When it comes to picking out siding, there are a lot of factors to consider. You'll want to consider price, durability, and aesthetics. If you're a homeowner governed by a homeowners association (HOA), one more factor you need to consider is whether or not your siding choice is HOA-approved.
There are a few key requirements that many HOA bylaws have about exterior finishes, including:
A common request from HOAs around the country is that the type of siding used be 'earth tone.' While the wording can seem ambiguous, most HOAs want you to stay away from colors like blue, orange, and pink. Instead, earth tones are neutral colors, like gray, beige, and white. Some communities even allow trendy black exterior siding. However, earth tones are classic and timeless, meaning they will never go out of style. They're also pretty neutral, so they won't offend anyone's sensibilities. Siding contractors typically have a full range of neutral options for your to choose from.
Another type of siding that tends to be an HOA requirement is 'natural' material. Again, this is another term that could be interpreted differently by different people. 'Natural' could include stone, brick, wood, and stucco. Natural materials are usually acceptable because they tend to be high-quality, long-lasting, and upscale. Many HOAs across the country are trying to prevent the use of vinyl siding with this clause.
Cement siding is a great option if you're looking for something that will last a long time and is a fire-resistant, natural material. Wood siding and cedar shakes are also popular options, although they require more maintenance than other choices.
Percent Stone Or Brick
Another HOA bylaw regarding siding is that a percentage of your home's exterior must be stone or brick. This does not, however, mean that your entire house has to have a brick or stone exterior. There are ways to meet the percentage requirement from your HOA bylaws while still having an exterior aesthetic that appeals to you and your budget.
You could install a 'belly band' of brick or stone around the exterior perimeter of your home that extends from the ground level up to the three-foot mark, or you could add brick or stone to the front of your home while the sides and rear are a different material.
If you're not sure what type of siding will be acceptable to your HOA, the best thing to do is read the bylaws and submit your plans to the HOA. There are plenty of HOA-acceptable siding options available to you.
For more information about siding and exteriors, contact a local company, like Strickland Exteriors.