Painting Iron Pitched Roof - Safety & Colour insulation properties

To all the painting experts, I am embarking on painting a weatherboard. Specifically, I am looking at how to paint the pitched roof (iron). And by how, I mean how do you best protect yourself from a safety perspective, when walking around the roof. Is there specialist safety equipment? And what is the best way to walking around protecting the roof and yourself.

On the issue of colour, I am deciding from an aesthetic perspective, whether white is going to be used or another darker colour. From an insluation and energy efficiency perspective, would choosing a white make for a material difference in reflecting the sun light and therefore heat in the house?
(The property is currently insulated).
 
To all the painting experts, I am embarking on painting a weatherboard. Specifically, I am looking at how to paint the pitched roof (iron). And by how, I mean how do you best protect yourself from a safety perspective, when walking around the roof. Is there specialist safety equipment? And what is the best way to walking around protecting the roof and yourself.

On the issue of colour, I am deciding from an aesthetic perspective, whether white is going to be used or another darker colour. From an insluation and energy efficiency perspective, would choosing a white make for a material difference in reflecting the sun light and therefore heat in the house?
(The property is currently insulated).

Any chance of supplying a "picture" of the house for me and I'll give you the correct information on safety,and types of paint and hints for the job.

Best colour to choose is a light colorbond colour,for obvious reasons.

I have a black statesman and a white pajero exceed,which one can you touch after an hour in the sun?

Do not use white unless you are selling it straight away.
Dust and mold settles quickly.
 
Hi buzzlightyear,
Nice little project,
The roof is in good condition,however ,it must be gernied first to get rid of any foreign matter,dirt etc.
Any areas that aren't secure,rescrew and / or patch.
Make sure all water tanks are disconnected first.

Then it requires two coats of Solver Gloss Duraguard in your specific color to be sprayed on with an airless sprayer.The bullnose at front can be done at the same time.
Solver Duraguard is (I believe) the best product for this job.
It is a water based product therefore less chance of overspray problems.
If you do have rainwater tanks,there is a specific solver duraguard roof paint that does not bubble up when it rains.

Don't worry about getting it on the gutters if you are repainting the house,if you aren't,be careful and don't spray to close,just brush those areas.

There are a couple of major issues

1:First the neighboring houses with overspray,make sure your insurance specifically covers airless spraying;)
Do not spray in windy conditions.

2:Secondly the pitch.
Personally I have done hundreds of them over the years as bad or worse without safety gear,Volley sandshoes seem to stick you up there.
However that is not my advise to you,

One way is to get someone else to do it that is a professional,following the guidelines above.His life is worth less to you than yours:D
Trouble with that is they charge a small fortune,
This roof could come into $8000,or doing it yourself,approx $1000

Second way is to hire a cherry boom,however you do need room around the house for that.
Third way is to get two or three secure fixed points fitted along the top of the roof.These are for securing / clipping a safety harness that you can hire.
That's the way I would go,if you are scared of heights or work,hire someone else who is reasonably handy and fit.You supervise from the ground and make sure everything is safe.
Insurance policy for the worker of course.
 
We had a much larger roof (3 bedder + 2 bedder) washed down, reasealed and painted (2 coats) in a gum green colour in Sydney earlier this year and it cost us $7000, took the roofer two whole days. Came up looking really nice but we should have gone with a slightly darker green. I would steer away from white for sure.
 
Buzz

I'd fix 2 attachment points at the top of the roof ( 1 on either end) and then run a wire rope between them. I'd then use the wire rope as the attachment point for my harness.

I don't know where you can hire a harness but you could buy them for $500 or so and you'll also need 4 carabiners, a long sling where you'll be permanently attached to for safety, 10m of rope and some decending device to release the rope. All up shouldn't cost you over $1000

If you wanted to compromise on your safety a little and assuming you had the above attachment setup and you were young and fit you could probably do it by using a climber's belt and a rope.

You attach 1 end of your rope to the wire rope using a carabiner and the other end to your belt. You leave enough rope to be able to do your work but no more than that the length which will allow you to get to 0.5m from the edge of the roof.

You've got to try and see what works for you and remember that carrying too much gear will slow you down and could also make you trip.

cheers
 
If you are looking for a safety harness then look into a safety shop or bunnings and just ask for a roofers safety kit. This includes your harness and necessary ropes for the job.

Cost us $350.
 
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fell/slipped off one once. only the gutter saved me.
the things we do for love (the love of property.....:D)
I've now learned to expect the unexpected.
I fell off a ladder once, I never thought that the soil will give in.
The weird thing is I never noticed the ladded leaning, I was down in a fraction of a second, lucky the soil was soft......

Buzz

Don't forget to tie up the ladder when you climb.
As an alternative, I've seen in bunnings an extendable ladded which has a couple of gutter attachments.
They are like a hook and go over and inside the gutter
I don't know if the ladder length will suit your particular house but from memory it was over 3.5m fully extended

cheers
 
The roof looks like colourbond? and in good condition.
Is it just the colour you don't like?
I think you will have maintence issues is years to come if you paint colourbond.
Colourbond is a smooth finish so getting a good adhesion for the paint will be
hard in the first place then you have to deal with peeling and blistering down
the track. any paint requires maintenance but colourbond is normally maintenance free.
 
The roof looks like colourbond? and in good condition.
Is it just the colour you don't like?
I think you will have maintence issues is years to come if you paint colourbond.
Colourbond is a smooth finish so getting a good adhesion for the paint will be
hard in the first place then you have to deal with peeling and blistering down
the track. any paint requires maintenance but colourbond is normally maintenance free.

No colourbond just the original zinc. Its the time of the day that is making it look blueish.

I am anticipating that after I paint the weatherboard and some other exterior cosmetic updates, the roof may look a little tired by comparison. I'll wait after I paint it to see whether I am right.
 
No colourbond just the original zinc. Its the time of the day that is making it look blueish.

I am anticipating that after I paint the weatherboard and some other exterior cosmetic updates, the roof may look a little tired by comparison. I'll wait after I paint it to see whether I am right.

You are correct in believing the roof will look tired,
You need to get it done first so you don't get paint / damage to finished walls and gutters.
 
Just make sure when you walk on the roof, you walk on the bolts as much as possible. Stronger then the other parts of the roof.roof.
 
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