When you arrive home, do you find yourself looking up at your roof and not being happy with what you see? Perhaps it’s time to consider a revamp, but you’re not sure what path to take – restore your current roof or go for a total roof replacement?
If your current tiled roof is still in good condition, a restoration is a great option, however if it is in poor condition with significant damage, it’s time for a new one. Whether your roof needs some repair, or you simply want to update the aesthetics of your home’s exterior, here is a detailed guide on both processes, to help you make your decision.
An expert roofing team such as Roof Guard will be able to assess your roof, discuss the options available and provide savvy advice on what will work for you to meet your expectations.
Guide to Roof Restoration
Stage 1 – Roof Inspection
A qualified roofing professional will meet you at your property and make a thorough inspection of your roof, taking photos and noting down the necessary measurements and other details. They will consult with you and together you will decide on a course of action.
Stage 2 – Colour Selection
There is a wide range of colours available these days. The professionals are able to provide advice if you are having trouble deciding – or you may already have a particular colour in mind. Once decided, the paint is ordered.
Stage 3 – Care & Respect
Great care is taken to protect your property as well as those surrounding it that may be affected by roofing restorations. Your property will be left clean and tidy once the job is complete.
Stage 4 – Guard Rail Installation
Safety of roofing teams is extremely important with roofing work; therefore, safety guard rail is installed. While it may go up a couple of days prior to the restoration commencing, it will be removed as soon as possible once the job is complete.
Stage 5 – Broken Tiles Replaced
The first step of the actual restoration process is to remove and replace any broken tiles to prevent a leaky roof during the cleaning stage. It is easy to match your tiles with exact replacements.
Stage 6 – High-pressure Cleaning
Cleaning the roof is a critical part of a roof restoration as washing the roof allows the paint to bond to the tiles properly. Ordinary tap water is used in high-pressure cleaning machines to give a really thorough clean. Both your property and the neighbours’ will be carefully prepared before cleaning to make sure all outdoor belongings have been moved, rainwater tanks have been disconnected and checking that spouting and downpipes are not blocked and flowing well. Once washed, all affected properties will be given a final rinse.
Stage 7 – Roof Repair
Further repairs will be carried out after the cleaning, including the renewal of old valley irons, and repair of flashings, timberwork and skylights etc. A professional company will also discuss exactly what will be done with you, so you know what work is being completed.
Stage 8 – Bedding & Pointing
The majority of the time, the old mortar and cement between the tiles will be removed. Then the new bedding foundation will be laid and ridge cappings put in place. When that has dried, a flexible pointing compound will be applied to all ridge cappings and gable tiles.
Stage 9 – Final Washing
To ensure the paint will adhere properly, a final wash down is done so the roof surface is completely free of any foreign matter.
Stage 10 – Painting
Lastly, the chosen paint is applied, using a specially developed four-coat system for long lasting durability.
Guide to Roof Replacement
Often a roof is replaced with Colorbond steel roof sheets, so this is the process we have covered. However, new tiles are also an option if that is your preference.
Stage 1 – Safety
A qualified tradesperson will install either perimeter safety rails or scaffolding, depending on the home.
Stage 2 – Removal of Old Roof
The old tiles or roof sheets will be completely removed and disposed of via a skip bin which is delivered to your property. The removal of old battens and damaged timbers will also be carried out.
Stage 3 – New Battens Installed
New battens made of steel may be installed as they are lightweight yet super strong and are seen as a better option than timber. Also, they don’t warp or buckle over time like timber battens can.
Stage 4 – Underlay Installed
With new battens in place, underlay is put over them. The minimum used is sisalation paper, however there is also the option to use an insulation blanket that has an R factor of 13 and will increase the thermal efficiency of the home.
Stage 5 – Colorbond Installed
The roof is now ready for the roof sheets to be laid. The sheets are usually Colorbond. There are different profiles available, depending on the roof’s pitch. Colorbond roof sheets come in a range of thicknesses, and the roofing team can discuss those with you.
Stage 6 – Flashings, Ridge Cappings & Valleys
To seal each section of the roof, flashings are custom ordered to size to get the perfect fit. Everything will be checked to ensure there are no weak points for water leaks. Rubber dektites will be installed and sections sealed if necessary.
Stage 7 – Clean Up
A thorough cleanup of your property will be carried out once the roof has been completed. All remaining rubbish will be cleared from the site and finally any safety rails and scaffolding will be dismantled.
A new roof, whether a restoration or replacement, is a big decision and costly investment so you need to get it right. A qualified team member at Roof Guard can help you with any questions you have. Give them a call or send an email and know that the experts have your back.
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