New Batch of Pinterest-Inspired Corrugated Iron Crafts for Your Home

So, you’ve decided to elevate the aesthetics of your home by replacing your old roofing with Colorbond corrugated iron. There are still a bunch of other ways you can improve the look of your dwelling by using the same corrugated iron you’ve used for roofing.

If you have a lot of extra corrugated iron or scraps lying around from the roofing replacement project, here are Pinterest-inspired projects that can put all those to great use for your home.

1 Metal frames for mirrors – If you have mirrors that do not have framing, corrugated iron can be cut to the right size and shape to create a nice rustic mirror that can serve as a wall display or a bathroom mirror. You can use high quality adhesive to glue the frame to the mirror; if the mirror still has its old wood frame, you can tack the corrugated iron to it to secure the new frame in place.

2 Upcycle a dry bar or server – Achieve a rustic iron dry bar or servery by attaching strips or full sheets of corrugated iron to the frame of your old bar. It doesn’t matter what the original shape of your servery is because corrugated iron is malleable enough to bend in different directions.

3 Close off the three sides of an open bookcase or display cabinet – If the bookcase has wood frames, it’s just a matter of nailing down the iron to the frame to give it a rustic, country charm.

4 Corrugated iron vases or planters – Just bend scrap iron to form a circular shape similar to a glass hurricane and then paint the insides. You can use these for a flower display or completely on their own if you have several of them in different heights.

5 Enclosure for a play sand box – If corrugated iron can be turned into a raised planter box, it definitely can be turned into a shallow sand box for a child’s playground.

6 Corrugated metal siding – This is a more interesting-looking alternative to a corkboard. You can attach notes and ideas to it, and if you cut the iron really nice, it can even double as wall décor.

7 Folding screen – If you have these and they came with thick paper that has already worn to tatters, replace the thick paper with corrugated iron sheets that have been cut to size (if you will order new sheets online from trusted suppliers like Metal Roofing Online, they can be pre-cut for you) to fit to the frame. You’ll get a room divider or standing display with an industrial appeal if you try this project.

How to Buy Corrugated Iron Sheets Today

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Whether you’re building or renovating, you need to know you’re making a proper investment in the roofing materials. One of the more recommended roofing products is iron because it is solid, dependable against any conditions, and quite easy to install. It is money well spent when you buy iron sheets for your property’s roofing system.

Instead of buying your roofing sheets the traditional way (i.e., at the hardware store), you might want to consider a modern approach. Try going online!

Indeed, you can buy anything on the Web, including, corrugated iron sheets. You might ask, why should you change the way you purchase your building materials when the hardware store provides perfectly good service?

With the right online roofing supplier, you not only get great customer service, but you also receive your roofing materials in the best possible price. In addition, you save petrol from driving to a brick-and-mortar store, and you can shop anytime you like. 

Shopping for your roofing and COLORBOND® flashings materials online is convenient and easy.

How’s Your Colorbond Guttering? Easy Cleaning And Maintenance Tips

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You may not think much about a gutter’s role in keeping your home damage-free, but it actually does play an important part. While you’re kicking back comfortably on the couch, throwing together the family’s dinner, or snoozing away in your bedroom at night, your gutters protect your house by controlling the flow of rainwater from the roofing to the ground. This function also essentially prevents soil in your property from eroding and keeps your landscaping from washing away.

But while the gutter’s job appears simple enough, problems can easily arise and prevent this feature from working properly. Leaves, twigs and other debris can build up in it over time. Squirrels and other small animals may damage the gutter or manage to pull them away from the fascia boards. Clogged and damaged gutters can create issues that quickly snowball into devastating damage to your home:

Foundations become cracked. If excess water from leaky gutters remains against the foundation wall, the footing can weaken and develop cracks.

Wood rots. Backed up water from gutters exposes wooden fascia and other components to moisture, which causes speedy damage and rot. Also, damp and rotting wood will attract termites and other insects.

Roofs and basements suffer leaks. Clogged gutters cause water on the roof to back up into the house, which can destroy ceilings and walls. Likewise, water can overflow, accumulate by the foundation, and seep into basements.

Cracked and slippery sidewalks and driveways. Overflowing gutters, along with misdirected spouts, can cause water to flow over high-foot traffic areas and create slipping hazards. Constant water flow over driveways will also trigger cracks and premature sagging or cracking.

