How long does a roof restoration take?

This article contains everything you’ll need to know about how long it takes to complete a roof restoration with PorterVac. Our roof restoration experts will complete a thorough check of your property and organise a roof restoration that suits your schedule. We hope this article provides some clarity on how long you can expect a roof restoration to take and any impacts that it may have on your lifestyle.

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When should you restore a roof?

Melbourne’s weather can be brutal and vacillating; not just to us, but our roofs. A roof takes some serious knocks throughout its life which can have an abrasive and damaging effect. A roof that isn’t protecting your home sufficiently can lead to serious, costly damage. So, sometimes a roof might need a little TLC to bring it back to 100%. Our team of roof restoration experts can support you through the process.

But, when should you restore a roof? Ideally, ASAP. If your roof has faults in it that could lead to greater damage if not addressed, then the best time to restore it is now. For the best advice on when to restore your roof; whether now or later, if possible, talk to one of our roof restoration experts.

What is roof restoration

The term roof restoration describes services like cleaning, repairing and re-coating and it applies to all types of roofs. Roof restoration can be used to extend the life of your roof and it’s a cheaper option than replacing a whole roof.

A roof that’s in poor condition can lead to leaks, attract animals (that cause further damage), develop mould and create issues that can render insurance invalid.

Not all roofs need a restoration; some roofs may only require some repairs and some may need a replacement. A roof restoration is necessary if the roof has some repairable damage or flaws to the structure.

Here are some signs that your roof needs restoration:

  • Roof cavity – check in your roof cavity for dark patches indicating water damage. Or, look for beams of light streaming through. Both of these are indicators of a problem within the roof cavity.
  • External indicators such as worn or ruptured roof sealant, discoloured or worn roof tiles, cracked tiles, moss and lichen, corrosion, damaged gutters and pipes, and a sagging structure.

It is best to always use a qualified roofer with experience to inspect your roof and provide professional advice. Qualified roofers have experience with roofs of all shapes and sizes, plus specialised tools to get the job done right.

And if you’re unsure, you can contact our team of roof restoration experts who can talk you through what to look for and advise what might be the best course of action for the property.

How long does a roof restoration take

In most cases, a standard roof restoration typically takes between 3 to 5 days, however the length of time a roof restoration can take will depend on the roof, the damage and the customer’s desired end result.

After one of our roof restoration experts has visited your property and completed an inspection of the damage to the roof, we will provide our recommendations and the options available to refresh your roof.

What happens during a roof restoration?

So, why does it take 3-5 days to complete a roof restoration? What work occurs during the process?

  • Tile replacement – our roofers will replace and refresh worn, damaged and missing tiles. This can vary from a few damaged tiles that simply need replacing, to a full, complete replacement that will lengthen the roof restoration process.
  • Tile Re-bedding and/or re-pointing – the process involves removing the tiles, manually and relaying them with flexible pointing material to better bind them to the roof.
  • Pressure cleaning / Pressure Washing
  • Painting and resealing – the final touch to help your roof stand out and keep that freshly restored look for longer.

The time that each service will take can vary greatly dependent on the work required.

How much does a roof restoration cost?

Just like the length of time a roof restoration can take; the cost of a roof restoration can vary significantly. For example, a modern property with a young roof that requires some cracked tiles replaced and resealing is a simple service compared to an older property with damage to the structural beams, with rare and cracked tiles. The former requires readily available products that our roofers can install.

Because services vary, the price can also vary, so providing a rough idea on price within this article is not helpful, especially if a qualified roofer hasn’t inspected your property yet to supply a breakdown of recommendations.

We would recommend contacting our team for a free quote to find out how much a roof restoration will cost for your property.

Can I stay in my home during a roof restoration?

During a roof restoration you may or may not be able to remain in the property depending on the services required.

In most cases we can supply protective cover to keep rain and inclement weather out of the property. Under more rare circumstances it may be necessary to leave the property during a roof restoration. This could be for health and safety requirements, or simply to minimise disruption to the residents.

As most roof restorations are typically completed in 3-5 days it means for circumstances where the residents do have to leave the property they’re not inconvenienced for too long.

Can I do a roof restoration myself?

The short answer is no, you cannot complete your own roof restoration. This is not a job you can simply DIY. A lot of skill, expertise and specialist tools go into roof restoration, so we would strongly recommend you hire a professional roofing specialist. Not only will they complete the job safely and efficiently, but it will be completed faster and to a higher standard than you could complete by yourself.

Is a roof restoration worth it?

The negative impacts from not restoring a roof that is aged and has damage will far outweigh the costs of any services required to bring it back to life.

Burying your head in the sand and ignoring any existing issues on a roof will only exacerbate any faults and lead to larger problems down the line, including rendering any insurance you may have ineffective if your insurer believes you have neglected standard property maintenance.

Roof restoration will extend the life of your roof and nip any roof faults in the bud before they develop into catastrophic problems

So, yes, a roof restoration is worth it.

If you need more help, why not check out our article for everything you need to know about roof restoration in Melbourne. Call PorterVac now on 1300 463 081 or request a call back here, we will answer any questions you may have and provide a free quote for your roof restoration.

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