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Paint Guidelines

The following guidelines may help you choose appropriate colors and paint types for submission to the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) and help speed the approval process. Painting is a costly investment for the next six or more years and affects the resale value of your as well as your neighbor's homes. By observing these guidelines, you will end up with a more satisfactory outcome and avoid incurring additional expenses a year or so later.

  • Your ROOF is the largest color element of your home and not easily changed.  You should pick colors for siding, shingles and stucco that complement your roof color (not exactly match it) to provide visible contrast and make your house be the focal point, not the roof.

  • Avoid choosing a color that is too similar to at least the three homes on both sides and across the street.

  • Consider the style of your home. Just because a color looks good on a neighbor's Mediterranean home doesn't mean it will look good on your traditional-style home.

  • When choosing a color, also consider how it will blend with the HARDSCAPE elements such as brick, stone, pavers or concrete. Try and find the common color element in your roof and hardscape such as grey, tan, red or black undertones to guide you toward the right complementary color pallet.

  • Some paint manufacturers offer a complementary or low-cost in-store (bring pictures of your and adjacent homes) or on-site color consultation and recommendations in exchange for using their product. Inquire about this if you are undecided or want professional advice.

  • EAVES and wood TRIM around windows and doors usually looks best in shades of white. Bright white eaves and wood trim usually look best against dark colors for a crisp contrast. If you have replacement vinyl windows, painting the wood trim around the windows a bright white to match the frames is preferred.

  • Try to AVOID FLAT PAINT around eaves and trim as flat paint has had a history of cracking and peeling due to the architectural design of some Canyon Creek models. Consider using low-sheen paint with the product ENDURACRYL as a base or a high-quality paint product to prolong the life of your trim.

  • The trend with GARAGE DOORS is to paint them the same color as the front of the home to make the door blend in, but traditional bright white is still a popular option as well. If your home has the original fold-up GARAGE DOOR, the raised panels or trim molding should be painted the darker secondary color. NOTE: if painted white, the GARAGE DOOR must be the same white color as the rest of the white trim on the house.  

  • STUCCO must be painted with a FLAT FINISH PAINT. 

  • For WOOD SIDING and SHINGLES, we recommend you ask your painter to apply a good primer before the paint (two finish coats are preferred). The age of the wood on our homes causes paint to be absorbed unevenly (especially after rain and long sun exposure) and looks spotty unless a good primer is used. This will avoid having to repaint in a few months.  Due to the age, you may need to replace wood trim that has dry rot or shingles that have deteriorated.

  • For WOOD TRIM, we suggest eggshell or a low-luster sheen with Dunn-Edwards Evershield 30 added unless the paint is a high-quality paint like Benjamin Moore. Otherwise, you may experience warping, cracking, fading and peeling due to water absorption and sun damage from a flat paint.  

  • The FRONT ENTRANCE DOOR can be a natural stained wood with a low-luster or semi-gloss clear polyurethane finish or a low-luster or semi-gloss black. If you would like to bring your original door up to date, several homeowners have had their original oak door refinished by a professional to look new.

  • The following suggested requirements should be itemized on bids from reputable paint contractors:

    • Power washing the home before work begins

    • Extensive prepping of all surfaces and caulking all seams

    • Priming of wood shingles and wood siding

    • Two coats of quality paint to ensure proper, even coverage to prevent fading and warping, and to protect all wood surfaces from the elements

  • Dunn Edwards and Benjamin Moor come highly recommended and have proven to be excellent products. Benjamin Moore's "Historical Colors" palette has excellent color combinations and sells small sample cans to test the color on your house. Although Benjamin Moore tends to he higher priced, Dunn Edwards is capable of duplicating most Benjamin Moore colors at a more moderate price.

  • Consider other improvements that might enhance and update the appearance of your home that should be done before or in conjunction with your painting project, such as adding stacked stone, hardscape/landscape remodeling, wrought iron gates, decorative pots, front door and garage doors. Make sure that the paint colors you choose will complement these improvements.

  • Refer to the Suggested Vendor List for design and painting contractors that can help you with your home painting project.

  • Please remember that any modification to the exterior of your home requires submission of the appropriate home improvement form with neighbor signatures and prior approval by the Architectural Review Committee before any work is started. Schedule your project to allow time to get your application completed and signed by neighbors, plus at least 30 days for the approval process.