4 Factors That May Affect Your Roof’s Performance and Lifespan

The estimated lifespan of a residential roof is around 25 to 40 years, depending on the material. However, not all roofs maintain optimal functionality throughout the projected usable life. Some crumble within a few years, cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs, and eventually fail.

Various factors affect the performance and lifespan of a roof. Thus, it’s essential to know them, so you achieve a reliable and long-lasting roof. With this in mind, here are the four factors that may impact your roof’s performance and tips on how to improve it.

1. The slope of your roof

Roofs are generally categorised into two: Flat and pitched roofs. The slope of your roof can affect how well it holds up to weather elements such as rainwater and UV radiation. Flat roofs are low-sloped, which means they have difficulties draining water away from the surface. Therefore, issues of ponding and leaking are common in flat roofs as compared to pitched roof systems.

Similarly, since flat roofs have an almost non-existent slope, solar radiation hits directly on the surface. Increased UV exposure increases the risk of fading, UV damage and energy inefficiency. Thus, if you have a flat roof system, the odds may be against you regarding performance and longevity. Therefore, regular maintenance is crucial to prevent leaks, limit UV damage and extend the structure’s lifespan.

2. Roof orientation

Australia is in the Northern Hemisphere; thus, most areas experience a sun directed from the north. For this reason, homes facing north usually get more sun exposure than south-facing ones. This orientation is also the best for maximum solar energy output. However, it can affect your roof’s performance. Roofing systems with a northern orientation get a lot of exposure during the day.

More UV exposure means your roof fades faster than those with minimal exposure. This not only reduces aesthetic appeal but also impacts the energy efficiency of the roof. UV rays can also accelerate wear and tear due to material expansion and contraction with the changing temperatures.  

If you have a north-facing roof, you need to stay on top of maintenance. Inspect it regularly for signs of fading, premature wear and leaks. Also, monitor energy consumption, especially during the summer, when there is significant UV exposure. Repaint your roof and repair damaged components to extend the structure’s lifespan.

3. The climate of your area

Inclement weather such as hail and thunderstorms can affect your roof’s performance. Unfortunately, these are quite common in spring and summer. Hail can dent a metal roof and dislodge weak tiles. It also leaves dings and dents on aluminium siding and metal gutters. Over time, severe hailstorms can weaken your roof, leaving it vulnerable to leaks. If left unrepaired, leaking roofs and drains can cause costly structural damage to your home.

If large tree branches are overhanging your roof, severe storms can cause these branches to fall on the structure. Just like hail, heavy branches cause physical damage to a roof by denting and dislodging materials. It’s crucial to schedule a professional roof inspection after an incidence of inclement weather. The roofing contractor can repair any damage before it affects the rest of the structure.

4. Roof colour

Your roof’s colours can affect its performance. Dark colours absorb a lot of radiation and heat, which increases the home’s cooling demand and impacts the durability of the materials. Lighter colours reflect solar radiation, prevent heat gain and keep your roof cool during the hot season.

Today, there are cool roofs, which have highly reflective paint coating to reduce heat absorption. If you don’t have a cool roof, you can repaint it using light, reflective colours to achieve similar results. Regularly repainting your roof every few years can optimise performance and extend its usable life.

These factors determine how well your roof holds up to the elements. However, with regular professional inspections, maintenance and repairs, your roof can withstand harsh conditions and last for a long time. Contact us today for professional roof repairs, painting and restoration.

3 Good Times to Have Your Roof Cleaned

Many homeowners don’t have their roof cleaned regularly. A clean roof doesn’t just look good cosmetically. It also helps you maintain your home more effectively. Cleaning your roof at certain times is beneficial. When is this a good idea?

1. You can’t see your roofing materials

General dust and dirt on a roof don’t pose much of a problem. They might not look good aesthetically, but they aren’t usually a permanent problem. Rain often washes things like light dust, dirt and fallen leaves off your roof periodically, giving you an automatic clean.

However, you shouldn’t ignore anything that settles on your roof more permanently. Growths such as moss, mould and lichen are a potential problem. Engrained dirt that doesn’t wash away after even heavy rainfall is there to stay unless you do something about it.

Any growth or engrained dirt on a roof can damage tiles and other roofing materials. They can trap and hold moisture on the surface. If your materials aren’t sound, then the damage could spread to your internal timbers or cause leaks.

