him with my life savings that I poured into this house to do the job right, and he steered me wrong.”

Anthony paid the contractor, Tom Clark’s Irish Construction, Inc., $21,000 to tear off the damaged roof and replace it. But dips in the roof, holes and leaks, and poorly fitting trusses has left the house in unlivable.

“It has been 3 months that the house has been sitting with a bad roof like this,” said Murty. “I already planned on being in by now. My kitchen cabinets are coming in, in two weeks, and I don’t even have a place to put them.”

Phipps is also disappointed, “People go by–families have even gone by–and said, what is going on with your house? Why does it look like that? There is nothing good to say about it anymore.”

Tom Clark, the contractor, admits he made mistakes, and is offering to rectify them at his cost, “That we provide all the labor for the job that is required, plus materials that anything that was due to our mistake–or any mistakes that we made, my company, or myself, or my employees–absolutely go in and repair it.”

But Anthony said other contractors have advised him the roof will have to be completely replaced, at a cost well above the $21,000 he has already spent, “I am at the point right now, where I have put too much money into it that if I let it go, I am going to be wasting close to $100,000 down the drain.”

Murty and Phipps said, until they can get the roof done right, they might have to seal all the holes and the leaks to prevent further damage, then just hold onto the house until they can save enough money to pay for the new roof.

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