The Top of Your Home: A Roofing Blog

Reasons to Undertake a Roof Restoration

If your home's roof looks worn or covered in mould and algae, you may think you need to replace the cladding completely. However, a roof restoration could offer a better solution. Consider the following benefits of such an upgrade.

Detect and Repair Existing Issues

A roof restoration involves several stages, one of which is scrutinising the cladding and searching for cracked, broken tiles and rusty bits of metal sheeting. Contractors will repair or replace damaged tiles and realign any dislodged ones. They can patch a localised hole in metal roofing by screwing a piece of metal on top in the same colour and design as the roof and sealing around the edges. They'll also secure any loose metal sheets. Common trouble areas for rust include the flashing, where the cladding joins protuberances like chimneys. Fixing existing and potential issues at once can prove more cost-effective than them making several visits, each of which will involve call-out and setup costs.

Prevent Structural Damage

A roof restoration will help to prevent water damage to your home. If holes go undetected, rainwater can enter the roof cavity to rot timber beams, insulation and ceiling plaster. Moisture can trigger mould and mildew infestations that possibly spread through the walls, which will create an unhealthy indoor atmosphere. Because a roof restoration is so thorough and involves checking every square centimetre of the surface, problems and potential issues will come to light. You'll avoid the costly repair bills that come with moisture damage.

Protect and Prolong the Roof

A roof restoration protects the cladding. After it's cleaned of mould and algae, the contractors may apply an anti-fungicide or waterproofing sealant. Thus the roof will gain additional protective coats to prolong its life. Otherwise, if the damage escalates unchecked, you may have to replace the roof earlier than is necessary.

Improve Energy Efficiency

A roof restoration can improve a home's energy efficiency. If the cladding has holes or leaks, both hot and cold outdoor air, depending on the season, can flow into the ceiling cavity and transfer through the ceiling plaster to the rooms below. Plaster isn't designed to keep out the elements. Once the roof cladding is inspected, fixed and sealed, the crawlspace will be protected. It will form a buffer that keeps the building comfortable, helping to block temperature extremes from infiltrating into your home and causing you to turn up the heating or cooling.

Reach out to a professional for a roof restoration