The Difference Colorbond Roof Painting Can Make
Colourbond roofs look exceptional when they are first installed however, over time, they can wear making them appear tired. If your colorbond roof has seen better days and you're looking to give it a new lease on life, this post is for you. Here we'll share everything you need to know about colorbond roof painting.
What is colorbond roofing?
Colorbond is a popular roofing material here in Australia. It is made from coated steel and is exceptionally hard-wearing yet lightweight, and looks aesthetically appealing. It is highly resistant to the often extreme elements and is thermal insulated.
Why consider painting your colorbond roof?
Colourbond roofing is a long-lasting product but if it is old and faded or you simply don't like its colour, painting it is a cost-effective and simple way to give it a refresh. There are several benefits to restoring and repainting your colorbond roof. Here are some of them:
It can lower energy consumption
You may be able to effectively reduce your home's energy consumption by upgrading your colorbond roof with a lighter colour. This can help to reduce up to 85% of the sun's UV rays and as a result, lower your cooling costs during the warmer months and save you money.
It may be better for the environment
If you choose to paint your colorbond roof in a lighter colour, you can reduce the amount of energy your home consumes as mentioned above. This is better for the environment.
Keeps your home cooler
Again a lighter colour will keep your home cooler in the summer months by reflecting the sun's UV rays.
Boost your homes curb appeal
Paint is an affordable way to give your home a renewed and contemporary upgrade. You can give your roof the sophistication it deserves by repainting it in a new and lustrous colour that complements your home and style.
Can increase the value of your property
A roof that is well looked after will look visually attractive and can increase the value of your property. It's a worthwhile investment if your roof is outdated.
The process involved with painting a colorbond roof
An inspection of the roof will be carried out
The first thing that needs to be done is a roof inspection. Why? Because painting over a faulty roof is a recipe for disaster. It can disguise potential issues, and they may go undetected and cause significant damage to the home. On the other hand, you may think that your colorbond roof is significantly damaged, but it may just be flaking paint and surface imperfections. If your roof requires work, it's a good idea to get this seen to before booking your roof painting.
Pressure clean and prepare the surface of the roof
Once you have had your roof professionally looked at by a roof inspector, your preferred painter can then go ahead and start preparing the surface for painting. They will do this by pressure cleaning the surface to remove any dirt or stuck on contaminants. Specialised roof cleaners are used to give your roof a superior clean. This ensures the new paint adheres to the surface sufficiently and produces a flawless finish. If there are any areas of rust, these will need to be treated first using an appropriate rust treatment.
Apply primer to the roof
Once the roof has been prepared and cleaned, a primer can be applied to the surface. This provides superior bonding when the paint is applied and ensures you end up with a long-lasting finish. Colorbond paints have been purposely designed to be sprayed onto the roof using an airless spray gun. This is typically applied at a pressure of 3500psi which is optimal for maximum adhesion.
The roof is painted
Colorbond paints are a specialised paint that is formulated for applications such as roofs. They contain water-based acrylic membranes that are designed for metal roofs. Applying it with a paintbrush or roller will not give you a long-lasting finish as it should. Spray painting with an airless spray gun is much faster than other painting methods, and the paint is applied using a technique called wet on wet. Two thick coats are applied and is it UV resistant once finished.
What colours can I repaint my Colorbond Roof?
There are many colours you can choose from when painting your roof. They have a selection of standard colours although, these can be tinted to your preferred colour if required. If you want to minimise your home's energy consumption, keep your home cooler and make a more eco-friendly choice, lighter colours are the way to go. It's a good idea to choose a colour that complements the style of your home to achieve the best aesthetic result from your roof paint job.
How much does it cost to paint a colorbond roof?
There isn't a one size fits all approach when it comes to roof painting and several factors can influence the overall price. Here are a few of them:
- How big your roof is
- Whether your home is one storey or two
- How accessible your roof is
- Whether your paint is flaking and the extent of it
To give you a general idea, a single-storey home starts at around $3,500.
How long does it take to paint a colorbond roof?
For a standard one-storey home, it takes around 2-3 days to complete. This includes preparation work, cleaning, priming and painting the surface.
Can I paint my colorbond roof myself?
While you can paint your roof yourself, it isn't recommended. It's a big job that requires a certain level of skill. You need to have good equipment fit for applying the paint to a high-quality finish. Not only that, but painting a roof involves working at a height, and you need to have the proper PPE to ensure that you are safe and don't get seriously injured. Going down the DIY route can be risky from a safety point of view, and the paintwork may not be up to standard.
Contact a professional colorbond roof painting team
If you have decided to have your roof painted, contact your Local Roof Painting Specialists here at MDC Specialists. We can work with you to find a suitable colour to restore your roof to its former glory. Contact us today!