Somerset County Roofers: Article About Paint Spilled On A Roof
Performing any home improvement while on a roof can be challenging work, which is why it isn't unusual that even professional painters get paint on roofing shingles from time to time. Unfortunately, paint can be a real eyesore, and what looks like a small spot while standing next to it can look terrible from the curb and ruin the appearance of an entire roof. Fortunately, paint is usually removable, and professional Somerset County roofers tend to have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Although paint is usually removable, it can be a tough job. That means a lot of elbow grease for the homeowner or the cost of contractor labor, which isn't insignificant. When dealing with paint on roofing shingles, consumers have to compare the cost and time expense of the available options. If someone spilled an entire gallon of white paint on a roof, then cleaning it probably isn't practical. The more effective option from the perspective of both time and money is to replace the affected shingles.
Paint on metal flashing is the easiest to remove. In the case of latex paint, clean water, a rag and a scraper may be enough to get the job done.
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If there's a lot of paint on the flashing, then simply painting the flashing is also an option. The only problem with this option is that the paint will likely need to be reapplied each year. Otherwise, it will crack and chip and end up looking even worse. Don't paint rubber pipe boots and the like. If those can't be cleaned, then simply replace them.
To clean shingles, moisten a cloth with paint remover, and then blot the stain. Keep the cloth clean, and replace as necessary. Don't rub. Rubbing will spread the paint and make the stain worse. If the stain is still visible after blotting, apply rubbing alcohol to the affected area. Cover the area with plastic wrap so that the alcohol doesn't evaporate too fast. Tape the plastic wrap down, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
If a homeowner is dealing with a series of small stains, such as paint splatter, then an alternative to stain removal is to cover the stain. Choose an oil based paint because it will cover the stain better and bind with asphalt shingle more effectively. Match the paint color as closely as possible to the shingle color, but don't obsess over a perfect match since getting close is usually good enough.