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6 COMMON MISTAKES PROPERTY OWNERS MAKE WHEN DECIDING ON A NEW ROOF

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1. DO-IT-YOURSELF – SOURCING THE MATERIALS AND INSTALLING THE ROOF SYSTEM YOURSELF

According to statistics, roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There are plenty of do-it-yourself maintenance jobs that property owners can perform, but roofing is not one of them.

Roofing materials are readily available to purchase through hardware stores and through the manufacturers themselves, but that doesn’t mean you can replace or repair that roof yourself. Manufacturers will only offer a warranty for materials installed by a licenced contractor.

Furthermore, there are important decisions to make when purchasing and installing a new roof system. There are structural, ventilation and installation requirements and standards that need to be met, not to mention safety issues.

It is for this reason, that roof repairs or replacements should only be carried out by qualified, licenced and insured professionals, like those at Hindmarsh Roofing.

2. ACCEPTING THE LOWEST PRICE WITHOUT COMPARING QUOTATIONS

We are sure you have heard the expression, ‘you get what you pay for’ and the same applies for roofing estimates. If you have obtained several roofing quotations and one is well below the price of the other quotations, analyse the items listed and ensure that it is comparable. Confirm that the quotation includes the same scope of works, materials, accessories and warranties offered. Often a significantly lower price than the others may indicate that the subcontractor will be cutting corners or using substandard materials.

Also if a contractor claims to be the cheapest without even getting an estimate or will beat any quote, you do not want them working on your premises. They have to make a living like anybody else and the cheapest price generally doesn’t get you a quality job. You may initially pay less to go with the cheapest contractor but it might cost you more in the long run.

3. SUCCUMBING TO SALES PRESSURE AND SIGNING ON THE SPOT

The deals that sound too good to be true, usually are…We have all been confronted with them – the high pressure salesperson who offers you that ‘special deal’ only if you sign on the spot today or you will lose that ‘special deal’. Generally, the only individual who benefits from this is the salesperson because he gets a bigger commission for getting the contract signed quickly.

A reputable roofing company won’t require you to sign on the spot by offering you discounts, a free barbecue or ‘I’ll call the manager’ deals. In addition, if a company provides you with a roofing quotation and then discounts the quotation by more than 10%, you may want to rethink and question their price margins and how overpriced their roofing services may be in comparison to other roofing companies.

All quotations will have an expiry date, but they should be valid for a period long enough to source other quotations, discuss your options and make a sound decision.

Hindmarsh Roofing does not employ salespeople or commission based staff. The individual who comes to assess your roof is employed by Hindmarsh Roofing because of their knowledge and experience in the roofing industry.

4. HIRING ROOFING CONTRACTORS THAT CAN START IMMEDIATELY

It may be possible for a roofing company to commence work on your premises immediately if they have had a cancellation or if it’s not peak season. However you should always do a little more investigating.

These days it is difficult to differentiate between a reputable and established roofing company and individuals who have  recently started their business. With today’s technology, everyone can have a website, claim to be experienced and show you examples of their work by purchasing stock images.

Ensure you place your premises in reputable and experienced hands and find out how long the roofing company has been in business. Do they have all the necessary licences, insurances, offer warranties and are they certified by the manufacturers whose products they are proposing to install.

Download our Checklist for Comparing Roofing Companies here.

5. NOT DISCUSSING ROOFING WARRANTIES

With all the details involved in purchasing a new roof, many property owners forget to ask about warranties and what happens if something goes wrong with the roof after installation. Your contractor should be offering you both material and workmanship guarantees in writing.

The workmanship warranty on offer demonstrates a roofing contractor’s confidence in their work and customer service. This reinforces the point that it is important to confirm how long the company has been in business and whether they have the ability to honour the warranty in the future.

A reputable roofing company should be a certified or approved contractor for the products they are installing. Leading manufacturers will only provide a product warranty on new materials if they are installed by a licensed roofing contractor.

It is imperative to deal with an established company with a proven reputation. At Hindmarsh Roofing, we offer our clients an above industry standard, 10 year workmanship warranty. We are fully licenced, insured and only use and recommend genuine Australian made steel products and materials.

