Laurie Garred
7/31/2009
I bought a home on Lake Superior in Northwestern Ontario 5 years ago. I was attracted by the red steel roof, however on most of the house the red color has faded very badly. The house consists of an original one story cottage of unknown age and a newer 2-story addition built in 1960. So I am assuming the steel roof covering both old and new sections was installed in 1960. The curious thing is that the steel roof over the 2nd story of the addition looks fine with no apparent fading but all the 1st floor roofing including a section on the 1960 addition is quite faded. (The 1st and 2nd story steel roofing appears to be the same product.) The previous owner did have all the 1st story steel roofing painted (no idea what kind of paint) and it looked not too bad 5 years ago. However the paint has been almost entirely flaked off, presumably with the winters’ snow and ice, exposing the badly faded original red of the steel panels. I would like to know what my options are for restoring the cherry red color. Is this possible or is replacing the steel roof the most sensible way to go. The steel roofing material looks as though it was of low quality as there is considerable denting (maybe where the painter walked?). If re-coating is an option what are the best products to consider? Can I match the color of the unfaded 2nd story? Do I have to remove the patches of paint remaining from the previous refinishing attempt? How would I do this? And finally what can I expect in terms of longevity and color retention? Thanks very much.
Laurie Garred
7/31/2009
Sorry, I made a mistake in my post. The addition (and steel roof) were made in 1990 (not 1960 as stated).
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
8/11/2009
The difference is undoubtedly due to different paint systems. You can go to a quality paint store and follow their instructions and products for repainting the faded areas.
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