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Your roof is your first line of defence against harsh weather elements. With Australia’s unpredictable weather – extreme heat and strong winds – it is your roof that takes the beating. Most home owners take pride in maintaining their house, but often forget about their roof – until problems occur. It is very important to check your roof regularly for cracks or leaks and take steps for preventive maintenance.
Why roof restoration?
If you roof is very old and has shown signs of wear and tear including small cracks, or has started to leak, it is better to invest in professional roof restoration. Reasons to do restoration are both functional and aesthetic.
Restoring completely changes the appearance of your house and has been shown to increase its property value.
Roof space insulation and proper ventilation can reduce your energy bills. Choosing a lighter roof colour may also help in cooling down the house due to heat reflection.
If some of your tiles are broken or cracked, you can get it replaced with matching tiles. But if the roof is old, this is an ideal time to go for a full roof restoration.
Even the slightest roof leak should be treated seriously as it can damage your living space and create growth of mould.
Using aluminium foil sarking provides weather protection, thermal insulation and acts as a barrier to dust and fire. Installing sarking can be done only when you are restoring or putting in a new roof.
Repainting or restoring?
If you have a relatively new roof which is not damaged in any way, repainting the roof is sufficient. But for older roofs, restoration is advised. In fact, repainting an older roof can result in further damage, due to the weight of the people walking on your roof. By using long-lasting roofing materials like terracotta tiles, you are getting a solid new roof which will stand up to harsh weather elements.
Full reroofing with new materials might not be necessary for small damage. Instead, you can call in professional contractors to inspect your roof, replace any damaged tiles and then clean the roof. This is followed by pointing the ridge caps, hips and gables, resurfacing the tiles and finally repainting the roof in your chosen colour.
For full reroofing, first the old tiles are removed and battens inspected for soundness. First, sarking is done if needed and the battens may also be replaced for increased durability. Then new tiles and ridge caps are laid, pointing and finishing is done and the new roof is ready. The whole process should take no more than 3 to 4 days. Concrete tiles may fade and need to be repainted after several years, but terracotta tiles do not usually need repainting.
A Sound Choice
Restoring your roof when it is old, before it shows visible signs of damage, is an economically sound choice. If you wait further, you might have to do a complete reroofing and might also suffer further loss due to internal damage. Restoring your roof in time saves you money and also extends the life of your roof.