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Steel helps battle the severe storm season

Two independent reports released by the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and James Cook University Australia have advocated that Australian homes use roofing made from steel as it is resilient to the harsh weather conditions prevalent during severe thunderstorm seasons.

According to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, severe thunderstorms are the most common natural hazard in Australia as they can occur anywhere. On average, severe thunderstorms are responsible for more damage each year, when measured by insurance costs, than tropical cyclones, floods or bushfires.

‘Increasing Community Resilience to the Impacts of Extreme Weather’, the report released by the ICA, highlights that choosing the right roofing material is a critical component to protect the home during severe thunderstorms. The report states that “whilst it is important to have a roof design and material that is aesthetically pleasing and complimentary to the design of structure, compromising on durability, strength and resilience is not a clever option”. Roofing made from COLORBOND« steel is a strong, durable solution due to its superior, oven-baked finish that resists chipping, peeling and cracking. BlueScope Steel also offers a warranty of up to 30 years from the date of installation for roofing made from COLORBOND« steel.

BlueScope Steel roofing made from COLORBOND® steel 2 BlueScope Steel continues to invest in leading technologies to ensure its coated steel products, including COLORBOND« steel, deliver superior high performance to meet the needs of the Australian homeowners.

James Cook University Australia has also released ‘Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) Technical Report No. 57’, which analysed the homes in Far North Queensland damaged by Cyclone Yasi and showed that “overall, metal roof cladding, which includes metal roof tiles as well as continuous sheet cladding such as corrugated and rib-pan profile, performed well”.

Made for Australian conditions, COLORBOND« steel is not only weather-tight when installed correctly, it is a thermally efficient roofing material that keeps the home cool in summer due to the inclusion of Thermatech« technology across its range of 20 designer colours. Thermatech« reflects more of the sun’s heat, leaving the roof space, and therefore the home, cooler. In summer, it can keep un-insulated buildings up to 5║C cooler and, in insulated homes, can reduce the amount of air conditioning needed.

The ICA extreme weather report also found that “the type of roofing material you choose may also influence the price you pay to insure the property, based on its replacement cost and its susceptibility to damage. The experience of many insurers is that well maintained roofing often performs better in a hailstorm than other materials”. As an easy to maintain roofing material, COLORBOND« steel requires only natural rainfall or an occasional hose or wash down to keep it clean.

For further information on COLORBOND« steel visit www.colorbond.com or email Home Option Gallery