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Should I Get My Roof Painted? Everything You Need To Know About Roof Painting

You've painted the exterior of your home, your bedrooms and bathrooms, and maybe even your back deck... but what about your roof?

You might not think paint belongs on the roof (what's the point if you can't even see it?), but that's not actually true. Painting your roof can benefit your home in a number of ways. 

We've put together this guide to help you learn more about roof painting, why you need it, and when to get a fresh coat. 

So make sure you keep reading below for some helpful tips. 

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Roof Painting Benefits: Why It Adds More Than Just "Looks"

Painting your roof does much more than just make it look nice (although it does this, too!). Without proper roof paint, your roof can develop all kinds of problems over the years. 

Here's a quick breakdown of some of the most important benefits of roof painting. 

Reduces Your Energy Bill 

When you paint your roof, you're lowering your energy bill at the same time. 

Here's how it works. 

The paint on your roof adds an extra layer of insulation to your home. This helps keep the heat and cold out of your house, which keeps the temperature at a comfortable level. This means you won't have to run your HVAC system as often and for as long. 

You can also paint your roof a color that reflects the heat away from your house. This keeps your home even cooler, so you won't have to spend money on your air conditioner. 

While painting your roof is an investment, it's one that will help pay for itself with all the money you'll save in the long run. 

Makes Your Roof Last Longer 

Roof paint adds a protective layer over the base material of your roof. It prevents things like harmful UV rays, moisture, and debris from directly damage your roofing material. 

Because of this, painting your roof will extend its lifespan. Instead of repairing or replacing your roof, you can simply repaint it when the current paint starts to wear down. 

Prevents Leaks from Forming 

If your roof springs a leak, it can cause hundreds (or thousands) of dollars of damages to your home. Repairing a roof leak can be an expensive and difficult process, especially if the water seeps through the walls of your home and spreads throughout the house. 

Roof paint prevents moisture from gathering on the roofing material, which stops any molding, rotting, or degrading. This adds extra protection against leaks, which can help you save a lot of money. 

Adds Value to Your Home 

Painting your roof makes improves the appearance of your home. If your home looks nicer from the outside, your curb appeal gets a boost. Add that boost to the other benefits of roof paint, and people will be willing to spend more money when buying your home (should you choose to sell). 

These things raise the value of your home. 

 

What Happens If You Don't Paint Your Roof?

If you don't paint your home, your roof will have trouble "staying healthy." Without this paint, you're exposing the base material of your roof to the elements, which can damage it or cause it to wear down faster. 

Because of this, you may have to repair your roof much sooner than normal. 

But that's only the start of the problem. If you aren't careful, the damages can get out of hand quick. Your roof can get passed the point of saving in a few short years. 

This means you'll have to replace your entire roof instead of making a few simple repairs. And this isn't cheap. 

It's always a better idea, both for your home and your wallet, to paint your roof and repaint it when needed. 

Signs You Need to Repaint Your Roof 

You probably don't spend a lot of time looking at your roof, so how are you supposed to know when it's time to repaint it? There are a few tricks that'll help you stay on top of this chore. 

Here are a few ways that'll help you recognize when it's time to repaint your roof. 

The Paint Looks Old and Worn 

If you can, use a ladder to climb up to your roof and take a quick look around. How does the paint look? Is it faded, worn, peeling, or bubbling? 

These things mean you need to repaint a fresh coat over your roof. 

However, you should never climb on your roof if you can't do it safely. Your safety should be your top priority. It's a better idea to hire a professional for a roof inspection than to risk getting hurt (and spending a lot of money on hospital bills). 

You Haven't Painted It in a Long Time 

You also know it's time to repaint your roof if you haven't done it in the last 10 years. Roof paint doesn't last much longer than this—though depending on the type of paint, you may be able to wait 15 years between coats. 

How to Paint Your Roof

You should never try to paint your roof on your own. If you don't have the right equipment or experience, it can be a dangerous job. Because of this, you should hire a professional to take care of your roof painting job for you. Also keep in mind that painting your roof can void the manufacturers warranty! 

Not sure who to hire?

We've got you covered! Don't hesitate to give us a call to learn more about our roofing services and how we can help you! 

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