Sky High: Repairing and Restoring Your Roof
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Sky High: Repairing and Restoring Your Roof

Welcome to my blog, my name is Daisy. A few years ago, my husband and I purchased an old house which required a lot of work. We spent many weeks gutting the place and installing new flooring, painting the walls and clearing the garage space of junk. However, my favourite part of renovating the house was the roof. I loved climbing onto the roof to inspect the tiles, removing and recycling the broken ones and replacing the gaps with new tiles. I also learnt how to waterproof and maintain our roof so that we can avoid problems in the future. I started this blog to help others who are interested in carrying out restoration or repair work on the roof of their home.

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Three Areas o Your Metal Roof to Check Before Summer Storms

Hunter Prescott

Queensland often experiences severe summer storms, and this year will be no different. The Insurance Council of Australia expects that a higher than average risk of cyclones will leave many properties damaged. As a new homeowner, it is important you check your metal roofing before the storms arrive. When metal roofing sheets get free during storms, they are a lethal flying projectile. There are three areas to check once you get on top of your roof to do the inspection.

Sheet Fasteners

The fasteners that keep your metal roofing sheets in place are the most important part of the roof to inspect before storm season begins.  Begin on the left side of the roof and check each of the fasteners until you reach the right side of the roof. There are two things you are looking for during the inspection:

  1. Fasteners that are rusted around the head. This rust could cause the fastener to break loose if the wind gets under the roof sheet and lifts it.
  2. Fasteners that are missing. These need to be replaced immediately before storms arrive.

If you do not how to replace fasteners that hold your roof sheets in place, make an appointment for a metal roofing contractor to come to your home and do it for you. 

Areas of Standing Water

If you notice pools of standing water on your roof, then you have the potential for leaks. The weight of the water causes the sheet to bow over time. Water will accumulate until the sag in the roof breaks and water enters your home.

Sagging roof sheets need to be replaced before heavy rain arrives. They cannot hold strong under the weight of the water for long. Replacing a roof sheet is less expensive than replacing a damaged interior ceiling.

Gutters and Downspouts

While you are on the roof, check the gutters and downspouts as these move water off the roof for you. The gutters and downspouts should be in one piece and free of debris. Damaged gutters or downspouts that have rusted holes in them must be replaced so that they can effectively move water away from your home.

Getting onto your roof now gives you the chance to arrange repairs before the summer storms arrive. This means your home is less likely to suffer substantial interior damage during the storm because your roof will be able to protect the home as it is supposed to.


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