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What is Colorbond Roofing?

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Find out if Colorbond steel roofing is suitable for your new home.

Colorbond is a type of sheet metal roofing that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. It’s made of steel with a baked on colour finish.

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Key Points

  • It comes in a variety of colors.
  • The material is well suited for the Perth and WA climate
  • The price point is about middle of the road when comparing other roofing options


There are currently 22 different Colorbond colours to choose from, which makes it easy to plan a roof to complement your home. These colours also extend to their range of fascias, gutters and downpipes enabling you to combine colours to great effect.

Thermal Efficiency

Currently 5 of the lighter colours are solar reflective and proven to be thermally efficient by helping to keep buildings cooler on hot days. A great addition to any energy efficient home.

Over 50 Years

Colorbond has proven itself to be suitable for the Australian climate where it has over 50 years of use to back it up.

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Cleaning & Maintenance

Just wait for it to rain and the cleaning is done.  Regards maintenance, there really isn’t any unless a sheet is badly dented due to a falling branch or other debris. In such a case, the damaged roof sheet can be replaced quite easily.

Compared To Tiles

Colorbond can cost a little more than tiles but it depends on the quality of tiles you’re considering.

In terms of strength, tiles can be broken by tree branches, hail, flying debris and people walking on them whereas Colorbond will only dent. The flip side is that if only one tile is broken, it’s possibly a smaller job than replacing one sheet of Colorbond. Steel roof sheeting is also less prone to leaks than tiles.

Environmental Impact

Colorbond is partly made from recycled materials and is completely recyclable itself. It’s also a fairly light product to transport and doesn’t add much to the weight of a home or building.

Choose Your Grade

For most homes the standard grade is more than enough but for harsher environments there are stronger grades to choose from. For homes, this would include living next to the ocean. For commercial buildings, this would include being in an industrial area with chemical fumes and fallout.

Summary: What is Colorbond Roofing?

We hope this helps you understand more about this very popular choice of roofing in Australia.

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