COLORBOND® vs ZINCALUME® – Choosing The Right Type of Steel For Your Roof

Metal roofing has several benefits if you are considering it for your home; not the least of which is that it can be both durable and long-lasting. In terms of metal roofing solutions, there are typically two options for Australian home builders to choose from – you have the choice of choosing either a COLORBOND® or ZINCALUME® roofing product.


This decision might be harder than you would expect, as you have to choose between the wide range of colours that COLORBOND® offers, compared with cheap and effective option provided by ZINCALUME®.


Both COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® offer high quality solutions to your metal roofing issues. You are assured of a high quality steel product either way. In order to make the decision a little easier for you, we have prepared a detailed list of the advantages that each type of steel offers to you. After all, there is not just one solution that fits everyone’s needs, rather it depends on what your individual requirements are.


When and Why You Should Choose COLORBOND® Steel For Your Roof


COLORBOND® has been around for a long time, and has (quite literally) shaped the Australian landscape. Since 1966 BlueScope have prepared COLORBOND® steel to meet the demands of the building sector. This is a highly popular choice, this is mainly due to it’s light weight, durability, strength and the wide variety of colours it comes in – allowing it fit any design you need.


Using a painted galvanising process, COLORBOND® is able to withstand several extreme weather conditions – which is certainly a benefit in Australia which is renown for it’s extreme weather conditions. There is very little maintenance required in order to keep COLORBOND® roofing in good condition. As the colour is bonded directly to the steel, it does not require repainting. There are several different profile that allow for significant customisation in both contemporary and classic styles.


COLORBOND® comes in 22 different colours that suit any exterior. Not only is COLORBOND® aesthetically more competitive, it is also better at insulating and is more thermally efficient. The latest new generation of COLORBOND® recently won the 2014 Sustainability Awards for it’s environmental benefits being highly recyclable. The Thermatech technology used to produce the steel allows the product to prevent heat during hot weather and cool much faster than tiled roofs during the evening time.


COLORBOND® is an up market solution to your needs. As it already comes with a colour, requires very little maintenance and performs well over a long period of time, it is the product of choice for those looking for both aesthetics and practical benefits.


When and Why You Should Choose ZINCALUME® Steel For Your Roof


If you are looking for a high quality blend of Aluminium, Silicon, Zinc and Magnesium steel, then look no further than ZINCALUME® steel for your next roofing installation. Not only is ZINCALUME® is a thoroughly tested product that is able to withstand significant extreme weather conditions and highly durable, but it is also environmentally friendly and made of 100% recyclable materials!


Compared to older corrugated roofing made of iron, which was susceptible to scratching during the installation and was easily corroded. The galvanising process applied in ZINCALUME® means that the coat protects the steel from damage over time.


In terms of cost and value for money there is no doubt that ZINCALUME® is truly the most competitive offer available on the market. In terms of aesthetics, many designers and builders prefer ZINCALUME® for it’s metal look that fits exactly in with the vision of your property.


COLORBOND® or ZINCALUME® – Which Option Is Right For You?


When comparing two high quality products, such as COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® it can be difficult to make sure you are making the right decision. Ultimately you need to make a decision based on your expectations of the outcome and what your budget is.


Your choice will depend on whether you are looking for a long-term solution that is visually matching. In this scenario,  COLORBOND® is the best solution for you. It will help maintain the value of your property long into the future.


If you are after a practical and more rugged look, with equally beneficial durability then we recommend ZINCALUME® above all other products.


For more information, we recommend you get in contact with your local metal steel supplier and ask about COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME®  options. Or, you can talk directly with BlueScope Sheet Metal Supplies about either of these products.


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