A quick guide when choosing between roof repair and roof restoration.
The roof may be the most overlooked part of a house. Whether buying a previously-owned home or maintaining the one you have, people don’t usually pay attention to it until a problem occurs. It may take a troublesome episode of leaks or perhaps the appearance of ceiling stains before people will take action.
Don’t put off roof work just because of the cost, and you may end up paying so much more in the long run! Consider having your roof fixed, otherwise, you might risk paying for a costly replacement. In this article, we discuss two ways you can deal with a problematic roofing: roof repair and roof restoration.
It is essential to understand your roof’s lifespan in relation to its make and your location’s climate to help you determine if your roof is already in need of restoration or replacement.
Queensland typically experiences harsh sun and occasional storms and heavy rains. Imagine how it be like for the roof which receives direct assault from this sort of weather. Roofs can be vulnerable to these elements and may deteriorate faster than normal. How does your roof perform in Queensland’s sub-tropical humid climate? Here are the most common roof materials used, their characteristics, and lifespan:
The most durable and economical material for roofing, concrete tiles can withstand extreme temperatures better than other kinds of roofing. It has the weather-resistant property of terracotta tiles but at a more affordable price. Concrete tiles can be dyed to give them a hint of colour and make it more aesthetically pleasing. Concrete tiles roof can last a maximum of 20 years.
True to its ‘cooked earth’ name, terracotta tiles are made from baked clay. This roofing material is prevalent in Australia, most notably in the suburbs. They come glazed (in their natural red-orange shade) or unglazed, are heavy-duty and relatively expensive. Terracotta tiled roofs are excellent in hot climates and can last up to 50 years.
This versatile roofing material has crossed-over from farms and barns to homes. It is known for its resilience, strength, and longevity, as it can last up to 50 years, depending on the material and maintenance. A metal roof can be also fashioned out of recycled soda cans and other aluminium materials, which is a part of its appeal for the green-conscious.
Decramastic roofs rose in popularity in Brisbane in the 70s and 80s and it was the roofing material of choice in many homes. It is made from sheets of galvanised steel pressed together and overlaid with bitumen to form a tile. It can last 30-50 years with proper maintenance.
When you discover that you have a problem with your roof that needs immediate attention, you have to decide whether to opt for the usual repair, or go for restoration? It can be confusing for some, but it is really quite simple if you know how to look at the problem.
If your roof has specific problems like holes or loose and damaged tiles that need patching or re-clipping, you may go for repair. Though these problems may seem small or simple, they can set you back as much as $40 to $90 per hour. Prices can go up depending on the scope of the repair job, roofing material, roof pitch, and other factors. Repair only targets a specific problem area.
There will be times when repair won’t cut it, and you will need a more effective approach. Perhaps your roof has seen better days and now needs a makeover. It has endured more than enough wear and tear over time with mould, corrosion, and damaged gutters to show for it. These are some signs of roof damage that warrant restoration.
Have you had your roof repaired for something that keeps recurring? Does your roof look old, untidy, and out of shape? Restoration will return your roof to its former glory without paying as much as for a replacement. Restoration might be a more cost-effective approach than repairing a problem that keeps coming back. It may also save you from having your roof replaced sooner.
Restoration will not only make your roof look fresh, shiny, and updated. It will also address a host of problems, including those that are not yet visible on the surface. Here are some ways you may benefit more with restoration:
When the damage has become too extensive for repair or restoration (that’s why you must not ignore roof problems!), replacement is the only choice. But earlier restoration will not cost you as much, and it will also leave your roof looking new.
A typical concrete roof lasts 20 years, depending on its exposure to elements of nature like rain, wind, UV rays, debris, and even small animals. By having your roof restored, you are adding 10 or more years to its life.
Because you are reusing parts of your roof, you help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Not only is restoration easier on your savings than roof replacement, but it is also friendly to the environment.
An old and neglected roof might already be a hazard without you realising it. The worst-case scenario would be roof collapsing due to damage, injuring those within the vicinity of the accident.
It’s especially advantageous if you plan to sell your home in the future. A beautiful and well cared for roof will attract more potential buyers than an old and worn-out one.
Your roof is your home’s first line of defence against the weather, and it’s only right to show it some TLC. A house is one of your major investments, so give your roof proper care and maintenance to ensure longevity, safety, and value of your home. If you notice signs of damage such as multiple leaks, water stain on the ceiling, loose or misaligned roof tiles, it’s time to take immediate action. Get a professional opinion to help you figure out if roof repair is all it will take, or if it’s time for restoration.
When it comes to roof services, trust only the experts in the trade. Fussy Roof Restorations has a team of highly-skilled professionals who will help bring your roof back to life. We provide roof services including repair, restoration, repainting, and more in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast areas. Contact us for enquiries and a free quotation.
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