Most people immediately recognise that iconic Colorbond roofing is considered the most reliable steel product for building in Australia. However, before you begin ordering steel for your project, it is important to learn a little more about the different types of Colorbond steels that are available so that you can select the most suitable option. Colorbond Ultra steel is the best choice for demanding environments where your materials are going to be exposed to wind, salt, pollution or acid rain. All of this brand’s products feature a baked on finish that is chip resistant and should not corrode if installed in conditions appropriate to the steel.
The great news is that this brand is not restricted solely to roofing. While most people certainly associate Colorbond with roofing, this is not the only aspect of your home which can be vulnerable to the elements. Roofs, walling, gutters, fascia and downpipes all need to be expertly crafted form durable material in order to ensure your home is maintained in a harsh environment.
Perhaps most commonly, Ultra steel is recommended for coastal areas where materials and finishes are typically affected by salt spray in the air. The salt and sand can be abrasive, and gently wear away your paintwork, or corrode the surfaces of your home. Ultra steel has been developed for roof use less than 200 metres from the shore, where the threat of damage is higher. However, should you home be located less than 100 metres from the shore, then it may be a good idea to opt for Colorbond Stainless steel instead. Walling is a slightly different matter. Because walls, particularly the beach facing walls, will bear most of the brunt of spray, they will need to be of a slightly higher grade. Ultra steel is the best option for walling greater than 500 metres from breaking surf; anything closer than this should really use Stainless steel for best results.
Industrial environments can also pose an increased threat to the integrity of your home building materials. Home closer to factories, warehouse or power plants should take this into consideration when designing home renovations, builds or extensions. Pollution may also impact you if your house is situated beside a major highway, as the car exhaust fumes can react with the metals and paint surfaces. Due to the wide range of potential industrial influences, a generic scale has not been developed by Colorbond, unlike for the marine environments usage. You can either contact the brand directly to discuss your concerns and unique situation with the manufacturers, or get in touch with your roofing provider for a professional opinion. Always ensure that your roofing technician has previously worked successfully on jobs in areas that are similar to yours. Mistakes with choosing the wrong material can mean having to redo your whole roof in a few years.
It is always better to go a grade up when uncertain. For example, if you sit at the 250 metre mark from the shore, but are still concerned with the level of salt you perceive in the air, then you may want to choose Ultra steel rather than standard Colorbond steel for your own peace of mind. Metallic steel or Zincalume steel is the least resistant of all steels, so if in doubt, opt for a higher strength option. In many cases the higher grades do cost a little extra, but it is well worth paying a little more to save a fortune in maintenance. For any queries about choosing the Best Colorbond Roofing for you, or to arrange a site visit, please contact Coghlan Roofing.