Roof Repairs Melbourne For Your Tiled Or Metal Roof
Roof Repairs Melbourne
Summit Roofing Services can help you repair your roof. We can assist you with replacing broken tiles, changing rusted valley irons, relaying new mortar (re-bedding), installing a new topcoat of flexible pointing (re-pointing) and resealing roof penetrations.
The roof over your head is your homes first line of defense from natural hazards. Unfortunately your roof has not been built to last forever, and over time it will begin to deteriorate. Our roofers are experts in identifying and rectifying causes of roof leaks and areas requiring maintenance.
WHAT CAN CAUSE ROOF DETERIORATION?
- Being exposed constantly to the elements such as wind, rain & sun
- Original design and/or installation issues
- Faults with the roofing materials used
- Surrounding trees and the build up of leaves, debris & organic materials
Deterioration of your roof, if left unresolved, will inevitably lead to leaks and water ingress inside your home. If you do have a roof leak, you’d better fix it immediately, even if it doesn’t bother you much. Over a short time, small leaks can lead to big problems, such as mold; rotted framing and can also destroy insulation, cause electrical problems and damage ceilings and even your homes valuable contents. This can become very costly. It is recommended that homeowners regularly have their roof inspected to prevent damages caused by water leaks.
Leaking Roof Melbourne – Summit’s Investigation Process
When our roofer attends to find the source of your leaking roof there is a thorough process in which we follow.
- Get right above where the leak is showing on the ceiling
- Check the surface of the roofing elements (tiles, penetrations etc.)
- Remove tiles or roof sheets to check inside the roof cavity
- Investigate upstream of the leak
Once the leak has been located we will provide you with our recommended repair solutions and a fixed price quote to rectify. We will also let you know about the general condition of your roof, including any other maintenance needed to prevent future leaks.
We are also able to include all this information in a detailed photographic roof report which can be used to help determine if your roofing issue with be covered by your home insurance or builders warranty. The roof report is often requested when information needs to be sent on to third parties such as real estate agents, landlords, body corporate managers or insurance providers.
METAL ROOF REPAIRS
Installations of Colorbond roofs have increased significantly in recent years. Originally developed in the USA, the technique of bonding paint to a galvanised base has undergone extensive refinements here in Australia to create a roofing material that not only has outstanding resistance to corrosion, chipping, peeling, and cracking, but also offers an aesthetically pleasing solution for all kinds of roofs.
When installed correctly, a Colorbond or metal roof should require significantly less maintenance than a tiled roof. However, we still visit many homes with metal or Colorbond roofs that are experiencing issues with water leaks.
The most common cause of a water leak from a metal or Colorbond roof is undeniably a problem with the box gutter/s. Box gutter issues include blockages, incorrect fall or size and deterioration of silicone in the joins. Other causes of metal roof leaks we find include a deterioration of the fixing materials used i.e. rusted screws or roof sheets, incorrect roofing materials used i.e. corrugated iron on roof pitch less than 5 degrees and both drainage & flashing problems.
TILED ROOF REPAIRS
Cement tiles are the most common roofing material used in Melbourne. They have been used throughout Australia for over 75 years and remain the first choice for many builders. They continue to be a popular and cost effective way of recreating the appearance of the more expensive terracotta tiles.
However, both concrete and terracotta tiled roofs will require maintenance and are more fragile than a metal roof being prone to water leaks. Typically, most tiled roofs will require maintenance after approximately 10-15 years to prevent roof leaks and also to enhance the general appearance of the roof.
Maintenance of tiled roofs includes:
- Replacement of broken tiles
- Re-bedding or re-pointing of ridge capping tiles
- Replacement of rusted valley irons
- Re-sealing of roof penetrations
- Repairing or replacing flashings
- Repairing or replacing soaker trays
- Installation of weep holes
- Painting of porous tiles
- Repairs or replacement of scotia on gables