What is best, Zincalume steel roofing or Colorbond steel roofing?

What is best, Zincalume steel roofing or Colorbond steel roofing?
May 12, 2018 admin

Looking to re-roof your Australian home? You can’t go past a steel roof. They’re durable and optimised especially to withstand the constant beating of the sun; a regular occurrence in Australia! But what kind of steel roof should you invest your pennies in? Re-roofing your home is a big decision. After all, you expect that roof to last decades, so you want to make sure you’ve made the right choice! If you’re looking for quality, BlueScope Steel is definitely the way to go. BlueScope is Australia’s leading steel roof manufacturer. They produce arguably the two most popular brands of steel roofing in the country; Colorbond and Zincalume. We take you through the pro’s and con’s of both so that you can rest assured that you’re making the right decision when re-roofing your home.

A Colorbond Steel Roof

Colorbond steel is essentially steel sheet roofing that has been painted to offer a wide variety of colours to match your home’s aesthetic. Colorbond has been kicking since 1966 and is a solid favourite amongst Australian homeowners. Its traditional values of versatility and durability have always been at the forefront, even when the brand has advanced their product design to provide Aussie homes with superior roofing.

Pro’s

Comes in 22 colours: You don’t have to sacrifice the look of your house for a decent roof! These colours fall into the categories of contemporary, classic and matt.
Extremely energy efficient: Colorbond steel roofing comes with Thermatech heat reflective technology; perfect for those hot Australian Summers!
Superior corrosion resistance: Colorbond’s Activate range incorporates additional magnesium into the steel sheeting, which improves galvanic protection.
Provides the opportunity for insulation concessions: If homeowners choose the lighter colours of Colorbond roofing, they may be eligible for an insulation concession on their roof!
Incredibly durable. Colorbond steel is actually made using many of the properties of Zincalume steel, making it long-lasting and robust.
Low maintenance:
Unlike many other forms of roofing, Colorbond steel won’t fade dramatically over time due to prolonged exposure to UV light. This means that you don’t have to repaint it as often to keep it looking vibrant and new.

Cons

The only real con when choosing Colorbond steel is that the cost is often higher than other steel roofing options. However, the price reflects the longevity that you can expect to get out of your Colorbond roof, including the overall quality of the product. When you think about it regarding maintenance, it can actually turn out to be much better for your wallet in the long run, as you won’t need to repaint it for ages! The good news is that there are affordable (zero interest) payment plan options for installing a new Colorbond roof. Every Aussie home deserves a decent roof without having to fork out a massive upfront payment!

A Zincalume Steel Roof

Zincalume steel is renowned for its strength and durability. It’s made from aluminium, zinc and silicon. Zincalume steel has been thoroughly tested in all climates and consistently holds up against whatever is thrown at it.

Pros

Incomparably hardy: Zincalume steel is rust-resistant, difficult to scratch and has a very long lifespan.
Competitively priced: Zincalume is a very affordable type of steel roofing.
Recyclable: The steel is recyclable, and because it is also so durable, it naturally has less of an impact on the environment.

Cons

Exceedingly shiny: The shiny nature of the steel can often be an eyesore for property owners and detract from the aesthetic beauty of a home. It’s hard to make Zincalume steel flow with a house’s aesthetic unless it’s designed to specifically compliment this type of roofing. The steel does fade over time, but this can take years.
Not as energy efficient: Because the steel sheeting is so shiny, it naturally radiates more heat than Colorbond Thermatech technology.

The Verdict on Steel Roofing Options

So which is better for your home? Here at Allied, we champion Colorbond steel all the way! We believe that you get better bang for your buck with Colorbond as it’s durable, energy efficient and simply looks great! Colorbond have an excellent range of colours to choose from, and you can even use our colour picker guide to see what each shade would look like on your new roof.

As mentioned previously, if you’re worried about forking out an arm and a leg for a new roof, you can contact Allied to discuss a payment plan. We back Colorbond roofs 100% and honestly believe that they should be available to every homeowner. This is why we offer zero deposit and zero interest payment plans for approved customers.