6. EMPLOYING THE SERVICES OF A HANDYMAN

Whilst recommendations from family and friends are helpful, using the services of a handyman that is not qualified, licenced or insured is leaving property owners in an extremely vulnerable position.

Over the years we have seen work carried out by handymen that have resulted in poor workmanship and as a result homeowners have been left high and dry with unfinished roofs and water damaged homes.

What may have initially sounded like a wise investment has ended up costing the property owner twice to rectify problems that should have been done correctly the first time.

AVOID THESE COSTLY MISTAKES

Your property is more than just a roof over your head, it is probably the single biggest investment you will make in your life time and your roof is undoubtedly the most important part of your premises. It protects your whole property against every weather condition, rain, hail or shine. So it is essential you look after your roof to protect your family and your investments and it’s even more essential that you use a reliable and professional roofing contractor to carry out any roofing repairs or replacements.

Don’t let your roof become your biggest regret, get quality roofing advice and service from professionals. Call Hindmarsh Roofing in Adelaide today on 08 8268 1600 or fill out our online contact form for a free quotation and friendly, professional advice.

CHECKLIST FOR COMPARING ROOFING CONTRACTORS

Checklist for Comparing Roofing Contractors

 

Finding the right roofing contractor for your premises is not a decision that should be taken lightly. It is always important to make educated and informed decisions to ensure the quality of your premises is in experienced, reputable hands.

Deciding who is best suited to your needs can be difficult. So how do you go about selecting the ideal roofing contractor for your specific project?

We at Hindmarsh Roofing have compiled a list of questions to keep in mind when comparing and choosing a roofing contractor and make the process a little easier.

1. IS THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR LEGITIMATELY LISTED AND ESTABLISHED?

A dedicated roofing contractor will have basic identifiers like a permanent place of business, website, email address, fax number, office phone number, mobile phone number and listing in the phonebook. A legitimate contractor should also be able to provide you with their Australian Business Number and Tax File Number. Verifying this information will give you assurance that you are not hiring a fly-by-night roofing contractor, who may not be around to honor their workmanship warranty if a problem arises in the future. Do not trust a contractor that only presents limited information.

2. HOW LONG HAS THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR BEEN IN BUSINESS?

The more experienced a contractor is the better. The number of years a roofing contractor has been in business is a good indicator of the companies reliability and success. A well-established company should be around long after your roof has been installed.  If the contractor has been around for decades, it is likely that they have done hundreds, if not thousands of roofing projects.

3. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR OFFER ONSITE INSPECTIONS AND FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTATIONS?

If a roofing contractor tries to offer you an estimate over the phone, without also viewing the scope of works, you may want to consider another contractor. Taking accurate measurements, evaluating the current condition of the roof are all factors that can only be determined by an onsite inspection.

4. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR HOLD A BUILDING WORK CONTRACTORS LICENCE SPECIFIED TO ROOF PLUMBING?

In South Australia, roofing contractors must hold a valid Building Work Contractors Licence issued by Consumer & Business Services, specified to Roof Plumbing. A builders licence specified to Roof Plumbing is important evidence that a business has the skills to complete the work they propose to do. Most manufacturers and roll formers will only give a product warranty when the material has been installed by a licenced roofing contractor.  Request to view a copy, or alternatively, you can search the Consumer & Business Services register to find a licence holder or to check if a business or individual is licenced by visiting this link – http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/wcm/licensing-and-registration/find-a-licence-holder/

5. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR HAVE ADEQUATE PUBLIC LIABILITY AND WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE?

For peace of mind, request to view insurance credentials of the roofing contractor you choose – Never take a contractors word. A responsible roofing contractor will have Public Liability Insurance to cover against personal injury to anyone on your property as a result of the work or materials they have used. The reality is occasionally things can go wrong, which is why you should only ever employ roofing contractors that are fully insured. Your personal home and contents insurance may not cover against damage or injury caused by an individual working for a business on your property and you, the client may be liable.

6. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR HOLD A CURRENT CONSTRUCTION INDUCTION WHITE CARD AND WORK SAFELY AT HEIGHTS CERTIFICATE?

