Quality roofing is crucial to the structural integrity of your home. If your roof is damaged or otherwise compromised, your lifestyle and day-to-day routine can be hit pretty hard.
After all, it’s hard to sleep, eat dinner or just relax when there’s a gaping hole in your roof.
On top of that, a well-maintained roof adds value to your home.
Of course, roof replacement is a big commitment to make. We don’t blame you for wanting to understand the entire process that roof installers go through… in fact, it can be highly beneficial to you as a homeowner to understand the process.
Curious about how roof contractors like Watermaster Roofing install new roofs for home and business owners across Melbourne? Read on to find out!
Removing an old or damaged roof
Of course, we can’t install a new roof without getting rid of your old one first!
Naturally, the first step is to remove your old roof. This means physically tearing out the tiles, shingles, or other materials that currently make up your roof.
Our licensed roof contractors will start by ensuring that the rest of your property is fully-protected while replacement is underway. That means installing protective sheets of plywood over your doors and windows and installing tarps to catch any falling debris.
After the old roofing material has been removed, our roofing team will also correctly and safely dispose of these old materials.
The next step: evaluation
Before installing your new roof, our roof contractors will inspect your roof to uncover any potential issues that might need to be resolved before installation begins.
Issues may include:
- Former design problems
- Weak structures
- Deteriorated sealant
Fortunately, our preferred roofing material, COLORBOND steel, is incredibly lightweight, making it an ideal choice even for homes with older roof decks.
Preparing your roof for replacement
When you cook, you don’t start by throwing everything together. Instead, you preheat the oven, oil your pans and marinate your ingredients.
The roof replacement process requires prep time, too!
Additionally (and depending on the size of your roof) installation can take several days, which is why our roof contractors will cover your roof with protective tarps to block any rain and wind during the installation process.
Installing your new metal roof
Once all the above steps are completed, we’ve reached the point where we can start laying out your new roof!
When it comes to metal roofing, our roofing team may start by installing sarking.
Sarking is the name for the aluminium foil panels that sit directly underneath your metal roof.
A foil sarking layer helps control temperature and plays an essential role in your home’s insulation system – good sarking can reflect 95% of the radiant heat that enters your roof… a lifesaver during Melbourne’s scorching summer months!
Once sarking is installed, we start screwing the sheets directly onto your roof structure. The screws we use are secured with rubber washers to keep water from seeping into the roof cavity underneath.
Don’t worry about uneven or misaligned sheets – we take care to ensure that every sheet is placed perfectly for that smooth, uniform contour.
Once we have all the roofing panels in place, your roof installer will finish by capping off the ridges of your roof. We’ll install flashings to cover up those edges where metal sheets meet and to help waterproof your house.
Final inspection, clean-up and ongoing maintenance
Once the installation is complete, it’s time to conduct a final inspection of your new roof.
Of course, they’re doing much more than just admiring their own handiwork – they’re also performing a final inspection to make sure your new roof is up to scratch. Some councils may also require your new roof to be inspected by a council building inspector to check whether it adheres to the relevant building codes.
Of course, keeping your new roof new-looking years after installation means ongoing maintenance.
Considering metal roof installation? Call Watermaster Roofing
Metal roof installation doesn’t need to be a messy, noisy, disruptive experience!
To minimise the disruption a new roof can cause you, it’s best to always rely on the pros.
There’s only one name in town for all your metal roofing needs: Watermaster Roofing! We are Melbourne’s metal roofing experts, providing hassle-free, high-quality roof installation, no matter where you live in across the entire east and southeast of Melbourne.