Why You Should Use COLORBOND® Colours for Your New Patio Roof

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Why You Should Use COLORBOND® Colours for Your New Patio Roof

When it comes to patio roofing, there is no more popular roof than COLORBOND® steel

It is Australian made, looks fantastic, and is available in a range of colours, making it the kind of roof sheeting that many homeowners turn to when building their Perth patio.

Table of Contents

  1. What is COLORBOND® Steel?
  2. What Are the Benefits of COLORBOND® Roofs?
  3. What to Consider When Selecting COLORBOND® Colours
  4. What Are the COLORBOND® Colour Ranges?
  5. What COLORBOND® Colours Are Available in These Ranges?
  6. What to Consider When Choosing COLORBOND® Colours
  7. What Are the Most Popular COLORBOND® Colours?
  8. How to Care for Your COLORBOND® Roof?
  9. What Other COLORBOND® Products Are There?
  10. How Much Does COLORBOND® Cost?


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What is COLORBOND® Steel?

COLORBOND® is a brand of coloured building materials manufactured by BlueScope Steel.

COLORBOND® products – including roofing materials – are made with lightweight, sturdy steel that has been coated with high-quality paint.

This paint is bonded or tightly blended into the steel base, making it extremely durable and long-wearing.

All COLORBOND® products are tested here in Australia and made for Australian conditions in a range of environments.

This makes COLORBOND® roofs suitable for your patio no matter where you may live, especially here in Western Australia.

A backyard patio with wooden decking and a COLORBOND roof.

What Are the Benefits of COLORBOND® Roofs?

COLORBOND® products – including COLORBOND® roofs – are known for their hard-wearing qualities. 

Their material composition is extremely durable and long-lasting. This is why COLORBOND® roofs perform very well whatever the weather conditions.

Besides these, the benefits of using COLORBOND® roofing are extensive because of the following product qualities:

1. Versatile and Design-Friendly

COLORBOND® roofs are known to provide outstanding spanning capabilities, making for efficient structures with more column-free floor area.

Moreover, the wide range of colours available gives architects, building designers and owners more creative freedom to create one-of-a-kind building or home facades. 

In fact, the COLORBOND® range is available in various profiles designed to suit the look and design of your home.

Since the colour is bonded to the metal, you won’t need to paint it as often compared to other similar metal roofing materials.

2. Sturdy and Resilient

COLORBOND® roofs and other building materials have been tried and tested for over 50 years, including exposure in the harshest environments in Australia.

As one of the toughest and most innovative building materials available today, COLORBOND® roofs are not only durable but also termite resistant.

Their baked-on finish also makes them impervious to chipping, cracking and peeling.

3. Lightweight

Compared to tiles made with terracotta or concrete, COLORBOND® roofs are very lightweight, so using them causes very little structural strain to the building.

Unlike terracotta and concrete tiles that absorb water during rainy weather, COLORBOND® roofs are impervious to dampness or water, so you won’t need to worry about roof weight fluctuations.

4. Efficient Water Collection

If you use rainwater storage tanks, COLORBOND® roofs offer the benefit of collecting water more efficiently as they are moisture-resistant, unlike concrete tiles that absorb some of the water.

Moreover, this water wicking quality of COLORBOND® roofs minimises the chance of leaks inside your home.

5. Fire-Resistant

COLORBOND® roofs are non-combustible, making them an ideal choice for homes in bushfire-prone areas. They are also easier to seal against flying embers and burning ashes.

6. Energy-Efficient

In general, tiles seem like a cheaper alternative to COLORBOND® roofs. However, the final cost of your concrete tile roofs could balloon, depending on whether you need extra insulation, plus the installation costs, painting, and future maintenance requirements. 

But with the temperature and cooling properties of their Thermatech® technology - built-in to all COLORBOND® products - COLORBOND® roofs are capable of harnessing heat-reflective powers.

This means that COLORBOND® roofs bounce back heat, thereby cooling your home and allowing your air conditioner to run efficiently, without added stress from the heat outside. 

