Roof Rip Off Literally

Omaha homeowner Denise Johnson says her roof has been torn off because of a stormy dispute with a contractor.

She agreed to pay Premier Exteriors of Omaha $22,000 for major remodeling which included replacement of an asbestos tile roof.

For that amount she has the signature of a man who, she says, is a Premier Exterior’s salesman.

Later, Johnson says she convinced her insurance to pay an additional $6,000 and she says the contractor, Jim Pull demanded that money claiming he negotiated with her adjustor.

Johnson disputes that claim and refused to pay the additional money.

Her son Zach tells Six On Your Side the contractor identifying himself Jim Pull told him several times over the phone that he would have the roof torn off or he would tear the roof off.

Denise says, “He told my son he was going to come over and tear my roof off on Tuesday morning. Tuesday night when I got home that’s exactly what I came home to.”

Most of the two month old shingles have been ripped off the roof along with a new metal exhaust pipe. Denise worries about fumes in her home saying, “That looks scary.”

Johnson’s insurance agent had someone tarp the exposed roof.

Premier Exterior owner Jim Pull did not return calls to Six On Your Side.

His grandfather who is also in the remodeling business did call. Tom Waller says this dispute is about money owed to the company for work done. As for the roof rip-off.
Waller says, “I know my grandson didn’t tear if off, he doesn’t even have a ladder.”
Waller blames the vandalism on a roofing crew angry over not being paid.

Johnson says if that's the case then after her insurance pay out of $22,000 there should have been enough to pay a roofing crew without the additional money.

Six On Your Side referred Johnson to City Prosecutor Marty Conboy who took a criminal complaint. Johnson will also meet with a private attorney.

For a while she may stay with friends. Not because the torn off roof has caused leaks in her home but because she fears this dispute over payment has gone over the top.

Vanessa Calhoun with Premier Exteriors told Channel 6 News the contractor who was involved is no longer with the company.


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