HOA Painting Guidelines: Exterior Painting in Phoenix

For those of you who live in a community, it’s probably a requirement that you maintain the exterior of your home in order to remain in compliance with the bylaws. In some instances, you might receive a letter every few years or so reminding you to paint your home in order to avoid penalties from failure to follow HOA painting guidelines.

If your exterior is looking exceptionally poor, you might be required to paint it even sooner. Home owners’ associations often have set rules that you need to abide by when making your paint choices.

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Finishing Options

Along with selecting paint colors, there is also a wide variety of finishing options you can use when repainting your home. These include flat/matte, satin/eggshell, gloss and high-gloss.


Flat/matte finishes soften the appearance of a surface and are excellent for hiding blemishes and other imperfections. These are great options for siding.


Satin and eggshell finishes feature a slight glossiness and offer similar benefits as a flat or matte finish. Satin finishing is easier to maintain than matte and is a good choice for trim, window frames, shutters and surfaces that require frequent cleanings.


Glossy finishes are extremely durable and are also ideal for areas that require regular cleaning. However, because gloss finishes are somewhat reflective, they have a tendency to highlight imperfections on the surface being painted. We would recommend that you use a glossy finish on doors (garage and house), decorative metal surfaces (lamp posts, trim) or functional metal surfaces (gutters, downspouts, railings, gates).


High-gloss finishes are extremely durable and provide a rich, smooth luster. They will bring out any imperfections even more strongly than regular gloss finishes, so we would suggest using it only on near-perfect surfaces. This finish is a great option for areas that require frequent cleanings and high-traffic areas such as main entry doors. It’s also good for accent trim and other decorative fixtures.

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If you live in a community where you are subject to a home owners’ association, gaining the approval of the board is a necessary requirement before you start. It would be a sad thing to invest in a paint job only to be told later that the colors your chose are not up to code. There are stories of people who failed to receive written approval from their HOA before having the paint job done and who had a lien placed on their home as a result.

In some cases, the board will direct you to the HOA website, where you will print out a form and list your color choices. You might need to include paint swatches for additional information. Upon filling out the form, you’ll need return it and wait for approval. Be sure that you include the colors, the paint manufacturer, the product quality, the company you’ll be using and the location where you intend to place each color. Make a duplicate copy for yourself.

It can take up to a few weeks for the board to approve your color choices. Once you have written approval, you should be good to go. However, as with anything, miscommunications can crop up. One customer who lived in a community with an HOA went through all the proper channels and received approval for the project.

About a week after the paint job was completed, the customer was contacted by the HOA and was told that he did not get the proper approval from the board and would be required to pay a fine. Thankfully, the customer had a copy of his submission form and the original letter of approval sent to him by the board. In the end, the fine was cancelled, and he was able to move on with his life. The moral of the story is: Always check before deciding on the HOA exterior paint colors you want for your home, and make sure that you have copies of everything.

Once your HOA exterior paint colors have been approved, it’s time to call Green Painting in Phoenix. We are standing by to provide you with the best services in the area for any exterior painting required to remain in code. Give us a call to set up an appointment or Google “green painters near me in Phoenix”. We look forward to working with you!

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