What a busy week it has been - trying to fit as many jobs as possible in for our customers before Christmas. Here are some of the works we have completed this week.
As licensed metal and tile roofers, our team do jobs of all sizes, from residential to commercial - big and small. Here are some of the small repair works we completed so far this week:
SKYLIGHT AND WHIRLY BIRD INSTALLATION, REPLACING BROKEN ROOF TILES
Hail had impacted and broken the skylight domes on this roof, so we replaced with new. We also replaced the hail dented whirly birds and tiles across the roof.
SKYLIGHT PANEL INSTALLATION INTO PATIO AND WHIRLY BIRD INSTALLATION
We installed skylight strips into a patio roof, to provide more light to an otherwise dark area. We also replaced the whirly birds with new, as the existing whirly birds were hail damaged.
REPLACEMENT OF POLYCARBONATE ROOF
- the before photos show hail had impacted the polycarbonate sheeting. We replaced it as well as the flashings and cappings.
Tiled roofs require regular maintenance. We recommend having your roof inspected every 12 months to ensure the following:
- ridge capping mortar is not cracked or deteriorated
- there are no broken tiles
- valleys and gutters are free of leaf litter and debris
We recently attended a home in Benowa to carry out some tile repair works, as in recent storm activity the roof had been leaking, causing significant internal ceiling damage. We undertook the following works:
- replacing 6x broken Monier 100 patterned tiles
- reinstalling a poorly installed whirlybird
- disconnecting the tile clips in the affected area, to also prevent them from leaking
- removing poorly installed Valley seal and installing new
- repointed all ridge capping as the existing mortar had deteriorated
You can see some of our progress and works below:
You can see on this roof, that the tiles had been previously painted and it is peeling away. This can be a cause of a roof leak - peeling paint. The paint can flake and cause water to trace into the roof cavity, by blocking valleys, gutters and more. We ha also recommended to this owner to have the roof high pressure cleaned to avoid this issue.
If you need some tile roofing advice, contact us today we would be more than happy to provide our qualified opinion.
We had a phone call a few weeks ago regarding a leaking tile roof. Water was entering the roof cavity in several places and we were asked to investigate this further.
Water was entering from:
- Broken roof tiles
- Leaf and plant filled gutters, causing water to overflow the gutters and enter the roof cavity
- Cracks in ridge capping mortar
- Slipped valley tiles causing water to not be able to flow down the valley iron
We undertook the following works to ensure that the roof would be leak free and maintenance free:
1.Removed valley tiles. Cleaned debris from valley. Re-sealed existing valley flashing at overlaps. Installed valley seal to both sides of the valley flashing preventing water overflowing the valley. Reinstated valley tiles including any new tiles. Install valley tiles clips to prevent tiles slipping into the valley.
2.Re-pointed all ridge and barge tiles with Shieldcoat Flexible Pointing Mortar including 10 year guarantee.
3.Replaced approximately 15 broken/cracked tiles across roof.
4.Reseal tv anchor points and skylight
5.Cleaned roof gutters of leaf debris and plant growth
With storm season upon us, you need to ensure your roof is maintained and ready to combat the weather.
We spoke about some tips and what needs to be done to storm proof your roof HERE.
Other common roof repair and tile issue work we have completed can be seen HERE.
Contact us today for free advice on how you can weatherproof your roof for this storm season.
A leaking roof if left unrepaired can lead to serious structural damage.
Signs of leaks include internal water entry, wet insulation, ceiling stains or mould. If roof leaks are not repaired quickly, they can lead to widespread damage to walls, fittings, furniture and your
house structure. Severe damage can be reduced if roof repairs and maintenance are carried out when needed - before it is too late!
Common roof leaks are a result of:
- Cracks in ridge capping
- Broken roof tiles
- Rusted screws or roof sheets
- Poorly installed or sealed flashing
- Leaf litter build-up in gutters and valleys
Here is a job we attended at Elanora recently, where we found approx 16 x broken roof tiles and a broken barge cap, as well as leaf litter buildup in the valleys and guttering. These are obvious issues that you don't need to be a roofer to see! Broken tiles and leaf filled valleys are some of the most common causes of roof leaks - with water then backflowing under the roof tiles and straight into your roof cavity.
