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Old 07-06-2006, 01:14 PM   #1
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I am contemplating purchasing a new (old) home built in 1928. It has a terra cotta style metal roof that is rusting and badly chipping. It does not look like the roof is rusted through and there are no signs of water leakage. Given the age and rusting is this a seriously bad problem? How difficult (expensive?) is it to repaint a metal roof?

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Old 07-15-2006, 06:20 AM   #2
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I, for one, don't think any non-factory applied paint is worth a squat on metal roofs. They rarely withstand more than a year or two of weathering, they look like crap from the get-go (especially if not sprayed on) and even nullify the historical character, if that is the goal of painting the roof vs. replacing the roof. That said, surface prep, as always in painting, is the key to how good the finish will look and how long it will last. The two-part epoxy paints, available only from industrial/professional supply houses, look the best and provide a decent amount of protection. In my experience, it is harder to properly apply the two-part epoxy paint than it is to simply install new roofing panels.

A key question is, what's your motivation for painting the roof rather than replacing it?

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Allpraisbob,

Unfortunately, the roof style is a terra cotta style, which is no longer manufactured. My goal is to presserve the integrity of the roof and style of the house overall. Thanks for your insight.

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