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How much does a Colorbond Roof cost?

$15,000 - $25,000

    How Much Does a Colorbond Roof Cost?

    Colorbond roofing prices can vary significantly due to the variety of home sizes, access difficulties, and labour costs. Reports have shown that customers have paid $15,000 for a 72-square metre home and $25,000 for a 140 square-metre home. Labour costs are likely to be in the $40 to $55 range per hour. Material costs range from a low of $18 to a high of $40 per square metre.

    Factors Impacting the Cost of Colorbond Roofing

    Existing roof

    In most cases, your existing roof will need to be removed. The worst example of this driving up the total Colorbond roof cost is an asbestos cement roof, requiring a certified asbestos contractor. Asbestos removal can add as much as $5,500 to the Colorbond roof replacement cost. The total replacement cost may be as high as $30,000. If you are looking at the cost to replace roof tiles with Colorbond, you may be paying $25,000. Tile is labour intensive to remove. With a metal skillion roof, which is much easier to remove, the price might drop to $15,000.

    Removal and disposal of existing material

    These actions should be incorporated into the final quote price. In a case where there is no removal, you should make sure that this does not void your warranties.

    Brand new roof

    There are a variety of Colorbond colours, making it a favourite of designers. Architects like it because it is so flexible. However, due to its structure, Colorbond steel should not come into contact with lead flashing, stainless steel features, or copper pipes. Contact with these materials can cause corrosion over time.

    Other roofing factors

    To replace or build a new Colorbond roof, you need to consider your roof’s pitch and height, the complexity of the design and ease of access to your roof. Colorbond is more flexible and can deal better with a steeper angled roof and unique architectural designs. It also weighs far less than tile, which means you can do a second storey and add almost no weight.

    Price Estimates for Different Types of Colorbond Roof and Services

    Colorbond sheet costs

    Colorbond corrugated roof sheeting prices will depend on the quality you need. Estimated at $20 per square metre, powder-coated Colorbond is the most likely choice. However, Colorbond Ultra may be necessary if you live near saltwater. The average cost is much higher at $35. Another option is double-sided Colorbond, which is the most suitable for patios. It is likely to run $25 per square metre. For basic corrugated steel, the cost is $18 per square metre. That’s more likely to be used on a shed.

    New Colorbond roof

    The cost of installation of a brand Colorbond new roof is likely to run from $45 to $55 per square metre.

    Close up of a dark grey steel patterned roof.

    Close up of a new Colorbond roof. | Source: Evolution Gutters & Downpipes

    Colorbond installation

    Installation costs start around $3,000; this is why it is so essential to get online quotes to know how much labour will cost you. In addition to the Colorbond itself, contractors should use Colorbond-approved insulation to protect against condensation and to dampen sound. For effective insulation, the foil should be 55 mm thick.

    Colorbond roof painting

    There is no particular painting needed for Colorbond. A Colorbond matt finish is created in the factory, with many options for colour. However, for an existing roof, the Colorbond roof painting cost will be calculated at $35 to $50 per hour. You should also factor in the price of cleaning the roof, any related repairs, and the paint itself.

    Does the Cost Differ Based on Location?

    Colorbond roof cost per square metre is unlikely to vary much from state to state because this is an Australian-made product. However, roofing installation costs will vary with location. $35 per hour is estimated as the lowest rate, while $85 per hour has been the highest suggested rate. Some reported installation costs include: 

    City Average Labour Costs Per Hour
    Sydney $55
    Brisbane $40

    Tips on How to Create an Accurate Estimate

    Tip #1: Using online quotes, you should develop an understanding of how much your specific product costs per square metre. You should also know what the labour costs will be, based on bids from at least three companies.

    Tip #2: You should discuss your current roofing material with your potential contractor. You’ll want to know how much removal may add to your costs.

    Tip #3: You may need to spend a bit more to prevent corrosion. You will want to invest in compatible gutters and downpipes to ensure that the roofing’s anti-corrosion qualities can be preserved.

    How to Hire a Colorbond Roof Specialist

    To preserve your warranty, you should make sure your roofer is a Colorbond expert. They should be able to show you other buildings that they have roofed. Also, they should have building licenses and insurance. As you talk with prospective specialists, make sure to ask them for certifications for their company and their crew.

    Tips on How to Save Money When Hiring a Roofing Specialist

    Tip #1: Before hiring, get references and call to ask how the roofers did on those homes or businesses. You want to be sure that their bids are accurate, and they didn’t quote a lower price and then require a higher fee at the end.

    Tip #2: Get a new roof during the offseason. Building a new roof during the quiet season may help reduce the rates with your roofing contractor.

    Tip #3: Colorbond warranties run for 25 years. You have to be sure that your roofer can do the job as required by the manufacturer. Ask to see the contractor’s Colorbond certification.


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources


    Why is Colorbond roofing noisy?

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    Colorbond roofing sometimes produces more noise than other roofing materials, such as tiles or concrete, during heavy rain or hailstorms. However, modern installation techniques, underlayment materials, and proper insulation can help reduce sound transfer from the outside. For those concerned about noise, it’s ideal to consult a roofing professional and discuss the best options for mitigating sound transmission.

    Real Oneflare Customer Quotes

    Dave's Roofing Job

    Location PinWest Melbourne, VIC

    Roof leak and water damage in ceiling

    Job type

    Roof repairs

    Type of roof


    $200inc. gst

    Quoted by Roof Youth

    Janice's Roofing Job

    Location PinIpswich, QLD

    Replace whirlwind

    Job type

    Roof repairs

    Type of roof

    Green Colorbond

    $260inc. gst

    Quoted by Residential Roofing Solutions

    Kate's Roofing Job

    Location PinWest Melbourne, VIC
    Job type

    Roof painting

    Type of roof


    Respray colour

    Midnight black

    $2500inc. gst

    Quoted by Weathertuff Roof Restorations

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