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Tile Roof Repair
A primary concern of any home owner is wanting to keep their roof completely watertight. Over time roofs can become damaged for a number of reasons, however in most cases the risk of the roof failing can be eliminated with proactive maintenance, and the help of some experts. When roofs fail, they can cause massage internal damage to your property such as water damage to walls and ceilings, rotting of frames and timber as well as encouraging rising damp.
The majority of roofs seen in Australian architecture, both traditional and modern are pitched. The angle of pitching can vary house by house, and era by era but they are usually sloped at an angle of 26 degrees or more. The reason for this, is that pitching a roof increases the surface area, and ability for rain to run off in storms and be collected into guttering and downpipe systems for recycling or elimination in storm water drains. The purpose a roof is to quickly divert water away, to minimise the risk of leaks or damage inside the house.
Most roofs, especially modern roofs are built within a set of building codes that mandates the types of materials that can be used, any mandatory roof features as well as architectural and construction guidelines. These guidelines help to ensure that every home that is built in Australia meets a minimum standard and is adding to the quality residential infrastructure that our country is built on.
Anywhere on a roof where two or more slopes meet, (such as the main pitch, or chimneys) require additional features to ensure they remain structurally sound and water tight. These features can include flashings, gutters, cappings and pointing.
In general, these areas of overlap require special attention, especially on tiled rooves as the break in standard overlapping patterns of slate or terracotta tiles means there is an additional risk of water or wind breaching the roof and entering the attic or ceiling cavity which has the potential to cause serious damage.
It is best practices for home owners to regularly inspect their roofs for damage, especially after periods of heavy winds or rain, and immediately after any violent storms. Some problems start out small but have the potentially to worsen in a short amount of time. Don’t wait until it’s too late. The team at BP Roofing can help you understand exactly what you need to inspect to ensure your tiled roof is in top condition.
At a high level, homeowners should routinely inspect the following:
The knowledge and expertise of a professional slater or roof tiler is invaluable. Only specially trained people should venture out over a visibly damaged or aging roof pitch. At BP Roofing, we have all of the necessary safety equipment to inspect your damaged tile roof and ensure the safety of yourself and your family. Our team have been providing tile roof repair to Brisbane residents for over 25 years and can help you identify any risks and repair your tile roof quickly and safely.
The first thing you should do as a home owner is check for any visible signs of damage. Missing tiles, broken tiles or cracked tiles present a risk to the overall integrity of your tiled roof and will need to be repaired as soon as possible. Similarly, downpipes, gutters and fascias should have no visible damage or cracking as this could be symptomatic of a much larger problem.
In addition, homeowners should check all capping’s, pointing’s and flashings to ensure that severe wind or rain has not done anything to compromise the integrity of these essential roof features.
A tile roof, when constructed correctly and looked after properly can provide decades of uninterrupted protection for a home owner. However, with improper care or lack of regular and routine maintenance, the roof on your home could have a much shorter lifespan.
Over time, roof tiles and features can deteriorate in the weather. This is completely normal and presents no serious threats as long as the weathering and damage is noted quickly and repaired proactively. Rarely is it necessary to replace an entire roof on a home or residential property. When owners take time to care for their tile roof, and make iterative repairs and renewals over its lifetime, they can be sure they will not run into any major problems that could have otherwise been avoided.
In some cases, whether for design and architectural reasons, or for structural integrity reasons, a tiled roof needs to be stripped and replaced, rather than simply repaired. The team at BP Roofing have been providing new tiled roofs and tiled roof repairs for over 25 years and counting. We are local Brisbane residents and understand how the unique Brisbane, Queensland climate can take its toll on any kind of roof including tiled roofs. If you would like to organise an obligation free quote for your tiled roof repair, or tiled roof replacement then reach out to our friendly customer service team and they will be only too happy to help.
Slate and Stone
Because slate and stone are natural materials, and considered to be highly durable, they are a well sought after building and construction material for both new and older style homes. In fact, if kept in good condition and regularly maintained, slate and stone tiles that are removed from existing roofs can often be cleaned and recycled
Slate and stone tiles can be produced or reclaimed in a variety of colours, textures and thicknesses, anywhere from 4mm through to 7.5mm and more, so it is important to take note of the exact specification of your existing slate tiles before purchasing any new ones for slate tile roof repair.
Slate and Terracotta Tile Fixing.
Slate tiles and terracotta tiles are quite different when it comes to how we go about installing them. Traditionally, slate tiles are fixed to roof frame with either nails or specially designed screws, whereas terracotta tiles and concrete tiles are usually designed to have a tongue and groove to allow them to interlock with each other.. Similarly, cappings are made to match the interlocking system of tile mounting, so it is important you know the style of tiles that you are working with on your roof.
If you would like the help of an expert to understand more about your tile roof repair requirements, then the team at BP roofing would love to help. Give us a call and we can organise for one of our dedicated local Brisbane tile roof repair experts to attend your home, conduct a thorough inspection of your roof and provide you with advice, and if required an obligation free quote for any roof tile repairs you might need.
Terracotta tiles and concrete tile repair in Brisbane
Both terracotta and concrete tiles are a popular choice for many new home builds and have been a staple building material in Australia for over 40 years. Whilst terracotta tiles traditionally are kiln dried and made out of clay, concrete tiles in recent years have undergone some serious innovations in terms of their production, coating and compounds.
Regardless of whether your home has concrete or terracotta tiles, sometimes they will need to be repaired. The team at BP roofing have extensive experience in inspecting, repairing and replacing terracotta tiles and concrete tiles from any of Australias major manufacturers such as Austral and Boral.
In many houses, overhead roof spaces have been used as a space to run certain types of plumbing, air conditioning or heating. If your tile roof leaks, then you may be risking this expensive feature of your home, so it is best having any damaged repaired immediately. Even if you are not sure, it is better to be safe than sorry so make sure you enlist the help of any expert.
Profiles, Pitch and Roof Size
If you are considering any changes to your roof, there are many things that you need to take into account. The main function of a roof is to allow fast runoff of water in wet weather conditions and storms. The additional roof features that have been installed to your home should be specifically configured based on the design, pitch and size of your roof. Before attempting any DIY it might pay to seek the advice of an expert to see whether or not your plans for renovation are going to negatively impact or at worst, risk the integrity of your tiled roof.
Modernising your tiled roof.
In Australia we are lucky enough to have access to some leading innovations in building materials and processes, so if you have an older roof you are wanting to update, it might be a great opportunity to modernise your tiled roof with new technology and features. These might include heat extraction, skylights or simply a more modern look and feel to improve the curb appeal of your home.