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How Much Does Roof Painting Cost?

Last updated: 23rd Feb 2019

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An average cost estimate for painting a medium-sized roof in Australia is between $3,000 and $5,000, whereas customers on ServiceSeeking.com.au spent $2,000 to $5,000 on their roof painting job in the previous year.

Professional roof painting services carry a price tag of roughly $40/hr. This usually doesn’t include the cost of paint and other materials. Depending on the difficulty of the project, rates can go as low as $30/hr or as high as $50/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Roof Painting Specialists on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.
How much does roof painting cost?
Roof/house size Average cost estimate
Small houses $1,900 to $3,400
Mid-size houses $3,200 to $5,000
Large houses $4,470 to $7,000

The cost of roof painting and restoration depends on the size and current condition of your roof. Like most painting tasks, quality can vary greatly based on the type of material and experience of the tradesperson.

Most types of roofs can be painted, such as:

  • Tile roofs,
  • Wooden roofs,
  • Asbestos roofs,
  • Concrete roofs,
  • Colorbond or other metal roofs.

How Much Does Roof Paint Cost?

The typical average cost of roof paint in Australia starts at $140 or $350 per unit depending on the paint quality, type, and quantity needed based on your roof size and condition. So, you may expect to pay around $1,000 for roof paint only for a single-storey roof.

What is the average cost of roof paint in Australia?
Roof paint Average price Quantity
Surface filler (QA High Build Filler) $140 20 litres
Exterior Acrylic Emulsion coating (Nu-Flex)
+ other similar exterior acrylic emulsion
$179 20 litres
Nano Technology Coating (Nutech Tileflex)
+ other similar nano coatings
$213 20 litres
Roof Exterior Paint (Dulux Roof & Trim)
+ other similar
high-quality roof paint
$223 10 litres
Heat Reflective Roof Coating (NXT CoolZone)
+ other similar heat reflective roof paint
$347 20 litres

The paint you choose for your roof greatly affects the cost because there’s a huge difference between high-quality roof paint and low-quality paint types.

Depending on your roof type, your house location i.e. weather conditions, and the slope of your roof, you may choose among:

  • polyurethane,
  • polyurea,
  • polymeric,
  • bituminous,
  • water-based acrylic roof paints or
  • the most expensive eco-friendly silicone paints.

Some of the top roof paint brands are: Dulux, Global Coat, Resene and Shield Coat.

Always ask your roof painter for advice before you make the decision on your roof paint and colour.


How Much Does It Cost to Spray a Roof?

Spray painting a roof is also possible upon the necessary cleaning, doing repairs and other prep work and the price typically ranges from $14/m2 for simple work to $28/m2 for more complex projects.

Also, exterior spray painters may charge even from $35 to $60 per hour or quote by the job.

Applying the paint to a roof with the use of a spray gun is much faster than painting the roof with a roller or paint brush. The quality of the job is likely to be better, too because the paint will penetrate the roof material deeper.

However, this approach may be more expensive as it may require some extra preparation and be more complex although it does not always have to be so.

How Much Does It Cost to Paint a Tile Roof?

If you want to paint a tile roof on a single-storey Australian home, you may pay anywhere between $750 for smaller roofs and $2,600 for bigger jobs (for labour only, not including materials and prep work).

On the other hand, if your whole tile roof painting project involves thorough cleaning, replacing broken tiles, mending capping and the like, a 40-square roof might cost even around $7,000 in total.

How Much Does Colorbond Roof Painting Cost?

The expected average price range for painting a 100-200 square metres Colourbond roof on a single-level home in Australia is from $730 to $1,400.

The average price, which doesn’t include materials or any other complex prep work, just the labour costs, may also range from $300 to $1,700 depending on the size of your Colourbond roof, the type of building and many other factors discussed below.

For instance, if you pick Dulux 962 Cool Roof paint and want to get the necessary prep work done (e.g. high pressure cleaning, applying a primer coat and/or two coats of Acrylic Cool Roof Membrane), the expected total price for painting an average-sized Colorbond roof would sit at around $2,500 and you may get a warranty of up to 10 years.

What Affects the Cost of Roof Painting Services?

While roof painters can easily provide you with approximate prices, the actual cost of the project can only be determined after the tradesman does an onsite inspection. From here, a roof painter considers several factors in order to give you an exact price, which typically include the following.

Size

This is usually the first thing that a painter considers before giving a quote. One reason why roof painting rates vary is because no two roofs have the same size. When it comes to roof painting, larger roof areas generally means higher costs.

Materials

Roof painting is a complex process. Since roofs are much more exposed to various elements than other areas of the house, you have the option to use higher-quality paints and products to ensure that the finish will last for a longer period of time. This will naturally be more expensive so make sure to ready your pockets.

Additional Tasks

Keep in mind that roof painting is not as straightforward as it may seem. In regards to this job, a lot of things are prepared before a painter is able to make that first brush stroke and breathe new life into your roof.

To ensure that the paint will be applied easily and evenly, painters normally clean the roof using high-pressure cleaning equipment. This is done to remove dirt that regular cleaning tools can’t handle and may cost between $500 to $800 depending on your roof size.

Aside from cleaning, roof repairs (such as replacing broken tiles) might also be needed. This job may cost from a few hundred dollars up to even $1000 depending on your roof condition.

In general, just cleaning your roof thoroughly and doing a couple of basic repairs can cost between $1,000 and $1,800, whereas cleaning only may take between 4 or 6+ hours to be done properly.

What’s more, your roof is very likely to need a roofing membrane (around $170 per drum, typically roofs need 6-10 drums). Before adding the roofing membrane, sealing your roof is required, which may add up $1,000 more.

You see how additional tasks and costs easily add up?

Ease of Access

The job will be more expensive if the access to your roof is difficult. What’s more, its complex design and steepness of the roof pitch will additionally increase the total cost.

Roof Painting Prices from Real Customers

Check out the below real roof painting job descriptions that were completed on Service Seeking in the previous year.

David from Qld
He had 2 flat roofs (total area of 350 m2) at his Taringa property cleaned, primed, and painted with 2 coats of Nutech reflective paint.
TOTAL COST: $4,000
Angelo from Vic
He had the roof of his home in Reservoir painted charcoal grey. The job also included minor mortar repair.
TOTAL COST: $3,600
Mark from Vic
The tiled concrete roof of his single-storey brick house in Frankston South was re-sprayed and then painted. The job included replacing a few broken tiles, new guttering, and downpipes.
TOTAL COST: $2,500

What Are the Prices of Roof Painting Services across Australia?

Professional roof painters in Queensland charge around $35/hr — the lowest rate in the country. Meanwhile, their counterparts in Victoria (Melbourne) charge approximately $40/hr. At an average of $45/hr, New South Wales (Sydney) has the highest rate for roof painting services among all states.

For example, the cost to paint a 120m2 roof on a single-storey house in Australia including all the necessary prep work such as pressure cleaning etc. is $2,000. The cost for the same job would increase for $500 if new guttering and downpipes, as well as some minor repairs are needed.

Roof painting should only be done by licensed professionals. Service Seeking has a ton of fully qualified roof painting experts that can definitely help you with your project.

We recommend researching quotes to get the best possible price and avoid getting ripped off.

A re-painted roof can make a huge difference to the aesthetic appeal of your house, and is also a useful opportunity to identify any problems with your roof.

roof painting prices

Disclaimer: Our cost estimates are based on quotes for roof painting services and are useful as a guide only.

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