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Custom Metal Flashings, Cappings and Gutters

Custom Metal Flashings and Cappings

Life in the construction industry would be so easy if everything was a standard profile and size, wouldn’t it?

No1. Roofing and Building Supplies has always been able to meet all your custom shaped metal requirements hassle-free including:

  • Flashings and apron flashings
  • Box gutters
  • Valleys
  • Barge and parapet capping’s

But when you’re dealing with roof flashings and capping features it’s never that simple.

There are old buildings with non-standard features and new constructions with unique architectural designs, as well as specific requirements for one-off jobs.

For these you need someone with the capability to produce custom flashing's and capping’s in a vast range of materials easily, accurately, and without the fuss.

We now have the solution – ‘Your imagination is your only limitation!’


See video demonstration of how the Variobend works!

No1. Roofing and Building Supplies are proud to announce the arrival of the latest high-tech metal bending and shaping equipment from Germany.

The Variobend Double Apron Bender from ASCO GmbH combines the latest high-tech software with German precision engineering.

What Can The Variobend Do?

The Variobend is able to create almost any profile metal flashing you require with extraordinary precision and a speed that is unequalled on the market today.

Sample Custom Flashing 2
Sample Custom Flashing
Sample Custom Flashing 1

Thanks to the innovative Variobend technology we can now bend metal sheets up to 8.64 metres in length and up to 2mm material thickness.

A bending arm working range of up to 270° means that custom shaped flashings of almost any design up to 8.64 metres in length are a breeze.

Pair this with a wide range of materials and your imagination is your only limitation.

Extremely complex angle variations and configurations are no problem for the Variobend.

Custom Flashing programmed into folding machine computerised system

The Variobend Touch Control programme gives you enormous control and monitoring over the entire process including:

  • A vast range of standard profiles stored in the library
  • The ability to create, store, and export custom profiles
  • The entire folding process can be previewed and checked for problems in the simulation mode
  • User-friendly touchpad design capability

The accuracy of custom shaping and profiling is further enhanced with the innovative clamping bar system that prevents sheet movement during clamping operations.

The clever automated flipping arm speeds up production by removing the time consuming and heavy work of manually rotating sheets.

What Materials Can Be Custom Shaped?

In simple terms: we can quickly and easily produce any profile or custom shaped metal flashing you require.

We can work with:

  • Zinc
  • Colorbond / Zincalume
  • Copper
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless steel
  • Galvanised steel

Example Non-Standard Roof Flashing, Capping and Gutters?

See below for some example non-standard flashings, cappings and gutters. Please consult with your local No1 Roofing and Building Supplies store for more details.

Non Standard Flashing Profile Types

Preliminary check should include:

  • Available girth range
  • Available colours
  • Profiles not shown
  • Maximum lengths
  • Lead times
  • How to handle tapered flashing

Ordering requirements check should include:

  • Profile type
  • Colour
  • Side on which colour is to be used
  • Dimensions
  • Angles on all bends that are not 90 degrees
  • Quantity and lengths

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BlueScope Warranty Colorbond – What Warranties Are Available

Bluescope Warranty Colorbond

So What's Protecting Your New Steel Colorbond Roof?

The time has come to replace your roof and you now know that it’s going to be a valuable investment.

But you also want to know that your new roof is going to last the distance and is backed up by a cast-iron guarantee.   

BlueScope Warranty - Protecting Your Investment

A great warranty is always a sign of a company’s faith in the superior performance of its products.

The warranty that protects your new Colorbond or Zincalume roof is one of those special warranties that are the hallmark of an outstanding product.

For 95 years Bluescope Steel has been proudly making the steel used in a range of roofing products including Colorbond and Zincalume.

Like most warranties the Colorbond or Bluescope Steel warranties require the product to be the right one for the job.

This guide tells you how to get the best out of the very helpful and comprehensive Bluescope Steel warranties page so that you can make sure your roofing investment is protected.

Start here: https://warranties.bluescopesteel.com.au/site/, and then choose the home/ building owner button.

BlueScope Warranties Registration Website

From here you will see this list of options and generally it makes sense to simply follow each step in order.

- What a BlueScope Warranty means for you
- What warranties are available
- Before you begin your application
- Caring for your investment
- Claiming against your warranty
- Sample Warranties
- Apply for a warranty
- Activate your pre-approved warranty

BlueScope Warranties Corrosive Influence and Zoning

What Warranties Are Available?

This page helps you select the appropriate product and its associated warranty for your needs - we've also put together a quick video guide

Start at the right hand side by choosing your product from the drop-down box. 

The slider below indicates the distance from corrosive influence of coastal zones.

Choose the zone that best describes your location. 

The question button gives a clear definition of each zone.

And then move the slider to indicate how far away your house is from your closest marine environment.

Pop-up boxes on the house image indicate the length of warranty for your chosen product.

For example...

