How To Handle Issue With New Construction
I don't know if this would be best here or on the building forum, but I thought I'd try here first.
My wife and I are in the process of building in a development. Things are moving along, foundation is poured, etc.
The past week or so, we have had strong winds in our area - with March rolling in that is no surprise. Through another local forum, we have discovered that people in the development we are building in have had some significant issues with their roofs. Shingles have been blown off, torn, ripped...you name it. Two people have been kind enough to privately speak with me and tell their stories. The one person had roof problems since day one, supposedly fixed under warranty and now is having the problems mentioned above. This person actually had a roofer come out and told her that their roof was not installed well and should be replaced because of the large quantity of loose shingles. She also said the roofer has replaced one roof in the development already, and that another homeowner had a roof replaced by the builder right after moving in. I personally drove through the development. There are about 100 homes right now, and I saw at least 4 with some blown shingles or severely lifted. This was while I was trying to drive as well and only seeing mostly half of the homes' roofs. By the way, the oldest home is only 3 yrs old! Many of these homes were built during the final part of the building boom around here, so maybe things were slapped together a little too quick, but I still worry.
My wife and I are very concerned about this, as you would imagine. Most accounts say that this builder does a good job building a solid home. Apparently the roof issue is surfacing now, though. I feel as if we are past the point of no return, however, we feel we must do something. I wrote our realtor to gain advice, but would like other input as well.
What do you think we should do? Should we let the builder know we are aware of these issues surfacing and expect a quality roof among all other things? I know this has raised my awareness to getting a home inspection before occupying and maybe at our final warranty submission.
Any guidance is highly appreciative.