4 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced

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When was the last time you took a close look at your roof?

The fact that your ceiling doesn’t leak on rainy days doesn’t mean your roof is safe, or that it’s effective. Without constant maintenance, old roofing can easily become a safety hazard – no matter how many layers of paint or silicone you put on it, you’re still living under a potential breeding ground of mold, mildew or even termites!

A top-to-bottom roof restoration comes with a sizable price tag. However, any reliable expert will suggest some reasonable payment options. The best Australian roofing companies even offer interest-free financing.

Plus, chances are that you’ve been majorly overpaying for heating and air conditioning over the past few years. Your utility bill savings may actually be greater than your monthly roof restoration payments.

 

So, are you taking a close look at your roof yet?

Before jumping to drastic conclusions, you should get in touch with an expert to discuss all of your options. But first, here are some tell-tale signs you can identify on your own:

1. Thriller Attic

The inside of your attic shouldn’t look like a scene from a bad scary movie. Your roof needs an overhaul if you see:

  • Sagging, deformed roof-deck parts;
  • Black, brown or green circles and/or trails;
  • Wet/leaking areas;

2. Granule Migration

Those tiny round granules happen to be an essential part in the weatherproofing of any shingle-based roofing structure. Without them, heat would freely flow into and out of your home, making temperature regulation nearly impossible.

You may not be able to gauge whether there’s a sufficient amount of granules on your rooftop, so get on a ladder and take a look inside of your horizontal gutters. Since granules are denser than most debris, the ones that fall off their shingles end up inside those drainage pipes.

*Skip this step if you don’t have a ladder handy. Only trained professionals should walk on top of a roof, especially one that should probably be replaced.

3. Shingle Mayhem

Below are six things that should never be wrong with a roof shingle. (If less than 20% of yours fit the description, minor repairs and roof painting may be sufficient.)

  1. Buckled or ‘melted’ rows
  2. Missing/broken shingles
  3. Lack of granules
  4. Curling at the edges
  5. Bald (discolored) patches
  6. Loose and, as such, fully visible

4. It’s Just Your Roof’s Time

True craftsmanship is hard to find these days but, when it comes to construction materials, we’re glad that “they don’t build ‘em like they used to.” If your roof was installed 20 or more years ago, you shouldn’t wait for it to start leaking. Instead, replace your shingles with modern ones or switch to a metal or plastic covers. Metal isn’t as visually attractive but it’s less expensive and more durable. Instead of annually replacing shingles, you’ll just need some routine roof painting done every 2-3 years.

 

 

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Roof Cleaning and Moss Removal

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Roofs play the crucial role of protecting your property, as well as everything underneath it. They are also one of the most expensive sections of a house, and a well-built and high quality roofing can cost quite an investment. This is why you’ll want to make sure that you take care of it in order to avoid costly and unnecessary repairs any time soon, which you can do with regular roof cleaning.

 

Roof Cleaning and Moss Growth

One of the most common culprit that makes roofs look dirty and unsightly is moss growth. Aside from disrupting your roofs clean and stately appeal, they can also wreak havoc to the structural integrity of your roofs. Although there may be different reasons and ideas as to how moss can damage a roof, one thing is for certain – they’re not good for your roof. Here are some of the most commonly accepted reasons from roof cleaning experts as to why you should get rid of moss on your roof, especially if you have asphalt or shingle roofs.

For one, moss growth can cause shingles to rise. As the moss accumulates and thrives, they turn into large lumps or organic material and thicken. When they do, they cause shingles to rise, even in small degrees, causing an opening in between. These little openings are more than enough to allow rainwater to enter the roofing structure and cause water damage to the beams or other wooden structures. Aside from this, there is also a chance that the raised shingles can be blown away by strong winds. In the case that this happens, you’re going to need to help of roof repair and roof restoration experts to get your roof back in shape.

Secondly, the roots of the moss can damage the shingles themselves. Moss have these tiny roots which they use to find nutrients, and many of these nutrients can be found on shingle roofing. As these roots try to find sources of food, they will work their way into the small pores of the shingles, which then damages the shingles causing them to weaken and eventually break.

Third, moss is very absorbent and can hold significant amounts of water. This can leave your roof water-logged and cause water damage to both the exterior and interior of your roofing structure.

Lastly, moss buildup provide homes for pests and insects that can cause more damage to your roof. Moss often provides food for these organisms, allowing them not only live but also to grow and thrive on your roof.

 

Get Rid of Moss with Roof Cleaning Services Today

Don’t let moss growth ruin your house’s pleasant look and damage your roofing structure. Get rid of them today with the help of a roof cleaning expert by contacting us at 1800 61 00 11 or by leaving a message in our contact page.

 

 

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Benefits of Copper Roof Guttering

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Property owners are presented with a variety of materials to choose from when it comes to their roof guttering. In general, they would often go for the most common materials available like vinyl or aluminum. However, for homeowners with properties of significant historical value (like heritage houses for instance) or high-end properties in exclusive subdivisions, vinyl and aluminum is not always the best choice – that is, there are better options available, like copper for instance.

Copper is often considered as the premier choice for roof guttering, and for good reasons, too.

 

Copper Roof Guttering Is Long-lasting

Copper is known as one of the most resilient types of roof guttering materials. In fact, there are researches that shows that copper has been used as a roofing and guttering material in as early as 27 B.C. – the roof of the Pantheon for instance, was covered in copper. It is extremely durable and can withstand constant exposure to weather elements with minimal signs damage. In general, vinyl gutters will most likely need to be replaced anywhere between 10-20 years after installation, whereas copper gutters have a service lifespan of at least 100 years. Consider the savings you’ll make when you don’t need to replace your gutters every so often.

 

Copper Roof Guttering Requires Low Maintenance

Because of copper’s natural properties and the treatment it undergoes, copper roof guttering can keep the growth of moss and algae to a minimum. These growths are known to cause blockages in the roof guttering, and since their growth is inhibited with copper roof guttering, there is little need for maintenance compared to other types of roof guttering materials. This, together with proper installation and the use of quality materials reduces the need for constant maintenance, which is why copper is also a favourite material for cladding, lashings and downpipes.

 

Copper Roof Guttering Enhances a Property’s Value

Copper roof guttering looks beautiful even as it ages. It develops this wonderful patina that creates a lovely weathered look, although property owners can have them buffed up again to make them look shiny and new. Because of its wonderful colour, copper roof guttering can provide properties with a stately and elegant appeal, thereby boosting its curb appeal and market value (should you decide to put the house on market).

 

Copper Roof Guttering Needs Roof Repairs, Too

Despite all the benefits of copper roof guttering, they are still prone to damages from extreme weather conditions (i.e. typhoons with strong winds) or even human induced accidents (i.e. accidentally stepping on them while cleaning the roof). In such cases, you will need the services of a roof repairs or roof restorations company. In the event that you find yourself in need of such services, please feel free to get in touch with us at 1800 61 00 11 or leave a message in our contact page.

 

 

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