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Can You Paint a Colorbond Roof?

There is a common misconception that Colorbond 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.

Repainting a Colorbond roof requires a particular process and practice. Executing this process is not something a homeowner will be able to do alone.

Restoring Colorbond roofing is within the scope of 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 products that have been specifically designed for Colorbond roofing materials.

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

Colorbond painting takes time, effort, experience and specialist Colorbond metal roofing knowledge.

Painting Colorbond roof sheeting can be done DIY if you have the expertise, but it’s generally best left to the professionals. Painting Colorbond steel requires the right prep work and uses a multilayer coating system, so it’s not unlike repainting a motor vehicle and needs to be done with care.

You also need to use the correct paints. A specialist roof painter knows how to use Wattyl paints that are produced to exactly match original Colorbond colours, so you can get a perfect match if you’re topping up old paint.

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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 – 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.

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!

Roof Restoration in Melbourne

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 shades to choose from to suit your house and its environment.

If you have an older Colorbond shade roof and you’d like to upgrade it to a newer colour, a simple repaint will leave you with a clean finish. Check out our roof replacement Melbourne services.

Advantages of Colorbond Roofing

Colorbond roofing is a popular roofing choice for Sydney-siders due to its durability, strength, thermal efficiency and overall sleek appearance. Colorbond is a popular choice Australia wide due to its ability to withstand Australia’s harsh, changeable weather conditions.

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, rural, and urban properties.

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.

However, these shades were not available for many years, and those with older Colorbond roofs may still have some years left in their roofing structure but are looking to restore some life back into it with a lick of paint.

Whether you’re the property owner of a faded Colorbond roof or you’re moving into a Colorbond home, and the current colour doesn’t suit your style, it is possible to restore your Colorbond roof and extend its lifespan.

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

Metal Roofing

Roofing materials have varying needs, and they differ in the amount of maintenance required. Roofs of the same size may also vary in pricing depending on what type is to be painted.

Concrete Roof Tiles

Painting concrete tiled roofs cost about $700 to $2600 for labour. Quality sealants and acrylic paints cover the majority of the expenses.

Painting roof tiles is often not required, but some homeowners prefer to have them painted for aesthetic improvement. Many roof painters recommend sealing concrete tiles to help improve the surface condition and extend its lifespan.

Colorbond/Metal Roofs

Painting Colorbond roofs cost about $700 to $1,700 for labour. Preparatory coatings (i.e. primer) and rust treatments affect the cost.

Painting Colorbond roof sheets are usually not necessary but to increase durability, and paint can be applied. Preparation work includes dirt and debris removal, cleaning the surface with jet washers and applying a primer for maximum adhesion to the roof surface.

A typical roof painting service includes sweeping, pressure cleaning, damage inspection and the actual coating procedures. In some cases, roof repairs (e.g. patching up leaks) and replacement are required prior to painting to avoid wastages.

Paint Product Options

Polyurethane roof coating 

As a member of the “cold liquid applied” roof coating family, this product is applied to roofs as a cold liquid that transforms into an elastomeric waterproof membrane. Polyurethane roof coating is foam insulation, comprised of two components: isocyanate and polyol. It is a popular roofing and insulation material that has been trusted for over 45 years. 

Polyurea Roof Coating

As a member of the “cold liquid applied” roof coating family, this product is applied to roofs as a cold liquid that transforms into an elastomeric waterproof membrane. Polyurea roof coating cures in a shorter time period and is extremely sturdy and waterproof, perfect for the Australian climate. Often used as a repair material on many concrete surfaces. 

Polymeric Roof Coating

As a member of the “cold liquid applied” roof coating family, this product is applied to roofs as a cold liquid that transforms into an elastomeric waterproof membrane. Rapid curing all year round, this cost-effective option is always a winner. 

Bituminous Coatings 

Extremely sticky and strong organic liquids primarily used when waterproofing roofs. This product is extremely adaptive and can be applied to asphalt, asbestos (to encapsulate it), concrete, cement or metal. It can last 10-20 years. 

Water-Based Acrylic Roof Paints

The most affordable option for water-based roof paint products. Water-based acrylic roof paints lay 5-10 times thicker than ordinary paint products, providing a highly reflective, UV resistant product that is easy for painters to manipulate. 

Eco-Friendly Silicone Paints (Most Expensive Option)

Optimal for metal roof paint, eco-friendly silicone paints are moisture-cured coatings comprised of liquid silicone. The benefits being that it is elastomeric, environmentally friendly, highly UV resistant and suitable for any climate.

What Might Affect the Roof Painting Price?

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. 

Avg Complete Roof Painting Cost Estimate based on Roof Size

  • Small Roof Costs: $2000 – $3500 
  • Medium House: $3000 – $5000
  • Large House: $5000 – $15000

Roof Painting Materials 

As touched on, roof painting materials vary, and this can impact your price. Service.com.au recommends trusting a painter who uses top products as a cheap roof will not last nearly as long. 

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.

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