As per the South Australian, Code of Practice all people who enter a construction site or work in construction must have undertaken White Card Training and must show proof of such training.  A further licencing requirement for all roofing contractors is to obtain a Work Safely at Height Certificate, issued by SafeWork SA.

7. IS THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR A MEMBER OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, SUCH AS THE MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OR THE HOUSING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION?

Being a member of industry associations demonstrates a commitment to professionalism. The Master Builders Association and Housing Industry Association have expectations of their members to conduct business with honesty and integrity, employ the highest levels of business skills and technical knowledge and to execute all work using good workmanship and materials. Members also keep up to date with industry and technical information, training and support.

As members of the Master Builders Association and the Housing Industry Association, Hindmarsh Roofing works and adheres to the Australian Standards and Code of Ethics.

8. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR HAVE A VALID AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS NUMBER (ABN) AND ARE THEY REGISTERED FOR GST?

Confirm and ensure that the roofing contractor is legitimate by checking whether they have a valid Australian Business Number. Furthermore, only pay Goods and Services Tax to contractors that are registered for GST by visiting this link – http://.abr.business.gov.au/

9. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR PROVIDE A DETAILED, WRITTEN QUOTATION INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK TO BE DONE, MATERIALS THAT WILL BE INSTALLED AND TERMS OF PAYMENT?

Ensure that you only deal with a roofing contractor that has provided you with a detailed, written quotation. The quotation should provide in detail the description of the work to be performed, start and completion dates, the location where the work will be performed, material gauges and thicknesses, warranties, terms of payment and terms and conditions. In the event something goes wrong, detailed, written quotations are a safeguard for both the client and the roofing contractor. A claim made against any contractor with Consumer & Business Services will be more difficult, without a written quotation.

10. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR PROVIDE YOU WITH ITS WORKMANSHIP WARRANTY IN WRITING?

A written warranty will demonstrate a roofing contractors confidence in their work and customer service, however it is only as good as the company offering it. Ask how long the company or individual has been in business? A company or individual with an established business that has been around for a long time is likely to be around to honor the warranty should there be a problem in the future.  It is imperative to deal with an established company with a proven reputation.

At Hindmarsh Roofing, we offer our clients a 10 year workmanship warranty, which is above the industry standard. Our future depends on the complete satisfaction of the customers we deal with today, which is why we put in so much effort into making sure every customer is completely satisfied with the work we do.

11. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR ONLY USE 100% AUSTRALIAN MADE BLUESCOPE STEEL?

Ensure your roofing contractor uses Australian made sheet metal and not an inferior product. Some contractors may opt for low grade manufactured materials to save money and increase their bottom line. Do your research and ask how long each roofing material will last and who it is manufactured by.

12. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR ONLY USE MATERIALS THAT ARE FULLY BACKED BY WARRANTY AND ARE THEY CERTIFIED BY THE MANUFACTURERS WHOSE PRODUCTS THEY ARE INSTALLING?

A reputable roofing company should be a certified or approved contractor for the products they are installing. Certified or approved contractors are trained to install products to meet the manufacturers requirements. Furthermore, leading manufacturers will only provide a product warranty on new materials if they are installed by a licensed roofing contractor.

13. DOES THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR PROVIDE SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENTS AND JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS TO COMPLY WITH SAFEWORK SA REQUIREMENTS?

All Roofing Contractors should provide their clients with Safe Work Method Statements and Job Safety Analysis. An emphasis on safety lowers the cost of doing business and further ensures that your job will go smoothly. Ask your contractor about their safety program.

14. CAN THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR PROVIDE YOU WITH TESTIMONIALS AND IMAGES OF WORK THEY HAVE COMPLETED FROM PREVIOUS PROJECTS?

A reputable roofing contractor should provide you with testimonials and images of work they have completed.

ASK THE QUESTIONS AND PROTECT YOURSELF

A professional roofing contractor will be only too happy to supply you with the answers to these questions. We encourage you to find a roofing contractor that meets all of the above criteria. Being confident you have selected the right roofing contractor will help ensure that you have a quality roof overhead and that your hard earned money has been spent wisely.

We are confident that we exceed all of the questions on this checklist and would be delighted to provide you with an estimate.

