Re-Roofing Your Home

The benefits of re-roofing are great when you consider the aesthetic appeal, and improved durability in a new roof.




The reality in older homes is that a roof is subject to degradation just like anything else. While most are well-built and not likely to come crashing down any time soon, that doesn’t mean they’re fully functional. Especially considering the increasingly wild weather conditions, damage to roofing occurs more often than you may think.

Sometimes, it’s a better option to just replace a roof, but it’s not always a simple task. The benefits of re-roofing, though, are great when you consider the aesthetic appeal, and improved durability in a new roof.


Here’s what’s involved:


Choosing a new roof

Before any re-roofing takes place, you need to have the old roof inspected thoroughly. This gives your roofing contractor the best chance of giving an accurate quote. As part of this process, you’ll also need to choose the type of new roof you’d like.

Many modern homes use metal roofing because it’s extremely durable, but tiled roofing is still popular also. Whatever you choose, your roofing contractor will then proceed with measurements and provide you with a quote.


Safety first

Roofing is dangerous work, because contractors are doing everything at heights. As such, safety gear is integral to the process. Not all roofing work requires full scaffolding to be erected, but at a minimum you should see guard rails and access ladders in place.







Out with the old

The new roof needs to be removed, so this is naturally the first step. Much like a closing-down sale, everything must go. Flashings, vents, gutters and roofing material is all removed so your contractor starts with a clean slate. Even the old roof insulation is usually removed to make way for a better product.

During this step, your roofing contractor also gets a chance to fully inspect the area to determine if any issues might arise from the original plan.


In with the new

Battens are the first part to be added to a new roof. Older timber battens will likely have degraded, and it’s much better to replace them. When installing new battens, the modern standard is to use metal battens. These comply with building codes, and they’re much more durable.







Insulating the roof

A layer of reflective foil is often laid when re-roofing, because this gives an added benefit in keeping heat out of your ceiling cavity. This, however, doesn’t remove the need for quality ceiling insulation.

In fact, if you’re looking to add or upgrade the batts in your ceiling, now is the perfect time to do it. With the roof cavity exposed, it’s easy to lay the insulation without climbing around in your roof later on.


Installing your brand-new roof

With battens and insulation installed, it’s time to install the new roof. Metal roofing is usually a lot quicker to install, and your contractors usually re-measure and install all the edging first. With that done, it’s simply a matter of adding the metal panels.

Once this is done, the finishing touches are required, such as the flashing and guttering. Flashing not only adds an aesthetic touch, but it also ensures all gaps are covered and there’s no risk of leaks.

Finally, it’s time to clean everything up, remove all the old building materials, and there you have it. A brand-new, well-insulated and durable roof that will serve you for many years to come.







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