13 September

Need to Know: 

  • COLORBOND sheds are made from steel coated with a durable paint finish, making it attractive, low maintenance, and resistant to corrosion.
  • ZINCALUME® is coated with a mixture of zinc and aluminium, offering toughness and scratch resistance, however the shiny finish can dull over time.
  • Factors to consider when choosing between COLORBOND® sheds and ZINCALUME® include appearance, durability, and budget, with COLORBOND® being more durable and ZINCALUME® generally being less expensive.

In this Article:

Ross Barker
Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

ZINCALUME® vs COLORBOND® Sheds – Which is Best?

If you’re in the market for a new shed, you may be wondering whether to choose ZINCALUME® or COLORBOND® cladding. Both are popular choices, but which is the best option for your needs?

In this article, Ross Barker offers a quick overview of the different options available for Buffalo Built sheds, garages, carports and farm structures.


COLORBOND® is a type of steel that has been coated with a layer of specially formulated paint. COLORBOND® steel is made from a durable ZINCALUME® core plus a baked-on corrosion inhibitor. This is then sealed with a tough exterior grade painted finish which is baked on, making it resistant to chipping, flaking and blistering.

"COLORBOND® is designed to be both durable and attractive, making it a popular choice for residential sheds, garages, and farm sheds.”
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

“It’s very low maintenance and provides good energy efficiency due to the reflective properties of lighter colours.”

Take a look at our range of COLORBOND® colours here. 


ZINCALUME® is a different type of steel that is coated with a layer of zinc and aluminium rather than paint. This gives it a unique look, but it is generally less popular than COLORBOND® as the shiny aluminium colour tends to dull over time.

However, it is very tough and highly resistant to scratches, offering a lifespan of up to four times that of regular galvanised steel.

Which is the Best Choice for Your Shed?

When it comes to choosing between a ZINCALUME® or COLORBOND® shed, there are a few factors to consider. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Appearance: If you’re looking for a shed that looks great, COLORBOND® is the way to go. It comes in a wide range of colours so you’re sure to find something that suits your property.

Durability: Both COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® are highly durable, but COLORBOND® is generally considered to be the more durable of the two and it is less likely to change colour over time.

Price: ZINCALUME® is generally less expensive than COLORBOND® so if you’re on a tight budget it may be the better option.

“Ultimately, the choice between COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® comes down to your personal preferences,” says Ross.

"We’ll make sure you get the material that perfectly fits your property, your budget, and your lifestyle.”
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

For COLORBOND® Sheds, Call Buffalo Built.

At Buffalo Built, we offer a wide range of sheds, garages, and farm sheds made from quality Australian Made steel components. Contact our Wangaratta or Mansfield branches today to get started on designing your shed project.

Ross Barker

Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built