Do Metal Roofs Need to be Painted?

Do Metal Roofs Need to be Painted?

Metal roofs have a lot going for them in terms of their durability, resistance to damage, and longevity. However, you might be wondering about their aesthetic appeal. After all, when you think of the word “metal” you think of a cold, limited visual appeal. Fortunately, metal roofs are actually very flexible when it comes to their aesthetic. This is because you can have your metal roof painted, which means there countless options when it comes to matching your metal roof’s look with the existing style of your home. It’s also worth noting the other ways painting your metal roof can be beneficial.

The Benefits of Painting a Metal Roof

In addition to improving the curb appeal of your property, painting your metal roof can help to improve your roof’s energy efficiency. This is dependent on the type of paint you use. The color you choose (such as white or other light colors) can make your roof more reflective. In turn, your home will absorb less heat, thereby requiring less energy to cool. Not to mention adding a coat of paint is, in essence, adding another layer of protection against general wear and tear.

Painting an Old Metal Roof

You might be a little hesitant to paint an older metal roof. Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with doing so. In fact, repainting metal roofs is recommended at least once every ten years. But if your metal roof is reaching the end of its expected lifespan and is beginning to experience issues, then painting it isn’t going to fix its problems. At this point, you’ll be better off replacing your roof.

Potential Drawbacks of Painting a Metal Roof

There are only a couple of potential drawbacks to painting a metal roof which can reduce it’s effectiveness as well as hurt your curb appeal.

  • If you don’t apply the paint properly
  • If you don’t use the right paint

A metal roof requires latex-based paint. This is because metal expands and contracts as temperatures change. Latex-based paint can stretch so it won’t be affected when the metal does expand or contract.

Find out more about painting or installing a metal roof by contacting us at Guardian Roofing to schedule an appointment in the greater Puget Sound area today.