With their durability, resistance to damage, and longevity, metal roofs have a lot going for them. When you think of “metal,” a cold, limited visual appeal might come to mind. Fortunately, when it comes to their aesthetics, metal roofs are actually very flexible. The reason for this is that you can have your metal roof painted. When it comes to matching your metal roof’s appearance with the style of your home, there are countless options available. There are also other benefits to painting your roof.
The Benefits of Painting a Metal Roof
Besides improving the curb appeal of your home, your roof’s energy efficiency can be improved, depending on the type of paint you use. If you choose a color, such as white or other light colors, your roof is made more reflective. This means your home will absorb less heat, which in turn means less energy to cool. Essentially, by adding a coat of paint you are adding another protective layer against general wear and tear.
Can You Paint an Old Metal Roof?
You are possibly a bit hesitant to paint an old metal roof. There is actually no reason for not doing so. It is, in fact, recommended that metal roofs are repainted at least once every ten years. If, however, your metal roof is coming to the end of its lifespan and is starting to experience issues, its problems will not be fixed by painting. It would be better to replace your roof at this point.
Potential Snags to Painting a Metal Roof
There are a couple of downsides to painting a metal roof which could hurt your curb appeal as well as reduce its effectiveness.
- Not applying the paint correctly
- Using the wrong paint
A latex-based paint is essential for a metal roof. This is because as temperatures change the metal expands and contracts. A latex-based paint is able to stretch, so when the metal does expand or contract it won’t be affected.