How to choose the colour of your new COLORBOND® fence

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The fence around your home acts as a backdrop to your garden, a feature wall and a security boarder around your home. With COLORBOND® steel fencing you are guaranteed a high-quality fence product that is non-combustible, easy to maintain, easy to install, and wont rot or be eaten by termites. Not only that, you get peace of mind that you are protecting your home and family from unwanted guests, with the security of high strength COLORBOND® steel.

Choosing a COLORBOND® fence is the easy bit – however with 14 fencing colours to choose from – choosing your COLORBOND® fence colour can often be tricky.

Whether you are after a subtle or bold colour, light or dark, cool or warm, every one of COLORBOND®’s fence colours will look great – but choosing the perfect one that enhances your home and your back yard can be down to just a few considerations.


Will your fence be a focus or background?

Considering whether you want your fence to be a focal point of your home and garden or whether you want it to act as a neutral back drop is one of the more important decisions when it comes to choosing your fence colour. Some colours make your foliage ‘pop’, others blend into the surroundings. Some will add extra depth to your backyard, and others will brighten up the space.

The style and colours of your home

When considering your fence colour, an important step is to take your landscaping and your home into consideration. It is often the case that a wide number of COLORBOND® colours will suit your home, and the choice may come down to a personal preference. However many landscapers and designers suggest general rules to help make the choice easier.

Some examples are:

  • More traditional and weatherboard homes look best when paired with lighter, and softer fencing colours, whereas modern homes may suit darker and deeper colours.
  • Modern architecture often suits greys, and rural backdrops often look great with greens.
  • Reds and oranges are seen to be more traditional
  • Blues and dark grey colours add depth


Matching your homes façade to the colour of the fence is also often a popular choice, however using a contrasting colour can help the homes exterior stand out. As a general rule, sticking to either a “warm” or “cool” colour scheme for your fence and your home can be a great starting point.

To pair or not to pair

If you already have a COLORBOND® roof and steel guttering, matching your fence to one of those is often a safe and attractive option. A popular choice is to match the colour of your fence with the roof fascia, guttering and trimming, which ties your fence to the rest of the home without overloading on one steel colour.

Similarly, the colour of your driveway or outdoor entertaining area may provide inspiration for your fencing choice. Most COLORBOND® colours will look cohesive with natural tile selections around your backyard but consider more neutral colours if you have bold and bright elements to your homes external façade. 

Plants and Fencing

Your fence should enhance the foliage in your garden and not hide it. Consider the colour of your greenery and plants and look for a colour that enhances it. Some designers recommend choosing a particular plant or plant tone in your garden and matching it to your fence. This might be a great starting point if you have a lot of rich colours in your backyard.

Mixing colours

Add a bit more character to your COLORBOND® fence by choosing a different colour for your fence elements. You can have different fence sheets, lattices, posts, post heads and rails on your fence. Mixing colours can create an interesting boarder around a feature COLORBOND® colour which adds a bit more interest to your fencing. Consider this option if you are looking to make your new COLORBOND® fence more of a ‘focus’ rather than a background.


If you are unsure of what colour will best suit your fencing project, we can arrange sample colours to be sent to you for comparison. Take some time comparing the colours against your garden, your outdoor tiles, and also around your home’s exterior.

You can also use tools like Houzz or Pinterest to find existing COLORBOND® fencing installation inspiration. We will be happy to match up the colours in any inspiration image you find with a real COLORBOND® colour.®-Fence

Still Stuck??

If you are still stuck with your fence choice, talk to one of our fantastic sales consultants who can walk you through some options that will suit your home. And if all else fails – we can help you choose one of our most popular colours – if you are planning on selling your home in the near future at least it will have a wide appeal!

Steel Framing: defending your home against termites

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Termites and Borers are big fans of Australian homes – and can carry out between $80 – $780 million worth of damage to houses annually! While termite barriers may delay termite invasions in some instances, using steel framing as opposed to timber framing completely eliminates any risk of structural termite damage.

Particularly in rural areas and urban fringes, termites can eat through everything from wood to carpet backing, cabinetry, furniture and doors – however when it comes to the structure and foundation of your home, a termite’s love of wood can be the most harmful.

There are a number of factors that will affect the termite damage risk to your home:

  • Where your home is located
  • How vigilant you are in inspecting and maintaining your home
  • And how its foundations are constructed.

The cost of any termite damage is borne by home owners and very rarely covered by insurance – even during the building warranty period termite damage is only covered if the builder is seen to be negligent. And signs of termite damage are not always apparent – they lurk beneath surfaces undetected until it is too late.

Results of a recent study commissioned by the National Association of Steel-Framed Housing (NASH) and undertaken by the University of Western Sydney discovered 1 in 8 timber framed homes in the study had suffered termite damage, and not a single steel framed home was affected.

Whilst the traditional approach to termite control was to ‘seal them out’ with pesticides and treatments, Steel Framing innovation has re invented the way builders and home owners look at their home’s foundation. A home built from TRUECORE®steel is 100% termite proof, requires absolutely no pesticide or chemical treatment and has been tested time and time again for Australian standards.


What is TRUECORE®Steel?

TRUECORE® steel is a zinc/aluminium alloy coated steel manufactured by BlueScope Steel. It is characterised by a distinctive blue resin surface finish and is backed by a 50-year warranty. TRUECORE® steel is 100% termite and borer proof, it will not catch fire, it is consistently straight and true, wont shrink, twist or warp over time, and can often allow for greater design flexibility.

Does a Steel Frame need chemical or physical termite protection?

A steel frame is completely resistant to termite and borer attacks and therefore does not require any chemical or physical barriers in accordance with the Building Code of Australia.


When considering the foundation of your home, choosing TRUECORE®Steel ensures you have a foundation that is 100% termite and borer proof, without the use of pesticides. At Combined Metal Industries, we can assist you with your Steel Framing design and manufacturing, to guarantee you a beautifully finished home, that tastes horrible to termites.