How to Paint Roof Shingles

Eddie Shekari
November 2, 2020

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This blog was originally published in Nov 2020. Contents have been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in Mar 2022.

When it comes to painting roof shingles, while you are able to perform the project yourself (as long as you follow the recommend steps), it is strongly recommended that you hire professionals as the project can be dangerous. Read on to learn about the tips and tricks when it comes to painting roof shingles and about how Pro Painters can help you.


For most people, it can be easy to neglect your roof shingles. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But if you do happen to notice that your roof shingles are in need of some TLC, you may be considering going over them with a coat of paint. However, it can be difficult to paint roof shingles. Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks to get it done, as well as the pros and cons of painting your roof.

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Can You Paint Asphalt Shingles?

You can absolutely paint roof shingles! However, many professionals recommend against it; consequently, you need to think about what exactly you want to accomplish while taking the current state of your roof into account. 

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Tips & Tricks to Paint Roof Shingles on Your Own

If you think of yourself as a handyperson, you may have a desire to paint your own roof shingles rather than spend the money on a professional. To keep you safe and informed, we pulled together some tips and tricks to help guide you through the project. 

Get an inspection done first. 

You need to know if your roof needs any repairs and complete those repairs before beginning your project. 

Gather the right equipment. 

While it may vary on your roof, you will generally need the following tools: extension ladder, a high pressure water blaster, and a paint spray gun and pump. You will also want a supplied-air respirator to prevent inhaling fumes, a full body suit to protect your clothes, and possibly tarps to minimize mistakes.

Acquire and install safety equipment. 

Since there are many accidents that can happen when working on your roof, we highly recommend getting safety equipment to reduce the risk of injury.
You should wear a harness and install temporary anchor points, and edge protection is suggested in case of a slippery roof.

Clean your roof thoroughly.

Getting your roof clean of all built up dirt and grime is an essential step to get a nice smooth and consistent color.

Apply primer and sealer.

Coats of primer and sealer clean up the paint job, but remember to get the right kind depending on whether your roof is porous, metal, etc.
There are a lot of factors that go into a roof painting job. The cost of equipment alone can be daunting along with acquiring and storing them. Hiring a professional means you don’t have to worry about the expenses and it alleviates any risks of personal injury and ensures quality workmanship.

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Is Roof Painting a Good Idea?

There are lots of reasons that someone might consider painting their shingle roof, but is it a good idea? We’ve done the research for you and fleshed out the pros and cons of painting your roof


New Look

  • Sometimes, the best reason for making a change to your home is purely aesthetic. If you’ve noticed that the shingles on your roof are looking a bit dingy or just feel lacking, paint can be a great way to revamp the look of your home. This is especially true if you are already thinking about repainting the rest of your home’s exterior!

Extending Roof Life

  • Just like how painting a fence can extend its lifespan by protecting it from the elements, the same is true for shingles if done correctly. Should you decide to paint your shingle roof, you’ll need to make sure that you choose the right type of paint; a high-quality 100% acrylic latex in a flat finish is the only way to go!


  • Painting over the wear and tear of your asphalt shingles is far more affordable than completely replacing the roof surfaces. If your main reason for wanting to paint is to change the color of your roof, then painting is the way to go. Painting may also help improve energy efficiency, saving money in the long run as well as the short term. Certain paints work by reflecting heat away from the roof, lessening the surface temperature and keeping the interior cooler.  


Extensive maintenance 

  • If you do paint your roof, you should be aware of the regular maintenance that will be required to keep up the look. This is especially true if the job was done haphazardly the first time. Be prepared to examine your roof at least once a year and potentially have to go through the process all over again. However, the speed that your paint job deteriorates is solely dependent on the type of climate you live in. Someone living in an area with lots of rain or intense sunshine may need to do more work than someone living in a more neutral climate. 

Potential Damage 

  • We’ve mentioned that paint can increase your roof’s lifespan by protecting it from the elements, but it may also cause damage if you choose the wrong paint. You’ll need to look for an acrylic latex, water-based paint formulated especially for roofs. This type of paint allows moisture to escape from the shingles, discouraging the growth of mildew and algae, as well as protecting your home from roof leaks.

Let the Pros Paint Your Roof

If you are thinking about starting to paint roof shingles but dread the hard work and maintenance involved, look no further than Pro Painters. Our experienced experts use only high-quality materials and pro painting techniques to ensure that you get the most out of your shingle roof. To assure customer satisfaction, we offer a five-year guarantee on all painting jobs and only accept payments after you’re sure that the job was done right the first time.

While painting your roof is a refurbishing, we strongly recommend getting a roof coating. The benefits of the latter include preventing leaks, lasting more than 10 years, and helping you save money on electricity bills. To learn more about our painting, sign installation, or custom woodworking services, contact us today. We’ll get you a free quote, so you can get your roof looking like new.


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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.