There are simple things you can do to prevent your gutters from being a problem. If you have Colorbond guttering installed on your home, don’t let it go to waste by failing to observe proper care and maintenance. Protect your investment by making it a habit to work on these:

  • Clean out your gutters at least twice a year. If you can work safely at heights from a ladder, roll up your sleeves, put on safety goggles and gloves, and scoop out loose debris into a bucket. Others prefer to use a leaf blower to blow out the debris. Begin work at a drain outlet, at a gutter’s low end.
  • Use a hose to wash out each length of gutter, and use a stiff brush to scrub at encrusted dirt.
  • Next, check for and remove any obstructions in the downpipes. You’ll know there are clogs if water won’t drain freely. You can opt to use a hose to flush out the clog, or use a snake (a plumber’s auger) to pull or push out any debris from the drainpipes.
  • If there are any holes along the gutters, roofing cement can be used to patch them up and prevent water from running where it shouldn’t.
  • Gutters that are loose and pull away from their mounting can be hammered more securely into place. The old fasteners and gutter clips can also be replaced with longer ones for more grip, or the fasteners can be moved to a stronger area.

Make Your Colorbond Roofing Last a Lifetime with These Tips

In an ideal scenario, when you purchase metal roofing materials online and have these installed in your home, they should last a lifetime.

But despite the many benefits offered by Colorbond roofing, there are some property owners who have encountered problems with their roofs early on. In order to avoid these problems and have a roof that is both beautiful and functional (and will be sure to last a lifetime), here are some helpful tips that you can follow during installation.

Standard drip edge

If you are going to install metal roofing for a standard drip edge, start out by folding the roofing sheet and then cutting and folding the standing seam panel over the drip edge. Make sure you cover the eaves and gable ends.

Layover applications

If the roof is going to be laid on a flat layer of existing roofing, use a C-D edge trim. This will allow you to hide the drip edge and other exposed edges of the current roof.

Standard valley

Using hand tongs, create valleys from roof pans by refolding its male and female legs. After that, crease the valley using a site break.

Remember to install the drip edges and ridge caps first. After that, valley fit and then attach the cleats. The bottom portion should be folded around the drip edge while the roofing pans are hemmed into the valley hems.

Trims

In order to create a smooth transition at points where the ridge caps meet on gable dormers, create a bow-tie cleat.

If you are going to need a vented ridge cap, make sure that it is installed before the pans. This makes the task easier for you and helps you avoid scratching the pans.

On the other hand, if you need to install a sidewall flashing, you will need to fold the pan’s edge by 90 degrees. Apply the siding over a perpendicular fold. You may also cut and install a counter flashing detail if working near a wall makes the installation of sidewall flashing difficult.

For end-walls and chimney flashingscolorbond roofing | Roofing Files Blog, you can bend the roofing pan up the wall and then unfold the ribs. After that, you can seal these against your home.

For skylight flashing, you will need to fabricate a sidewall flashing into roof pans. However, you have to stop the pans a few centimetres over the skylight. You will also need to install a cleat on butyl so that the head flashing can extend beyond the edge of the skylight toward the roof pan. The upper portion of the head flashing is then hemmed.

Thinking of Installing Colorbond Roofing By Yourself? Here’s What You Need to Know

In the past, metal roofing was seen as a cheap alternative and was commonly used in the construction of sheds and industrial buildings.

Fast forward to today, metal roofing has climbed to the top of the heap as one of the most popular roofing materials in Australia. That popularity can be attributed largely in part to Colorbond roofing.

Colorbond roofs are known for their superior performance and high value, making these appealing to homeowners, designers, builders and roofing contractors. Colorbond offers an extensive range of profile shapes and colours which suit a wide variety of home design styles. 

In short, when you choose to use Colorbond roofs for your home, patio or pergola, you are making one sound investment choice. Many say that when you buy Colorbond roofs, you will never buy another set in your lifetime—that is, if the roof is properly installed, cleaned and maintained.

If you are going to use Colorbond roofs for your new home or to replace the current ones installed on it, you have two options: hire professionals or do it yourself. Take note that roof installation is not your typical weekend DIY project—you will need to use the appropriate tools and equipment. Plus, you have to be aware of the risks involved when working from heights.

If you wish to install the roof by yourself, you will need to review the Australian Standard AS 1562 which outline the proper way to install roofs.

In installing roofs, you need to start with the guttering and fascia first before moving to the installation of sarking or insulation blanket.  

After that, you can then proceed to place the roofing sheets on top of your roof. Use a chalk line to mark areas before cutting. After that, align the roofing sheets to the gutters. Once you are done, make sure that you clean the roof and remove swarf which can damage the sheets.

Again, remember that roof installation is not your typical project. If you do not have the experience, skills and the necessary tools and equipment, consider hiring experts. 

New Ideas on How to Get More Use Out of Colorbond Roofing Sheets

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When it comes to high quality roofing sheets, Colorbond roofing always make it to the top tier. Colorbond roofing sheets do not only promise beauty and durability, but they offer functional versatility as well. If you choose to use these for your home, you can be sure to get a product that will last you a long time, save you money, and even allow you to use it for a bounty of household projects.