If you can’t see your roofing materials because something has covered them, then you can’t know how sound they are. You could have problems under the surface coatings. Plus, these coatings will also shorten the lifespan of your roof.

Now is a good time to have the roof cleaned. You can check on its condition and fix any problems to restore it to a more robust state.

2. You’re moving

If you’re moving out of your home, then the condition of your roof matters. If your roof is dirty, covered in moss, or showing stripes of black mould, then it isn’t a selling point.

You lose some cosmetic curb appeal, and people who are interested in buying your home might be put off by the state of the roof. They might worry that it has underlying problems that they’ll have to pay for after they move in.

If you have your roof cleaned, then in the best case scenario, it makes the property look more attractive. If you do discover any problems, you can fix them or warn buyers about them. The more people know about a property, the more confident they are about making an offer.

Bear in mind, that a clean is also a good idea if you’re moving to a property with a dirty or overgrown roof. You’ll spruce up your new home and find out if the roof has any problems you should deal with.

3. You suspect you have a problem

If your roof is clean, then you can spot problems more easily. You get a clear view of cracks in tiles, missing tiles and broken flashing.

Early signs of damage aren’t easy to see if your roof is dirty or has a lot of growth on it. However, you might get other hints that all is not well.

For example, say your gutters are clogging up or overflowing more regularly than usual. If you have a mossy roof, then pieces of moss might be falling into them and causing blockages.

Or, if a tile has lifted under the moss, you might not be able to see that it is out of line. The tile might be pushing too much water into one area of your guttering rather than guiding it down the roof more evenly. You might also start to see stains on internal ceilings if the tile lets water in.

If you have your roof cleaned, then you can identify early problems and fix them. To find out more, contact Homestyle Roof Painters. As well as roof cleaning, we also offer a full range of roof painting, repair and restoration services.

7 Reasons to Have Your Gutters Cleaned This Coming Summer

With the hot and wet summer weather of the east coast of Australia approaching, your roof and gutters are about to face some new challenges. Gutters may not be as expansive as a roof, but their importance cannot be understated. Clean gutters keep a roof dry and free of dirt, pests and blockages. Are your gutters ready for the coming summer weather?

Here are seven reasons to have a professional clean your gutters this coming summer.

1. Heavy rain

During the summer, the east coast experiences heavy rainfall, with some often-spectacular storms. If your gutters are clogged, they could overflow, leading to multiple costly problems for your roof and home. A gutter cleaning will ensure that your gutters don’t remain cluttered after heavy storms, which will save you money and increase the lifespan of your gutters.

2. Roof deterioration

Metal roofs and asphalt shingle roofs alike will degrade if water pools on your roof due to blockages. During heavy rainfall, if water pools on your roof, the weight of the water alone could cause your roof to collapse. And even if your roof is currently strong enough to withstand the weight of pooling water, the materials holding your roof together will eventually degrade, leading to costly leaks.

3. Damaged siding

Blocked or faulty gutters won’t be able to contain large amounts of water. This can lead to costly damage if rainwater spills over the edge of your gutters and soaks into your home’s siding. The windows, doors and walls of your home could eventually begin to rot if rainwater soaks into them every time it rains.

4. Foundation issues

Gutters should channel rainwater away from your home during storms and heavy rain. But if your gutters are so blocked that they can’t contain incoming rainfall adequately, rainwater will seep into your home’s foundation. This is bad news because heavy rainfall can disrupt the soil under a foundation, leading to settling.

If the soil settles under your foundation, this could cause cracks in your walls and cause your windows and doors to warp.

5. Ruined landscaping

Spring is a good time to work on your landscaping. But your plants will suffer if rainwater spills onto them during heavy rainfall. If the ground becomes sodden around your landscaping, your plants will eventually die and all your hard work and investment will go to waste.

6. Grass and tree sprouts

Birds are responsible for dropping seeds wherever they go. Their droppings may also contain grass seeds. And nearby trees could drop seeds into your gutters. Spring and summer is growth time, and this means that all those seeds built up in your gutters could begin to sprout, blocking your gutters and attracting pests. Not only does this look scruffy, but your gutters will also leak during rainfall.

