Repairing Your Heritage Roof? Here’s What You Need to Know
Roof repairs or restorations are often considerable jobs, even for the most modest of dwellings.
When you are looking at roof repairs for Sydney heritage homes, there are obviously extra factors that need to be taken into account.
A quality roof restoration will help ensure the longevity of your property, and help to maintain its value. So where to start?
Assess the roof
The first stage of any roof repair is to assess precisely what problems exist, and how serious they are. A visual assessment may give you a start. Take a good look at each section of the roof to check for loose or broken tiles, fading and areas that are excessively dirty. You should also keep an eye out for water damage. A specialist in heritage roof restoration Sydney should then confirm how serious particular issues are, and if anything needs urgent attention.
It’s always a good idea to check your local council at the earliest stages for its guidelines on heritage restorations in your area. The council may have restrictions in place that you will need to adhere to if modifying your roof in any way, and it’s essential that you have these details from the outset. Another useful resource is the NSW Heritage Office, which has published a guide for those looking to restore heritage properties.
Aesthetics play a vital role in heritage properties. It’s about looking after something of historical significance by maintaining the property’s integrity. Detrimentally changing the appearance of any historic property or doing dodgy work may significantly diminish its value. In terms of roof repairs, this might involve using traditional materials such as slate, copper or iron for roof tiles and plumbing.
Any damage to roofing should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid it becoming much worse. Water damage for instance has the potential to rot and destroy major sections of a home if it’s left untreated.
Deal with professionals
Planning is key to any successful roof repair, and one that is aesthetically favourable to your property.
And it’s also essential that you deal with a roofing specialist who has a full understanding of heritage roofs, and the techniques required to work on them. We are highly experienced in slate and metal roof restoration in Sydney and across Australia. Our team has worked on projects ranging from major National Trust classified architecture, to modest heritage houses.
We also understand that dealing with a heritage property may seem overwhelming at times, so we can provide support at every stage of the roof repair or restoration!