Who Handles the Roof Maintenance?
The roof is an expensive and essential part of any dwelling, and making sure it is maintained appropriately is critical.
A damaged or leaky roof can lead to significant problems, and can be costly to replace, no matter what type of roofing material is used – clay or concrete tiles, wood shingles, metal, slate, asphalt shingles.
Specific questions about roofing, maintenance, repair and related matters should, of course, be directed to a qualified roofing contractor. A roof inspection can be a critical part of your home inspection, especially if you are buying a single family detached home.
In the case of a single family detached home, the answer to the question of who handles the maintenance is the homeowner, and a well-qualified roofing contract when needed. While a roof can last a significant period of time, depending on the materials used, the weather (wind, rain, sun) can cause significant damage over time, and some damage may not be noticeable.
In the case of condominiums, the answer is that roof maintenance is normally handled by the HOA and covered by your HOA fee. But whenever buying a property that is not a single family detached home you want to verify who does handle the maintenance of the roof, along with other exterior building maintenance. The answer, depending on the HOA documents and the type of property (condo, PUD), may be clear as mud.
In these oceanfront condos in Oceanside (there’s one on the market for $1.5M for about 1400 SF) roof maintenance takes on an even more important meaning, not only due to the weather and proximity to the ocean, but also visiting seagulls who were enjoying the beautiful weather in the mid-70s and views yesterday and likely do so on a regular basis.