Extreme elements like torrential rains, golf-ball-sized hail, screaming winds, and blustery blizzards can wreak havoc on buildings and exteriors, particularly when it comes to roofing. It’s critical that the right choices are made when it comes to protecting your investment, especially when it comes to a decision as big as roof replacement. If your condo board is talking about undertaking this major project, take a minute to read this blog and ensure that your home and investment comes out the better for it.
Where to Start?
When it comes to installing a new roof, the process is generally fairly simple, as most of the decisions about materials and supplies are most often utilitarian in nature, rather than aesthetic. In addition, the roofing contractor or company that your board chooses to work with generally handles the sourcing of the materials. At the end of the day, the only real choice comes down to whether to use traditional shingles versus some sort of an alternative, like a shake or clay tile.
In the interest of saving money over the long-term as a condo owner, it’s typically a good idea to steer clear of any alternative types of roofing. Something like cedar shake might look nice at first, but the costs related to upkeep and maintenance are often prohibitive and not worth looking into. If your condo has a flat roof (as opposed to one of the sloped types), you’ll want to go to special lengths to ensure that any areas where water pools are properly sealed so as to prevent leaks and drips indoors.
When it comes to finding quality roofers, consider involving your condo management company in the process. They should be able to use their contacts within the industry to help source quotes and review options and may have experience working with roofing companies that are professional and trustworthy. Condo management companies might not be roofing experts, but they’ve generally helped a fair number of condo owners through the process of installing new roofs, and can let you know which companies are good to work with, and which to steer clear of – all in the interest of ensuring your complex gets quality work at a decent rate.
Ensuring the Installation Goes SmoothlyNow that you’ve found an upstanding, professional company to install that new roof, it’s important to get everything in place so that the actual installation goes well. A few moments of planning ahead of time can mean the difference between a job well done, and one that ends up taking longer and costing more than it should have. A couple of details worth considering:
Take a moment ahead of time to discuss exactly how the roofing company will be clambering up on top of your condo. Is there easy access? Will lifts or scaffolding be necessary? Does somebody need to get in touch with the City to talk about road or sidewalk closures? All of these details should be in place before a single shingle is removed, or you could be looking at the extra money being spent on unproductive days or municipal fines – which is the last thing you’ll want to run into!
Safe work practices
Before any contracts are signed, be sure your board is doing its due diligence in ensuring that the company is a reputable, safe one to be doing business with. Have the company provide your board with documents proving their good standing with the WCB, and denoting that all workers have received appropriate training for working at heights, all of which should be no trouble for any upstanding business.
Whenever construction or renovation work is being done on your condo, there’s the potential for collateral damage. It’s up to your condo board to ensure that provisions are put in place ahead of time to pay for, and any emergency repair, any damages that might occur during the course of work. Discuss everything from windows to landscaping – the last thing you’ll want is for the lady in Unit 29 to be up-in-arms, seeking compensation from the board for her flattened rose bush!
While there isn’t an abundance of complicated factors to stress about when your condo needs a roof replacement, there are several critical details that demand attention, in order for the project to be completed in a safe and professional manner.