Can You Paint a Metal Roof?

Dec 20, 2019

Can You Paint a Metal Roof? | IBEX Roof

We’ve been talking about all different types of roofs and a common question homeowners ask is whether or not you can paint a metal roof. The short answer is yes, you can! In fact, it is one aspect of metal roof maintenance if you have an older roof. If you recently installed a metal roof onto your home, you won’t have to worry about painting it for at least the first 10-30 years; double-check the paint warranty from your roof’s manufacturer.

Benefits of Painting Your Metal Roof

After 10-30 years, painting your metal roof is one way to maintain your roof to prevent a full-on roof replacement. Painting your roof will help refresh your roof and re-seal it so that it won’t rust or erode from rain or snow. It will also help maintain your home’s curb appeal. Even if your roof is in good shape, some homeowners may decide to paint it to update the look of their home altogether.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Not getting an inspection

Always get an inspection before doing any type of work on your roof. Find a roofer who works or has worked with metal roofs. They will be able to properly evaluate any problems with your roof and advise you on the best way to repair or paint it. They’ll also be able to recommend the right type of paint for your roof so that it will last longer.

Using the wrong paint

Never use old, leftover paint or just any type of paint on your roof. There are a variety of paints that are specifically made to be used on metal roofs. A good place to start researching the right type of paint is by going directly to the manufacturer or installer of your roof. Using the wrong paint on your roof can lead to erosion and damage. Plus, it just won’t look good!

Wrong application methods

Primer helps paint stick to the surface of your roof and the topcoat is what seals it in. It’s important that both are used for a job that looks good while lasting a long time. Additionally, different types of paints will require their own application method based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Can I Paint My Roof Myself?

There are several reasons why we don’t recommend homeowners paint their roofs on their own. First, metal roofs are easier to slip on than other roof materials. We never recommend untrained professionals to climb onto their roof, especially if it’s a metal one. Second, there are some metal roofs that can get easily damaged if you walk on it the wrong way. Hire a professional to ensure that your roof stays in its best shape. This will also guarantee a quality paint job when everything is finished!