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Five Tips for Metal Roofing Near the Sea

There are so many reasons to choose metal roofing on your house. It’s a classic look and highly durable, especially in harsh New Zealand conditions. And who doesn’t love falling asleep to the sound of raindrops on a tin roof? Of course, with metal roofing, you need to be careful if you live anywhere near the coast. The sea spray contains salt and other electrolytes than can oxidise metals, leading to corrosion. And there’s also that wicked coastal wind to consider. If you’re planning to put up a metal roof on your coastal property, make sure you do it the right way. Follow these five tips for guaranteed success and a roof that will stand the test of time.

Watch out for galvanised steel

While galvanised steel is normally a durable and resistant roofing material, it won’t always stand up to the harsh coastal conditions encountered in New Zealand. Galvanising refers to the process of dipping the steel in hot zinc to provide a coating that resists corrosion. The zinc is more chemically active than steel, so corroding agents in sea spray react first with the zinc before it corrodes the steel itself. However, tests show that ordinary galvanised steel doesn’t stand up to the elements in practise. This is especially true if the steel contains chromate, an especially susceptible material to corrosion. For the harsh New Zealand coastal conditions, better coatings are needed.

Look for specialised roofing metals for the coast

Luckily enough, there are several roofing metals that do a better job resisting corrosion. Zincalume incorporates silicon and aluminium into its protective coating as well as zinc. This increases the protection and adds a barrier layer to provide protection in addition to the sacrificial effect of the zinc. In tests, Zincalume far outperforms regular galvanised steel in resisting sea spray. Other products called Endura and Maxx offer similar protection, and which one is ideal for your home depends on specifics, so talk to your roofer to find out more.

Consider a waterproof membrane

Sometimes, no metal alone will be enough to resist the elements. You might want to consider a waterproof membrane coating on your roof to seal it against the sea spray. These membranes are typically based on either fiberglass or bitumen. Roofing and Coatings uses the industry-standard product based on each material. Traffigard membrane is a fiberglass coating based on the latest technology. It is quick-drying and available in a wide range of colours. Meanwhile, Nuraply is a bituminous coating that incorporates a reinforcing polyester layer. Either of these coatings will protect your roof for years, leaving you worry-free.

Look out for the wind

When considering adding a metal roof, it isn’t just the sea spray you need to watch out for. Any New Zealander will tell you that our coastal areas can get windy – very, very windy. Wind damage to roofing is actually one of the most common classes of property damage worldwide, so it should not be taken lightly. There are several different kinds of metal roofing, and some resist the wind better than others. Ask your roofer about single seam roofing – this has proven to be the most wind-resistant way to install a metal roof in tests and in practise. The roofer also needs to adjust the spacing between the fasteners to suit the pitch of your roof to ensure maximum wind resistance, or the whole roof can lose strength.

There’s no substitute for a quality job

You can get all the products you want, but in such an exposed environment as the seaside, you need experienced professionals to install your roof for it to last. Shoddy workmanship can undermine the integrity and lastability of your roof. It only takes one exposed spot for rust to take hold, while a roofer who doesn’t customise their installation to suit the pitch of your house is going to sacrifice potential wind resistance. When selecting your roofer, go with reputation and experience.

Put your roof in safe hands

If you want your metal roof to go the distance in New Zealand’s coastal conditions, then talk to the people who’ve been installing them for over 20 years. Coastal conditions don’t get much harsher than in the region around Wellington and Wairarapa, and that’s where we operate – so it’s safe to say we know what we’re doing. We’re a member of the Roofing Association NZ and Site Safe NZ, so you can also be assured we do things the right way. We do free inspections and quotes, so get in touch with us now to talk about your specific needs.

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Six Reasons Not to Neglect a Leaky Roof

In Wellington’s rainy season, every company offering professional roofing services prepares themselves for an influx of leaks, and the damage that results from leaving them alone for too long. Most homeowners are tempted to simply place a bucket underneath a leak while it’s raining, and then leave it to its own devices at all other times.
The problem is, this leads to lots of other issues that will put your health, your home, and your wallet under some serious strain.

