Painting a Metal Roof
Darryl in Florida’s up next. What’s going on with your roof?
DARRYL: Yes, I bought a home that was built in 1988. In 1993, they upgraded the roof. They put a metal roof on the home and all the other structures on the property also have the same metal roofing. And the Florida sun has faded what was a gray – charcoal gray look – to a silvery look. And I need to repaint that roof to match what … the color scheme that I’m going to be painting the house to. And I would like to know what type of paint to use and a process for cleaning it to make sure that the paint adheres correctly.
TOM: Well, Darryl, metal roof paint is actually a fairly specialized product. And the reason it’s specialized is because metal has such a high expansion and contraction rate that the paint has to be able to do the same thing. So roof paint is going to have a very elastameric quality to it; which means, it’s going to stretch as the roof actually moves.
There is a good product out by Calbar that’s called SHOWER PROOF “WB” – that’s what it’s called – and it’s available in seven different colors. And you can apply this with no priming whatsoever. You just have to clean the roof but you can apply it with no prime. So you can basically go on top of what’s there.
What’s important about is it is elastameric, so it does stretch. And it’s also an acrylic, so it has water clean up.
LESLIE: It gets about 200 square feet per gallon. So take that into consideration when you’re purchasing.
DARRYL: Appreciate that very much. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.