The only allowable modification in roof replacement is the style of shingle. The original style is a flat, three-tab, asphalt/Fiberglas shingle. However, homeowners may choose to replace these with so-called "architectural" style shingles. No other option is allowable.
In either case, the replacement shingles must be the same color as the original.
Architectural Style Shingles
This skylight standard will supplement the existing preinstalled skylight at Cromwell Station that measures approximately 21” x 21”.
Skylights must conform to the following specifications:
- Be no larger than 21: X 21”.
- Have a minimum glazing of 75 and a maximum glazing of 74
- Bronze glass is not acceptable since the existing skylights are not tinted
- Skylights may only be installed in the rear of homes and must be placed on the roof plus or minus 6" to the location of the original unit. Up to three units may be installed unless otherwise specified (see limitations).
- Homes without a loft may install the same skylight after submitting detailed location plans and receiving approval from the ARC in writing.
- White blinds or white roller shades may be installed on the units. No other color sunscreen will be accepted.
- Homeowners with an attic ventilator fans or a fireplace in the loft may only install two skylights.
"Solar Tube" Skylights
Skylights that direct sunlight to other parts of the home through a system of ducts and mirrors, known as "solar tubes" or "sun tunnels," are an acceptable addition. No more than two such skylights may be added to any home. Permission must be obtained from the ARC prior to installation.
- Installation of solar panels on the roof of homes in the Cromwell Station neighborhood is allowed by state law.
- Panels may be installed on the area of the roof (front or back) that provides maximum functional benefit (state law).
- Homeowners must submit a formal request to the neighborhood Architectural Review Committee (ARC) to install solar panels and receive written approval before work can commence. This is required by the HOA bylaws and to ensure a professional and aesthetic installation.
- The formal request shall include a professionally rendered schematic drawing showing the front and rear of the house and the precise location of the electrical conduit and inverter box. The 30 day approval period will not be considered to have commenced until the schematic is submitted and accepted by the ARC.
- Panels and related infrastructure must be installed by a licensed electrician and licensed home improvement professional.
- Appropriate permits must be obtained from Baltimore county and shown to the ARC before work can commence.
- All roof panels must be of the same color and appearance.
- All installations must conform to current state and county construction and electrical codes and be inspected by the county.
- Conduit for the wiring that runs vertically from the roof panels to the inverter box on the front of the house (side of the house for end units) should be installed down the corner of the home where it abuts its neighbor. Conduit for end unit homes should run down one corner. If this is not feasible, the contractor will confer with the ARC to determine an acceptable alternative before work can re-commence.
- Conduit for wiring that runs horizontally along the roofline shall be mounted as unobtrusively as possible, e.g. just below the gutters or where the eve overhang meets the front wall of the house.
- Homeowners are strongly urged to paint the metal conduit in the color approved for the trim of the home or to have the conduit encased in plastic (vinyl) trim, such as Slim Duct of an appropriate color. This shall be done after the county electrical inspection is complete.
- If possible and practical, all electrical and conduits should be run down the back of the house and through the basement to the inverter. Preferably, the inverter box will be mounted indoors in the basement. Otherwise, the inverter box shall be mounted externally as close to the electrical meter as possible.
- When the time comes to replace the roof, the solar panels shall be removed and re-installed by the original contractor or by a licensed home improvement company and/or electrical contractor.
- The installation crew cannot change the plans on site without approval from the Architectural Review Committee, management company, or both parties, as appropriate.
Dishes must be located in such a way as to minimize their exposure to front, side or curb of the property. Every measure must be taken to ensure that under any circumstances a dish cannot be seen from the front of the property including the porch of a property across the street.
The association requires that dishes be gray or neutral in color. If a choice is available, the installer should attempt to choose the color that blends well with the location where the dish will be mounted.
Satellite dishes are subject to "wind load" in storms so care must be taken in their placement with regard to secure mounting. A dish simply attached to the plywood in a roof could damage the rood should the dish become dislodged.
Back of house-
Positioned so that the dish is above the rain gutter on the back of the house with the signal cable following the downspout until such point as it enters the house or can cross the back of the house below the basement slider. Signal Cable shall be the closest match to the color to the back of the house.
On the roof-
Some properties will require that the dish look toward the front or side of the house in order to see the satellite. In those cases, roof mounting will be necessary. Dishes can only be mounted on the back half of the roof as close to the lowest portion of the rear rood as possible and closest to the next house in the group that helps hide the dish from view. Again, the cable should be a color that blends well.
The mounting shall be anchored on the roof using 2 inch or better screws and shall be oriented in such a way that as many screws as possible penetrate the roof beams, tar or other roof sealer shall be used on the mounting screws to protect the homeowner’s roof from water damage.