Roof repairs in Sydney – 2013 in review

It has been a busy year for us for doing lots of roof repairs and colorbond roof replacements.

My guys are now on a well earned Christmas break and we are not due back until January 13th 2014. I will be in Adelaide and doing no roof work at all. So, if you will be submitting a roofing quote request during this Christmas holiday period, please be patient and I will get back to you mid January 2014.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

2013 – the year in review doing roof repairs and colorbond roof replacements in Sydney’s west and south

We have had long dry period and also long wets. There was a period when it rained continuously for more than a week.

That meant lots of leaking roofs needing repairs and looking back over the jobs that we have done, the majority have been roof repairs due to a variety of reasons.

  • Leaking skylights have been very common
    People try all sorts of unsuccessful ways of dealing with leaking skylights
    People try all sorts of unsuccessful ways of dealing with leaking skylights

    In particular, leaking Velux skylights have been quite challenging.

  • Rusty box gutters cause a lot of damage to the internals of the house when they decide to leak ..
    Rusty box gutters means time for a change
    Rusty box gutters means time for a change

    It is quite common for the box gutters to give up well before the roof – so it is wise to use colorbond box gutters with adequate falls to prevent expensive box gutter replacements.

  •  Flat metal roofs, in particular Kliplok roofs provide a lot of continuous work for us. It is often the fault of flashings to the Kliplok roofs that are the problem…
    Kliplok roofs fail due to wrong flashing work
    Kliplok roofs fail due to wrong flashing work

    Kliplok roofs are quite easy to lay – but the challenge is to do the flashings correctly (including turning up and turning down the sheets).

  • Rusty valleys on metal and tiled roofs can cause a lot of water ingress, Including bad detailing ..
    Valleys are potential areas for water leaks
    Valleys are potential areas for water leaks

    We have pulled out lots of rusty valleys and swapped them with colorbond valleys this year.

  • Swiss terracotta roof tiles are my pet hate, and this year we have had plenty of them..
    I hate swiss roof tiles because they fail so often
    I hate swiss roof tiles because they fail so often

    Swiss tiles are so bad that manufacturers don’t make them any more… but I still have to fix leaking old swiss tiled roofs!

 

  • Leaking parapet walls. It is where the roof tiles butt up to a parapet wall where the water leakage problems are…
Wakaflex parapet flashings have come into fashion
Wakaflex parapet flashings have come into fashion

Instead of pulling tiles off and replacing the traditional soaker flashing along the parapet walls, we have usually gone with the option of providing a new ‘Wakaflex’ flashing with a colorbond ‘pressure seal’ to give the parapets a cleaner look.

 

Colorbond roof replacements: 

Our other specialty is putting up colorbond metal roofs. And we have done plenty of these this year also.

Metal skillion roofs are our ‘bread and butter’

We do a lot of colorbond metal skillion roof replacements
We do a lot of colorbond metal skillion roof replacements

There are a lot of metal skillion roofs in Sydney. Especially in the inner west and outer western areas where we work. And we do a lot of these every year.

Changing tile roofs to colorbond metal roofs are quite fashionable now and the following pictures show why this is so.

Concrete tiled roof before conversion to colorbond
Concrete tiled roof before conversion to colorbond
Concrete tiled roof replaced by new colorbond roof
Concrete tiled roof replaced by new colorbond roof

 

old tiled roof before upograde to colorbond roof
old tiled roof before upograde to colorbond roof
colorbond roof turns an old tile roof into a new house
colorbond roof turns an old tile roof into a new house

 

See you in the new year……………….

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to "Roof repairs in Sydney – 2013 in review"
  1. I live in Winmalee and I have a leaking skillion roof. The issue is two fold:
    1. the existing cliplock has holes and has to go
    2. The water can get under the curves of the roofing at the gutter and come in to the office.
    Tossing up what the best fix is.
    Please call shane 0405577000

    • Hi Shane,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      I have emailed you that I operate out of Strathfield and Winmalee is just too far for us.

      But to answer your questions, if the existing roof is leaking due to rust holes. then it needs to be replaced – not repaired.
      Kliplok roofs are designed to be installed flat. It is standard detailing to turn the upstream ends up, and the downstream ends down.
      This is to stop water from getting under the roof at the two ends.

      If your roofer installs the kliplok roof correctly, you should not get water coming under the roof at the gutter.

      Hope this helps,

      Jack

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