Mould

In the dark spaces of your walls and ceiling, the dampness from a persistent leak will quickly grow into mould. Mould spreads via dampness and spores, and if you leave a leak alone the spores will eventually drift to other parts of your home, spreading the mould to all corners of the structure, and presenting a major health hazard to all inhabitants.
Respiratory and pulmonary diseases go hand-in-hand with the presence of mould, and the permanent discolouration from black mould is difficult to get rid of.

Insulation

The purpose of insulation is to fill the airy spaces your home has in its walls and ceiling to prevent heat from readily transferring out or in. If you leave a leak in your ceiling, the water that comes through will permeate the insulation in these spaces. Because water is conductive (it holds heat well), the insulation will no longer work effectively, so your energy bill will see a noticeable uptick.

Structural Integrity

Your insulation and shingles are not the only parts of your home that will see damage from a continuous leak. When water seeps into the timbers that construct the frame of your home, it can cause rotting, bowing and splintering, which is incredibly unsafe.
The frame of your home is designed to hold itself up, but with the damage a leak causes parts of the frame will start to give out, leading to sagging and eventual collapse. This presents a major danger that must be rectified quickly.

Pests

Mould, rot, and the promise of a home warmer than the outdoors is enough to attract all kinds of pests. A leak presents an easy doorway for spiders, cockroaches, rats and other vermin to enter your home. Once they’re in, it’s a lot of hassle to get them to leave, so it’s always best to head them off at the pass, and repair the leak as soon as possible.

Your Health

Beyond the potential damage leaks can wreak on your home, there are also the effects they could have on your health. Mould spores, a cold space, dampness and pests are all a sure-fire way to compromise your immune system, thereby resulting in sickness. There have been many cases where individuals—often babies or people with weaker immune systems—have contracted asthma from living in an unhealthy home.
Even though it might seem inconvenient to sort out the leak immediately, the repercussions of leaving it alone are even worse. If you’ve noticed any leaks on a rainy day, wet patches on the walls or ceiling, or even curling shingles on your roof, call in a contractor to take a look. It will save both you and your wallet a lot of pain.

Talk to Wellington’s favourite roofers today!

Concerned about a leak, or looking for someone to take care of your re-roofing in Wellington? Roofing and Coatings has got you covered. We can come to your home and conduct a thorough inspection to detect any faults, and repair it in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Give our friendly team a call today!

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Five Ways to Tell if Your Roof is Winter Ready

Just as snow, hailstorms and windstorms can easily damage your roof, which can unfortunately compromise the interior of your home, it’s best to make sure your roof is strong and secure so that it can handle the rain, and all of the challenges that this can present. From the experts, here are five ways to tell if your roof is winter ready.

Clean and Functioning Gutters

Clean gutters are ideal for keeping your roof winter-ready. Maintenance of gutters is necessary, as they are the main system allowing water to flow off of your roof and away from your house. Just imagine a scenario when your gutter is clogged or broken – the water may back up underneath the metal or tiles and get into the home, causing rot to form throughout the roof and walls. To ensure that this can’t happen, you should make sure your gutters are free from leaves, sticks, and other debris that could lead to water build-up.

Your Sidings Are Working

In addition, if your sidings are warped or cracked, they will allow any built-up water to seep into the house even more easily, so it’s important to check them over for any faults. Damp, mould, and wood rot spread quickly in the winter months, and the last thing you want to do is provide an avenue for them to enter your home through the walls.

A Properly Checked Chimney

Chimneys may present safety issues for homeowners come wintertime. It’s possible that an animal may have built a nest inside of it, or creosote may have built up. Creosote is a highly flammable buildup made from particles left behind after wood burns. It can spark a fire in the chimney that could potentially damage your roof and the rest of the house, so it’s good to keep your chimneys clean from any of these harmful chemical compounds, and make sure no creature is nesting in them during the winter!

Winter-proof your roof today!

Roofing and Coatings have been in the industry for 20 years. Blending experience, commitment, and superior products, the company prides itself with being the leading roofing company Wellington can offer. If you want the best advice on how to winter-proof your roofs or to avail yourself of our roofing services, don’t hesitate to give us a call! You get a no-obligation free inspection and quote from us!

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DIY Roofing: Is It Really Worth It?

