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Here in Australia our buildings can certainly face some challenging weather conditions from extremes of heat and cold, to dust, rain, wind and hail. And it’s for this reason that COLORBOND® steel is assessed at outdoor sites around Australia, as well as in accelerated laboratory testing. COLORBOND® steel undergoes corrosion testing, durability testing, application testing (to ensure it can be used in a wide range of building and manufacturing applications, and with all the common building products used across the industry) and outdoor exposure testing.
As part of the assessment program, there are over 12,000 panels on exposure across Australia, ranging from moderate to very severe marine environments, and from tropical to industrial locations.
COLORBOND® steel is assessed in an environment by replicating building applications in actual Australian conditions. By recreating building applications – including varying pitches, profiles, product types and the inclusion of unwashed areas – BlueScope’s assessment process exceeds Australian testing standards for steel building products, giving a genuine understanding of how COLORBOND® steel will perform on real homes.
COLORBOND® steel is manufactured in Australia to relevant Australian Standards and has been tested in some of the harshest Australian conditions over the last 50 years. Genuine COLORBOND® steel is far more than just ‘paint on steel’.
1. The steel base is manufactured to meet Australian Standards, adhering to the required grade and strength.
2. The base is then coated in BlueScope’s industry leading metallic coating incorporating Activate® technology*, to provide enhanced corrosion resistance.
3. A thin pre-treatment layer is applied to optimise the adhesion of further coatings.
4. A corrosion inhibitive primer is baked onto the surface.
5. A topcoat of specially developed, exterior grade paint is baked on to provide resistance to chipping, flaking and blistering and to ensure the finish retains its look for longer.
*Activate® technology is not available for COLORBOND® Stainless steel and COLORBOND® steel products with a galvanised steel substrate.
Whether you live, or are planning to build in a bushfire prone area, or simply want to increase the bushfire protection afforded to your home, COLORBOND® steel may help protect your property.
The CSIRO’s research and investigation into the performance of residential boundary fencing in bushfires found that "a steel fence offers greater protection to people's homes against bushfire than other alternative materials because of its non-combustibility"....Of the different materials tested, pre-painted and metallic coated sheet steel (in this case made from COLORBOND® steel) performed best under all exposure conditions and in particular when faced with a 30 minute flame immersion test used to stimulate potential effects of an adjacent house fire, which is common during bushfire events."
COLORBOND® steel roofing, walling, gutters and downpipes are also compliant for use in bushfire zones, including the most extreme, BAL-FZ (Bushfire Attack Level – Flame Zone) specified in AS3959-2009. In BAL-FZ “there is an extremely high risk of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers, and a likelihood of exposure to an extreme level of radiant heat and direct exposure to flames from the fire front.”(Ref. Australian Standard 3959-2009).
If you would like more information, there is a fact sheet for homeowners, builders and designers who are looking to build or re-build homes on BAL-FZ sites.
Fifty years of Australian research and development has created a range of technologies that give genuine COLORBOND® steel its long lasting performance when subjected to some of the harshest Australian conditions. You can make sure you’re getting the genuine article by looking out for the COLORBOND® steel branding on the product, or its packaging.
For roofing and walling, check for the ink branding on the reverse side of the sheet. On fencing look for laser branding on either side of each panel; it appears at least three times in each 2.4 m section. For guttering, you can look on the inside for ink branding, and, in some Australian States, you will find the protective wrapping that your COLORBOND® steel arrives in, is branded too. Genuine COLORBOND® steel garage doors are ink branded. This is an edge brand on the reverse side of the sheeting with ‘COLORBOND® steel made by BlueScope’.
Whatever you are building with COLORBOND® steel, be it a new home, a shed or a fence, it pays to check that you are getting what you’ve paid for and that the materials used are going to live up to the task – especially if they are protecting your investment from the Australian elements, which put all building materials to the toughest of tests.
Maintain your COLORBOND® steel by simply washing with clean, fresh water regularly. This will not only prolong its life but also maintain its attractiveness for longer periods, thus protecting your asset.
Applications where the paint finish is naturally washed by rainwater do not usually require this maintenance, e.g. roofing. However, some areas such as wall cladding under eaves, the top of garage doors and the underside of eave gutters are often not washed by rainwater, and so require some attention.
Ensure these ‘unwashed’ areas are hosed down at least every six months and more frequently in coastal areas where marine salt spray is prevalent, and in areas where high levels of industrial fallout occur. It is also important to ensure that there is no build-up of debris, such as soil and mulch against COLORBOND® steel products.
If cared for in this way, your building components made from COLORBOND® steel should give many years of easy maintenance life.
When you purchase COLORBOND® steel, you are buying products made and backed by BlueScope, one of Australia’s largest manufacturers. BlueScope offers a variety of warranties subject to application and eligibility criteria. You can apply for a warranty using their online Warranty Management System at www.bluescopesteel.com.au/warranties.
To make things simpler, BlueScope’s warranty system provides the opportunity for specifiers, builders or installers to receive a pre-approved warranty if eligibility criteria are met. They can then give you the activation code in the pre-approved warranty and you then simply create an account in the system and activate your warranty with your unique activation code. Be sure to ask your specifier, builder or installer if they can manage this for you.
If you are concerned about a COLORBOND® steel product, please contact BlueScope. Their team is there to answer any questions you may have and if the issue cannot be resolved over the phone they may send out a Consumer Query Form to be filled out. Filling out, and sending back, the Consumer Query Form gives BlueScope the required information to begin assessing the matter and, if appropriate, one of their Warranty Claims Specialists may be sent out to undertake a site inspection.
To contact BlueScope regarding your warranty claim please call BlueScope Steel Direct on 1800 800 789 or email us at email@example.com
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