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Reroof vs roof restoration for your Melbourne home

Money doesn’t grow on trees and it doesn’t grow on roofs, either. In fact, some roofs around Melbourne are better at making money disappear!

Which is a pretty good lead in to an article about whether you should completely reroof or restore your roof. Neither project is cheap and you may rather put it off, but there will come a time in every roof’s life where this decision needs to be made. So, let’s look at the pros and cons of reroofing versus restoring your Melbourne roof.


Time for a reroof? You could be eligible for 25K

*This grant is no longer available.

Are you eligible for a $25,000 grant to spend on having your roof replaced at your home?

It has been revealed that the national government will be offering a $25,000 HomeBuilder grant for new home builds and renovations.

There is an eligibility criteria for the HomeBuilder scheme, you must:

  • Be a natural person ( i.e not a company or trust)
  • Be an Australian citizen, aged 18 years or older
  • You are on an income less than $200,000 for couples and $125,00 for individuals
  • Spending between $150,000 – $750,000 on a renovation that is for a home that has been valued at less than $1.5million (pre-renovation)
  • Be building a new home worth less than $750,000 (including land value).

Importantly, the tax-free grant will apply to all home wonders, not just first home buyers.

All types of dwelling will be eligible under the HomeBuilder scheme. However, the grant cannot be used on any additions to the property that is separate from the home, such as a pool, tennis court, outdoor spa and saunas, sheds, or garages.

The grant will commence on the 4th of June 2020 and run until 31 December 2020. The HomeBuilder scheme will aim to complement the first Home Owners Grant programs, stamp duty concession, and other similar grant schemes. 

A reroof will save you money in the long run.

So, why spend this grant on a reroof? It most cases if you have ever had a leaking roof you will understand the pain and costs involved. It is more cost-effective to get your entire roof replaced then constantly repaired. This is mainly due to stubborn leaks returning. A reroof can also Improve the performance of your roof by adding insulation and proper ventilation to your roof space. You will also remove any old issues you may have had in the past.

To quickly recap the Federal Government will give eligible Australians $25,000 to build or sustainability renovate their homes.

At Oates Roofing, we offer quotes and a high-quality service guarantee on all of our roofing work. If you’re looking for peace of mind, we are the best option, with over 40 years of experience as roofing contractors in Melbourne.

Building a new home or renovating your home and need information about the benefits of a reroof? Contact us on 0435 695 466 for a quote!

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Scaling the heights of a Glen Iris reroof

What happens when you have a tired old roof with more issues than the Women’s Weekly? In the case of the home in Glen Iris pictured on this page, the best option was to completely reroof with new tiles and the result, we’re sure you’ll agree, is spectacular.

The decision to reroof a home is certainly not one to take lightly. It’s a major investment, however, in some cases it is more cost effective to rip off the old roof and completely reroof than trying to undertake repairs. 

The Glen Iris reroof is a classic example. As mentioned, the home’s roof had a list of issues longer than our arms. There were damaged tiles, the ridge capping was loose, the mortar cracked and in some cases non-existent, the moss build up was about as bad as it gets and that was just for starters.

A reroof of the Glen Iris home was not only the best option, but also essentially the only real choice. Yes, it was a big job, but the end result is a roof without any of the problems of the previous roof, one that improves the insulation and ventilation of the roof space, and a roof that looks about 1000 times better than the old one.

Does your Glen Iris home need a reroof? Or can your roof be repaired?

To reroof or repair is often the million dollar question and a question with no simple answer. But here’s some food for thought. The cost of repairing and re-colouring an existing roof can sometimes be as costly as undertaking a full reroof. 

Often the best thing to do is to get quotes to do both – to repair the existing roof and to reroof – and you can then decide what’s best for you.

Glen Iris reroof matches up

Once you’ve decided on a reroof for your home, one of the next questions is what do you want your new roof to look like? 

In the case of the Glen Iris reroof, the homeowners decided they wanted their new roof to look much the same as their old roof would have looked when it was first done. Choosing Oates Roofing Maintenance meant the homeowners were in luck, as we can effectively source any colour or style of tile to match an existing roof. Even older-style tiles, like the ones on the Glen Iris home, are generally no issue.

However, there’s no reason why you can’t go for a different style or colour if you want. You can even reroof an old tile roof with metal sheeting if you’d like. There are pros and cons of both metal roofing and tiles and we can guide you on what may be best for your roof. At the end of the day, the choice often comes down to look and which you prefer.

Oates the reroofing experts

From Glen Iris to Greensborough, from St Kilda to Seaford, Oates Roofing Maintenance is the team to call to reroof your home.

One of the advantages of choosing Oates is that we do it all, so we won’t steer you to choose between a reroof over roof repairs or vice-a-versa. We’ll simply give you our recommendations and advice, and you make the decision that is right for you.
Phone Oates on 0435 695 466 or request a quote on our website.