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Something as basic as giving your roof a fresh coat of paint can enhance the look of your entire home. Typically shades of brown and terracotta are preferred, but with the vast array of colours on the market, you can be far more adventurous than ever before.
Often roofs are repainted for aesthetic reasons only but, the roof should also be painted to ensure the durability of the roofing material. When painting a roof, protective layers are applied which assists in reducing temperatures within the building. Painting your roof requires skills, experience and qualified employees to ensure you get not only an excellent end result but a job thoroughly done.
Specialists agree that a roof has to be repainted no less than every five years for proper maintenance. This will not only ensure that your roof appears to be in a perfect condition; additionally, it enables one to tackle any minor issues like leaks and rust before they turn into bigger ones. Cleaning out the gutters and sealing gutter joints are also tasks worth taking into consideration when painting a roof.
Preparation for painting a roof is crucial.
Before painting begins, repairs like waterproofing and rust treatment should be done. The repair process is followed by a cleaning process, where the roof or walls are cleaned with an ultra high-pressure cleaner, or steel brushes, to remove loose paint and dirt, depending on the type of surface.
The paint used on your roof ought to be water, light and heat-resistant and should not crack, peel or fade. A good time of the year for painting your roof will naturally be in the months with the minimum amount of rainfall. Select a day or two where no rain is anticipated.
Things to consider when painting a roof
- Does the roof need to be replaced or painted – examine the condition of the roof all over and consider the age of the roof? If the roof is ancient and damaged, then replacing the roof should be considered.
- Take into account the location where your home is based – is it near the ocean? Properties in these areas will need to have two coats of primer applied before applying the topcoat on the roof.
- Integrate the colour of your general colour selection with the colour you would like your roof to be. This will increase the value of your property and be appealing.
- When selecting paint for your roof, try to find additional features like UV resistance. The roof gets more wear and tear from the sun than any other section of the property; therefore you need to have a good UV protector in your preferred paint, making the colour selection critical.
- If you live in a complex, you may be limited to only using specific colours to match the overall appearance of the complex. Find out before hiring a contractor what the guidelines are.