In the list provided below, DIY enthusiasts have shared ideas on how you can get the most use out of your Colorbond roofing.

  1. Since this type of roofing is weather- and mould-resistant, you can use it as a wall and door for your outdoor shower. It will maintain its nice appearance through the years and the nice hue you choose may even serve as the splash of colour for your outdoor space.
  2. Use it for creative lighting. Instead of drilling holes through your ply board walls to install artistic lighting, save your wall and simply attach a Colorbond roofing sheet to it. Strategically install bulbs between the ply board wall and the roofing sheets with holes and lovely streaks of light will “leak” through the holes. The same principle can be applied to overhead lights. Or, you can attach the bulbs directly to the holes on the sheets just like in a marquee sign.
  3. A similar project to the second one is to use the roofing sheets in concealing cables or wiring. Not only will attaching roofing sheets to the wall hide away ugly cables and wires, but it can also create a new look to your walls. The sheets will break the colour, and provide a different texture and shape.
  4. Create an art installation to display outdoors. If you have an artistic streak, there are so many ways you can use a Colorbond roofing sheet to create a thing of beauty as well as a special function. If you don’t like certain birds and rodents frequenting your garden or lawn, instead of creating a scarecrow, you can create the 2016 version of the Tin Man instead—one that makes noises when the wind blows and drives away tiny creepers and crawlers from your property.
  5. Colorbond roofing can also be used as glass window protectors. Basically, you just need to cut the sheets to an appropriate size and purchase hangers and bolts, rail, stoppers, anti-jump plates, wall standoff, T-guide and fasteners. Install the sliding window components around your glass window and when it’s done, your glass window can be protected from rocks (thrown by hooligans), hard debris, and hail. Likewise, your iron window protector can also serve as a privacy feature for your home.

Polycarbonate Roofing, Heating, Maintenance, Et Cetera for Your Additional Space

Do you have the budget to expand your home to include a conservatory? You could put your potted plants in it and turn it into a greenhouse connected to your garden, or you could put in the appropriate furniture and turn it into a sunroom where you could do anything from lounging to entertaining. Whatever you decide to do with your conservatory, you need to ensure that you use the best material so that this added space will end up being optimised for your intended use.

In this modern time, homeowners and builders have wised up and started using polycarbonate instead of glass for this additional space. Polycarbonate roofing has the clear and elegant appeal of glass without the usual problems expected of it. It is a thermoplastic material that is lightweight, durable, and resistant to a lot of damage-causing elements, such as extreme temperatures and impact. It also typically comes already primed with a protective filter to keep those harmful UV rays from getting to the occupants of the room, both living and inanimate.

To make your conservatory easier to maintain, you may want to ensure that the slope of the polycarbonate roofing is at least 25 degrees so that it is steeper and not as likely to accumulate rain water and debris. Also, consider using an aluminium frame since doing so is likely to reduce maintenance time.

Besides your chosen material for your conservatory, what other considerations to take into account are there? If you’re using the room for a purpose that has you and other people hanging out in it (reading, working, painting, having tea, receiving guests, etc.), then you need to make sure that the space is properly heated. What are your options for heating a conservatory? You can look at underfloor heating, especially if the space isn’t too big since there won’t be a need to make room for radiators or space heaters. Of course, conventional central heating also makes a lot of sense. You’ll just have to decide which would be most practical for your situation.

Lighting is another factor to consider. You may not need artificial light in the daytime, but you would in the evening. It’s best to use soft lights for conservatories as they look cosier and lovelier. You may even want to adorn the space with twinkly lights to make it festive or enchanting in the night time.

A conservatory makes a wonderful addition to any home, so make sure that you make the right choices in building, using, and maintaining it.

Do you have the budget to expand your home to include a conservatory? You could put your potted plants in it and turn it into a greenhouse connected to your garden, or you could put in the appropriate furniture and turn it into a sunroom where you could do anything from lounging to entertaining. Whatever you decide to do with your conservatory, you need to ensure that you use the best material so that this added space will end up being optimised for your intended use.

In this modern time, homeowners and builders have wised up and started using polycarbonate instead of glass for this additional space. Polycarbonate roofing has the clear and elegant appeal of glass without the usual problems expected of it. It is a thermoplastic material that is lightweight, durable, and resistant to a lot of damage-causing elements, such as extreme temperatures and impact. It also typically comes already primed with a protective filter to keep those harmful UV rays from getting to the occupants of the room, both living and inanimate.

To make your conservatory easier to maintain, you may want to ensure that the slope of the polycarbonate roofing is at least 25 degrees so that it is steeper and not as likely to accumulate rain water and debris. Also, consider using an aluminium frame since doing so is likely to reduce maintenance time.

