Australia is known for its harsh climate and even harsher weather extremes. The one component of your home that is constantly under pressure from the conditions is your COLORBOND® steel roof. Over time, as with any other building material, the steel will start to feel the effects of the weather and conditions. COLORBOND® steel has an average expected life span of half a century, that’s 50 years of weathering the storm. Over time, your roof will start to show signs of wear and tear, so read on for our tips on giving your COLORBOND® roof a bit of a boost to lessen your risk of further damage and to spruce up the exterior of your home.
Roof restoration can be an effective combatant against premature aging and wear, along with regular maintenance and upkeep; restorations are also known to extend the lifespan of roof structures. Despite the benefits, homeowners often ignore issues or simply don’t notice them until its too late. So its always a good idea to regularly maintain your roof, we have some handy tips in our blog; on top of this you should look to give your roof a mini restoration every 5-10 years to keep it in tip top shape. Lets take a look at what you need to look for and the important steps to restoring or refreshing your COLORBOND® roof.
COLORBOND® is designed for Australian conditions, protected by a baked on non-peel coating, COLORBOND® will still fade and wear overtime. Although it is a hardy material, discolouration and wear still occur and so homeowners with COLORBOND® roofs should follow the below steps when checking their roof. First and foremost is safety. As you are working at heights, you will need the appropriate safety equipment, including right down to the shoes you wear and how you anchor yourself to the roof. Consider if this is within your skills or whether you would be more comfortable with a licenced contractor like GT Roofing looking into the restoration for you. We complete roof inspections across Adelaide and we are only too happy to assist. No matter your choice, it is important to understand the process.
A full inspection of the roof will immediately tell you if your roof will just need a restoration or if you are looking for a full replacement. This is always the first step in the process and is critical. There’s no point in fixing on section of the roof only to find the whole roof needs replacing. We look for rust or corrosion, cracks, and other damage points.
Cleaning your COLORBOND® is easy, but for ground in mould, dirt or debris which has built up, you need a pressure clean. All contaminates need to be removed so that any respraying of the coating can stick appropriately. If you only have patches to fix, pick up some plastic sheeting from your local hardware and tape it around the space that needs respraying. This prevents overspray.
Repair or Replace
You will need to look at replacing any screws or bolts that appear to have corroded or rusted or appear damaged. The same can be said for any COLORBOND® panels that may be showing excessive wear, it may be more cost effective to simply replace the panel as a whole.
The COLORBOND® coating’s specific purpose is to prolong your roof’s lifespan. It must be done to a particular standard or you may void the warranty on the product. Sometimes works like this need to be carried out by COLORBOND® experts.
Sometimes a roof cannot be restored, and your money would be better used replacing the COLORBOND® roof on your home. GT Roofing Adelaide specialises in roofing restoration, replacements, repairs and extensions and works with COLORBOND® Steel and BlueScope Steel throughout the Adelaide area and across South Australia. For an obligation free chat, please call George on 0434 640 550 or complete our contact form and we will get in touch shortly.