THE ROOF OF YOUR PROPERTY IS LIKE the hair on the back of your head: you don’t look at it very often and you tend to assume it’s doing its job, looking good and keeping you warm. Any news to the contrary often comes as a nasty surprise. But luckily, you can easily repair or replace any bald patches on your roof, and with the right maintenance, it will last a lifetime. Most types of roofing should be cleaned every three years, whether, with a light chemical treatment or a low-pressure water-blasting, Metal and concrete tile roofs will need recoating around every 12 years.

 

MAINTAINING YOUR ROOF

If you ignore your roof and you’ll start to see problems arise between years 10 and 15. If you then restore your roof it might cost you around $7,000, but continue to ignore it and the cost of reroofing will be at least $30,000. The main problem areas for various roof types, are: • Disintegrating concrete tiles – left unsealed these will break down to something like sand. They need to be cleaned, sealed and coated. • Metal roof tiles – the top coat will erode over time due to moss and lichen, which can eventually lead to rusted tiles with holes. • Pointing – the weathertight seal where your roof ridge is bonded to the rest of the roof. If that breaks away it can lead to leaks; this can be hard to spot. Guttering is another leading cause of preventable roofing problems. Overflowing gutters, especially in a valley-style roof, or combined with an undersized drain pipe, can quickly lead to leaks. Gutters can sag, crack and degrade, but are relatively cheap to repair. When it rains, look for water running directly down from the gutters; full gutters and downpipes can block your drains, allow water into your walls and rot your boards.

• Disintegrating concrete tiles – left unsealed these will break down to something like sand. They need to be cleaned, sealed and coated.

• Metal roof tiles – the top coat will erode over time due to moss and lichen, which can eventually lead to rusted tiles with holes. • Pointing – the weathertight seal where your roof ridge is bonded to the rest of the roof. If that breaks away it can lead to leaks; this can be hard to spot. Guttering is another leading cause of preventable roofing problems. Overflowing gutters, especially in a valley-style roof, or combined with an undersized drain pipe, can quickly lead to leaks. Gutters can sag, crack and degrade, but are relatively cheap to repair. When it rains, look for water running directly down from the gutters; full gutters and downpipes can block your drains, allow water into your walls and rot your boards.

• Pointing – the weathertight seal where your roof ridge is bonded to the rest of the roof. If that breaks away it can lead to leaks; this can be hard to spot. Guttering is another leading cause of preventable roofing problems. Overflowing gutters, especially in a valley-style roof, or combined with an undersized drain pipe, can quickly lead to leaks. Gutters can sag, crack and degrade, but are relatively cheap to repair. When it rains, look for water running directly down from the gutters; full gutters and downpipes can block your drains, allow water into your walls and rot your boards.

Overflowing gutters, especially in a valley-style roof, or combined with an undersized drain pipe, can quickly lead to leaks. Gutters can sag, crack and degrade, but are relatively cheap to repair. When it rains, look for water running directly down from the gutters; full gutters and downpipes can block your drains, allow water into your walls and rot your boards.

 

If you want to know if need assistance in your roof restoration or know how much will your property sell for in the current market, contact us for a complimentary assessment.