Roof maintenance is of paramount importance when helping to prevent corrosion, leaks and costly deterioration. A fresh lick of paint can also improve the exterior appearance of any building, so why not take a look at the roof paint here and redecorate like a pro? Here’s how:
Step one: Give your roof a clean
Everything, from dust to debris, can easily settle on roofed surfaces. For this reason, it’s essential to give your roof a thorough clean before you begin painting. Using a high-pressure washer is the quickest and most-effective way to clean corrugated roofs, but if you don’t have one it’s fine to use a hosepipe and brush the water away with a broom. If your roof is tiled, use a chemical to get rid of lichen before using the hosepipe and broom trick again.
Step two: Check for roof damage
Preparation is key before any paint job, so also be sure to check for roof damage. Precipitation, cold weather and windy conditions can all lead to broken and cracked tiles which should be replaced as quickly as possible to avoid problems down the line. If the mortar around the tiles is damaged and you’re in the mood for a bit of DIY, simply remove the capping, apply new mortar and pop the capping back in place. If you don’t feel comfortable doing the work yourself, it might be worth calling in a professional.
Step three: Buy the right amount of paint
The last thing you want is to run out of paint before you’ve finished the entire roof which is why it’s important to calculate the surface area of your roof and buy enough paint to apply the number of coats required. While paint can be bought relatively cheaply these days, doing the maths will ensure you don’t buy too much product either, helping to keep redecorating costs down. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about the colour you need being out of stock, as you’ll have all the equipment you require to get to work.
Step four: Paint
Once the above steps have been done, you’re now ready to paint. While the quickest way to paint a tiled or corrugated roof is with an airless spray gun, you can also use rollers or brushes, especially to cover tricky corners or ridge caps. If your roof is metal, try to use paint specifically designed for metal surfaces, as this will be easier to apply and will stand the test of time. Always make sure you can get down from the roof without walking over the paintwork and don’t paint on a windy day as using ladders can be dangerous.
Maintaining a roof can greatly improve the appearance of a building, so why not give it a go using the above professional tips?
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