Stoddart's Health, Safety & Environment Risk Group

Introducing Stoddart's Health, Safety and Environment Risk Group. The group caught up last week to discuss all things health and safety and talk strategy for the year ahead. Safety is a fundamental part of what we do and we strive to ensure a safe working environment for all involved.

To have a team like this is a great asset to our business and round-table discussions like these ensure safety is more than a department, it's a company-wide commitment.

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10 Reasons to Put Solar on a New Home

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10 Reasons to Put Solar On a New Home

Solar energy is in the news a lot - and often touted as the future. When building a new house, builders and buyers should consider whether to add solar panels to new construction or not. The fact is energy prices are rising and more and more people want to benefit from solar power.

Here are ten good reasons why you should put solar panels on a new home:

1. As more and more people want solar panels, the value of a home with solar increases. The market has moved towards solar acceptance and the product is in demand. This is particularly true in Australia, where more than two million households already have a solar system.

2. When solar is installed at the time of construction, the entire home can be properly designed to take advantage of solar power. You can, for example, angle the home on the lot to give a nice expanse of north-facing roof. You can also plan roof layout and landscaping to prevent shading and ensure that there is space for PV inverters and other equipment.

3. It is cheaper to install solar power systems during the build phase.

4. Builders offering solar stand out from the crowd -  it shows a company that’s environmentally savvy, knowledgeable, and forward-thinking.

5. The government pays for some of the system through rebates plus your customers benefit from feed-in tariffs.  

6. The law may one day require it. Although Australia's Renewable Energy Target has not gone as far as to start mandating solar panels on new construction, San Francisco has already started requiring rooftop solar on new construction and France has a law that partially mandates it. Some smaller cities are also doing it - and it is not at all impossible that jurisdictions in Australia will follow suit. Builders who are ready for this will be at a major advantage compared to those who are not.

7. Electricity rates are rising all the time. Even without feed-in tariffs, a reduction in payment will be attractive to new home buyers, especially if they are educated about the cost comparison between solar systems and continuing to get your electricity from the grid. It typically takes five years to pay off the initial investment, but because it is integrated into the price of the home, customers will notice a return faster than if they simply bought a system.

8. Solar panels can be more reliable for people who are at the edge of the grid than grid power - and need no fuel. If you are building in a location where most people have generators solar panels can, at least during the day, reduce or even eliminate the need for a generator.

9. By building the system into the house at the start you can ensure that the roof type is correct. You can avoid slate roofs (which tend to crack under the weight) and asphalt roofs (which tend to need to be replaced or repaired before the panels do, increasing expense).

10. With battery prices on the way down it makes sense to install a large solar a solar system on your new home, at a significantly lower cost than after construction. This will ensure that your new home will be battery ready when batteries become more affordable.





In our latest Q&A we spoke to Sydney Regional Manager Chris Hoult. Chris was one of our subcontractors before he came on board as a supervisor in 2010 and has worked his way up through our business.

His knowledge of the Sydney market is second-to-none and his focus on customer satisfaction centres around his ability to predict what a customer wants before they have to ask.

Progression and opportunities to grow within the business are a key part of our employment philosophy. With locations up and down the Eastern Seaboard and a number of products and departments, the opportunities are endless with Stoddart Group

Q&A With Wayne Dixon

In our latest video, the General Manager of Steel House Frames, Wayne Dixon, shares his Stoddart journey. Wayne talks about the great growth potential for steel house frames in Australia and how he has enjoyed his time working for the Stoddart Group.

Backed by 55+ years of success, Stoddart is now leading the way with timber to steel conversion with excellent products and industry knowledge.

Q&A with Michael Trasy

In our latest Q&A we spoke with Michael Trasy. 20 years ago Michael started as a trainee estimator in Brisbane. Since then he's held a number of roles in various states and he is now the State Manager for Building Products NSW. Under his leadership the NSW business has seen impressive growth. 

Michael's journey with Stoddart Group is just one example of how people can grow within our business.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback to this impressive progress shot of Stoddart steel framing at The Manhattan Terraces in West End, Brisbane. Built by Condev Construction and featuring 80 townhouses we were able to commence this project ahead of schedule and exceed our client's expectations.