... if you choose Zincalume steel for your roof and you live 500 metres from a surf beach your roof will be covered for up to 20 years whereas Colorbond Ultra steel would be covered for 25 years in the same situation.

BlueScope Sample Warranty for Exposed Conditions

This is a critical step and you should not underestimate how far inland your house will remain affected by salt-bearing sea breezes.

Neither is it a good idea to do your roof on the cheap and choose an inappropriate product.

Doing so may void your warranty or at the least you may be disappointed by the product’s performance.

Before Your Begin Your Application

This section provides comprehensive checklists to ensure your warranty application is approved and documented as quickly as possible.

BlueScope Sample Roofing Checklist for Warranty

The checklist of required items is particularly helpful at the design and planning stage of your roofing project, as it highlights a number of important aspects that you need to get right including the little details such as the use of the correct fasteners.

The checklist also points out design features that may impact the available warranty cover.

For example...

... the roof pitch is important because moisture sits for longer on flatter roofs increasing the corrosion rates while using the wrong type of fastener can damage the surface and speed up the corrosion process.

You also need to tick all the boxes when you come to register your warranty.

List of Sample Warranties

As the title suggests, on this page you can download sample warranties for a range of Colorbond/ Bluescope Steel products.

BlueScope Sample Roofing and Walling Warranties

The precise extent of warranty cover is dependent on certain conditions.

This is why choosing the right product is critical and, if you’re at the design stage, you might want to revisit the What warranties are available? and Before you begin your application pages again.

Caring For Your Colorbond Investment

This section is all about getting the most out of your new roof.

BlueScope Caring For Your Investments & Warranties

The old adage, ‘prevention is better than cure’ is entirely true with your new roof as well.

A range of downloadable brochures outline some easy to implement maintenance and cleaning programmes for Colorbond/Bluescope Steel products.

Regular removal of leaves and organic matter from the roof and guttering is one of the most important after-care tasks for your roof.

That pile of leaves and muck is not only trapping moisture and prolonging your roof’s exposure to higher corrosion rates but the fungi and other microbial organisms in the organic matter can make themselves quite at home on your roof and cause long-term deterioration of the paint.

Claiming Against Your Warranty

Sometimes, things go wrong but Bluescope Steel stands behind their products.

Some companies go out of their way to avoid responsibility for their products but the Bluescope Steel customer service team really is there to help.

Bluescope Steel makes it easy for you to reach out and get the help you need in a really timely way and on this page you can find a number of contact options.

When you have been through the steps above, applying for and activating your pre-approved warranty will be a straightforward process.

The Bluescope Steel warranty is all about keeping a roof over your heads, protecting your investment, and providing real peace of mind.

Video Guide - How To Use the Warranty Estimator

Here's a simple step by step video guide on how to use the BlueScope Colorbond Warranty Estimator.

It's a quick 2 minute video that won't take long to watch but should help you work your way through the online Warranty Estimator

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See also:

BlueScope Warranty for Colorbond

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Replace Tile Roof With Colorbond, Which Is Better?

 Replacing your concrete tiled roof with a Colorbond Metal Roof

Looking To Replace Your Tile Roof With Colorbond, Which Is Better?

Roofing is a very important part of your home and represents a substantial financial investment so when it comes to replacing your old tile roof you need to get some solid advice.

Concrete tiles have been used on Australian homes for some 70 years but Colorbond metal roofing has also built a solid reputation for durability and dependability.

There is one question you need to ask yourself...

... is it better to replace your old tile roof with tiles or covert your tile roof to Colorbond steel?

Whether you are replacing your tile roof or putting a roof on a new build getting the right information about the following aspects will help you answer that important question: 

  • Benefits or pros and cons of tile versus Colorbond
  • Costs - price difference between Colorbond and tile roof?
  • Risks - do tile roofs require more or less maintenance than Colorbond?
  • Installation difficulties - which is easier to install?
  • Resale / property value - will a new Colorbond roof increase the value of my property more than a tile roof?
  • Choosing the right type of Colorbond product - what else do I need to know about Colorbond versus tile roofing?
  • Getting qualified / experienced trades people - who can I trust to install my Colorbond roof correctly?

No.1 Roofing and Building Supplies is one of the largest suppliers of Colorbond roofing materials and accessories in the Sydney area and our outstanding expert advice and access to premimum installers is second to none.

What are the benefits of colorbond vs tile?

What Are The Benefits of Colorbond vs Tile Roofing?

Both Colorbond and tile roofs have their advantages and sometimes the design of your roof will actually dictate one or the other.

Concrete or terracotta tiles have been used for roofing in Australia for more than 70 years and offer a very traditional look.

The first Colorbond products were developed some 50 years ago and the hi-tech manufacturing processes and considerable product development since then have resulted in an outstanding product.

Plus, Colorbond is backed up by a solid warranty.

