You’ve seen them before…
Those modern-looking, colorful roof designs… You’ve probably also wondered what they were made of, whether they were affordable practical and can complement your home design.
Well, you’re going to love this… Because not only are those steel-made roofs weather-proof, they are also resistant to vermin, they can be fitted into any area you want, and they come in a great variety of colors…
And in case you were still wondering, they are affordable to install.
If you are considering installing a Colorbond roof for your home or commercial building, here are the top 5 things to keep in mind so you can go through the process as stress-free as possible:
1. Your choice of colors
Just because there are over 25 colors available, that doesn’t mean you should go crazy with the matching. This isn’t like wall-painting and the choices you’ll make are going to stick with you for a while.
Be careful when choosing colors. If you choose gray for your roof, it matches best with white window frames, fencing and gutters. For green roofs, wood-colored window frames are the way to go. And for light blue roofs, consider darker colors for window frames. You can’t go wrong with choosing a simple dark blue in this case.
For simplicity you can use the same color of window frames for fencing. As for gutters, which collect water, it’s best to keep them of the same color as your roof.
2. Account for marine environment influences
Since these roofs are made of steel, they are susceptible to corrosion. Water, salt (in the air near the ocean) and air humidity can increase the speed of this process. Telling the roofer how far you are from the coast upfront can help in the planning process by providing the correct thickness in protective layers.
3. Darker colors fade easier than lighter ones
Given time, most colors will fade due to sun light and UV light. However, with the darker colors the fading will become noticeable much quicker. It might be because they naturally absorb more light or just because it’s easier to recognize the fading with darker colors. Regardless, it pays to keep this in mind when choosing your colors.
4. Light colors can really save you on insulation costs
This is a no-brainer, yet it is often neglected. With light colors you maximize reflection which enables you to decrease the amount of roof insulation. That will save you money.
5. Ask for customer references and consult with steel companies
This serves to validate the company’s professional ethics and to make sure the correct protective coatings are applied to the steel to increase the durability and anti-corrosion effect.
Is it really worth all that the effort?
In a word: Yes!
You are investing in a new Colorbond roof. By careful planning and research, you’ll save yourself a considerable amount of money, effort and headaches. Follow these tips and enjoy your new home design.