Sealer tin roof saga: Washington bungalow



xA sealer for a tin roof example can be found on this bungalow located just north of downtown Washington, DC.

The owner wanted a sealer for her tin roof that was an historical red color. Her selection was "Barn Red" tint from Preservation Products. We performed our customary cleaning with a pressure washer and scrapping. We then primed and coated the roof twice during the summer period. This project was one of our early jobs with this tint....

and we discovered something that only experience teaches.

As in any line of work, experience teaches what the official instructions cannot do. In this case, applying a red tint of this type in hot, dry summer days is tricky business. At one point, my crew chief told one of his workers to add some water so that the acrylic did not harden. And his worker did just that chore to one of the pails.

Before photo of cottage in Washington DC Roofing panels before application of sealer for tin roofs Closeup of panels for Roof Menders to apply preservation process using sealer for tin roofing Overhang of trees damaging front panels before process of sealer for tin roof application by crew of Roof Menders

Several years later, a section of this bungalow's roof began to flake, an aging feature just not associated with the acrylics. By that time, Lester, the crew chief, knew exactly what happened.

One afternoon during the application, the temperature had been hot in the extreme. The dark acrylic began to harden and become impossible to apply. Lester told one of his workers to add some water to the pail. The worker added water to the tune "More is better."

Today, Lester prohibits anyone from adding water except himself. This sealer for tin roofs just required a fraction of the water to keep the acrylic liquid and loose on the warmest and driest of days

All the tints of acrylic carry the same standard instructions to apply; any experienced contractor learns the idiosyncracies of the slight variations between apparently identical sealers.

Traditional red tin roof sealer project

After photo of cottage in Washington DC where sealer in traditional red has been applied by Roof Menders' crew Roof Menders work on front of cottage in Washington DC Back of cottage with tin roof sealer Closeup of sealer for tin roofs applied by Roof Menders' crew

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If you are seeking an experienced company to offer an estimate for the purpose of preserving your existing roof, please contact us. You would discover alternatives available, each with pros and cons. If you request a quote, any restoration work would be performed by my crew.