Things to Consider When Painting Your Commercial Roof

Maybe the roof or overhang of your business looks a bit faded. Maybe it should be a different color. Maybe you just want to spruce it up and give it a facelift. There are many reasons why you may want to have your commercial roof painted, and here are some things to consider when you decide to proceed with this project.

Type of Roof

One of the first things you should consider when deciding to paint your commercial roof is what type of roof you have. Not all roofs are created equal, and not all can be painted the same way. A commercial painting contractor will be able to give you options that suit your type of roof.

Color of Paint

The color of the paint will be one of the first things customers see when looking at your business, and it will be one of the first things your employees see when they arrive at work. It can be a surprisingly important psychological factor in how your business runs. You may also want to choose a color that matches the color scheme of your branding.

The color of paint you choose for your commercial roof can have more than just aesthetic qualities, though. For example, it may have an effect on the temperature inside and around the front of your business. Darker colors absorb light and heat, making the area warmer, while lighter colors reflect light and heat, keeping it cooler. A commercial painting contractor may also have suggestions for light-reflecting paint for situations in which keeping things cool is critical.

Condition of the Roof

One of the reasons you need to paint the roof of your business could be because it’s in poor condition. Paint may cover up many aesthetic problems, but it can’t fix a roof if it has major damage. Before getting your roof painted, you will need to make sure it’s in good enough condition to paint and fix any major problems before starting to apply paint.

Layers of Existing Paint

Your roof may have been painted before, and maybe before that, and maybe even before that. If there are too many layers of paint, the new coat will not be able to bond well to the actual roof material. If your roof has many layers of paint already applied, you may need to have that paint removed before painting again.


No matter the condition or type of roof you have, it will need to be cleaned before it gets painted. This is to ensure the paint sticks to the roof material, and not to the gunk clinging to it. This may be a more involved process than you think, especially if the roof is under a tree or in a particularly smoggy area.

When you need a commercial painting company to paint your roof or anything else on your business property, contact Element Coatings to schedule a consultation. With more than 25 years of industry experience, we’re prepared to get your commercial property looking its best.

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