Painting a roof is essential to give your house an attractive look and fine finish. Among the things that visitors will first see is the roof to your house. The others are the wall finishing, painting and fences. Therefore, to give it a good first impression, the roof should have a stunning colour and outlook. This means that you should hire a professional to repaint it regularly to maintain its glossy and fresh appearance. One of the leading roof painters in Australia is Retro Roof that operates within Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine coast neighborhoods.
Roofs of different materials
Whether the roof is corrugated or tiled, you should start by washing off dirt and dust. Using a high pressure washer ensures that you remove all sticky materials like birds droppings. Including a strong washing chemical is essential to cleaning it thorough and effectively. If you have a small budget, using a hose pipe to supply water and a broom to scrub will do. Before you start painting, ensure that the water has dried up and that any broken tiles are repaired. For tiled roofs, check the ridge capping for faults. Apply a new mix of mortar to replace all broken tiles. Roofs made of corrugated iron sheets easier to clean.
For tiled roofs, use an airless spraying technique. With an airless spray gun, you can start by spraying 4 or 5 tiles down from the top of the roof on one end. You should start from the top downwards to avoid stepping on wet paint as you climb down. Then spray across to the other end. Repeat the procedure for the next set of 4 or 5 tiles. Each time you do so, ensure you paint down to the edge of the previous painted tile. This way, you avoid overlap marks of paint.
Additionally, do not paint with the spray gun in windy weather. The wind will sweep away paint to other parts of the house, your body or to your neighbor’s house. Similarly, do not paint on a rainy day as your efforts will be washed down.
The kind of paint
Painting experts from Retro Roof will advise you that oil-based paints are usually the best for the roof if you intend to collect rain water. Water-based paints may be washed away from the roof into your tank, posing health hazards. But if you are not going to collect water from it, let your cement or concrete tiled roofs have a water-based paint. On the other hand, iron roofs are best suited for oiled-based paints. This keeps them from rusting.
Safety when painting
Ensure that the ladder is supported strongly by a solid surface such as a wall. If it is a hot day, ensure you start painting early in the morning when the sun is not out yet. Strong sunshine may heat the fresh paint causing you to inhale harmful paint fumes. As you paint,
ensure that you wear proper protective clothing. Wear sturdy boots and safety gloves to keep your feet and hands protected from nails and iron sheets. Similarly, wear safety glasses, shield for your mouth and nose from paint and wear a helmet. Oil-based paints are highly flammable. Therefore, do not light a match or smoke while painting. Finally, when you are done, take a bath to thoroughly wash off any paint on your body.