We have offered slate roof consulting services nationwide since 1998. Our services are provided by Joseph C. Jenkins (left), President of Joseph Jenkins, Inc., author of the Slate Roof Bible, publisher of the Traditional Roofing Magazine and Executive Director of the Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America. Jenkins has personally worked on over 1,000 slate roofs since his early years as a roofer's helper in 1968. He has been on hundreds more as a consultant. Mr. Jenkins conducts site visits to survey and evaluate slate roofs and he provides expert witness services and trial testimony in both the United States and Canada. We do roof surveys and conditions reports, assessments, evaluations, restoration recommendations and installation specifications for hospitals, banks, institutions, historic structures, churches, private residences and any building with a slate roof, new or old.
We provide consulting services by Email, Mail, Remote Technical Support, Site Visit, and Expert Witness Service.
At times our clients want us to review photos and information about a specific roof, then offer opinions and/or advice regarding the roof or its restoration, repair or installation. We can provide this service via email, which is relatively quick and inexpensive. You can call us toll free at 866-641-7141 or email us for general information.
You can even purchase the email consultation online.
In the event that email is not sufficient because a written, letterhead document is required from us for a specific purpose, then a mail consultation will often suffice. You can call us toll free at 866-641-7141 or email us for general information.
Remote Technical Support
We provide email, phone, mail and fax support for ongoing slate roofing projects when no site visit is required. You can call us toll free at 866-641-7141 or email us for general information.
We must visit a slate roof on-site in order to conduct a roof survey and prepare a conditions report. This service is necessary when a detailed report on the current conditions of a slate roof is needed. Email us for a sample Conditions Report. You can call us toll free at 866-641-7141 or email us for general information.
We offer expert witness services, review of litigation documents, weather damage evaluations, assessment of roof installations, and trial testimony. You can call us toll free at 866-641-7141 or email us for general information.
A Sampling of Clients
Our clients have included the U.S. Government, Smithsonian Institution Building and Ford's Theater, Washington DC; Pennsylvania Dept. of Natural Resources; the Cathedral of St. Andrew, AR; Castle Park, MO; the Gibraltar Estate, DE; Glenridge Hall, GA; the Zimmerman Estate, Delaware Water Gap National Park; Grove City College, PA; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Grand Hall, Pittsburgh, PA; the Museum of the City of New York; Yale University; City of Willits, CA; Wesleyan University; City of Oberlin, OH; County of Venango, PA; Carbon County, PA, and many more.
Estimated Standard Consulting Fees: The current rate for expert witness testimony, depositions, or any consulting work outside northwestern Pennsylvania, by Joseph Jenkins is $275.00/hr plus expenses. Office consulting rates (rendered from our office in western Pennsylvania) are $135.00/hr plus expenses. "Lost time" rates (e.g. travel time, etc.,) are $65.00/hr from 8 am to 5 pm on work days while traveling, waiting for meetings, or otherwise losing work time on behalf of the client.
Site Visit with Conditions Report: base rate estimated at $4,500.00, plus expenses for residential or small institutional projects. Prices vary from there according to size of project and other factors.
Remote Technical Support (no site visit or conditions report) is estimated at $1,000.00 for residential or small institutional projects. Prices vary from there according to size of project and other factors.