Steel is as flexible as you are

COLORSTEEL® has always been very much at home up high on the roofs of New Zealand. But now, many are beginning to appreciate its versatility in other spaces and places.

Most of us are familiar with COLORSTEEL® as a high-performance roofing material that is as versatile as it is robust, reliable and good-looking.

Well, here’s the thing. COLORSTEEL® is just as appropriate as an exterior cladding element, providing a distinctive aesthetic feature that suits both contemporary and more traditional building designs.

Andrew Just of Christchurch architectural and urban design firm Field Studio is an enthusiastic advocate of steel cladding’s ability to deliver a simple, authentic look without appearing too basic.

“I’ve used steel as a cladding material on a number of projects, but one that particularly stands out is an urban cottage where space was at a premium. It became known locally as “The Yellow House”.

“We used COLORSTEEL® corrugate, pre-painted in bright canary yellow, on an exterior feature wall. The blend of intense colour and the rolling texture of the corrugate turned quite an unassuming property into a genuine landmark.”

Like many architects and homeowners, Andrew is drawn to materials that allow for a degree of innovation; the flexibility to use the familiar and everyday in unexpected ways to produce a dramatic difference. Of course, COLORSTEEL® comes in a wide variety of finishes, shapes, sizes and profiles to suit most projects, so your design options are as open as you wish. As a building material, it’s also easy to install, so it makes sense from a time and budgetary perspective too.

In New Zealand, your profile options can largely be confined to three: corrugate, trapezoidal and tray.

  • Corrugate is a widely-used Kiwi classic, popular on roofs and, increasingly, as a softened cladding feature across a range of home designs.
  • Trapezoidal profiles lend a clean, crisp look and create a very bold and distinctive impression.
  • Tray profiles are very sleek and offer a highly contemporary impression to the exterior of any building.

Steel is incredibly versatile and cost effective. Just as it does on a COLORSTEEL® roof, it performs as you would expect of a material that has been rigorously and continuously tested to meet the demands of New Zealand’s extreme maritime climate.

Andrew Just recalls the reaction of one past client when inspecting his completed home for the first time.

“He was thrilled and the first thing that came out of his mouth was that it looked bulletproof! I had to laugh, but I did take it as a compliment.”

So, when you’re in the process of settling on your COLORSTEEL® roof, allow yourself a moment to consider whether steel might be just as appropriate on your home’s other surfaces. Chances are its unique versatility could offer just the touch of visual inspiration and enduring solidity you’re looking for.

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