Your roof is what stands between the comfort and safety of your family and the outside elements, over time, extreme weather events, storms, hail, debris, along with wear and tear will deteriorate a roof. Depending on the roof material and location, this can be anywhere up to around 30 or 40 years. Imagine the different issues your roof has faced in that time. Not to mention, these weather events can cause unseen leaks, mould build up or otherwise damage the structure of your roof. Whilst you might be able to repair the roof from time to time, eventually a time will come for replacing the roof completely. Every roofing material has a shelf life, so even with the best care and attention, eventually your roof will come to the end of its life and need replacing even if its just in part. So, what do you need to know about Adelaide roof replacements? Read on, we have assembled the best tips to help you consider your options for replacing your roof.
There is never a ‘good time’ to be replacing your roof, you need to consider the alternatives. If its storm season, can you afford to risk further damage to the internal structures of your roof and walls by waiting? There is no perfect time, so consult your local professionals for their opinion on the optimal time for replacing your roof.
Roof replacement is not a common occurrence, usually once every 20-30 years is how often you would expect to replace your roof, so choosing a reliable and licenced roofing company is your number one priority. This is your roof, so invest the time to look at a variety of contactors. Make sure you do your research online, and speak to your neighbours or friends, often they have experience or know someone who had used a good contractor. A good rule of thumb is obtaining at least three separate quotes. It’s important to note that roofing works is a licenced trade and you should only ever deal with licensed tradesmen to ensure the work is not only completed to standard but also compliant with manufacturer standards and doesn’t breach any warranties. Incorrect or unlicensed installation can also void your insurance policy on your home. Don’t take the risk, and always work with a licenced contractor.
Always read what you’re signing. It’s a no brainer, but it happens more often than we think. Do not sign any contract, purchase agreement or document you do not fully understand; and be sure to actually read the document, don’t just sign blindly. You should also ensure your contract outlines the scope of works and what materials will and wont be included in the costs along with applicable warranties.
Most contractors will remove the old roof, rather than simply installing a new one over the top. Be sure to ask whether the contractor will look at the underlying structure for wood rot and structural issues. Also ask them about their cleaning and disposal methods. Will they take the old roof materials and dump them responsibly? And will there be any debris left in the yard for you to clean up?
The team at GT Roofing are Adelaide roofing experts and we are more than happy to assist with any further questions you may have.
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, roof repairs and roof 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.