Any roof restoration begins with an initial inspection of the roof. There are many aspects of the roof to examine before deciding on what steps are needed to ensure you achieve the best results possible.
When we conduct the inspection we will look for the following;
- Batten damage -This can be noticeable when tiles have visibly sunk in areas and the roof line is not straight.
- Tile breakages – Leaks into your roof are highly probable if you have broken tiles. These need to be counted up so that new tiles can be installed.
- Tile surface – All roofs wear differently. The older the tile, the more likely the roof tile is porous. Grainy and porous tiles (usually tiles of more than 40 years old) require a high build or filler product to be applied prior to sealing. This will ensure we achieve a great finish and a longer lasting paint application.
- Ridge capping, gables and valleys- These need to be inspected so we can determine the extent of repairs which need to be made. Loose cement that is sliding down the roof or areas where no cement is present at all, will need to be fully re-bedded. On some occasions, the cement may be strong and sturdy with only visible cracking. In this situation, flexipointing is adequate and long warrantees are offered.
- Valley’s – The valleys will need to be inspected for any rust spots. Minor surface rust can be treated with a rust kill whilst deep rusted valley irons will need to be changed.
- Gutters – Gutters are also inspected. If they are found to be in poor condition it is optional on whether they get replaced at the same time as the roof restoration. It makes sense to complete these tasks together as on most occasions, the roof gets a little disturbed during the gutter restoration.
- Fascia and Scotia – Any wooden fascia or Scotia is inspected and should be repaired as part of the roof restoration process.
- Loose flu pipes – Any unused flu pipes can be taken out and the empty hole filled in with new tiles and battens.
- Lead Flashings – Lead flashings need to be inspected for signs of damage. Often, there will be cracks in the lead which get quite large if not replaced. Lead flashing which has full sun exposure has a life span of between 15 – 20 years.
- OH&S Requirements – Safety is a vital aspect of our roof restoration process. We install roof handrail as required or where any situations deem it necessary. Sometimes a safety harness is satisfactory.
Roof Restoration Process
- The first step of a roof restoration is to make sure the job is safe and ready to be worked on. A JSA (Job Safety Analysis) is filled out prior to job commencement.
- We then re-bed and repair all the ridge capping, valley’s and gables required. Any broken tiles are changed and unused flu pipes taken out. We make sure all the rubbish is removed from the roof and the gutters are cleaned out. We change any rusted valley irons at this point.
- Next we Pressure clean the roof. This is a very important step as the roof restoration is only as good as the preparation of the roof tile. We make sure we clean every bit of grime off the roof tile and ridge capping. The gutters are rinsed out and the perimeter of the house is cleaned. Any areas of your neighbour’s properties that have accumulated gunk from the roof are also cleaned up perfectly.
- Next we flexipoint all the ridge capping, valley’s and gables. One again, making sure the roof is left spotless in preparation for the paint application.
- It is essential that we complete the final task when the weather is favourable. Wind, heat, rain, due and temperature can all affect the quality of the job and the ability to work at all. The primer is first applied, followed by the high build filler (if required) and the two sealer coats. Sometimes a customer may request more coats for longevity. We allow about thirty minutes to an hour to dry in between coats. We also paint some spare tiles using the same roof restoration process.
- The roof is finally complete and a final inspection is carried out. Any hand rail is taken down and spare tiles are stored away for the customer.
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