To cert? Or not to cert?

Real-Estate Watch

By CLINT FREEMAN

Keeping a “roof over your head”, literally, can be an expensive ordeal especially if your roof has seen the end of its days and needs replacing. Whether a roof is composed of tile, shingles, foam, metal, or rubber it will need attention and maintenance. Of all the major home systems, the roof is the one that tends to be the most neglected, mainly because it doesn’t get the attention of a furnace or appliance that is constantly turned on and off. Yet, if not given the notice it deserves, roofs can turn out to be a high-end item when it comes to repair or replacement.

Real estate transactions in Ridgecrest commonly include a roof certification. A licensed roofing contractor is called to inspect the roof. Before the transaction closes the roofer will repair the items called out in the inspection. After those items are repaired the roofer guarantees in writing that the roof will be free of defects for a period of two years.

Gary Charlon of State Farm Insurance states lately there is an uptick with insurance claims concerning roofs. “Keep in mind,” comments Gary, “that roof certs do not cover wind damage.

When it’s hot and windy in Ridgecrest roofs wear out. Sellers and buyers should sign a disclosure in a purchase contract that states that there is no guarantee that the roof is going to last.”

Gary also notes that composition shingle roofs only have a life span of about 20-30 years, sometimes less. “Be extra careful with flip homes,” continues Charlon. “For the most part home flippers will focus on the interior cosmetics while the roof may not be touched. Then a few short years later the buyer finds out they need to foot the bill for a new $8,000 to $12,000 roof.”

Not all communities are the same when it comes to roofs. That is, certifications are not emphasized in all areas of the USA. Ridgecrest is unique in the fact that summers are hot and winters have cold spells in the teens. Temperate changes such as this will wreak havoc on the life of roofs, especially asphalt shingle roofs.

Home inspector Russ Mathewson notes also that, “Ridgecrest is a very unique town in that roofers here issue roof certs. In many other areas of the country roofs are inspected and repaired during the home sale process, but roofers do not issue two-year certs.” Despite this fact, he advises buyers to always have the roof inspected. “The cert is an extra bonus that guarantees the quality of the roofer’s work.”

Don’t neglect one of your homes’ most important components. Get the roof inspected and work with a roofer that will cert it. You want to make sure that roof over your head is solid. Contact me at (760) 382-1082 and let’s talk about what it takes to make a successful sale!

Story First Published: 2020-03-06