If you live in a community managed by a homeowners’ association or HOA, you’re probably already aware that most home improvements typically require approval. In today’s post, local gutter company Patriot Gutters LLC discusses whether gutter installation is among these home improvements.
Review the CC&Rs
Your first step with gutter replacement — and with any home improvement within a HOA-governed community — is to review the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), which consists of the bylaws, rules and regulations, as well as the approval processes. Rules that apply to gutter replacement may mention specific gutter profiles (there are two: K-style or half-round), materials and color. These rules may be listed under roofing. If anything is not stated in the CC&Rs, do not assume anything; call a HOA representative.
How to Obtain HOA Approval
Your next step is to prepare a clear and detailed proposal, and be prepared to answer questions from your HOA board.If you’re unfamiliar with details regarding gutter design, you can discuss options with a local gutter contractor first. Most importantly, keep everything documented to protect yourself against future disputes.
If you don’t get your project approved the first time around, don’t be afraid to ask the HOA board why your proposal was rejected, then make adjustments as needed. The reason for rejection could be as simple as the wrong gutter profile or color. Considering how essential gutter systems are, no HOA will refuse gutter repairs or installation outright.
In addition to the gutters themselves, consider additional features that can help improve gutter performance and make them easier to maintain. Gutter guards, for example, are designed to keep leaves and debris out of the gutters, which can help reduce the need for gutter cleaning. Make sure that your HOA allows such additions and avoid adding them after approval, as you may be asked to remove them if it turns out they’re not allowed after all.
Learn more about gutter guards and our other services. Give Patriot Gutters LLC a call at (405) 701-0909, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve communities in Oklahoma City, OK.