The high thermal efficiency of the material used in COLORBOND® roofs also makes them a great all-season roofing choice.

With more efficient home insulation, you can enjoy energy savings and lower utility bills.

7. Eco-Friendly

Steel roofing in general – including COLORBOND® steel – is 100% recyclable. Its lightweight design also makes COLORBOND® roofs easier to transport in bulk, contributing to energy efficiency.

Since they are delivered pre-cut to building sites, there is also less onsite wastage. COLORBOND® roofs are also virtually maintenance-free.

These qualities also minimise the product’s overall environmental impact.

A patio roof built with COLORBOND steel.

What to Consider When Selecting COLORBOND® Colours

Selecting the appropriate colours to use requires some serious consideration, even more so when it comes to your home.

Making sure you decide the appropriate primary and complementary colours can make a world of difference and set the aesthetic for your home and patio for a long time.

Making your new patio feel like it is part of your home means getting the colours right, and ‘which COLORBOND® colours should I use’ is by far the most asked question when our design consultants are onsite.

However, selecting the right colour need not be difficult if you have a well-laid-out plan. If your home is brand new and you want a COLORBOND® roof, it’s crucial to know the right colour choices, as well as for the guttering and downpipes.

For others who may be renovating their home and their outdoor entertaining space, selecting the right hue to match the future colour scheme is important, as this will tie the renovated spaces back to the home.

Then there are those well-established homes and, on occasion, old homes with colour schemes that date back to the '70s and early '80s.

If you have an older home that looks dated because of the colour, finding the right COLORBOND® colours to use is crucial.

This could mean considering the Classic range of COLORBOND® colour schemes to enhance the look of your home along with your patio.

Selecting the COLORBOND® roof colours for your new patio is and should be about making the patio a part of your home.

It should never look like it was an afterthought; else, it will stand out for all the wrong reasons.

Our patio design consultants are very experienced and are more than willing to guide you through the process of selecting the right COLORBOND® roofing colours.

The underside of a COLORBOND patio roof above a home swimming pool.

What Are the COLORBOND® Colour Ranges?

COLORBOND® comes in four distinct colour ranges, namely:

  • COLORBOND® Contemporary: 14 colours
  • COLORBOND® Classic: 8 colours
  • COLORBOND® Matt: 5 colours
  • COLORBOND® Ultra: 6 colours

The first three colour ranges are designed to match various design aesthetics, whilst COLORBOND® Ultra provides added protection in harsh environments.

What COLORBOND® Colours Are Available in These Ranges?

COLORBOND® features 33 roof colours you can select from.

The Classic range is made up of 8 colours, including popular hues like Classic Cream, Paperbark, Pale Eucalypt and Manor Red.

COLORBOND® Contemporary Colour Range

Evening Haze®
Shale Grey™

Then there is the Contemporary range, which includes several new colours, not to mention some very Australian names such as Gully, Mangrove and Wallaby, to name a few.

COLORBOND® Classic Colour Range


Classic Cream™
Cottage Green®
Deep Ocean®
Manor Red®
Night Sky®
Pale Eucalypt®
Woodland Grey®

COLORBOND® has also released 5 new finishes under the Matt range that are already very popular.

Matt finishes are very much in vogue at the moment, and COLORBOND® has provided a small selection in a Matt finish that has already proven to be a highly sought after choice.

COLORBOND® Matt Colour Range

Shale Grey™

The COLORBOND® Ultra range colour roofs are highly recommended for homes that require excellent protection against severe environments.

If your home is located in an area where there is a distinct smell of salt or if there is salt spray in the air (about 100 to 200 metres from breaking surf), COLORBOND® Ultra offers the best protection.

This range is also ideal for places where industrial emissions, such as fumes or particulate fallout are commonplace.

COLORBOND® Ultra Colour Range

Woodland Grey®

Of the 33 colours available, 3 of these are double-sided (both top and underside) and are high gloss.

The double-sided colours are only available in the same colour, not in a mix of colours. These 3 colours are Paperbark, Surfmist and Classic Cream.

