FAQ Have some questions? No doubt you do. Here’s a few of the questions we are regularly asked. If you can’t find the question and relevant answer below, don’t hesitate to contact us. Metal Roofing FAQs Metal Cladding FAQs Metal Roofing FAQs What is metal roofing made from? Steel - Steel is the most common metal roofing material. It's sturdy. And experts have spent a lot of time determining the best ways to protect it from rust. Manufacturers generally use a zinc coating, a sealant and some heavy-duty paint to protect the material from the elements. Light weight metal roofing is also very versatile and can be used where other materials cannot. What does Metal roofing protect against? Fire: Metal will not burn or support combustion Wind: Experience during hurricanes has shown that metal roofing greatly out-perform other roofing products. Water: A metal roof offers superior protection against moisture penetration, greatly reducing the chance of damage to the structure. Hail: Hail will not penetrate a metal roof Is a metal roof noisy when it rains? When installed over a well-insulated ceiling cavity a metal roof is not noisy when it rains. An open framed installation does increase the noise a metal roof creates. Different grade insulations can be used to quieten the rain along with save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I invest in choosing a metal roofing system on my home? Ordinary roofing materials have shorter life spans than metal roofing and will need to be replaced far more often. With constantly increasing material and labour cost, that could mean a significant expense over the life of your home. A metal roof will last far longer, saving you money and adding value to your home. How can a metal roof save money on energy bills? Metal roofing reflects the majority of the sun's rays, so it doesn’t retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tiles, or cement, in fact COLORBOND® steel drastically reduces its heat when the sun ceases direct contact. This means a metal roof could help your roof space stay cooler longer - leading to a significant reduction in your energy bills and even more by installing Anticon insulation. Should I use ZINCALUME® steel or COLORBOND® steel for my roof? This is really a question of what look you are after and your budget. COLORBOND® steel has zincalume steel as its base and is then painted with multi-layer, patented methods that have been tried and tested in Australian conditions. The cost of a ZINCALUME® steel roof is a little bit cheaper, however it has a shorter warrantee period. ZINCALUME® steel is used a lot on Commercial and industrial buildings. ZINCALUME® steel has that silver steel roof colour that many people like and it is slightly cheaper, which is why it is used more commonly on commercial buildings with large roofs. ZINCALUME® steel is a fantastic product but COLORBOND® steel is far superior in terms of its durability and look. It comes in a variety of 20 different colours, from almost white to black. What roofing material do I need near the ocean? COLORBOND® steel Ultra Steel roof sheets are designed especially for severe coastal and industrial environments where there is salt spray in the air (approximately 100-200m from breaking surf) or where there is the effect of industrial omissions (fumes & particulate fallout about 100-200m from the source). COLORBOND® steel Ultra steel is made with Activate technology and factory applied paint systems to cope with exposure to these severe environments. When building on the beach, the best COLORBOND® steel material is stainless steel. Both COLORBOND® steel Ultra and Stainless steel are available to be made in all roofing profiles and even most of the standard colours. Metal Cladding FAQs Will COLORBOND® steel cladding blend with a tile roof? First thought I would say no, however. We have carried out some small facade works using Matt products that look really good on a tile roof. All materials need to work together to complement each other and so this always needs to be taken into account when renovating or designing your new home. Can I put COLORBOND® steel cladding over my existing walls? Most certainly. Of course there are a large range of wall finishes used in Australia and Metal cladding is rising in popularity. As long as the wall has structural integrity, MyCladders can install COLORBOND® steel cladding over it. What will COLORBOND® steel cladding blend with? It is always a good idea to do some colour and texture design work and testing prior to making your selection of materials you want to go with your COLORBOND® steel cladding. As a guide, you need to make sure that you don’t have to many textures and that you have good balance. e.g Monument Matt Maxline 320, Polished Concrete floors, Hardwood window casements with ZINCALUME® steel gutters and downpipes. Take a drive and look for buildings that haven’t executed this well and you will avoid making bad decisions. Can I cover the inside of my house with COLORBOND® steel cladding? 100% you certainly can. I have done this at two of my homes when renovating and building. It is fast and creates the seamless transition of bringing the outdoors in. Entire walls can be covered in COLORBOND® steel sheeting, making bold statements and giving the architectural look. Many high end homes are using Lysaght Enseam and Stratco Highland tray to line the alfresco area walls and ceilings. What's the difference between roofing and cladding? Roofing is the COLORBOND® steel material that is installed onto the roof trusses or purlins. Wall cladding is COLORBOND® steel material that is installed onto the external/internal walls and can be the exact same material as on the roof. Each has its own method of installation to achieve the best results and they are almost a separate trade to each other. How long is my warranty on COLORBOND® steel cladding? 15 years http://www.steel.com.au/articles/article-27--material-warranties/article-27-sub--warranty--residential-walling. . Up until 2008 there was no warrantee to cover wall cladding. Due to better installation methods and new paint technologies, Bluescope can offer up to 15 Years.