We recently had the honour of re-painting one the oldest homes in Remuera. Mainston Mansion was built in 1853 by the then soon to be superintendent of Auckland Mr Robert Graham. Mr Graham was born in ...
Homeowners and property managers would know that maintenance of the roof is just as important as any other part of a building. Painting the roof not only keeps the whole building in good condition, but also ensures the longevity of the property. Ideally, the roof of a house should be re-painted at least once every five years or so. This maintenance approach keeps the roof in perfect condition and also ensures that minor issues such leaks and rust are easily identified and taken care of with minimal cost to the owner.
While there is no denying the fact that roofs of both commercial as well as residential properties need regular painting, factors like type of paint, time of painting the building and solvents also affect the longevity of the property. In this article we will discuss the top things to keep in mind while painting the roof of a building.
1. Choose the right paint: If you have decided to paint the roof of your house or building, bear in mind that there is a specific paint for each roof type. While it is true that most roof paints can be applied to a number of surfaces, it is best to go for the right match. If you are looking for a one size fits all solution, going for an acrylic paint is the ideal choice. This is because acrylic paints are water based solutions and thus give you the freedom to paint without any additional solvents like thinners and turpentine. Also, synthetic solvents are a health hazard and are not environmentally friendly.
2. Clean the surface well: The whole purpose of painting the roof will be pointless if the surface is not properly cleaned. Though it may seem to be a daunting task to get rid of all the dust, dirt and any flaky pieces of rust, the result of this exercise will keep you happy and satisfied for a long time to come. To make the process easier, it is advisable to use metal brushes and sugar-soap solutions. Once the surface is absolutely clean, the paint will stay on for years.
3. Insist on UV protection: Before painting the roof of your house, make sure that the paint you use is UV resistant. These paints cost you slightly more, but the longevity they give to your roof is worthwhile. With New Zealand’s weather like it is it makes all the more sense to have UV protection for your roof. Another important thing to keep in mind is the spread rate of the paint you purchase. Paint with more spread rate may require a couple of coats.
4. Choose the right time: Timing of the re-paint of your roof is also a crucial factor as it decides the durability of the paint. Choose a time when rainfall and humidity is the lowest. In such weather the paints dry faster and you can give more gap between the coats.
Painting the roof of your house is an integral part of its maintenance. Make sure you do it at the right time and choose the most suitable paints. By following this approach you can keep the roof of your house intact for years. If you would like more information about our services or would like to book a professional to come to your property just give us a call, we’ll be more than happy to help you.