Is It Plausible To Paint My Aging Asphalt Shingle Roof?

It seems a silly question to ask, but for any Clinton Township homeowner thinking of painting over their asphalt shingle roof, you actually can. Using an acrylic elastomeric coating, you can transform the overall appearance and texture of your asphalt shingle roof without tearing it down.

However, a few caveats might make you think twice about painting your aged asphalt shingle roof. First, asphalt is a granular material, similar to impacted sand. Painting over your old asphalt shingle roof, which has crumbled most of its granules away, brings zero guarantees that you'll reap the seamless and watertight seal that acrylic elastomeric coating brings to metal roofs.

Truthfully, it's ideal for painting over a brand-new asphalt shingle roof. On the other hand, no sensible Clinton Township homeowner will think of doing that to their roofing materials because of its natural aesthetics and dependability. However, you will enjoy added insulation and the UV-reflective capabilities acrylic elastomeric paint can provide.

American Construction has an in-depth post about the tested and proven benefits of painting asphalt shingle roofs for added durability and longevity. Read more about it below.

FUNCTIONS OF SHINGLES AND THE EFFECTS OF PAINT

People might think that shingles have a more decorative function rather than having a more utilitarian function, but in reality, they do have multiple important functions that can decide whether your house will have a prolonged lifespan of more decades to even centuries or whether it will just have mere decades before deteriorating.

Before we look at what paint can do to asphalt shingles, we have to take into account the functions of shingles and if the paint will affect the functions of these shingles.

Protects your roof from the elements of weather – Shingles are primarily used to protect against the forces of nature such as rain and the accumulation of snow on roofs which can lead to ice dams. Different types of paint can alter the texture of shingles which can lead to more surface tension. If rainwater gets enough surface tension from smooth surfaces, then they tend to seep towards the underside of shingles which can lead to roof leaks and soaking. Homeowners and roofing specialists have to keep in mind the amount of surface tension.

Increases the overall lifespan of your roof – Of course, keeping your roof dry and away from moisture is also one of the primary ways of preserving the lifespan of your roof and the foundation of your house. If ever molds, mildews, and rusting form on the main frameworks of your house, this could severely diminish the lifespan of your roof and, in extreme cases, could lead to your roof collapsing. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a dependable roofer in Clinton Township, you can count on us at Miller's Home Improvements to provide you the results you need. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can provide you.