Roofer finishing laying the tiles on the roof of a building

Top Things To Consider Prior To A Roof Restoration

Not having requisite knowledge or experience, it can be very difficult to know exactly when your roof is in need of restoration. While your roof might look as if it’s in the perfect condition from standing in front of your home, a closer inspection might reveal otherwise. At Mr Highlights Roofing, we know exactly what is involved to provide good roof restoration and we know exactly what you need to be looking out for when you are shopping around for one. Prior to making the decision to seek out professional help for a full restoration, you will want to read all of the things you should be considering below.

Do Research and Comparison Shop

For a lot of homeowners, it can be very tempting to simply accept the first offer you get. While you might end up lucky and choosing a good company, this isn’t often the case. Because of this, you should be willing and able to do a lot of research to ensure that you are able to identify and choose a company that has a good reputation and track record. 

Always read online reviews and ask around the community. There is no better way to tell if a roof restoration company is reputable than by getting opinions from actual customers.

Get An Inspection

Prior to being given any quote, you want to get a full inspection completed. The roof restoration company that is giving you the quote should know the exact condition your roof is in prior to handing out any quote. The expert you hire should look at your roof and take the time to detail any cracks in it or broken tiles and other areas of interest that require work.

Get It In Writing

Once you have identified a company that you are willing to do business with, you want to ask for a quote in writing. You want to get a detailed quote that includes every pertinent detail including how much the service will cost and exactly what service(s) they are providing. While some contractors will try to get you to take their word for it, you want to get everything in writing for full protection.

Speak To The Tradesman

Always take the time to speak with the tradesman prior to beginning any work. You want to understand exactly what they are going to be doing prior to the project being started. They should be willing and able to walk you through any and all of the steps that are involved with the job so you will have a good idea of what is going to happen and how long the job will take. You want to ask any questions that you might have about the service at this time.

Check With The Local Council

You want to ensure that you are fully aware of the local requirements for roofing with your local council. That way, you will be able to double-check prior to starting the work. Some councils will have restrictions that you will need to abide by when it comes to doing roof work.

By implementing the 5 tips above, you should be able to ensure that the entire process goes as smoothly as possible. You want to do the requisite research and do enough double-checking to ensure that everything is good to go prior to getting started. 

If you are in need of roof restoration, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we can get started on giving you the best roof restoration around!

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Roof?

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Roof?

Thinking of sprucing up your house?

The roof of a house actually affects the overall look of the house significantly. 

Before you open a single tin of paint, here’s everything you need to know about the cost of painting a roof.

D.I.Y. or Outsourcing?

The first step to painting your roof is deciding whether you will paint your roof yourself or whether you will hire professional help to paint the roof instead.

Painting the roof yourself will always be cheaper initially, but it is important to consider some outside factors. 

  • Do you have the equipment needed? 
  • Do you have the time required? 
  • Do you have the skills necessary to complete the job in a satisfactory manner? 

Unless you are on a tight budget, it is usually a good idea to hire professionals to complete the job. This will ensure that your roof looks good and is in the best possible hands. As well as this, the professional job is more likely to withstand the test of time. 

Where are you?

Surprisingly, the cost of painting a roof depends upon where you live. Generally the tradesman will inspect your property before giving you a quote. This quote will be dependant upon a variety of factors, such as:

  • The company’s going rate
  • How large your roof is 
  • The material of your roof
  • How dirty your roof is 
  • The type of paint you are after
  • How far away you live from the contractor

Types of roof paint

Painting your roof is not as straightforward as you think it may be. There are many different types of roof paints with different properties. The contractor will survey your roof and your needs and alert you of the most appropriate type of paint to utilise. This will affect the cost also.

A contractor may suggest polyurethane, polyurea or polymeric roof coating depending on the roofs material and where your house is located.

