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Can You Paint a Colorbond Roof?

There is a common misconception that Colorbond roofing cannot be painted. This is in fact, a myth. Colorbond can easily be restored and repainted, provided the correct paint is used, and the work is executed by a professional.

Colorbond roofing can be painted but it requires a particular type of paint and a particular process. Executing this process is not something a homeowner will be able to do by themselves. Colorbond steel requires the right prep work before you paint it and it uses a multilayer coating system, so it’s not unlike repainting a car and needs to be done with care.

To repaint and restore Colorbond roofing you should contact a licensed roofing contractor, and it’s important to look for someone who has the experience and knowledge in Colorbond roofing.

Colorbond roofing requires a metal roofing specialist and specialised paint that has been specifically designed for Colorbond roofing materials.

Hiring an amateur to paint a Colorbond roof will only result in a poor-quality job that will cost you in the long run.

You also need to use the correct paints that exactly match the original Colorbond colours, so you can get a perfect match if you’re topping up old paint.

Whether you’re looking to repaint your Colorbond roof or do a complete roof restoration in Melbourne on your Colorbond roof, we can help. We’re experts at dealing with Colorbond roofing, and if you’d like a free inspection and quote or have some questions about your Colorbond roof please feel free to reach out to us on 1800 88 77 98.

What Are The Signs That It’s Time To Repaint A Colorbond Roof?

There are now Colorbond roofs in Australia that are up to 50 years old. If you have an older roof, there are several signs to look out for to see if your roof is in need of repainting in order to prolong its life. These include:

  • The colour is starting to fade, or the surface has a chalky appearance
  • Stubborn stains have appeared that no amount of scouring will remove
  • The coating is starting to flake or bubble

If the underlying steel is still in good condition, though, there’s no need to replace your roof or do a full roof restoration – a pressure clean and a fresh coat of paint may be all that’s needed to refresh your roof and boost your home’s curb appeal if you plan to sell.

Then again your roof may requires some roof repair work first, and only then a fresh coat of paint. The only way to know for sure is to have a roofing professional inspect your roof first.

What Does Painting a Roof Involve?

If you don’t know very much about painting a roof, you may assume it just involves cracking open a tin of paint, grabbing a brush and going for it. But there is actually far more involved in painting a roof than just the painting part. So beware of people who quote very low prices, as you may—literally—just be getting a coat of paint!

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Cleaning Your Roof

Before we can paint your roof, we will need to clean it with a high-pressure machine, much like when you repaint your house’s interior walls or a piece of furniture, you always clean the surfaces first (and even do some light sanding) to ensure the best results. The same principle applies to roof painting. There’s no point in painting a roof if it isn’t clean first.

Repairing Your Roof

Sometimes you may have cracked or broken tiles on your roof—or other damage to your roof—that should be fixed before painting. After all, there’s not much point in trying to make your roof look new by painting it but ignoring damage. If you’re going to paint, you may as well fix your roof, too and do it all in one go.

Using Roof Coatings

We don’t just use paint on your roof, and we use the best roof coatings on the market. These include:

  • Dulux Acra-tex roof membrane
  • Globalcote membrane

Both of these products are of the highest quality and are backed by a 10-year guarantee.

Why Someone Might Paint a Colorbond Roof

Colorbond Roofs are well-known for being long-lasting and durable. The lifespan on a Colorbond roof is significantly longer than other roofing materials, especially in Australia’s harsh weather conditions. So why would you need to restore a Colorbond roof?

As roofs begin to age, the roofing material may still be in good condition, however, the harsh Australian sun can contribute to slight colour fade. Repainting a Colorbond roof is a great way to revamp the overall appearance of a house and take care of that faded look. Scenarios in which a Colorbond may require a repaint include:

  • Fading and chalky appearance
  • Stubborn Staining
  • Flaking or Bubbling Paint
  • Seawater Exposure

If you’ve just bought a new house with Colorbond roofing and may not favour the current colour choice, repainting the roof will allow you to match the roofing to your house style or theme.