7. Feeding and breeding pests

If plants like grass and young trees clog your gutters during summer, they could very quickly become breeding grounds. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and other insect pests like wasps and termites may take advantage of the biological soup growing in your gutters. If you don’t remove blockages from your gutters, they could soon attract all manner of pests to your home.

Birds and rodents too tend to feed and nest in clogged gutters. And if these pests damage your roof in the process, they could soon invade your home and leave you with an expensive repair bill.

Are your gutters ready for the rainy weather of the coming summer in Brisbane, Caboolture or the Sunshine Coast? With the help of Homestyle Roof Painters, you can ensure that the aforementioned problems don’t affect your gutters and home this summer. Call us today and we’ll ensure that your gutters are clean and ready for the summer rain. 

7 Interior Signs That Your Roof Needs Repair

For most homeowners, spotting roof damage is difficult. In fact, roof damage often doesn’t reveal itself until the time is too late to prevent it from becoming a problem. A common issue is that you can’t always detect roof damage from outside your home. But while your roof might look okay from the outside, you won’t know for sure until you’ve checked for interior signs of roof damage.

If you suspect that your roof might have damage, check for the following seven interior signs of damage.

1. Light penetration into your roof space

Although this is an obvious sign of roof damage, you might not notice this unless you go up into your attic or roof space and turn off all the lights. If you see light passing through the roof, the underlay or the flashing is compromised. No matter how small a hole appears to be, that hole will still allow in a considerable amount of moisture on a rainy day.

2. Blistered or peeling paint

Once rainwater enters a property, it has to flow somewhere. Rainwater will flow down roof beams and into insulation, then onto ceilings and down into wall spaces. Over time, as the rainy days add up and begin to take their toll, the paint on your walls will begin to bubble and peel away. Conditions inside your wall space will become humid too, and this will further exacerbate the problem.

3. Mould and mildew

Inevitably, as conditions inside your home become favourable, mould and mildew can take root. Mildew is similar to mould—with one main difference. Unlike mould, which can penetrate whichever surface it inhabits, mildew usually remains as a flat, white to grey patch on a surface where moisture is present.

Mould is similar to mildew, but it is more harmful to your home in terms of the damage it can do to the structure. This is because mould can spread across and within a material such as wood or paper, breaking that material down as it spreads. If your roof leaks into a wall space, it could create the ideal conditions for mould to thrive.

4. Discoloured ceiling

Another obvious sign of a damaged roof is ceiling discolouration. Water leaks through a damaged roof and penetrates the insulation before leaking onto the ceiling. This then causes gradual discolouration to occur. If the ceiling of an upper room is discoloured, a hole in your roof could be to blame. That hole will begin to affect your insulation too.

5. Higher energy bills

In a properly insulated home, the energy bills will remain stable. But if your energy bills take a sudden leap, then your insulation could have failed. Sometimes, this is due to roof leaks. If a hole in your roof allows water to leak in during rainy days, it will damage your insulation material, which helps to keep your home cool. And cool air will escape your home through the roof.

As a result, your air conditioners will need to work harder to cool your home, thus leading to higher energy bills.

6. Electrical shorts

If your home has begun to experience unexplained electrical shorts, a roof leak could be to blame. When rainwater leaks through a roof, it usually heads downwards, and this route can take it past electrical wiring and into and around light fixtures and electrical equipment. This is dangerous to you and your household and requires urgent attention.

7. Rotting beams

Yet another risk to your health and an indication of a damaged roof is rotting beams in your roof space or attic. If one or more beams are rotting, this means that your roof probably suffered damage quite a while back. You need the help of a roofer to repair the damage and prevent your roof from collapsing in future.

Have you found one or more of the above signs within your home recently? Then you need a reliable and experienced roofer to carry out repairs. Call Homestyle Roof Painters today, and we’ll find and repair damaged areas of your roof quickly and efficiently.

How Your Landscaping Practices Could Affect Your Roof’s Longevity

Landscaping around your home can be fun — but also challenging. As you try to find the right blend of plants, trees and hardscapes, you will likely encounter problems. One major issue that sometimes arises is when landscaping practices clash with your roof and its condition.

Although roofs last a long time in general, with Colorbond roofs lasting an impressive 100 years, your landscaping choices can shorten their lifespan considerably.