If you’re someone who loves DIY, from painting your own walls, to fixing your own car, then it makes sense if you’d want to skip the professional roofing services and go the DIY route when it comes to replacing your roof. Why? Because in the world the internet has built, tutorials for every project can simply be accessed online.

From replacing gutters to re roofing your home– there’s a source you can look up to guide you through it. However, if you take a look at some of the potential hazards of going after your roof with a hammer and a can-do attitude, you might discover a few reasons why it’s better to leave it to the experts.

Unsafe for You


Risking your safety is a major concern when you choose to DIY. Roof repair and roof replacements are major home improvements that have a variety of dangers – this is why roofers use entire systems designed to protect them while atop your home. The height, slope, and weather can all play into a potential fall from the top of your roof – and while these might harmless pratfalls on YouTube, the injuries that result from falls like that are often extensive and fairly serious.

Not Cost-Effective


One of the most common reasons why people choose to DIY is to save money. Yes, roofing services such as roof replacements can cost you more upfront, however, DIY doesn’t exactly mean you’re spending less. You might think you’re saving money, but actually, there’s a greater chance you might be spending more. When you attempt to do easy DIY fixes, you may miss a serious underlying problem, leaving you with a short-term fix, but a serious long-term financial consequence.

 

If it all goes sideways, you have to pay to remove the previous fix, as well as to repair the damage you were dealing with in the first place. Or, if you leave a faulty DIY solution in place, the damage can spread to other areas of your home and create a huge financial burden for you in the following years. Pretty unfortunate!

Voids Your Warranty

 The potential problems that arise from installing aspects of your roofing system by yourself are many, and one that most people don’t think about is the impact it will have on your roof’s warranty. It has one, and if you choose to DIY a roof repair, that warranty is voided because a licensed professional has not sanctioned any changes made.

This means that, in the event you need to claim for a repair or replaced part, you can’t call on that part’s warranty to cover the financial burden! Even in cases when you’re able to pull off a perfect installation, you won’t have the same peace of mind that comes with knowing your materials are covered by warranty.

Nothing beats experience

In the interest of keeping yourself safe and your home well-protected, it’s best to rely on trusted experts who can take on your roof issues professionally. For the best re-roofing Wellington provides, Roofing and Coatings has got you covered. Gain peace of mind with a quality roof your home rightly deserves, and give us a call today!

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8 Reasons Why You Need a Quality Roof

Wellington roofing needs to be able to stand up to the test of time and wear, and the only way it’s going to do that in the Windy City is if it’s undeniably quality roofing from the very beginning. Here at Roofing & Coatings, we’ve been in the business for over 20 years, so we know exactly how valuable proper roofing and proper installation is to your home.

If your roof is not installed properly or if your roofer hasn’t chosen the right materials for the Wellington weather, then you’re going to encounter plenty of problems down the line. In order to help you head that off, we’re breaking down the eight reasons you need to look for quality from the start. Let’s get straight into it.

1. Lifespan

Concern number one is the lifespan of your roof – how long will it last once it has been installed? The material you choose needs to be able to withstand the weather in your locale, easily maintained, and well-fastened. The longer your roof lasts without being replaced, the less money you invest in keeping it over your head.

Materials such as clay and cement tiles, slate, and steel or aluminium each have their individual benefits, but they are all known for being great materials for a long-lasting roof. Each one lasts a minimum of thirty years when installed with the right expertise.

2. Leak Prevention

In a similar vein, it’s important to have a quality roof in order to prevent leaks from forming repeatedly. Dealing with one leak is a minor inconvenience and it’s something that every homeowner is likely to encounter over the course of their life, but dealing with a shoddy roof and multiple leaks is another type of hassle entirely.

Leaks are usually caused by displaced tiles, worn or improperly installed flashing – which is part of the weatherproofing system on your roof – or general wear and tear that has caused cracks to form in the roof. A high-caliber roof that has been placed well will be more resistant to leaks forming, as the flashing will be aligned properly with all of the edges and the roofing materials will be appropriately fastened, preventing uplifting.

3. Noise Insulation

Depending on where you live, the level of noise you have to insulate your home from may differ. Regardless of the noise level, it’s important to your well-being to have a calm and peaceful home to live in. Many people don’t realise how much a good roof contributes to the noise insulation in your home, or how much a poorly-installed roof will contribute to extra noise and discomfort while you’re living there.

