The COLORBOND® steel roof has become an important element of roofing in Australia due to its resilience and suitability for our climate. But where did the COLORBOND® roof come from?
In 1843 corrugated iron was developed. The English discovered that if a thin sheet of iron was corrugated it would become both strong and lightweight – an excellent combination for building. Corrugated iron stacked well and could be transported with relative ease.
Within a decade corrugated iron was being brought over to Australia where early settlers found it to be a reliable building material. Keen to construct sturdy dwellings to protect themselves from the harsh new environment, corrugated iron was quickly adopted. The material was taken to new settlements for use in construction and in some cases was even carried by camels.
While it didn’t need painting, many householders preferred to add some colour to the tin sheeting. Our harsh climate saw these colours fade quickly and homeowners engaged in regular roof painting for the next hundred-odd years.
In the fifties, a technology was developed that bonded paid to a galvanized base. John Lysaght recognised the advantages this would have for Australians and quickly brought the technology into Australia.
From there a lot of time was invested in making a roofing product just right for our conditions. In 1966 the first coil of COLORBOND® steel rolled off the painting line at Wollongong.
The uptake of this revolutionary product was fast and its popularity has only grown over the years.
Today, when most Australians think of roofing they think of COLORBOND® steel. COLORBOND® steel roofs now come in 22 colours and almost half of new homes in Australia have COLORBOND® roofs and over 80 per cent of gutters and fascia in Australia are made with COLORBOND® steel.
Paragon Roof & Guttering specialise in the installation of COLORBOND® steel roofing and guttering. We have many years’ experience and would love to help you with any roofing and/or guttering needs you may have.