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Choosing Between Colorbond Roof Colours

Tossing up between the best Colorbond roof colours for your home? Review your options and know the facts before choosing your Colorbond roof colours.

Colorbond is an excellent roofing material with a number of beneficial properties. Durable, secure, and energy-efficient, Colorbond is steel that has been tried and tested in all Australian conditions. One of the many advantages of Colorbond roofing is the wide range of colours and styles it allows you to choose from.

Colorbond roofing can be tailored to suit your almost every home’s theme and style. With 22 colours in the range, choosing the right colour for your residential property can be difficult with so many choices. Colorbond roof colour schemes are inspired by the Australian pallet, give you the ability to mix and match colours with your gutter, fascia and downpipes also made from Colorbond steel, and the range also includes a thermally efficient light colour scheme.

The colour you choose for your Colorbond home is entirely subjective. Two people looking at the same roof are likely to choose completely different colours and will have different tastes in style and colour schemes. There is no ‘wrong’ choice with Colorbond roofing – the range is designed to give all houses with a sleek, polished and neutral finish regardless of the choice of shade. In saying that, there are a few things you can take into consideration that may aid your decision when choosing between Colorbond roof colours.

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One of the largest factors influencing your Colorbond roof colour scheme will be the style and shape of your roof, and the overall appearance or theme of your house. The roof is one of the largest fixed features of a home. The profile, slope, pitch, and location of the house on the property all play a role in the overall aesthetic of the house.

Different roofing materials impact the overall look of a house. If you’ve already matched a colour scheme between your fencing, driveway, and immediate surroundings, consider these colours and themes when looking at Colorbond’s colour range. If you’re after a certain theme or favour colour scheme pallet, ensure your Colorbond roofing choice is in line with this style. Having all of these factors connected will create a continuous flow and well-planned aesthetic to your property.

Ideally, each element of your home’s appearance should feel like part of a unified whole. When considering your exterior colours, think about the colours present in your home interiors. Echo the colour scheme exhibited in your living areas.

Colorbond by Bluescope offers a number of online tools to aid your colour choice decision. Their schemes are divided into categories of contemporary, classic, fencing, ultra and new Matt finish, with the ability to mix and match Colorbond colours for different elements of your roof. Check out the Colorbond Steel colour Centre online visualiser tool for helping you compare each Colorbond shade.


Depending on the location of your property, the environment in which you live may influence the colour pallet for your Colorbond roofing. With 22 different shades, finding the right colour to suit your environment shouldn’t be too difficult. Colorbond roof colours are designed to represent the Australian environment, so whether your property is coastal, rural, suburban or urban, Colorbond has options to suit your surroundings.

When choosing your Colorbond roof colour, their website gives you a brief insight into what each shade represents and its suitability. While all materials are tested in all Australian weather conditions, they do offer some advice into what different shades are correlated with different Australian environments.

Coastal Areas: Reflective cool colours are recommended, as they enhance the water, sand environment and assist in reflection of wind spray.

Rural Areas: Earthy tones in red or pale green are great for rural Australian properties as they blend into the surroundings of the bush, eucalyptus trees and dusty landscapes.

City/ Suburban: Dark sleek colours are best for modern city architecture, whereas classic terrace or heritage listed suburban houses are best suited to traditional shades like red manor.


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There are a lot of state and local councils in Australia that celebrate the local architectural history by declaring neighbourhoods or towns as heritage listed area. This means there are special regulations and restrictions on repairs, renovations and houses being built in these areas. For existing heritage-listed houses, often there is a specific range of Colorbond roof colours for a home’s exterior that they are limited to.

Your local council may have an influence on what colours your roofing materials can be. If your home is heritage listed, there are a few options you may choose from to ensure the overall original theme is maintained. Colorbond has specifically created colour matches for most heritage housing for this very reason.

Prior to making your final decision on your Colorbond roof colour, be sure to check with your local council on any building permits or regulations you should adhere to for your local area. Even if your property is not heritage listed, checking in with your local council will ensure you do not run into any restriction problems down the road.


Different colours can make a significant difference in the thermal performance of roofing materials. Colorbond roofing materials are thermally efficient in nature, however, the colour you choose should also depend on the geographical location of your property to benefit from further efficiency.

Lighter roof colours include higher reflective capacity and are less heat absorbent, which would improve the overall energy efficiency for a home in warm weather, sun prone areas. Darker roof colours absorb the heat which works to retain warmth in colder areas, assisting in keeping the house at a comfortable temperature while it’s cold outside. Keep in mind that, with the right paint and equipment, you can paint your Colorbond roof down the line.

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One of the best ways to begin the process of choosing your Colorbond roof colours scheme is to engage with a professional roofing contractor for advice – specifically, one that works with Colorbond materials. Roofing contractors spend all day working with Colorbond roofing for all types of houses and environments. They’ll be able to give you solicited advice on which colours will work best for your environment and will suit the overall appearance of your home.

If you’re looking for a professional roofing contractor to assist you in this process, then look no further than Vertec Roofing. Vertec is the Sydney roofing specialists that have been working with Colorbond products for a number of years. The team at Vertec’s commitment to excellence and industry best practice results in superior projects that exceed customer expectations.

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