Generally speaking, a roof restoration is undertaken to make your roof look good and also perform better. A coat of paint will make your roof look new, but that’s purely cosmetic and is by no means as good as new.
Full roof restoration should include all the required maintenance to the roof – including replacing broken tiles, removing old bedding and replacing with new bedding, pressure cleaning of the roof itself and painting the roof with the colour of your choice.
If you’re planning a renovation or selling 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.
This article will cover the signs that you need to restore your roof soon, the different types of roof restoration, and how much roof restoration costs.
Home is where the heart is, no matter how big or small a house maybe, and they’re our fortress and our shelter. We must always do our best to protect our homes from damage caused by outdoor elements. However, storms, strong winds, and numerous debris can cause the roof of a home to become weak and worn over time. If roof problems aren’t treated right away, serious issues can occur after long periods of deterioration. These problems include mould, mildew, damage to the insulation, leaks, discolouring of the roof, wood rot, structural damage, etc. As experts in roof restoration and roof replacement, we can help determine what’s going on with your roof if you suspect any problems and help come up with a plan of action to fix them.
To start with, a roof restoration will involve a roof inspection and a thorough cleaning. Then the real work can begin: ridge capping and applying protective coatings that keep your roof clean and safe. This whole process is going to give your roof years of additional life.
Benefits of a Roof Restoration
A roof restoration is a great way to boost your home’s safety and aesthetic appeal. But if you need more convincing, here are just a few of the many benefits of getting your roof in tip-top shape.
Prevent future damage and leaks
A poorly maintained roof will suffer at the hands of harsh weather and falling debris like branches. And if a roof becomes damaged, that’s when you start to get leaks.
A roof restoration is a great way to ensure that every inch of your roof is in top condition.
Any broken tiles will be removed and replaced, and any loose tiles or ridge caps will be re-bedded. In addition, the roof will be covered with a protective sealant to prevent damage and leaks for years to come.
Improve your home’s energy efficiency
If your roof is run down and not sealed properly, it’s going to be letting a lot of air in and out. This means you’re going to have to crank up the heat (or the air conditioning) to compensate for all the heat you’re losing.
A roof restoration stops air from escaping from your roof, which will save you money on energy bills in the long run. But, of course, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too.
Extend your roof’s life
A roof restoration is going to add years to the life of your roof. This means no worrying about damage or leaks for years and no worrying about the safety of your home.
Terracotta tile roof restorations, in particular, are going to increase the longevity of your roof, as terracotta tiles are well known to last for decades.
You’ll be safe in the knowledge that your roof is in good condition and will be for years to come.
Increase your home’s value
The condition of your roof is vital to the safety and appearance of your home. So good quality, a safe roof that’s been well maintained is going to boost your home’s market value.
Buyers are often put off by a roof that looks in need of repair, so by having a roof restoration, you’ll increase your chances of an easy sell. You’ll even be able to list your home for a higher price.
Your roof restoration cost has many factors:
The current condition of your roof
Things such as how many broken tiles need to be replaced, the condition of your ridge capping, and if there are any additional repairs needed to your sarking, flashing etc., will affect how much your roof restoration will cost. Standard roof restorations will only need the ridge capping repointed. However, if the pointing on your ridge capping has begun to deteriorate, a full rebate of your ridge caps will be required.
Peeling paint will also raise the cost of your roof restoration. If the roof paint is peeling, the team will need to sit on the turbo head, blasting the peeling paint off inch by inch for your new paint to adhere to the tile correctly and last. This takes hours upon hours to do and is very labour intensive. In addition, we generally see paint lifts when the original job was not cleaned properly, poor products were used or when the tiles were not sealed correctly before the membrane was applied.
If you have a two-story home, you will require a guardrail to comply with OH&S laws. This will affect your roof restoration cost.
You get what you pay for in the product department, and not all products are created equal. Of course, cheaper products will lower your quote price for your roof restoration but may cost you more in the long run when all the peeling paint needs to be removed in a couple of years.
We pay from $3 – $7 per tile. The number of broken tiles that need changing will also affect the cost of your roof restoration.
Generally, in roof restoration, the ridges only need to be rebedded where required. However, if a roof is needing a full rebed of all ridges, this will take a lot more time and labour.
Size of your roof
The average-sized roof is between 200 m² – 300 m². Keep in mind your roof size will be bigger than your house due to overhang and pitch.
It is important not to let price determine when deciding which company to go with for your roof restoration. Ensure you are comparing apples with apples; quality products will be used on your roof along with great workmanship. We want to see the end of peeling roofs and empty warranties! Get in touch with our team today for a free quote!
What Are Signs You Need Roof Restoration?
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.
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.
A sagging area in the roof is a sure sign of roof damage. If you notice a visible dip in your roof, chances are you have a problem with your roof rafters.
Deteriorating Roof Valleys
Damaged roof valleys require fixing as soon as possible. Also, 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, strongly indicates 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.
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 stale smell and slimy, unattractive appearance, characterised by black, brown and dark-green blotches.
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.
Damaged Gutters and Downpipes
If your roof’s gutters and downpipes show rust or corrosion,
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.
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.
How Long Will a Roof Restoration Last?
