If your roof has a few leaks, you may not need to replace the whole thing, you may simply need experts for roof restorations on your Melbourne property. With Australia’s harsh climate, it is not surprising that roofs can start to look worn and aged. However, in most cases, the damage is not permanent. Roof restorations can help bring your tired roof back to life. If you’ve ever wondered what’s involved when it comes to roof restorations in Melbourne, we take a look at the steps needed to ensure your roof looks like new.
First, prepare your home for the roof restoration
Before starting any roof restorations on your Melbourne property, make sure all surrounding items around your home such as vehicles, backyard furniture and precious trees are removed or covered to prevent damage.
Secondly, start with a clean slate
Most roofs look like they are in bad condition because they are dirty and covered in mould. Moss and lichen. A good, high pressure cleaning will clear all this away so a professional can ascertain how bad the damage is, or where the damage is exactly. Once the roof, guttering, and down pipes are clean, all areas of the roof needs to be rinsed down and the entire outside of the house cleaned. Once this is done the expert can source any reported leaks and quote on the works needed for the roof restorations on your Melbourne home.
The third step is to replace all the broken tiles and ridge caps
When it comes to roof restorations, most homes have some kind of broken tiles and ridge caps. Ridge caps are the upside down V-shaped elements that are on the top and side edges of your tiled roof. These sometimes come loose when the pointing is weak. Roof restorations of Melbourne roofs involves your roof restorer grinding away the old concrete bedding, then replacing the bedding with fresh mortar. The cracked and broken roof tiles then need to be fixed. The tiles are replaced by carefully prying up the broken or cracked ones. If you want to have a go at replacing roof tiles yourself, you can. If you are having trouble getting the broken or cracked tiles out, break the tile and remove the pieces one by one. Make sure you also remove any nails. To replace the tile, spread a small amount of the roofing cement underneath the replacement tile, and slide it into place. Press the tile down gently, but so it fits snugly. Repeat the process with all broken or cracked tiles on your roof.
Finally, check and ensure all roof flashings are secure
To ensure that your house has no more leaks, roof flashing is placed over joints in the roof and walls, to help prevent water seeping into the house and causing damage. Roof flashing is mostly used around chimneys, roof vents, and any other items that patrude out from a roof.
When you need Roof Restorations in Melbourne, phone (03) 9873 0963.