Our steel framing business offers full project management covering everything from initial design right through to installation onsite, we even do the structural component meaning you only need one supplier for your framing needs.

From an idea to reality. 

Custom Wedberg Garage Door

We often talk about how the garage door is the biggest opportunity to make a statement with a home's facade and the proof's in the pudding with our latest custom garage door for Welsh Building.  

Designed by the home owner and made a reality by our team, this custom Western Red Cedar carriage panel door is truly a piece of art. The finishing touches, replica hinges and handles and a stunning oil finish take an already stunning door to the next level. 

Below you can see the process from the owner's original idea right through to an installed door. 

If you're interested in a custom garage door for a new home, contact us today. 

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10 Reasons to Choose A Stoddart Steel House Frame

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A home is a big investment, and it's worth every penny. After all, it's your personal space, your protection, and the setting in which you raise a family. Naturally, homeowners want to use the highest-quality building materials to ensure their home will last as long as they want to live there. Or if your home is an investment, you want to protect it for the long term and not be worrying about ongoing costs and repairs.

That's really the only reason you need to choose steel framing for a house, but we've got 10 reasons, in case you're curious:

Termite Resistant

Termites are a bit of a problem in Australia. There are about 300 different species of termites in the country, and one of them, the West Indian drywood termite, is the most destructive in the world. If you're building a home with a wood frame, it's essential to check regularly for termites as the damage may quickly move to the very framework of the home and you might not even realize it until something collapses. With a steel frame, this isn't a concern. Superficial termite damage to wood siding, for example, is more easily remedied. (Of course, you can eliminate that risk, as well, by choosing vinyl, metal, or fiber cement siding.)


There's a reason skyscrapers are built of steel. It's incredibly strong and durable. 

No Warping

Over time, sunlight, humidity, water, temperature changes, and pressure can cause wood to bend and rot, which again can damage the structural integrity of a home and lead to additional problems with the building. For example, you might find a door or a window that starts to stick because a warped beam is putting pressure against the door or window frame. Steel doesn't warp.


See above: a stronger building is a safer building.

Fire Resistant

As another safety bonus, steel frames won't burn in the terrible event of a fire.

Straighter Lines

With steel, we can achieve straighter lines and more precise angles than we can with wood framing for greater aesthetics and structural soundness. Steel allows your home to maintain its shape over the long term.


Wood grain varies throughout a piece of lumber. That makes it beautiful for furniture, but the naturally occurring weaker areas aren't ideal for a building frame. Steel is consistently strong from one end to another.

Less Maintenance

This is the reward you reap because of the benefits listed above. When your home is less prone to damage, you're less likely to be faced with costly repairs and upkeep.  


Since you don't have to worry about termites or anything else destroying your frame, there's no reason to treat it with chemicals you really don't want anywhere in your home. Along those eco-friendly lines, steel is recyclable. In the unlikely event that you ever tear your house down and start over, that steel framing can be used again, which is good news for the world we live in. Finally, because of the controlled conditions under which steel is produced, waste is limited.

Cost Effective

Though steel framing may cost more than wood, it pays for itself fairly quickly. You save money every year on maintenance and you can't insure against termite damage so repairs on timber will be out of pocket. 

Building a home is exciting because you have so many choices. When it comes to framing, the obvious choice is a steel frame from the Stoddart Group.


Your Garage Door: The Gateway to Your Home

When you're building a new house you'll get the chance to make it your own during the colour selection process. When you start choosing upgrades, you usually look first to the inside. You want more functional storage space, granite or marble bench tops, or new hardwood floors. You probably aren't even thinking about your garage door. 

But you really should.

Let's face it: garage doors are overworked and under appreciated. Before you say, "But it's just a garage door," take a look at how a garage door upgrade can make a big difference for your home.

Street Appeal

You want your new home to stand out and it feels good to live in a clean, attractive house; keeping your home up-to-date makes the entire neighbourhood look good, too.

A garage door is a major feature and truly is the gateway to your home. It takes up far more space than your entry way and can draw more attention than even the best landscaping. A beautiful garage door can change the look of your entire home.

