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How to Ensure Your Roof Survives this Summer

How to Ensure Your Roof Survives this Summer

Tips for preparing and upkeeping your roof in the Australian Summer

Regardless of whether you live somewhere on the coast, like Bondi or Manly, or further inland, Australian summers can be brutal – and in Western Sydney suburbs, like Penrith and Richmond, summers can often be just as harsh as far-flung places in central NSW and Australia’s outback and interior!

Homes situated further from the NSW coast may experience more intense heat, sun, UV exposure and damage and less rain during the summer, while homes in cities and regional towns closer to the coast tend to have more rain and leaf litter build up, in addition to having to contend with heat, sun and UV issues. Summer in Australia also brings with it the risk of bushfire – that ever-present threat to life and livelihoods.

So, what can you do to prepare your home for the Australian summer? Here at Sydney Roof & Building Supplies we have compiled a list  of practical thing you can do to reduce heat in your home (keeping it more comfortable during the warmer months) and what you can do to ensure your home is safe and prepared for whatever the Australian summer throws at it.

What can you do to prepare your home (and your roof) for summer?

It is important to make sure you and your home are well-prepared for summer, not least because of the effects the Australian climate can have on our lives and property and the risks posed to our personal safety and the safety of our home by our climate and the changeable nature of our weather.

Ensuring the integrity of your roof is a key part of preparing your home for summer in Australia, requiring you to proactively inspect your roof and guttering, undertake regular maintenance and attend to repairs in a timely manner. With this in mind, here are 3 important steps you can take to prepare your home (and your roof) for summer 2021:

  1. Take steps to reduce the heat in your home.
  2. Have a rainwater management plan.
  3. Bushfire-proof your home and roof.

1. Take steps to reduce the heat in your home

Reducing the heat in your home and controlling the indoor climate can make a huge difference to your comfort level during summer. With a climate such as that experienced by the Sydney region throughout summer, ranging from breezy coastal to humid suburban to stifling, dry inland conditions, it’s important to consider the energy efficiency of your home and the ways in which you can better regulate your home’s temperature. There are several steps you can take to reduce the amount of heat in your home and get a better hold on indoor climate control, including:

  • Plant trees in your garden, to provide shade to your walls, windows and roof and help to keep the air surrounding your home cooler.
  • Choose a light-coloured roof – trees can only do so much for shading your roof and lowering the ambient temperature in and around your home. Simple science tells us that lighter colours reflect more light, while darker colours absorb heat energy – this can be especially problematic if your roof has inadequate insulation. If your roof is due for a restoration or re-paint, consider going for a lighter colour, to increase the thermal efficiency of your home.
  • Ensure your roof is weatherproof – check for and repair cracks in roof tiles, ridge capping and pointing; look for and repair rust holes in metal sheet roofing; make sure there is adequate, well-installed insulation; check that sarking and flashing are intact.
  • Consider roof ventilation – a great way to reduce the temperature in your roof, which will help to regulate the temperature in the rest of your home, is to install roof vents or a powered roof ventilation system.

2. Have a rainwater management plan

The nature of the Australian climate is such that, even in coastal and urban areas, we can experience lengthy dry periods followed by drenching rains that can significantly increase the volume of water run-off. These sudden deluges, where the stormwater system is unable to cope with the additional run-off, can cause damage to waterways and result in flash-flooding.

If you have a rainwater tank installed to your home, summer rainstorms may also pose the risk of flash flooding. In the lead up to summer it is essential to check that your gutters and downpipes are clear of debris, undamaged and intact, and able to effectively channel rainwater into your water tank.

It is also important to ensure that your rainwater tank isn’t too full, to prevent water flowing back into your gutters and eaves. To that end, newer systems allow owners to more easily monitor the level of water in the tank, so that water can be released ahead of any predicted heavy storms.

3. Bushfire-proof your home and roof

Damage caused to homes by bushfire can occur in one of three ways: Ember attack, direct contact with flames and, less frequently, via radiant heat. Most bushfire damage to buildings is caused by embers or sparks being blown through unprotected openings, however, if flames ignite vegetation or flammable materials close to the home, there is greater risk of flames making direct contact with the home.

One of the most effective bushfire protection strategies that homeowners can use to reduce the potential risks posed to the safety of their home and families, is to ensure their home’s roof is well-prepared.

  • Ensure trees are properly trimmed – retain a 2m gap between your roof and any trees or tree branches and properly trim all trees on your property, paying particular attention to those close to your home. Don’t allow any branches to hang over your roof and remove lower branches on larger trees.
  • Clean leaf litter and other debris from your guttering and roof – remove leaves and debris from roof valleys, gutters, and downpipes. This task can be made much easier by installing gutter mesh to your gutters.
  • Ensure openings or gaps in your roof meet fire safety regulations and guidelines – make sure that all gaps beneath corrugations in metal sheeting are sealed or protected by sarking, mesh, a neoprene seal or compressed mineral wool; make sure your tiled roof is fully sarked. Make sure openings in the roof, such as roof vents and ventilators, or gaps in the eaves and fascia or surrounding skylights, through which embers may enter the roof space, have been constructed in accordance with fire safety requirements and/or are adequately protected.
  • Ensure roof insulation is fire-resistant – any insulation you install in your roof should be fire resistant, to provide an additional layer of protection from heat and fire. Bradford Fireseal roof batts and Gyprock Fyrcheck are excellent fire-resistant insulation products that have been specially designed and constructed for fire separation and use in fire rated wall and ceiling systems.
  • Consider a roof-mounted sprinkler system – Roof-mounted sprinklers operate during bushfire conditions to cool the area around the home and extinguish embers. These systems create a wall of water around your home and keep your roof and gutters wet, to protect against flying debris that may end up on the roof or in the gutters and downpipes. They can even be connected to a swimming pool or water tank, to minimise the demand on mains water in an emergency situation.
Contact Sydney Roof & Building Supplies for all your roof protection and maintenance needs

Sydney Roof & Building Supplies carries a wide range of high-quality roof materials and roofing supplies, including hand tools, roof primers and paints, flashing, cowling, gutter mesh and roof insulation. Our fantastic team of knowledgeable staff are committed to providing all our clients with superior service – expert advice, fast delivery, and wholesale prices. For more information, call the team at Sydney Roof & Building Supplies today on (02) 8090 3483 or click here for further contact details.

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How to Get Your Roof Ready for Bushfire Season

How to Get Your Roof Ready for Bushfire Season

In Australia we are no strangers to bushfires. In cities and regional towns alike, they’re an ever-present threat as we are surrounded by the beautiful bushland of our many national parks and the tinder-dry grass of fields and pastures. Our climate is one of our biggest international drawcards, attracting tourists from around the world who are keen to soak up the sun on our stunning, world-class beaches, and to see our unique flora and fauna. Unfortunately, our climate is also one of the biggest threats to the safety of our families and homes, being prone to regular bushfires and grass fires.

