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5 Reasons Why Roof Restoration is Worth It
The roof is one of the most underrated workhorses of any house. It protects you, your home, and your family from all kinds of harsh weather elements 24/7, with no complaints.
If not maintained properly, roofs can get damaged and weathered to the point where the only solution is a complete roof restoration. However, roof restoration services can be a little pricey, depending on the damages, and a bit of a hassle especially if you have to stay at home while the roof restoration is ongoing.
This often begs the question: is roof restoration worth it?
If you’re thinking of giving your roof some TLC (finally), but still having second thoughts on whether some roof restoration work is worth every penny, this piece is for you. Below are some of the reasons why restoring your roof is always a good deal.
While it’s only natural to ask yourself the question “is roof restoration worth it?”, we can confidently say that roof restoration is something that homeowners like you should always take into consideration.
Having done the process many times, and seeing the results from our past clients, we believe that it’s really beneficial for you in the long run. Here are only some of the reasons why:
1. It gives you peace of mind during extreme weather events
One of the biggest nagging issues after a stormy season is water damage. Heavy storms and winds can crack your roof open or even remove pieces of your roof tiles, leaving an opening on your roof for rainwater to seep in.
If ignored, this will eventually lead to the accumulation of water on the roof. Water can then easily leak from the roof into your ceiling, cause great havoc and become a safety issue eventually.
But if you do a full roof restoration, you don’t have to worry about any of these things during storms. All you have to do is to maintain your roof regularly to make sure it’s in optimal condition to protect you from all kinds of weather elements.
Make sure to do a roof restoration before it causes damage to the other parts of your property and the people living in it. Do this especially if you haven’t given your roof some TLC for a long time.
2. Pests are the least of your worries
Another nagging issue that you may encounter on your roof is pest infestation. A dirty and damaged roof is a very conducive place for birds and other pests to live and breed.
Intruding pests like rats, termites, and roaches can build their home in the tiniest of cracks and holes, then migrate to other roof parts like the gutters, and eventually into your home.
Aside from just freeloading on your roof, they can also multiply and cause great destruction to the point that you may need a full roof replacement. Not to mention, you may also have to spend a great deal of money on exterminating them from your property.
The best way to deal with this situation is to call a professional roof restoration company for repairing even minor cracks and damages.
3. It prolongs the lifespan of your roof
Most roofs can last up to 20 years. However, that still depends on several factors like the durability of the material, frequency of weather events in your area, and more importantly, roof maintenance.
If you regularly hire a roof restoration company like us to restore your roof, you can extend the lifespan of your roof for more than its average life. Which is a lot better and cheaper than roof replacement.
4. Ensures your home is covered by insurance
Home insurance claims are not always guaranteed to be in your favour. Insurance companies can still reject your roof damage claims especially if they were able to prove that you rarely maintained your roof.
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your roof is always in tip-top shape so that when it gets inevitably damaged by natural events, you can successfully file a claim.
5. It increases the value of your home
If you are planning to sell your house, a beat-up and weathered roof won’t help you. Not only will it drive down the price of your house, but you also might not be able to sell it at all, since it doesn’t look appealing to potential buyers.
So if you want to sell your house quickly at a much higher price, a roof restoration is the way to go. It will not only increase the life of your roof and improve its aesthetics but will also increase the value of your home.
So if you’re the kind of homeowner who asks “is roof restoration worth it?”, the answer is big fat YES. Living in your home with peace of mind and knowing that it has a higher value after restoration is definitely worth every penny.
If you’re convinced that roof restoration is all worth it, we’ll now talk about the roof restoration process so you’ll have an idea of what type of roofing work is normally included in the service.
Roof restorations always start with an inspection. During this stage, we survey your roof first and see what needs repairing or replacement.
If you have concrete tiles, we normally look for cracked or broken tiles. If you have metal roofs, we look for rusting, bending, and massive dent on the metal sheets. We also check your gutters and see if they need repairs or replacement as well.
Once we’re done inspecting your roof, we’ll tell you what needs fixing, the estimated roof restoration cost, and the timetable for the roof restorations.
Some roof tiles can contain asbestos. Asbestos was a commonly used material in building materials, including roofing tiles, until the 1990s when its use was phased out due to health concerns.
Asbestos was used in roofing tiles for its fire-resistant and durable properties. However, when asbestos-containing roofing tiles begin to deteriorate, they can release microscopic asbestos fibres into the air, which can be hazardous to health if inhaled.
If you suspect that your roof tiles may contain asbestos, it is important to have them tested by a professional. You should also take care not to disturb or damage the tiles, as this can release asbestos fibers into the air. If you need to replace or repair your roof, you should hire a licensed asbestos removal contractor who can safely remove and dispose of the tiles in accordance with local regulations.
If you’re all good with the quote we gave you, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work. All cracked tiles and rusting metal sheets are either repaired or replaced. If there are loose or missing screws, those will be addressed as well.
Roof repairs serve as the prep work for the succeeding steps in the restoration process.
Rebedding and pointing of ridge capping
If you have older tiled roofs, there’s a good chance that it might need rebedding and repointing of the ridge capping.
Ridge capping is the triangular-shaped roof tiles that cover the intersections of the roof, preventing rainwater to seep in. An ancient tiled roof normally has broken tiles in the ridge capping that must be chipped away to give way for the new bedding frame, tiles, and pointing compound.
To give your roof a breath of fresh air, we’ll give it a nice and thorough cleaning to get rid of the grime, dirt, and mould build-up. This is also a great chance to get rid of birds’ nests, plants that grew on the roof, and the colonies that pests like ants, termites, and roaches built.
Repainting is optional. Often, pressure washing your roof is enough to bring back its original colour.
However, if you really have an old roof, chances are its original paint has already faded. That’s why sometimes, we recommend repainting your roof. This will not only give it a new look but also provide new protective coatings to prolong the lifespan of the paint and the roof itself.
How do you know that your house needs roof restoration?
It’s easy to tell whether your roof needs some TLC or not.
If you’ve been noticing roof leaks on your ceiling, there’s likely something wrong with your roof. Another eye test that you can do is to check whether you have broken tiles or dented metal sheets, sagging, or mould build-up.
Sometimes, minor repairs can solve your problems with leaks and other water damage. But if the issues are recurring even after some repairs, restoring your roof altogether might be a smarter move for you.
How long does a roof restoration take?
The timetable of roof restoration may vary depending on the size of the house, the type of the roof, and the kind of damage that the roof sustained. But in an average-sized Australian house, roof restoration may take 3-5 days, give or take.
Should you stay home during the roof restoration work?
Roof restorations won’t get in the way of your day-to-day. But it can be a bit of a hassle because of the noise and mess that is produced during the process. But in general, it’s okay to stay at your home.
Some homeowners, however, prefer to leave their houses and go on a holiday for a few days while the roofing contractors work their magic on the entire roof.
If a portion of your roof needs to be replaced, roofing contractors like us may recommend that you vacate your home for a certain period. Partial or complete roof replacement can disrupt your day-to-day life, especially if you’re working from home.
Contact Roofline for a Roof Restoration
If you’re looking for a roof restoration service in Sydney that’s worth every penny, call Roofline. Our team of roofing experts provides affordable yet quality service throughout the city so you can live with a long-lasting and beautiful roof over your head.
Meet Aaron – he is the owner, operator and all-round roofing specialist at Roofline. Having been working on the roofs of Sydney homes and buildings for more than 30 years, he knows a thing or two about how to take care of a roof and he’s here to share his knowledge.
Want more information? Get in touch with Aaron here