Homeowners sue roofer for not constructing roof properly

Ronald and Patricia Henegan of Bennettsville have filed a lawsuit against Robert L. Stroman from doing business as Stroman and Associates of Hoffman, NC.

The couple says they paid Stroman more than $10,000 to install a new roof on their home in 2011.

They say the roofing work was bad and its caused major leaks in their home.

The Henegan's also filed complaints with the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR).

Investigators from SCLLR inspected the Henegan's roof Wednesday.

They will make a ruling as to whether the roofing work is shoddy at a later time.

WPDE NewsChannel 15 talked with several homeowners in the Pee Dee who have complained about Stroman's work.

They too have filed complaints with SCLLR and those complaints are still pending.

The Henegan's homeowner's insurance company inspected the roof and found that it caused their ceiling beams to collapse.

So, they feel as if they had no other choice but to sue Stroman.

They're suing him on grounds of Breach of Contract, Breach of Warrant, Unfair Trade Practices, Negligence, Fraud and Constructive Fraud.

The Henegan's are seeking an award of actual, punitive and treble damages as well attorney's fees cost.

Stroman told WPDE NewsChannel 15 in July he installed the roofs to the best of his ability and tried to fix any problems.

He says he had to stop communicating with the Henegans because they weren't being civil about the matter.

WPDE NewsChannel 15 found out Stroman has a specialty contractor's license which only allows him to do work under $5,000 in South Carolina and $30,000 in North Carolina.

He was cited in 2004 in North Carolina for violating those terms, according to the NC Licensing Board of General Contractors.

In October 2012, South Carolina cited him for failing to obtain a permit for construction. Documents show he was fined $500.

The Marlboro County Building Codes Department supplied WPDE NewsChannel 15 with paperwork that says Stroman performed jobs in the county greater than $5,000 just last year.

The department sent the information to the State Labor, Licensing and Regulation to be investigated, but hasn't heard back.