What Tools and Equipment You Need To Paint Your Metal Roofing
After imagining the desired outdoor design and selecting the metal roofing color accordingly, it’s time to paint the roof! In case of a new metal roof, there are situations when it will be delivered already painted by the metal roofing contractors. In other cases, it will be necessary to paint the roof after its installation. The same goes when you want to repaint the roof and create a new image for your home.
You can always hire a professional for painting your roof. However, if you decide to do it yourself, here are the tools and equipment you’ll need: a ladder for climbing on the roof; a special outfit – be certain that there will be lots of paint stains on your clothes!; some tools for cleaning the roof and removing the excess of old corroded paint – a pressure washer, a broom, a wire brush, maybe some sandpaper; a brush and a roller for applying the paint (or a spray, depending on the type of paint); the paint itself; a positive attitude .
Before getting started, let’s see the benefits of a painted metal roof. First of all, it provides extra protection against rain, snow and wind. It also preserves your roof and keeps it in good shape for a long time. Unpainted roofs begin to rust after a few years of use. Painted metal roofs don’t rust and don’t rot, being very easy to repair and maintain. Painting your roof is also a great possibility of changing the design of your house without losing time and money for replacing the existing tiles. Just repaint them and voila! Your home looks totally different!
How to paint a metal roof?
Buy a special roof paint, with a minimum guarantee of 10 years. A good metal roof paint has special finishes and coatings with anti-corrosive properties included that will prevent water from infiltrating into the roof, being a real metal roof sealer!
Arm yourself with the positive attitude, the necessary tools and let’s get started. First, examine your metal roofing. I’m sure that after several years of exposure to all the natural elements, your roof requires some serious cleaning! Take a big broom used for cleaning your courtyard and clean the bigger mess. Then, take the pressure washer and remove all the mould and the dirt. After a good wash, inspect the surface carefully. Use the wire brush to remove corroded old paint and any signs of rust. After thoroughly cleaning the roof, let it dry until there are no wet spots left – this is extremely important! Also, check the weather forecast and make sure it will not rain for about two-three days.
Don’t start painting your roof on a windy day – it’s very dangerous! You can fall down easily! Using the roller for the big areas and the brush for angles and juncture points, apply one coat and let it dry. Then, depending on the type of paint, you may need to apply the second coat, for more durability and an improved aesthetic effect. For extra gloss, there are different kinds of products that can be applied on the top of the paint layers, making your roof bright and shining.
When it comes to metal roofing colors, don’t forget that you can change your outdoor design extremely easy: choose a color and repaint the roof! No tile replacement, no special repairs – metal roof maintenance is very simple!