Roof Restoration - What You Need To Know

Date: 7th June 2013

 

When your roof begins to wear down you may have to face the cost of a full replacement. This is one of the most expensive updates you can make to your home, but if you keep up with any repairs and restore your roof, you can extend its life considerably and prolong the inevitability of the heftily priced replacement.


First we should clarify the terms roof repair, restore and replace. When you repair, you take away only what is damaged and fix or replace it. When you restore, you add to the roof that is already there, generally by coating the tiles, rather than replacing. For this technique to work, it has to be put onto a roof that does not need any repairing. This usually means a repair must take place first to make it structurally sound. Finally there is replacement, which is also generally the final step for a roof. When there is too much damage to be repaired easily, the entire roof may need replacing. This is the best option as you get the most life out of it, but is also the most expensive.


A roof restoration can not only considerably extend the life of your roof, it can return some of the colour and quality that has been lost to the elements. This option also takes the least time and generally has the least impact on your family. When replacing and even sometimes when repairing your roof, it will become necessary to find other accommodation. This is not needed for a restoration.


When making the decision of what processes to use, you have to consider the condition of your existing roof. The best way to get a good assessment of your roof is to call a roofing company. They will come to your house and assess it for you, likely finding issues you would have missed. If you do decide to check for yourself, look for any shingles or tiles that are loose or detached. These can allow water into the house, or fly off in heavy wind. If you find one of these in your yard, it is an excellent indication you need to get the roof fixed.

 

Then there is of course the decision of whether to perform any repairs or restoration by yourself or hire professionals. Unless you have training in this field, and even then, it is heavily suggested to hire a roofing company. They have the skills and equipment to safely fix your roof, saving you time and potentially money, as you can easily make any existing problems worse, or create new damage.

 

A roof restoration will extend the life of your roof,  further protect your household and increase its property value and curb appeal. In comparison to a replacement, a restoration will cost less, take less time and your family will likely not have to relocate during the process. When done by a professional roofing company the quality of the restoration is vastly improved and you can avoid any risk of damage to the roof or to yourself.