Thanks to seasonal hailstorms, roof replacements are all too familiar for Denver residents. Hailstorms might be frequent, but every time you replace your roof it doesn’t get any easier. There are always materials to choose, boxes to check, and several calls to make to get the right material at the right price.
If you’re replacing your roof for the first time or have moved to a neighborhood that’s managed by a homeowners’ association (HOA) there’s much more to replacing your roof than finding a shingle and scheduling the crew. Most HOAs have rules and regulations regarding roof replacements including what type of companies can be hired and what type of shingles you can install.
Let’s learn about HOAs and roof replacements including shortcuts to the long review process and tips on making things run smoothly. HOAs add a few more steps in the roof replacement process so you need to be ready before hail hits.
Starting early is rule number one during any reroof process and especially with HOAs. Because most HOAs are run by resident volunteers they tend to move slowly and anytime you need an approval or review you can expect to wait a few days for a response. If it’s time to replace your roof or you’ve just been hit with hail early you should get in contact with the HOA as quickly as possible to see what needs to be done.
Meet the Design Review Committee
Ideally you want to meet the design review committee, also known as architectural review committee, and learn their process before you have a roofing issue. Find out when the committee meets to meet some people and shake hands. You’d be surprised how well knowing who is making the moves can help speed up the process. At the least you should send an email to any review committees to learn any rules about roof replacements and how the process works.
Is There a Pre-Approved List?
Many Denver area HOAs have pre-approved materials lists for roofing. This might include a particular brand and style, or a color pattern. With a pre-approved list, you can skip the arduous review and approval process and can get your replacement accomplished much faster. Always ask your HOA for a pre-approved list before hail hits.
Find Out What Roofing You Have
If you were the homeowner during the last reroof, pull out your records and look for roofing information, specifically manufacturer, style, and color of your shingle. In many cases HOAs let homeowners replace their roof with a like-for-like material without a long review process.
If you don’t have records of the replacement have your roofer pull up a shingle and check for labelling. Once you’ve identified the shingle and gotten (written) approval for everything you’re ready to go.
Never Take the HOA Approval Process Lightly
When you sign your HOA contract or covenant you are legally obligating yourself to follow all rules. Failure to receive approval or installing a non-approved material could result in you having to tear your roof off and start over. Be thorough with any and all review processes and approvals or you could be at wrong end of a several thousand-dollar mistake.
Getting Through the HOA Roof Replacement Process
By starting early, getting to know the design committee and process, and learning about pre-approved materials you’ll be ready to start the HOA process if you need to replace your roof. Always keep up communication with your HOA and roofing company for a smooth and easy roof replacement.