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MaritzaP
(Florida)

Posts:11


11/06/2017 3:52 PM  
I am a Board member in a Florida HOA. I need opinions, facts, etc. on painted driveways and stamped cement.
SheliaH
(Indiana)

Posts:2251


11/06/2017 4:02 PM  
That's probably too broad - how many driveways, what colors might you be interested in - or is all this related to what specific homeowners want to do? You and your board need to do some research on the subject, perhaps by talking to different contractors, polling your homeowners to see what they'd be interested in, visiting communities with painted driveways and discussing how long the job took and maintenance, etc.

Once you get some knowledge, you can formulate specific questions and then bring them to this site. Have fun!
JohnC46
(South Carolina)

Posts:7695


11/06/2017 4:36 PM  
I think the question is more do you allow such? We would not but I know plenty of HOA's that do. There are a myriad of such so near impossible to define what is allowed. Best the requests be handled one at a time. Me, I want a giant pair of bxxxs stamped in my concrete driveway.
MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:7611


11/06/2017 5:22 PM  
That is yet another thing to manage and approve. Considering maintenance can be an issue with painting. At what point does one need to repaint? Plus I would be concerned about the mismatch of it all. Unless the HOA says "All driveways will be stamped/painted" then your going to have a piece match issue.

Former HOA President
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:15954


11/06/2017 7:03 PM  
I understand the desire to paint concrete. I don't agree with it but I see the benefits (covers stains, seals the concrete, etc.). If an Association can come up with specific colors and brands of paint (to make sure the shade of the color matches) I don't see an issue.

Someone asked about when should it be painted. Same as a home, when it shows wear.


Regarding stamping concrete (which also includes coloring) I think this can add a lot of character to a home if done right. The problem becomes the fact that what is considered right is a judgement call.


All of this, in my opinion, boils down to what color scheme does the community desire.

My suggestion, deny the request initially but take the issue to the membership to see if they want this within the development. i.e. Take a poll.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:483


11/06/2017 7:26 PM  
Painted and stamped driveways.

Since allot of those homes in Florida worship the color salmon pink, I would get the BOD together with the ARC committee and set some guidelines
and color palets to keep things uniform.
I have not heard of concrete stamping, but a popular add on to driveways is a company out of Cleveland, Ohio called Nature Stone.
They can custom finish any driveway with epoxy resin stone that would make any hovel on Scoval avenue look like a mansion on 5th avenue.
GenoS
(Florida)

Posts:2349


11/07/2017 8:03 PM  
Nothing screams "trailer park" like painted driveways.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:5654


11/08/2017 11:17 AM  
About 12 years ago in a Santa Cruz CA non-HOA, we had a stamped driveway installed. It's a lot more attractive than the plain cement driveways that the other homes on our street have, and it's held up very well.

These can be done in many color choices, so your HOA Board of ARC, Maritza, would want to choose very carefully and, I'd say, only allow a two-color pallet max.

I know nothing about paint driveways, but they sound unattractive.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:483


11/08/2017 7:55 PM  
Posted By KerryL1 on 11/08/2017 11:17 AM
About 12 years ago in a Santa Cruz CA non-HOA, we had a stamped driveway installed. It's a lot more attractive than the plain cement driveways that the other homes on our street have, and it's held up very well.

These can be done in many color choices, so your HOA Board of ARC, Maritza, would want to choose very carefully and, I'd say, only allow a two-color pallet max.

I know nothing about paint driveways, but they sound unattractive.





By a "stamped" driveway, do you mean pavers?
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:15954


11/08/2017 8:33 PM  
From a contractors site:

Stamped concrete is essentially concrete which has been poured over a level surface and, while still wet, stamped to mimic a brick pattern or other design. Oftentimes, primary colors followed by an accent color are added to the concrete mixture which is then stamped with a polyurethane stamp.

Here is a different contractors site for more info.

MaritzaP
(Florida)

Posts:11


12/07/2017 7:30 PM  
Hi, thank you for your comments. This is the dilema that we are facing. I am on the Board. A few months ago we appointed two new owners to the ARC. We have 200 homes in our subdivision. These two individuals from the minute they enter the ARC started asking questions about stamped concrete driveways. The Board said no to the stamped Concrete. 1) is very expensive 2) homeowners are not interested in it. Right now we allow them to paint the driveway (only one color). We also allow for them to re-concrete their cracked driveways and last they can installed driveway pavers. Now we are being challenged by these two individuals. They are the only two that want the stamped concrete driveway. We noticed that the ARC has allowed our community to pull away from uniformity. We had to stop them. We believe that they are going to create drama for the Board. When we make a decision as allowing stamped concrete, we take into consideration the community as a whole. Driveway pavers and a re-concrete driveway runs about $3000 to $3500. Stamped concrete is $6,400 and above. Our community is made up of middle income individuals, veterans, retirees. In a poll we asked for opinions regarding the matter and only a 1/4 participated and they voted against it.

Would like some help. Can the Board vote against this stamped concrete meaning only two are interested in it.
MaritzaP
(Florida)

Posts:11


12/07/2017 7:31 PM  
Posted By MaritzaP on 12/07/2017 7:30 PM
Hi, thank you for your comments. This is the dilema that we are facing. I am on the Board. A few months ago we appointed two new owners to the ARC. We have 200 homes in our subdivision. These two individuals from the minute they enter the ARC started asking questions about stamped concrete driveways. The Board said no to the stamped Concrete. 1) is very expensive 2) homeowners are not interested in it. Right now we allow them to paint the driveway (only one color). We also allow for them to re-concrete their cracked driveways and last they can installed driveway pavers. Now we are being challenged by these two individuals. They are the only two that want the stamped concrete driveway. We noticed that the ARC has allowed our community to pull away from uniformity. We had to stop them. We believe that they are going to create drama for the Board. When we make a decision as allowing stamped concrete, we take into consideration the community as a whole. Driveway pavers and a re-concrete driveway runs about $3000 to $3500. Stamped concrete is $6,400 and above. Our community is made up of middle income individuals, veterans, retirees. In a poll we asked for opinions regarding the matter and only a 1/4 participated and they voted against it.

Would like some help. Can the Board vote against this stamped concrete meaning only two are interested in it.



DouglasK1
(Florida)

Posts:1193


12/07/2017 8:03 PM  
Why don't you just remove them from the ARC and appoint others to the committee that agree with the board?

Escaped former treasurer and director of a self managed association.
JanetB2
(Colorado)

Posts:4151


12/07/2017 8:25 PM  
Posted By DouglasK1 on 12/07/2017 8:03 PM
Why don't you just remove them from the ARC and appoint others to the committee that agree with the board?


YEP ... The BOD appointed them and can remove. Potentially before you do you might ask them how they would like to have a potential $6,400 special assessment for each home including their own to pay for their preference. Sometimes people want the Cadillac until they have to pay for it. That might change their tune and they will understand and be fine in future.
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