How to use Colorbond Windspray

I really like to specify Colorbond Windspray but it is often a maligned colour in the Colorbond range.  The thing about Colorbond Windspray is that it has a base that sometimes appears blue and sometimes green, depending on the time of day, and it is this chameleon quality that can put people off.  What I like about Windspray, in comparison to Colorbond Shale Grey, is that it has a little more depth and is a good option for people who want a grey roof that isn't too dark, but also won't get too dirty.

I have some more thoughts on how to use Colorbond Windspray below:

The underlying tone of Colorbond Windspray

So, as said, Windspray does have a slight green/blue undertone which makes it more of a battleship grey.  The house below has a Colorbond Windspray roof, gutter and garage door with Surfmist fascia, posts and windows and Shale Grey weatherboards.  This is a classic combination which is very much on trend.  If you wanted a lighter look, you could have the garage in Surfmist instead of Windspray.

How to use Colorbond Windspray

Clearly the undertone in Windspray is more evident on a hip roof or gable roof.  This is also more noticeable in the sun when the grey washes out.  However, the same house below from the rear has a skillion style roof and you therefore only see the gutter.  With this style of roof, the colour barely makes an impact on the overall look of the house.

How to use Colorbond Windspray

Colorbond Windspray for traditional homes

My choice for a heritage roof colour is often Colorbond Windspray as this is the closest to the old galvanised corrugated iron roofs.  A Zincalume roof is also a good choice, but often people can be reticent about using this.  The house below is a very traditional heritage style home and I believe the Windspray roof here is a perfect choice to create the right look.  By keeping the colour just to the roof and gutter and introducing a white fascia, you don't notice the underlying colour in the grey.

How to use Colorbond Windspray
Image: Harkaway Homes

Introducing a different coloured trim

The biggest appeal, apart from aesthetics, of a light coloured roof is that it reflects the heat.  Not so much a problem in some parts of the country, but this is a really important design feature in the hotter areas if you want to build a house that is sustainable.

The main point to remember when choosing a light roof is that you don't need to have the gutters and fascia in the same colour.  The house below has a Colorbond Windspray roof, but it is disguised with a smart dark gutter and crisp white fascia that ties in with the rest of the house.  The Windspray roof gives the house a very classic feel, but the grey and certainly any undertone you may see, is not evident at all.

How to use Colorbond Windspray
Image: Stritt Design & Construction

I really like this design tip.  Often clients are very wary of doing this, and of course the effect is different depending on the pitch of the roof, but it is certainly something you should bear in mind when you are choosing Colorbond colours.

How to use Colorbond Windspray

You should also consider whether your house is on the high or low side of the street and think about how much of the roof you will actually see at street level.  The house above has a Colorbond Windspray roof, gutter and garage with Surfmist fascia, trim and windows.  Being on the high side of the street with double storey houses either side, means that you don't see much of the roof at all.

Colorbond Windspray is an Ultra Steel colour

Lastly, a really good reason to select Windspray for your roof is that it blends in beautifully with the water.  Therefore, when you have neighbours behind you who look out to the ocean or another body of water over your roofline, your roof will just blend into the horizon.   It doesn't have the glare of Surfmist or Shale Grey or the strong colour or depth of many of the other options, which makes it the perfect choice in these locations.  Colorbond Windspray is an Ultra Steel colour, which means it can be used close to the sea and will withstand the harsher conditions.  There are six Ultra colours: Monument, Woodland Grey, Surfmist, Dune, Wallaby and Windspray.

Unfortunately, Colorbond Windspray is not in the new Matt range of colours.

How to use Colorbond Windspray

I have two related posts that you may find interesting: How to select roofs, gutters and fascias and Using Surfmist as a trim colour.

I hope that this has given you some inspiration and confidence to choose Windspray (or not)!  If you are building or renovating your home, I have a FREE Resource Library with checklists and e-books for you to download.  You can sign up for FREE here.



6 thoughts on “How to use Colorbond Windspray

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    Wendy says:

    Hi Samantha, I’m so excited that you’ve featured windspray with surfmist and shale grey on this post! I hunted and hunted for pictures of this scheme to confirm my choices for my new build before prestart, without success. The choices were daunting as the whole house is colorbond except for feature hardiplank around the windows. I’m thrilled that it all works! Thank you for all your invaluable posts, especially on using surfmist as a trim- so helpful for a country build.

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    Deb says:

    Thanks for the great tip on using colourbond windspray colour. We found that with our Midnight Blue/Deep Ocean colour roof the windspray looks too blue. So we are looking for a nicer grey, a light and dark grey for contrast with no blue undertone! Any suggestions?
    Even the shale grey has a blue undertone!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Deb Colorbond Shale Grey can read a little blue sometimes but generally I find that it is pretty neutral but the Colorbond range is fairly limited. I presume you are looking at this for your gutters as your roof is already a Colorbond colour? If you are looking for a wall colour you have heaps of options and you should be looking for more of a greige colour to suit the Deep Ocean. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Alan Booth says:

    Hi Samantha, thank you for the web page on windspray as a couple of days ago I confirmed roof colors with the builder, windspray roof, gutter and barge cap, white(surf-mist) eaves. These colors will hopefully match the white trims, and proposed ‘blue tune” blue for the weatherboards.

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