Alternative paints include:

  • Bituminous coatings, however the material means it is less flexible. 
  • Water based acrylic roof paints are often used. They are often quite reflective, but avoid these if you have water ponding in some areas of the roof. 
  • Eco-friendly silicone paints are great but the most expensive option. 

Any good roof painting contractor will create a dialogue surrounding your options with you and make recommendations based on your personal situation. Here is a rough pricing guide so you can know what to approximate:

  • $200 ~ for 10 litres of a high quality paint
  • $350 ~ for 20 litres of heat reflective roof paint
  • $150 ~ for 20 litres of exterior acrylic emulsion

It is also important to note that some contractors may charge for the amount of paint used whilst some may charge per hour. 

What else do I need to know?

 Painting a roof is not something that happens frequently, therefore it can seem like a reasonably daunting task. This is totally understandable. 

Painting a roof is actually a multilayered process. The first step is cleaning the roof. The contractor will often first sweep the roof and then use a gurney to remove the build up. 

The contractor will then check for damage. Whilst the repairing the roof will often cost extra, it is obviously worth it in the long run. 

The contractor will then apply a base coat, to ensure the longevity of the paint job and will then complete the job with a top coat of your colour. 

Looking for more help transforming your roof? Chat to the experts from Mr Highlights Roofing today!

man cleaning roof of a house in brisbane

The Benefits Of Tile Roof Cleaning

The Benefits Of Tile Roof Cleaning

As a homeowner, you should have your roof professionally-cleaned by a power washing specialist at least once annually. 

Regular tile roof washing will improve a house’s overall street-appeal. At the same time, regularly cleaning your tile roof, or having a professional roof cleaner handle the task for you, has several benefits and advantages to it. Here is a look at some of them.

The Benefits of Having Your Roof Cleaned Regularly 

• The moss and algae that eat away at your roof tiles are removed

• Hidden damaged areas that need immediate repair are exposed 

• Corrosive residues on shingles are eliminated 

• The amount of mud and silt sitting in gutters is reduced 

• The roof’s color is restored

As a homeowner, it goes without saying that you are willing to do everything you can to keep your home in tip-top condition and avoid needless repairs. Right? If that’s what you want, here are more details about roof cleaning services and how they can benefit your home.

Benefits of Regular Roof Cleaning Services. 

Making sure your home is cleaned often does more than just make it look good; by having your home’s exterior and interior cleaned regularly, you protect it from damage and unwanted repairs. Just like shampooing your carpets helps preserve the rug’s fibers, regular roof pressure washing will help keep your tiles and shingles in good condition. 

Seeds, twigs, leaves, and other debris that lodges itself under and around your tiles can loosen your shingles, increasing their likelihood of coming loose and falling off during windy or stormy weather. At the same time, loose tiles increase the risk of your roofing paper getting damaged, something that could eventually lead to interior water leaks.

When airborne exhaust fumes, acid rain residue, and soot settle on a roof, they end up drying out the shingles, causing the granules at the top of the shingles to become crumbly and loose, which eventually leads to them falling off. The granules then end up inside your gutters, leading to severe clogs, and eventually, exterior water damage on your home.

When roofing tiles become damaged and thin out, their insulation qualities become poorer, and they start letting out your home’s air conditioning and heating.

Algae eat the limestone available in asphalt shingles, causing the tiles to become worn and thin. At the same time, mold, algae, and moss work their way under flashing and tiles, softening roofing paper, and loosening tiles. Over time, your roof will end up looking uneven and bumpy. Apart from that, your tiles will slowly become loose and start falling away.

When mildew grows around your eaves and tiles, it creates very unpleasant odors that can be bothersome to both people and pets. Having mildew washed off your roof by a roof cleaner that specializes in mildew and mold cleanup will help create a more comfortable outdoor environment.

Dust, grit, silt, sand, and other debris that settle on a roof’s surface will eventually become airborne and will make their way to your deck, flower beds, patio, pool, etc. creating ungodly messes, and damaging the exterior surfaces of your house. When dust, grit, silt, or sand get blown from your roof and settle on the surface of your pool, they could end up making your pool’s filter work harder, causing unnecessary wear and tear, which might end up leading to unwanted yet costly repairs or even replacement. 

