It’s one of the biggest and most costly projects that any homeowner would ever commence. It’s also one of the most important and meaningful.
And one of the most essential parts of any new house construction – one that will need extra careful planning and attention – is your roofing.
Your roof is important. It keeps you warm in winter, blocks the heat during summer, and protects you from the elements.
To do this, your installation needs to be carried out properly!
We here at Watermaster Roofing are metal roof specialists.
When it comes to new metal roofing installation, we work hard to ensure that your construction is a success, and that your dream home gets a strong, durable roof that looks fantastic.
We’re eager to see you avoid a bad outcome. So before you sign that contract and start having your metal roof installed, we strongly recommend giving this article a read first!
Metal roofing installation essentials: how do I start my first metal roof installation project?
Given how much of your time and money you’re investing, metal roofing in Melbourne is something that shouldn’t be rushed – under any circumstances.
In our experience, rush jobs often lead to less-than-optimal results – the very last thing you want happening when talking about your roof.
If you want your metal roofing installation to go smoothly, you’ll want to ensure that your project is carefully plotted out.
Some of the things you’ll have to take into consideration include…
Look at your metal roofing budget
Money makes the world go round – and your metal roofing installation is no different.
One of the important factors to consider in installing your roof is determining your metal roofing budget.
One mistake that homeowners make is that they don’t set a realistic budget for their roofing project.
This can lead them to overspending if they underestimate the costs, or not allocate enough money to cover delays and complications.
Another problem is that many accept the cheapest quote, not realising that going for the lowest bidder often comes with a range of different problems and issues.
Before you sign any contract, be sure to:
- Assess your available roofing funds
- Prioritise core necessities of your roofing project such as panels and underlayment
- Carefully pick apart the metal roofing quotes you’ve received
- Allocate extra money just in case things don’t go to plan
More often than not, these precautions can pay dividends!
And if you’re not sure about a certain cost or task, ask! There’s absolutely no harm in spending an extra 10 minutes on the phone digesting a quote.
Select the right roofing material
One important factor that homeowners will need to consider is what kind of roofing material they will choose for their roofing installation.
The kind of roofing material will determine:
- How long will the roof last
- The amount of maintenance you’ll have to do
- Its insulation and heat-retaining qualities
If you’re looking for a durable, low-maintenance option, you can’t go past metal roofing installation.
Metal roofing offers a range of advantages compared to tiles or shingles:
- Fire resistant
- Can last for more than 50 years
- Versatile and flexible
There’s really no competition – make a smart choice today by choosing metal roofing for your building project.
When planning for your metal roofing installation, it is vital to get the right roofing permits as required by your local council.
Not applying for the right roofing permits will eventually result in you being charged with penalties.
Worse, it can also result in a range of other consequences:
- Construction halting if you’re caught
- Reduced selling price
- Difficulty getting insured
- Difficulty refinancing your home later on
And if you live in Bayside (which is where our metal roofing team do most of their work), it’s even harder, as Bayside council is one of the strictest in Melbourne owing to the historical character of the area.
It’s a veritable minefield – fortunately, our metal roofing experts in Melbourne are more than willing to help. As Bayside residents, we’re familiar with the area’s unique permit system, and can help navigate it for you.
We’ll take care of all the permits for you, allowing you to keep your focus on the big picture.
When talking about metal roofing installation, everyone gets tunnel vision and focuses on the fantastic colours, its unparalleled durability and its clean appearance.
One area that doesn’t quite get the same level of attention is ventilation.
While not exactly a big ticket item in the same way that your choice of colour is, ventilation is one of the most important – and oftentimes, overlooked – aspects of designing a roof for your new home.
Proper roof ventilation extends the life of your metal roofing and ceiling by allowing moisture to escape. What’s more, it also improves your comfort by regulating the temperature and allowing hot air to escape.
With Watermaster Roofing’s metal roofing team looking after your roof, you won’t have to worry about ventilation issues. Our team carefully plans out every aspect of your roof, ventilation included.
We work with your architect from the point of design – if we notice that your blueprints will cause ventilation issues, we’ll bring it up and propose solutions.
Can metal roofing be attached over an existing roof?
One important part of the metal roofing process is to assess your current roof. If it isn’t old metal roofing, it’s likely tiles, shingles, or slate. One question we get asked is whether metal roofing can be installed over an existing roof, without removing the old one.
In most cases, it’s not desired, but in some circumstances, it’s actually possible!
It will depend on a range of factors including:
- The amount of working that needs to be done (e.g. fastening techniques, purlins, and additional barriers)
- Your home (and whether it can withstand the additional weight)
- Local council regulations
Choose the right roofing contractor
This is arguably the most important part of any metal roofing installation if you ask us!
Even the best design and materials don’t count for anything if it’s installed by a dodgy metal roofing team.
That’s why it’s so important that you choose the right roofing contractor who will get the job done, right off the bat!
Looking for an experienced team to take care of your metal roofing installation in Melbourne? Watermaster Roofing has you covered.
Choose Watermaster, and you’re choosing:
- 20 years of experience
- High quality workmanship
- Trusted metals including COLORBOND Roofing
- Fantastic customer service
- Transparent and honest pricing
Call the Watermaster team for metal roofing installation in Melbourne
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In addition to metal roof installation for new builds, we also offer a range of other services including Melbourne roof replacement, plumbing, and guttering.
Our resume is long, and includes houses (as well as factories and commercial buildings) all over Melbourne’s south-east suburbs.