11 Feb The Wonderful World of Roofs
The original developer of your community created a variety of details as part of the building design including the
- color of the front door,
- slope of the driveway and the
- texture and tone of the roof tiles.
So, when the time comes for roof maintenance, it’s important to check your architectural guidelines or give a call to the association manager to ensure you meet the established construction standards. You don’t want to find yourself having to replace recently repaired portions of your roof because of an error in tile selection.
Weather is the single biggest impact on roofs. Rain, wind and sun will affect both the strength of the material and fade the original color. That grey tile used in 1992 may still be manufactured, but if you put the new tile by the original, you’ll find they’re sitting on different parts of the color wheel.
Most associations will accommodate this situation by asking you to match with the closest color of the same fabrication. A trip to the home improvement store will be needed before you begin the repair in order to find something that will blend with the existing tone.
One thing is certain, it is not acceptable to patchwork the colors, moving from a medium grey to a brown to a black. Dramatic changes are going to draw unwanted attention from the compliance officer and from potential renters. Imagine viewing a home and you immediately identify a water intrusion issue just by looking at the mismatched roof tiles.
You don’t have to wait for roof tiles to pile up in the yard after a wind storm to identify roof damage. Schedule annual inspections, take an additional look after a bad weather situation and do a quick check when you clear the gutters each year. It’s a simple way to avoid water intrusion and mold remediation and to stay a part of the neighborhood design.