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Everything You Should Know About Roofing Contractors

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Your roof is one of the most important structural components of your home. Therefore, you should carefully consider whom you would hire to work on this portion of your home. Hiring a roofing contractor that is well-qualified to work on your home will ensure that your roof is safe, looks good, and will last for years to come.

Materials for Roofing Contractor

There are several different materials that can be used for roofing. A qualified roofing contractor will be able to advise you as to what is the best type of roofing for your home. The most common types of roofing are:

Steel roofing - The various types of steel roofs include treated zinc-aluminium, such as untreated zinc-aluminium and Colorbond. Steel roofs can be quite flexible and are excellent for weather conditions that are harsh.

Typical examples of repair works carried out to rectify leakages are as follows:

  • Rust treatment with Rust Converter.
  • Sealing up of lapping joints with a waterproofing membrane.
  • Waterproofing of gutter, flashings, and cappings.
  • Re-caulking of sealants and replacement of roof fasteners.
  • Re-coating of the entire metal roof.


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Tile roofing

Tile roofing comes in several types including terracotta, concrete, and slate. Terracotta tiles are resistant to frost and come in a variety of finish options. They are non-combustible, which makes them a good option for places that are prone to brush fires. Concrete tiles have the ability to last for 50 years or more. Slate tiles won't fade, discolour or crack and can last for over 100 years.

Typical repairs carried out may include the following:

  • Replacement of cracked roof tiles.
  •  Sealing of vertical lapping joints.
  • Rectification of water backflow.
  • Re-waterproofing of gutters, roof ridges & flashings, etc.
  • Re-coating of the entire roof.

R.C Flat Roof

Due to the tropical climate in South East Asia, a concrete flat roof left unwaterproofed will result in cracks appearing and this will cause seepage problems in the long run. It is therefore important to protect it with a good quality waterproofing system from reputable suppliers with a good track record.

There are 2 types of the waterproofing system carried out on flat roofs:

  • Liquid-applied acrylic waterproofing membrane. (5-layer system)
  • Torch-on Membrane System.

Other Things to Consider

In addition to the cost of the materials, you will need to allot part of your budget for the sarking. The sarking is a reinforced foil material that is intended for the underside of the roof. The purpose of the sarking is to keep out heat and sound.

You can also opt to add insulation after your roof has been completed. A roofing contractor can recommend the best materials for insulation. You should also make sure that before you hire someone, you check with local housing authorities to find out what regulations exist regarding your roofing project.

The most important thing is to make sure that your roofing contractor is properly licensed. You should also request information regarding the background and experience of your roofing contractor to make sure that the company that you select is the right match for the job.


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