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Colorbond v Galvanized Sheds – What’s The Difference?

Colorbond v Galvanized

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Should you decide not to use timber for your shed, steel is a great option. There are so many benefits to using this kind of material, especially when it comes to security and longevity. Within the world of steel sheds, there are two main options that you will have between Colorbond and galvanized steel. Here in Melbourne sheds come in all shapes and sizes, and we see a good mixture of timber, Colorbond, and galvanized steel sheds. To help you make the decision between these two steel options, let’s take a deeper look at the characteristics of each.

What Is Colorbond?

Colorbond was created to minimize the need for constantly having to paint corrugated steel. Corrugated steel was heavily used in roofing, yet the need for repainting it was problematic. Colorbond sheds use this high-quality material, and it can be purchased in a wide range of colors. Owing to the production process, the color doesn’t fade over time, leaving you with a great-looking shed for many years to come. This is a material that is weather-resistant, low maintenance, and energy efficient due to its reflective properties.

What Is Galvanized Steel?

Steel is galvanized it has a layer of zinc added to the surface. This zinc helps to protect the integrity of the steel below. This ensures that the material is rust-resistant, one of the biggest risk factors when using steel. If you use this material for your shed then you will also be able to rely on the fact that it is fire-hazard free, offers great ventilation, and offers very good security. Colorbond comes in a range of colors but this galvanized steel can be painted whichever color you choose. The only downside here is that you will have to repaint once the colors fade.

Differences Between Galvanized Steel and Colorbond

There are a number of similarities between galvanized steel and Colorbond sheds, so we are going to instead focus on the key differences between the two materials. The first would be color, in the case of Colorbond you have 20 different options, covering the most popular color options. With galvanized steel, however, you are not beholden to preset colors, and can instead add your own design or color pattern.  Secondly, whilst both materials offer durability, Colorbond can be more prone to scratches than galvanized steel. Colorbond is the more expensive option of the two, although it should give a longer lifespan in return. If we are talking energy efficiency then Colorbond leads the way given its reflective nature.

Choosing Between The Two Materials 

Of the two options, either make for a very good quality shed material and they have proven incredibly popular in recent years. Companies who design custom sheds will often prefer Colorbond over galvanized steel, owing to its energy efficiency and its lifespan. The choice for you will come down to how much you are looking to spend, how you plan to maintain the shed, and even what color shed you are looking for.

No matter which material you choose, either will give you a great-looking shed that is secure and that will look great in your garden or backyard.