History of Balwyn
The city of Balwyn was founded around 1851. It formed part of Henry Elgar’s Special Survey of 8 square miles, which was then subdivided into little farms. Of the subdivisions, one was purchased by a Scots editor and journalist, Andrew Murray. He built a large house on the land and named it ‘Balwyn’. He then planted a vineyard and named it “Balwyn” also, deriving “Balwyn” from the Gaelic “bal” and the Saxon”wyn”. The population of Balwyn is currently at about 21,000.
Balwyn and its surroundings, including Balwyn North have a very rich history, and as such old and elegant Victorian period style houses are prevalent. Homes that date back to the early 1900s might not have undergone any major roof restoration work.
The main roofing Balwyn homes used on their roofs from the late 1800?s until current would be that of terracotta. These tiles are mostly of a high quality and have stood the test of time.
Unless the bedding and pointing on the ridge capping has undergone a large repair or restoration in the last ten years, it is more than likely the materials used still consist of the now obsolete cement and mortar mix .
A Typical Balwyn Roof Repair and Restoration
Every so often we find that certain terracotta roofs cannot be restored as they are much too brittle. These roof need to be completely Re-roofed. We offer fantastic solutions for a roof replacement Balwyn residents may want to consider. Whether you’re thinking about replacing with Colorbond or simply putting new terracotta or cement tiles back on we can offer different products to suit both the budget and style of your home.
A typical terracotta roof in the area of Balwyn or Balwyn North that is in need of a repair will have cement falling out and tiles dislodged. The ridge capping should be Re-bedded with fresh mortar and then Flexi pointed using a flexible pointing compound. Unlike the old cement used previously, this product is specially formulated to move with your houses foundations without cracking.
It also has acrylic hardeners that will withstand the harsh Australian climate and, whilst still maintaining its bright colour. Other areas of attention may also include the moss on the tiles and ridge capping. Lichen and moss build up can cause the tile’s “water courses” from blocking, thus preventing the correct flow of water from down your roof.
The moss and lichen is simply treated and pressure cleaned off. The roof can then be re-sealed with a high gloss finish to prevent future build up and to give a decorative finish.