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Patio Roof Materials – Just What Is ColorBond Steel?

Colorbond® steel is used in many Perth patio constructions as well as in other backyard areas and on roofs. So what is Colorbond? Why is it so popular for patio roofs?

One of the main reasons is that is made by a large Australian company – BlueScope Steel (a spin off from BHP).

Here’s what BlueScope Steel say about their Colorbond product…

1. Made for Australian conditions

COLORBOND® steel has been rigorously tested in some of Australia’s harshest climatic conditions for over 40 years. So whether your roof or walls, gutters, fence or garage doors are made from COLORBOND® steel, you can be sure its great Aussie looks will last.

Colorbond patio steel testing

2. A wide range of colours to mix & match

From light to dark, delicate to deep, elegant to lively, the standard COLORBOND® steel range includes 20 colours. This gives you the scope to acheive the look you want to suit your house style and the surroundings.

3. Thermal efficency for year-round comfort

COLORBOND® steel cools down fast when the sun sets, so less heat is radiated into your home. In winter the same roof, combined with insulation, helps keep the warmth in. Also every colour in the standard COLORBOND® steel range features Thermatech® solar reflectance technology to reflect more of the sun’s heat in summer. So your home is more energy efficient and can help reduce your cooling and energy costs.

4. An inspiration for innovative home designs

Because steel is lightweight yet extremely strong, it is ideal for today’s modern home designs. These could feature high ceilings, open-plan layouts, dramatic wall lines and stylish roofs, whether curved, flat or pitched.

5. Made and backed by Australian owned BlueScope Steel

COLORBOND® steel is strong and durable. It’s made in Australia for Australia and warranted for a range of applications by BlueScope Steel.

Flooring Options For Your Outdoor Patio

Outdoor patio flooring options

Most people often leave the decision about an outdoor patio floor until last, leading to a very "broken" looking theme in the end. There are a number of great looking floor options out there starting from timber decking, brick paving, slate, stone, and even tile. So let’s take a look at what each type can offer.

Timber Floor Decking

Timber seems to be the flavour recently. Whilst not as long-lasting and perhaps more maintenance intensive, timber sure does look great.

Oh, another good thing about timber decking is the ability to elevate an area or provide a deck in a sloping backyard.


This flooring option is perfect for adding that designer feel to your home. Natural slate is highly durable, non-slip, and also offers low water absorption and is anti-acid.


Tiles are easy to keep clean and are great for outdoor dining areas, or for outdoor patio area that you plan to use as an additional room.


This affordable option is best for outdoor patios that incorporate a paved pool area so that you get a more uniform look. They are also long lasting.


Of course, any of the above outdoor patio options are not cheap. You have to consider the cost of the product as well as the installation costs.

It’s certainly worthwhile exploring the various flooring options and getting a few quotes before making a decision and a purchase.

But once installed, any tile, timber, paving or slate is going to make your patio area look great.

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