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WHY DO I NEED A ROOF INSPECTION?
Your roof makes up as much as 1/3 of your home. It serves to protect you and your family. It is also most likely your most important financial asset!
Ongoing maintenance is essential for loss prevention and is a prerequisite for almost all insurance policies. You will find almost every insurance policy requires a roof to be maintained every 15 years in order to prevent claims being declined.
So what do we check at a roof inspection?
Your FREE Roof Inspection will be carried out by an experienced roof inspector. They will check all aspects of the roof - Ridge Caps - Bedding - Pointing - Tiles or Roof Sheets - Porosity - Sarking - Flashing - Valleys - Moss - Lichen - and give you a report, with photographs of the assessment (see below for some photo examples).
The roof inspector will give you an assessment of the condition of all of the above and a suggested a maintenance plan to resolve any issues.
All of the above at no charge to you with no obligation.
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What we look for at a Roof Inspection
Ridge Capping - Bedding - Pointing
Ridge Caps are inspected as they are a major indicator to the overall condition of the roof. Ridge caps hold the top row of tiles to the roof. The 'Bedding' is the bed of mortar used to secure the ridge cap to the roof. The ridge cap sits on this bed of mortar. Over time ridge caps can become loose and need to be re-bed.
The Pointing is the mortar used on the side of the ridge caps and where the ridge caps overlap (collars). Today we use significantly advanced products for pointing a roof. In the past roofs were pointed with a non-flexible cement mortar. This bakes in the sun and cools at night, causing cracking. Eventually, the cracks expand to a point where the mortar comes away leaving holes where water can enter the roof cavity.
These days we use a flexible acrylic compound when pointing a roof. This newer building significantly reduces, almost eliminating, cracks to the pointing and collars of the ridge caps.
Tile Condition and Porosity
Broken and chipped tiles are a major contributor to leaks. In harsh Australian conditions tiles bake in the sun. Concrete tiles will harden as they cure. When new, tiles are coated, and this coating or membrane will protect the tile. Over time the natural attrition from weather conditions combined with oxidisation (which is sped up from living near salt water) will cause the protective membrane or paint to disappear leaving the tile porous. A porous tile will absorb water right through it during prolonged periods of rain.
Porous tiles become brittle and susceptible to cracking. As the roof is oxidised the cracks become worse. Leaving tiles unprotected increases the damage to the tiles.
Terracotta tiles are more likely to fret and break down as oxidisation takes place. They become extremely brittle.
A roof restoration with a high quality seal or membrane plus paint will ensure your roof stays protected for many years to come. The longer you leave it though, the more damage gets done!
Iron Roofs are not exempt from these issues. When oxidised they become susceptible to rust. The screws used to fasten iron roofs down are often the first to rust. As they rust, they loosen, leaving holes for water to enter the roof cavity. Our inspection will inspect the roof sheets and asses the condition of roof sheets and screws and advise a suitable maintenance plan for the roof.
Most roofs have Valleys to facilitate water run-off. Over time valleys will corrode and rust allowing water to enter the roof cavity.
Moss and Lichen
Moss and Lichen are not really harmful to your roof. Lichen however, is a parasite. It can become airborne and is linked to respiratory and allergy problems. Moss and Lichen on the roof are a very good indication that your roof is porous and absorbing water. Once Moss and Lichen take hold they can become rampant.
Flashing on a roof is usually lead flashing. It is used to seal around items that protrude from the roof. Over time flashing can corrode and deteriorate causing holes for water to enter the roof cavity.
Sarking is a pliable membrane that sits under your roof tiles like a protective skin. It is the roof's last line of defence against water entering the roof. Many homes don't have sarking increasing the likelihood of water entering the roof manifesting into more severe damage! If you do not have sarking you should consider a high quality seal or membrane to protect your tile.
Gutters and Downpipes
Gutters and downpipes are designed to efficiently carry and dispose of water from a roof. Over time gutters can corrode and leak. They can fill with debris which causes blockages and then they retain water. Debris build up cause brackets to bend. A build up of water can lead to leaks back into the house or cause problems with the fascia. Stagnant water can also breed mosquitos.