Stay on top of care
OUT of sight, out of mind. That’s how most homeowners treat their roof.
But a well maintained roof adds value and appeal to a house, says roof expert Harry Tanner of Boral.
The key is to know if your roof needs to be restored or replaced, he adds.
“Undertaking a complete re-roof can be a valuable investment for those looking to stay in their home for the long term,’’ Tanner says.
“Although the initial cost may be higher than restoration, homeowners benefit from longer warranties typically associated with installing a new roof.
“A re-roof is an opportunity to upgrade roofing materials.’’
The benefits of a new roof also extend beyond aesthetics, Tanner says.
“Sarking can only be installed during construction and can contribute to improved thermal performance and comfort in the home. The reflective foil insulation is laid beneath roof material to enhance weather proofing and provides energy efficiency.”
Tanner says homeowners wanting to spruce up their home ahead of a sale or short-term renovation may prefer restoring the roof.
“Restoration can be a costeffective and relatively quick option for rejuvenating a home’s exterior. However, the aesthetic benefits may be shorter lived when compared to a re-roof.
“Restoration typically involves cleaning and painting. Warranties on a roof restoration vary by supplier, but tend to range between five to eight years.”
The condition of an existing roof will also guide the decision to replace or restore.
“In some cases, homeowners may not have a choice. Where a roof is completely dilapidated by heavy weather or extreme age, a reroof may be the only option.” Tips and more, visit boral.com.au/rooftiles