Mountain lake properties come in a variety of shapes and sizes but more importantly, they come with different types of roofing. Due to temperature extremes and intensity of the sun, it is important to pay attention to mountain roofing. And if you have a wood roof– the deadline for replacement is fast approaching.
On July 1, 2012, any homeowners in Big Bear Lake will have to remove any wood shake or wood shingle roofs from their Big Bear properties and houses to comply with the city ordinance 2007-373. However, they are not alone!
Mountain lake property owners who live outside of Big Bear Lake will need to take action since fire safety regulations require homeowners to replace their shake or shingle roofs as well. The good news is that grant funds exist to help get this done for the safety of everyone in the mountain area.
Wood roofs are an obvious challenge but it is also important to also point out that the roofs of Big Bear properties and houses should be of special interest to home buyers for a few reasons. A roof in bad condition can be an indication of poor maintenance or lack of care for the property in general. It can also indicate other issues such as structural damage, water damage and complications such as mold or mildew.
Mountain living has different risks than those faced in most urban environments. Dwelling in a forested area poses a variety of challenges due to natural hazards such as inclement weather and fire dangers. Not too long ago, after raging forest fires destroyed surrounding areas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) awarded the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District with a grant to help create a safer community.
Fire dangers peaked due to draught conditions were further complicated by the bark beetle infestation of the local forest. This resulted in dying and dead trees which posed additional dangers. Efforts to create a better defensible space between the forest and the residential areas were prioritized, trees were removed and educational efforts targeting the community along with a variety of help in creating safer neighborhoods began and continue today.
So, if you are a new or existing homeowner, this is a good time to remind you that it should be a priority to create and maintain defensible space around your home and the surrounding property. Doing so will help you protect not only your property and neighborhood but may also earn you approval for cost share reimbursement.
If your wood roofing needs replacement and you are interested in learning if any funding or other assistance is available to you, call (909) 866-4668.
Rahill Realty specializes in Big Bear Real Estate and invites you to search for real estate using our Big Bear MLS online. Please don’t hesitate to call to schedule a home tour or to contact us with any questions!