When is bushfire season in Sydney?

While bushfires can occur at almost any time in Australia, there is an acknowledged “bushfire season”. Because of the size of our continent and the vast range of climate zones (believe it or not, there are eight climate zones in Australia), bushfire season varies from region to region. In the northern regions the danger period is winter, while southern regions are more at risk during the dry summer months.

Fire Seasons

Here in Sydney, the greatest bushfire danger period occurs following a dry winter and spring. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney homes are more at risk from spring to mid-summer. Particularly dangerous conditions are produced by deep low-pressure systems near Tasmania that force strong, hot and dry westerly winds into vulnerable coastal regions.

The return of more moist conditions, often brought about by the development of tropical cyclones off the coast Queensland, typically signals the end of “bushfire season”. However, our climate being what it is, with ever-changing weather patterns and significant periods of drought, the risks of bushfire never disappear completely.

 

How do homes get damaged during a bushfire?

While authorities can try to control the threat by employing backburning and other coordinated fire prevention strategies, there are actions that homeowners can take to minimise the damage to their properties.

Damage caused to homes by bushfire can occur in one of three ways:

  • Ember attack
  • Direct contact with flame
  • Radiant heat.

Research has shown that most bushfire damage to buildings is caused by embers or sparks being blown through unprotected openings. However, if flames ignite vegetation or flammable materials close to the home, there is greater risk of flames making direct contact with the home.

6 ways to prepare your roof before bushfire season

One of the most effective bushfire protection strategies that homeowners can use to reduce the potential risks posed to the safety of their home and families, is to ensure their home’s roof is well-prepared. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to ensure your roof is ready for bushfire season.

Ensure trees are properly trimmed back

1. Ensure trees are properly trimmed back

It is recommended you keep at least a 2m gap between your roof and any trees or tree branches to reduce the danger from radiant heat and sparks. Ensure all trees on your property, particularly those close to your home, are properly trimmed and don’t allow any branches to hang over your roof. Remove lower branches on large, established trees, to provide a vertical fire break and reduce the risk of grass fires reaching into the treetop leaf canopy.

Clean leaf litter and other debris from your roof and guttering

2. Clean leaf litter and other debris from your roof and guttering

It is recommended you pay particular attention to removing leaves and debris from your roof valleys, gutters, and downpipes. This task can be made much easier by installing gutter mesh to your gutters, however it is recommended that any such materials have a flammability index of no more than 5.

Routinely check your roof and ensure it is well-maintained

3. Routinely check your roof and ensure it is well-maintained

It is recommended you routinely check your roof and perform roof maintenance where necessary. Take particular care to ensure that gaps in your roof are blocked, to help prevent sparks and embers from entering your roof space. This involves checking that:

  • flashing is intact.
  • sarking has a flammability index of no more than 5.
  • pointing on tile roofs is in good repair.
  • roof tiles are intact, properly bedded and secure.
  • metal roof cladding is secure and undamaged.

Ensure any openings or gaps in your roof meet requirements or guidelines for fire safety

4. Ensure any openings or gaps in your roof meet requirements or guidelines for fire safety

Gaps underneath the corrugations in metal sheeting should be sealed or protected by sarking, mesh, use of a profiled metal sheet, a neoprene seal or compressed mineral wool. Tiled roof should be fully sarked. It is recommended that any openings or gaps in the roof, through which embers may enter the roof space, are protected and have been constructed in accordance with fire safety recommendations or requirements. This includes:

  • Roof vents and ventilators
  • Skylights
  • eaves and fascia

Roof vents and ventilators

Typically, these should be constructed of non-combustible materials with openings protected by corrosion-resistant steel or bronze mesh with a maximum aperture size of 1.8mm, and penetrations through the roof to accommodate vent pipes and ventilators should be sealed with a fire-retardant sealant or non-combustible collar.

Skylights

These should be sealed with a non-combustible sleeve or lining. Ventilated skylights should have openings protected by corrosion-resistant steel or bronze mesh with a maximum aperture size of 1.8mm.

Eaves and fascia

Gaps between rafters should be sealed with a non-combustible material at the line of the wall, or the junction between the roof and walls should be sealed by a fascia and eaves lining.

Ensure roof insulation is fire-resistant

5. Ensure roof insulation is fire-resistant

If you live in a particularly fire-prone area it is highly recommended that any roof insulation you install should be fire resistant, to provide an additional layer of protection. Products like Bradford Fireseal roof batts and Gyprock Fyrcheck both have excellent fire resistant properties, being specially constructed for fire separation and use in fire rated wall and ceiling systems.

Consider a roof sprinkler system

6. Consider a roof sprinkler system

Roof-mounted sprinkler systems work to cool the area around the home and extinguish embers. There are a range of roof-mounted and gutter-hung systems on the market – some are specially-designed hoses that attach to a garden hose and rely on gravity to drop a curtain of water that protects the home; others are high-volume, high-pressure systems that use pumps that can be connected to a water storage tank or swimming pool to deliver large amounts of water via long-range sprinklers.

In addition to creating a protective wall of water in front of your home these systems also work to keep your roof and gutters wet, as protection against any debris that may have been blown in by the bushfire front and ended up on the roof or in the gutters and downpipes.

Contact Sydney Roof & Building Supplies for all your roof protection and maintenance needs

Sydney Roof & Building Supplies carries a wide range of high-quality roof materials and roofing supplies, including hand tools, roof primers and paints, flashing, cowling, gutter mesh and roof insulation. Our fantastic team of knowledgeable staff are committed to providing all our clients with superior service – expert advice, fast delivery, and wholesale prices. For more information, call the team at Sydney Roof & Building Supplies today on (02) 8090 3483 or click here for further contact details.

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Staying Warm this Winter - How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Staying Warm this Winter - How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Winter is well and truly upon us! The ranges have received a good covering of snow, and the wind is promising to bring cold air towards us, so, with so many people staying home this year, its important more than ever to learn how to stay warm inside your house.

How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Even though your cold toes may trick you into wanting to keep that air conditioner pumping all day be to warm and cosy, this would cause a problem not only your electricity bill, but also the environment. With this in mind, here are some useful ways that you can make your house more energy efficient, so you can stay warm this winter.

Dress Your Windows with Coverings

A large portion of the warmth in your home escapes through your windows, so thick curtains are one of the main ways you can retain heat inside your house. This is a simple yet effective way to prevent heat loss through the windows.

