Roof Painting Cost on HIREtrades

$2,000 - $7,000

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    How Much Does Roof Painting Cost?

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    Roof Painting Cost

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    Roof painting costs around $2,000 to $7,000 for cleaning, preparation and the actual procedure.

    The cost of painting varies based on the duration of work (labour) and the amount of paint (materials) required for the job.

    To know how much does roof painting cost, factors such as the size of your roof, quality of painting materials used and complexity of the job (e.g. access difficulties, steepness of the roof) should be considered. Other aspects including your roof type and your location have an impact on pricing.

    Hire a qualified roof painter that specialises in residential homes and provides you with clearly defined estimates. Always clarify workers insurance to help safeguard your finances and ensure their safety when performing the job. Confirm warranty privileges to maximise your investment.


    What Do Roof Painters Charge for Labour

    Generally, roof painters charge an hourly rate of $35 to $55.

    StateAverage Cost per hour
    New South Wales$45 to $55
    Victoria$40 to $45
    Queensland$35 to $40

    Prices may increase depending on your roof type. Painting Colorbond roofs may differ from painting concrete roof tiles in terms of labour cost.

    Say the process of cleaning and painting lasts for two to three days. The expected cost would be around $560 to $1,320. It is important to clarify payment terms with your local Tradie to manage your expenses for labour.


    Note: Have a professional painter inspect your roof to give you accurate quotations based on your requirements. Post your roof painting job on HIREtrades to help you receive up to three quotes, free of charge.

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    The Cost of Roof Painting Jobs Based on Roof Type

    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 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 it 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 is usually not necessary but to increase durability, 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.

    Note: Normally, three coats (i.e. base coat, undercoat and top coat) are applied to ensure the quality of painting. Before commencing the roof painting job, clearly define your requirements and request for an itemised quote from local painting contractors.


    How Much Paint is Required?

    Paint required for roof painting

    To calculate how much Colorbond or roof tile paint is required for your painting project, it is important to determine your roof area. By measuring the roof pitch size, length and width, you will know the surface area of your roof in square metres.

    Assuming the spread rate for each coat is:

    • 8m2 per litre for tile roof surfaces and 10m2 per litre for metal roofs (undercoat)
    • 5m2 per litre for tile and metal roof surfaces (2 top coats each)

    Here’s the indicative amount of paint materials that you will need for tile roof surfaces.

    Roofing Area (m2)Average No. of Litres (Base Coat)Average No. of Litres (Undercoat) Average No. of Litres (Top Coats) 
    250 to 300m220L31 to 37L50 to 60L
    200 to 250m215L25 to 31L40 to 50L
    150 to 200m210L19 to 25L30 to 40L
    100 to 150m24L13 to 19L20 to 30L


    For metal roofs:

    Roofing Area (m2)Average No. of Litres (Base Coat)Average No. of Litres (Undercoat) Average No. of Litres (Top Coats) 
    250 to 300m2n/a25 to 30L50 to 60L
    200 to 250m2n/a20 to 25L40 to 50L
    150 to 200m2n/a15 to 20L30 to 40L
    100 to 150m2n/a10 to 15L20 to 30L

    The price for a 20-litre exterior acrylic emulsion roof paint is $179. Roof exterior paint costs about $223 per 10 litres. Expect around $347 for a 20-litre heat reflecting roof coating. Rates may alter depending on the brand. Confirm prices for base and undercoats.

    Important: The above estimation should only be used as a guide. Clarify the amount of paint materials that you will need with a local roof painting contractor.


    Signs that Your Roof Needs Repainting

    There are potential signs to check whether your roof needs repainting or not. Be sure to have your roof professionally checked to assess its condition and specify your project requirements.

    • The existing roof tile paint is peeling off
    • Your roof looks pale and shabby
    • Blistering exterior paint
    • Corroded roof surfaces (repainting Colorbond roofs)
    • Leaky roofing structures (this may require roof restoration/repairs and repainting)

    Has your roof been showing one of these signs? If you haven’t painted it for more than 15 to 20 years, you might consider repainting it. Get free quotes from your local painting contractors now through HIREtrades.


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