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What happens before metal roofing replacement?

Rain. Hail. Harsh UV sunlight. Gale force winds.

Your roof puts up with a lot of punishment so that you don’t have to – it’s only logical that eventually, your roof may need maintenance, repairs or even complete replacement.

And there’s no better choice than metal roof replacement!

Metal roofing is strong, durable and lightweight, making it a great choice if you need to replace an old and worn roof.

And owing to its light, it can easily be integrated into older homes that may not be able to support other types of roofing.

As with any major home improvement or renovation project, metal roof replacement is a fairly involved process, with a lot of work to be done.

And we aren’t just talking about the installation itself, either – the lead-up to installation also comes with a lot of steps.

What exactly are those steps? Melbourne’s metal roof replacement experts explain!

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But first: why consider metal roof replacement?

Your current roof just doesn’t look that flash anymore

Discolouration. Loose tiles. Decay. All of these are signs that it’s time to get your current roof replaced.

And when it comes to roof replacement, quality metal roofing is the way to go!

Metal roofing offers a sharp, clean appearance, instantly rejuvenating your house and increasing its resale value.

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You’ve sprung a leak!

Who wants to live with internal water spots, structural damage, and cold winds?

Unfortunately, this might be exactly what you have to put up with if your roof is leaking!

Let an expert from Watermaster Roofing identify the cause of the leak and assess the extent of the damage.

We’ll tell you if it requires roof repairs or complete roof replacement.

Insulation problems

Sometimes, the issue doesn’t lie with your roof itself – in some cases, the problem may be with your insulation or sarking.

If you don’t get these important parts of your roof replaced, you best get ready for plenty of hot summer nights and freezing winter mornings!

In addition to metal roof replacement, the team at Watermaster Roofing can inspect all aspects of your roof for problems, insulation and sarking included.

Sagging ceilings

Take it from us: if your ceiling looks like it’s about to buckle under its own weight, it probably is, and you should call a professional ASAP!

A leaky roof can lead to water getting into your ceiling space. In addition to causing plaster to rot and mould to grow, it can also lead to water pooling up in your roof and attracting pests like mosquitos.

And all of this water can cause your ceiling to sag.

Needless to say, sagging roofs put your property and family at great risk, and dramatically increase the chances of your ceiling collapsing any time. 

Your first port of call should be a builder or engineer who can stabilise your ceiling, remove the water and fix the sag.

The second step? Calling a professional roofing expert to fix the source of the problem (read: your roof!)


What happens during metal roof replacement?

So that’s the “why” out of the way. Now it’s time for the real meat of today’s topic: the “how”.

At Watermaster Roofing, we’ve performed metal roof replacement in Melbourne for years.

We can tell you first-hand that there’s no universal process – each home (and therefore, each roof replacement job) is unique, with its own challenges and considerations.

That being said, there are a couple of steps that are more or less universal regardless of your requirements…

1) Book a metal roofing expert

The success of your metal roofing project depends on the team of roofing contractors you choose to look after your roof. Naturally, this is one of the most important steps in the entire process! 

When choosing someone to perform your metal roof replacement, you want a roofing team that:

  • Is experienced
  • Holds the relevant licenses and qualifications
  • Works with high-quality materials

Luckily, Watermaster Roofing ticks all of those boxes!

Once you’ve selected a roofing team, they’ll come out to your home to perform an on-site inspection.

We’ll look at your current roof, as well as your home, its structure and exactly how much work will need to be done to rejuvenate your roof.

In some cases, we may also engage a structural engineer to determine the feasibility of the project.

Learn more about what you should be looking for in a metal roofing team, and what sorts of red flags you should keep an eye out for.

2) Determine your roofing budget

Before you embark on your re-roofing project, you need to determine your roofing budget, as this will determine what sorts of materials and installation service you’ll receive.

A word to the wise: you should always be wary of the cheapest option, as this can lead to dodgy installations from a dodgy roofer. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

During the quoting process, our roofing team will give you an accurate quote and will help you budget for your upcoming metal roof replacement.

3) Secure roofing permits

As with most renovations, metal re-roofing requires a range of different permits before work can begin.

While the exact permits can depend on your council and their requirements, a couple of staples exist.

Let’s start with building permits.

Essentially, these certify that your metal reroofing is being carried out:

  • Safely, using correct procedures and materials
  • Complies with building codes
  • Is structurally sound and safe to live in

In many cases, you’ll also have to apply for a planning permit.

Essentially, this permit is focused on ensuring that your reroofing doesn’t negatively affect the local area by:

  • Overshadowing neighbours
  • Crowding the area
  • Clashing with the existing character

Planning permits are especially common in areas like Bayside (where our roofers do the bulk of their work), owing to the region’s historical character.

If you’re replacing an existing tile or slate roof with metal, you’ll likely need both a building and planning permit.

However, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) may make an exception if you’re replacing an existing metal roof with a new one and no other structural work is being performed.


We understand – council regulations are byzantine at best. That’s why our team look after all the paperwork for you!

Learn more about roofing permits.

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4) We start working

Once all the prep work is out of the way and the permits have been received, it’s time to put on our tool belts and work boots and get at it!

You can trust the Watermaster Roofing team to carry out your metal replacment project with our trademark skill and workmanship – all of which is backed by public liability insurance policy and a 6-year workmanship guarantee.

On top of that, we also choose durable, long-lasting and low-maintenance metal roofing. Our preferred metal is from COLORBOND roofing – Australia’s number one choice of metal roofing for more than 50 years.

With COLORBOND, you’re guaranteed a rust-resistant, easy to maintain roof material that protects your house from all weather conditions.

Thinking of metal roofing replacement in Melbourne?

Choose our Masterful roofing service today!

If you want to instantly rejuvenate your home and increase its value, metal roofing is the way to do it.

And if you want to ensure that your re-roofing projects goes off without a hitch, you should call Watermaster Roofing!

Whether it’s metal roof replacement or any other roofing service that you need, call the Watermaster Roofing team today!

Our Masterful experts can be reached on 1300 576 075 or at this link.

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