Ask the expert: roofing pointers
Roofing issues are among the first things potential buyers look for when considering a property. Chris Fish of Roof and General Maintenance in Edenvale covers the basics.
CHOOSE MATERIALS CAREFULLY
Roofing options include sheet metal, asphalt, tiles and plastic polymers, and natural materials such as slate and wood. It is important to consider design, longevity, weight, cost, ecofriendliness and energy efficiency, and to check local building codes.
CHECK THE ROOFING REGULARLY
Have the roof inspected every three years. Broken, cracked or shifted tiles, rusted screws and bolts,
sun damage, plant growth and leaks can mean a roof is vulnerable to damage.
CATCH DAMP EARLY
Ceiling insulation and the untreated timber often found inside roofing can absorb smaller leaks, causing unnoticed water damage. An expert can recommend specific treatments and products.
MODERN SOLUTIONS HELP
Products such as Eco Rubber offer universal roofing solutions. The seamless membrane inhibits rust, assists with insulation, dampens sound, improves security and waterproofs the roof.
HAVE CERTIFICATES READY
Waterproofing and roof repair certificates are often necessary when taking out home insurance or a bond. Roofing companies should offer recognised certificates with their work.