• Roofing
          • Roofing

            Explore our range of steel solutions, applicable profiles, colours and patterns for your next steel roof.

          • Wye House high angle over-looking the coast. The cladding and roofing is UniCote Coastal.
    • Fascia & Guttering
          • Fascia & Guttering

            Whether or not you have a steel roof, complete the look of your home with UniCote fascia, gutters and downpipes.

          • UniCote Fascia, gutters and downpipe
    • Garage Doors
          • Garage Doors

            Enhance your home’s facade with exclusive range of UniCote LUX garage door textured patterns, including timber, natural and exotic finishes.

          • UniCote LUZ Zinc Graphite Garage Door
    • Cladding
          • Cladding

            Be inspired and leave a lasting impression by selecting cladding from our unique range of colours, patterns and solutions.

    • Insulated Panels
          • Insulated Panels

            Steel solutions, inspired colours and patterns for your insulated panel application.

          • Brimbank Lifestyle and Aquatic Centre, UniCote LUX Weathered Iron insulated panels
    • Sheds
          • Sheds

            Steel solutions, inspiring colours and patterns for your shed project.

    • Compare Steel Solutions
    • UniCote Select
          • UniCote Select

            Data sheet, performance, technical information and warranty about our ‘UniCote Select’ steel solution.

          • UniCote Select Euengella Project
    • UniCote Coastal
          • UniCote Coastal

            Data sheet, performance, technical information and warranty about our ‘UniCote Coastal’ steel solution.

    • UniCote Extreme
          • UniCote Extreme

            Data sheet, performance, technical information and warranty about our ‘UniCote Extreme’ aluminium solution.

          • Bondi Icebergs
    • UniCote LUX
          • UniCote LUX

            Data sheet, performance, technical information and warranty about our ‘UniCote LUX’ textured and patterned steel solution.

          • UniCote LUX cover-Govhub
    • Colour Library
    • Inspiration Gallery
          • Inspiration Gallery

            A curated collection of architectural projects showcasing the colours, patterns and textures of our UniCote products in varied environments.

    • Case Studies
          • Case Studies

            A collection of remarkable projects that exemplify the use for UniCote for roofing and cladding.

    • Articles
          • Articles

            2 minute reads: industry insights and design trends that elevate the use of pre-painted steel.

  • Why UniCote®

Maintenance and repair of UniCote® products

The paint systems used on all UniCote® products are highly durable and decorative finishes.

Simple maintenance of these finishes by regularly washing with fresh or collected rain water will enhance the service life of the product, and help maintain good appearance over time. It is good practice to establish a regular routine for washing UniCote® steel products (water restrictions permitting – check with your local council). This is particularly important on “unwashed areas” on applications that are sheltered from general rain washing. Condensation can also be absorbed by the dust and dirt that build up in these areas, leading to dissolution of potentially aggressive compounds that may initiate corrosion. This effect is exacerbated in the vicinity of any salt marine influence, where any build-up will also include marine salts and/or other pollutants (e.g. industrial fall out).

For these reasons, regular cleaning of UniCote® steel products in unwashed areas is essential to prolong service life. Examples of applications requiring cleaning include, but are not limited to, fascia, wall cladding under eaves, garage doors, and the underside of eave gutters, carports and patios. Washing should be done six monthly as a minimum, or three monthly in locations such as coastal areas where marine salt spray is prevalent, or in areas where high levels of airborne dust/dirt or industrial fallout occur.

In cases where regular maintenance using fresh water does not remove all dirt from the surface of the product, the surface can be washed with a mild solution of pure soap or non-abrasive dish washing kitchen detergent in warm water. Washing should be conducted with a sponge, soft cloth or soft bristle nylon brush (no abrasive scourers, steel wool etc.), and be performed gently to reduce the possibility of scuffing the product surface.

NOTE: Selection Steel does not recommend the use of hard, mineral rich ground waters (e.g. bore water) in the maintenance of coated steels.

We do not recommend the use of touch-up paint on any roofing and/or cladding products. Air-drying touch-up paints have different weathering characteristics to the oven cured, baked-on finish of pre-painted coating systems that are used during the UniCote® manufacturing process.  Over time, touch up paints will fade differently to the UniCote® material, producing a differential and unacceptable aesthetic appearance.

It is important to also note that the overpainting of UniCote® steel will void any warranties issued by Selection Steel.

In terms of repair, the general recommendation is that if a scratch is obviously visible from 2m under normal lighting conditions, then the sheeting should be replaced. If these are not visible from this distance then they should be left alone. Minor surface scratches become less noticeable as the coating weathers, and will not affect the corrosion inhibiting properties of the material. Widespread damage caused by rough handling or accident should not be corrected by repainting but by replacement of the affected material.

UniCote® is a registered trade mark of Selection Steel.