What to Keep in Mind When Colorbond Fencing

Posted on: 10 May 2016

It is fascinating that most houses in Australia have colorbond steel used somewhere - fencing, roofing, walls, water tanks, cubby houses, sheds, gutters or fascia. If planning to do colorbond fencing, there are certain considerations that one has to keep in mind. The points below cover different aspects of installation, maintenance and precautionary measures as well. 


Do not render your warranty null and void by not following the instructions provided by the manufacturer properly. Some of them may go out of the norm as far as procedures go. Follow their manual.


Watch out for electrical wires when fencing, for obvious reasons. Also the person fencing must be aware of any underground services that could be affected.

The person fencing requires protective gear especially in the presence of cement dust or asbestos. If the contractor inhales cement dust, which contains silica, they could fall ill with lung cancer, silicosis or renal disease.  Working with asbestos becomes a problem if the material is easily breakable which may lead to dispersion of asbestos fibers in the atmosphere. Exposure to these fibers increases risk of mesothelioma, lung cancer and nonmalignant lung disorders.

Discolouration and Corrosion

Experts recommend that one should not attempt patch painting since after a while paint fades resulting in an ugly aesthetic. If scratches occur, leave them alone or replace the infill sheet.

For warranty purposes and to maintain the authentic finish, avoid garden sprays or fertilisers from spattering on to the surface of the fence because of their chemical composition which may damage it. If any spills land on the fence, simply wash with water.

Ensure soil and garden fill does not build up against the bottom posts and rails of the fence as they contain water and once retained over time will lead to corrosion.


Inasmuch as you may want to do the fencing by yourself, it is key to stay aware of any limitations. This is an important consideration when it comes to large sheds. Not just because of the level of technical difficulty but also legal obligations which vary from state to state.  If your shed's worth is above a certain amount, you have to be a registered owner-builder to perform your installation. The other alternative is working with a registered builder.

Colour Picking

When it comes to colour choice, one of the best approaches is selecting a colour that fits into your house style. The focus here is on the existing building which could be a heritage/classic style in which case a deep terracotta or dark teal among other earth tones could be suitable. While a more modern style could feature bolder colours or neutral ones such as greys and whites.