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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

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

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