Is the roof on your home starting to look a little tired? Would you like to give it a new look without the need to replace it? Well, you can simply by painting it. But you need to be aware that painting a roof yourself isn’t that as straightforward as you think. You can of course hire a professional to do the work for you. If money is tight then doing it yourself is the other option. When it comes to painting the roof on your own home these simple steps should help.
Step 1 – Choose Painting Tools
You can either paint your roof using specialist spraying equipment, rollers, or brushes. Most people paint their own roof using rollers and brushes. Rollers help to cover the roof with paint more quickly. Whilst the brushes will be used to paint details such as the ridge caps and corners.
Step 2 – Choose A Good Roof Paint
The paint you should use for the roof on your own should be one that reflects light and heat. This will ensure that your house remains cool in the summer and helps to keep electricity costs down. Make sure you choose a colour that matches the rest of the exterior of your home.
Step 3 – Install Safety Equipment
As you will be working at height you need to ensure that you have the right kind of safety equipment installed. Along with scaffolding, you’ll need a safety harness and edge protection. Make sure that you test all equipment before you begin work on painting your roof.
Step 4 – Clean And Inspect The Roof
Your roof needs to be thoroughly cleaned and left to dry before you even think about painting it. The best way to remove any stubborn dirt is by using a pressure washer. As you clean the roof inspect it thoroughly to check if any repairs need to be carried out.
Step 5 – Apply The Primer
This step is vital as not only will it cover over any old paint but provide a surface for the new paint to adhere to. If you don’t apply it then the new paint won’t last as long as you would like.
Step 6 – Apply 2 Coats Of Paint
It is important that you apply 2 coats of paint to the roof of your home. After applying the first coat you now need to leave it so it has enough time to dry completely before you then apply the second coat.
Step 7 – Apply A Sealant To The Roof
This may not always be necessary with some forms of roof paint. But by applying a glaze or sealant on top of the paint is a good idea. It is good for helping to protect the paint against wear and tear. Plus it will provide the perfect finish to the work you’ve done before.