Over time, the grime, dirt, mud, and solid debris that collect on the surface of your roof will dissolve and fall into your gutters, clogging them up. If not addressed in time, such clogs could lead to your home’s foundation and exterior walls getting water damaged. 

Does your roof need cleaning? Contact Mr Highlights Roofing now to get a job well done!

roofer builder worker with pulverizer spraying paint on metal sheet roof

How Long Should Metal Roof Paint Last?

Metal roof coatings and metal roofs are an option that has increased dramatically in popularity over the last few years. This probably has to do with the fact that this is among the best of the roofing solutions currently available that is constantly focused on durability and sustainability. These roofing systems are much cheaper to manufacture, engineer, and install when compared to the traditional roofs. 

The cool metal roofs also reduce solar-heat gain, annually lowering cooling costs, while the resilience of these metal materials offers a favourable way to maintain the advantages that a metal roof can offer you through its life-span, which includes significant cost savings. 

How to Maintain Your Metal Roof

In the majority of cases, the correct surface preparation along with applying the correct coating is usually all that is needed to ensure the metal roof remains in a condition that is easy to maintain. A re-coating of these roofs should be followed up every 2 to 4 years to ensure the roof remains in optimal condition and to extend the overall life-span of the roof. Now if you would like to know more about why it is important to carry on re-painting your metal roof, below are some valuable tips from our painters. 

Your roof is what protects your home against outdoor elements. If you are not keeping up with regular maintenance, you are leaving your house vulnerable to the elements such as wind, extreme heat, rain, violent storms, and hail. When you apply the right product to your roof every 2 to 4 years, which in this case would be an oil-based or acrylic coating, or an elastomeric system every 5 to 10 years, your roof will remain in good condition, while continuing to protect your home from inclement weather which would otherwise result in your structures deteriorating in a number of different ways. 

Another option to Maintain Your Roof – Recoating

Re-coating also costs a lot less than having to replace your metal roof. At some stage, your roof will not be able to take another layer of coating and it will then need replacing, but until this stage, re-coating can offer you a number of years of additional service. 

A well-maintained roof increases the resale value of your home. It is obvious that buyers are more interested in homes that are well-maintained. A metal roof that is re-coated on a regular basis is a significant selling point, regardless of who the buyer may be.

Energy Savings – Metal roofs have the ability to save up to 50% on your energy bills for a home. Today, there are various coating systems for metal roofs that are designed to reflect solar heat away from your home, which helps to keep your home much cooler over the summer months. Metal is also a 100% recyclable material. This will mean that old roofs do not land up in the landfills. 

When you have your roof inspected and then repainted by professional and experienced painting contractors, you will know what type of condition your roof is in, and ensure that the roof remains in the best condition for many years to come. 

If you’ve got a metal roof or are interested in getting your old roof re-painted, contact Mr. Highlights Roofing today!

modern roof in graphite colour

How to Repair a Roof Leak?

If you notice your home has water stains running down the walls or extending across the ceiling, it could be a sign that the roof is leaking.

The hard part of this process is tracking them down, repairing the roof  is easy. Below are some tricks that will help you in finding and repairing the most common types of roof leaks.

How to Find a Leak From Inside Your Home

When tracking down a leak, the attic is the first place to get started. While starting from the inside of your house can seem counter-intuitive, the lack of tile roof can make it easier for you to spot the problem. Examine the underside of your roof using a flashlight. Look out for signs of light coming through the plywood, which will be proof of holes. If you notice some underside areas being darker than others, then it could be a sign. If there is an area that has black mould, this could be where the roof is leaking from. Moulds thrive on moisture.

