The importation of iron and steel into Australia is an estimated $5 billion industry each year. Add-in the fact we also have local manufactures supplying the demand and you have a very saturated market.
It stands to reason that as a property owner or farmer, sourcing steel to use for your garage or shed is not difficult. You’ll find it at hardware stores and salvage yards (probably even from a dodgy street seller too).
But the most important factor in sourcing steel is being assured of its quality. After all, it will be structurally supporting valuable goods - your family, car or a tractor.
So in a saturated steel market, how do you find the best quality of steel-product?
Do you know your environment?
Australia has a diverse climate. When one region is getting hit with severe heat, other areas are experiencing floods. The harsh reality of Australia’s climate will have a direct impact on the steel you need.
If you live in heat-prone areas you will need steel that’s designed to reflect the sun. While corrosion-resistant steel is better when living closer to the water.
Steel for the Australian environment is not a one size fits all approach.
Where has your steel been made?
This is by far one of the most important questions to ask a manufacturer when looking to buy steel. If they don’t know the answer or are reluctant to tell you, be cautious.
As evidenced above, imported steel is everywhere, but it might not be built to withstand Australian conditions. Make sure you identify where steel was made and imported from and ask further questions about how the product was tested.
If you don’t know where the steel comes from it could be dangerous when used in Australian conditions.
Why we recommend Colorbond® Steel
When it comes to our garages and sheds, we want to ensure we offer our customers quality of product and the satisfaction of knowing the steel we use is up to Australian-standard.
Here’s why we use Colorbond® steel:
Australian-environment testing: Since the 1960s, Bluscope scientists have been testing their steel products in their labs and in real-world conditions. Bluescope remains committed to in-field testing for everything the Australian environment can throw at us.
Unique products to suit different regions: Finding imported steel suitable for heat or cooler locations can be difficult, but not with Colorbond®. Their Ultra steel product is designed to provide enhanced corrosion protection for garages and sheds near water. Thermatech solar reflectance technology helps repeal the sun’s heat during summer and may reduce the need for air-conditioning.
Their belief in their products: Colorbond® is confident in their resources, investment and intellectual property and it’s reflected in the warranties they offer. In some cases, warranties are set up to 36 years for corrosion to perforation, or 20 years for paint flake or peel.
Innovation of their products: Cheaper imported steel is arguably built to sell quickly, not to refine a product to ensure its quality as technology evolves. Bluescope invests time and resources into the innovation of their products and the process in which they’re created.
For a consumer wanting the satisfaction of knowing the steel used in their garage or shed is of the highest quality, there really is only one choice.