Appeal to Architectural Review Committee

Robert Matlock
7/24/2012
Vertical panel metal roofs for residences have been prohibited by the architectural committee in this community based on a provision in the code that prohibits "metal roofing generally associated with barns and commercial building." I am beginning an appeal to the committee to revise their position in light of the improved technology and aesthetics of vertical panel metal roofing. Do you have any data on the market share growth of such roofing for residential property? What statistical data is available that would refute the notion that such roofing is still appropriately associated with barns and commercial buildings? Thank you.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
7/29/2012
Robert, the MRA does have information on this. We also can be available to make presentations to groups like your ARC, and help them determine what sorts of metal roofing they will allow. Could you possibly call me sometime at my office and we can talk this through? My number is 1-800-543-8938 ext 201
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7/30/2012
+1 That is some antiquated logic by that HOA. I guess they should consider all the multi-million dollar homes with metal on them as "barns".
Robert Matlock
8/15/2012
Have there been any court challenges to HOA rules against metal roofing? Does anyone know of any case law to cite? Since there is a federal energy tax credit for metal roofing, the argument could be made that prohibitions by HOAs are contrary to public law and policy.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
8/15/2012
I am not aware of any legal cases pertaining to this. I suspect there have been some though, much as there have been cases pertaining to other types of HOA restrictions.I know that I and others in the industry have successfully made presentations before to HOAs and gotten then to include metal roofing in their restrictions. Usually it comes down to helping them gain a better understanding of the appearance, durability, and increased value of today's residential metal roofs.I am always happy to meet with HOAs on this subject on behalf of the industry. Also, just in the interest of accuracy, the federal tax credit expired at the end of 2011.
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8/16/2012
+1 Not sure there is any precedent in this case. I think a spoonful of sugar might go farther here in this case. Many HOAs are not aware of the many options in metal and still think of it as "barn roofing" or other old school and otherwise aesthetically unappealing/consistent. Show them the options and be informed and you will be surprised what you can get past and HOA. At the end of the day, they are trying to protect property valuations as their primary goal. Show them how a meta roof raises the property value and you will probably have yourself a slam dunk case.
Guest User
1/18/2018
We have installed a single seam metal roofing system on our home. We did not realize we needed ACC approval. They sent emails but somehow we missed them. We have full metal gazebos, barns and we have partial metal roofs on many homes in our neighborhood. We have a full metal roofing system on 1 other home in our neighborhood but it looks like wood shingles. So that was approved. Their reason ours was not approved, we did not get approval and this roofing system is not permitted. Our deed reads upon explicit, itemized approved of the architectural control committee, metal roofing systems and accents such as copper cupolas shall be allowed. We have had so much support from our neighbors who love our roof and would like to have one put on their home when the next hail storm comes through. The fact that it's energy efficient, wind and hail resistant, does not matter to this board. Any advice on how to change there minds would be appreciated.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
1/18/2018
Amy, I am sorry to hear this. Not the first time I have heard of this happening though. You might want to poll / survey your neighbors and present those results ... or invite the powers that be over to your house to see it first hand. You might also check with your roofing manufacturer to see if they can help. Also, here's a website that might have some helpful info: www.roofingforhomeownersassociatons.com Finally, you may need to get an attorney involved.
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1/18/2018
That is a bummer, but the good fights are always worth fighting. What was on the roof before and what is the architecture like in the community? I would start with your neighbors and community members. Do so in a manner that does not appear oppositional and threatening to the board, but try to demonstrate consensus in the community for support of the roof type. Depending on where you live, find what is the most defensible part of the roof to your community. If you are in a area that is hot, show how much cooler your home is and how much more reflective it is. Doing so will keep you home cool and keeps the neighborhood cooler. If you have HVAC in the attic, be sure to talk to neighbors about how much cooler your upstairs is because of the metal. If you live in an area that has some folks that are environmentally sensitive, show the data on how metal roofing produces no toxic run off as compared to asphalt roofs and what leaches from out of a shingle. I would suggest you also contact the local energy efficiency cooperative and have them help you with suggestions or mobilization of a campaign to preserve the roof and the option of metal roofing (standing seam)

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