There are plenty of reasons to opt for metal roofing installation over traditional materials like tile. One of which is metal’s strength and durability, which is equal to or better than tile – particularly impressive when you consider the dramatically lower weight!
Make no mistake, metal roofing is tough.
However, it isn’t invincible.
Just like any other material, metal roofing installation includes a regular maintenance responsibility. It’s nowhere near as common or intensive as tile, but it’s still something you need to think about.
Fail to do so, and you may be forced to shift your attention from maintenance to metal roofing repair – especially if you notice the following problems!
Need to speak to an expert team about roofing in Melbourne? Call Watermaster Roofing today. We can conduct a thorough inspection of your roof and gutters, explaining exactly what we find and the best course of action to solve any problems.
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How do I know if my roof needs repairing?
Fortunately, most of these problems are easy to spot, however some can be harder to catch, hidden deep within the walls or ceiling of your home. That’s why periodic roof maintenance and inspections can be a wise investment, helping you spot smaller issues before they transform into damaging problems!
Here are four signs you need Melbourne roof repairs.
1) Roof leaks
We shouldn’t have to tell you that a leaky roof means something has gone terribly wrong, and that roof repairs need to be performed immediately.
What you mightn’t know is the cause of these leaks.
Thanks to metal’s strength, metal roofing leaks generally aren’t due to decay.
In our experience, the majority of leaks are the results of either wear-and-tear elsewhere, or poor workmanship.
In particular, the seals and edges of your metal roof are a common source of trouble.
These edges are the parts where metal sheets join together, as well as where roof vents are located. Naturally, these present gaps for water to slip through, and therefore need to be protected with sealant or a covering.
Needless to say, degradation of these coverings or a bad installation job can lead to water getting into your roof!
In these cases, it’s important that you get in touch with an expert in metal roofing repair.
Not only to ensure that repairs are carried out properly (and that your insurance policy isn’t void!), but to ensure that they stand the test of time.
2) Gutter problems
Needless to say, any problem with your gutters can lead to a whole host of problems – problems that go beyond having to deal with a mini Niagara Falls coming out of your gutter.
That’s because when water gets the opportunity to pool up on the roof, it can do some major damage:
- It can facilitate mould growth
- Water can get into gaps, causing leaks
- You may experience rot in places
- Water might pool around your foundations, weakening the structural integrity of your home
Gutters play an important role in your roof.
By channelling rainwater and directing it away from your roof, it prevents roof flooding and the associated damage to your roofing and house.
Fortunately, our roof plumbers don’t just fix your roof – they also have plenty of experience working with gutters and other roof plumbing fixtures.
Eager to find out whether your gutters need repairs? We’ve created a detailed blog post that helps you identify the cause and solution for a range of gutter problems.
3) Roof insulation issues
It isn’t just the outside of your roof that can cause issues – problems inside it are just as worrying.
In particular, we’re talking about insulation, sarking and all the other important stuff that sits within your roof.
These layers play a crucial role in your home by helping regulate temperature. This has a direct impact on your energy bill by reducing the need for air conditioning in summer and heating in winter.
The thing is, this function is contingent on your insulation and sarking doing their job.
Another issue is ventilation.
Heat and humidity rise. In many homes, they seep into your roof cavity, causing buildup in your roof and causing issues such as:
- Temperature inconsistencies
- Ceiling degradation
- Increased reliance on air conditioning
During metal roofing repairs, your roof inspector also diagnoses problems inside your roof cavity. Additionally, they can also provide solutions, whether that’s installing additional venting to fight back against humidity or replacing sections of sarking.
4) Poor roofing installation
There are certain things you should never cheap out on – one of which is your roof.
Going with cheap labour on your roof can lead to several easily-avoidable issues:
- Missing or damaged metal roof parts
- Roof damage
- Missing underlayments
- Roof stains
If you’re worried your original installer did a poor job, we recommend getting in touch with an experienced professional for new metal roof installation in Melbourne. They’ll inspect the condition of your roof, as well as give their verdict on the quality of the workmanship.
But how do you know your roof inspector isn’t also dodgy?
Luckily, we’ve got you covered. We’ve previously written about how to tell you’ve got a good roofing contractor – click here to get caught up.
How often should a metal roof be replaced?
The good news is that metal roofing is designed to last. How long? Durable and heavy-duty metal roofing that has been installed by a professional roofing team can be expected to last up to 50 years!
That means for most people, they will only ever need to replace their roof, at worst, once in their lifetime.
Combine that with metal roofing’s low-maintenance appeal, superior thermal performance, and quick installation, and it’s no wonder more and more homes and businesses across Melbourne are choosing metal roofing.
Contact Watermaster Roofing for metal roofing repairs in Melbourne!
From roof replacement in Melbourne to repairs, inspections, and new installations, Watermaster Roofing will improve the look and function of your roofing.
Whether it’s a case of wear-and-tear or an emergency fix following a nasty storm, our team of expert roofing contractors are committed to keeping your roof in pristine condition.