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.

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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.