Homeowners today are spoilt for choice when it comes to roofing options. One of these decisions is whether to opt for repair or instead choose complete roof replacement.
The final decision is yours and depends on your circumstances. If you ask us however, long-term roof replacement is far more cost-effective than fixing a worn out one.
There’s the thing, though: it all depends.
So, when should you get your roof replaced? And when is an old roof salvageable?
Ancient roof? Consider roof replacement!
Roofs are built to stand the test of time. Metal roofs (COLORBOND in particular) have lifespans that can easily extend for up to 60 years with minimal maintenance.
But they’re not invincible.
As people age, we get weary… and your roof tells the same story!
Roof wear and tear is common in older roofs. Most of the time, it can be identified and fixed with periodic professional inspections.
Eventually though, your roof reaches the point where it can no longer be salvaged.
Aged roofs might have underlying problems, such as weakened materials and compromised supports. That’s why it’s best to ask for expert advice from a professional roofing inspector like Watermaster Roofing.
Using their wealth of experience, our roof inspectors will give you the best solution for your home, whether that’s a repair job or total roof replacement.
Is roofing damage localised?
Your metal roof covers a wide area. As such, your problems might be localised entirely to just one part.
In these cases, repair is usually a suitable treatment.
How do you know if your problem is local or with your entire roof? There are a couple signs of a localised problem you can look out for:
- Small leaks (more on that below)
- Localised patches and stains
- Corrosion and rust in your gutters
The only way to be 100% sure? Getting in touch with a licensed roof inspector and booking a complete roof inspection.
Don’t settle for falling or cracked tiles
24/7 exposure to UV radiation and rough weather conditions can strain your tiled roof.
Temperature change can also cause shingles to expand and contract, leading to cracks. Repairing cracked tiles and replacing missing ones may temporarily solve your dilemma.
Roof repairs should be your first port of call if it’s a one-off. Chronic tile loss on the other hand should be taken as a sign that you might need your entire roof inspected. Find out why you should consider metal roofing to replace a worn tiled roof.
Tiles that repeatedly fall off your roof can point to:
- Shoddy installation
- Loose nails
- A roof that’s damaged beyond repair
The solution? Metal roof installation!
Drip, drip, drip… does your roof leak?
Small drips can lead to big trouble.
Sure, it might look like a small problem… leave it for long enough though, and you could end up with a costly repair bill!
Leaky roofs don’t only damage your ceiling but the integrity of your home. Leaking water can affect the supports that hold your roof up, weakening them.
Stains can also lead to mould growth if left untreated (or unidentified!)
In most cases, homeowners can repair a leaky roof.
Depending on the scale of roof leaks however, some homeowners might also have to get their entire roof replaced.
Sometimes, the scale of leaks might be so big, that you’re better off getting a new metal roof altogether!
The best thing to do is to let an expert roofing professional check the scope of your roofing leaks. Not only will they identify holes and cracks, but they’ll also tell you what your options are.
Sagging ceiling? Ask your roofing inspector!
A sagging roof is an immediate sign that you need your roof looked at: never underestimate the damage caused by a sagging ceiling.
If you’ve noticed a sag on your roofline, your home is at risk of a collapsing roof. A sagging roof may jeopardise the structural integrity of your home.
Normally, sags are the result of dramatic, persistent leaks. They leak through your roof and pool up, weakening your ceiling to the point where it can’t support its own weight any more.
In these cases, you need urgent roof repairs and may even require replacement.
Do you need roof repairs or roof replacement?
Get in touch with Watermaster Roofing today!
Watermaster Roofing is Melbourne’s leading metal roofing expert for both residential and commercial properties.
For the last 20 years, Watermaster has helped improve the look, function and purpose of roofs all over Melbourne.
Unsure whether you should repair or replace your roofing and guttering? Call Watermaster Roofing on 1300 576 075 for an on-site inspection, or touch base with us online with any questions about your next roofing project.