Note that there are no double-sided hues available in the COLORBOND® Matt colours range.

What to Consider When Choosing COLORBOND® Colours

Aside from COLORBOND® roof colour schemes, you should also pay close attention to the hues you will use for your patio guttering, flashings and downpipes.

The good news is that you can have all these ordered to suit your new patio and all in your preferred COLORBOND® colours.

If you want an Australian steel frame patio, we can have it powder coated in the COLORBOND® colours of your choosing.

Some go with contrasting colours that have a lighter frame to offset the darker coloured roofs - or vice versa, using a darker frame to offset lighter coloured roofs.

Others want their new patio to look seamless, so they keep all the colours uniform.

Now, with the Matt finishes available, you can combine two of the same colour belonging to different colour ranges to have a vastly different look.

A COLORBOND patio roof above a household outdoor entertaining area.

What Are the Most Popular COLORBOND® Colours?

By far, the most popular colour requested by our customers is Classic Cream, with Surfmist, Ironstone and Monument not far behind.

Classic Cream is popular for light roofs as it has been around for a long time and is quite often used on new homes as well as older, established homes.

The Classic Cream hue works well with dark coloured roofs to give you a nice contrast, and as the roof sheets are double-sided, you can see why it is the most popular.

New housing estates and renovations have seen more of the Contemporary COLORBOND® colours increase in popularity. This is due to more modern styling cues – and colours, of course, play a large part in this.

A great tool you can use is the COLORBOND® colours chart found on the COLORBOND® website.

With this chart, you can change the hues of the roof, gutters, downpipes and flashings according to your taste or new colour scheme.

The chart also offers a great way to try and visualise the different colours on your new patio.

How to Care for Your COLORBOND® Roof?

COLORBOND® roofs are extremely durable, and with a bit of TLC, they could last a lifetime. So, to ensure their quality and extend their functional lifespan, consider the following tips:

  • Conduct self-inspections and annual roof inspections by a specialist.
  • Get your roof repainted by a qualified roof painter when necessary.
  • Clean your gutters at least twice a year.
  • Take steps to protect your COLORBOND® roofing from corrosion, including using bolts, screws, and flashings made of the same metal. Better yet, use COLORBOND® Ultra if you live near the sea.
  • Prevent the build-up of moss, mould and grime by subjecting your roof to regular professional cleaning.
  • Make sure you use only COLORBOND® screws to protect your roof from rust and discolouration. If your old COLORBOND® roof has galvanised screws, get those replaced immediately with COLORBOND® screws by a professional roofing restorer.
  • Hose down areas of your roof that never come into contact with rainwater every six months, especially if you live in a coastal area or somewhere with high industrial fallout.

A COLORBOND patio roof in the process of being built.

What Other COLORBOND® Products Are There?

Other roofing options that use COLORBOND® steel are Bondor SolarSpan and InsulRoof.

These options are insulated roofing sheets that are also proving to be quite popular for their added thermal properties as well as their attractive appearance.

Another COLORBOND® steel option is Fielders C-Dek Centenary steel roofing.

This is quite popular because of its clean finish and the use of fewer steel beams under the patio.

COLORBOND® also supplies guttering, flashings and downpipes, all of which are available in the COLORBOND® colour range.

How Much Does COLORBOND® Cost?

At Great Aussie Patios, we do not charge any extra for the 3 optional double-sided COLORBOND® roof sheets. In fact, all of the 22 colours are included in our quotes.

However, the five new COLORBOND® finishes in the Matt range, as well as the Ultra-Roofing range, do cost extra.

You can enquire with our friendly design consultants when you meet with them and they can easily provide you with a quote on these finishes.

Contact the COLORBOND® Patio Experts Today

You need look no further for quality roofing products than COLORBOND®.

To finish off your new patio, we recommend using COLORBOND® steel to really give it the COLORBOND® quality edge.

For a free onsite quote, call our friendly design consultants today on (08) 9493 7115 or email us at sales@greataussiepatios.com.au.


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