DIY ROOF PAINTING VS USING A PROFESSIONAL
For some of us who don’t mind a bit of DIY, painting your own roof can be a tantalising prospect. In the long run will it save you money? Our guide below will help you figure out if DIY Roof Painting is for you with the following questions:
- How to paint a roof
- What equipment will I need?
- Pros vs cons of painting your own roof
Check out our guide below to work out whether painting your own roof is worth it.
1. HOW TO PAINT A ROOF
Before even considering painting your roof, grab yourself a ladder and inspect your roof. Is the ridge capping damaged or loose? Are there broken tiles? Maybe there’s some wavy quality to the roof itself. If you’re not able to make these repairs yourself, then please don’t try to paint your own roof. If you paint over areas that need repairs, you’ll only give yourself problems down the track.
If there’s no repairs needed, then read on:
HOW TO PAINT YOUR ROOF: STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
- Install safety equipment. You’ll need to install temporary edge protection or safety harnesses to make sure you can work safely.
- Clean the roof. Next you need to clean the roof using a high pressure water blaster. This removes any built up dirt and moss.
- Spray on the primer & sealer. A coat of primer/sealer should be applied to the clean roof. You should allow time for it to soak into the porous tile. For metal roofs, apply Metal Primer Plus.
- Apply 2 x coats of Roof Protect. once the previous coat has dried, spray on two thick coats of Roof Protect roof membrane in a colour of your choice.
- Apply optional Nano Glaze coating. Lastly, you should apply an optional coat of Nano Glaze on top to make the roof look extra glossy. (Not recommended for metal roofs).
“If you’re not comfortable climbing on your roof, making your own repairs, and cleaning it with a high pressure water blaster, please call a professional. Don’t attempt DIY roof painting”.
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2. WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
Depending on your roof, there are a minimum amount of items you’ll need to carry out the work yourself:
1. Extension Ladder. The ladder should extend at least 1 metre past the edge of the roof.
2. Safety Equipment. You should wear a harness and correctly install a temporary anchor point or edge protection before commencing work. The roof will be wet and slippery, so you’ll want to stay safe.
3. High pressure water blaster. Make sure you also have a hose long enough to reach all parts of the roof. You need to thoroughly clean the roof before applying any paint.
4. Paint spray gun & pump. These can often be rented from local heavy equipment suppliers. Let them know you’re spraying paint onto your roof, as they need to supply the correct tip and gun combination for your application.
Apart from these main items, you may also benefit from buying some plastic drop sheets, masking tape and paint rollers to keep overspray from unwanted surfaces.
3. PROS VS CONS OF DIY ROOF PAINTING
FACTOR 1: COST
You may save some money painting your own roof, mainly on the labour component. But those savings might also get eaten up in increased material and equipment rental costs. Painting your roof may require equipment that will be more expensive for you to hire than professional painters. Some roofs cannot be walked on and a hoist may be needed. It’s unlikely the person who rents you the hoist or the person operating it will want an amateur inside the hoist.
FACTOR 2: QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP
As an amateur, you may not have the skillset needed to paint the roof correctly. But a professional won’t have that issue. They’re familiar with the whole process and know what it takes to make the job look great. A professional will have the experience and qualifications needed to work safely and efficiently at heights and they know their limits. An amateur might push their limits and an accident can occur. Even an accident like spilling paint can add hours to the job and a more serious accident could land you in the hospital.
FACTOR 3: FEAR
This may sound simple, but while you may be ok climbing on the roof of a dry roof, how will you feel walking on a wet roof? Or one covered in paint? These things can give you a huge rush of adrenaline and cause you to fall. So one of the biggest benefits to using a pro vs DIY roof painting, is that you keep yourself safe. And can you put a price on your own safety?
When you think about it and compare costs, having a roof professionally painted can be relatively inexpensive and you won’t be risking an accident or mishap when you try DIY roof painting. Just make sure you hire a roof painter who has a good reputation in your area and can provide you with references and show you roofs they have already painted.
For more information on hiring a professional, see our article on accredited applicators.