DIY ROOF PAINTING VS USING A PROFESSIONAL
Our DIY roof painting page will show some things to consider prior to undertaking a roof painting project.
Our guide below will help you figure out if DIY Roof Painting is right for you, with the following areas:
- How to paint a roof.
- What equipment will I need?
- Pros vs cons of DIY roof painting.
Check out our guide below.
1. HOW TO PAINT A ROOF
An inspection of your roof should be performed before considering DIY roof painting. The ridge capping, tiles and roof itself should be thoroughly checked for any damage. Therefore, a complete roof inspection and repairs of any areas should be carried out prior to roof painting. Painting over areas that need repairs will give you problems down the track.
Read on if there’s no repairs needed.
HOW TO PAINT YOUR ROOF: STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
- Installation of safety equipment. Installation of temporary edge protection, safety harnesses and necessary safety precautions should be implemented to ensure a safe working platform.
- Cleaning of the roof. After safety precautions are installed, cleaning of the roof using a high pressure water blaster should be performed. This will remove any built up dirt and moss, therefore properly preparing the area for paint.
- Primer & sealer. Apply a coat of primer/sealer to the clean roof. Allow time for it to soak into the porous tile. For metal roofs, apply Metal Primer Plus.
- 2 x coats of Roof Protect. Once the previous coat has dried, apply 2 thick coats of Roof Protect roof membrane in a colour of your choice.
- Optional Nano Glaze coating. Lastly, as an option, you can apply a coat of Nano Glaze on top to make the roof look extra gloss. (Not recommended for metal roofs).
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Do not attempt DIY Roof Painting, if you’re uncomfortable climbing on your roof, making your own repairs, or cleaning with a high pressure water blaster. Instead, call a professional.
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2. WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
There are a minimum amount of items needed to carry out roof painting and may vary depending on your roof:
1. Extension Ladder. The ladder needs to extend at least 1 meter past the edge of the roof. Therefore, ensure you have the right extension ladder.
2. Safety Equipment. A harness is needed to be worn at all times. Installation of temporary anchor points is required for harness connection. Edge protection may also be required. The roof can be wet and slippery, so safety precautions are needed.
3. High pressure water blaster. A thorough clean of the roof should be performed before applying any paint. Therefore, an extension hose may be needed to reach all parts of the roof.
4. Paint spray gun & pump. These items can be rented from local heavy equipment suppliers. The supplier will need to supply the correct tip and gun combination for the application. So you will need to let them know that it is for roof painting
Apart from these main items, plastic drop sheets, masking tape and paint rollers can be used to keep over-spray from unwanted surfaces.
3. PROS VS CONS OF DIY ROOF PAINTING
FACTOR 1: COST
A saving may be possible by painting your own roof. Although this saving can be eaten up in increased material and equipment rental costs. Painting your roof may require equipment that can be more expensive for you to hire than hiring a professional. Some roofs cannot be walked on and require a hoist. Hoist hire requires use with a license, so this may be out of reach for the local amateur. Therefore, contact us for a free quote to compare on price.
FACTOR 2: QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP
Skill is needed to paint the roof correctly. A professional knows how to perform the job correctly and right. They have the experience and qualifications needed to work safely and efficiently at heights. An amateur might push their limits and an accident can occur. So sometimes the safest option is the best option.
FACTOR 3: FEAR
Walking on a dry roof is different from walking on a wet roof. It is different again when navigating safely on a while performing repairs or holding heavy equipment. These factors can contribute to a huge rush of adrenaline and cause you to fall. So one of the biggest benefits of using a professional vs DIY roof painting, is that you keep yourself safe.
When you compare all of the above, having a roof professionally painted roof can be relatively inexpensive and the safest option. If you decide to go with a professional, ensure you hire a local roof painter with a good reputation and references. Hiring a local is best, as you can check on their recently completed works and know that they’re charging local prices. So call us today to get a free quote.
For more information on hiring a professional, see our article on accredited applicators.
Health & Safety
When following our DIY advice above, ensure all equipment is used appropriately and safely. Follow all safety requirements listed on each piece of equipment. Consult an expert if unsure at any point, such as one of our highly qualified professional roofers.
Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council’s Environmental Health Officer. You can also get a free roof inspection from one of our roofers. Visit our home page for more information.