Can You Paint Asphalt Shingles?

Home 9 Roofing 9 Can You Paint Asphalt Shingles?

Yes, you can paint asphalt shingles! Asphalt shingles can be painted with a special roofing paint that’s sold at most home improvement stores. Available in white, terra cotta, and traditional browns and blacks, roof paint can improve the look of your roof. 

Should Asphalt Roof Shingles Be Painted?

There are several reasons why painting seems a good idea. Paint does freshen up the look of a roof that shows wear or water damage. It can add an extra layer of UV protection. It does not, however, actually seal the roof from leaks or offer any maintenance benefit.

Learn more: Light vs dark Shingles

Warning: Painting your roof will likely void any roofing warranty you may have. Therefore, you only want to paint an older roof that’s still in good shape.

Here are some things that you’ll want to consider when painting your asphalt roof. 

Condition of the Asphalt Shingles

Ensure that the asphalt shingles are in good condition, without any signs of significant damage or deterioration. Painting over damaged shingles may not yield satisfactory results and could further compromise their integrity. Remember that paint won’t stop leaks, so any damage you have must be repaired before you start.

Compatibility of the Paint and Shingles

Asphalt shingles are designed to protect the roof from the elements, and painting them may affect their ability to shed water and resist UV damage. It is crucial to choose the right type of paint that is compatible with asphalt shingles and suitable for exterior use. Consult with a paint professional or your shingle manufacturer to select an appropriate paint product.

Shingle Preparation

Proper preparation is essential for a successful paint job. Thoroughly clean the shingles to remove dirt, debris, and any loose or flaking paint. Repair any damaged shingles or replace them if necessary. Use a mild detergent, water, and a soft brush or pressure washer (set to low pressure) to clean the surface. Allow the shingles to dry completely before applying paint.

Long-Term Shingle Maintenance

Remember that painted asphalt shingles will require periodic maintenance and repainting to maintain their appearance and durability. Factors such as weather conditions, sun exposure, and the quality of the paint will determine how long the painted shingles will retain their appearance before requiring recoating.

It’s important to note that painting asphalt shingles may impact their warranty, so check with the manufacturer or consult a professional before proceeding. In some cases, replacing the shingles entirely might be a better long-term solution.

Contact us today for a roofing inspection

How to Paint Asphalt Shingles

Painting asphalt shingles can be done by following these general steps:

1. Prepare the Shingles:

   – Inspect the shingles for any damage or deterioration. Replace any damaged shingles before painting.

   – Clean the shingles thoroughly to remove dirt, debris, and loose paint. Use a mild detergent, water, and a soft brush or pressure washer (set to low pressure) to clean the surface.

   – Allow the shingles to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

2. Choose the Right Paint:

   – Select a high-quality exterior paint that is specifically designed for use on asphalt surfaces. Consult with a paint professional or your shingle manufacturer to ensure you choose a compatible paint product.

   – Consider the color of the paint and how it will complement your home’s exterior.

3. Prime:

   – Check with the paint manufacturer or a professional to determine if a primer is required. Some paints may not require a primer, while others may benefit from it.

   – Apply a primer designed for use on asphalt or metal surfaces, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This step can improve paint adhesion and durability.

4. Apply the Paint:

   – Stir the paint thoroughly before use.

   – Use a brush, roller, or sprayer to apply the paint evenly to the shingles. Consider using a long-handled paint roller or sprayer for larger areas.

   – Start from the top of the roof and work your way down, ensuring complete coverage of the shingles.

   – Apply multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat for better results. Follow the drying time specified by the paint manufacturer between coats.

   – Take care not to apply excessive pressure on the shingles while painting, as it may cause damage.

5. Allow the Paint to Cure:

   – Once you have finished painting, allow the paint to dry and cure completely before exposing it to rain or other weather conditions. Follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions for curing time.

If you have a metal roof, you’ll want to follow our guide to painting your metal roof

Did you know that you can also paint your vinyl windows and paint vinyl siding? We’ve got you covered with how-tos on those topics as well. 

Get a Quote

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

I want to learn more about Volpe Enterprises, Inc. and schedule an in-home consultation. By submitting this form, Volpe Enterprises, Inc. may contact me about its services through various automated and recorded means including telephone, text, and email. For more information visit our privacy policy.

Related Posts

Re-Roofing Vs Roof Replacement

Re-Roofing Vs Roof Replacement

Should I Re-Roof or Replace My Roof Re-roofing has a long history. The thought at the time was that adding a new layer of shingles over an old one...

How Old Is My Roof?

How Old Is My Roof?

The question “How old is my roof?” can come up several times during home ownership.  You may not remember the exact year your roof was...

What Are Snow Guards on a Roof?

What Are Snow Guards on a Roof?

It’s no secret that winter weather can cause issues with your roof. Metal roofs have a unique problem called roof avalanches. When snow accumulates...