What Safety Precautions should be taken?
Just think how awful you would feel if somebody was injured while working on your home or even worse suffered a fatal accident? That is why safety precautions must be taken whenever work is done from heights. It might cost you a bit more for scaffolding to be installed. However, it offers everyone involved peace of mind.
Is restoring a roof worthwhile?
Yes, as long as your roof is well-suited to restore. Depending on how old your roof is, it can extend your roof’s life at least 15 to 20 addition years and renew its appearance so that it looks new again.
Will all the problems be fixed by re-coating alone?
No- if your roof has rusting, deteriorated mortar, faulty laps or has become very porous or is leaking, just re-coating the roof will not stop the leaks. If it is a very old roof with surface weathering or considerable erosion, then most likely those parts of the roof will need to be replaced, since just re-coating them will be unsatisfactory.
Is thermal insulation offered by roof tiles?
Yes. Terracotta and concrete are poor conductors of cold and heat. When compared with some of the other roofing materials that are available, roof tiles offer improved insulation. The colour of the roof affects the performance of its relevant thermal insulation as well.
Is it safe to drink the water that is collected off of a tile roof?
The raw materials that are used in manufacturing terracotta and concrete tiles are non-toxic. Therefore the water is potable when it runs off of a tiled roof. However, you need to consider atmospheric fallout and other factors. It is recommended that you install a ‘first flush diverter’ system.
Roof replacement – when should you not restore your roof?
- In severe cases of an eroded or pitted roof, especially if due to age it has been very porous (absorbs water).
- Any type of Auckland roof painting material where the product has gone past its useful life.
- Long-run metal roofing and/or metal tiles with severe rust that need expensive repairs (if it is even possible to repair) so that the roof is watertight. In other words, if it is uneconomical to carry out the necessary repairs.
- The roof’s substrate (structure) is no longer fit for its purpose – i.e. the substrate is no longer sound due to extensive deterioration of the substrate.
- If it unlikely that re-coating and repairs of the roof will increase its life more than 5 years.
- If the restoration cost is uneconomical compared to the cost for replacing the existing roof with a new one.
Can Terracotta and Concrete tiles be used in a coastal environment for Auckland Roof painting?
Yes, roof tiles are prefer for coastal areas that endure salt, spray and wind from the ocean. All terracotta and concrete roof tiles are sale safe and over time do not corrode Tiles are also perfect for coastal regions since they are well suited for a marine environment’s high salt content.
Are terracotta or concrete roof tiles better to use on my roof?
In New Zealand, roof tiles are a very popular roofing material choice. They offer excellent value for your money and are available n a wide range of profiles and colours. People from all over the world have been using terracotta roof tiles for centuries. They often last for over a century.
Do Roof tiles help with reducing noise?
Although most roofing tiles help to reduce noise, tiles are naturally dense and so reduce external sound significantly, like road and aircraft noise and especially rain. The nose reduction rate for a tile roof is 30 decibels – which is a significantly higher potential sound reduction compared to other alternative roofing materials. Roof tiles not only block out external nose, but are noiseless themselves – they don’t groan or creak when reacting to changing temperatures the way the some other roofing materials do. For a peaceful and quiet home, Monier’s roof tiles are an excellent choice.
Why can’t I just do a DIY job?
Homeowners without the necessary experience need to be aware of what the risks are of climbing up on the their roof and walking over it – not only is their a risk of falling from a height, but there is also the risk that the roofing material will be damaged. Never walk on clear sheeting, skylights or brittle roofing. Leave it to an expert to avoid the hazards.
Common causes of Tile Roof leaks
Problem: Broken or cracked cement mortar bedding to the hip capping and ridge.
Solutions: The capping needs to be repointed or rebedded.
Problem: Broken or cracked roof tiles (it may be only one tile at times).
Solution: Replace individual roof tiles.
Problem: Displaced roof tiles
Solutions: Put the displaced roof tiles back into their correct positions.
Problem: Individual tiles have blocked drainage channels underneath their ‘sidelaps.’
Solution: Remove any build-up of debris or dirt.
Problem: Flashings are displaced, damaged or blocked.
Solutions: Correct the problem.
Problems: Blocked downpipes and gutters (including valley gutters).
Solution: Clean them out.
Caution: If you have a leaky roof or your roof needs to be checked, the best thing to do is employ an expert to do the work for you. It can be dangerous to walk around on your roof when you don’t have the proper experience or expertise.