If your roof is in poor condition, but you are unsure why, ensure you aren’t making the following landscaping mistakes.

Planting tall shrubs close to your home

Shrubs make great bordering solutions around a property and its garden. But take care when you select and plant shrubs near your home. Tall shrubs that grow upwards toward your roof and guttering can allow pests to bridge the gap between the ground and your roof.

Roof rats, for instance, can jump very high. This means they can scale tall shrubs and leap onto your roof. And if roof rats regularly climb on your roof, eventually, the damage their claws, teeth and urine do will be serious enough to breach your roof.

Allowing tree branches to grow over your roof

Although trees do bring many benefits to a landscape, such as shade and shelter from the rain, they bring problems too, especially for roofs. For instance, just as tall shrubs do, tree branches provide a bridge to a roof for pests like possums and roof rats. Both of these animals like the warmth and shelter provided by roof spaces.

If invading pests tear through your roof and its underlay, your home will then be open to the elements. Myna birds might also take advantage of the damage that rats or possums cause. Sometimes, both rodents and birds nest inside a roof cavity together and cause great damage in the process.

Tree branches might also drag across your roof during bad weather. And if weak branches break off and fall onto your roof, not only will they cause impact damage, but they then lie on your roof rotting and attracting pests like termites and carpenter ants.

Leaving trees looming over your roof

Shade from a nearby tree is pleasant on a hot day. But when a tree’s canopy is so thick that part of your roof is constantly shrouded in deep shade, you’ll soon begin to have problems with moisture. On an exposed roof, moisture cannot build up. Instead, it evaporates quickly, especially in the hot weather of an Australian summer. But the deep shadow of a nearby tree prevents evaporation.

If your roof remains moist and cool, rot will set in. And even if your roof is metal, the buildup of moisture will still cause damage in the form of rust.

Trim tall trees so that they don’t shade your roof, and remember to remove branches that are within touching distance of your roof too.

Letting vines or creepers grow up your home’s siding

Although vines offer homes a classic and appealing look when grown in the right way, if you allow them to take over your home, your home’s siding and roof could suffer. Vines can be extremely stubborn, and this means that they can tear through a roof, leaving punctures that allow rain to enter your home.

If you like vines, try to ensure that they remain limited to the trellises that you provide. Otherwise, your roof is in danger.  

If your roof is looking the worse for wear or has sprung a leak, you need the assistance of professional roofers. Your roof may need repair or even restoration. Call Homestyle Roof Painters today. We do more than just paint roofs. With our assistance and advice, you can fix your roof and tweak your landscaping practices to ensure the two don’t clash in future.     

3 Things to Look for in a Roof Paint

If you’ve decided to paint your roof, then you have a couple of key starting decisions to make. You need to choose a paint that is suitable for your roof’s materials and has a colour that you like.

However, these aren’t the only considerations you have to make at this stage. Roof paints have some features that you will find useful. These features often help protect your roof and keep it looking good for longer after your new paint goes on.

Which features should you look for?

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Why DIY Roof Repair Could Leave You Out of Pocket

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. Just one minor issue with your roof can leave your home exposed to the often harsh outside world. That’s why it’s important that you monitor your roof and carry out repairs as soon as you notice areas of damage, such as missing or dislodged tiles.

Many homeowners try to make repairs on their own. For kitchen or bathroom renovations and repairs, this is understandable. But DIY roof repair is not something to take lightly. Many things could go wrong, and you could end up out of pocket.

You could exacerbate the problem

Although a roof repair might appear simple at first glance, if you don’t understand the different aspects of a roof, you could make the problem worse. For instance, if you replace a tile in proximity to the flashing surrounding a skylight or vent, you might compromise the seal that prevents moisture from entering your roof. This would cause a costly leak next time it rains.

You could miss other important problems

If bad weather has dislodged several tiles, you could soon have a leak on your hands. But replacing the dislodged tiles may not be enough to prevent further leaks. That’s because a roof is so much more than just its top layer, whether that layer is metal, concrete or terracotta.

One of the most important layers of your roof is the sarking, or the underlay that keeps your home ventilated and protected against the elements and any invading pests. If you replace some tiles but fail to spot a hole in your sarking, you’ll regret it when the next storm hits.