CHOOSE A RELIABLE AND EXPERIENCED ADELAIDE ROOFING CONTRACTOR

If you need a reliable and experienced Adelaide roofing contractor, skilled and knowledgeable in the installation of metal roofing, call Hindmarsh Roofing on  08 8268 1600. We will be delighted to assist you with your re-roofing or new roof installation needs. We also invite you to view our project gallery and read our testimonials.

Servicing domestic, commercial and industrial customers throughout Metropolitan Adelaide and country South Australia since 1979, Hindmarsh Roofing have thousands of satisfied clients and a proven track record for excellence. We offer an above industry standard 10 year workmanship warranty, only the best materials suited for the Australian climate and experienced tradespeople who get the job done right the first time.

If you require more information on Comparing and Choosing a Roofing Contractor or would like to request a Free No Obligation Quotation, please call us on 08 8268 1600 or fill out our online contact form and one of our team members will contact you as soon as possible.

EXPOSING 9 METAL ROOFING MYTHS

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There are several misconceptions that persist today about metal roofing. Learn the truth about nine common metal roofing myths.

MYTH 1 – When it rains metal roofs are noisy This is one of the most common misconceptions of residential metal roofing. If you stood under a metal shed or garage, yes the noise would be louder, but metal roofing installed above your ceiling and over insulation is generally no louder than any other roofing material.

MYTH 2 – A metal roof will increase the likelihood of your house getting struck by lightning While metal conducts electricity, electricity is not drawn to it. A metal roof is no more likely to be struck by lightning than any other roofing material. In fact, it can be safer than some other roofing materials because a metal roof is non-combustible.

MYTH 3 – Metal roofing rusts easily Metal roofing materials that are properly coated by a leading manufacturer such as BlueScope Steel, properly installed and maintained do not rust easily. When metal sheets reach the end of their very long lifespan, the zinc protective coating begins to wear thin and when the bare metal becomes exposed to the air it may rust in sections.

MYTH 4 – Metal roofs are susceptible to damage by hail  The typical hailstorm will cause little to no damage to your metal roof.  While extremely large hailstones can dent any type of roofing material, choosing a metal roof with a deeper profile can greatly minimize the dents visible from the ground caused by even the largest of hailstones.

MYTH 5 – You can’t walk on a metal roof You can, but you have to know how to do it without causing damage. Check with the manufacturer of the product you choose to find out the best way to walk on your roof to keep from damaging it and to keep from harming yourself. Metal roofs are actually easier to walk on without causing damage than tiles and are designed to allow a lot of foot traffic.

MYTH 6 – A metal roof will make your house colder in winter Actually, a metal roof has no effect on the temperature of the typical vented roof space in winter. It’s the insulation under your roof or on the ceiling space that keeps you warm. A properly insulated roof will keep the heat inside.

MYTH 7 – A metal roof will make you house hotter in summer Combining COLORBOND® Steel, Thermatech® Technology with insulation will help your building remain comfortable all year. Thermatech® Technology helps your roof and your building stay cooler by reflecting more of the sun’s heat. Whilst a Metal Roof may heat up faster than a tile roof, it also cools down faster once the sun is off it because steel has a low thermal mass. Therefore in summer, air-conditioners have an easier job keeping your building cool and saving money on energy costs as well as reducing emissions from electricity generation. The choice of colour can also influence thermal performance. Lighter colours in particular, radiate less heat during summer.

MYTH 8 – COLORBOND® Metal Roofing Peels Easily With a durable, baked-on paint finish, COLORBOND® Steel resists chipping, peeling and cracking to deliver long life performance with low maintenance. COLORBOND® Steel is made specifically to withstand the harsh Australian Climate.

MYTH 9 – Metal Roofing is more expensive than tile roofing Costs per square meterage for tile and COLORBOND® Steel Roofing are comparable, however the longevity and installation costs for metal roofing make it significantly more cost effective. A metal roof can be installed to the structure of any existing tiled or slate roof, however if you have a steel roof you cannot put a tiled roof in its place. Tiles are significantly heavier and reinforcement of your premises is generally required. This can be expensive.

