Is it possible to repair a roof without replacing it?

Is it possible to repair a roof without replacing it?

If you’ve lived in an older home or you’ve moved more than a few times, we guarantee there’s been a time or two when you’ve looked up at your roof and thought to yourself ‘that roof really needs replacing’.

Perhaps when you’re mowing or cleaning the gutters when you notice the capping needs repair or the tiles are looking old. Sometimes when we look at our homes it’s not overly obvious that something needs repair or replacing and for something like a roof which doesn’t really get looked at all that often, it’s easy to look at it, think about repairs for a few seconds, then move on with the rest of your day.

Now obviously if you’ve got major storm damage, hail damage or there are structural issues with your roof, it’s likely you’re looking at a replacement. But what happens when there’s not a major issue – are you able to repair your roof without replacing it?

The answer to that question is ‘of course’ but it also depends on a few factors and what type of damage you have in your home.

For example, if you have an old corrugated iron roof that’s had issues with the roofing screws and water has gotten into the holes they’ve made, rusting out multiple areas of the roof, it may be easier to replace the roof than try to salvage rusty, damaged sheeting on your roof. Conversely, if your roof has a few minor leaks and some capping missing, this doesn’t warrant a full roof replacement or new roof installation.

So now that we know there are a few different situations that could call for roof repairs, refurbishments or replacements, let’s explore the different types of common damage we see in and around the homes in Brisbane and the types of services rendered for that damage.

Minor Roof Damage

Often we get calls from customers worried about minor roof damage and if that warrants a full roof replacement. If your roof has minor damage, 99% of the time you will not need a replacement unless you wish to change your roof from tiled to colourbond, from colourbond to tiled or you’re renovating and wish to replace your roof for aesthetic reasons.

Minor roof damage can include things such as:-

Damaged or cracked tiles

Damaged or cracked tiles aren’t a huge issue to your home unless there are large gaps in your tiles or the cracks are considerable in size and they are letting in water into your ceiling. Most of the time we’re able to replace cracked tiles with either the tiles you have around your home (often people have several spare tiles from the original roof build lying around their home, sometimes under the house and they don’t even know they’re there!!).

If you don’t have any tiles available to use, we’re able to provide replacement tiles for you however, it’s worth noting that sometimes if you have an older home, it’s difficult to match colours exactly due to age and wear on the original tiles or slight colour variations over the years by the manufacturers.

Cracked or missing capping

This in itself isn’t a huge issue for most homes. When it does become a bigger issue is when most of the capping is coming off or there’s a large amount of capping missing and your home gets hit by a storm with high winds. The capping is what sets your tiles in place and without this, your tiles may move. If this happens in a storm and there’s considerable movement, well… that’s when people lose parts of their roof.

Visible leaks or watermarks on your ceiling

If there are visible leaks in your roof it’s likely you have an issue with your flashing and that can become an issue. This certainly doesn’t require a full roof replacement, but there’s the possibility water will cause considerable damage to the structure of your roof if it’s allowed to leak in over an extended period of time.

If your roof supports are damaged by mould and rot, there’s a chance your flashing repair can turn into a full roof replacement dependant of the level of damage.

Hail damage on metal roofs

This isn’t a huge deal but it’s worth noting you should keep an eye on any hail damage that makes a decent dent in your roof. Water tends to pool in this area and if the hail has made microcracks in the paint used on the roof, water will get into the metal and rust it out eventually. As we mentioned, it’s not something that requires a replacement or even to replace the sheet, but it’s something to add to your list of jobs to check when you’re cleaning the gutters or checking your whirly-birds.

Mid to high-level damage

Often low level or minor damage to roofs isn’t always visible however if you’re dealing with mid to high-level damage on your roof, you will certainly know about it just by looking at it. Here are some of the things we find in this range and what can be done about it.

Loose sheeting on a colourbond or corrugated iron roof

Loose sheeting doesn’t typically become an issue until you start getting higher level winds around your home. Unfortunately higher level winds are typically associated with storms so it’s likely if a sheet is going to come loose, it will be whilst there’s considerable rain around. The issue here is that if the sheeting comes loose, bends, twists or comes completely away, there’s a good chance you will have serious water damage in your roof (not to mention a potential safety issue if your metal roof sheeting comes off at high speeds and flings itself around your suburb).

Rusted or missing screws in metal roofing

If the screws holding down your metal roof are rusted out or missing, this will cause issues with water getting into your ceiling and eventually making your sheeting loose causing it to move and possibly fly off during severe storms.

Animal Damage

If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night with a possum running around in your roof you know they sound like they’re having a party and invited all their mates. Usually, possums don’t do too much damage, but if they’re left to nest and make a home in your roof (along with other animals like rodents, bats and birds) the damage can really mount up.

Major Roof Damage

If you’ve got major roof damage it’s likely you’ve either weathered a fairly nasty storm or you’ve had some structural damage due to building issues or something hitting your house (car, building equipment, etc) or an issue with movement in the earth below your home.

If there’s a major issue with your roof, it’s likely it’s going to need considerable repair or replacement. You will know if your roof has major damage as it’s either easily visible or you look at it and think ‘that’s not a job I’m going to be able to handle, I’d better call a professional’.

If you’d like to speak with a professional Brisbane roofing company feel free to call us on 0421 460 580 and we’d be more than happy to speak with you about your requirements.

Call us on 0421 460 580
PO Box 200, Coorparoo, QLD 4151