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Figuring Out If Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced or Repaired Houses in Australia are built to endure a lot of different weather elements. This includes elements such as cyclones that strike in Queensland to snow that falls in Victoria during the winter months. This means that an Australian roof has to be of high quality in order to protect your home and your belongings. There are a few signs that a roof is starting to fail. However, it's not that easy to figure out whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. With that said, here are some things you should know about your roof. Roof Repair: The presence of leaks inside your home is one of the first indications that something is wrong with your roof. When you notice that there is a leak, then you should have it taken care of as soon as possible because you don't want it to cause long lasting damage to your home's ceilings. Leaks also contribute to the growth of mold, which can lead to a number of health issues. When the damage affects a small area of the roof, then repairs can be performed. For example, a few of your roof tiles may have been lifted due to heavy winds, and if that's the case, then it is more affordable to have the roof repaired instead of replaced. Tiles can be removed and then new ones can be installed, which usually can be done within a few hours. If the roof has over 25% damage, or if it is a very old and weak roof, then your roof may end up being replaced instead of repaired. Your insurance company may choose this option because in the long run it is a cheaper option. If an old and weak roof is simply repaired, then it might end up needing even more repairs as time goes on. Roof Replacement: If a replacement is needed, then a few factors play a role in how much you will pay. For starters, will you need the roof covering replaced? Maybe you need to also have the wooden support frames replaced too? The type of roof covering that will be used for your new roof also matters. For example, concrete tiles tend to cost less than terracotta tiles. The most expensive roofing option are steel roofs, but many steel roofs can provide you with around 30 years of shelter. Steel roofs are definitely worth the investment. The individuality of your home is also a major factor in how much you will pay to have your roof replaced. Allow around $90 per square metre of roof that will be replaced if you want to estimate the price of a replacement before you get a quote. Doing this will give you a general idea of how much you can expect to pay to have the roof replaced. Roof Restoration: Your roof might need more than a repair. However, you might not want to have it fully replaced. If that's the case, then consider roof restoration. There are a number of steps that are taken to restore your roof. One of those steps involves the professional cleaning your roof with a pressure washer, and then take care of any tiles that need to be replaced, as well as replace the gutters, if need be. The professional will also prime and seal the roof, as this will repel water leaks. Basically, a repair is usually done when there is only minor damage to the roof, so if there is only a little bit of roof damage, then think about having it repaired. If the roof is very old, and 25% or more of it is damaged, then a replacement is usually needed, as repairing it is only a short-term solution and could cost you more money than you would like to spend in the long run. As for a restoration, that is for a roof that is midpoint of the two, so keep that in mind when you are considering repairing or replacing your roof. By now you know how to figure out what exactly your roof needs. However, never try to repair or replace, as well as restore your own roof, as it is best to leave it in the hands of a professional. With that said, it is in your best interest to find a roofing specialist to find out what they think your roof needs. The inside of your home is important, as you store many valuables in it, and you and/or your family lives inside of it too, and that is why you need to make sure your roof is in good shape.