Choose from a variety of styles and colours to find a door that perfectly suits your house for a modern, polished look.

Our standard Colorbond range is available in:

  • Four door profiles featuring classic and contemporary designs.

  • Window options (Regency and Georgian profiles only).

  • 20 + colour options

  • 10 timber look options giving you the beauty of timber with the strength of steel

Or if you're looking to take it to a whole new level why not look at designing one of our fully customisable doors. Our custom doors, manufactured by Danmar, offer excellent value for money and allow you the freedom to design a garage door that truly reflects the style of your home at a price that suits your budget

  • Traditional and contemporary designs

  • Timber garage doors crafted from the finest Western Red Cedar

  • Modern designs incorporating aluminium mesh, acrylic, polycarbonate and glass options combine security and style whilst filling your garage with light

  • Combine the traditional feel of timber with the contemporary style of modern materials

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You take time and effort to choose a beautiful front door, to tend your lawn, and to keep a fresh coat of paint on your exterior. The same care should apply to selecting a garage door, and we're happy to work with you to customise it to your specifications.

And when it does come time to sell your home, that top-of-the-line garage door adds value to your house and draws attention from potential buyers.


On the typical home, the garage door is used more than the front door, which means you're putting a lot of miles on it. You want a high-quality door and expert installation. Our in-factory installation of struts and hinges means higher quality and better performance for years.


The Stoddart Group garage doors feature a patented "Pivot-Lock" hinge system, which is installed in the door panel at the factory, allowing for greater control and precision. Our “finger safe” doors are uniquely designed to prevent your fingers from getting pinched or stuck, which is an especially important feature if you have children.

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Strength and Durability

What if you could get a garage door that's 40 percent stronger than your current door? Our "Strong Strut" technology is fully bonded to the top and bottom of the door panel for better load distribution and a much stronger door overall.

Peace and Quiet

The rollers allow for smooth, quiet door operation. There's no metal grating on metal as you open and close the door, so you're less likely to disturb (or be disturbed) when opening the garage door early in the morning or late at night.

Don't overlook your garage door when it comes to upgrading your home, not only for appearance, but also for safety, reliability, and durability. From the timeless beauty of natural timber to the sleek, modern look of aluminum mesh, there's a garage door that will suit the style of your home and your personal preference. Whatever you envision for the front of your home, the experts at the Stoddart Group can make it a reality.

Simonds is giving away a Matt Black Jeep!

Simmonds Jeep Giveaway

We welcomed the Simonds Homes team and their Matt Black Jeep at Stoddart Head Office in Brisbane to celebrate their latest promotion.

Simonds have partnered with Colorbond to give away the Jeep to one lucky purchaser, so not only do they get their dream home with the best roof but a brand new car to put in it.

While they were visiting we had the chance to catch up with General Manager Queensland, Kaine Finn, about the promotion and why they partner with Stoddarts.

Q&A with Aaron Morris

In the latest edition of Stoddarts Q&A we spoke to our National Sales Manager, Aaron Morris. Aaron has been in the industry over 30 years starting as an apprentice roofer as a teenager and has been an instrumental part of the Stoddart team for over a decade. Aaron's product knowledge is exceptional but it's his passion for people that drives everything he does. Aaron answered questions including how he manages a team spread across over 3000km and the best book he's read. 

Transcript: The best part of my job is the interaction with the staff and the customers who challenge me every day to be a better business leader. How do I manage a team from Cairns to Warnabull? It's about employing the best people, giving them the best tools and empowering them to be the best in industry. How are things changing for sales teams in 2017? I think it's about enhancing the sales team in the social and digital platforms to deliver on our customer expectations. Today it's all about Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and we need to ensure we're working with our customers to deliver exceptional results. What's the best book I've read? Anything by Richard Branson. Here's a gentleman that epitomises customer service. He has a saying if you treat your staff right they'll treat your customers right and I think that's the culture we have at the Stoddart Group. What am I most excited about in the next 12 months? Innovation and sustainable solutions. It's keeping ahead of emerging trends and challenging ourselves every day to deliver what our customers want. 

