When Should I Paint my Roof?
The roof of your home is a vital part of its structure. It protects the inside of your home from the sun, wind, and water damage. Many homeowners want to do everything they can to keep their roof in the best possible condition, since a damaged roof can be very expensive to replace and the damage caused by a faulty roof can be even more costly. One great method that can be used to keep your roof beautiful and healthy is known as roof painting. Having a roof painted can drastically increase its lifespan, regardless of the material that the roof is made of. There are also other beneficial aspects to having a roof painted, such as making an old roof look new again for a fraction of the cost or giving your entire home a new look by having the roof painted at the same time as you change your siding color. The sections below will cover when you should paint your roof and the benefits that you can expect from this investment in the lifespan of your roof.
Time of Year
Having a roof painted is a great idea, but certain times of year are better for this type of project than others. The rainy season is the worst choice, since water can adversely affect paints and primers if the paint or primer don’t have time to dry thoroughly before the rain hits them. It is also a problem is the surface to be painted is wet or damp, which is especially true for wood shingles. The hottest time of year is a better choice than the rainy season, but it is still not ideal. The very high temperatures of the roof due to the constant rays from the sun can make the roof too hot for paint to adhere properly or it may dry to fast to offer an even finish. The ideal time of year to have a roof painted in Florida is the winter, when temperatures are not as high as they can be during the rest of the year and the weather isn’t very rainy.
Different types of roofing material can age in different ways. The good news is that regardless of the material that your roof is made of, roof painting is a great way to make it look new again and to prevent water from leaking into your home. Asphalt shingles can crack or peel as they age, but if the roof is painted before the shingles become severely damaged, their lifespan can be increased compared to their lifespan without the protective layer of paint. Wood shingles are also a great material to paint, since most paints are more waterproof than typical wood stains and can keep your roof waterproof for a greater length of time. Roofs made of aluminum sheeting tend to have their color fade or peel once the roof needs to be replaced. However, a roof paint is a great way to refresh the color while also protecting the metal from the elements. By painting your roof, you can often avoid premature replacement and extend the life of a roof that is due to be replaced in the near future. Of course, a roof that is already leaking and full of holes cannot be repaired with paint alone, so it is a good idea to paint your roof sooner rather than later.
One of the best times to have your roof painted is when you are having other exterior work done on your home. For example, if you are having the siding painted or replaced, or the window and door trim painted, it can be a good time to make sure that your roof looks as good as the other exterior walls. Fresh siding with a faded roof is never a good look. It is also a great opportunity to change the color of your roof if you have made drastic changes to the outer appearance of your home. For example, if you had a dark green asphalt roof and changed your siding to be a yellow color, it is a good idea to change your roof color to black. Changing the shingles themselves would be too expensive, but with roof painting you are free to change the color of your roof as you please.
Overall, roof painting is a perfect way to protect your roof from the elements, whether it is an older roof or a newer roof, regardless of the roofing material that is currently on your home. Of course, paint is not a cure-all for severe damage, but it is a solution when roof damage is just starting and you aren’t ready to have the roof replaced just yet. Roof painting also gives you the freedom to change the exterior of your home in any way you like, since changing the color of your roofing material has never been easier!