METAL ROOFING FACTS

For over 45 years COLORBOND® Steel has evolved into one of the worlds most advanced building materials. It has been tried and tested in some of the harshest climates across Australia.

Today, according to research carried out by BlueScope Steel, nearly half of all new homes in Australia have roofs made from COLORBOND® Steel, 9 out of 10 new homes built in Australia feature products made from COLORBOND® Steel and over 80 per cent of all Australian gutters and fascia’s are made from COLORBOND® Steel.

COLORBOND® Steel has become Australia’s single most popular roofing brand.

WANT TO KNOW MORE

If you are considering a Metal Roof, the South Australian roofing team here at Hindmarsh Roofing are happy to discuss your needs and talk to you at length about your project.

For any questions or clarification on metal roofing, please contact Hindmarsh Roofing on 08 8268 1600 or fill out our online contact form and one of our team members will contact you as soon as possible.

ROOFING TERMINOLOGY EXPLAINED

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Is a roof repair or replacement in your future? If you’re a homeowner, the answer is probably yes.

Whether or not you decide on a metal roof, taking a little time to learn ‘roofing terminology’ can be especially helpful when discussing your current roof issues with a roofing contractor. It will also benefit you with the knowledge when reviewing a roofing quotation.

APEX –  The points where the two slopes of the roof meet at the ridge. The tallest point of the roof.

APRON FLASHING –  A one piece flashing, such as is used at the lower side of a chimney that penetrates a sloping roof.

BARGE BOARD –  The board covering the roof timbers on the gable or skillion end of a roof, fixed parallel to the roof slope.

BATTEN –  A batten is a piece of timber or metal channel installed horizontally on top of the rafters to allow sheet metal to be laid and fastened.

BMT –  Base Metal Thickness is a term to describe the thickness of the metal used, not including coatings or paint.

BAY WINDOW –  A window of varying shapes, projecting outward from the wall of a building, forming a recess in a room.

BOX GUTTER –  An internal concealed roof gutter between the slopes of a roof or a roof and a wall that discharges water internally through a sump.

CANOPY –  Any overhanging or projecting roof structure, typically over entrances or doors.

CAPPING –  A covering fixed to the top of a parapet wall or the edge of roofing forming a waterproof seal.

CEILING JOISTS –  These are the horizontal members that provide a structure to fix the ceiling and support and fix the diagonal rafters that define the roof shape and are attached at the top to a ridge beam.

CLADDING –  Any material used to face a building or structure, otherwise known as wall cladding.

COLORBOND® –  COLORBOND® steel is produced with a ZINCALUME® base to provide corrosion resistance and then covered with a chemically applied conversion layer to enhance coating adhesion. On top of this goes a baked on epoxy primer and finally a baked on exterior grade top-coat.

CONTRACTOR –  One who agrees by written agreement or contract to supply materials and perform certain types of work for a specified sum of money.

CUPOLA –  A relatively small roofed structure generally set on the ridge or peak of a main roof area.

DORMER WINDOW –  A vertical window or opening, coming through a sloping roof and usually provided with its own pitched roof. Often used in attics to add light and a pleasing design to the house.

DOWNPIPE –  A pipe for draining water from the rainwater gutters to the ground or storm water runoff system.

EAVES –  The lower part of a roof that overhangs the walls.

EAVES FLASHING –  Additional layer of roofing material applied at the eaves to help prevent damage from water backup.

FALL –  The slope or pitch of a roof or gutter.

FASCIA –  A board fixed horizontally to the lower ends of the rafters, to which guttering is fixed.

FASTENERS –  Any of a wide variety of mechanical securement devices and assemblies, including nails, screws, cleats, clips and bolts, which may be used to secure various components of a roof assembly.

FINIAL –  Usually a pointed ornament at the top of a gable, hip junctions and dutch gables.

FIRE RATING –  System for classifying the fire resistance of various materials. Roof materials are rated Class A, B or C with Class A materials having the highest resistance to fire originating outside the structure.

FLASHING –  Components used to weatherproof or seal the roof system edges at the perimeters, penetrations, walls and other places, such as vent-pipes, chimneys, valleys and joints at vertical walls.

GABLE –  The triangular end of a housed formed at the end of a pitched roof, from eaves level to apex.

