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Colorbond Roof Painting

Can You Paint A Colorbond Roof ?

AWS Roofing is a metal roofing company. We install new roofing and we love working with metal for it it’s durability and the different applications that metal roofing be used for a roof on a home or a commercial building. Colorbond roofs are a popular choice for roofs among Central Coast residents due to their durability, strength, thermal efficiency and overall stylish appearance. 
Colorbond is a popular choice throughout all of Australia as it withstands the country’s harsh and changeable weather conditions. 
It is manufactured with a robust zinc core and finished with a pre-painted sealant and is is highly corrosion-resistant which makes it a popular roofing material for coastal, rural and urban properties.

Metal Roofing Popularity

Colorbond was introduced in the late 1960s and quickly became the preferred choice over corrugated roofing. Today,it is available in 22 colours, allowing homeowners to choose their style to match the overall theme of their home.
However, these shades were not available for many years, and those who own an older metal roof may still have a few years to go and want to freshen it up with a new coat of paint. Whether you own a faded metal roof or are moving into a new home and the current roof colour doesn’t suit your style, restoring your metal roof and extending its life is possible. Repainting Colorbond roofs is a great way to update the overall aesthetics of your home while retaining the benefits of the original installation.

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When Would You Paint A Colorbond Roof?

It is a common misconception that a metal cannot be painted.
This is a myth. Metal roofs can be restored and repainted without any problems as long as the right paint is used and the work is carried out by a professional.

Can a Colorbond roof be repainted?

Repainting a Colorbond roof requires a unique process and procedure. Carrying out this process is not something a homeowner can do alone. Colorbond roof coating is the purview of a licensed roofing contractor, and it is vital to find someone with the necessary experience and knowledge of roofing.

Metal roofing requires a specialist and unique products designed specifically for metal roofing. Roof painting requires time, effort, experience and knowledge of metal roofing – don’t risk getting an amateur paint job.

 Why would anyone paint a Colorbond Roof

Colorbond roofs are known for their longevity and durability.
The lifespan of a metal roof is up to 50 years and like anything in the Australian sun, over time colours can fade.

When roofs start to age, the roofing material may still be in good condition, but the harsh Australian sun can contribute to fading.
Repainting a Colorbond roof is an excellent way to refresh the overall appearance of a house and eliminate the faded look.

The following situations may require the painting of a Colorbond roof:

  • Extension to the roof profile – The existing colour does not blend with the new section
  • The existing colour is not what you like
  • The roof is faded
  • Stubborn stains
  • Flaking or blistering paint
  • There is some corrosion happening from salt air

AWS roofing is involved in roofing work where a partial roof replacement is done or a home extension requires roofing.
When this happens, it can be the perfect opportunity to refresh the existing roof OR to do a complete colour change without having to replace a metal roof that is is still in good condition – It is a colour that is no longer liked.
If you have just bought a new house with a Colorbond roof and don’t like the current colour options, you can adapt the roof to the style or theme of your home by repainting it.

How to paint Colorbond roofs

The painting of Colorbond roofs is best left to the professionals. This process is best carried out by a specialist roofing contractor who has experience with Colorbond materials and can carefully refinish with specially formulated products. 

Restoring a metal roof is not as simple as painting a tiled roof. The process is entirely different. The roofing membrane requires a lot of preparation work and a multi-layer coating system, which is essential for a durable and smooth surface.

To successfully repaint a Colorbond roof, a specialised roofing contractor must be involved:

Procedure for painting a Colorbond roof.

1. Assess the current condition of the roof.

First, the roofer should get an overview of the roof’s current condition.
Then, to ensure a trouble-free application, a proper roof inspection should be performed to identify any potential problems.
What looks like a damaged Colorbond roof from a distance may be contamination that requires additional cleaning.
What looks like peeling or blistered paint may be a hidden rust spot. In most cases, the extreme durability of Colorbond roofs means that the colour is only slightly worn and discoloured.

An experienced roofing contractor will also take the time to make any necessary repairs or replacements. This includes replacing old lead nails, rusted screws and sheet metal if necessary. This ensures that the paint is applied to the best quality materials and will last a long time.

2. Pressure cleaning for preparation

Once confirmed that your roof needs to be repainted, it will be necessary to clean the entire surface in preparation for the priming and painting process. The roof painter will pressure clean using special cleaning agents designed for metal roofs. In addition, an industrial pressure washer will help to break down the oxidised paint, giving the roof a surface that will provide maximum adhesion when the paint is applied.

Roof cleaning is critical to the success of a metal roof coating. Inadequate cleaning and preparation will result in poor adhesion, and the paint will soon flake off. If the roof has small areas of rust, the contractor should also apply a special rust treatment before priming.

3. Priming the surface

The next part of metal roof painting is to ensure that the materials are adequately primed. Priming provides maximum paint adhesion to the bare metal surface. Some Colorbond roofing paints are self-priming and do not require this step. However, a primer can be used to ensure a uniform application.

The primer used by the roofing contractor is a specially formulated spray paint. Use an airless spray gun to spray the primer under pressure to achieve better adhesion and a smooth, even coat for the paint you are applying.

4. Paint the roof

Colorbond roof paints are a special water-based acrylic membrane paint designed exclusively for metal and steel roofs. These paints are carefully applied with an airless spray gun to achieve a consistent result. Your roof painter will apply two coats of the membrane coating before allowing it to cure correctly.

Colorbond Roofing Paint Colours

Metal roofing paint can be customised and tinted in almost any shade, but the standard Colorbond colours are the most commonly used.
The wide range includes 22 different colours and can be divided into modern and classic.
Roofing colours have been developed to reflect Australia’s natural palette and are suitable for coastal, rural and urban Australian homes.
See our colour page for available metal roofing colours

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Cost of painting a Colorbond roof

The cost to paint depends mainly on the existing roof condition and the roof’s size and style.
If the roof is damaged, it maybe more cost effective to replace the damaged areas rather than try to repair them.
If the roof has extensive damage, re roofing maybe the best option.
Re Roofing can be completed in one to two days and you know you will have a rock solid roof for another 50 years.

It is important to note that a metal roof renovation is not a task that can be undertaken by the average homeowner and should not be a do-it-yourself effort.
The process is time-consuming and must be carried out by a professional who is well acquainted with appropriate roof paints.

Roofers Central Coast

AWS Roofing is leading metal roofing company on the Central Coast.
We work with Colorbond roofing and Colorbond roofing products daily. 
A roof in good condition will increase your homes presentation and property value.
We are available for the entire Central Coast to install new metal roofing for extensions or a complete reroof.

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