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  • Input benchmark – roof painting and repair

    Businesses in this industry repair and restore existing roofing materials. Products and services include replacing broken tiles, securing flashings, repairing capping with cement or acrylic mortar, cleaning roof tiles and painting roof sealer.

    Use the input benchmarks to calculate expected income based on the labour and materials used.

    They apply to roof painters and repairers who:

    • work directly with household customers
    • are responsible for purchasing their own materials.

    We developed the benchmarks in consultation with the Master Painters Association of Australia, various state roof tiling associations and industry participants. They represent the industry norm.

    Consider your own personal circumstances when using the benchmarks to assess your situation.

    These benchmarks are current as at April 2015.

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    Input benchmark guide

    You can use this benchmark to compare and check your business performance to the roof painting and repair industry averages.

    Remember that all dollar amounts are GST-inclusive and to add safety rail costs if applicable, usually $10 – $20 per metre.

    Input benchmarks for tradespeople in the roof painting and repair industry

    Coverage rate – sealer or primer (square metres per litre) – low spread rate

    4 to 8

    Coverage rate – sealer or primer (square metres per litre) – high spread rate

    9 to 16

    Coats applied – sealer or primer


    Coats applied – base coat

    0 to 1

    Coats applied – paint top

    1 to 2

    Cost of paint as a percentage of the price charged to the customer

    20 to 40

    Average job size (square metres) – whole house


    Tradespeople per job


    Days to complete average job including preparation clean and water blasting (add one day for safety rail set up and pull down if necessary) – paint only

    2 to 3

    Days to complete average job including preparation clean and water blasting (add one day for safety rail set up and pull down if necessary) – paint with minor repairs

    3 to 4

    Price charged per house (add safety railing or scaffolding charge if used)

    $2,000 to $4,000

    Sales turnover

    Use this benchmark to:

    • estimate your income
    • compare your income against the roof painting and repair industry average
    • check that your records accurately reflect your income.


    • Climate conditions may decrease or increase paint drying time and affect productivity in certain regions.
    • Add extra charges for scaffolding, safety railing and roof pole when charged to customer.
    • If no sealer or primer used, substitute spread rates for paint.
    Sales turnover – income guide for roof painting only

    Sealer or primer (litres used per year) – low range (at average 5 square metres per litre)

    2,628 to 3,960

    Sealer or primer (litres used per year) – high range (at average 10 square metres per litre)

    1,314 to 1,980

    Square metres completed per year

    13,140 to 19,800

    Price charged per house

    $2,000 to $4,000

    Sales turnover range (excludes safety railing and scaffolding charge)

    $146,000 to $440,000

    Average labour charge per day per tradesperson

    $200 to $400

    Typical job size (square metres) – house


    Jobs completed per year

    73 to 110

    Days to complete average job

    2 to 3

    Days worked per year


    Roof painting and repair examples

    Income within the benchmarks

    Rob operates a roof painting business and has one sub-contractor working for him. They work on household jobs only.

    Rob establishes from his quote book that his average job size is about 180 square metres and they normally take between 2 to 3 days to complete. He normally charges about $3,500 for each job.

    Rob reviews the statements from his supplier and finds that he has purchased 1,620 litres of sealer, which covers approximately 16,200 square metres of roof painting. Using his average job size of 180 square metres, Rob calculates that he completed about 90 jobs during the year for income of $315,000.

    Rob's records show reported income of $320,000, which is within the benchmarks and close to his estimate. He is happy with his record keeping.

    End of example

    Income less than expected

    Tony has a specialist roof painting business with one employee. His work is household roof painting only and he does not perform repair work.

    Checking his business records for the year Tony finds he has income of $225,000 for 90 jobs. Tony normally charges $2,500 for an average house that is painted in 2 days.

    Using the benchmark guide, Tony estimates he would have worked 180 days to earn $225,000. However, Tony has had a busy year and is sure he worked more than that.

    Tony reviews his quote books and finds 20 jobs where he was paid cash that was not deposited to his bank account. He charged $45,000 in total for these jobs.

    Tony recalculates his income for the year to $270,000 and is now within the benchmarks. Tony asks his bookkeeper for advice on keeping better records.

    End of example
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