The hundreds of Burbank residents who have yet to comply with a city ordinance that requires them to remove their wood roofs were given some breathing room this week, 20 years after the law was put on the books.
Homeowners with exposed wood roofs likely now will have two more years to change the roof. A “roof-over” — or wood shingle or shake roof covered by another type of roofing material — is slated to get an eight-year reprieve.
The extensions came just months before a 20-year-old August deadline for the replacements, and are expected to be finalized by the City Council in the coming weeks.
Burbank passed the law to make homes more fire-resistant, and at the time, officials said the turnover rate should coincide with the roughly 20-year life-span of wood shake roofs. But as the deadline approached, homeowners and real estate agents united to protest what they said was an unfair financial burden at a time when many households are struggling to just pay their bills, let alone finance new roofs that could cost $10,000 or more each.