Old or cracked roofing can present many different problems for commercial, industrial and residential buildings on the Central Coast. Run-down roofs are a safety hazard and an eyesore, which is why roof repairs can increase the visual appeal and investment value of your property. The three most common types of roofing work are repairs, restoration and replacements, depending on the extent of what’s required. Repairs fix small problems, such as broken roof flashings, which cover joins and prevent internal leaks. Roof restorations revamp the entire roof, replacing broken tiles and using a pressure hose to remove dirt and lichen. Roofers may also offer repainting, to keep the roof watertight can eliminate the need for a full roof replacement. Replacing a roof is often recommended when switching from one roof material to another, such as from tile to metal. This can be done for both practical and aesthetic purposes. The benefits of re-roofing, include longevity, increased curb appeal and, in some cases, reduced energy bills. Tiles are made from a variety of materials such as slate, concrete or clay, and offer a timeless and classic look for your roof. In addition to that, tiles are resistant to many harsh weather conditions, offer an extra layer of insulation, and have a long life expectancy with the right maintenance and upkeep. Metal roofs are also common and can be joined in a standing seam rather than a normal overlapping join. Standing seams not only look
visually interesting on residential and commercial buildings, but are also virtually watertight. The seams are T-shaped and stand vertically, allowing water to run off in heavy storms. Polycarbonate is a heavy-duty plastic roofing material, favoured for its transparent qualities and high durability. Resistant to many forms of weather, polycarbonate sheeting also blocks 99% of harmful UV rays from filtering through. It’s commonly used in industrial warehouses on the Central Coast to let light in. It’s also used for domestic add-ons, such as pergolas and deck roofing, where natural light is desired. Many Central Coast roofers also install skylights, insulation, gutters, downpipes, and forms of roof ventilation, such as whirlybirds. Qualified tradesmen supply and install all roofing materials, and can also remove and dispose of asbestos sheets in your roof to prevent exposure. This is a complex process that requires wrapping the asbestos material in the correct way for removal, and the area is vacuumed, and spray sealed to make the area safe for occupancy. It’s important that this is only done by a licensed contractor as they need to wear the correct protective equipment and transport the wrapped material to the right waste facilities. Leaking or poorly ventilated roofs are a common issue that can be easily fixed by finding the right Central Coast roofer. Whether you are repairing a small part of your roof or investing in a full roof replacement, the long-term benefits will heavily outweigh any initial cost.