With the popularity of home improvement shows like The Block and House Rules, it’s no surprise that demand for home renovations is on the rise.
The first step in fixing up an older home should be making sure that the essential parts of your older home are up-to-scratch. That means inspecting your home’s:
- Load-bearing beams
- Outer walls
- Electrical wiring
- And of course, the roof
Why metal roof installation makes sense for older homes
Not all roofs are invincible. Wear-and-tear takes its toll – your roof is exposed to the elements 24/7, after all.
Every roof has a finite shelf life. For many old homes, complete roof replacement might be needed.
In our opinion, metal roofing is the natural choice for roof replacement for older homes.
What makes metal roofing the perfect choice for an older house?
1) Metal roofing is lightweight
The simple fact is that older homes are, well, old!
That means the roofing, walls and supports have endured a lot of wear. In some instances, they mightn’t be able to support heavier roofing materials like tiles as a result.
Fortunately, metal roofing offers equal strength at a fraction of the weight.
Compared to tiles, metal roofing is easier on your old home’s supports and frame. This makes metal the ideal material for older homes.
2) Metal roofing can maintain your old home’s unique style
Popular up until WW1, these particular styles of architecture is common in older areas like Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs. These style typically some recurring traits:
- Rendered white exteriors
- Weatherboard facades (in Edwardian homes)
- Cast iron or picket fencing
- Verandahs and porches
Most importantly, the majority of them feature a metal roof.
Metal roofing is the quintessential roofing material for many older Australian homes. Visit the inner suburbs of any of our major cities and you’ll find older homes topped with metal roofing lining the streets.
As such, choosing metal roofing installation actually maintains your old home’s classic look.
3) Metal roofing installation offers superior insulation
Despite popular belief, metal roofing offers excellent thermal performance. In fact, metal roofing is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials out there.
For starters, metal reflects heat during summertime, meaning less heat comes into your home.
Additionally, metal roofing is an effective insulator, allowing both cold and warm air inside your home to circulate without escaping – a benefit that can be enjoyed year-round.
Owing to older, less efficient materials, many older homes offer relatively poor thermal performance.
Thanks to its surprising insulating performance however, metal roofing installation is an effective way of making up the difference.
4) Metal roofing can be installed quickly, with minimal fuss
Another reason to consider metal roofing is the installation process itself.
Simply put, metal roofing is considerably easier to install than other roofing materials.
Most metal roofing installation take a fraction of the time a tile installation would.
That’s because metal roofing installation involves purchasing prefabricated sheets of metal, cutting them down to size and laying them on your roof.
Let’s compare this to tile roof installation. With tile installation, your roofing installer goes tile-by-tile. Needless to say, this makes tile roofing a huge time sink compared to metal roofing.
When you choose metal on the other hand, your metal roofing installer can get the job done considerably faster.
Planning a metal roofing installation for your home renovation?
Based in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs (an area known for its historical houses), Watermaster Roofing has performed metal roofing installation for many older homes and renovation projects.
We’re one of Melbourne’s premier roofing installers. Our team offer renovators a range of services, including:
With 20 years’ experience to our name, you can trust our metal roofing specialists with your home. Our team treats your older home with care and deliver quality workmanship.