Can asphalt roof shingles be painted?

Sep 16, 2020 | Roofing

Many homeowners wonder whether asphalt roof shingles can be painted. While it’s not recommended, as it’s better to replace them, in some cases painting asphalt roof singles with acrylic paint does make sense.

Painting asphalt roof shingles isn’t a permanent fix; however, it can give your home a new look and is a cheaper option than investing in new roof shingles. This article will look at everything you need to know about painting asphalt roof shingles.


Painting an asphalt roof

Asphalt is a fantastic roof covering as it’s durable, long-lasting, and weatherproof. Sometimes, the shingles’ color clashes with the property’s exterior and homeowners decide to paint their shingles.

Homeowners can have their asphalt roof shingles professionally painted in a different color with acrylic exterior paint, which needs to be applied as a spray. If you decide to paint your roof, it’s a good idea to invest in the correct paint and have it applied by a professional, rather than trying to do it yourself.

Painting an asphalt roof is a medium-term solution as the paint is likely to last between five and seven years. It will also require additional maintenance to keep it in good condition. If you’re searching for paint that’s long-lasting, you may like to consider using elastomeric paint. This type of paint is very effective as it stretches and moves with the roof and is less affected by temperature changes.


The benefits of painting asphalt roof shingles

Asphalt roof shingles can be painted using exterior acrylic paint. They don’t require much preparation before painting, and a coat of paint will improve your roof’s look. It’s more environmentally friendly to paint your roof instead of replacing it, and painting shingles allows you to customize your home.

Painting asphalt shingles is a less expensive way of changing the appearance of your roof. It can also help increase your roof’s lifespan as the paint can protect your shingles from damage caused by the elements.


The disadvantages of painting asphalt roof shingles

Painted asphalt roof shingles require more maintenance; they need to be regularly touched up to be kept in good condition. It also takes a lot of preparation to paint a shingle roof, as it’s not a job that most homeowners can do themselves. This means that there will be a large financial outlay.

Exterior acrylic paints are most commonly used to paint asphalt roof shingles, but many aren’t very durable. The shingles may start to flex and move due to changing temperatures.

Asphalt roof shingles have a very rough surface; this can make it challenging to apply paint. You’ll need to use a few coats of paint with a paint sprayer. It can be difficult to get a paint sprayer onto your roof, so this job is best left to the professionals.


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