Roofs are unique by way of shape, style, size, type, pitch and age. All of these characteristics require a unique type of roofing specialist to isolate and diagnose any issue you may have. Not all roofers or roofing contractors are specialists in leak detection or roof repairs. Homeowners are realising their roofs are an important investment within the total home package. Your choice of roof requires careful consideration, whether you are installing a new roof or re-roofing an existing one.
Don’t hire a cowboy!
Essential to the longevity of a roof system is quality product competently installed by a roofing specialist. Don’t be fooled by choosing the first contractor you contact, neither let a cheap price fool you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Over the years roofing has become a specialist stand-alone trade demanding greater knowledge and skills by those installing roofs, in order to keep up with change in architectural design, technology and the varied number of products and profiles now available in the marketplace. The Roofing Association of New Zealand provides membership services to suitably qualified roofing contractors in New Zealand. RANZ is actively engaged in the business of ensuring a more professional, health & safety conscious, quality trained, skilled and qualified industry. They represent the roofing industry in all aspects of legislation and compliance involving government, regulatory and local government authorities.
The right product for you?
Location and environmental conditions dictate the type of roofing material best suited for your building. In the case of a re-roof, using an alternative product may require additional structural work. Essential to the longevity of your roof is compatibility of the products used to install and complete the roof system. Roofing materials available range from natural products to commercially produced products. Some options are:
- Thatch is roofing made of plant stalks in overlapping layers
- Shingle is the generic term for a roofing material that is in many overlapping sections, regardless of the nature of the material.
- Ceramic tile. High cost, life of more than 100 years.
- Membrane roofing. Membrane roofing is in large sheets, generally fused in some way at the joints to form a continuous surface.
- Metal roofing.
- Concrete or fibre cement, usually reinforced with fibres of some sort.
- Structural concrete can also be used for flat roof constructions. There are three main categories, precast/prestressed, cast-in-place and shell. There are many types of precast/prestressed concrete roofing. The followings are the most common types.
Help! I have a leak!
One of the most stressful maintenance issues you can come across is finding that you have a leak in your roof and water is entering your home. Generally, a roofing company can be engaged to:
1. Investigate the cause of the leak. Usually a verbal or written roof report will be given.
2. Advise you about the relevant solutions available and be flexible enough to give you various options depending on your budget.
3. Undertake the roof repairs. Once you have accepted the verbal or written report your roofing company is then responsible to carry out the roof repairs in a timely manner to be effective and guaranteed to hold up even in most severe weather conditions.
New Zealands ever changing weather conditions can create some serious issues with your roof. Discovering problems and fixing them early can drastically extend the life of your roof.
Most roofing companies provide services that cover the following areas:
- Minor and Major leaks
- Replace rusted Iron
- Replace broken & loose Concrete tiles
- Re-bed and re-point cracked mortar
- Replace nail lead heads with screws
- Replace old gutters and down pipes
- Renew flashings
- Moss Treatment