In order to protect exposed areas of a roof from leaks and water damage, flashing is installed. Galvanized flashing is a cost-effective material that is perfect for this job, but can be not so easy on the eyes. Don’t stick with a stock color, break out your paintbrush and improve the look of your roof.
Step 1: Galvanized flashing will come finished with a wax or oil to prevent oxidation and rust. You must remove this protective layer before applying paint, otherwise, the paint will eventually peel. Apply a solvent-based cleaner to the flashing in order to strip and clean it.
Step 2: Now that the flashing has been stripped, it’s time to begin the profiling. Wipe down the flashing with a damp rag and white vinegar. This household ingredient will help the paint adhere to the surface, allowing the paint job to last longer.
Step 3: Begin painting your flashing by starting with the primer. Any area that needs to be painted must be covered with metal-friendly primer beforehand. Start at the top and work your way down, wiping away any drips for a smooth surface.
Step 4: Look over the roof and make sure that all of flashing has been evenly coated with primer. If everything is copacetic, move on to the actual painting portion of this project. Apply the metal-friendly paint as you did with the primer. Be sure to pick a color that will match or compliment the color of your roof.
Step 5: Once the paint has dried, head back up to the roof for inspection. Make sure all areas of the flashing have been painted, and if not, apply primer and paint. Any unpainted areas that have been stripped of their wax or oil can cause the entire piece of flashing to peel and rust.
Just because you have galvanized flashing installed doesn’t mean you have to stick with a boring grey color. When your flashing needs inspection, repair, or replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.