If you’re planning a renovation or to sell your home, restoring your roof will not only add value to your property but enhance its street appeal. If your roof needs some tender loving care, a roof restoration can be a better choice than a complete roof replacement and extend the life of your roof without the huge cost. In this article, we will cover the signs that you need to restore your roof soon, the different types of roof restoration and how much roof restoration costs.
What Is Roof Restoration?
Over time, every roof will start to show its age. Roof restoration is the process of cleaning, repairing and replacing the existing tiles on the roof with new roof tiles to make it look brand new.
What Are Signs You Need Roof Restoration?
#1 Roof Leaks
Your first indication that your roof needs restoration will likely be that your roof has frequent leaks. If the interior of your home has been compromised, you may discover dark spots of mould or rot growing on your ceiling, or trails of moisture on your ceiling. These suggest water damage from a roof leak.
#2 Life Expectancy
Generally, most roofs will last for 20 to 25 years, although this lifespan varies depending on the material used to construct your roof. If your roof has reached the end of its life, restoring your roof once will be less expensive than paying for frequent repairs.
#3 Roof Sagging
A sagging area in the roof is a sure sign of roof damage. If you notice that there is a visible dip in your roof, chances are you have a problem with your roof rafters.
#4 Deteriorating Roof Valleys
Damaged roof valleys require fixing as soon as possible. If you notice worn or loose material around the chimney, vents, pipes and other areas where the roof has been penetrated and sealed, this is a sign your roof needs attention as soon as possible.
Corrosion, also known as rust, is a strong indication that water is collecting around your roof’s fittings and fasteners. If you detect rust alongside flaking paint and rotting timber, it’s best to have your roof professionally inspected to evaluate the level of damage.
#6 Mould, Rot or Moisture
Unlike algae and moss — which, in their proper settings, are healthy, natural flora — mould is a more clear-cut problem with hazardous health effects and no aesthetic value. Mould is easy to spot due to its rancid smell and slimy, unattractive appearance, which is characterised by black, brown and dark-green blotches.
#7 Deteriorating Roof Shingles
If your roof’s shingles look curled or worn or you have shingle granules in your gutters, this is a definite sign your roof may need restoration.
#8 Damaged Gutters and Downpipes
If your roof’s gutters and downpipes show rust or corrosion,
#9 Cracked Or Worn Roof Flashing
If your roof’s tar or cement flashing looks cracked, broken or worn, it may be best to have your flashing replaced with modern metal flashing, which will prevent leaks and delay the need for premature roof restoration or replacement.
#10 Cracked Or Broken Tiles
Any cracked or broken tiles will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Tile roofing is very durable and rarely needs to be completed replaced. However, if you overlook individual damaged tiles, water can seep in and cause the timber holding up your roof to rot, leading to a more expensive roof replacement or restoration.
What Does Roof Restoration Involve?
The steps involved in roof restoration will vary depending on the type of roof you have. Roof restoration is not a DIY project. It requires the expertise and specialist skills of a roofing professional to complete to a high standard.
Metal roof restoration
Metal roof restoration typically involves sealing leaks or replacing your metal sheet roofing. Leaks in metal roofs often develop at the seams or where the roofing joins flashing or guttering. To seal a leak, a patch, made to match the original roof’s colour and material, is fixed on top of the leak with metal screws to prevent further leakage.
Roof tile restoration
Roof tiles may crack or become damaged by severe weather or falling tree branches. Roof tile restoration involves replacing and re-aligning individual roof tiles. Replacing faulty roof tiles will help you avoid serious structural damage to your home and costly repairs. From there, repairs such as repointing the ridge edges and replacing broken, damaged or cracked tiles, followed by an anti-fungicide and sealer.
How Much Does Roof Restoration Cost?
What does roof restoration cost? As a rough estimate, you can expect to pay:
- Between $250 and $500 for roof cleaning, depending on the condition of your roof
- Between $200 and $500 for a spot repair, depending on the size of the issue
- $48 to $58 per square metre for metal roof repairs
- $55 to $65 per square metre for tile roof repairs
- $2500 for a full roof restoration of an average sized house
- Between $4,500 and $11,000 for full restoration of a large tiled roof
When asking for roof restoration quotes:
- Outline in as much detail as possible what you believe needs to be done
- Mention the approximate size of the roof
- Describe the roof pitch height
- What material your roof is made from
- Let the roof restorer know if you have a single storey or two-storey home
Questions To Ask When Hiring A Roof Restorer
When hiring a roof restorer, it’s important to make sure they’re right for your job. Some questions to ask include:
- Are you licensed?
- Do you have valid insurance?
- Can you provide a written quote?
- How long is the warranty on your materials?
- Do you have references I can follow up?
- No matter the size of your roofing job, always request a fully itemised quote.
Want to transform your tired old roof and keep your home safe with a value-boosting roof restoration? Contact us on (07) 3623 4422 for a quote!