How To Restore Your Aging Metal Roof

Metal roofing is known to hold up very well in all climates, but over the years, it can begin to show its age. If your metal roofing is beginning to look less appealing, it's time to get to work bringing it back to its original beauty. Here's how you do it.

Supply List

  • 1 and 3-inch putty knives
  • Wire brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Dish or laundry detergent
  • Rags or towels
  • 5-gallon Bucket
  • Hose
  • Rust inhibiting primer for outdoor use on metal materials
  • Paint made for metal products or specifically metal roofing
  • Paint roller
  • 1 and 3-inch paint brushes
  • Paint tray

Think Safety! Before you head up on your roof, make sure that you're wearing a good pair of rubber-soled shoes, a pair of safety glasses and are physically capable of climbing the ladder and walking on the roof safely. If you have any physical impairments that could cause you to lose your balance and fall, please, don't attempt working on your roof.

Step 1: Use a putty knife to scrape away loose, peeling paint from the metal. You may need to use a wire brush in some areas as the paint can be difficult to remove in some areas.

Step 2: Inspect for rusted areas and use the wire brush and sandpaper to remove as much of the rust as possible. If you allow the rust to remain, the problem will continue to spread and cause you to need more extensive repairs later.

Step 3: Sand the roof to prepare it for paint. You just need to lightly scuff the surface so that the paint has something to adhere to.

Step 4: Clean the roof using water with some liquid dish soap mixed in. The dish soap will break down the built-up dirt without putting any plant-life along the house at risk of damage. Use your garden hose to rinse the roof fully once you've gotten it all clean.

Step 5: It's time to coat the roof with rust inhibiting primer. Pour some into a paint tray, coat the roller and apply it to the roofing making sure to get all of the nooks and crannies. Keep a paintbrush handy to get into those small spaces. Allow the primer to dry fully before continuing.

Step 6: Use the same painting techniques as you did with the primer and begin coating the roof with the paint. Allow the first coat to dry and repeat the process for a second coat.

If you find that the metal roofing is damaged beyond the point of a little paint, contact your local metal roofing expert to find out what your options for repair are. He or she will gladly assist you with making the right decisions to preserve your roof and protect your home.

Contact a company like A Plus Roofing And Gutters for more information and assistance.