A Short, Simple Guide to Community Association Roof Repairs

A Short, Simple Guide to Community Association Roof Repairs

A Short, Simple Guide to Community Association Roof Repairs

There's a lot to building the proper budget for a community association. In condo buildings, roof repairs are an added concern (possibly the most significant concern, depending on the age of the building.) 

Navigating Roofing Issues in HOAs and Condo Associations

The best defense against roof repairs is a good offense. In this case, that means proactive inspections, allocating the proper budget and maintenance fee amounts, and working with a board and residents to build a healthy roof reserve. Hence, it's there when you inevitably need it. 

Understanding Responsibility Distribution

Typically, the responsibility for roofing in a condo complex lies with the association, while associations that govern single-family home communities are not part of the roof repair process but still have required standards that must be followed when residents repair or replace their roofs. 

This ensures uniformity and proper maintenance of the building's overall appearance and integrity. 

The homeowners are responsible for individual homes, while roofing of shared community buildings is the association's responsibility. This clear demarcation of duties helps in smooth management and maintenance.

In an ideal world, residents would all understand the roof requirements without any conversation. But, if we assume that's not going to happen, an excellent way to communicate "who's responsible for what?" in your association is to provide a guide to all new incoming homeowners explaining precisely that. 

A couple of diagrams detailing common areas vs privately owned and maintained areas will go a long way to educate the new members. Over time, you'll have more and more homeowners who have a clear understanding from the start.

Helping Homeowners Find Approved Roofers

Finding a roofer who complies with HOA standards can be challenging for homeowners. Residents may wish to use their own provider or chase a local promotion - so it can also be helpful to have a short list of roofers who have provided good experiences to other residents in the community. 

It's beneficial for the association to recommend contractors who are familiar with the community's rules and have a solid track record, and it helps homeowners, too. 

Wrap-Up: Keeping Up with Roof Maintenance in Your Community

In conclusion, successful management of community roofing involves:

  • Understanding the distribution of responsibilities.

  • Helping homeowners find approved contractors.

  • Planning ahead.

By proactively planning ahead, associations can avoid surprises and manage roofing issues with minimal financial concerns or special assessments. Remember, a well-maintained roof not only contributes to the overall aesthetic of your community; it also protects the structural integrity of the buildings and improves the quality of life for all residents. 

Whether you're shopping for a roofer for your association or a new manager for your association, we're here to help. I've been in business in San Antonio for many years. I would happily share my experience to help you make the right choice. 

Sam Maropis

PMI Profit Realty