How to Paint Dormers on a Steep Roof


Dormers are projections that jut out of roofs, built to add more space to a room. Unfortunately, when you see dormers on old buildings in Europe (and older homes in the US), they often aren’t perfectly symmetrical or match the style of the rest of the house.

How to Paint Dormers on a Steep Roof

This is because there were no established guidelines when people started using them in architecture, so architects would just throw them up without sticking to any rules. In this article, I will discuss how to paint dormers on a steep roof. So let us get started.

Stepwise Guide on How to Paint Dormers on a Steep Roof

When painting a dormer on a steep roof, it is essential to make sure that you get the paint at least three feet thick. This will ensure that the paint sticks well and lasts long. Also, if the color starts peeling off, you might have to consider repainting from scratch.

Dormers are an excellent option for your home’s exterior look, not only because they add a luxurious appeal but also because they represent good drainage and ventilation conditions around your roof area! They can be painted in almost any color depending upon your preferences and taste, just as long as you remember to use non-reflective paints while going for matte colors. If you want to carry out major renovations in terms of painting or even plumbing etc., it is advised that you hire a professional contractor to do the work for you.

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment Statistics reported an average salary of $22,020 per year for painting and wall covering contractors in 2014. It explained that this annual wage could vary widely depending on an individual’s level of experience and/or training. If you want the best results possible, it is always better to use synthetic brushes instead of natural ones. Now we will look at how we can paint dormers on a steep roof:

Applying Paint Onto Entire Roof

First of all, make sure your space is well ventilated (Step1) as well as cleared out (step-2). Most importantly, make sure there are no kids around or animals as they might accidentally damage the paint. Also, make sure you have all the materials needed for this task before starting. Finally, if you are looking to do it yourself, then here is a list of things that you will require:

  1. Get off your ladders and lay them down on the ground with the legs flat against the roof’s surface. Make sure their feet are well-grounded so that they remain sturdy throughout.
  2. Layout drop cloths/carpet/paint shield fabric etc., to cover up areas surrounding where you’ll be working to prevent any sort of loose debris from falling below where you’re working. Use big sheets of cardboard if necessary!
  3. Tape protective paper to cover up any windows or walls that might be near the work area.
  4. Find the edge of the roof (Preferably use a garden hose to outline it) and then proceed downwards, taping off/securing anything that’s under your work area with plastic sheets.
  5. Use light-colored sheets of corrugated fiberboard underneath your ladders to prevent their feet from sinking into dark tar surfaces. Also, ensure that they’re long enough to reach all edges of your roof!
  6. Alternatively, you can also rent an aluminum extension ladder for this job since they are lighter weight than steel ones. However, avoid wooden ladders as they tend to slip frequently due to water accumulation on the roofs.
  7. Use a squeegee/foam roller to lay down generous amounts of paint on the roof’s surface. Make sure your strokes are long and continuous to get maximum coverage. Also, take care not to let any paint drip onto your corrugated fiberboard (step-5). This will only cause more trouble for you later on.
  8. Now, get back up onto your ladders, ensuring that their feet are well secured in firm footing. Start painting in between each dormer clip by getting just 2′ away from its edge without completely touching it with either your brush or roller.
  9. If you’re using a natural bristle brush, dip it into some semi-gloss latex paint and lightly touch the paint’s bristles to the roof’s surface to get a uniform look. You can also use a regular brush but make sure it is shorter than your arms while you’re standing on the ladder.
  10. If you’re using a synthetic bristle brush, simply dip it into some semi-gloss latex/acrylic paint and start painting away each dormer clip from one side to another without worrying about coverage or small blemishes. Just keep rolling over them until you reach all edges of the roof – Also, remember not to apply too much paint at any given time.
  11. Once done with applying paint onto your entire roof, go back around and re-apply/touch up areas that may have turned out too light or dark.
  12. Use your squeegee/foam roller to apply evenly distributed amounts of paint on the roof’s surface, once again without touching its edge. You’ll need at least three coats to get an even finish all over the roof. Also, remember not to box yourself into a corner by painting one side of each dormer clip and then working your way back across later on.
  13. Keep decent airflow between each coat while it dries off (preferably around 24 hours). If you want to do this process faster, then use some tack rags specially made for this purpose – they ooze more solvent (than normal ones) to help fix any small mistakes/paint blemishes.
  14. Finally, go back up onto your ladders and use a high-quality brush or roller and touch up the roof’s edges once again. Just make sure you don’t apply too much paint at any given time to avoid dripping/bleeding.
  15. Now, wait for another 24 hours for everything to dry off completely. And bingo! You’re done!
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Precautions While Painting Dormers on a Steep Roof

  1. Dormers with steep roofs are always difficult to paint. Therefore, you must be very careful while painting them, or else you might end up falling off the roof.
  2. If you are not confident in your abilities, get help from professionals who have years of experience dealing with this type of work.
  3. When walking on a sloped roof, it is advisable to keep at least one leg closer to the surface so that if you slip, at least you will fall onto something flat rather than down into thin air!


II hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to paint dormers on a steep roof. Thank you and have a nice day!

You may also read – How to build a ridge beam roof.

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