Besides your chosen material for your conservatory, what other considerations to take into account are there? If you’re using the room for a purpose that has you and other people hanging out in it (reading, working, painting, having tea, receiving guests, etc.), then you need to make sure that the space is properly heated. What are your options for heating a conservatory? You can look at underfloor heating, especially if the space isn’t too big since there won’t be a need to make room for radiators or space heaters. Of course, conventional central heating also makes a lot of sense. You’ll just have to decide which would be most practical for your situation.

Lighting is another factor to consider. You may not need artificial light in the daytime, but you would in the evening. It’s best to use soft lights for conservatories as they look cosier and lovelier. You may even want to adorn the space with twinkly lights to make it festive or enchanting in the night time.

A conservatory makes a wonderful addition to any home, so make sure that you make the right choices in building, using, and maintaining it.

Breathe New Life Into Your Colorbond Roofing With a Fresh Coat of Paint

There are plenty of compelling reasons why property owners choose Colorbond roofing. Over 45 years, this building material has earned an enviable reputation, due largely in part to its superior performance as well as its aesthetic and ecological benefits.

Made with BlueScope steel, Colorbond roofs are available in 22 designer colours that can match both classical and contemporary home designs. You can purchase these roofs online from reputable dealers which offer these at competitive prices.

But just like any other building material, the colours of your roof will eventually fade. That can be attributed largely to the elements and time. Fortunately, that issue can be easily solved with a fresh coat of paint. Rather than purchase a new set of roofing sheets to install in your home, you or a trusted roofing contractor can paint your current Colorbond roof.

When giving your roof a fresh coat of paint, it is important to consult the codes given by Colorbond. However, you should bear in mind that available paint colours may not exactly match the colour of your current roof. As such, be prepared to paint the whole roof as well as other parts of the structure, including the fascia, downpipes and gutters.

Painting roofs is a straightforward process. However, it is recommended that you enlist the aid of professionals who have the experience as well as the proper tools and equipment to perform the job correctly and safely the first time.

However, if you are keen on doing this task, here are some of the steps that you need to undertake.

Start off by cleaning your existing roof. Remove debris and dirt which may have accumulated on it. If you discover that there are moulds and mildew on the roof, you need to remove these. Also, if you see flakes of rust, remove these as well—for stubborn rust, you can use a wire brush. Use water and detergent to wash the roof and leave it to dry before moving to the next step.

Once the roof is completely dry, the next thing that you need to do is to apply a primer. Consult the professionals about the appropriate primer and paint to use for your roof. When applying the primer, be sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Keep your safety in mind and wear the appropriate gear.

Next thing you need to do is to apply paint on the roof. Again, consult paint professionals in order to ensure that you use the right one. Typically, you will need to apply two coats of paint. After the initial coat, wait for the paint to dry completely. This can last up to 72 hours. Before applying the last coat of paint, do your best to make sure that it won’t rain the next day so as not to ruin the paint job.

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Colorbond Roofing with Thermatech

People who are building their homes today are much more knowledgeable about the process, thanks in part to consumer information that has become easily accessible online and the initiatives of brands to further educate their customers. This is most especially seen when it comes to roofing materials and roof installation. If you’re planning on building a home or in the process of building one, you most likely know that one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is your choice of roof.

The quality of your roof will have a significant impact on the state of your house. Your roof affects the security, safety and comfort levels inside your abode. It influences a wide range of factors, from how your household is protected from climate and weather elements, to how much energy you use, to how great your property looks from across the street. And if you did your homework, you also would know by now that one of the most recommended types of roof in Australia is metal roofing because of its quality and durability.

However, did you know that not all metal roofs are equal? For discriminating property owners and experts including architects, builders and contractors, Colorbond roofing is the preferred choice—particularly Colorbond steel developed with Thermatech solar reflectance technology.

One of the best reasons to invest in Colorbond with Thermatech is it helps you minimise energy consumption and therefore lowers your power bill. If you live in an area with a moderate to hot climate, you can enjoy as much as 20 percent reduction in your energy use every year. You save energy because of the superior insulation and heat reflection abilities of steel with Thermatech. And since you don’t have to overwork your air-conditioning system to lower the temperature inside your home, you also get to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions from appliances and electricity generation.

Since your home is well protected from the heat of the sun with Thermatech on your Colorbond roof, your interiors remain properly insulated, safe and comfortable all year long. What’s interesting is the cooling effect of Thermatech technology that is so useful during summer works in reverse during the cooler months, as the superior insulation it offers helps minimise heat loss inside your home.

Thermatech technology does not only assist your roof in protecting your home; it also protects the roof itself. Your Colorbond roof lasts longer because the technology of Thermatech shields it from extreme weather elements, minimising damage and the need for premature repairs and replacements, and allowing you to enjoy more returns on your smart investment.