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My Roof is Old, Leaky and Needs to be Fixed – What are My Options?

9th June, 2016

If your roof is beginning to crack, peel or leak it is best to take action immediately. All too often we don’t notice any issues until they have started taking affect on the structural integrity of our homes. A leaking roof can quickly damage the structure of your house so it’s best to be proactive. Roof repair and sometimes replacement may be necessary. Depending on your financial situation, the latter is of course the best option, as a new roof will withhold storms for years to come and keep your home safe from rain damage.

Repairing your Old Roof

Just because your roof is old and leaky, doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced as you may have the option of roof repair. Having an inspection can help uncover any concerns, often finding cracks or other evident problems with your roof which can be fixed.

Metal Roof Repair

Even the best roofs can experience problems over the years. Metal is one of the most durable materials in roofing but it can still eventually rust, which in turn can cause leaks and structural problems. You can also experience drainage problems due to build-up in your gutters. Keeping your gutters clean and having regular inspections can help alleviate the strain on your roof and gutters and detect any potential problems before they become much worse. Also keeping your eye on your indoor ceiling and walls, looking for moisture, mould or water stains, can help identify problems early. Metal roofs are long-lasting but an old roof can have problems requiring:

  • Fixing roof leaks
  • Securing loose and damaged metal roofing sheets
  • Valley and ridge repair
  • Resealing of skylights and roofing ventilation
  • Roof plumbing repairs
  • Gutter and downpipe repairs
  • Cleaning and general maintenance

There are two mains modes of metal roof repair. The first is re-sealing, which is a modern and increasingly common way of maintaining a metal roof. The size, age and other characteristics will determine whether this is necessary as opposed to just patching up the problem. Re-sealing usually ensures mould or fungus don’t start to grow on your roof, however if they are present they can be removed with bleach and chlorine – we don’t actually re-seal roofs. The second option is repair. If the roof doesn’t require re-sealing and you want to opt with repairing it usually requires patching the site of the leak, which generally develops where the roof joins the guttering or at any seams. If there are a number of leaks it is often best to replace the entire sheet of metal using the same metal as the original roofing, then fastening with screws to seal to prevent further leaking.

Decramastic Roof Repairs

Decramastic roofing was a pressed metal tile roofing material introduced in the 70’s. It turned out to be quite costly and problematic due to a number of factors. The biggest issue was the sealing proofing agent sprayed onto the roof which couldn’t bear the wear and tear caused by foot traffic or Queensland’s fierce storms. This roofing material and its protective coating created a whole range of problems for the home owner from general leaks to complete disintegration of roofing as well gutter and drainage problems, making decramastic roof repairs extremely costly. The best solution in the long-run is to have your decramastic roof replaced with a metal roof. This will be much more cost-effective in the long term. We can actually replace their roof with a similar product to decramastic but a far better quality as well.

Replacing Your Roof

If your roof requires complete replacement or you simply want to update your roof to a more modern, long-lasting material to prevent any future potential problems, a metal roof is generally one of the most robust and durable materials, also having environmentally friendly bonuses – metal roofing allows minimal heat to enter the building’s structure so your home will require less cooling. If you decide on a new metal roof you have two options, one being installing a complete new roof which involves taking your original roof off and replacing it. Alternatively, you can re-cover your existing roof which involves installing the new membrane and surfacing. This option may not be available if you have already had your roof re-surfaced but you will be able to find this out with an inspection. A metal roof is lightweight so can be applied over your existing surface, even though it is very heavy-duty with the ability to withhold the force of our fierce storms and hot climates – We don’t recondition any existing roofing so we would only be able to replace their existing roof. A metal roof is lightweight so can be applied over your existing surface, even though it is very heavy-duty with the ability to withhold the force of our fierce storms and hot climates.

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