Quick history of Eltham
What is now known as Main road is where Eltham began developing in the 1840s. A reserve for a village at the junction of the Diamond Creek and Yarra River is shown on maps around 1848. By 1851 the first Crown allotments were being subdivided and sold, along with a private subdivision developed by TM Holloway and known as Little Eltham. For years Eltham has been a popular region for artists. Eltham is famous for the Montsalvat artist community which built a rustic set of medieval-style buildings during the 1930s. Eltham now has a large population of 17,581.
There are many styles of housing in Eltham. The one thing they all have in common however is that they share the same rustic, country feel yet remain in reasonable close proximity to the city.
Cement tiled and Terracotta roofs are a popular choice of roof coverings in the area for their ability to cope with the lush surroundings.
Being such a leafy suburb, it is not uncommon to see whole roofs covered in leaves.
Metal roofs would suffer from the result of stagnant leaves and often develop rust spots.
Many roof s in Eltham consist of a large wooden facia Box Gutter with internal guttering. These wooden facia are prone to rotting easily, and hence many roofs in the area require attention.
A typical Eltham roof repair
A typical roof in Eltham could be quite old and if over time left un-maintained, would probably require some roof restoration work.
This work could include; Re-bedding and pointing of ridge capping, valley re-newels, gable repairs, and re-alignment or roof tiles.
Over time cement becomes unstable and breaks down. With the products that are on the market today, we are able to apply a flexible pointing compound on top of this cement and offer fantastic warranties. If the cement is too unstable, it needs to be completely removed and fresh cement laid.
Terracotta tiles could have a build up of moss and algae and require a pressure clean. A sealer is then applied to prohibit further moss build up.
If moss/algae is left on tiles for too long a period, it can block water channels and prevent correct water flow. Another problem that can occur is that when it rains quite heavily, the moss can become detached and run into gutters. The moss will bunch in areas where leaves have accumulated and cause blockages. Water will then back flow into your roof. This is a common problem when heavy storms occur.
Cement tiles may require pressure cleaning and re-coating to bring the roof up to a new condition.
It is good idea to inspect gutters also. If left dirty and full of leaves, gutters can hold water and leaves causing rust spots.
Another very common problem with many houses in Eltham is their Facia Boards.
Upon inspection, one will notice many areas where the wooden facia boards have rotted out. It is not unusual to see gutters clogged up and water overflowing which is one of the causes of this problem.
The main cause however is that over time, paint has become an in-effective barrier from the elements. With such a large face subjected to rain, it is inevitable that rot will eventually begin to set in. The internal gutters by this stage have usually rusted.
We have fantastic remedies to this problem. Using a custom Colorbond® capping we repair the rotted wooden fascia where necessary, and re-cap all external timber.
With a wide choice of colours, the end result is a very modern, streamline looking fascia that will be protected for many years.
Quick history of Eltham