Peeling of painted roof tiles.

Peeling of painted roof tiles, identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

  • These coated roof tiles were PEELING after only three months!
  • The firm that coated this roof demanded a considerable amount of cash before coating this roof.
  • They could not be contacted by the client (a pensioner) for a warranty claim.

This is what building inspectors will miss, at your expense!  If they are not prepared to get on roofs.

Painted roof tiles peeling

This photo shows roof coating peeling only six months before my inspection!

Different roof, more peeling.

Roof tiles painted that are peeling

Peeling of painted roof tiles.

Worth knowing.

  • Coating applied over tiles can only cover the area where it is exposed and does not cover the top and sides laps.
  • Peeling often occurs where the coating bridges between the top overlap over a short time period.
  • Coat over debris (when not properly cleaned before coating).
  • Coating applied over broken tiles that should have been replaced.

The majority of cases are due to poor preparation when cleaning and before the coating is applied.


  • No coating can duplicate the original process of color that is applied to the roof tiles in a kiln, during the firing process.
  • Painting of roof tiles has a limited life expectancy compared to the original coating. 

Related information from the CSIRO:

CSIRO information on painted roof tiles

For Home Owners. 

Beware of companies:

  • That have no base office and operate door to door from their car or truck.
  • Check for warranty and insurance cover.
  • Ask for ABN and license numbers and do your research before employing anyone.
  • Queensland licenses check: Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC)
  • Business names & companies registration: Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
  • Scammers. Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Suggested resources:


ASIC search register


QBCC license search


Government Scam watch

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