When designing your shed home, an important thing to consider is the material used for cladding. The two options you have is Zincalume and Colorbond. Both Zincalume and Colorbond are corrosion resistant and easy to maintain, which saves you both time and money, so which option should you choose?
What is the Difference Between Zincalume and Colorbond?
Zincalume is the most commonly used material for shed homes because it is the least expensive option. It is a combination of zinc, aluminum and silicon, which results in a highly durable metal. It has a lifetime four times greater than that of galvanized steel and has an aluminum surface that makes it durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions and scratches. It rarely needs to be replaced, making it the most cost effective and eco-friendly option. Zincalume, unlike Colorbond, is recyclable with the only disadvantage being its steel-like appearance.
Colorbond is a strong, durable steel cladding. It has an additional layer to enhance adhesion, a primer layer and a layer of paint. The material is then baked to improve its durability. Colorbond comes in a range of colors so it can be made to compliment your surroundings. It is thermally efficient and must be used in situations where Zincalume cladding is not allowed. An example of this would be in areas that are near airports. Reflective material is not allowed near airports to prevent reflections from affecting the pilot’s vision. The only downside to using Colorbond cladding is that it is significantly higher in price than Zincalume.
Things to Consider When Choosing Your Cladding Material
- Your Budget
When considering both options, decide which option is most affordable for you and your family. Both these materials are great choices for your shed home, so the final decision may be affordability.
- The Look You are Going For
An important thing to consider when choosing a material for your shed home is how you would like it to look. If you are going for a modern look that is easy to maintain, Colorbond is the way to go.
- The Laws in Place in Your Area
Certain laws may prohibit the use of Zincalume for cladding. Check your regulations before deciding on a cladding material.
Liveable shed homes. Both Zincalume and Colorbond are strong, durable materials that have been made to withstand the Australian climate. Take into consideration your specific needs, your budget and regulations when deciding on a material for your new shed home.