Who Handles the Roof Maintenance of Your Home?

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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.


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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.


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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice for home owners. 

In our area, you do not want to have wintertime leaks.

Jan 14, 2018 11:44 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jeff -  the roof is a big item.  I just had trees trimned because of dropping on my roof.

Jan 14, 2018 12:08 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I check mine after most heavy storms and before and after winter snow

Jan 14, 2018 12:09 PM #3
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Thankfully Jeff Dowler the condo association ..but I wonder who is watching the store as there are several shingles missing for the last several years

Jan 14, 2018 12:12 PM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff as much as I don't like heights I am the one who takes care of the roof.  Time for a condo

Jan 14, 2018 03:36 PM #5
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Jeff, a good and functional roof certainly will prevent many other problems. 

Jan 14, 2018 03:46 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- we also have peacocks on our roofs!! Bigger birds, bigger ...you know what!

Jan 14, 2018 05:22 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Not having a roof in good repair can well lead to problems in obtaining insurance these days !

Jan 15, 2018 04:01 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Luckily I work with builders directly so I have great roofers. I have them evaluate a single family roof before a claim is ever made.

Jan 15, 2018 10:44 AM #9
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Great reminder of how important a good roof is Jeff Dowler I own a Townhouse where we are responsible for our own roofs, but my neighbor has let his go which affects my unit.  Wish I had thought about that when I bought it...

Jan 15, 2018 08:30 PM #10
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this.

Jan 19, 2018 10:43 PM #11
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