Our company is located near Oakland CA and we own the building that our office is in. We have had several roofing contractors bid to repair our roof, which is flat and about 13-14 years old. One of the people who bid told us that we need to replace what are called pitch pockets. He said that the pitch pockets are filled with tar and they surround each leg of the fence that goes around our air conditioners and heaters.
I’d like some advice. The contractor is telling me that the tar is old and and that these pitch pockets should be replaced. We have had other contractors bid and they said nothing about having to replace these. When I asked about them, they said they can be resealed with more tar.
We are on a budget so if we do not have to spend money to replace these, we don’t want to. But we also want to do the right thing as we own the building. We are not able to take the screens down.
Can anyone let me know what is the right thing to do bearing in mind that we do not have an unlimited budget?
Thank you for your time.