Here are Roofing Options You Need to Know About

Here are Roofing Options You Need to Know About

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Roofing is not an easy project to take on. More often than not, you will need to hire a contractor for roof installation and services. So when an existing roof needs repair, you know you may be in for a challenging feat. Re-roofing may become necessary when the existing roofing material has deteriorated beyond repair. Here are some of your options when it comes to re-installing your roof or parts of it.

Concrete tiles

These are the cheapest option if the roof structure can take on new load. Concrete tiles are suitable for exposed coastal regions. The tiles can also be repainted later.

Terracotta tiles

These tiles are not to be used in areas subject to air-borne sea mist. Salt causes terracotta to deteriorate. Moss or lichen on tiles does not cause damage. If you don’t like the appearance it can be removed, but it is not necessary. If a tile roof is old and not leaking, it’s better to leave it alone. Cosmetic work may damage old tiles and cause leaks.

Galvanised/aluminium zinc (AZ) coated steel

Lightweight, corrugated or profiled panels. AZ coated steel is one of the most durable materials for roofing and is also low maintenance. It remains as one of the best options (still) when it comes to roofing materials. It is available as plain or in a range of pre-painted colours (colourbond).


This can cause problems with expansion and contraction. Aluminium roofs must be insulated.


As asbestos can cause health problems, removing an asbestos roof may require the help of a professional; hence, it is important to check with your contractor on this. Special sealants are now available for asbestos roofs to give them a few extra years of life. Asbestos roofs are brittle and subject to breakage from tree branches. Do not walk on an asbestos roof unless it is along the screw lines.


1. Beware of transient roofing contractors who “happen to be in your area.” When asking for a quote, always ask for the contractor’s licence number and ring your local Fair Trading Centre or ring the Building Helpline (toll free) on 1-800-451-258 for a licence check. Do not agree to any work if the contractor is not appropriately licensed.

2. When hiring a contractor, ask about the insurance aspect of the job while the roof is being replaced. The insurance should cover house and contents, as well as tradespeople.

Planning your next roofing project before your existing roof deteriorates can save you a lot of trouble later on. Make sure to perform regular maintenance on your roof to extend its life. For more tips on roofing, click here.


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