Painting Roofing Shingles – Can it be done?
After much research into forums and informational roofing sites, at Riedel I discovered that you can in fact paint your Shingles. The most prominent reason that homeowners decide to do this is that they don’t like the color of of shingles they bought, or want to liven up the appearance of their home. Whatever the reason, it is actually relatively common. In fact, in addition to painting your shingles, it if often coupled with painting your siding.
Choosing The Right Paint
When painting your Shingles, it helps to do some research in the different types of paint as opposed to pulling out a can of exterior paint and deciding to DIY. One of the most popular roof paints in the industry is BEHR Multi-Surface Roof Paint
It was formulated to protect against high temperatures to prevent shingles cracking and deteriorating. It also helps with resisting the buildup of mold and mildew. The temperature on the surface of your roof can reach highs of 150 degrees Fahrenheit so it is extremely important to pick a brand such as BEHR that will give you long lasting protection.
This paint can be used on asphalt shingles, wood shakes, tile as well as a bunch of other roofing materials. It has excellent adhesive nature that will secure the paint to different roofing materials and is available in a variety of custom colors. With a 100% latex flat finish, BEHR paint will not discolor when exposed to high temperatures.
It is suggested by the NRA that you perform maintenance touch ups every 5-7 years. Some people may consider this a big cost but it does save you from removing and replacing them all as opposed to just painting them. Having a full replacement solely because the color is not to your liking is an even bigger cost.
Benefits of Painting Your Shingles
1. If your Roof is discolored or you are repainting your home, you probably want the overall appearance of your home to be the same. Who wants a shabby brown color with your newly painted – white or blue or even gray house? In this situation, it is wiser to paint your shingles if you’re unhappy with it instead of cringing or replacing it altogether.
2. Using a paint with a white or reflective surface can help you to lower your utility bills. This happens because the white surface can reflect the heat thus keeping home cooler and improving your energy efficiency.
Contractor vs DIY
Painting your shingles seems like quite an easy task and many people do in fact do it themselves. But this would depend on your skill level. For example when dealing with cedar shingles, it’s important that your carefully follow the guidelines. If you don’t, you can set yourself back days or even weeks of work. In the worst case scenario, you may damage your shingles and need to have them replaced.
In other cases, homeowners may prefer to hire a contractor on the basis of efficiency, avoiding costly mishaps and to get the job done right! Not all contractors offer this service but you can look around and you’re sure to find one that does. An added benefit of hiring contractors is that they have specialized tools to get the job done quickly with an even coat of paint. Here’s an example:
These painting sprays ensure that an even coat is achieved and saves a lot of time if you had to
use paint brushes. I’d say that using a contractor for this job is the best decision to make as it
has a lot of benefits and while painting your roof may seem like an odd choice, it’s definitely a
possibility. However, if your roof is very old you may want to take the path of full replacement.
Not sure if your roof is too old? Contact your local roofing contractor to do an inspection to find