Trust us to take care of your roofing job. We are experts in roof repairs and identifying roof leaks.
We will do a thorough inspection of the issue, make a recommendation to action, provide a detailed quote for any repairs deemed necessary and provide you with quality service and workmanship.
To discuss your roof or gutter repairs, contact us or click here for a free quote.
We completed works today at a home in Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. The roof was badly hail damaged and insurance was covering the replacement of broken roof tiles that were cracked from the hails impact and the repointing of the ridge caps as the hail had chipped the mortar away. The roof is now watertight and back to its original condition, which is our aim with insurance roof repair works.
Australia’s leading insurance companies trust us to look after your roofing needs. We understand the inconvenience caused by insurance works and deliver experienced, skilled and trustworthy trades to deliver quality workmanship. If you need roofing advice that may be storm or insurance related, feel free to contact us we would be happy to assist!
Here are the job progress photos -
WOW! Storm season is definitely upon us here on the East Coast of Australia. Yesterday the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane were hit with hail, winds and rain. It is important in this kind of weather, that your roof is storm and weather proof!
You can read more about how to storm proof your roof here and how to prepare your roof for the storm season.
After the wild weather last night, we had a call from a customer who had several roof leaks overnight.
The roof requires urgent repairs as it is currently leaking and is not currently watertight. The reasoning is:
1. There is leaf litter and buildup in the valleys and gutters which is forcing water to backflow up under the roof tiles and into the roof cavity.
2. Broken tiles and cracks in ridge capping mortar are allowing water entry into the roof cavity.
3. Valley tiles have becomes dislodged and have slipped into the valley iron, the water cannot flow down the valley towards the gutter, then backflowing into the roof cavity.
The solution to fix these issues and what we recommended to the customer:
- Remove and replace approximately 12 broken Clark roof tiles
- Re-bed ridge caps where required to be able to repoint ridge caps
- Re-point all ridge caps, approximately 65Lm, using Shieldcoat flexible pointing mortar (10 year product guarantee)
- Re-fit slipped valley tiles and fit valley clips to prevent tiles slipping in the future.
- Clean out all valleys and guttering free of leaf debris and buildup
You can see that these issues can cause major roof havoc and water issues. The repair cost is minimal compared to what the cost of water damage and the bill to replace internal plaster, and electrical wiring could be if damaged. Your roof is your homes most important asset. Ensure it is watertight to protect you, your family and belongings!
If you have a water leak, get your roof inspected now - before its too late and water damage to your home occurs! Speak to us today, if you would like a free roof inspection and advice on whats best for your home.
This home at Bundall is at a point where it is 15+ years and required roof maintenance. There were a few issues that were causing a roof leaks and therefore we carried out the following roof repairs on this property to rectify it:
- Removed mortar and valley tiles from the valley iron, as they were causing water to backflow into the roof cavity under the tiles
- Removed all valley tiles and replaced 2 x valley irons over affected area. The existing valley irons were rusted and would have been letting water into the roof cavity
- Supplied and installed valley seal to 2 x valley irons, to stop any water being able to enter the roof cavity in heavy rain. It acts as another deterrant.
- Removed and replaced 12 x broken tiles that were cracked across the roof. These can cause water to enter the roof cavity, even if it is only a chipped tile or a small hairline fracture.
- Repointed approx 20Lm of ridge capping, as the existing mortar was cracked and crumbling in some areas.
- Removed tile clips above an affected area, where the existing clips were leaking
- Drilled weep holes into mortar of ridge capping, this allows moisture to exit the roof cavity
The photos below show the works undertaken and the jobs progress.
If you have a leaking tile roof, are unsure of the cause or think it might be roof related contact us today. We offer a no obligation free quote from Byron Bay to the Northern Gold Coast. Either phone us on 07 5598 6037 or fill out our quote request form
Rencent roof repairs were carried out at this property in Murwillumbah house due various roof leaks through the home. The cause of the roof leaks were from two issues.