For proper noise insulation, you’ll need a roofer who is going to choose the right kind of insulation for the type of roof you have. Sound travels as a wave through air, so if your home has significant air gaps beneath the roof then more sound will be audible from the outside world. Fibre-based insulation fills these air gaps to act as both temperature and sound insulation. The shape of your roof will change the extra touches you need for sufficient noise-proofing, so consult your roofer beforehand.

4. Temperature Control

Insulation is also important for maintaining the temperature in your house, but a lot of people don’t realise how your roof composition contributes to how well your home retains or reflects heat.

5. Appearance

Next up: you need to consider how your roof looks. This will depend on you, but typically you want to try to strike the balance between style and function. There’s no point in getting a roof that looks fantastic but needs replacement in as little as three years. You might also want to consider how often you renovate your home, as the roof may need to change over the years in order to accommodate new styles and designs.

Metal roofing is a good example of the balance between these three factors, as it is durable, timeless, and the colour can be changed easily with a coat of paint to suit your ideal design. This is one of the reasons that commercial roofing contractors use it so often, as it can be changed to suit a building that shifts ownership very easily.

6. Maintenance

The ideal roof is one that is easy to clean and maintain, as it makes it much easier to keep it in good shape. A well-maintained roof is one that stands up to a lot of wear and tear, so look for materials that only need the occasional clean or buff.

Metal roofing is ideal as it is kept clean by the rain, and only needs a scrub-down every 6 months or so. This makes your life a lot easier in the long run.

7. Weather Resistance

Interestingly, most people think that weather-proofing your home with a durable roof only means that it should be well-sealed, but this is only half of the story. You need a roof that has been properly fastened to the frame of the house, sealed well with a weatherproofing membrane, and fitted with well-installed flashing. These three things contribute to how well your home holds up in wind and rain and how long it lasts.

8. Cost Efficiency

Finally, consider how much money you’re going to have to spend in the installation and upkeep of your roof. Quality roofing may cost more upfront, as contemporary durable materials tend to sit at a higher price point, but they will save you on maintenance and replacement costs in the long run.

Start well with a quality roof today.

Our 20 years of experience providing professional roofing services in the Wellington region means that we can give you the right roof to withstand all sorts of New Zealand weather. Get in contact with us today to start on your journey towards superior roofing!

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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing Systems

Depending on your specific needs, investing in metal roofing could be the best choice you have ever made for the maintenance of your home. In today’s blog, we want to give you a true breakdown of the pros and cons of investing in this type of roofing, and which households it would be most appropriate for.

Pros: Durability, Weight, Ease

Durability

Metal roofing systems are notoriously durable because, unlike concrete tiles and other kinds of roofing materials, they are not susceptible to cracking or splitting. In addition, they are easier to maintain and keep clean. In Wellington weather you may find yourself concerned with the wind, but a properly fastened metal roof is as secure, if not more so, than traditional roofs.

Most roofs composed of metal are guaranteed a lifespan of 30+ years, so they are a good long-term investment.

Weight

All materials used for metal roofing – Aluminium Colorsteel (Zincalume based) or aluminium Colorcote (Zincalume based) are very lightweight. Since they’re so light, they reduce the burden placed on the structure of the home, and this additionally makes them much easier to install in larger panels.

Maintenance

Roofs like these are easily cleaned and maintained, usually only needing an occasional hose-down to keep them sparkling. If the colour of your roof dulls, then you are able to paint over it with relative ease, as long as you coat the finished result with an approved weather-resistant paint from your local paint store. Depending on the material, your roof may require a retightening of the fasteners every ten years or so, however it is a relatively painless process.

Adaptability

As previously mentioned, you are able to repaint a metal roof with any colour you choose, as long as it is approved for weather endurance, meaning that the choice you make at the initial installation is not necessarily the one you will be stuck with for 30+ years.

You are also able to make a variety of choices prior to the installation. There are many options available for the kind of metal you choose, each with their own pros and cons therein. Copper, for example, is more expensive, but lasts for much longer than aluminium (100+ years if well maintained). A Zincalume based roof is more energy efficient, but has a shorter lifespan. They also come in a larger spectrum of colours than traditional shingles.