How to Find a Leak on The Rooftop

The most common cause of leaks in homes is anything projecting through the roofing chimney vents and plumbing, skylight, exhaust flues, and dormer are some of the common culprits. The flashing and seals around them can start weakening with time, which makes the loose and allows rain and snow to get inside. Some of the other causes of roof leaks are holes, missing or ageing shingles, clogged gutters or crumbling chimneys.

Examining Roof Flashing

Flashing is the thin strip of metal used in joints to prevent any snow or water from seeping in and causing damage. The flashing varies and will depend on the type and style of the roof of your home, but some of the areas that have it include skylights, chimneys, dormer windows, and pipes. Flashing is usually installed where the roof meets the wall or the valleys of the roofing.

It needs to be installed when roofing the house and should be properly sealed. The metal is going to develop cracks, come loose, and get damaged as a result of the weather.

How to Find a Leak through Holes

Even tiny holes can result in a leak. It is obvious to see holes resulting from weather damage, but holes are often a result of roofing nails that have been misplaced or mounting brackets for satellite or antenna. When you find a hole, mark it then see if there are any other holes in your roofing. You will have an easier time patching the roof.

Annual roof inspection during the spring or summer. Regularly reseal around chimney and plumbing pipes, vents, or anything installed on the roof such as a satellite dish. Check the chimney mortar and flashings too from time to time.

When you use the above tips, you are going to reduce the risk of having a leaky roof while making your roof last longer.

If you’re still not confident about repairing a roof leak, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we will help you in a jiffy!

two workers on roof at works with metal tile and roofing iron

4 Warning Signs Your Roof Needs Restoration or Replacement

The roof is one of the most important components of a house. It protects you, your loved ones and your possessions from the elements. However, for it to remain functional, it calls for regular maintenance checks. Roofs also age and depending on the age and type, there will come a time where you’ll need to restore or replace it. Failure to do so only leads to further loss of its structural integrity. 

But how do you tell whether the damage a roof has sustained is serious and it is time to call in the professionals? Well, the signs discussed below will come in handy in letting you know whether it’s time to get a roof restoration or replacement. 

Paintwork Degradation

Every homeowner knows the importance of regular maintenance when it comes to having a functional roof. However, if you notice the paintwork peeling, be it on the inside or outside the roof’s exterior, then your roof is not in its best condition. 

Damaged paintwork or flaking is not only unappealing but hinders the roof from protecting your house from the elements. This ultimately leads to expensive roof repairs or even being forced to install a new one. 

Making sure that your roof is in the best condition will provide better protection, prolong its life and also add value to your property. 

Cracks and Holes in  Roof Tiles

Replacing cracked or broken roof tiles is imperative to ascertain the ongoing protection of your house from the elements. It only takes one damaged tile for water to start seeping into your house, which can then take a toll on your insulation and the blistering and staining of the ceiling. 

Damaged roof tiles can ideally lead to mould growth, which takes just a day in moist and damp conditions. Mould likes to grow in wet areas like walls, carpets and insulation that has been exposed to water or moisture. The spores grow and spread rapidly, giving off a bad odour and a trail of stains. Wood can ideally rot when it’s exposed to water for an extended period, leaving your roof structurally unsound. Not only that, but your home might soon become infested with termites. 

Water Damage

Signs of moisture inside your roof is a sign that the roof has been compromised. So, ensure you regularly check for leaking trails and dark spots as they indicate roof damage.

Structurally sound and well-protected houses ideally do not grow mould and rot, and so, if you start to see this on your ceilings and interior walls, it could be a sign of roof damage. 

Corrosion is another indicator of a roof that could be leaking, so ensure you are on the lookout for that. 

Damaged Elements

To avoid roof restoration or replacement, there are several elements that you should focus on as part of your roof maintenance routine. These include checking the downpipes and gutters for signs of damage, roof valleys, loose or worn material around vents, chimneys, pipes and other spots where the roof might have been penetrated.
If you’re still unsure about the state of your roof, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we will assess it for you!