With all the rain that Melbourne has experienced in the past few weeks, many homeowners have discovered their roof isn’t quite up to shape. With a bit of luck, if you have had an issue it’s a simple one to fix. For example, it might just be a cracked tile or rusted metal sheet that needs replacing.
But what if your roof is looking a lot the worse for wear? Will a roof restoration do the job or is it time to bite the bullet and do a roof replacement on your Melbourne home?
While your roof protects you and your home 365 days of the year, the time when we really notice it the most is when it rains and we’ve had a fair bit of that in the past few weeks.
At some stage, every roof in Melbourne will benefit from a roof restoration. What’s the difference between roof repairs and roof restoration? Roof repairs generally take care of small issues, such as a broken tile, tile cement that needs fixing or a leaking gutter that needs replacing. Roof restoration, on the other hand, is a more involved process.
During a roof restoration, minor issues such as broken tiles, tile cement issues, problems with gutters and downpipes, and rusted metal sheets will be fixed. At the same time, every aspect of your roof will be examined to detect issues that may not have been noticed yet.
Plus, a roof restoration will involve giving your roof a thorough clean. This will entail removing moss, algae and any other build-up of debris. In the case of some materials, it may even involve resealing your roof. All this will prolong the life of your roof and help prevent issues down the track.
Essentially, a roof restoration will restore your roof to its former glory. It will look great and will ensure your roof works to protect your Melbourne home for the next several years and beyond.
Roof replacement may seem like a drastic and expensive exercise, and perhaps a last resort. However, while a roof restoration is usually cheaper than a roof replacement, there are some cases when the cost of replacing a roof can be less than restoring an old roof. Plus, you also need to weigh up cost versus the expected life span you’ll achieve by restoring your roof.
Roof replacement does have other advantages, as well. Obviously, you’ll have the added benefit of having a completely new roof. All your roof issues will be fixed, your home will look great and your roof will protect your home for many years to come.
Roof replacement also provides you with an option of replacing a tile roof with a metal roof, if you prefer. It’s worth noting that the opposite doesn’t apply, because tiled roofs require more framework to support the weight of the roof.
Which is better? Roof restoration v roof replacement for my Melbourne home?
The answer to this question is, it depends.
Most roofs can be restored without the need for a roof replacement. However, if your roof is structurally unsound, has a significant number of issues or issues are severe, a roof replacement can be a better option. If your roof has previously been restored or is very old (perhaps over 50 years old) it may be better to have it replaced rather than carrying out a restoration.
The best thing to do if you are weighing up roof restoration v roof replacement on your Melbourne home is to get in touch with a professional roofing contractor. Only they will have the knowledge and expertise to be able to examine your roof and help you determine whether it’s best to restore or replace.
For professional roofing contractors, look no further than Oates Roofing Maintenance. We conduct all manner of roof repairs, restoration and replacement, and can guide you on which is the best option in your circumstances. We can also provide a quote on both options to help you make a decision. We won’t steer you towards one option or the other. We’ll simply provide all the information so you can make an informed choice.
To organise a discussing with one of Oates Roofing Maintenance professionals, call us on 0435 695 466 or submit a quote form on our website. We’ll then organise a day and time with you to take a look at your roof.
Note: While restrictions are set to ease soon, thankfully, it’s important to note that most roofing work is classified as emergency work under Stage 4 restrictions and can be completed. So, don’t wait. Take action now to get your roofing issues resolved.