Checklist for gutters and roof restoration

Checklist for gutters and roof restoration

Your roof and gutters look after you, so why not look after them too.
Appearance can be deceiving regarding the status and functionality of your roof and gutters.
King Group Australia suggests an annual inspection to prevent any unwanted leaks or expensive repairs. A checklist will assist by alerting the homeowner of any potential issues or repairs to be undertaken before it’s too late.

Guttering Maintenance Checklist

Best practice suggests assessing your guttering from above and below, a few key points to be mindful of when inspecting your gutters:

  • Sagging 
  • Corrosion 
  • Holes and Leaks 
  • Missing Brackets
  • Missing Screws 
  • Blocked Downpipes

From the ground it is best to assess the gutters from below and any signs that may indicate the downpipes are not performing as designed. Erosion is often a common indicator of issues with gutters and downpipes. Keeping in mind the function of your guttering is designed to direct water away from the home, if otherwise, this may cause issues internally or worse yet to the foundations of your property. 

Most issues relating to guttering is due to an accumulation of leaves and debris built up over time, this creates blockages and rust not only within the gutter-line but may lead to blocked downpipes and leaking within the roof cavity.

Areas where leaves and debris have accumulated will be visible due to:

  • Sagging, preventing water from flowing freely
  • Obstructions, causing blockages and leaks 
  • Branches, Twigs and other matter stagnant within the gutters

Roofing Maintenance Checklist

Due to the variety of roof types and materials, it is best practice to identify which may be relevant to maintaining a sound structure, issues that will need to be addressed:

  • Cracks, fractures and loose tiles
  • Loose ridge caps and debris 
  • Rust on a metal roof
  • Roof screws around the property
  • Lichen, Algae and Moss 

Flashing plays an important role in the integrity of your roof. It is important to be mindful of such as major problems can arise due to compromised flashing and sealers – some of the common signs are:

  • Cracked caulking
  • Tears in flashing
  • Leaks
  • Rust
  • Cracked or chipped concrete or mortar
  • Cracks around vents and vent pipes

Another tell-tale sign of maintenance required could be peeling or chipping paint, as this indicates moisture build up within your roof structure or gutter and fascia.

Often water retention within your roof or gutters can be identified through:

  • Dark patches due to water leakage
  • Sagging due to water saturation
  • Rotting timber due to water retention

Roof Restoration and Gutter & Fascia 

If your guttering or roofing needs repair, King Group Australia are an established company with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Not only do we provide a free roof health check with every free measure and quote, but we are also able to identify and fix the issues at your property. Providing you with piece of mind and longevity. Give one of our friendly specialists a call today!

Will A Roof Restoration Stop Leaks?

Will A Roof Restoration Stop Leaks?

A roof restoration can assist in returning your to its previous glory.
The main issues of a roof leaking may be due to flashing, broken tiles and tears in the sarking paper within the roof cavity itself.

Leaks due to poor conditions:

Broken tiles are the most common and the easiest to identify when it comes to addressing your water leak and should be the first thing you cross off the list. Broken tiles can sometimes be hard to spot so best to have your roof inspected by a qualified roofer. Even better, when you have a roof restoration all broken tiles will be changed. This may be just the solution when looking to rid your property of any unwanted leaks or future issues. 

Causes of broken Tiles:

Sometimes a tile can break due to the coating wearing off over time and the concrete becoming bare and brittle. This is why it is important to restore your roof every 10-15 years. Tiles can also break from being walked on incorrectly or as a result of having work done on your roof such as solar, electrical or other trades work.

Sarking:

A tear in your sarking paper is also another common cause of roof leaks. Most commonly we see tears is customer’s sarking paper form electrical work or from deterioration. It is incredibly important to inform your roofer if you have had previous leaks and when restoring a roof it is impossible to see the sarking paper unless the tiles have been lifted off to inspect the area. As mentioned above, a restoration will only fix your leak issues if it is a broken tile causing the leak.
IF you are worried about your roofs condition or are experiencing leaks, give one of you specialists at King Group Australia for a free roof health check, measure and quote.

What Is Involved In A Tile Roof Restoration?

What Is Involved In A Tile Roof Restoration?

The process involved in a tile roof restoration are as follows:

  • Pressure clean the entire roof. Utilising only the best industry standard in machinery, including a Spitwater Pressure cleaning machine which produces 4,000 psi of pressure, this will remove all mould and lichen, remove all dirt, and strip much of the existing surface.
  • Replace all cracked and broken tiles. 
  • Remove ridge caps and re-bed if required. If your existing bedding shows signs of wear and tear or deterioration, we will rebed and recap all rdiges. This process involves removing them, laying a new concrete bed, and re-laying all the caps using a bedding frame to get nice straight lines.
  • Re-point all ridge caps with a polymer based flexible pointing mortar. This is trowelled on and because it is a flexible mortar, will not crack with the normal movement of your home (expansion and contraction from heat and cold)
  • Apply a sealer / primer coat to the entire roof. This seals the roof, and because it “etches” into the surface of the tile, acts as a “gripper” coat, giving maximum adhesion. This coat is sprayed on with an airless paint machine.
  • Apply 2 or more roof membrane coats in the colour of your choice using only the premium in the industry, using our Dulux Acratex, roof membranes. The roof membrane coats are very heavy bodied (thick in consistency) and form a protective membrane for your roof. 
  • Quality Control Inspection –  Our on-site manager will be present throughout the entire duration of your roof restoration, assuring each step is met as we pride ourselves on quality workmanship and results. 

