How can I beautify a white vinyl roof top my condo overlooks?

The neighbors added this monstrosity after we purchased our condo. We have trees and within days of me power washing the roof, it is filthy again. I would of course get my neighbors approval before I actually did anything. I don’t like dirt. The roof could actually stand to be power washed every week. This is not something a condo owner should have to do.
q how can i beautify a white vinyl roof top my condo overlooks
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  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Mar 13, 2018
    Even though it may get dirty looking, the white is a huge benefit to keeping the temperature down being it reflects the heat where black obsorbs heat and raises the temp in your home considerably! Which is why it was probably painted white in the first place! Especially if you don’t have air conditioning? But even if you do having a white roof will help your AC not have to work so hard to try to keep you cool not to mention raise your electrical bills considerably too! Better off to turn a blind eye to the dirty roof and enjoy your cooler home in hot weather with lower electrical boils and enjoy having more Green in your wallet!
  • William William on Mar 13, 2018
    It's your neighbors roof not yours. That is a rubber based flat roof coating. It's not your responsibility to do anything to it. If you do, even with permission, and do any damage that can cause leaks, peeling, etc. you can be held responsible. This can cost you. Learn to live with it.
  • S S on Mar 14, 2018
    Personally, I’d hate looking out at this thing! I wouldnt touch it again though ~ not your property. Does your HOA have rules, or any clout?
    Good luck to you.
  • Dawn Dawn on Mar 14, 2018
    I also would hate to look at the roof and would check to see if the neighbor's construction violated any HOA rules. I agree with others that you shouldn't do anything to the roof because of liability. Do you see the roof from a window or over a balcony railing? If that is the case, can you try to camouflage the view with plants or decor to hide some of it and maybe in time it won't appear so in-your-face.
  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Mar 14, 2018
    I agree, it is distressing, but you can't do anything to their roof, especially as it might damage it. Consider putting up a trellis and tall plants. Or make a frame and hang sheer curtains, chimes, mobiles, etc. Talk to the condo association if you haven't already.
  • Barb Adams Barb Adams on Mar 14, 2018
    Unless it violates condo rules, you'll just have to live with in.
  • Susan Susan on Mar 14, 2018
    Try putting a short piece of window film so you can't see it unless you stand on your toes and look down? Then learn to live with it and concentrate on other things... you could wear hard soled shoes and DANCE a lot.... heh heh
  • Janice Janice on Mar 14, 2018
    About all you can do is to draw attention to something else such as potted plants that vine up and block that view of the roof. I'd check to be sure what they did is within the HOA rules. At the same time, you can check to see if blocking it from view with curtains, plants, etc. is within the rules as well. It will get dirty and not be so white eventually and not be so noticeably white. What was there before, no roof at all?
  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Mar 14, 2018
    Wow, I’ve never known of a request for help receive so much negativity.
    While I agree that white rooftop may help with electricity bills, I also agree that it’s an eyesore. That eyesore can devalue your investment so I think you have a legitimate complaint.
    I think what some others have said about trying to conceal it from your view with plants and trinkets would be your best bet. Asking the HOA about regulations can potentially open up a new can of worms with those neighbors too. If they have violated the rules in any way and are cited for their infraction, they may become vengeful. At the very least, that can make you uncomfortable in your own home.
    This is a pretty tough situation for you. I wish you well.
  • Becca Becca on Mar 14, 2018
    Prehaps ask your neighbors over to duscuss this. I suggest a tinted rubber roof coating.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Mar 14, 2018
    Why are YOU power washing your neighbor's roof... if you cause damage... you could be responsible to make repairs
    Find a window sized photo that you like and have it printed on a shade or panel that will let light come thru it or around it... then you will have a view that you like.... a nice stained glass window... or faux stained glass window... would work too.
  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 14, 2018
    There are some lovely "fake" stained glass windows (like contact paper, they just stick to your window) and they would make excellent use of all that reflected light. It could be a very stylish look for your room and you could look at the design you chose and not the reflective roof.
  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 14, 2018
    I would try to obscure the view of this. Window clings are your best option for this. They come in all sorts of patterns and colors. Can be purchased at Wal Mart or on Amazon. Inexpensive and effective. I think it's your best bet.
  • Jean Jean on Mar 17, 2018
    cafe curtains, frosted glass contact film part way up the windows, or perhaps window boxes so that you can look out without looking down on the awning.

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