Our roofing choice – Colorbond Steel

Colorbond Roofing

Our plantation style home is just that – a home that has many features that you’d find on a plantation home from Queensland and other tropical areas of the world. Extended eaves and outdoor living was an important part of the design as well as the ability to open up the house and let the air flow through it, something that becomes very important when the humidity levels rise. One of the options (a relatively dear option) given to us was to upgrade from tiles to Colorbond roofing. For us, this decision was a no brainer…

A common reaction from people when they hear that we’ve decided to user Colorbond roofing is “Won’t it be loud when it rains?” For us, this was a plus – especially for Megan. She loves the sound of the rain on the Colorbond roof. We, by chance, were at the display home while it was raining quite heavily, and it sounded great. It wasn’t loud, but you could definitely hear the comforting sound of rain in the background.

Colorbond roofing is inherently louder than tiling, but the noise is reduced by sarking, an acoustic blanket that is laid below the roofing to reduce the noise and heat transfer of the metal into the roof cavity. In summer, a lightweight insulated roof made from Colorbond steel can assist in minimising the amount of heat radiated into your home at night. That’s because it has a low thermal mass, so it cools down fast once the sun is off it. In winter the same steel roof, properly insulated, helps keep the heat inside. Building Regulations for your area will prescribe the level of insulation you will require.

The choice of colour can also influence thermal performance. While we went with Woodland Gray, lighter colours radiate less heat during summer. Building regulations may allow you to install less insulation if you use lighter colours in warm climates. But with all this aside, Colorbond roofing just completes the plantation style look we’re after. It got a fantastic, minimalist look and has so many advantages over the typical black/gray tiling that’s prominent in Sydney today.

So what about you? Do you like the look of Colorbond roofing?

What roofing style do you prefer?

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About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Paul says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I love the sound of rain falling on a Colorbond roof. And another plus is that Colorbond is virtually maintenance-free and looks much nicer than tiles in my opinion.

  2. Amanda says:

    Another vote for Colorbond! Especially in our area where severe hail storms have hit in the past. About 2 years ago, most homes in the Blacktown Council area had tarps over them because of hail damage to tile roofs. No such worries with Colorbond :)

    Are you going for Woodland Grey for the fascia and guttering as well?

  3. Stefan says:

    Hi Amanda!

    Our fascia and downpipes will be dune, to blend in with the wall colour better.

  4. John says:

    A colourbond roof on the Liberty in a Plantation facade is asthetically a no brainer…I think you got it right!!

    In terms of noise, colourbond is louder.

    In terms of hail – tiles crack, colourbond dents.

    In terms of thermal characteristics tiles tend to win but colour can be a determining factor.

    Is there a stigma of your house having a “tin roof” – maybe a little.

    Just on sarking whether it be tiles or colourbond – most brands will clearly have written on it that it is not a thermal barrier (despite it having some of these characteristics. The prime role of sarking is to simply channel any leaks away from your ceiling. It works of course but once you have a leak (if you know) try and find it as the sarking blocks your view from the roof cavity. Thermal bats are your insulator.

    Colourbond v Tiles – take your pick!!!

  5. Bob Phipps says:

    We thought Colorbond was the “ants pants” when we built 4 years ago, miniorb cladding etc, and the house lokked great.
    Now the corrosion is starting to show, and the comments from Barry Pope the Tech Rep was “do you want us to replace it every 4 years, as that is all it will last” then “I have seen worse corrosion than this in less than 2 years”
    We were not impressed and have referred the matter to the Dept of Fair Trading..
    Their Senior Tech rep said to “wash it down with household detergent than give it a coat of good acrylic paint !!!!!!!!!
    Not what I bought Colorbond for…………

    Don’t touch it

  6. We always choose metal roofing instead of ceramic roofing because we believe that metal roofs last longer.:””

  7. Bob Phipps says:

    Further to my comments of 3rd Feb 2010, the Dept of Fair Trading after 4 hearings gave judgement against Bluescope Steel stating the cladding has corroded contrary to the representations made and upon which we relied in selecting it for our use on our residence.

    A long battle fought every inch of the way by Bluescope Steel

    Carefully read the fine print of their warranties or possibly paint after installation……………


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