Energy Efficient and Fire Resistant

Because metal is reflective, a metal roof will reduce your air conditioning bill in the summer by reflecting the heat away from your home. They will also never catch on fire, as metal is not combustible.

Cons: Cost, Installation, Leaks

It is important to keep in mind that the cons listed below are generally things that happen following an improper installation.

Cost

When choosing to install this kind of roof, you will find that the costs associated are less than other roofs.  The corrugated iron sheets are larger which means there is less install time. Installing such a durable material is an investment with extremely low maintenance costs as the years go on.

Improper Installation

Much like other roofing systems, if the roof itself or the waterproofing membrane is installed poorly then you’re going to encounter problems. The seams of a metal roof need to be adequately waterproofed and fitted with good flashing to prevent leaks, so if the process is rushed, you might find yourself dealing with leaks. You may also find that it wears more easily if it has not been appropriately weatherproofed.

Denting

Like all other metals, your roof will dent when hit with something hard enough. If large hailstones or falling debris is a concern of yours, then be aware that this is something to contend with. Wellington weather does provide a lot of rain, but a standard metal roofing system should have no trouble dealing with this.

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Commercial Roofing: Important Preparation Prior to a New Metal Roof

When opting metal roofing installation, the first thing you need to do is choose the material to do the job. These can include the hardware, decking, flashing that is appropriate for your existing roof’s pitch, framing, and metal roof panels. Below are some steps to follow prior to installing a new metal roof so that it can be done properly and correctly.

Hiring a reputable Roofing Company
Chооѕіng a rооfіng соntrасtоr thаt wіll іnѕtаll уоur rооfіng рrореrlу іѕ еаѕіlу аѕ іmроrtаnt аѕ uѕіng ԛuаlіtу material. Bесаuѕе a new rооf is a major investment аnd ѕоmеthіng уоu’rе lіkеlу tо lіvе wіth fоr a long tіmе, іt’ѕ important tо сhооѕе уоur roofing contractor carefully. Any company that you hire should also carry full-coverage insurance and correct licensing to work in your area. If you interview more than one roofing company, be certain to compare quotes and check references to learn which company will deliver the ideal results.

Choosing the Style and Color of Metal Roofing
Chооѕіng a соlоr and style for уоur nеw metal rооf is an еxсіtіng рrосеѕѕ, especially today, whеn you hаvе more орtіоnѕ available tо уоu thаn еvеr before. Hоwеvеr, іt’ѕ іmроrtаnt nоt tо gеt lоѕt іn thіѕ sea of сhоісеѕ аnd kеер іn mіnd that thе соlоr уоu сhооѕе will greatly аffесt thе оvеrаll lооk аnd fееl оf уоur home. Thеrеfоrе, tаkе уоur tіmе and rеѕеаrсh a variety оf соlоr options, аѕ wеll аѕ соnѕіdеr a numbеr of рrасtісаl аnd aesthetic fасtоrѕ that аrе аѕѕосіаtеd wіth vаrіоuѕ colors.

Sign All Pertinent Agreements
Make sure to go through all the paperwork and agree to the terms and conditions before signing on the agreement. Also make sure there are no hidden fees or terms before signing any agreement.

Clear the Area Around the Building
One thing to take into consideration before the installation of your new roof is to make sure the surrounding areas are clear and free. This to ensure that the roofing crew members have unhindered access to your building, hence making the process easy to handle. Moreover, they will need space to place their equipment and supplies.

Protect the Upper Floor When Necessary
Another consideration is the need to protect the upper floor if the sheathing or decking is going to be replaced as part of the metal roof installation. This upper floor has could be used for different purposes like offices. Clearing the area and covering the floors and walls until the installation comes to completion is necessary.

Ensure That Safety Measures Are in Place
It’s very important to make sure, before the start of any construction work there’s proper safety measures put in place for both workers and inhabitants around the site. Warning signs that work is going on alert pedestrians, visitors, clients and employees to the fact that caution is necessary. Also, the walkways should have covered scaffolding on them to allow for safe travel to and from the building. This also protects people from falling objects.

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