Roof Check-Up Can Help Combat Effects of Wild Weather
The change of season is a signal to clear gutters and attend to broken or dislodged roofing materials, in preparation for the bushfire season or the wet and windy months.
“Owners of homes more than 25 years old are recommended to pay particular attention to the roof – especially if the original materials are still in place,” said Mark Dell from Boral Roofing and Masonry East.
“Over time the roof can become damaged, sarking can become ineffective and overall roof performance can deteriorate.”
“Major weather events, including extreme rainfall, can have a serious impact on the state of a roof. Roofing contractors confirm that 45 per cent* of re-roofing projects are the result of a leak, which indicates vigilance is critical to maintaining the structural health of a home.
“Being aware of the state of the roof can give homeowners peace of mind during wet and windy conditions.”
Boral encourages homeowners to contact one of its re-roofing installers to conduct a roof health check. This provides an appraisal of any remedial and functional issues that may be of concern and in need of attention. If a re-roof is recommended, the installer can also advise on tile selection according to a home’s location, architectural style and budget, as well as any installation requirements.
A roof check involves seven steps:
- Checking the roof for any cracked tiles, tile displacement or debris build-up
- Checking old cement mortar bedding
- Checking flashings, gutters and downpipes
- Checking whether sarking is installed as a barrier against dust, storms and bushfires
- Checking for sufficient ventilation to remove hot or damp air
- Checking for the need to re-insulate the ceiling with bulk insulation
- Assessing the need to replace individual tiles, re-spray or re-roof and sark
For more information, visit our re-roofing section.
*The Home Improvement Market in Australia, 2010; BIS Shrapnel