Roof Painting is much like painting anything: It is all in the preparation work. This is particularly true for roofs which get exposed to all the elements and pollution, including moss and lichen.
Special care and knowledge is required when preparing a roof for roof painting. The first step we take when working on a roof is to install safely hand rail. Not only does this protect us from falls, it is also a requirement by WorkSafe.
Once the hand rail is established, we thoroughly inspect the roof to ensure it is sound – this could involve replacing damaged tiles or sheets, replacing flashing, replacing rusty roof screws etc. before we use a pressure washing machine to clean the roof. Once the roof is thoroughly clean, we then tape off and mask all parts of the roof and adjoining areas not to be painted. This is a painstaking task but needs to be completed correctly to avoid over-spraying on cladding, bricks, gutters or other parts of the building not intended on being painted.
If the roof is clean and once everything is taped up, it is time to apply the undercoat. There are certain climatic conditions that must be adhered to when applying roof paint. Failure to stick to these guidelines will shorten the lifespan of the product.
Application of the paint is done through an airless sprayer – these vary in quality and cost from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. Just like painting a car, there is a particular well-tuned skill set required to apply roof paint. We at Casey Roof Care use the finest German built airless sprayers operated by a trade qualified professional with many years experience painting roofs in Melbourne.
Many of you would’ve seen the advertisements for cheap roof painting around Melbourne. Be very wary of such offers, like anything in life you generally get what you pay for. You can read more about this in our articles section of the website.