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Installing a New Roof

Hello, my name is Liam. I live in a rural community which is located about 200km away from Alice Springs, Australia. Life in the Outback can be hard, so the entire community needs to look after itself. Since I moved out here from the big city, I have learnt lots of cool skills that I didn't know before. One of these skills is roofing. When my neighbour's roof began to leak, he called me over and we worked together to install a new one. He taught me lots of cool tips and tricks which I have written about below. Enjoy!

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Why It Doesn't Take A Massive Storm For Your Roof To Get Badly Damaged

Roof restoration is probably not something that is on your radar unless you have gone through a major storm recently, but you should always be on the lookout for the symptoms of a damaged roof. A lot of this damage to your roof is done through little bits of wear and tear over many years, and if you are not careful, you can end up with significant damage that has happened right under your nose. Here are a few reasons why you might need roof restoration work even if you haven't had a major weather event recently.

Overhanging Trees

Overhanging trees might look quite nice around your home, and many people see them as a feature not a negative, but these trees can wreak havoc on your roof. Just for starters, if a tree is hanging over your property, then a lot of miscellaneous material from bark to twigs and leaves is going to fall onto your roof. These get pushed around by the wind and will scratch up your roofing material to no end. They can even get lodged in gaps and edges and begin to leverage tiles out of position over time. While it takes a while for any of this to happen, whenever you have overhanging trees, the chances of this are much greater and can lead to premature roof restorations.

Hot Summers

Australia is known for having exceptionally hot summers, and because your roofing material takes the brunt of this daily dose of sunlight, it is the most susceptible to the side effects of extreme heat. You might not realise this but very hot temperatures can cause materials of all kinds, whether it be tile or metal, to slightly expand in size. When the temperature cools down again, in the late afternoon, the tiles or metal roofing can crack as it shrinks back to normal size. That is why you should always have your roofing checked after summer, to see if there are any obvious signs of damage.

Pests

There are few different types of animals that can cause damage to your roof to the point where it needs repairs. If you are unlucky enough to have a bird's nest on your roof, then their droppings can be quite toxic and affect your roofing tiles. Possums have been known to scurry along roofs and displace tiles in their hurry. To a lesser extent, rats and snakes can also be an issue, as they search for holes to hide out from the hot sun in summer. If you have had any dealings with pests, then you know how annoying they can be and you should check with a roof restoration expert to see if any patch-up work needs to be done. 

Reach out to a roof restoration professional for more information.