A lot of factors go into determining exactly how long your restored roof will last. The real answer is not as long as a brand new roof, but a lot longer than if you had let your roof continue to deteriorate. This is why so many of our customers choose roof restoration as a happy medium between the expense of investing in roof replacement and the hassle of constantly paying for minor repairs.
If you want a quick and simple answer, though, a roof restoration typically will add an extra 10 to 15 years to the life of your roof.
How to Tell If Your Roof Needs Restoring
An easy way to tell if you need a roof restoration is to see any cracked or broken tiles. You can also check for sagging, mould, and any signs of corrosion.
In addition, think about the age of your roof. Most roofs last between 20 and 25 years, but you might find that after 15 years or so, your roof is in bad shape.
If your roof needs frequent repairs, it’s usually more cost-effective to have a full roof restoration. This is because the cost of frequent repairs adds up, and professional roof restoration will repair your entire roof in one go, with more long-lasting benefits.
How to Restore a Roof
Different roof types and materials require different approaches, so your best bet is to hire a professional roofing company to restore your roof. Vivify Roofing has been offering roof restoration in Melbourne for years, so we know how the weather takes its toll on the roofs in this area.
Throughout Australia, tiles and terracotta tiles are the most popular roofing materials, so Vivify Roofing offers professional terracotta tile roof restoration services. We also offer roof restoration for all other kinds of roof materials, including cement tiles, zinc roofs and COLORBOND® roofs.
Roof Restoration Process
To start with, we identify any cracked or broken tiles and replace them. Even tiles with the tiniest hairline cracks will be replaced to increase roof life.
Once repairs have been made, we’ll clean the roof by pressure cleaning. This will get rid of dirt, mould and lichen, improving the appearance of your home and reducing damage.
Terracotta tile roof restorations will often need re-bedding and repointing. While this isn’t a stage necessary for every roof, if we find any loose tiles, we’ll make sure to perfectly re-bed and repoint so that you get the perfect looking roof you deserve.
Once the roof has been repaired and cleaned, we’ll apply filler coats, protective coats and seals. We’ll paint the roof with an airless sprayer during this stage and paint any areas that the sprayer can’t reach by hand. We offer an exclusive colour range so that we can perfectly match the coating to your roof.
How Long Will a Roof Restoration Take to Complete?
How long roof restorations take is dependent on the much work that needs to be done. If lots of repairs need to be done and lots of tiles replaced and re-bedded, it’s going to take a little longer.
But the average amount of time for a roof restoration is 2-4 days.
Can I Stay Home During the Restoration Process?
For the initial inspection, you’ll need to be home so that we discuss the next steps with you, but by no means do you have to move out during the restoration process.
However, some people prefer to leave home for a few days while our team works on the roof and inevitably creates some noise.
What Are the Benefits?
When you need a new roof, you typically have two related options.
- Option 1: Cover up the existing roof with a new roof.
- Option 2: Tear off the existing roof(s) and then install a new roof. As you might well imagine, Option 2, the tear-off option, is significantly more expensive than Option 1, which does not require a tear-off.
What determines whether or not a tear-off is required? Generally speaking, if there are already two or more existing roofing systems installed, local codes typically require that all of the previous roofing systems be removed down to the roof deck before a new roofing system is installed. This is a messy, noisy, and very expensive process. It also adds a tremendous amount of roofing debris to the local landfill. But this is where a roof restoration system comes in.
A roof that typically would require a tear-off, but is in otherwise ‘restorable’ condition, might benefit from restoration. This would mean no tear-off! No tear-off would mean virtually no mess, a lot less noise, and could save you thousands of dollars (depending on the size of the roof.) In addition, there would be no roofing debris to add to the growing landfill problem. Also important is that you can receive no-dollar-limit warranties with warranty terms of anywhere between 5, 10, 12, 15, and 20 years by using a quality coating manufacturer. So not only do you get a like-new roof at a fraction of the cost of a tear-off and reroof, you can get a quality warranty to protect that investment further. Do you see the benefits yet? But it doesn’t end there.
Another huge benefit is that a quality roof restoration system is forever sustainable! At the end of each warranty term, you can clean and reapply a new topcoat and get a brand new warranty with a brand new extended warranty term. It’s like getting another new roof at far less money than even what a new restoration system would cost. (All the prep work required for the original restoration system would not be required at this point.) In addition, this approach would preclude the need for a tear-off – forever!. It’s good for the environment and certainly good for your pocketbook. Oh, yeah, it’s also good for your roof.
Is this all too good to be true – saving money with a truly quality product that will last for 10 to 20 years, all the while helping the environment? Believe it or not, a roof restoration can do all of that. There is a catch, though. (“I knew it,” you probably thought.) But the only real catch is that a roof must be in restorable condition. A failing roof needs to be addressed immediately before it is beyond the ability to restore. Having a rooftop inspection can help you assess the condition of your roof before it starts to fail. Sometimes a roof that has started to fail is already beyond hope. So it is to your financial advantage – not to mention the structural integrity of your building – to have your roof inspected and evaluated regularly.
Hopefully, from the foregoing, you now realise that if you are in the market for a new roof, a roof restoration system is an option that should be considered. A rooftop evaluation, adhesion test, and a roof in restorable condition will allow you many benefits, i.e., reduced cost, less mess and noise, and environmental benefits. It is a win-win situation.