Painting an old roof is a fantastic way to give it a new lease on life for a fraction of the cost of a new roof. It is a big job that requires a certain level of skill and the right technique and products, not to mention the safety measures that need to be implemented. Here is why roof painting needs to be done properly.
Produces a long-lasting finish
If you attempt to paint your roof yourself and you have no prior experience, you may end up with a poor finish that’s done more harm than good. The roof needs to be properly prepared first before any paint is sprayed onto it. When it comes time to apply the paint, the thickness needs to be consistent and the right type of paint needs to be used. A common issue we see as roof painters here at MDC Specialists is an uneven finish and a light coating of paint around the edges of the roof. The reason for this can be because the person painting doesn’t want the paint to spray onto the surrounding exterior of the home, or they didn’t want to get too close to the edge of the roof when applying it. This is a cause for concern because the paint has been applied so thin that it does not adhere to the surface as it should, and the rain and sun’s UV rays cause it to flake off in no time. Some shoddy painters will leave this area bare and won’t even bother painting it at all! Seeing patches of the original roof with the new colour looks unsightly and unprofessional and it can make your roof look worse than it did before you started. Additionally, some roofs aren’t suitable for painting, so this should be checked beforehand otherwise you may be wasting your time and money on paint. This is where a roof inspection will come in handy. Sometimes a new roof may be in order or repairs may need to be done first.
Professional painters have the necessary skills and equipment to complete the job to a high standard that’s going to last.
It will not compromise the value of your home
If your painted roof hasn’t been done properly and you decide to put your home on the market, this can decrease the value of your property. Curb appeal is people’s first impression of a home, and the condition of your roof can be make or break for some potential buyers. A lot of people would be deterred by a roof that has paint that is flaky or uneven, even more people would be knowing that they’ll have to spend thousands of dollars on it to get it fixed. A properly painted roof can add value to your property so always ensure you either hire a reputable roof painter Gold Coast or if you are going to do it yourself, make sure it’s done properly from the get-go.
Can save you money and time in the long-run
Having to redo a roof that hasn’t been painted properly can end up costing you more in the long run. You’ll likely need to buy more paint and spend time redoing the paintwork. If you choose to have a professional complete the job, this can cost even more. Hiring a reputable painting professional from the start can save you a considerable amount of money and hassle in the long run.
Address and fix any potential issues
Not all signs of roof damage are noticeable, and they may require a trained eye to detect them. Painting over issues can temporarily disguise them and they may go unnoticed until they have caused significant damage to your home. If you do want to paint your roof yourself, you should always have a professional roof inspection done first. This way you can remedy any issues before painting and you won’t have to worry about this happening at your place.
How often does a roof need to be painted?
The answer to this question will depend on who you’ve got to paint it in the first place. If it is an amateur job or an incorrect application technique has been used, you’ll be lucky if it lasts a few years. Your roof is exposed to unrelenting conditions and this is why it is imperative that the proper steps are taken, and the right products and paints are used. If you’ve hired a trusted painter to paint your roof and if they’ve done everything by the books, you can expect your roof paint to last for 15 years or more.
Benefits of taking the time to paint your roof properly
It can modernise your home
When the roof is in an outdated colour, this can detract from the overall appeal of the home and it can make it look aged. Often people revamp the exterior of the home and forget about the roof. If you are going to undertake renovations and your roof is in otherwise good condition, painting it is an affordable way to give it a refreshed and contemporary appearance.
It can reduce your homes energy consumption
Painting your roof in a lighter colour can reduce your home’s energy consumption drastically. Darker coloured roofs absorb heat from the sun and transfer this into the home. Lighter-coloured roofs such as white deflect heat and keep the home cooler in the summer months. This can help to reduce your home’s energy consumption by a massive 30%. This can save you thousands of dollars over the years which makes the initial outlay of painting your roof in the first place a good investment.
Better for the environment
With a lighter colour on your roof, your home is using less electricity and this is beneficial for the environment. Little ways to be more earth conscious all add up and can make the biggest of differences in the big scheme of things.
Hire the best in the business for your roof painting – MDC Specialists!
At MDC Specialists, we have the expertise, equipment, and knowledge to conduct our roof painting projects to the absolute highest standard. We only use the finest paints to ensure you achieve a long-lasting and flawless-looking roof. For more information, reach out to us today.