When Colorbond roofing materials were created in the 1960s, there were fewer options for colour and style. Today, there are over 20 colors to choose from to suit your house and its environment.

If you have an older Colorbond roof and you’d like to upgrade it to a newer and more modern colour, a simple repaint will leave you with a clean finish.

Advantages of Colorbond Roofing

Colorbond roofing is a popular roofing choice in Melbourne and Australia wide due to its durability, thermal efficiency, sleek appearance and it’s ability to do an incredible job of withstanding Australia’s harsh and varied climate better than just about any other material. 

Colorbond is made with a strong, Zincalume core and coated in a pre-painted seal. Highly resistant to corrosion, Colorbond is a favourite roofing material for coastal and rural areas, and for urban areas aswell.

Colorbond was first introduced in the late 1960s and quickly became the preferred choice over corrugated roofing. Now available in 22 colours, Colorbond also gives homeowners the ability to pick and choose their style to match the overall theme of their house.

Whether you’re the owner of a faded Colorbond roof or you’re moving into a Colorbond roofed home, and the current colour doesn’t suit your style, it is possible to repaint your colorbond roof and restore it to good as new condition to expand it’s lifespan for many decades to come.

Painting over Colorbond roofs is a great way to update the overall aesthetic of your house, while still maintaining the benefits from the original instalment. Looking for roof repairs? Look no further! Top Glaze has you covered. 

Lowers Energy Use

Roof painting started out as a cosmetic treatment to give a home or business a visual appeal that can be lacking with traditional roofing materials.

However, many people who made a choice began to notice that our Colorbond paint helped reduce their energy usage.

This isn’t true of all colours, but light ones, especially white, can help reflect up to 85% of the sun’s UV rays, reducing your expenditure on cooling your home.

Improves Air Quality

Our roofing experts also say that a painted roof can help lower the toxins in the atmosphere and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.

Some experts say that painting your roof white is equivalent to taking one car off the road for 11 years.

If you want a pleasing look, but also want one that’s eco-friendly, white roof paint is definitely a choice you should make.

This is one of the benefits that we always want homeowners to hear about when they’re considering roof painting in Brisbane.

Cools the Building

As mentioned above, our white or other light shades of Colorbond roof paint helps reflect the sun’s rays, which is great for cooling your home or business during the hottest parts of the year.

By deflecting the sun from the top of the building, you keep it from getting hotter inside, which cuts back on your cooling needs while also creating a comfortable environment for work and play.

Visual Appeal

Painting your roof might be great for your energy use and the environment, but it’s no secret that it also looks good.

A white roof is visually appealing and gives your home or business and clean, crisp look that looks great with whatever colour of exterior paint or finishes your home or building has.

A light-coloured roof can be colour matched to your existing home colour, whether your property is brick, rendered or timber.

The Cost of Roof Painting Service Based on Roof Type

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What Does A Roof Repaint Cost

With all roofs being extremely different, there a number of different factors that can affect your roof painting price. 

Roof Size and Design

The size of your roof is an obvious determining factor as roof painters charge by the square metre and the bigger the roof, the more you will be charged. The complexity of your roof design will affect the price, as this impacts how difficult or intricate the painter’s job is. For example, Victorian homes have intricate details that would require more precision and time from a painter, whether you are painting over tiles or combining colours and so forth. 

Pitch of your Roof 

The steepness of your roof may impact the access and safety requirements for the painter. For example, extra precautions, such as using a hoist, may become necessary. 

Is Your House A Single Story & Two Story House 

As a general rule, single-story roofs will cost less as it is easier and faster. Two storey roofs (or beyond) require more safety measures, time and work.

Want A Free Quote On Repainting Your Colorbond Roof?


We’re one of Melbourne’s most experienced roofing companes when it comes to dealing with Colorbond roofs. We’ve been around since 1987 and have been installing, repairing, restoring and painting Colorbond roofs for 35+ years now, so if you’re looking for a professional roofing company to repaint your Colorbond roof, you’re in the right place. Call us on 1800 88 77 98, our roofing experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free no obligation quote on repainting your Colorbond roof.

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