  1. Weight - Colorbond is much lighter than tile roofing, as much as 90% lighter. Not only does this mean that handling and installation is easier and faster but the roofing subframe is not subject to heavy loading and you can even use lighter battens and space rafters further apart for another cost saving.
  2. Lifespan - Colorbond roofs can have a life expectancy of up to 70 years whereas tile roofs are easily damaged and prone to cracking under typical Australian weather extremes. Problem leaks also frequently occur round the ridge capping areas on tile roofs. Colorbond ridge flashings are much simpler to install and more reliable.
  3. Water collection - older tile roofs absorb a certain amount of water, which not only adds to the weight of the roof but reduces the amount of water you can collect. This may prove critical in times of severe drought. Tiles tend to crack and the resulting dirt build-up encourages the growth of moss and mould that can contaminate your drinking water. With a Colorbond roof all the rain is collected as clean water fit for household use.
  4. Maintenance - Colorbond roofs offer a low maintenance roofing solution with a stable surface. Even when maintenance work is needed such as cleaning or repainting there is little chance of damage to the metal roofing panels. On the other hand, tile roofs frequently crack exposing the sub roofing to water damage and allowing a build up of dirt. Simply walking on a tile roof may be enough to dislodge or crack tiles. Heavy tile roofs may even require periodic strengthening or replacement of roofing support structures.
  5. Insulation - as a minimum Colorbond Roofs should be installed with a 55 mm thick foil adhered insulation blankets under them. This blanket provides thermal, acoustic and condensation protection. This isn’t the case with tile roofs which are commonly installed with just plain foil or sometimes without even that under them.
  6. Design flexibility - Colorbond roofing is much more flexible for designers than tile roofing. That’s why we’ve seen a swing of architecturally designed buildings being specified in metal roofing rather then tiles in recent years. With many colour choices and design options Colorbond roofing is a creative designers dream product.

One of the other big advantages of Colorbond steel roofing over tile roofing is that you can install Colorbond on very low pitch or even flat roofs.

Tile roofs require an adequately pitched roof angle to avoid leaks.

This can be a major consideration when you have height restrictions to work to but need to maximise your building space.

What Does it cost, concrete tile vs Colorbond

What Does It Cost To Replace A Tile Roof With Colorbond?

There are many variables when it comes to costing any roof. The only way to be sure is to seek firm quotes from qualified installers.

On average standard Colorbond corrugated roofs will be roughly the same price as standard concrete tiles roofs.

The big savings come in over time.

Lower maintenance, better insulation, better storm damage resistance and even the potential for lower premiums on your home insurance are what makes Colorbond Roofing the big winner when you put it head to head with tiles.

Is Colorbond Roofing More Difficult To Install Than Tiles?

Colorbond steel is a breeze to install for experienced trades people.

As with any roofing material it’s critical to install the roof in accordance with the building code and manufacturer’s instructions but metal roofs are remarkably resistant to damage from trades people walking on the panels or other damage.

The lightweight and cut to length properties of Colorbond Roofing mean that large areas can be rapidly installed by fewer people so you minimise the exposure of your property to multiple people – which in turn reduces the risk of damage.

Tiles are heavy and this can create real problems and extra costs in transportation and installation. Due to the labour intensive nature of installing tiles

– tile roofing teams tend to be larger then metal roofing teams – which increase the risk of damage to your property during installation.

Tile roofs can be more fragile and can be easily damaged by trades people walking on the roof

– which means that they can be easily damaged by follow on trades like antenna installers.

Tile pointing and roof capping can also be challenging areas when installing tile roofs and require very careful attention.

Does metal roofing help to increase my property value?

Will Colorbond Roofing Increase My Property Value More Than Tiles?

Colorbond is arguably the most popular and brand aware roofing material in Australia today...

... and Colorbond roofs are seen as increasingly desirable by potential property buyers.

Personal preference will always play a part in determining property values and terracotta tiles can look really smart on particular styles of houses but Colorbond roofing is becoming the roof of the future.

So, in short, replacing tired old roofing tiles with Colorbond is going to add a real boost to your property’s value.

How Do I Choose The Right Colorbond Product?

Colorbond steel has been tested and designed for Australian conditions and it’s made right here in Australia.

A variety of Colorbond steel roofing products are available to suit a range of conditions including:

  • Coastal and other high corrosion environments—choose the Colorbond Ultra steel or Colorbond stainless steel range 
  • Normal Australian condition and locations—choose from the standard Colorbond steel range

Once you’ve decided on the appropriate Colorbond steel for your location your toughest decision will be to choose from the amazing Colorbond colour range.

Who Can I Trust To Install My New Roof?

No.1 Roofing and Building Supplies is renowned throughout the NSW region for their:

  • Wide range of building and roofing materials and accessories
  • Competitive pricing
  • Access to a network of qualified roofing contractors
  • Outstanding customer service and expert advice

If you are wondering, “tile roof versus Colorbond, what’s better?”, you need to talk to us.

If you are ready to install a Colorbond roof or replace your tile roof with a Colorbond one – contact us and we will assist you find the right roofing contractor for your project.

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