Don’t forget, heat from the sun is free, so open the curtains at day to let the sunlight in, then closing the curtains once it becomes dark. Installing a pelmet will also stop the warm air escaping from the top of the window. A pelmet is a window skirt framework at the top of the window, which usually conceals curtain rails and fixtures, so will encapsulate the warmth that has been built up inside your home.

Rug Up Your House

Home warmth also escapes through hard floors. Bare floors are prone to staying cold in the middle of winter. Whether your floors are tile, floorboards, or especially concrete, they can make the house lose heat and become very uncomfortable. Laying carpets and rugs to cover large spaces act as a layer of insulation, and act as a physical barrier between your feet and the cold floor.

Rug Up Yourself

At night is when you’re likely to be sitting still, so a warm blanket on the couch goes a long way. Remember to close doors through your house and keep unused rooms undisturbed, which will prevent cold air moving into the warmer space you’ve created. You don’t want to lose it all leaving the bathroom (and its cold tiles) door open.

Insulation

Properly suited and installed insulation has a double benefit: It will keep your house warm in winter, and even though right now it feels a long time away, it will also keep your home cool in summer.

Australia's leading consumer advocacy group CHOICE says that houses fitted with wall, floor and ceiling insulation can save hundreds of dollars on energy costs each year. When you compare that the initial cost of insulation, and how long it will last you, it works out as a great investment.

Insulation helps to make any heating or air conditioning in your home more effective, so have a look in your manhole or wall opening to check the condition of your insulation. You can also check our detailed article, “What are the Best Roof Insulation Options?” for more information. There are several different types of insulation which are suited to the Australian climate, including:

Glass Wool

Glass wool is one of the most popular insulation materials. It is made from fibres of glass arranged into sheets and has a texture similar to wool. Glass wool is flexible, and can be manufactured as a loose fill material, rolls, boards or as batts.

This insulation traps millions of tiny pockets of air between the strands of glass, keeping the cold air away from your house by ensuring no heat transfer by way of convection. Lightweight, flexible and resilient, glass wool also has options available:

  • Pink batts: Available in different thicknesses and R-value, Pink Batts R4.0 Glass wool increases the comfort in your home by stabilising internal temperatures and reducing ceiling and roof heat loss by 30-40%.
  • Earthwool: Available in a range of R-values and widths, Earthwool batts are super soft to handle and install. Earthwool is made using up to 80% recycled glass and are covered by an enormous 50-year warranty.

Air Cell

Australian made, the Kingspan AIR-CELL Permishield is a 3-in-1 insulation, thermal break and vapour-permeable sarking, which allows users to move away from traditional methods using sarking plus bats, as well as allowing vapor molecules diffuse through it. It is designed for steel-framed wall applications for use behind lightweight cladding materials that require vapour permanence.

Bubble Cell

Sisalation Bubble Cell 100 has advanced thermal performance, reflecting up to 95% radiant heat, allowing for cooler internal conditions in summer, and any heat generated in winter will be reflected back inside, therefore the building feels warmer. It’s also less likely to form condensation inside and provides an effective vapour barrier.

Roof Vents

Most people think of the classic whirlybirds as only being useful to cool your house in summer. Roof Vents like the CSR Edmonds AiroMatic not only remove the heat load in warm months, but also reduce damaging condensation in cooler months.

Preventing moisture build-up is essential to avoid the growth of dangerous mould and mildew. Mould can compromise not only the integrity of your walls, joists, and floors but also your health. Enhancing the airflow in your home has double benefits, in that it will be cooler in summer, and getting rid of moist air in winter.

Available in a range of modern colours, the CSR Edmonds AiroMatic is an attractive feature which suits most metal or tiled roofs.

Contact Us to Stay Warm

Energy efficiency has been a vitally important subject for over 30 years, both for the environment and for your wallet. Sydney Roof and Building Supplies are here to help improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your power bills.

Up bright and early Monday to Friday from 6am until 4pm, we’re the experts in staying warm in winter, so give us a call on (02) 8090 3483  to see how our professional team, can help. Alternatively, visit us at srbs.com.au, or email us directly through Mark (click here) or Marie (click here).

We stock only the highest quality materials to keep you and your family warm in your house this winter, and stock a huge variety of roofing materials. Our friendly staff have in depth knowledgeable of all of our products and will be able to offer you advice and help wherever you need it.

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Is Your Roof Weatherproof?

Is Your Roof Weatherproof?

Getting ready for the rainy season.

The roof is the first line of defence of any residential or commercial building against the weather elements. The blazing sun, heavy rainfall, and strong winds don’t easily impact a well-maintained roof. This is why it is essential to check the roof’s condition with every change in season and the rainy months are coming. Is your roof ready for heavy rain?

The Importance of Regular Roof Maintenance

Keeping the roof well-maintained is the best way to protect the home or building from harsh climate conditions. Neglecting the roof results in water leaks and structural damages and could cost thousands of dollars to fix and a roof in a state of disrepair is also a risk to the health and safety of the occupants.

Giving the roof at least twice a year inspection, by yourself or professionally, will help keep it in tiptop shape. Taking care of the basic roof repair and maintenance yourself is relatively easy, but there are cases when roof repair is better left to professionals. The roof experts will know exactly where to look and what to do with different roof issues.

Getting the Roof Ready for Heavy Rain

Give the roof a careful look and inspect for damages and signs of a leak and do not ignore even just one seemingly small issue. A minor gap can easily give way to bigger roof trouble. Here are some tips on what homeowners can do to secure their roof for the upcoming rainy season:

  • Clean the roof’s dirt and debris hotspots.
  • Check for damaged, loose, or missing roof tiles.
  • Look for water and rust damage.
  • Inspect the flashing for any damage.
  • Take a look around the chimney and vents.
  • Clear away tree branches.
  • Consider replacing the old, broken-down roof.

Clean the Roof’s Dirt and Debris Hotspots

The gutters, downpipes, and drains are debris hotspots and prone to blockages. When these areas get blocked, rainwater will overflow and get under the eaves and into the roof cavity. Another thing about uncleared dirt and debris is that mould and algae can form and cause the gutter and roof to rot.

Cleaning the roof of dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris will help clear away surface water. Don’t forget to clean the roof valleys as well to prevent leaves from making their way into the gutters and cause blockage during a heavy downpour.

Rainwater can easily flow and move away from the roof with a clean gutter, downpipes, and drains. Homeowners should therefore make roof cleaning a priority during roof maintenance.

Check for Damaged, Loose, Or Missing Roof Tiles

Inspect the roof space for any cracks, loose, displaced, or missing roof tiles and get them fixed right away. Don’t forget to also check inside the roof space for signs of roof or sarking damage. A light passing through whatever tiny cavity there indicates the presence of cracks or tiles shifting out of place.

