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Get to know the two kinds of roof renovation

Which one is right for you?
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Your roof design is a crucial part of your home’s exterior design. Therefore, it is essential to keep it in excellent working condition to serve its protective purposes. If your roof is showing signs of age and wear, it’s time for a roof renovation. 

There are two kinds of roof renovation projects: roof restoration and roof replacement. Here are a few pieces of advice that you’ll find helpful when you are about to replace or restore your roof:

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Kinds of roof renovation projects

Roof restoration

Is your roof starting to show its age? Is it leaking, a bit discoloured, and needing a few minor repairs? Then, consider a roof restoration as soon as possible. Here, you will hire tradespeople to clean, repair, repaint, and reseal the roof in hopes of extending its service and making it look good as new!

A roof restoration that involves fixing a small problem is a quick and affordable job. Tradespeople and roofing companies usually charge by the square metre, with the unit price per square metre decreasing as the size of the roof increases, meaning larger roofs are cheaper to fix, repair, and restore. 

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Roof replacement

Roof replacement is highly-recommended when your house has an old roof that’s not worth restoring anymore. It is also your only choice in case your roof gets damaged and dilapidated by heavy weather. 

You hire tradespeople and roofing professionals to remove the old roof and install a new one during a roof replacement. 

Re-roofing is an opportunity to upgrade or switch to better roofing materials to boost your home’s aesthetics, functionality, and energy efficiency. It is a wise and valuable investment in your forever home. Of course, the cost will be higher, but you’ll benefit from the warranties often associated with the roof materials used. 

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Deciding between restoring and replacing your roof

Deciding between restoring or replacing your roof is an important decision to make. There are several factors to consider, particularly the current conditions of your existing roof, your budget, and your long-term plans for the house. 

Here at Dreamspace, we encourage our customers to seek advice from a roofing professional before deciding.

First, book a detailed inspection so the roofing professionals can inspect the roof from the inside and out.

Then, discuss all the issues and concerns that you have with your roof.

Finally, the roofing professionals will recommend the best solutions and alternatives when the first recommendation is not feasible. 

In some cases, you have no other choice but to replace the roof as part of a more significant renovation project. Under these circumstances, discuss your roof renovation plans with your architect or building designer so they can develop a roof design that suits the newly renovated house design.

Consider signing up to Dreamspace if you would like to discuss options and ideas for your renovation project. Use the project coordination dashboard to connect with design professionals and schedule a consultation at a time that suits you to discuss your project.

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List of popular roofing materials and how to fix them

Here are the most common materials used in a roof renovation: 

  • corrugated iron roof
  • metal or Colorbond roof
  • asphalt shingles
  • terracotta or clay roof tiles 
  • concrete roof

Repairing metal roofs involve patching up a leak or replacing one roof sheet. In addition, all seams get sealed to prevent future leakage. 

Metal roofing is also generally easy to replace because it is lightweight and easy to remove and install a new one.

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Repairing roof tiles is different; it involves replacing the cracked or damaged roof tiles/shingles, rebedding, repointing (optional), reapplication of fungicide, and resealing. 

Replacing a tiled roof is a bit more complicated and expensive. It involves removing all the layers of the roof and laying a new one.

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Repairing concrete roofs involve checking leaks, finding cracks, fixing the damage, and waterproofing the concrete. 

Replacing a concrete roof is the hardest. This kind of project is often done as a part of a major home renovation (or a knockdown rebuild). Usually, homeowners renovate a flat concrete roof to build a rooftop terrace or a rooftop lounge to make the space liveable.

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Costs of a roof renovation

Getting a quote is the best way to get an accurate estimate of how much your roof restoration or replacement costs. Numerous factors impact the price of the job, particularly: 

  • the size of the roof
  • the number of storeys
  • how pitched or flat the roof is
  • the roofing material chosen
  • the type of roof frame used

Always include the fees of the designers and the tradespeople in your budget breakdown. Work with professionals on a complex job like this, so the project gets done right. Professionals will use the right equipment and materials and will do the job safely. A roof renovation is not a DIY project; it requires the skills and expertise of a trained roofing professional. A poor roof renovation might lead to accidents that your home insurance won’t cover. 

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Financing your roof renovation

The good news is that there are many options for you to finance your roof renovation. 

You can pay in cash or using credit cards. If you are doing more significant projects or multiple home improvements, getting a home loan or a personal loan might be a better option for you.

Here at Dreamspace, we also give our customers the chance to renovate now and pay later. Take advantage of this payment plan when you sign up to Dreamspace and use the project coordination dashboard when planning your home renovation. With Dreamspace, you can afford to do more than a roof renovation. You can renovate your entire house to get your dream home!

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Benefits of a roof renovation

A roof renovation is a worthy investment whether you are renovating to sell or renovating your forever home. Both a roof restoration and a roof replacement will: 

  • lengthen your home’s lifespan
  • protect you and your properties from the elements
  • increase your home’s energy efficiency, hence lowering the cost of running your home
  • boost the resale value to your home
  • enhance the house’s street appeal
  • give you peace of mind

Consider signing up to Dreamspace if you would like to discuss options and ideas for your roof renovation project. Use the project coordination dashboard to connect with design professionals and roofing specialists, then schedule a consultation at a time that suits you to discuss your project. 

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