Have you ever wondered if your homeowners association (HOA) has an opinion about your chosen roof color? Well, they most likely do. As a homeowner living in an HOA community, your roofing plans often do not exist in isolation. From the architectural style to the color of your roof, your HOA may have their set guidelines you need to consider.
Why Does an HOA Have This Control?
HOAs are designed to ensure every house within the community maintains a standard appearance and protect property values. They have covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), which are governing laws and regulations that touch on everything that relates to the community, including approved lawn decorations and the type and color of your roofing and gutter replacement.
If houses were of wildly different designs or colors, it could detract from the overall appeal or resale value of other homes within the same community. Therefore, roof color, which forms a substantial part of a house’s exterior, generally has to follow these rules.
Tips to Keep in Mind
Here are some tips to help you determine if your preferred roof color is within the parameters of the HOA’s guidelines:
- Understand the Rules. Get a copy of the latest copy of the HOA’s CC&Rs. Understanding the rules before requesting a change to your home’s exterior can save you time and potential frustration.
- Submit a Request. Most HOAs would require you to file a request or proposal to make changes to your home’s siding, roof and gutters. Be sure to include specifics about what you’re planning, such as the type and color of the roof.
- Provide Samples or Mockups – Giving the HOA board a visual aid as to what the final result would look like can be helpful. You could show samples of the roofing material or mockup photos of your house with the proposed roof color. This can help the members visualize the finished result, increasing your chances of approval.
- Communicate – Open communication can make the process smoother. Talk to your HOA about your plans, and be open to their feedback.
Every HOA and community is different. Thus, it helps to understand that the final decision will depend on your HOA board and the specific rules of your community.
Let Us Help You With Your Roof Replacement Project
Understanding your HOA’s roof color requirements and navigating the approval process can be a breeze if you keep open lines of communication and maintain a willingness to compromise where necessary. It would also be wise to work with a roofing contractor who can work with HOAs. For that, you can rely on Roofmasters Roofing and Metal Sheet Company. Call us at (785) 628-3614, or complete our online form. We serve customers in Hays and Colby, KS, and the surrounding communities.