Instead of regular asphalt shingles, some larger homes have cement, terracotta, or iron roofs. While these materials are durable and last for years, they will need repairs from time to time. Along with occasional repairs, the roof may need to be restored so your home looks great again.
What Is Roof Restoration?
To restore a cement roof, it usually needs to be painted and sealed so rainwater doesn’t leak into the house. For terracotta or other tiles, the broken or cracked one may need replacing and a heat-reflective coating may need to be put on them. If there are water leak problems or you notice broken or cracked tiles, you will need to have the roof inspected before work is done on it.
The most common problem with a cement roof is damaged bedding. Cement bedding is used to secure the ridge caps on the peak of the roof, and if it is damaged, the ridge caps can blow off and rainwater can then leak into your house. The main reason for damaged bedding is age, for as these roofs get older, the material starts to deteriorate, crack, and fall away.
To restore the roof, the bedding will need to be replaced so the ridge caps are secure. If you don’t do so and there are problems, your home insurance could be voided because you didn’t properly maintain the roof. Companies providing roof restoration in Perth, WA can repair the bedding and seal it to help prevent cracking and other forms of deterioration.
The main reasons terracotta and other types of roof tiles get cracked or broken is walking across them in the wrong place. If someone is working on the roof, like installing an antenna, and steps on the wrong part of the roof, they can accidentally crack or break tiles. The damage to roof tiles can allow water to leak into the cavity of the roof.
Tiles can also become damaged due to being laid too close together, which allows heat to build up and cause the tiles to expand. When they expand, they can fracture or break, which also allows water to seep through them.
Once the tiles are replaced and spaced correctly, putting a heat-reflective coating on them can help prevent breakage due to heat build-up. Coating tiles can help prevent cracking and breaking due to extreme cold temperatures as well.
Most roof restorations also include a full roof inspection, pressure washing it to remove dirt, debris, moss, or oxidation, and cleaning and flushing the gutters. Then, the roof is sealed and coated to help restore it like new once flashings, ridge caps, or damaged tiles have been replaced. A fully restored roof helps to retain your home’s value.