On this page we have put together some information that provides answers to commonly asked questions about roofers, roof restorations and roof replacements.
What is a Roof Restoration?
A roof restoration generally refers to the process of transforming an old roof into a new looking roof, including carrying out any repairs required. Restorations are normally carried out on tiled and metal roofs. Another advantage of a restoration is that they are typically much cheaper than a roof replacement.
Do roofers need to be licensed?
Yes, you want to make sure any professional roofer that comes to carry out work on your premises is licensed and also insured. Please feel free to ask your roofer for their credentials.
How do I know if my roof needs a restoration?
Generally, most people will request a roof restoration when they realise their roof looks very poor. Other reasons for a roof restoration include;
- Leaking roof
- Cracked tiles / rusty metal sheets
- Desire to change roof colour
- Tiles have been covered in lichen and moss, and has build up of dirt.
How do I know if my roof needs replacing?
Most of the time a roof restoration will be sufficient in having your roof looking like new again. There are some cases though where a roof maybe too far beyond repairs and restoration and roof replacement must be carried out. When your professional roofer comes to inspect your roof, he/she will be able to advise you if this is the situation for your roof.
How long does a roof restoration take?
A reputable professional roofer is normally very experienced and efficient at what they do. Unless your home is unusually large, or is very difficult to access or has some serious issues to be rectified, you can expect a roof restoration to take less than a week, sometimes as little as 2 days depending on material availability.
Does a restoration include painting the roof?
In most cases yes, a roof should be painted as part of the restoration process. Painting of the roof is also known as sealing and will provide protection for your roof material from the elements, thus increasing your roof’s lifespan.
Another advantage of painting the roof is you get the opportunity to change the colour of your roof if desired.