Look for Water and Rust Damage

The roof is also prone to water and rust damage, and the most obvious sign of these would be discolouration. Another tell-tale sign would be the presence of mould, lichen or algae. Moisture build-up causes these signs and should not be ignored.

Roofing material made from concrete or terracotta will show discolouration as a sign of water damage. Metal and tin roof, meanwhile, will have rust on it. Any of these signs means only one thing: The roof is leaking or is about to.

Inspect the Flashing for Damage

Roof flashing may look small, thin, and insignificant, but these roof installations do a crucial job of directing the water flow away from delicate roof areas as this is typically installed in places where water might seep in, such as valleys and joints, protrusions, ridges and around vents and chimneys.

Since roof flashing is critical in keeping the water out, it must not be ignored during roof inspections. Repair or replace loose and rusted flashing, and the roof will do a better job of keeping the water out.

Take A Look Around the Chimney and Vents

Heavy rain, coupled with whipping wind, is a recipe for disaster for any roof, driving water up into projections like chimneys, vents and pipes, and even skylights. Unfortunately, these installations are also huge leak hotspots and should not be ignored. Look for cracks, gaps, worn-out sealant or flashing, and signs of water damage around these areas. Problems can be easily repaired with sealant, caulk and flashing and shingle installation.

Clear Away Tree Branches

Leaves, twigs, and dead branches may fall off and accumulate on the roof. These will become a massive contributor to clogged gutters, downpipes and drains. Tree branches may also scratch the roof and wear away the tiles as they move in the wind.

To prevent damages on the roofing and for better defence against leak, clear away any hanging branches by cutting hanging limbs and foliage to make sure nothing will touch or fall on the roof.

Consider Replacing Old or Broken Roofing

In the case of an old roof with recurring damages, it might be best to consider a replacement. If it’s been more than 25 years since its last replacement, it may become saggy, with badly damaged shingles or mould and will have seen better days. It might be time for a new one.

Although this is an expensive option, perhaps the last resort, a fresh roof installation gives the home more robust weather protection. Think of new shingles, neat flashing, and better sealants. Sometimes, replacing the whole roof can be more cost-effective in the long run than having constant spot repairs.

Keep Your Roof Ready for All Seasons with Sydney Roof and Building Supplies

It is a good idea to check the roof after major weather events like hailstorms but giving it a careful assessment before the bad weather approaches would be extremely beneficial. Make it a point to check the roof’s status from time to time.

If your roof shows signs of damage and deterioration, it will not stand a chance against heavy rains. Give your roof a fighting chance and have it ready for all seasons. For all your roof needs, you can count on Sydney Roof and Building Supplies. We carry a wide range of supplies, from flashing and insulation to workwear and many more.

Visit our shop at Unit 2, 6 Yatala Rd, Mt Kuring-Gai 2080. We are open Monday to Friday, 6am to 4pm. Alternatively, for enquiries, visit us online at srbs.com.au, email us at mark@srbs.com.au or call us on 0280903483.

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A 2021 Guide to Buying Roof Paint

A 2021 Guide to Buying Roof Paint

Is it time to upgrade your roof paint?

Giving the house a facelift can be a great way to spend spare time and where better place to start that with a roof makeover? Painting the roof is one way of making a home stand out. Helping to keep the roof in top shape, reducing the need to spend money replacing part or all of a neglected roof. Here’s a quick guide to buying roof paint in 2021 for homeowners and property investors alike.

 

Different Roof Materials Need Different Paints

Before starting on painting the roof, find out what it is made from, to determine the type of paint that is needed.

Painting Concrete roof tiles

Technically speaking, concrete roof tiles don’t normally require painting. However, most homeowners have them painted for aesthetic improvement. Many roof painters, on the other hand, recommend painting them to help extend their lifespan.

Roof Protect Concrete Tiled Primer is one of the best products to use on concrete tiles. It is made using 100 per cent acrylic emulsion, which intensifies its adhesive property. This creates a solid barrier that disables the absorption of calcium salts. This primer protects the roof membrane that allows it to hold its colour and gloss longer than most other concrete primers. It can cover approximately six metres per litre and can be bought in 15-litre drums.

Painting Colorbond and metal roofs

Metal roofs are the cheaper alternative to tiled roofs, and they are 100 per cent recyclable. Colorbond roofing is even cheaper than other metals and has become popular in Australia. It weighs just 1/10th of other metal roofing and does not absorb any water. It is also safer against bush fires, as it is non-combustible.

Colorbond roof sheets don’t necessarily need painting, but painting Colorbond and metal roofs could make them more durable. When buying roof paint, consider Roof Protect Metal Primer Plus. It is manufactured using premium styrene acrylic, which makes membrane layers highly adhesive for years to come. This paint can be matched to more than 30,000 colours.

Rust Inhibitor Primer deals with rust. It is made using an acrylic emulsion with quite a high adhesion and was also engineered to include several pigments that have rust killing properties. It dries to the touch in 30 minutes or less and dries completely hard in 4 to 5 days.

 

What is The Best Colour for a Roof?

Now that the roof material has been identified, the next step is to choose the colour. This is the fun part, especially now that there are more options to choose from than ever before. However, choosing the right colour roof paint is not only a question of aesthetics.

Light colours can make a home more energy efficient

Roof colour can help energy efficiency - lighter colour roofs reflect the sun’s heat much better than darker ones. Roof painted in white, beige, light bronze, light green, peach or light blue is recommended in sunny regions.

Roofs with a lighter colour will protect homes can also help reduce the load on air-con, which can lower energy bills by at least 25%.

Roof Colour Must Compliment the Building’s Colours

When buying roof paint, consider the home’s overall style, including the siding or wall, windows, doors, and the surrounding landscape.

Take a look at different colour samples at different times of the day. This will help make sure that the colour you like looks good both when the sun is shining brightly and when it is going down, as colours look more subdued during sunset.

Achieve your desired effects

Today’s colour choices are virtually limitless. So, achieving a particular effect with the roof colour is relatively easy. A colour that contrasts with your home’s sidewalls will make your home command attention. On the other hand, choosing a similar colour will create a monochromatic effect that conveys a more classic feel.

Light versus dark colours also has a pleasant effect. A roof with a lighter colour will make the house seem taller. In contrast, a darker colour will make a tall roof appear less daunting.

Take note of neighbourhood trends

It is understandable if to have the home’s overall look reflect the owner’s personal taste, however, it wouldn’t hurt to consider the general trends of roof colours in the neighbourhood. Some neighbourhoods have an unwritten aesthetics trend and it would be a good idea to work with it, instead of making the house stand out for the wrong reasons.

