Can I paint my Colorbond roof? Is a colorbond roof restoration a viable option?
If you have a colorbond roof that over the years has begun to fade. Or maybe you are a new homeowner, and you would like to give the new pad a bit of a facelift. We are often asked, “can I paint my colorbond roof”?
Lucky for you the answer is yes, if done correctly you can paint a colorbond roof. As a roof tiler first, it is hard work having to write these blogs about metal roofing. But it has become the new trend in roofing and at Powerdrive Roofing, we adjust with the trends. We have fully qualified roof plumbers on board who are constantly reminding me how great colorbond is.
Ok, I got a little side-tracked there. What we need to be discussing is our team of registered painters these are the guys that we put our trust in when it comes to roof painting? More particularly in this case colorbond roof painting.
Most of us know colorbond metal roofing will lose its colour rather quickly as compared to fencing or other colorbond items. This is due to it copping the full brunt of the Perth weather year-round.
So, while the answer to your question can paint my colorbond roof would be yes. Maybe you should take the cost of this into account when getting a new roof. Or roof replacement and changing from terracotta or concrete roof tiles.
Colorbond roof painting, better described as colorbond roof restoration is no small job. So, when you decide to have it done, you need to make sure it is done right.
I am glad your search for colorbond roof painting in Perth has led you here. Before you make a choice on company or contractor. We should run through some facts about painting colorbond roofing. We will describe the best practices to provide colorbond roof restoration that lasts the test of time.
Reasons a Colorbond Roof May Be Repainted:
- Faded or Chalky Paint – You will notice your roof has faded and upon touch it will leave a chalky residue.
- Weather Staining – This will occasionally happen; Perth’s climate can take its toll. It can’t be removed as such. It will require restoration.
- Flaking or Blistered Paint – Again the Perth weather is to blame. This is the hardest colorbond roof restoration and requires extensive preparation if adhesion with the new paint is to work.
- Salt Air Exposure – Anyone living close to large bodies of water that carry salt and potentially other airborne factors.
How do you Repaint a Colorbond Roof?
Firstly, if you are comparing it to a concrete roof tile restoration, it is not that easy. It is a completely different process. Although there are many variables to a tile roof restoration. There are also plenty of variables to a colorbond roof painting project.
If you were to make a comparison, I would liken it to painting a car. With the preparation and multi-layer system required to build up and provide a smooth radiant finish. Believe it or not, though, it is generally cheaper to paint your roof than it is to paint your car.
Colorbond Roof Restoration Process:
1. Roof Inspection
Knowing what you are dealing with is step one. What looks from the ground to be a faded colorbond roof could simply be contaminated. In this case, it would require a simple roof clean.
What a potential customer reports as paint flaking could be something far more serious. It could be rust and corrosion hiding beneath. While generally, this is not the case a professional roof inspection is a must. There are no better eyes on the roof than the eyes of a professional roofer.
2. Preparation for Paint
Once the inspection is complete the determination will be made. If indeed your roof requires restoration, or you are repainting more for aesthetic reasons.
An industrial pressure cleaner is brought in at a running pressure of around 4000psi. The role of the high-pressure cleaner is to break down oxidised paints providing an optimal bonding surface with the new paint. This part of the process is the most important. If not conducted correctly the paint will not correctly bond.
If the colorbond roof cover contained surface rust or mild corrosion, then it will require a rust treatment. Rust treatment should be applied prior to applying any primer.
If the rust or corrosion is not correctly prepared it will result in poor adhesion and ultimately lead to your new paint flaking off. This would make the whole process pointless. You would effectively have a slightly shinier flaky roof.
3. Priming the Roof
A lot of colorbond roof paints are self-priming. They don’t require an independent primer for your colorbond roof restoration. Most people rely on this, however, if there are areas of rust. Even small areas showing bare metal it is highly recommended to apply primer. There are primers that are specifically designed to bind to the bare metal surface.
All primers by colorbond are designed specifically to be used with an airless paint gun such as Wagner Professional Sprayer, these are the preferred sprayers of choice in the industry. The Wagner airless are designed perfectly for the primer application at up to 3500 psi with a perfect continuous flow.
4. Painting the Roof
Colorbond has a special water-based acrylic membrane. It has been specially designed for metal roofs. Colorbond roof painting is applied the same way as the primer. With an airless at up to 3500 psi in long smooth controlled motions to get that perfect finish.
The question has been asked before. Can I paint my colorbond roof with brushes and rollers? Yes, you can, but there is a reason Powerdrive roofing follows the method we do on our colorbond roof restorations.
When using colorbond paints you want to be applying using the wet-on-wet method. Paintbrushes and rollers will not be able to achieve these results. Rollers will also likely not have quality adhesion and airless should always be the first choice.
Colorbond Roof Painting Colours?
Just like colorbond itself, colorbond roof paint comes in a range of 22 colours. However, if you are not happy with any colours from the standard range, we can have a specially-tinted colour just for you.
At the end of the day, with colorbond roof painting, the same with all our services we just want the best outcome for our customers. At Powerdrive Roofing, we have got you covered.