The reasons behind needing a roof replacement may vary, but the result is usually the same: an added expense. Still, if you invest in your roof early enough, there are ways to keep it in good.

Partial roof repairs (or restoration) prolong the life of your roof and increase its aesthetic value. If you know that your roof still has some good use left in it but just needs some simple improvements, consider a restoration.

Whether your roof has buckling, sagging or rusted areas, it’s important to invest in maintenance to keep things functioning. The age of your roof matters too, and if you experience leaks, you need to do something soon.

But what things might lead to problems with your roof, even when it was skilfully installed in the first place? In the blog below, we list the common causes for roof damage. We also explain the difference between roof repairs and replacement so you can decide which is the best solution for you.

Weather and Wear

Southern Australia has experienced increasing amounts of heavy rainfall and humidity. These two elements alone are enough to weaken even the strongest roof over time.

Algae and mould are also related concerns for both domestic and commercial roofs. Storms can also wear down your roof with a variety of falling debris.

If you pay attention, you’re probably aware of all of the above dangers to your roof. Even a new roof still deteriorates over time. But regular maintenance and repairs can solve this issue.

Roof Repairs

Many domestic and commercial building owners want to avoid a full roof replacement because of the added cost. In some cases, a full replacement may become necessary, but many situations allow for repairs.

Restoring your existing roof lets you extend its durability and beauty without an overwhelming draw on your finances. Luckily, common roofing materials such as iron and concrete tile provide several simple ways to ensure continued structural integrity.

Below you’ll find the basic steps for partial repairs and the restoration of an iron roof:

  1. Pressure clean to provide a clear working surface
  2. Mould rid and algae removal
  3. Small repairs to rusted, cracked or unsealed portions
  4. Primer application
  5. Double-coat paint application

Roof restoration offers a comprehensive approach to maintenance, without the financial commitment of a full roof replacement. Additionally, a roofing contractor may also perform the above-listed services on concrete tile roofs, along with some slight differences:

  1. Re-bedding and pointing
  2. Flashing repairs and replacement

Although roofing types may differ, your contractor can offer a paint and primer solution for each type of roofing material. Restorations are available for all roofing types including timber, terra cotta and shingles. The above steps inform you about repairs for common roofing types in Southern Australia. But what happens when a simple repair won’t fix the problem?

Full Replacement

If your roof has major problems that cannot be resolved through a few simple repairs, consider a full roof replacement. When more than two-thirds of your roof have serious issues, you should invest in a new roof altogether.

In these circumstances, you’ll benefit from your investment long term. A full roof replacement lets you avoid constant repairs over an extended period of time. When a replacement becomes necessary, you’ll gain a fully functional roof that provides a water-tight cover for your building.

Consult a Professional Roofing Company

Any decision regarding work on your roof shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whatever option you choose, use the help and knowledge of experts in the roofing industry to aid you.

To fully understand your roof’s needs, consult with your local roofing provider. Their knowledge and experience will help you decide whether a restoration or total replacement will benefit you most.