We Make Buying Roof Paint Easy

At Sydney Roof & Building Supplies, we have friendly and highly knowledgeable staff members available to offer you advice and help whenever you need it. We know that homeowners like to have choices, and that’s what we’ll give you.

We can match our roof paint to more than 30,000 colours, so the possibility for you is virtually endless. We stock only the best roof paint available on the market today. Sydney Roof & Building Supplies also offers a variety of roofing materials, all carefully sourced, for your other roofing needs.

Visit us at srbs.com.au, call us today on (02) 8090 3483 or email Mark or Marie at mark@srbs.com.au or marie@srbs.com.au for enquiries.

 

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https://www.hiretrades.com.au/cost-guides/painters/how-much-does-roof-painting-cost
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https://thefifthestate.com.au/innovation/residential-2/the-truth-about-dark-roofs-and-cool-roofs/

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Roofing Specialists Must-Have Equipment and Tools

Roofing Specialists Must-Have Equipment and Tools

Roofing tools and gears for a safe and successful Sydney roofing project.

Most of the time, Australian homeowners maintain their roofs by hiring roofing experts. That is if they have an allocated budget for the said maintenance. If not, they tend to rely on DIY and watching roof-related videos without knowing that there should be proper equipment and tools for this type of household job.

Here's the catch: depending on the gravity of the roof damage, be it a simple roof check-up, shingle removal, or a complete roof restoration, anyone with experience on DIY projects can do this task as long as they have the right equipment and tools. It is also an opportunity for people interested in the roofing business to get started: by knowing what equipment and tools they should have.

What Equipment and Tools Should I Have?

In every roofing-related project, the risk of damage and injury is always present. Checking your roof without being prepared can be hazardous and may result in major injuries.

Bringing the inappropriate materials is ill advised, as it can lead to more roof damage than helping you get your job done. To keep you well-prepared and informed, Sydney Roof and Building Supplies has listed down the essential equipment that you should have to work on your roof:

For Safety and Protection

Before climbing up your roof, have yourself equipped with the tools that prioritise your safety. Better be ready than to be sorry to avoid the inconvenience of going up and down your roofing. Ready your task with this safety equipment:

  • Safety goggles

It is one of the most important items that you should wear to protect you from unwanted shingles or any objects that fly around while working on your roof.

  • Dust masks

Aside from unwanted objects up in the air, it is also expected that dust will be present when you are working on your roof. Don't forget to wear a dust mask so you can breathe comfortably while doing your tasks.

  • Harness

As much as you might think you can prevent accidents such as slipping by just being careful, admit it, they happen. You need to prepare yourself in case it happens to you. Be ready by using a harness that is Australian-safety approved!

  • Roof Shoes

You cannot just go to your roof in your typical daily footwear. It is smart to wear roof-approved footwear such as steel-toed boots to prevent injuries.

  • Ladders or Aerial Work Platform (AWPs)

For roof experts, getting an AWP eases the hassle of going up with a ladder. However, suppose you are just starting a roofing business or DIY-ing. In that case, it is essential to choose a perfect ladder, preferably a fibreglass and lightweight, that can keep you safe if you are using electricity.

Must-Have Tools

Now that you are adequately equipped for your safety before you begin any of your roof-projects, you must prepare yourself to bring the appropriate tools. The tools you'll be using should be suitable for working on your roof. You can refer to the following to know the basics:

  • Tool Belt

Help yourself avoid the inconvenience of going up and down to get a tool you've missed with a tool belt. Getting yourself a tool belt can save you much time and give you the convenience to carry and store tools such as roof nails easily.

  • Retractable Utility Knife

Getting a utility knife can help you with your roof repairs and installations. By having a retractable one, you can avoid any accidents as you can release and hide the blade  with one hand. Make sure to use the one that stores an extra blade so you won't need to worry about keeping them in your tool belt.

  • Measuring Tape

One of the essential tools that you should never forget is a measuring tape. A measuring tape helps you double-check the measurements in your roof project. It avoids the worry of you buying the wrong size of any roof materials.

  • Nail Gun

A nail gun is usually powered by air compressors that help you apply nail to your roof surfaces quickly. Nail guns can help you save time and finish your work faster.

  • Trimming Trays

Trimming trays will serve as your lifesaver to avoid bits of roof tiles, or shingles getting stuck in your gutters. They also help you to clear up your space after your project.

Remember: The Appropriate Tools Prevent Damage

Whether you are starting your own roofing business or planning to work on your residential roofing, getting the correct tools helps you prevent damage. The equipment and tools we recommend are only some of the must-haves that you should invest in to save up on costs for future use. Later on, upgrading your tools will be easier as you learn new knowledge and practices while doing your roof projects.

Be attentive also of the materials these tools are made of and be wary of accidental mishandling. Investing in these materials will help you improve your skills with roof concerns moving forward.

Shop for your roof tools in Sydney Roof and Building Supplies!

These roof materials and safety equipment are generally available in every hardware store, but finding the one suitable for you can be quite challenging. Luckily, here at Sydney Roof and Building Supplies, we value our customers' needs concerning their roof problems. We offer roof labour services, and we sell some of the roof supplies that you can use for your roof project! We locally and globally outsource all of our products to deliver high-quality items for our customers.

Our store is located at Unit 2, 6 Yatala Rd, Mt Kuring-Gai 2080, and we are open Mondays through Fridays, from 6 AM to 4 PM. You can also freely shop for our roof tools online here and have them delivered to your home.

Got more questions? Shoot us an enquiry via mark@srbs.com.au, and we will try our best to assist you to the best of our knowledge and ability.

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How Powered Ventilation Systems Work

How Powered Ventilation Systems Work

What are powered vents and what are the signs that indicate you need one?

Have you ever felt an unexplained discomfort or uneasiness inside your house? Sometimes, even if you have regularly maintained your ceilings, you might still feel that the air inside your house does not seem to move around as it should. This is not healthy, especially if you have infants and elderly, or members of the family with respiratory challenges.

For this reason, many roof experts recommend installing ventilation systems in your house. One type of ventilation systems to consider is the powered ventilation system. Read on to find out more about powered ventilation systems and the role they play in many residences and even commercial establishments.

Powered Ventilation Systems vs Natural Vents

Powered ventilation systems are a type of roof ventilator. Just like standard roof ventilators, these help you get rid of humid and stale air to bring in fresh and new air from the outside during summer. It enables you to balance the cold weather during the winter season to help you manage the winter’s chilly air.

Unlike natural ventilators, powered vents require electric power to run and make the most out of their function. For natural vents, the best example would be your very own windows. Using windows for ventilation, however, is not always practical, especially if there are weather constraints (e.g., cold weather, strong winds). As such, a powered ventilation system is a practical addition and it can be readily available to use for any season.

