When you live in a community with a homeowners' association, you need to take that association's regulations into account each time you make any changes to your yard or the exterior of your home. This applies when you are planning on having your roof replaced. Every HOA is different, but in general, here is a look at some HOA guidelines that you and your roofers may need to adhere to.
1. Licensing and Insurance Requirements
It is always a good idea to ensure you hire a licensed and insured roofing company, but when you have a HOA, you will often be asked to provide proof of this licensing and insurance. Make sure your roofer knows this upfront so they can bring paper copies of their license and insurance policy for you to file with the HOA.
2. Color Restrictions
HOAs often want to ensure that the homes within a community look somewhat consistent. As such, there are probably some regulations when it comes to roof color. Some HOAs specify that you must use a specific color of shingles, such as black or brown. Others may simply state that your shingles must be neutral in color — or they might list colors you cannot use. Either way, check the color restrictions before you start shopping around for shingles so you can be sure that the shingles you choose adhere to the standards.
3. Wind Resistance
Most HOAs prioritize safety, so they tend to have requirements as to the wind resistance of shingles. This helps ensure that when a storm rolls in, there are fewer concerns of anyone being hit in the head with flying shingles. It also prevents debris like broken shingles from being found around the neighborhood. The required wind resistance will depend on where you live and what the weather is like there. For instance, HOAs in a hurricane zone will likely have stricter requirements than those in Michigan.
4. Work Hours
The HOA will probably specify when the roofers can work. They may specify, for example, that they cannot start working before 8 am and must stop working by 6 pm. This helps ensure neighbors are not disturbed by noise or roofing trucks. Look up these hours and give them to your roofer well in advance of the start of the roofing project.
HOAs exist to keep the community nice for everyone, so it is important to adhere to these guidelines. Work with your roofers on this; most are used to adhering to HOA guidelines and will happily oblige.
To learn more, contact a company like SUNVEK.