Homeowners associations have their own specific ideas about what the neighborhood should look like, but when it is guilty of poor planning, the result is a time-consuming and overly expensive project. Before hiring a paint contractor, you need to decide why you are painting in the first place. The answer is usually to protect each residence from the elements while also providing aesthetic appeal. It should also improve the quality of life for homeowners and maintain or increase the value of the property.
When to Paint
Over the course of time, the paint film loses its elasticity, which means you need to paint before signs of deterioration are evident. It is best for you to establish a regular painting schedule, which means every seven to 10 years for stucco and four to six years for wood. This, of course, also depends on the condition and level of deterioration of the property. If you fail to do this, the HOA will suffer, as dry rot in the structure behind siding materials will be the result.
Color should always be chosen as a means of maintaining or improving aesthetic value. Whatever color you choose, it must be pleasing to the eye and work well with the property and building environment, which includes roof color, stone work, and landscaping. If you wish to change the color palette of your association, take your time in making this choice. The color of paint chosen is a hot topic, and picking a color residents hate will lead to all manner of disagreements.
For HOAs in Arizona, we recommend a color formulated with tinting pigments that are suited for outside exposure. You’ll find that most HOAs play it relatively safe and choose tans, whites, beiges, or similar color palettes. However, this is not just for aesthetics; it is also because these colors impact the interior of a building by reducing its temperature. In contrast, darker colors, such as burnt reds and blues, actually cause a building’s interior temperature to increase. This is the last thing you want in Arizona!
Common HOA Finishes
There are two kinds of finishes typically chosen by HOAs:
- Sheen: A flat finish is an excellent choice for siding or stucco, though low-sheen paints can provide buildings with a more vibrant look while also providing good dirt release from the substrate. Find the right sheen for your home here.
- Elastomeric coatings:These use a combination of special pigments, adhesive agents, and acrylic terpolymer elastomer to create a film that retains color well, is durable, elastic, chalk resistant, and high strength. These coatings have many positive points, but they are far more expensive than conventional paint.
With so many colors to choose from, it is best to consult a professional commercial painting contractor like Chris Bridge Painting, as we have experience when it comes to HOA projects.
We recommend starting the process of selecting colors at least six months before the start of the project; doing so while also trying to hire a contractor can be confusing, and early selection also helps a contractor create an accurate paint specification.