How Powered Ventilation Systems Work

A powered ventilation system works by using fans, usually attached to the roofs, to pull the hot and dirty air out with greater force. Powered vents are best used in enclosed spaces or in selected areas that may cause extreme moisture and humid air, like toilets or kitchens. Powered vents filter the air that goes in to your home to. They balance the humid and stale air over the clean and cool air or vice versa.

Enclosed spaces without proper ventilation can lead to roof damage or moisture build-up that may lead to mould growths. This can cause much stress to a homeowner, especially since mould may cause harm, and repairing their damage doesn’t come cheap!

Getting Started with Powered Ventilators

As mentioned, aside from relying on natural ventilation, you should also consider installing powered ventilators in your household to avoid unexpected damage to your roof or any part of your home. As choosing the perfect ventilation system for your space can be challenging, you can start by familiarising yourself with the three types of powered ventilators:

  1. Supply: this type of ventilation system brings air in, but it does not remove it. Getting this type of ventilator is not too ideal, especially in bush fire areas, as supply vents may bring in hot and smoky air inside.
  2. Exhaust: these are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms to that help you remove the humid air from your home. It can be tricky as some exhaust vents do not entirely drive out the air outside but send it into your ceiling or attic that may cause condensation leading to moisture.
  3. Balanced: is a mix of supply and exhaust ventilation. Balanced vents are mostly installed throughout the whole house to balance bringing in the fresh air and removing the condensed air. The typical installation of balanced ventilation goes like this:
  • Vents supply new and fresh air in the bedrooms, living rooms, or entertaining rooms were most people usually gathers and;
  • Vents exhaust the humid and moist air from areas where it is commonly generated in enclosed spaces such as toilets, kitchens, attic, and basements.

Note that these powered ventilators do not filter and remove the moisture from inside a house. However, they help filter the air to remove dust and pollen from the outside.

Should You Install Powered Ventilation Systems In Your House or Building?

You might not be aware that you need a powered vent installed. Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to consider a powered ventilation system installed by your reliable roofing contractor:

  • You’re experiencing uncomfortable hot weather during summertime.
  • There are rust stains on your plumbing system.
  • Strong or foul odours do not disappear as fast as before.
  • There is visible discolouring of floors, wall paints, and tiles.
  • Mould growth appears on the walls and ceiling.

Should you find some of these signs visible in your home, we recommend seeking an expert to further check what type of ventilation would go well inside your house.

Find the Right Ventilation System at Sydney Roof & Building Supplies

Finding the perfect ventilation is challenging but your trusted roofing contractor will be able to help you decide whether you need a wind driven vent or a powered ventilation system. Once your roofing specialist confirms that you need a vent, head to Sydney Roof & Building Supplies to find the right deal.

From eave vents to solar vents, our catalogue of available ventilation systems is always available. We outsource our products globally to give our customers top-quality products at fairly reasonable prices.

If electricity bills worry you, we got you covered! We have solar-powered roof ventilators such as the SupaVent wind-driven ventilation, which does not require electricity and will work fine for households that plan to install solar panels in the future.

Call us at 02 8090 3483 from 6 AM to 4 PM or visit us at Unit 2, 6 Yatala Rd, Mt Kuring-Gai 2080 from Monday to Friday. You may also send us your enquiry at mark@srbs.com.au or marie@srbs.com.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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What Are The Best Roof Insulation Options?

What Are The Best Roof Insulation Options?

Why Use Insulation in A Property?

Apart from being a building legislation requirement, insulating your property by adding insulation to your ceiling, walls, and under-flooring has plenty of benefits for your house or office but, in case you aren’t up to speed with the most important reasons to insulate a property, he team at Sydney Roof & Building Supplies are here to give you a run-down:

1.      Increased thermal efficiency

This is the most obvious benefit of installing insulation - you can maintain your desired temperature indoors. Property insulation must be of good quality and well-fitted, so you can enjoy the kind of climate that you want inside your home regardless of the season.

2.      Lower electricity and gas bills

When you insulate your home, there will be less need to run your air conditioners and heaters. This could mean lower gas and electricity bills – and more savings in your pocket.

3.      Soundproofing

One of the incredible advantages of insulation is its capability of soundproofing your home. That extra layer of insulation material keeps outside noise out and indoor chatter in.

4.      Efficient building process

If you install insulation while building your home, the project would be easier and faster to complete. Construction work can proceed uninterrupted because the insulation covers the interior of the building.

5.      Reduce your carbon footprint

Since you’ll be turning on your heating and cooling appliances less frequently, you will be better able to help the environment, because you will be more energy efficient with insulation, keeping your house warm or cool without spending as much energy. This means less power is required by your property, which in turn means less Carbon is created and therefore you are helping the planet heal.

Where Should You Install Insulation?

The objective of installing insulation is to seal your entire house from draughts. Therefore, it is best to fit the material in key areas where air seeps into your home – mainly through the ceiling, walls, and under the floors. Insulating your ceiling, walls and floors can dramatically reduce the need for expensive cooling and heating systems. You should install insulation in the following places:

  • Ceilings: Hot air rises, so heat tends to escape through your ceiling during winter, but good insulation can stop this from happening. Similarly in the summer, reflective insulation can prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating your house through the ceiling.
  • Walls: Modern homes now have wall insulation to create a more balanced indoor climate all year round. Insulation can be placed in between wooden wall batons, or in brick wall cavities.
  • Underfloors: Air can also escape through gaps your floor boards, floor coverings or just through thin material, so it’s crucial to have proper insulation that improves the thermal efficiency of your house.

 

Types of Roof Installation for Australian Homes

There are three types of insulation in Australian homes today:

  • Reflective insulation
  • Bulk insulation
  • Spray foam

Traditional bulk and reflective insulation are still the most common, but cellulose spray foam is fast catching up. Here is some more detailed information about each type: 

Bulk insulation: Trap heat in tiny bubbles

Readily available in hardware stores, bulk insulation is the most popular form of building insulation. It works by trapping air inside millions of tiny bubbles to prevent heat from entering the building, because air is generally less thermally conductive than solid materials. You can choose from a wide range of materials, available in rolls, boards and batts.

A disadvantage of bulk insulation, however, is that it cannot be compressed, because the air pockets will be compromised.

Reflective insulation: Bounce heat away

If you are looking for cost-efficient home insulation, then reflective insulation is your best option. Reflective insulation is made of a top foil layer backed by a sheet of plastic or paper, with the shiny surface deflecting heat away from your home.

