If you’re in the market for a new roof, but aren’t sure which type of material to choose, it can seem like there are too many options available on the market to make an informed decision. At Hookys Roofing, we are advocates of three reliable, hardworking materials for new roofs: Colourbond, Zinc, and Aluminium. Here’s what you need to know about each one to make an informed decision on your new roof.
Colorbond is a highly durable material that’s been used in homes and businesses around Australia for decades. It’s made from galvanised steel coated with a coating of coloured plastic – hence its name. The reflective quality of Colorbond means it keeps interiors cooler in summer, and warmer in winter. With this higher quality, Colorbond is always an excellent option if you’re looking for something low-maintenance to keep your house cool and your energy bills down.
Zinc is a great option because it’s highly durable and resists rusting. It’s also quite cost-effective, especially when you consider that you can expect it to last at least two decades. Zinc roofs have a distinct, pronounced colour recognisable across so many Australian homes, actually changing in the light from the initial, smooth grey to sharper blues. If you’re concerned for your environmental impact, zinc is incredibly sustainable, made from 100% recycled materials and able to be reused repeatedly.
When it comes to aluminium roofs, there are plenty of benefits that could make it your top choice. Firstly, they come in a variety of finishes from solid colours like grey or black to composite wood grain patterns that resemble traditional shingles. They also have a long-life expectancy – up to 40 or even 50 years– as well as exceptional heat and sound resistance, meaning they do not age quickly or lose value over time. Aluminium roofs are lightweight but sturdy – able to withstand up to 140-180mph winds without buckling – making them excellent protection against heavy rainfalls and severe weather patterns.