A roof is the crown of a house. A beautiful, good looking roof happens to be a gem and makes your house to be quite appealing.
However, it is undeniable that roofs do deteriorate with time. It might be after decades, but eventually, they will. This is because of the harsh weather conditions, the age of the roof, wear and tear etc.
It might seem easier and cheaper to keep doing repairs, but these will be more common and expensive in the long run. Therefore, it is quite advisable to do a roof restoration every once in 2 or so decades.
“But ah! Where do you start? What should you consider?”
Australian Weather Conditions
The primary cause of roof spoilage is the tough Australian weather. A bit of moisture in the presence of oxygen causes rust. Hail storms will lead to increased damage to your roof. If you live by the ocean, then metallic roofs are not ideal for you. Wood would be better. Go for materials that are best suited for your locality’s weather conditions.
You should also put into consideration the conditions you want in your house. If you are in a region that is extremely hot, then your roofing material should have insulation properties.
Reason of roof spoilage
Before restoring your roof, you should first identify why your roof spoiled.
“Was it the weather conditions? “
“Then it has to be the material used. “
“Not that either? “
“Then what could be the cause?”
Identify the reason as to why the roof spoiled to avoid installing a roof that will be affected by the same factors.
Type of materials
I will repeat this until it sinks in. A beautiful roof is the crown of your home. As such, pay attention to the details. You are spoilt for choice for roofing materials. From wood to asphalt metal and slate. Your array of materials is quite broad. However, only settle for a material that is durable and of high quality.
Durability and high quality will save you the repetitive costs of repairs and restorations. Choose material that is leak proof and environmentally friendly. If it has a warranty, then the better.
Sounds weird right? Well, roof repairs are time-consuming noisy and will result in litter in and around your home. So, is your family ready for this disruption in their daily routine?
Therefore, have a discussion with them or better yet move them for a while until the repairs are done.
The best outcome from a roof restoration is impossible without choosing an experienced roofer. Okay, not impossible but quite difficult and the quality of the job done will be well below average. Using a contractor is the best option.
Before you settle on a contractor, ask for some referrals. Visit his previous worksites so that you can get a feel of his work. Go online and check out his reviews and rating from previous customers. These few actions will tell you the kind of guy you are dealing with.
After choosing your preferred contractor, then draw up a contract that is binding. This way both parties know what is expected of them.
A good contractor will result in a great design, quality installation and even the perks that come with his expertise.
I know, I stated that restorations are cheaper than repeated repairs. CHEAPER is the word; not CHEAP. Despite them being cheaper, they can actually charge you more. Therefore, during restoration go for materials and contractors that fit into your budget.
The cheapest may not always be the best. Yes, it might save you some money, but can result in a nightmare of a roof. Ensure you get only the best that fits into your budget.
So, you have finally decided on the material you are going to use, determined the reason behind your roof spoilage and even found a reliable contractor. Then it is time to figure out if the materials are available.
You do not want to move your family only to discover that the materials are not available now, do you?
Well, ensure their availability before making any commitments. By doing this, you have a bit of leeway to pivot to the use of another material. Roof restoration can be a tedious process if you do not know how to go about it. However, with the above checklist, then you are ready to go.