For reflective insulation to work properly, the reflective foil must be installed facing down and should be kept clean at all times. Builders can combine bulk and reflective insulation to create hybrid configurations that ensure maximum insulating performance. 

Cellulose spray foam: The future of insulation

Relatively new to the world of insulation, spray foam can be very effective and offers insulation like no other material can. Its R-value is higher than traditional forms of insulation and it is highly resistant to moisture so it is less likely to sag over time.

Cellulose insulation is a form of bulk insulation that is seamless, durable, and environment-friendly. This insulation is applied by spraying or blowing into the ceiling, walls, or under the floor and the foam expands to form a thick layer of insulation. Cellulose insulation is perfect for hard-to-reach places that are difficult to seal with traditional insulation materials.

Cellulose insulation is fantastic for stopping heat transfer as it fills all gaps around the sprayed area, helping your home maintain its indoor ambient temperature all year round – so you save more money on heating and cooling.

Spray foam insulation is mostly made of pulverised recycled paper treated with boric acid and borax to make it fire and pest resistant and can also be combined with batts and foil to form a hybrid.

What Are The Types of Roof Insulation Material? 

Fibre Glass

Roof insulation is made from several different materials, with glass wool as the most common in homes and commercial buildings. Some glass wool roof insulation options include:

  • Knauf earth wool ceiling batts
  • Pink glass wool ceiling batts
  • Gold Bradford Hi-Performance ceiling batts
  • Black Bradford hypoallergenic ceiling batts

Polyester

Polyester insulation is made from recycled PET plastics, bonded together by heat for a rigid, flexible and hypoallergenic structure. Polyester roof insulation options include:

  • Greenstuf polyester ceiling insulation
  • Bradford Polymax thermal ceiling batts

Foil

Foil insulation creates a reflective barrier against the sun’s rays. The R-value of reflective insulation will ultimately depend on how it is installed and what climate you have in your location. Foil roof insulation options include:

  • Kingspan Air-Cell Insulbreak 70
  • Sisalation Metal Roof Sarking

Hybrid

Hybrid options combining bulk and reflective roof insulation include:

  • Knauf earth wool blanket roll with foil facing
  • Fletcher Permastop blanket insulation

Should You Install Batts or Rolls in Your Roof?

Batts and rolls are both effective at sealing crevices in your home, but the main difference is how they are cut and installed. Insulation rolls can be rolled out in large ceiling spaces that have few obstacles. Meanwhile, batts are easier to install in small ceiling spaces since they are pre-cut to fit any space.

How to Choose the Best Insulation

Choosing the best insulation for your home will depend on factors such as roof type, thermal resistance required, climate and budget. Some insulation types are not suitable for damp places while some materials are designed to work as a moisture barrier. Make sure that the insulation you choose is suitable for your ceiling, walls or underfloor.

Here at Sydney Roof & Building Supplies, we stock many different types of insulation panels to suit your property design and construction. Our roof insulation materials combine an insulating core with a radiant barrier that protects your interiors from excessive heat transfer.

If you are installing or upgrading your home or building’s insulation, talk to our friendly and knowledgeable roofing team today by visiting us at SRBS.com.au, by calling us on 02 8090 3483, or alternatively you can email Mark or Marie by clicking on their names here.

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What are Roof Cowls?

What are Roof Cowls?

Find out the benefits of roof cowls.

Firstly, have you ever gone up into the attic and smelled that old, musty smell? That can be a sign of mould and mildew, and severe infestations can be a health hazard.

Similarly, have you ever had soot blown into your home from your chimney? Or had rain washing soot down into your fireplace? Soot can be hard to clean and gets into every nook and cranny.

Roof Cowls exist to prevent these problems. They are fittings that sit on top of a chimney in order to improve efficiency, soiling and air flow.

5 Types of Roof Cowls

Roof cowls come in all shapes and sizes, and all of them have their own uses. If you’re looking for a cowl to install, it will help to know the basic types first. Some of the most common roof cowl types are:

  • Standard Cowls
  • Vertical and Jet Cowls
  • Copula styled Cowls
  • Wind Directional Cowls
  • Spinner Cowls (also known as Whirlybirds or Turbines)

1.      Standard roof cowls

Standard roof cowls have a sheet covering placed on top of the exhaust output area. These are an excellent choice for homes or buildings with no unique ventilation requirements. If, for example, your exhaust only comes from your attic or fireplace, then this may be for you.

2.      Vertical and jet cowls

Even though they look like they’re for industrial use, these cowls are suited to residential purposes as well as industries. Vertical and jet cowls transport air further away from the rooftop to prevent contamination. These are especially useful for exhausts that contain large amounts of soot or other materials. Another excellent design feature is that even though these cowls spew air upwards, they’re still well-protected from precipitation.

3.      Cupola-style cowls

Cupola-styled cowls are often used for their aesthetic value, especially in residential buildings. These can either be used for topping off chimneys or for decorative purposes. Cupola-styled cowl designs are flexible, and there is a variant that’s sure to fit any type of home.

4.      Wind directional cowls

Strong winds can be a problem for chimneys since they can cause a downdraft, blowing soot back in. Roof cowls can somewhat help with this problem, but there’s none more effective than wind directional cowls. These are equipped with hinges that allow them to swing based on wind direction. This effectively blocks off wind from entering your chimney, therefore preventing downdrafts from happening.

5.      Spinner cowls/whirlybirds/turbines

Spinner cowls, also known as whirlybirds or turbine vents, are usually spherical in shape. These are made up of metal blades inside an encasement, with the blades spinning to allow ventilation. The spinning motion of the blades pulls air out from underneath and ejects it outward through the encasement, allowing proper circulation of air inside the building.

The Benefits of Roof Cowls

You may already have an idea of the many functions that roof cowls have based on the types we mentioned but installing roof cowls can benefit your home or building in many other ways that you may not have considered, including:

  • Roof Cowls help your roof last longer.

Roofs are prone to wear and tear, perhaps more so than other parts of your home. As such, you need to take proper care of your roofs to minimise damage. Using roof cowls is an excellent way of doing this as they can somewhat help protect from precipitation. Some types of roof cowls, like jet and vertical cowls, also protect your roof from contaminated air, which allows your roof to require less frequent, thorough cleaning.

  • Roof Cowls help regulate building temperature.

Roof cowls, like ridge vents, are also excellent at keeping the temperature inside buildings at favourable levels. Temperatures fluctuate depending on the season, and some types of roof cowls help prevent temperatures from reaching extremes. This can help the rest of your home regulate temperatures more efficiently.

  • Roof Cowls help you save on electricity costs.