1. Due to cracked bedding and pointing and leaking tile clips.
Roofs repairs carried out:
Removd and replace 20x broken roof tiles
Removed and replaced all leaking tile clips with new moniar tile clips
Re-bedded and Re-pointed all ridge capping
Inserted weep holes into ridge capping
2. The guttering on the home was at the end of its lifespan and leaking.
We supplied and installed new Colorbond guttering to the entire roof line to fix the leaks and issues. We also installed Leaf Free gutter guard to stop any leaf litter getting into the gutters and blocking them.
At the jobs completion we discovered a 3m python had decided to reside in our trailer, so that was a surprise when unloading it at the end of the job! It always unique working on rural properties, we have had goannas, alpacas and many snakes surprising us before!
Tile roofs require maintenance to ensure they protect your most valuable asset, your home and its possessions.
Here is what you need to be aware of in terms of maintenance for your roof:
Every six months
Ensure your gutters and valleys are clean free from leaf litter and debris. Leaf litter and debris can block downpipes and valleys and cause water to unnecessarily backflow into your roof cavity. This can cause ceiling damage and internal damage.
In the event of a storm
If you have had recent bad weather, its recommended to have a licensed roofer inspect your roof. Damage can easily be caused by hail stones, branches falling from trees, heavy rain and high winds.
Every five - ten years
It is recommended that every five to ten years you have your roof inspected by a licensed roofer. They will check the following:
- The quality of the bedding which cements your capping tiles which run along the ridge (top) and hips (sides/corners) of tile roofs. Any cracks, crumbly mortar or missing mortar will need to be addressed.
- The quality of the flexible pointing mortar of the capping tiles. Over time it can crack, weather and dislodge. Any cracks, crumbly mortar or missing pointing will need to be addressed.
- Broken tiles. Tiles can become porous and soft with age and can begin to crack easily. Ensure there are no broken tiles or caps on the roof, as this can lead to leaks and issues for your roof.
- Check gutters, downpipes and valley irons for any rust or leaking issues. If water can not easily from off your roof, then its likely it is going to backflow into the roof cavity. Your gutters and valley irons are equally as important as the tile roof itself.
Unfortunately tile roofing requires ongoing maintenance over its life (unlike new metal roofing) because of the effects of the weather and surrounding environment. However, if you keep your roof regulary maintained you will prolong its life and ensure that it remains intact, water tight and a barrier for your home and possessions. If you think your roof is in need of a roof inspection then contact us today. We would be happy to offer a no obligation inspection and quote.
cHANGING BROKEN TILES AND REPOINTING RIDGE CAPS
We have just completed a job at Pacific Pines at the northern end of the Gold Coast. The roof was in poor condition, with badly broken roof tiles and cracked ridge capping mortar. There was ceiling water damage in some areas under the broken tiles and badly cracked ridge capping mortar. The valley tiles also had slipped in some areas, meaning that there is gaps between the tiles that allows water entry into the roof cavity.
We carried out the following repairs to this roof to fix its leaking issues:
- Removed and replaced approx 25 x broken roof tiles. The broken tiles are removed from the roof, then all the new tiles are placed in the bottom row of the roof so that they are not visible from the ground. If we were to remove the broken tile and then replace it with the new tile you would have noticeably different tiles scattered across the roof. We do our best to colour match the tile to close as possible, however tiles change and some colours are phased out and no longer manufactured. This is the best possible solution aesthetically.
- Rebed approx 20Lm of ridge capping (using a sand and cement mortar)
- Repointed all ridge caps approx 170 in total, using Shieldcoat flexible pointing mortar (10 year product guarantee)
- Refit slipped valley tiles and supplied and installed valley clips
The roof is now watertight and will be maintenance free for up to 10 years+. We recommend you have your roof inspected every ten years to keep on top of maintenance issues. You can read more about tile roof repairs here that we have recently undertaken.
Have a roof issue that needs repairing? We travel from Byron Bay to the northern Gold Coast and all areas in between. Call us today on 07 5598 6037 or contact us via our online enquiry form.