Supporting Women In Industry

Stoddart Group is paving the way for female representation in what is a typically
male dominated industry.

Women account for 25% of Stoddart’s workforce and this number is growing. Talking to Stoddart Group's Governing Director, Jon Stoddart, it's clear the group's commitment to equality is one that stems from the very top.

“As a father of three daughters, equality in the workforce is something that is very close to my heart and is something I work hard to see in action throughout all of the Group,” Mr Stoddart said.

“I am proud to say we have female representation at all levels of our organisation, from the manufacturing floor through to senior management.

“Our philosophy is to hire the best and empower them to be better and we are very supportive of the growth and development of the team.”

Stoddart Group is proud to be a sponsor of the HIA Women in Building & Construction Industry Awards and is looking forward to continuing to foster and support the growth of women in the industry.

Contracting with Stoddart Group

Choosing to contract for Stoddart Group is the smartest career choice you could make. We service the entire Eastern Seaboard; whether you are in Cairns, Warrnambool or anywhere in between, the Stoddart Group can offer you consistent contracting work close to where you live meaning you waste less time on travel. 

I like contracting for Stoddarts because they always pay weekly, give me consistent work which allows me to build my business and employ other people and they take care of everything. We rock up to site and we know it’s ready to go. It’s easy. They send me a job the day before and if something goes wrong we can call the office and they’ll be straight onto it.
— Alex Beloff - Roofing Contractor
 Sites are pre-inspected, ready and safe so you can get in, get the job done and get home

Sites are pre-inspected, ready and safe so you can get in, get the job done and get home

 An opportunity for career change when you’re ready to get off the tools

An opportunity for career change when you’re ready to get off the tools

 Get paid weekly - on time, every week plus we do all the contracts so all you have to do is finish the job and raise your invoice

Get paid weekly - on time, every week plus we do all the contracts so all you have to do is finish the job and raise your invoice

 We work with 2,500+ builders across 38 branches giving you great stability and longevity

We work with 2,500+ builders across 38 branches giving you great stability and longevity

I started with Stoddarts at 18 working for one of their sub-contractors, then with my own crew, got off the tools and started as a maintenance supervisor and now I’m responsible for training new apprentices.
— Brent Chase - Trade Development Manager

  • More than 70 million metres of fascia and gutter installed – that’s 2,000 times around the entire coastline of Australia
  • More than 65 million square metres of metal roofing installed, enough to cover over 9,000 football fields
  • Stoddarts has stood the test of time. We’ve been around for the last 6 decades and we’ll be here for many more to come
  • We use quality products, including Australian-made steel from Lysaght

COLORBOND® Matt - The Subtle Art of Standing Out

Stoddart Group is pleased to offer roofing, fascia and gutter in the full range of matt colours. 

Colorbond Matt Sample Colors

Celebrating the emerging home design trend of understated natural aesthetics, BlueScope has created a new range of COLORBOND® steel in an elegant matt finish.Appealing to design-conscious consumers, architects and builders alike, new COLORBOND® steel Matt is a durable and contemporary finish for creative home and building designs that dramatically diffuses light for a subtle yet compelling effect.

We spoke to our National Sales Manager, Aaron Morris, about the Matt collection. 

Any time we can offer more choice to our customers we are happy. With the addition of the full matt range we now offer roofing and rainwater products in over 30 colours and in four roofing profiles and five gutter profiles - that gives our customers and their purchasers 600 design possibilities.

We've been installing COLORBOND® roofs for 40 years and it's exciting to see a new product that is so in keeping with current design trends. Since the launch of COLORBOND®'s Matt range I've been noticing matt products everywhere; from watches to our Managing Director's car

We're already getting a lot of interest from our customers on the product and we've had our first orders start to roll in. 


 Image supplied by BlueScope

Image supplied by BlueScope

The COLORBOND® steel Matt colour images shown have been reproduced to represent actual product colours and finish as accurately as possible. However, we recommend checking your chosen colour against an actual sample of the product before purchasing, as varying light conditions and limitations of the printing process and screen resolutions may affect colour tones and finish. To determine the most suitable material for your project, please contact your supplier or see COLORBOND.COM/MATT.