Air conditioning and temperature control can potentially consume a lot of electricity, driving up your electric bill. Since your roof cowl helps in regulating temperature, this eases the burden on electricity consumption. You’ll get to save on energy bills which make the cowls a good investment in the long run.

  • Roof Cowls improve air quality in buildings.

One of the primary functions of roof cowls is to allow better ventilation. Some types of cowls, such as whirlybirds and jet cowls actively pull air from inside the building. This allows air to circulate better, ejecting stale air and allowing fresh air to circulate.

  • Roof Cowls protect chimneys from precipitation.

Some cowls are specially shaped to redirect precipitation away from your chimneys. This means that water and snow can’t get in, keeping the chimney and the inside of your home protected. You wouldn’t want rain getting in your fireplace, after all – this means that roof cowls help to keep your home clean.

  • Roof Cowls prevent downdrafts.

We’ve mentioned earlier that wind directional cowls help prevent downdrafts from entering your chimney. If you live in an area that’s always windy, you may want to get one of these. A wind directional cowl helps keep your chimney and house clean, so it’s an excellent choice. It’s also a pretty cool bonus to see these cowls swaying with the wind

  • Roof Cowls add aesthetic value.

Do you live in an area where precipitation and winds aren’t a problem? Don’t let this stop you from getting roof cowls since some of them are installed for aesthetic value. All you need to do is find a design that would fit your home, and you’re ready to go. 

Find Out How Roof Cowls Installation Can Improve Your House

Roof cowls aren’t just useful and extremely functional; they can also look great. If you would like to learn more, or would like some help in choosing Roof Cowls in the Sydney area, you’re in luck. Sydney Roof & Building Supplies is here to serve you regarding your roofing needs. Please visit our website at srbs.com.au/ or call us on 02 8090 3483 and we will be glad to help you.

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A Guide to Roof Flashing Repair and Installation

A Guide to Roof Flashing Repair and Installation

Whether you're hiring a roof specialist or doing it yourself, here's what you need to know about roof flashing installation.

When it comes to maintaining your roof, one of the most important elements to remember is the flashing. Flashing plays a huge part in keeping your house safe and secure from water leaks, mould contamination, building rot, and even structural collapse. You may think that such a minor part of your roof is insignificant, but ignoring your flashing’s scheduled repair or maintenance can have dire consequences.

If you don’t remember the last time you had your roof flashing looked at, it may be time to look into scheduling a check-up with your trusted roofing contractor. Of course, it would be better if you also have the know-how on how flashing works and how it’s maintained. To help you get started, we’ve prepared a guide to roof flashing repair and installation in NSW.

What is roof flashing?

What is roof flashing?

Roof flashing is a thin material that roofers use to direct the flow of water away from critical areas of your house or building roof. Usually made from galvanised steel, it is often placed wherever the plane of a roof meets a vertical surface like a dormer or a wall. You install flashing to surround special areas on your roof like skylights, chimneys, and vents.

Common Types of Roof Flashing

Common Types of Roof Flashing

There are heaps of roof flashing types available, and the one you should choose depends on the function you require it for. To give you an idea of what type of flashing you should have for your house or building, here are some of the most common types of flashing available in Australia:

  • Valley Flashing

This type of flashing is made from a sheet of metal, and it is usually pre-painted to match the colour of the roof’s shingles. The valley flashing is often used and fastened on open valleys.

  • Skylight Flashing

You need to make sure that water can’t get in around your skylights. Installing flashings around the skylight area will solve that problem. Sometimes, skylights will already have complementary flashing, but there are times when repairs or maintenance are necessary. When that happens, it’s better to reach out to your roofing contractor so that you can select the right type of flashing based on your need.

  • Kickout Flashing

This type of flashing directs water into the gutter, away from the wall. It sits between the gutter and the step flashing.

  • Drip Edges

Drip edges are flashings made from thin metal placed at the edge of the roof. This type of flashing is used to have the water drip off the roof while preventing damage in a home or causing a leak.

Nowadays, there are pre-made flashing pieces you can purchase. However, most roofing professionals cut their own roof flashing from sheet metal in order to tailor-fit the flashing to their clients’ home.

If you are planning to install flashing yourself, you should be careful with your selection. Make sure that you get a pre-made flashing that’s built specifically for roofs. That way, you will be able to avoid breakage due to incompatibility.

Repairing Your Roof’s Flashing

Repairing Your Roof’s Flashing

There are several ways to repair roof flashing, depending on the issue you are addressing and the materials you are repairing. If you’re planning to repair your roof’s flashing yourself, here are some things you should know:

  • Small corroded spots or small holes in the flashing

If you see any corroded spots or small holes in your roof’s flashing, you should repair them as soon as possible. Thankfully, for holes up to 2cms across, this issue is easy to solve. All you have to do is plug pinholes with roofing cement and fix the holes with a patch that’s made from the similar material as your flashing.

  • Extreme flashing corrosion

If your roof’s flashing is badly-corroded, a simple repair may not be enough. You might need to completely replace your corroded flashing with a new one. To do that, remove a few shingle rows and old flashings and add the new one. You should bring back the shingles you moved once you’re done.

  • Loose drip edging

If you think your current drip edging has become loose, you should reseal it right away. Resealing is quite easy. Just make sure that you seal the flashing beneath the single and refrain from sealing the drip edge along the eaves.

When repairing roof flashing, make sure to use high-quality materials and ensure you do a good and thorough repair job. Otherwise, the hard work and money you’ve put into repairing your flashing will be wasted.

Tips in Maintaining Your Flashing

Tips in Maintaining Your Flashing

Know more about flashing maintenance by reviewing the top tips indicated below:

  • Locate leaks

When doing flashing maintenance, one of the first things you should do is locate any possible leaks. You would usually have an idea of this already if you encounter water leak issues with your chimney, skylights, or other parts of your home.

  • Lock down your flashing as tight as you can

Over time, your flashing may become loose. That usually happens when the screws anchoring it become loose or when the metal around the edges of the hole wears away. To solve this issue, simply buy the same screws as your flashing and screw them back tightly. Cover the screws with roofing cement immediately after.

  • Re-caulk the flashing of your chimney

Your flashing is usually attached to your chimney’s mortar. Over time, that mortar can be damaged or destroyed. In order for it to remain effective, it will need to be replaced carefully.

Get top-quality flashing and roofing materials from Sydney Roof & Building Supplies

We always recommend you get the highest-quality materials possible for your home repairs. After all, your home should be your greatest investment. If you have roofs that need repair, do not hesitate to check our catalogue of items. We have heaps of available flashing materials for you, all with their own set of features.

Get high-quality roofing supplies from only here at SRBS. Call us on 02-8090-3483 or email us at mark@srbs.com.au or at marie@srbs.com.au to know more.

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