How much will it cost to paint my roof?

We’ve got the low down on your up above

After many, many years of commercial roof painting in New Zealand it’s safe to say we’ve covered a lot of buildings and worked with a lot of owners and building managers. One of the first questions asked is also one of the most obvious – how much is work going to cost?

So let’s get straight to it: for a typical commercial roof of around 1000m2 the cost to repaint would be around $20 per M2. The emphasis here should be on the word ‘typical’ however. If there’s one thing that’s true of New Zealand commercial building painting it’s that no structure is ever exactly the same.

The cost of painting a roof can vary significantly depending on many factors including, but not limited to:

1) What Access is required?

The first focus for any project always needs to be keeping the contractors and public safe. The use of scaffolding, abseil systems, lifts or other forms of roof access can require extra in the budget.

2) What Size is the roof?

It may seem obvious but it’s surprising how often ‘guesstimates’ based on differently sized properties can lead building owners astray. Larger roofs tend to create efficiencies in the painting process but this should not be taken for granted.

3) Where is the roof Location?

Travel considerations must be taken into account. While metropolitan areas are straightforward once we’re away from here travel and accommodation costs come into play.

4) What is the current Condition of the roof?

Some roofs will require additional preparation and priming prior to applying the coatings. Double water-blasting, Alkyd primers and hand preparation are some strategies that may be required to get the most from your roof.

5) What is the Angle of the roof?

Steep angle roofs increase the overall surface area and must be factored in when measuring your roof. These angles also increase the difficulty, which can impact the overall price.
There are also other factors to consider for costing and time-lining any roof painting. In New Zealand that’s everything from the type of roof construction to the time of year to the privacy and noise requirements of the building’s occupants. Here the small details can make a big difference in the final cost.
It’s why we always recommend a comprehensive site visit and consultation period. A quick ‘drive-by quote’ is not good enough. It’s also why, with the equipment available nowadays, there’s no excuse not to get these small details right.

“No structure is
ever exactly the

Here we’re happy to use drone technology if necessary to correctly scope a project – the client’s peace of mind can only be achieved with our total clarity.
You shouldn’t just take our word for it either. Get a quote. Get three or four if you need to. Ensuring a quality finish that performs as promised is vital (as is getting it done as cost-effectively as possible). After all, you don’t want to be going over this list again in another year or two...

Watch the video of St Michael's Roof being painted

Richard Waite

Richard Waite

Richard has been the General Manager of National Decorators for the past 5 years developing the company in the property and construction markets. Working off the base of a 100+ year old legacy, he has refined the company from a family business to be the leading painting company in the country. Some key developments have been in the integration of significant IT systems to increase the customer experience and enhance efficiency. Another big focus was reshaping the culture of the onsite teams to reflect the company in the best possible way.
Richard also leads a sales and marketing team of 7 staff, pushing into new markets and developing new services for our customers. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny and 2 young girls, as well as joining in community events.
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