Roofs are an under looked but extremely important part of ones home. It is our first defence against the elements and as a result can wear over time. Roofs have a long life span though and usually are only replaced when a roof failure is experienced but a new roof can be a smart investment in ones home if undertaken properly and compliments the rest of the structure. If your roof looks old and worn, there is generally no need for it to be replaced usually some sweat and hard work can restore it to beauty or better yet a little cash. But if you’re delaying replacing an old roof this can be a tricky situation. Whether to invest into a new one, or try to live it out is a hard toss up and not always easy to make if you are not financially well-off but professionals agree delaying it is not a solution. Often times it is better to undergo a replacement then to take the risk. This decision not only risks the health of your roof, but of other crucial structural parts of your home and in a worst case scenario the health of yourself or loved ones. Tragedies do happen and although unlucky it is always better to be safe than sorry. Here are some potential signs to look out for to ensure you are maintaining a safe and good looking roof:
Shingle tabs are cupped or shingle edges are curled (Shingles refer to roofs with an overlapping structure)
If neighbours are getting new roofs or if your own roof is starting to approach the 2 decade mark
Dark streaks, often airborne algae
Spots where granules are missing (Granules refers to an often mistaken decorative mineral coat on roof tiles, although yes it is decorative they often are crucial to the structure of the shingles and can compromise the integrity of your roof)
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Colorbond is made by taking Zincalume ( a Zinc and Aluminium alloy coating ) that delivers outstanding anti-corrosion performance and is lightweight, yet extremely strong. A conversion layer is applied to the surface to improved adhesion and then a polyester primer is baked on, followed by a top coat of specially developed, exterior grade paint which is again baked on. All ensuring maximum resistance to chipping, peeling or cracking. Colorbond Roofing is manufactured in Australia, so not only do you protect your home, you are supporting the Australian economy. There are 22 colours available.
We prepare your roof by stripping off the old roofing material and then fitting new Timber Battens to ensure a straight finish. A Heavy-duty Anti-condensation Blanket is then laid and the Colorbond roof sheeting goes over the top. The entire roof is then made watertight with custom-made Flashings, Roll Top Ridge Capping and Valley Gutters as needed. We can also install Skylights and Whirlybirds. The entire process can take 2 to 5 days depending on the size and complexity of your roof.
We will ensure that your roof is left weatherproof each night, as well as making sure the area is clean and any materials are put out of the way so that there are no unexpected surprises.
To ensure that you get the best service, we provide our most experienced technicians to inspect and quote on your roof. They are always happy to answer any questions that you may have and to explain the process.
It can be very difficult for you to know for sure if your roof is damaged in any way. Perhaps you have a leak and even then it could just be leaking into your roof space, how are you to really know? Unfortunately, it is a problem for a lot of houses and they are taking on water damage and other problems without them ever knowing. The best way you can know is to actually get up on your roof and check it out yourself, and this can be daunting. If you own a ladder you should get up and have a walk around, obviously be very careful or get someone who would be confident up on the roof to go up for you. While you are up there, there are a bunch of things you should be looking out for.
What to look for
On a tiled roof make sure you are only stepping on the bottom of each tile as you walk around. You will be looking for any cracks in your tiles or maybe even a whole sections of tile that are broken. If you take your time looking as you walk around the roof and find out just how many of your roof tiles are broken. For a shingled roof keep an eye out for shingles that are curled or buckling, also check to see if any shingles are losing granules which may mean the shingles are nearing the end of their life.
Remove any branches that could be dropping leaves into your gutters and blocking down pipes. Ask you local tree lopper for a quote to ensure your roof is free from any potential damage from falling branches.
Have a good look around the valleys on your roof (the area that lets the water run down the corners of the roof) look around them for any damage or debris, you also want to check down the sides of the valleys and make sure there is no way water can get through. The valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof, snow and rain flow through them so you definitely do not want them to be compromised in any way.
The chimney on your roof (if you have one) can be another problem area, that and any surface next to a wall. Make sure you have a good look around these areas, any flashing around the roof needs to be undamaged and secure. Make sure it is all looking OK. If you have access to your roof space that can be a good way of looking for any light that is showing through. One other thing that you can do while walking around your roof is just to make sure it all feels secure, any spongy feeling underfoot may indicate damage to the battens in your roof.
Overall I would not be worrying about your roof on a newer house, but most houses people are living in are at least 10 years old. Any house that is starting to get 10 years old or older will probably start to have problems with their roof. If your roof is at this stage it can definitely be a good idea to hire a professional to come in and have a look around. It’s cost effective to have your roof pressure cleaned and re painted rather than paying for a new roof installation.
Leaking roofs can cause damage to carpets and flooring so it’s important to get an experienced carpet cleaner to assess and damage and remove any water that remains in the carpet.