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Colorbond or Zincalume?

Colorbond or Zincalume?

Thinking of installing a new roof? Not sure what material will provide both protection and visual appeal? Colorbond and Zincalume are two materials that may look the same, but they are manufactured very differently.

Ultimately, the decision on which roofing material to use is up to you but there are a few factors that set them apart. Read on for some specialist advice from Sydney’s leading roofing supplier.

Why Choose Colorbond?

Colorbond roofs have become popular with homeowners in Australia. Their durability and visual appeal make this material a must -have roofing solution. Tried and tested, Colorbond roofs will last up to 45 years, withstanding even the harshest weather. Colorbond roofs come in an array of colours that suits any home.

Some other advantages of Colorbond include:

  • Strong yet lightweight material for easy installation
  • Modern design to enhance the look of your home
  • Five layers of protection for extra safety
  • Tested in a variety of Australian conditions
  • 100% recyclable – great for the environment!

Why Choose Zincalume?  

Zincalume is a durable metal roofing product that is made from aluminium, zinc and silicon. It is EPA approved and it meets all roofing regulations. There are many other benefits that make this material appealing to homeowners.

These include:

  • Finished with an activated aluminium coating
  • Cost-effective
  • Has a lifespan of 25 years (longer if maintained)
  • Has been proven to withstand Sydney’s harsh summer conditions

Zincalume is a quality material that will add value to your home. If you are installing a new roof, consider Zincalume.


The downside of Zincalume is that it is not suitable for animal homes in areas with soil or cement. Nor should it be used with the likes of:

  • Lead
  • Copper
  • Chemically treated wood
  • Graphite

The chemicals in these materials do not mix well when they come into contact with Zincalume.

How to Best Look after Your Roof

It doesn’t matter if you have a Colorbond or Zincalume roof; you need to look after it. Failing to do so can result in massive financial costs. We have compiled a list on how to best maintain your new roof:

Clean it Regularly

Cleaning your new roof regularly will ensure no debris builds up in the gutter and crevices. Debris from trees will cause blockages in your roof, which will lead to significant problems later if left untreated. It is best to have your roof cleaned no less than once a year.


Mother Nature can strike when you least expect it. Sadly, severe storms that lash our city cause significant damage to family homes. Both Colorbond and Zincalume can stand up to the weather, but having your roof insured is always a smart move in case of emergency.


Don’t let your new roof be a DIY disaster. Always have a roof installed by a professional. 

One Stop Roofing has been providing quality roofing materials to Sydney homeowners since 1990. Whether you go for Colorbond or Zincalume, your roof will look, feel and function at its best. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing and walling supplies or to buy the best roofing products for your next job.

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