Everybody in Melbourne wants to have a safe roof over their head. This is because apart from the roof protecting people from the harsh weather, it also ensures that the property is safe as well as in good condition.
This is the reason that your Aussie roof should be properly maintained and the best way to maintain your roof is to hire a roofing restoration company.
To identify if your roofing needs to be restored, the following are some of the things to look out for from inside the house:
> Any signs of leaking or water damage
> When there are areas where your deck is sagging
> If the outside light is penetrating the roof
> Signs of dark trails as well as spots
> When the ceiling is sagging
> The presence of rusted nails that are poking out of the sheath
> When the wood is wet or darkened
On the exterior of the roof, you also need to check for signs of damage and these will depend on the type of material that is making up the roofing. The following are the types of materials and their problems:
> Shingle roofs usually have a problem with losing granules. This is a problem which usually starts immediately when the roof is installed. But as the roof ages, the problem becomes worse. To prevent this type of problem, the roof can be covered with UV protection. To identify if your roof is experiencing granule loss, you need to check the gutters and see the amount of granule that is coming down.
> Cedar roofs do not have granule loss because they have a lot of fiber. However they are easily damaged by excessive as well as unskilled power washing and UV rays. These roofs are also affected by burn. When the roof has a burn, the shakes will develop a concave shape and have a deep dip in the middle. This dip sometimes develops into a hole and when this happens it is important to have the affected shakes replaced.
Other exterior issues with the roof – especially in Melbourne’s climate with the severe changes in weather are :
> Asbestos issues – if you have asbestos in your roof you should contact a company that is experienced in asbestos removal see http://easternmelbourneroofing.com.au for more.
> Shingles And Shakes which are missing
> Buckling which is a sign of moisture under the roof
> Fasteners that are exposed
> Vents that are damaged
Roof restoration has the following steps:
1. Roof inspection which should determine the repairs and materials needed.
2. The roof color should be selected
3. The roof restoration expert has to take necessary precautions to ensure that gutters, downpipes as well as walls are protected from the debris that are generated by the repair and cleaning work.
4. Depending on the roof inspection, any damaged or broken tiles should be replaced.
5.Any moss, grime and lichen on the roof should be removed using high pressure blasting.
6. Gables, ridge caps and hips should be repointed before they are painted.
7. The final step involves sealing, sterilizing and coating the roof.
Restoration of the roof has the following benefits:
> There is prevention and repair of leaks that are caused by the deterioration of the roof. There will be no more dangerous asbestos present in the roof (it can cause mesothelioma – so if you have asbestos in your roof get rid of it ASAP)
> Damage by water can also be detrimental causing massive damage which includes the growth of mildew and mold. Restoring the roof will prevent further problems as well as eliminate the high costs that are involved in repairing.
> A neglected roof can cause high energy bills
> When the roof is regularly restored, this improves the quality of water run-off and this is advantageous for people with water tanks who make use of run-off. This is because when the tiles are replaced or restored the run-off will be much cleaner.
Finally when a roof is restored, this can improve the aesthetic appearance of the home and make huge differences to the overall appearance of the home.
This archival footage video shows how asbestos was originally made and installed into roofing: