18 Jul 2018
ColorBond Roofing

At H20 Roofing we specialise in roof restoration for tile roofs, concrete tile and metal roofs, as well as roof replacement. We offer a variety of options including Zincalume and Galvanised products, but one of our best products of choice would be Colorbond roofing. If you’re thinking of re-roofing your home, this is why you should consider Colorbond Roofing.

Colorbond defined:

Colorbond is a coated steel roofing material which has quickly gained popularity over the past years, and is now used in many South African homes. It is long lasting, resistant to different weather conditions, and makes any home look good.

Colorbond Roofing advantages over roof tiles


Colorbond roofing is a lightweight, but also very strong material. It can endure intense winds and non combustible. It’s also resistant to corrosion, chipping, peeling and cracking. On the other hand, tiles are more likely to blow off in strong winds and are more easily corroded. Due to the lightness of the material, there is almost no structural weight strain when installing Colorbond, contrary to tiles, which carry far more weight.

Long lasting and minor maintenance required

Colorbond is very sturdy and does not need much maintenance. The colour is literally bonded to the metal, which means painting is not required. Colorbond is also baked, making it tough and unlikely to crack and leak, like tiles often do.

Design friendly

As well as giving your home a modern and minimalist look, Colorbond comes in different shades and colours, so you can pick the one that suits your home best. ColorBond roof sheeting is available in a range of profiles so as to suit the design of your home for the perfect look. Due to its lightweight nature, Colorbond also offers greater spanning capability. This means you need less columns throughout your home to hold up the roof, allowing for a more versatile and open floor space, saving you costs.


Colorbond is a highly thermally efficient material, and in both summer and winter it’ll insulate your home from extreme temperatures. It radiates less heat, optimising the solar reflectance, and it cools down quicker than roof tiles at night, especially when used in lighter colours.


Water disperses very quickly from colorbond roofing. Instead of the water pooling in certain areas, as can happen with roof tiles, the steel roofing’s ridges are made to eliminate rainwater quickly and easily, making your home low-risk for leaking.

Environmentally friendly

Metal roofing is 100% recyclable, and is one of the most re-used products available today. It’s not only efficient to transport, but also contributes to less on-site wastage, reducing the environmental impact of building sites.


Even though tiles are cheaper to buy, the final cost will actually depend on whether you add extra insulation, the installation costs, possibly painting, and the future maintenance required. Colorbond can help keep the bills down thanks to it’s great in-built insulation, and requires little-to-no maintenance after installation. That’s why Colorbond roofing works out to be cheaper than roof tiling.

Colorbond or tiles?

While more and more people are making the shift to Colorbond roofing when building their homes, ultimately it all comes down to personal preference.

Tiles are a more traditional option, and provide a look for the home favoured by many. They have been used in South Africa for the past 75 years, however nowadays tiling and metal roofing methods are equally popular, as the sturdiness and light weightness of Colorbond is seen to outweigh the advantages offered by tiles.

When making your decision, noise is something you should consider. Colorbond is not known for its sound proofing qualities; tiles are quieter, especially when it rains. Many people like the drip-drop noise rains makes against the metal roof.

It’s also possible that in some situations roof tiles may be easier to modify if you wish to add a skylight or extension later on, however the difficulties of using Colorbond are negligible.

Overall, Colorbond holds many advantages over the traditional tile. But, at the end of the day, you need to make a decision based on what roofing qualities and aesthetics are most important for your home.


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