Painting aluminum shingles: do’s and don’ts

At Aluminum Lock Roofing, we are your aluminum shingle specialists. We have been manufacturing, selling, and installing these beautiful shingles for many years; there is not a more trusted aluminum shingle company than us. Our aluminum shingles come in various colors and styles, including matte black, brick red, brown stone, classic green, copper penny, and more. We also sell classic unpainted aluminum shingles if you prefer no colors. The colors on our shingles last a long time already, but they may begin to fade and lose their vibrant hues with constant exposure to the sun. But no need to fear, there are ways to combat this sun fading.

Painting aluminum shingles

The best way to combat sun fading on your aluminum shingles is by repainting them yourself. Repainting your shingles allows you to keep them the same color you had them before or choose an entirely new color for a brand-new look. You will also save a huge amount of money by repainting your shingles rather than replacing them with entirely new shingles, especially because they still have a lot of life in them. No matter how sun faded your shingles look, they will not loose the amazingly durable qualities that make them the best choice for your new roof. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts while you are planning to paint your aluminum shingles.

Do’s

Clean your roof prior to painting

A key part of painting projects, and especially roof painting, is cleanliness of the area you are going to paint. No matter if you have had your roof for a few years or many decades, it is best to thoroughly clean it prior to beginning your paint job. It is recommended that you use a power washer or paint scrubber to clean it. By cleaning it early, you will remove harmful debris including dirt, mildew, animal products, and old chipping paint. This will be beneficial in the long run and give you peace of mind that your new paint will actually stay on the roof for a long time.  

Choose the color you want to use beforehand

When undertaking any sort of painting project, it is a good idea to have an idea of how you want the final product to look before you even buy the materials. If you are doing your repainting project on a whim, it is best to think longer about it so that you get the proper materials. This will help you avoid costly mistakes such as having to repaint again when you eventually grow tired of the new color you chose.    

Consider a cool color

Even though aluminum shingles are designed to help keep your home cooler, you may want it to be even cooler than it already is. Repainting your aluminum roof with a cooler color such as blue, white, or gray will help lower the internal temperature by a noticeable amount. You can also select heat barrier paint which does not give off heat and will keep your cool as well.  

Don’ts

Forget to use primer

Primer is one of the most important materials for any paint job, but it becomes even more important for outdoors paint jobs. Right after cleaning the roof, you will want to apply a layer of an oil-based metal primer to the entire area and let it set for at least three days. If you do not use a quality oil-based metal primer that is specifically for aluminum shingle paint, you run the risk of your paint not adhering and simply coming off.   

Use the wrong type of paint

If you are the type of person that likes to do things their own way without the guidance of others, this may be an easy mistake to make. You may think that you can use the normal type of paint you would for any other painting project, but that is not the case. For aluminum shingles, you must use special paint that is designed for metal. This paint may be a bit more costly than other types, but you will not regret it as it will last for much longer. Visit your local hardware store for different types of metal paint. You can also research online so you know exactly what brands and colors of paint that each store offers.  

Paint during dangerous weather

Taking safety precautions while doing work on a roof is very important. It is best to not paint while there is a chance of rain or lightning. Consider painting your aluminum roof in the spring or fall when there is less of a chance of precipitation and extreme heat/cold. Check your local weather outlets for more information to maximize your safety during your aluminum roof painting.