Jul 23, 2021
Colorbond roofing is durable, stylish, environmentally sustainable and offers thermal insulation. Oh, and forget about the 30 year warranty you’ll find from reputable Melbourne roofers. With the right care your Colorbond roof can last up to 70 years (and more).
Generally, installation starts at $40/m2 and goes up to $55/m2, with most Melbourne homeowners spending between $10,000 and $25,000 for a new Colorbond roof. But with a range of factors influencing the cost of Colorbond projects, read on to discover how much a new Colorbond roof is likely to cost you.
Melbournians love Colorbond.
Widely seen as one of the best roofing materials available, Colorbond offers insulation, style, durability and a range of colours suited to your home’s existing decor.
But we don’t need to tell you what a difference a Colorbond roof makes on your home whether you live in Frankston, Carlton or anywhere in between. You’re here because you’re leaning towards a Colorbond roof and you want to know whether it fits your budget.
At Coast2Country Roofing we’re Colorbond specialists with over 35 years of experience in Melbourne, so we know a thing or two about Australia’s favourite roofing brand.
If you’re looking to save money on your next roofing project, read on for the latest prices, cost influencing factors, and tips to secure an affordable Colorbond roof that doesn’t empty your bank account.
What factors impact the cost of a new Colorbond roof?
Colorbond roofing is typically priced per sheet, with your sheeting type influencing the price.
For example, a basic corrugated Colorbond sheet will cost between $13 to $20 per square metre, while Colorbond Ultra is more expensive at $35 to $37 per square metre.
Keep in mind, you won’t just be paying for the raw materials (unless you plan on installing your new roof yourself, which we’ll get to below), you’ll be paying installation costs that cover labour, equipment, risk and your roofing company’s overheads.
You’ll also need to factor in costs that come from:
Replacing your roof or installing a new roof
The size of the roof being replaced
The type of roof being replaced
The location of your home and job complexity
At the end of the day, you want a cost-effective Colorbond installation that doesn’t break the bank. But you also want to avoid choosing an unlicensed cowboy who lures you in with bargain basement prices and leaves your roof a mess.
To find a price that’s competitive, let’s break down a few variables.
Building a new home from scratch will bring the cost of Colorbond installation down as there’s no roof to replace. In contrast, updating your current roof means the existing roof needs to be removed, which will increase your price.
Most Melbourne roofing companies quote Colorbond installation in square metres, so it’s natural that a large roof is going to cost more. Keep in mind, the cost of Colorbond per sheet (typically 850mm wide and a standard thickness of 0.42 BMT) is less than the cost of installation per square metre, which range from $44/m2 to $55/m2.
If you’re replacing a tile roof, for example, then the job is labour intensive, meaning increased labour costs, so you might expect to pay $25,000 for this service. In contrast, a metal skillion roofs are easier to remove, so you might see your quote drop to $15,000.
The complexity of the job will also impact installation costs with a simple installation process - like a skillion roof - typically costing less than a complex roof - like a double gable roof.
Each roof is unique which means you can end up paying less than your neighbor - who has the exact same roof size - if your roof offers an easier pitch, design complexity and ease of access. If your property is a standalone home in the suburbs of Melbourne then installation will be easier than a terrace or unit in Melbourne’s CBD.
How much do Colorbond sheets cost?
Colorbond roofing is available in a range of sheeting materials with the price ranging from $13 to $37.
The type of Colorbond sheeting for you will depend on your location and your needs. For example, if you live in St.Kilda and your property is near saltwater then you may need Colorbond Ultra which is designed to withstand harsh environments and marine exposure.
Or, if you’re planning to add a Colorbond roof to your new patio closer to the Melbourne CBD, you may prefer powder-coated Colorbond for a durable finish that looks great on a highly social area.
Is a Colorbond roof cheaper than tiles?
Colorbond is generally more expensive than most types of roof tiles, but looking at the cost of each material only tells part of the story.
For example, Colorbond is lighter than a tile roof (often up to 90% lighter), meaning your roof needs fewer supporting beams. This can bring the cost of installation down, which is why it’s important to look at the big picture and not just compare the price per square metre.
In the same way, Colorbond is typically easier to install than roof tiles, meaning your roofers spend less time working on your home and you can enjoy discounted labour costs.
DO YOU LIVE IN A BUSHFIRE PRONE MELBOURNE SUBURB? Colorbond is a more fire-resistant roof than most tiles, protecting against ember attacks and helping you meet BAL requirements in bushfire prone suburbs around Melbourne.
How to get the best Colorbond roof quotes in Melbourne
Put simply, don’t accept the first quote you receive.
Even if we were the first roofing company you’d reached out to, we’d encourage you to ask around and collect between 3 and 5 estimates for your Colorbond installation.
You’ll want to provide as much detail as possible to receive accurate quotes, so be sure to have the following information on hand:
The access to your roof
The (rough) size of your roof
The current state of your roof
Taking this information to multiple local roofers will help you get a baseline for Colorbond costs per square metre, as well as labour and installation costs. Telling a potential roofer about your current roof is important because they’ll likely be responsible for removing your old roofing material, which can add to your estimate.
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In theory, yes.
Anyone can throw a ladder against the house and start trying to install new roofing, but the challenge of installing your own Colorbond roof isn’t in the labour, but the extra variables including:
Can you install a roof safely?
Are you complying with OH&S laws?
Do you have the proper tools to get the job done?
Are there local council restrictions on DIY roofing installation?
It’s also likely you’ll run into a problem on your roof that’s outside your wheelhouse. If you make a mistake, or damage your roof, then the repair costs can quickly outstrip any savings you might have made.
If you’d rather spend your weekend at the MCG, or spending time with the family outdoors, or doing literally anything else, then opting for professional Colorbond installation is the most cost-effective solution in the long run.
Colorbond roofing can come with a warranty of up to 30 years, so choosing the best Melbourne roofer is giving you peace of mind this decade, and the next, and the next after that.
How much does a Colorbond installation cost?
Hiring a Colorbond installation team is the simplest way to save time and money (as DIY roof installation can lead to expensive problems that need correcting down the line.
We’ve covered the cost of Colorbond per m2, but you’ll need to factor in labour costs and other overheads for an accurate installation cost.
While installation costs vary, you should expect to pay between $50 to $80 per hour for Colorbond installation. Your roofing company will typically quote you a fixed rate to cover their time, costs, labour and profit margin, with installation starting at $3,000 and going up depending on:
Whether the service is roof installation or roof replacement
The complexity of the installation
As a rough estimate, consider the following figures to match up to your roofing needs.
Looking for an affordable Colorbond installation in Melbourne?
Alright, quick recap…
Colorbond costs vary by material, and you’ll generally be paying per sheet or per metre squared. Outside of material costs, you’ll need to cover the installation fee of your local Melbourne roofer (inc. labour, wages, equipment, risk, time on site and business overheads).
As a rule of thumb, a new Colorbond roof will typically be cheaper than replacing an existing roof, as roof replacement means the old materials need to be removed and disposed of - which makes the job twice as complex.
But with excellent thermal properties (to keep you cool on chilly Melbourne days and warm in the summer) you can lower your energy bills, and with a highly durable and low-maintenance finish your new Colorbond roof will protect you and your family for decades to come without ongoing repair costs.
So if your dull, tired roof needs an upgrade, it might be time to add a little colour to your life - Colorbond that is!
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