GUTTER –  A channel (usually sheet metal) installed along the down slope perimeter of a roof to convey runoff water from the roof to the downpipes.

GUTTER GUARD –  Purpose made perforated system installed over the gutter to prevent gutters clogging from leaves and other debris.

HIP –  The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof. The hip runs from the ridge to the eaves.

HIPPED ROOF –  A roof with an end roughly pyramidal in shape, with surfaces sloping upwards from all three eaves.

INSULATION –  Insulation, or more correctly thermal insulation, is a general term used to describe products that reduce heat loss or heat gain by providing a barrier between areas that are significantly different in temperature.

LEAD FLASHING –  A soft workable metal used for sealing roof penetrations.

PARAPET WALL –  A perimeter wall which extends above the roof.

PENETRATION –  Any object that passing through the roof.

PONDING –  The accumulation of water at low lying areas on a roof.

PROFILE –  The shape and design of the materials.

PURLINS –  These run horizontally and parallel to the ridge beam and perpendicular to the roof slope. They are fixed on top of the rafters and help prevent roof sag.

RAFTER –  A rafter is a parallel beam that supports the roof and is part of the truss. It is the principal support for roofing materials.

RAINWATER HEAD –  Rainwater heads are an essential design element for buildings where internal box gutters are used. A rainwater head or sump is a container located between the gutter and downpipe that aids the flow of water away from the roof. It acts as an external overflow point to minimise water surges into the storm water system and aid the flow of water down the downpipe.

RIDGE –  The highest point on the roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.

RIDGE CAPPING –  A covering over a ridge line forming the waterproof seal between the two sides of the roof.

ROOF PITCH –  The angle formed between a sloping roof surface and a horizontal line, usually expressed in degrees.

ROOF SPAN –  This is the distance across the roof and measured to the outer edges of the wall plates.

ROOF SYSTEM –  A system of interacting roof components designated to weatherproof and to insulate a building top surface.

ROOF TRUSS –  A frame designed to carry the loads of a roof and it’s covering over the full span without intermediate support.

SARKING –  Is a strong, moisture proof, reflective, metallic building paper which is placed over the roof battens/purlins and installed beneath the external roof covering. Ideal for waterproofing and insulation.

SCAFFOLDING –  A temporary structure specifically erected to support access platforms or working platforms.

SCRIBING –  Cutting a piece of sheet metal to fit the profile of another to which it is to be fitted.

SEALANT –  A mixture of polymers, fillers and pigments used to fill and seal joints where moderate movement is expected. It cures to a resilient solid.

SKILLION –  A roof shape consisting of a single sloping surface.

SKYLIGHT –  A glazed window or translucent roof section fitted parallel to the roof slope to admit light.

SOFFIT –  The lining installed under the eaves between the fascia board and external wall.

SUMP –  A sump is usually attached between a box gutter and the downpipe. They collect storm-water before it is carried away by the downpipe and they also serve to catch any debris before it enters the downpipe.

TCT –  Total Coating Thickness is a term used to describe the overall thickness of a coloured or coated sheet metal. This figure includes the Base Metal Thickness, plus the paints or coatings.

TRUSS ROOF –  The prefabricated, self-supporting, triangulated structural framework commonly used for all types of roofs.

VALLEY –  The internal angle formed by two inclined slopes of a roof. A metal ‘V’ shaped gutter is fixed in this area to direct water to the gutter.

VENT –  An opening or device used to permit air or vapor to exit an enclosed structure.

WHIRLY BIRD –  Whirly birds are a type of semi-mechanical vent that can be installed on the roof to help remove heat from the ceiling cavity.

ZINCALUME® –  ZINCALUME® is steel that is dipped in a zinc based product to give it a protective coating.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Would you like to learn more about Roofing Products? What are the different profiles? What is the best choice for you?

If you are considering a Metal Roof, the South Australian roofing team here at Hindmarsh Roofing are happy to discuss your needs and talk to you at length about your project.

