How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Roof?

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Roof?

Thinking of sprucing up your house?

The roof of a house actually affects the overall look of the house significantly. 

Before you open a single tin of paint, here’s everything you need to know about the cost of painting a roof.

D.I.Y. or Outsourcing?

The first step to painting your roof is deciding whether you will paint your roof yourself or whether you will hire professional help to paint the roof instead.

Painting the roof yourself will always be cheaper initially, but it is important to consider some outside factors. 

  • Do you have the equipment needed? 
  • Do you have the time required? 
  • Do you have the skills necessary to complete the job in a satisfactory manner? 

Unless you are on a tight budget, it is usually a good idea to hire professionals to complete the job. This will ensure that your roof looks good and is in the best possible hands. As well as this, the professional job is more likely to withstand the test of time. 

Where are you?

Surprisingly, the cost of painting a roof depends upon where you live. Generally the tradesman will inspect your property before giving you a quote. This quote will be dependant upon a variety of factors, such as:

  • The company’s going rate
  • How large your roof is 
  • The material of your roof
  • How dirty your roof is 
  • The type of paint you are after
  • How far away you live from the contractor

Types of roof paint

Painting your roof is not as straightforward as you think it may be. There are many different types of roof paints with different properties. The contractor will survey your roof and your needs and alert you of the most appropriate type of paint to utilise. This will affect the cost also.

A contractor may suggest polyurethane, polyurea or polymeric roof coating depending on the roofs material and where your house is located.

Alternative paints include:

  • Bituminous coatings, however the material means it is less flexible. 
  • Water based acrylic roof paints are often used. They are often quite reflective, but avoid these if you have water ponding in some areas of the roof. 
  • Eco-friendly silicone paints are great but the most expensive option. 

Any good roof painting contractor will create a dialogue surrounding your options with you and make recommendations based on your personal situation. Here is a rough pricing guide so you can know what to approximate:

  • $200 ~ for 10 litres of a high quality paint
  • $350 ~ for 20 litres of heat reflective roof paint
  • $150 ~ for 20 litres of exterior acrylic emulsion

It is also important to note that some contractors may charge for the amount of paint used whilst some may charge per hour. 

What else do I need to know?

 Painting a roof is not something that happens frequently, therefore it can seem like a reasonably daunting task. This is totally understandable. 

Painting a roof is actually a multilayered process. The first step is cleaning the roof. The contractor will often first sweep the roof and then use a gurney to remove the build up. 

The contractor will then check for damage. Whilst the repairing the roof will often cost extra, it is obviously worth it in the long run. 

The contractor will then apply a base coat, to ensure the longevity of the paint job and will then complete the job with a top coat of your colour. 

Looking for more help transforming your roof? Chat to the experts from Mr Highlights Roofing today!