What Is Involved In A Metal Roof Restoration?

What Is Involved In A Metal Roof Restoration?

The process in restoring a metal roof are as follows:

  • Treat any light rust by grinding it back and applying a potent rust converter.
  • Replace any sheets where damage or rust is unable to be treated/restored.
  • Replace any loose or rusty nails or screws.
  • Pressure to clean your roof.
  • Apply a metal primer coat.
  • Apply 2 or more Dulux Acratex roof membrane coats in the colour of your choice.
  • Quality Control Inspection –  Our on-site manager will be present throughout the entire duration of your roof restoration, assuring each step is met as we pride ourselves on quality workmanship and results.

What Are The Dangers Of A Cheap Roof Restoration?

What Are The Dangers Of A Cheap Roof Restoration?

Cheap roof restorations can leave you with a result worse than the ordinal damage or deteriorated state of the roof prior to their setting foot on your property. The main factors involved in a cheap restoration compared with something more costly are, Reputation, Materials, Skilled or Qualified Tradespeople and overall Service.

Three aspects to consider with cheap roof restoration –

  1. Workmanship– The difference between an experienced tradesperson who takes pride in their work and pays good attention to detail, and a tradesperson who does not, is enormous in terms of the quality of the finished job. King Group Australia uses only Skilled and Qualified Roofers and Roof Labourers. Many companies employ cheap labour to keep their costs down, but the proof is in the pudding.
  2. Materials– The main materials used in a roof restoration are the pointing material, sealer and primers and most importantly the paint or roof membrane. The difference between good quality materials and cheap ones is staggering. Poor quality materials and paint will deteriorate rapidly over time, providing a lack-lustre result and potentially greater issues than prior to the restorations. Inferior paint and materials, age more rapidly, peel and crack showing obvious flaws and results.
  3. Service– The majority of the cheap guys are either “one man bands” or small operations. There’s nothing wrong with that, except for when you have a problem. If it’s a “one man band” where the owner does everything he or she is too busy to go back and service old clients. 

Now, it’s impossible to shine in all of the above three areas if your prices are too low. There’s simply not enough profit in the job to use the best tradespeople (they want to be paid top rates!), the best materials (good roof coatings are also the most expensive), and to offer good after-sale service.

So again, don’t pay too much but at the same time don’t be seduced by a cheap price. You’ll only regret it in the long run.

King Group Australia offer quality workmanship at an unbeatable price, providing you our customer with the best results. Get in touch with one of our specialists today for a free measure and quote!

Roof Restoration Cost By State And Region?

Roof Restoration Cost By State And Region?

New South Wales

New South Wales in particular Sydney may not be as costly as previously conceived. Because wages are higher in Sydney and property values are higher surprisingly, the roof restoration prices are not any higher than the rest of the country.

From what we can assume, the industry has less (per capita) marketing dominant businesses and more “tradie type” businesses. In other words, a higher percentage of the companies in Sydney are run by tradespeople and not by people with a sales or marketing background, thus the business are generally smaller by comparison.

This is not to say that there are not larger professional companies in the Sydney roof restoration market, quite the contrary. But on a per capita basis, there are far less of these types of businesses in Sydney than other capital cities.

In Sydney, you will find that you’ll get quotes that range from $23 to $40 per square metre for a tiled roof, and $17 to $35 for a metal roof.

Victoria

Victoria as an average has higher prices than the rest of the country. The main factor contributing to this may be climate/weather. The simple fact that, as a roofer in Victoria you have less fine days when you can work means that you have to make more money on the days you can. Therefore, it necessitates charging higher prices. 

Prices range from $26 to $44 per square metre, from our research. This is for a concrete or terracotta tiled roof restoration. Metal roofs are less common in Victoria so it was difficult to get an average.

Queensland

Depending on your property location in the state of Queensland will determine the cost of a roof restoration.
The predominant roof type in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, the outer parts of Ipswich and Toowoomba, the Gold Coast & Sunshine Coasts, is concrete tile. Whereas the most common roof type in regional Queensland, and the inner suburbs of Brisbane, Ipswich, and Toowoomba, is metal (Colorbond, Zincalume, or Galvanised Iron).

As a result of the variance in roof types, the price varies too as metal roofs are generally less expensive to restore. This is due to the difference in the work required to restore a metal roof as opposed to a tile roof. Metal roofs  have no need for re-pointing the ridge and hip capping, as you would with a tiled roof.For a concrete or terracotta tiled roof, you’ll find the average will be between $23 and $40 per square metre.
For a metal roof, the average will be between $17 and $35 per square metre.

South Australia

Roof Restoration is an established industry in South Australia. This is due to the fact that two of the largest roof restoration companies in Australia originated in this state both having been founded over 20 years ago.

South Australia seems to be more dominated by established companies, compared to Sydney for example with higher operations in the ‘Tradie’ field. Australian climate also greatly influences prices in South Australia, particularly Adelaide and coastal regions.
The average prices, from our research, are between $29 and $40 per square metre.

Western Australia

Western Australia is a market where we expected to find prices are less compared to the other Australian states, this is commonly due to the great weather.
What we found, though, is pricing consistent with the other states. However, booming infrastructure and industry in terms of mining, housing and business development have assisted in creating a more competitive market in the Western state.
Average Perth prices range from $25 to $43 per square metre for a concrete tile roof.