The sun will come out tomorrow… We can’t wait for the summer, too!I We’re about to feel the buzz of activity after months and months of gray weather in Vancouver. For strata homeowners, summer marks the start of roof treatments. It’s the best time of the year to focus on your condo roofing or re-roofing projects.
Greater Vancouver receives over 161 rainy days per year and rainfall between 1153
and 2477 mm (45 to 97 inches) per year, approximately double that of London,
(Source: Leaky Condo Crisis, Wikipedia)
Unlike detached homeowners, responsibility for roofing maintenance and repair is different for condo dwellers. It isn’t as straightforward because of different policies. Not all condos have the same policies, so it’s one of the most important questions to ask – because whether we like it or not, the roof is going to need some tender loving care.
In Vancouver, the government has set a Strata Act that requires strata corporations to document future maintenance and have enough funds to cover work needed whenever roofing crises arise. This act is said to have been influenced by depreciation reports from Vancouver-based strata corporations.
In order to save time and money, the first you need to do is find out exactly what your condo’s policies are in terms of maintenance and repair. Some questions you need to ask are:
- What type of roof system does my condo have?
- What material is the roof made of – asphalt, single ply, etc.?
- Do I have warranty? If so, is this warranty covered by the manufacturer, the contractor, or both?
- What are the requirements for qualifying to redeem the warranty? Have you kept up with these requirements?
Another step you can take is to have your roofing evaluated by a third party, such as another contractor or a company that specializes in roof maintenance.
The Civil Resolution Tribunal mandated by the Condominium Home Owners’ Association of British Columbia may also help you in identifying the steps to take in these roof repair/maintenance situations.
What is the Civil Resolution Tribunal?
The CRT is an online dispute resolution process with the authority to order an owner/tenant or a strata corporation to do or stop doing something or to pay for something. Every case is different so it might be a good idea to research or ask the proper authority regarding the CRT.
At some point, property such as a condo will need repairs or maintenance. What you can do to help yourself and the strata corporations is to do preventive maintenance and give your condo the proper care it needs.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. Careful maintenance is better than expensive repairs.
Should you need more help in assessing your roofing conditions, Absolute Roof Solutions is here to help. Call us at 604-263-0334 or send us an email.