For any questions or clarification on the roofing terminology, please contact Hindmarsh Roofing on 08 8268 1600 or fill out our online contact form and one of our team members will contact you as soon as possible.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GUTTER & DOWNPIPE MAINTENANCE

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We all recognise the importance of having a ‘roof over our heads’ and yet we often neglect our roof and gutters until it is too late. Inspecting and maintaining your roof, gutters and downpipes should be carried out at least every six months. We recommend at the end of autumn and spring. In some locations where there are overhanging trees or where the premises are close to the ocean more frequent maintenance may be required. In addition, check your roof, gutters and downpipes during and after storms. Deterioration to roofs and gutters can suddenly be accelerated by storms and high winds.

Overflowing gutters indicate that there is a serious problem with your water management system. Gutters that have a build-up of debris with leaf matter, dirt and organic growth will lose a large amount of their water carrying capacity causing them to overflow. Overflowing gutters can lead to flooded ceilings, damaged roof timbers, saturation of the internal walls and damage to the buildings foundations, which can result in some serious structural damage. Valley lines are also prone to trapping leaves, causing water to divert and overflow onto the ceilings below. Often this results in not only damaging the ceiling and some of your possessions below, but also insulation, light fittings and electrical wiring.

INSPECTING YOUR ROOF – Where possible carry out a visual inspection of the roof from ground level (binoculars are useful). This may be sufficient if there is no evidence of problems from inside the building or the roof space. Inspect the roof for any loose metal sheeting, clogged, bent or broken gutters and downpipes. Check for damaged or lifting capping’s and flashings, paying particular attention around chimneys, parapet walls, pipe penetrations, air-conditioners and sky-lights. Look for signs of corrosion at the joins between the sheets and also along the screw line.

Not all roof problems can be rectified without the services of a roofing professional, however gutter and downpipe maintenance, when approached in a sensible manner can be fixed within a few hours. Safety should be the primary concern when deciding whether to do this yourself or engage someone else.

SAFETY FIRST – Many problems can only be identified by getting up on the roof and any work you do around your premises with a ladder requires care. Use a sturdy, standalone ladder placed on a level surface. Carry out an inspection as outlined above. In addition, check the gutters and downpipes for a build-up of debris and leaf matter. Wear thick gloves and protective eyewear to avoid cuts to hands and swarf entering your eyes.

MAINTENANCE PROCEDURE – Using a safe and stable ladder, wearing appropriate thick PVC gloves and protective eyewear, clean and remove the build-up of leaf matter, dirt and debris from the gutters. Use a stiff, soft bristled brush to sweep debris into a pile, being particularly careful not to scratch or damage the metal gutters. Place the debris into a bucket or plastic bag and lower to the ground. With a garden hose wash down and remove all sludge and decaying leaf matter. Check that the gutters are draining freely towards the downpipes or outlets and that they do not hold any water as this will accelerate rusting of the steel or iron gutters and considerably shorten their life.

Downpipes should be cleared of any debris by inserting a water pressure hose down (from the top) each downpipe. Clearing of obstructions should immediately remove the risk of water backing up in the gutters. Underground storm water systems may require a plumber to unblock any obstructions.

CONSIDER A PERMANENT SOLUTION – Reduce the amount of time you spend removing debris and cleaning your gutters by installing Rev Guard Gutter Guard system. Rev Guard Gutter Guard acts like a permanent barrier to foliage and other debris, giving you year round protection from the risk of blocked gutters and downpipes. It is made from 100 per cent BlueScope ZINCALUME® steel, created in a custom made profile which is then perforated and cut to lengths of up to 8 metres and folded to suit any application.

If your gutters and downpipes have been cleared and cleaned and there are signs of leaks then it is likely that your gutters and downpipes require replacement. Our representatives can help identify the problem. Call Hindmarsh Roofing for more information or an obligation free quote on 08 8268 1600.

WHY METAL ROOFS ARE POPULAR IN ADELAIDE & SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® are both iconic brands that have become household names in Australia. Whilst there are many different kinds of metal roofing options, COLORBOND® Steel and ZINCALUME® Steel are the most commonly used in Australia.

For over 45 years COLORBOND® Steel has evolved into one of the worlds most advanced building materials.

Today, according to research carried out by BlueScope Steel, nearly half of all new homes in Australia have roofs made from COLORBOND® Steel, 9 out of 10 new homes built in Australia feature products made from COLORBOND® Steel and over 80 per cent of all Australian gutters and fascia’s are made from COLORBOND® Steel.

