E.L. from Dutchess County, New York writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My HOA is getting ready to paint the exterior of the units. The siding is T1-11 and it is delaminating as it was 8 years ago when they painted only now it’s even worse. I have requested they replace it and have been met with resistance. So now I’m want to hire someone to inspect the siding but I’m not sure what kind of professional to contact. All suggestions welcome. Thank you.
Mister Condo replies:
E.L., I am glad to hear that your Board is ready to paint your building’s exteriors. Honestly, this is their call. They are the elected leaders of your community. The success or mistake is theirs to make. They are under no obligation to replace the siding, even if it is the “right” thing to do. Typically, while soliciting bids for the work, a contractor who thought the siding should be replaced rather than painted should have advised them of such (perhaps one did and the Board didn’t listen). You could get an opinion from a siding company but keep in mind that the Board hasn’t asked you to do so and is under no obligation to accept your findings although you would hope that the extra work (and expense) you undertook might influence their decision. At the end of the day, it is their decision. Perhaps you should consider getting on the Board to avoid such future situations. From what you have told me, this solution isn’t likely to last too long and will likely come up again in the near future. It would be nice if you and other people thinking like you do were on the Board next time this problem surfaces. Good luck!