Factors To Consider When Replacing Your Roof

A damaged roof on your home can cause structural problems and even start a fire if water leaks into electrical elements. So don't procrastinate if it needs replacing. Here are some factors to consider.

Removing And Disposing Of The Old Roof

Your old roof will need to be removed and disposed of, and these tasks vary depending on the material. Dislodging individual tiles, for instance, is typically more time-consuming than removing metal sheets. Disposal costs will vary as well, in line with the amount, type and weight of the old roofing.

Which Roofing Material To Choose

A roof replacement provides the ideal opportunity to install your favourite material. Standard options include metal sheeting and terracotta, concrete and slate tiles. Colorbond roofs are a popular kind of metal roofing, consisting of fire-resistant steel with an aluminium-zinc film that inhibits corrosion. These sheets are available in a wide range of beautiful muted colours to match diverse architectural styles. If you live near the ocean, consider an extra-durable variety to cope with salty air. 

Terracotta, slate and concrete are non-combustible and also suitable for areas prone to bush fires. All of these create durable roofing. Concrete, in particular, offers a vast array of colours and profiles, though terracotta and slate also provide numerous options. Check with your local council as to whether they enforce any regulations about particular materials and colours.

Your Home's Supporting Structure

If you're changing from a lighter option, such as metal, to a heavier substance, such as concrete, your home might need extra structural support. Your roofing contractor can give specific advice on these sorts of construction issues. The diverse materials weigh different amounts.

Roof Styles

Other factors to consider include your roof's accessibility, size, height and pitch. If it's difficult to reach, this can complicate the replacement. The particular roof style will also affect how straightforward the task is. A more complex structure with numerous ridges and valleys is more challenging than a simple roof. Some structures—particularly high and steep ones—may need additional safety measures to be taken.

Other Aspects 

Your roof will also need sarking, which is a material that lies underneath the roof to protect your home from water and to add insulation. You also need to decide on what other specific installation material to install. Your roofing specialist can advise what's best for your local climate; some are more suitable for temperate climates, and others work best in hot environments.