You could be beaten by bad weather

A big difference between working alone and hiring a professional team to work on your roof is the time it takes to complete the job. With a professional team of roofers making repairs on your roof, using the correct safety equipment, the repairs won’t take long to complete.

But if you carry out the repairs yourself, without the right equipment or experience, you might not be finished before the next patch of bad weather arrives. If it starts to rain and you still haven’t finished the repairs, you could have more than just a roof repair to contend with the next day.

You could put off potential buyers

If you void your warranty by carrying out repairs on your roof yourself, then later put your house up for sale, potential buyers won’t be impressed. This is especially true if your roof warranty would have otherwise had several years remaining.

And if your repair job stands out like a sore thumb because your repair materials don’t match the original materials, you’ll need to hire professionals to correct the issue before you can sell your home.

You could injure yourself

If you have little experience working on roofs, and you don’t have the right equipment, you might injure yourself. Do you know how to move around on a rooftop? Are you familiar with the areas of a roof that can and can’t hold your weight? If not, you could end up with a costly medical bill as well as a roof that is in urgent need of repairs!

Have you noticed that your roof needs repairs? Then hire an experienced and reputable service to do the job for you. Homestyle Roof Painters does much more than just paint roofs. We also restore and repair roofs, leaving them looking — and functioning — as good as new. Call Homestyle Roof Painters today, and we’ll help your roof keep the elements out. We look forward to working with you.

4 Reasons Why Your Roof Is Damaged

 Roofs don’t last forever; if your roof is damaged, you likely want to know what caused the damage so you can prevent it from happening again. Luckily, you don’t have to wonder indefinitely. Learn here about four possible reasons why your roof is damaged.

1. Time and material lifespan

Just as your body ages, so does your roof. A professional will need to replace even the strongest of roofing materials eventually. Unfortunately, some roofs are made with materials that won’t last as long as you’d like them too. For example, asphalt roofs, while popular, generally last about 15 to 20 years. If your asphalt roof is 25 years old, damage from wear and tear is likely your answer.

If your roof is damaged, find out how old the roof is. You may need to contact the last homeowner or get a professional to inspect your roof.

2. Poor workmanship

We all want our roof to last for its entire lifespan, especially if the materials were particularly expensive. A professional roofing company will usually deliver a roof that lasts. But, whether by inattentiveness, naivety or inexperience, some roofs aren’t built this way.

Poor workmanship will reveal itself through several forms of damage. Check your roof for leaks, lifted materials and damaged flashing as well as ununiform, mismatching and missing shingles.

If you’re still not sure if the workmanship was the reason behind your roof’s damage, turn to a professional. They will be able to determine if your roof was built and installed correctly and suggest repair options.

3. Environmental forces

For many environmental causes, you’ll know—often right away— what it was that damaged your roof. For example, falling trees can cause a lot of damage, but so can any leaves, fruits, nuts and branches that fall off the tree. Many homeowners will preventatively remove any trees that are too close to their house for fear of damage.

Trees also offer a bridge to another environmental force that may have damaged your roof. Animals and insects may try to get inside your home through your roof or use your roof as their own home. While they may be cute and cuddly, an animal could have been what damaged your roof, so you should check for signs of pests if you suspect they were the cause.

Additionally, the weather is a force that can — and does — cause damage. Whether it was the rain, wind or a bit of lightning, a storm may have damaged your roof. A good practice to adopt is to check over your roof after every big storm, or you might not notice the damage until much later—and at that point, you may never realize the storm damaged your roof.

4. Lack of maintenance

All roofs need some maintenance, although some will need more than others will. And, sadly, a roof that isn’t maintained properly will miss out on important checks that could catch or even prevent damage.

One neglected maintenance task that may have caused the damage to your roof is clogged gutters. When the gutters are clogged, any water on your roof won’t have a safe way off. So if your gutters were or are still clogged, this may be your answer. Check for signs of pooling water on your roof, like leaks, as well as damage to the sides of your home and the foundation.

Additionally, many roofing materials need to be treated and resealed occasionally. Untreated materials may absorb water, and they may not stand up to the heat of the sun, which can lead to cracks.

If your roof is damaged, contact our team at Homestyle Roof Painters. We can help you determine what the cause was, and we’ll repair your roof so it will last for years to come.