Roof painting is important, you can’t argue that. Our house roofs are fully exposed to all of our harsh elements. And there are so many different types of roof materials meaning we need different types of paint. From metal roof paint, to paint for cement and roof tiles and all masonry surfaces.
Then there is roof spraying that most homeowners tend to overlook. But spraying your Sydney roof can positively impact the longevity of your roof. And to ensure that your roof lasts the distance, Sydney licensed painter, Summit Coatings is here to share 4 common mistakes you should avoid.
1. Using leftover paint for your roof
Most of the time, homeowners tend to cut costs by using leftover paint that was used for other parts of the house even when they should be using metal roof paint. When you think about it the material used to construct the rest of the house is usually quite different to what is used to construct the roof, isn’t it?
Remember the roof is one of the most important parts of your home. If it’s not properly cared for, you could end up with expensive problems down below that are difficult (and sometimes impossible) to fix on an individual basis!
That’s why we recommend homeowners invest in quality roof paints that are designed to protect their roofs from harsh elements. Paints specifically made for metal roofs must be heat, water, and pest resistant. Using the correct type of paint will ensure that your roof stays in top condition and will last a very long time.
2. Not preparing your roof
Prior to painting your Sydney roof, make sure to high-pressure wash it in order to remove:
- other particles that might get in the way for the paint to adhere
Preparation is key to ensuring the longevity of your paint job.
If you are adding a fresh coat of paint, ensure that your roof is cleaned first to remove the old paint as well as other dirt particles.
In case of rust issues, make sure to sand or scrape the surface area and apply a rust converter to completely remove rust. Wipe off treated area with paint thinner to removed excess rust converter.
It is also a good idea to check for any cracks or damage to your roof. As it’s a lot easier to repair these before the painting begins.
3. Incorrect application
A common mistake when homeowners DIY their roof painting is that they either use too little or too much paint. Doing so will lead to peeling and other problems along the line. Make sure to apply primer first for the paint to adhere to the roof’s surface. Then once dry, apply 2 coats of your desired paint colour. The range of colours will be heaven to go through.
As licensed painters in Sydney, we suggest using an airless sprayer as it is the best way to paint a metal roof. However, should you decide to do it yourself, rollers and brushes are okay as long as it’s designed for use on metal.
4. Disregarding maintenance work
We often think that the job is done as soon as we’ve completed painting the surface. However, maintenance work must be completed regularly to keep the roof in pristine condition. Cleaning the roof once in a while is important to remove debris and other dirt particles. Take some time to inspect your roof for any leaks, rough patches, and bald spots that may eventually weaken the structure.
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