Living in a historic district is great if you're looking for something aesthetically different from modern homes that have a tendency to look alike. Historic homes have charm, personality, and history. But making changes, even necessary ones (for example, fixing your roof so that it doesn't leak) can be difficult. You'll need to get approval for any repairs or changes, and getting permits for a home in a historic district can be more difficult than in your average subdivision. Here are some hints for getting your roof repair approved.
You can almost guarantee that getting a permit for roof repair on your historic home will be a lengthier process than you may have experienced in other homes. So by all means, don't wait until the last minute, when your roof is already leaking, if you can help it. Have your roof inspected regularly, and start making arrangements for repairs at the first sign of trouble or weakness.
Stick With The Same Material
The path of least resistance is to stick with the same material that you already have on your roof when it's time for a replacement roof. It's there because it was approved the first time, so chances are good that it will be approved again. Opting for a different material is likely to result in a battle. Unless you're up for that, go with what you already know works. If you are really set on getting a different material, get a list of approved materials from your historic district's board. That way you won't get attached to something that will never get approved.
Follow The Protocol To The Letter
If you try to skip steps or dodge rules, the end result most likely won't be pretty. You could be forced to rip out finished work and start over – at your own expense, of course – if you don't follow the rules laid out by the board. Do your research and talk to neighbors who've had work done to find out about the proper protocols. You can most likely expect to have to explain your reason for the roof repair or replacement in writing, provide pictures or samples of the material that you want to use, and provide several estimates from different contractors.
Remember that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar when you talk to members of the district board who are reviewing your application. The process may be frustrating, but you'll get through it faster and more easily if you keep cool, maintain a positive attitude, and demonstrate your willingness to help the district maintain its standards while obtaining needed repairs for your roof. For more information about roofing repairs, contact an experienced company like Darnell Construction & Lawncare.