ALTERNATIVES TO COLORBOND
Many people ask if there is an alternative to using Colorbond roofing, wall cladding or fencing materials.
They want to know not only if there is a cheaper alternative to Colorbond but if there is a better option backed up by a really solid and dependable warranty.
The simple answer is, yes, there is an alternative superior quality steel cladding that is suitable for all Australian conditions and it’s very competitively priced.
Its name is UniCote® and it’s now available from Protective Roofing.
Colorbond has been around for a long time and has become something of a household name. And yes, Colorbond has built a good reputation. We just happen to believe that UniCote® is even better.
Pre-painted UniCote® steel with its innovative hot dipped aluminium/zinc alloy coating and exceptionally durable paint system offers a stunning alternative.
Real world testing and customer experience continue to reinforce UniCote®’s growing reputation.
If you are looking for an alternative to Colorbond then it’s time to celebrate UniCote®; a truly outstanding range of steel roof and wall claddings, guttering, flashings, and fence panels.
UniCote® is respected and trusted by the construction industry throughout Australia. Now at last you have a choice.
Talk to the friendly team at Protective Roofing and learn more about UniCote®; it’s another another outstanding Australian product.
WHAT IS UNICOTE?
UniCote®is a world leading pre-painted steel alternative to Colorbond for steel roofing, wall cladding, fascias, guttering, flashings, and fencing.
It all began because Australia’s fastest-growing independent steel distributor, Selection Steel saw the need for a superior, cheaper, durable steel cladding designed with Australian needs in mind.
UniCote® was developed by Selection Steel in partnership with one of the world’s largest pre-painted steel companies, Dongkuk Steel.
Dongkuk Steel has been a world leader in steel manufacture for the shipbuilding, automotive, and airline industries since 1954.
UniCote® uses hot-dipped aluminium/zinc alloy-coated steel manufactured to the Australian standards AS 1397. It is continually tested to ensure its exceptional performance in the harsh Australian environment.
The polyester topcoat is hard baked onto a primer and the latest infrared reflective pigments ensure that the paint will thrive under the harsh Australian sun.
UniCote® meets the Australian QUV resistance standard AS/NZS 2728 for durability of the coating system.
UniCote® has also been tested for performance at excessive temperatures and is rated as suitable for continuous service up to 100° C.
This level of paint durability means you can be confident that your beautiful roof or wall cladding will not fade or discolour.
UniCote® also meets AS2331.4.7 for scratch resistance. This is measured by dragging a needle with a 2 kg weight. Testing under these conditions shows that no damage to the UniCote® surface occurs.
AS/NZS 2728 also measures such durability factors as impact resistance and the bend test. UniCote® passes these tests with flying colours; no damage or cracking to the paint or loss of paint adhesion.
The UniCote® paint system also meets the AS/NZS 2728 standard for heat, humidity and salt spray resistance requirements. The UniCote® paint cover is warranted to show no flaking or peeling for 20 years with roof applications and 15 years for walls—that’s really reassuring.
The paint finish is available in standard or PVDF versions for additional corrosion protection in industrial environments where corrosive chemicals are present.
So, for a cheaper alternative to Colorbond roofing or cladding with no loss of quality turn to UniCote®.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLORBOND & UNICOTE®?
UniCote® is a high performance alternative to Colorbond roofing and wall cladding and Colorbond fencing.
It’s a more cost-effective option than Colorbond and yet still offers exceptional durability and quality. You can trust UniCote® to protect your valuable assets and look good doing it for many years to come.
The table below enables you to do a direct comparison. You can see that UniCote® gives you equal or superior quality protection and it’s far cheaper too than Colorbond.
One thing that UniCote® is really proud of is its extensive warranty. Some of our competitors make it extremely difficult to make a claim and erect huge barriers when customers try to discuss a problem.
UniCote® stands by their product. Of course there are some standard conditions relating to correct installation and so on but it’s all in plain simple English and you’ll find the UniCote® team are there to help.
SPECIFICATIONS COMPARISON - COLORBOND VS UNICOTE®
|Applications||Roof, wall, fence, guttering, fascia, flashings||Roof, wall, fence, guttering, fascia, flashings|
|Steel manufacture||Cold rolled sheet steel - Dongkuk Steel--meets As1397||Cold rolled sheet steel - Bluescope Steel|
|Steel coating||Hot dipped aluminium/zinc alloy - 150gms per m2||Hot dipped aluminium/zinc/magnesium alloy - 150gms per m2|
|Sheet thicknesses||G300, G550|
|Australian standards||AS 1397, AS2331.4.7 (scratch resistance) and AS/NZS 2728 (salt spray, humidity, UV, & impact resistance, bend test)||AS 1397 and AS/NZS 2728 (salt spray, humidity, UV, & impact resistance, bend test)|
|Paint system||Pre-treatment, primer, shadow grey backing, polyester topcoat with UV reflective pigments||Activate technology pre-treatment and primer plus exterior topcoat|
|Colour range||22 Standard colours in standard or PVDF finish (for highly corrosive settings)||22 Standard colours|
|Warranty||15 to 30 years against perforation and 20 years against paint peeling or flaking depending on use as wall or roof cladding in ISO categories 1 to 3||Up to 36 years depending on site and materials chosen and proximity to coastal environments|
|Environment impact||100% recyclable||100% recyclable|
CHEAP ALTERNATIVE ROOFING MATERIALS
Many people think that replacing dated or damaged steel roofing or wall cladding is going to be outrageously expensive. And in the days when there were no alternatives to Colorbond that may have been true.
But now, thanks to UniCote® there are cheap alternative roofing materials and wall cladding solutions. Now, you can have your home, shed, or patio looking a million dollars without spending a fortune.
UniCote® is the metal roof alternative that is really taking the Australian roofing and cladding market by storm.
Talk to the experts at Protective Roofing today and let us show you cheap alternative roofing materials that will really impress.