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Monday, 29 April 2013

Roof Repairs

Repairing the roof could be the most important home improvement

When a roof becomes damaged from a storm or is in need of repair the issue immediately becomes urgent.  A roof is often taken for granted, that it will last forever simply because it is out of normal vision. Yet, despite the fact that we seldom look upwards to consider that the roof might need some attention, putting attention to the roof gets put into the “too hard” basket.   

Taking chances by not checking the roof on a regular basis can be a very expensive exercise, especially where the roof is in an area with interchangeable weather like stormy winters with heavy rain, strong winds or thick snow or where the sun beats down on the land causing the land to become parched and dry and materials to become brittle and lose their integrity.

 Any leak or problem with the roof surface no matter how insignificant it might be in the beginning will cause a bigger problem in the future. The leak might appear in the summer time during a rainy day.  You are aware of the leak, but the next day the sun is out in full force again and you go about your business and forget the leak.  But, the leak doesn’t go away and over the months and years to follow the damage will be magnified and the cost to repair will be much higher than if the leak had been attended to from the beginning. 

When a roof problem occurs, the solution can be one of the options below:

• Repairing the roof can be a simple DIY (Do It Yourself) where no help is needed.  Handymen are quite capable of repairing a damaged roof or leak.  And for obvious reasons security measures should be taken while working on the roof because it can be really hazardous and accidents do occur.  Common sense principles must always be applied.

• Alternatively, DIY might not be for you and so a professional company or person equipped to fix the roof will need to be called. In any case, it is always better to be safe than sorry!.

A few suggestions to look out for:

1. Ensure roof drains are clog free from airborne materials and trees that constantly lose their leaves.

2. Look for damaged nails wear and tear. Corroding nails leave microscopic holes that invite water in.
3. Improperly hung gutters and gutter placement is critical. A strong wind is enough to tamper with the gutter system and divert rain onto the roof.
4. Moss can be hazardous because it retains moisture and then begins to drip.
5. Roofs must be properly and sufficiently insulated.
6. Evidence of past DIY repairs from improper plastering to inadequately plugged-up holes. 

The Nova Group uses Colorbond roofing materials and takes extra care when installing a roof for any of the granny flats or kit homes they construct.

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