You’ve recently purchased a new home in the last few years and have finally taken a deep, long look at the roof. It’s not as clean-looking as you once thought, huh? All of the shingles seem to be in decent condition, so now you’re wondering “Can I paint my roof?”
The Answer is…
Yes, you can actually paint your roof. However, you can’t just use any regular can of paint. Special paint specifically made for exterior surfaces (like roofs) are made to withstand rough weather conditions and extreme temperatures. The temperature of the average roof during summer can reach up to a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll need an acrylic latex roof paint that will resist the urge to chip and crack under these conditions.
The Problem With Painted Roofs
Roof paint doesn’t last very long due to the extreme temperatures and weather conditions roofs are constantly exposed to. You’ll need to repaint your roof every five years or so, depending on how the paint holds up. You can also run into the problem of trapping moisture below the paint, which can lead to mold growth and eventual rot. When painting a roof, it might be best to hire an expert roofer to avoid any mistakes during application.
Should You Paint Your Roof?
While painting your roof will give your home a new, younger look, that doesn’t mean it should be done. Many contractors and roofers will refuse to paint roofs simply because they aren’t trained in this service. Between the short lifespan of the paintjob, the potential problems it can create, and the rarity of finding a contractor will to do this job, it might not be worth it at all. During the next roof replacement, put the extra time in picking out a color you love and keep up with the proper maintenance to ensure the color stays around for a long, long time.
Can you actually paint a roof — and if you can, should you? Well, no matter what your roofing needs are, we’ll be here to meet them and discuss every option available. Just give us a call!