HOA and Zoning Laws Limit Exterior Siding Paint Palettes

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swatch_bookletWhen it’s time to repaint your home’s exterior siding, Rhino Shield has an amazing 1500 colors to choose from! However, if you live in a covenanted community with a home owners association — or if you live within a city — there may be limitations to your imagination.

The president of a local HOA (name withheld by request) states, “We date back to 1978. Because our covenants and by-laws are so old, we also use the city’s codes and ordinances to govern property management.”

When a community member is ready to update his house’s exterior siding paint, this HOA president explains the procedure: ” We have an online application form, and we have an architectural committee that reviews the request. We require that they paint a three-foot square section on the side of their home, along with a sample of trim work, so we can approve or deny the color.”

Normally, neighbors are level-headed about their choices. However, the HOA president related one incident where the exterior paint color choice was so wrong that neighbors were calling in to cast their own votes. The committee handled the situation diplomatically by sending a representative to meet with the home owner to choose some similar but ‘toned-down’ options.

A home owner may not start painting until a letter of approval from the HOA has been received. Failure to follow HOA guidelines can result in fines and more.

The City of Snellville in Gwinnett County, for example, publishes a list of colors that are not required but are meant to be used as a guide to creating a compatible community. Their palette consists of muted ‘woodsy’ colors such as Sage, Appalachian Gray, Tavern Brown, Tobacco, Sandalwood, Biscuit and Blue Slate.

Rhino Shield ceramic coating will last for 25 years or more, so be sure to check with your HOA and city before committing to the colors!

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