COLORBOND® Steel has become Australia’s single most popular roofing brand.

FIVE MAIN REASONS METAL ROOFS ARE SO POPULAR

ENERGY EFFICIENCY – Using thermally efficient roofing materials like COLORBOND® Steel can help reduce your cooling costs by up to 20 per cent. Combining COLORBOND® Steel with Thermatech® technology and insulation will help your building remain comfortable all year round. In summer, air-conditioners have an easier job keeping your building cool, thereby saving money on energy costs as well as reducing emissions from electricity generation. In winter, the same metal roof, properly insulated will help keep the heat inside. The choice of colour can also influence thermal performance. Lighter colours, in particular, radiate less heat during summer.

ECO–FRIENDLY – Metal roofing is considered a green material because it is recyclable, reusable, sustainable and practically maintenance free. Steel is 100% recyclable and is one of the world’s most reused materials. It is durable and lightweight making it more efficient and cost effective to transport. Sheets are pre-cut to required lengths so there is less wastage, thereby reducing the impact on the job site and its surroundings.

LONGEVITY – Iron roofing is made to withstand harsh conditions of a dry sunburnt state like South Australia. 45 years of research and development in Australia alone, under some of the toughest conditions our country has to offer, has proven for many years just how durable metal roofing can be. COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® regularly outlast the range of BlueScope Steel manufacturer’s warranties (up to 30 years) that are offered for a variety of applications.

VERSATILITY – Metal roofs come in a wide variety of colours, profiles, textures, finishes and styles. From basic to intricate, metal roofing can be shaped to your needs. It suits both heritage and modern style homes and is the only option available for flat or low pitch roofs. There is also the appeal of being able to co-ordinate your home, the COLORBOND® range is available for wall cladding, fencing, downpipes, fascia’s, garage doors and even cubby houses and dog kennels, providing an aesthetically pleasing environment around your residence.

SECURITY & PEACE OF MIND – Metal roofing is very secure, someone attempting to enter the home cannot just lift a sheet of iron like removing a tile, to break in through metal roofing is a noisy, time consuming process. Metal roofing is generally installed in continuous lengths, made to order sheets, removing many joins and possible entry points for water to leak into your home. As well as looking visually appealing metal roofing is extremely strong, resisting strong winds and hail and providing a barrier from falling branches and debris. In addition, metal roofing is non-combustible, termite resistant and low maintenance.

We all know that weather can be unpredictable and with the extreme Australian conditions like torrential rain, hail storms, gusty winds and bush fires affecting homes right across the country, more and more homeowners are seeking the protection of a metal roof.

A SMART INVESTMENT LONG TERM

COLORBOND® Steel and ZINCALUME® Steel are some of the toughest, most advanced building materials in the world. With its baked on finish, COLORBOND® has been tried and tested for over 45 years in some of the harshest climates across Australia, so you can rest assured that COLORBOND® Steel not only looks beautiful, it is durable and has outstanding thermal properties.

Offering some of the best warranties in today’s market, BlueScope Steel offers a warranty against corrosion to perforation by weathering in the natural elements for a period of up to 30 years for COLORBOND® Steel and ZINCALUME® Steel from the date of installation. BlueScope Steel also warrants that the paint system on COLORBOND® Steel will not flake or peel due to natural weathering for a period of up to 20 years from the date of installation.

YOU’RE SOURCE FOR METAL ROOFING OPTIONS

Hindmarsh Roofing has all your solutions for Metal Roofing, Cladding and Rainwater Products in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors covered.

Established in 1979, Hindmarsh Roofing’s team of qualified roof plumbers, supervisors, estimators and office staff have extensive knowledge and can offer expertise in material selection, design ideas and water drainage. We have the flexibility and skills to work on any size project, regardless of its complexity or design.

If you are considering a Metal Roof, the South Australian roofing team here at Hindmarsh Roofing are happy to discuss your needs and talk to you at length about your project and budget. Give us a call today on 08 8268 1600 or fill out our online contact form and one of our team members will contact you as soon as possible.

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