Whittington Creek Architectural Review Committee ARC

The intent of this guideline is to assist homeowners with the decision and planning process when:

  1. Repairing or replacing an existing roof; or
  2. Building an addition or accent area to the home.

Your Homeowners Association Board and Architectural Review Committee (ARC) have prepared this and other similar documents to help homeowners as they go through the decision-making process for repairing or replacing existing roofs and roof-related aspects of additions to homes. As always, we appreciate homeowner input and comments. All work MUST be approved in advance by the Whittington Creek Architectural Review Committee. Copies of the Architectural Review Request Form (ARRF) are available at www.whittinqtoncreek.org or at the Clubhouse.

Whittington Creek Covenants.

The Whittington Creek Covenants specify in Article XIII Section 1, Paragraphs 4 and 16:

“4. All dwellings, except one-story dwellings shall have a minimum roof pitch of 8/12 and the one story shall have a minimum roof pitch of 9/12.

  1. Roofing materials must be 25 year architectural dimension shingle with colors of weathered wood, slate blend, or charcoal gray. Roof pitch must be 8/12 or higher.”

In addition, each homeowner is responsible for obtaining any permits required by Knox County prior to beginning any construction project. A copy of your permit must be given to ARC at the time your ARC form is submitted. Permits need to be posted in a visible place on the job site. Please contact Knox County for all permit questions.

ARC Requirements.

Complete the ARRF (available on the website or at the clubhouse) and submit the completed form to the Property Manager. The completed ARRF must have an attached diagram or plan showing the affected area, specifying the materials and colors used and the roof pitch. A copy of the manufacturer’s specifications for the materials must be attached and is the responsibility of the homeowner. ARC project approval is required prior to project start.

Homeowner is responsible for any Knox County permits.

Depending on the size and scope of the project, the ARC may require the contractor and/or homeowner to secure a bond prior to approval of the project.

Except for covered patios, porches and similar areas that are approved by the ARC, the all roofs must use shingles and have a pitch as described in the Covenants (please see above).

On replacement roofs, the ARC will not approve the placement of the new roof without first removing the existing roofing material. This is to prevent

problems caused by adding the weight of a new roof to that of the existing

roofing material. It can also create an unsightly irregular roof.

All shingle roofs submitted for approval for any accent area must meet minimum manufacturer’s specifications for the shingles. A minimum of 2.12/12 pitch must be used for shingle roofs to meet Knox County code. On shingle roofs of less than 4/12 pitch, an ice shield or rubber membrane underlayment is required to protect the home from leaks.

Rubber bladder or tar roofs will not be approved.

Roofs for areas approved by the ARC as accent areas (e.g., covered patios and porches) may be roofed with 26 gauge or lower copper or aluminum standing seam type (color to be harmonious with the shingled roof and home colors). The ARC recommends use of 24 gauge metal to minimize the effect of hail stones.

Roof Replacement Recommendations.

As Whittington Creek gracefully ages, replacement of roofs will become more common. To ensure homeowners have the tools needed to implement those replacements, we have included a set of recommendations and a check off sheet you may choose to use in the bidding process to ensure high quality, comparable bids.

All roof replacements should include new flashing around chimneys and for any chimneys over 24 inches wide, crickets, if not already in place, should be placed behind the chimney. We recommend that all chimneys also have ice shields installed on chimney and cricket to prevent leaks.

Ail skylights and vent pipes should have moisture barriers installed.

All skylights should be step flashed with a rubber gasket behind saddle flashing.

Consider replacement of all power vent motors when re-roofing. Much easier than doing so later.

We strongly recommend the homeowner consider adding drip edges to improve the longevity of the roof.

We also strongly recommend the addition of ridge vents in areas where there are not power vents including over garages. This will improve ventilation, cut cooling costs and improve roof life expectancy.

The attached sheet lists an inspection report we recommend homeowners use as a minimum requirement for contractors.


  1. Walls flashed (moisture barrier up and next to wall)
  2. Any rotten wood replaced
  3. Old shingles collected on a tarp
  4. Ladders must be off gutter with 6” board or roll of feit
  5. Toe board used for over 6/12 pitch
  6. Chimney over 24″ wide, place cricket behind
  7. Put ice shield on cricket and chimney
  8. Counter flashing installed. Flush to deck and sealed
  9. Tips cut into valley
  10. Valley cut.
  11. Woven valley
  12. Moisture barrier in valleys
  13. Drip edge installed and nailed properly
  14. 3/8 inch overhang on shingles with starter course
  15. Shingle course straight
  16. Shingles properly offset and cutouts aligned (stepped or racked)
  17. Shingles properly aligned vertically
  18. All shingles in good condition (no torn tabs or cracked caps
  19. All shingles from the same lot number
  20. Fasteners in properly. No high nailing (Decreases chance of shingles blowing off in high winds)
  21. Moisture barrier around vent pipes
  22. Caulk top of vent pipe
  23. Gutters clean and nail free
  24. Spikes on gutters re-nailed.
  25. No dents in gutters.
  26. Exposed nail heads around vents, etc. must be caulked
  27. Place ridge vents to improve ventilation and longevity of shingles
  28. Ensure power vent motors are oiled and working. (Homeowner may want to use this time to replace them with new vent motors)
  29. Skylight moisture barrier in place
  30. Skylight step flashed
  31. Skylight rubber gasket behind saddle flashing
  32. Skylight claddings secure
  33. Rake shingles chalked and cut straight
  34. Grounds clean and nail magnet and bush magnet used to clean up nails
  35. Blow off roof and valleys to remove any debris
  36. All chairs, pots, tables, and plants put back in original places

Contractor Signature confirming all of the above have been completed