There a few things you need to know about how temperature can affect your roof, and the ways you can prevent it from causing further damage to not only itself but to other elements of your home and/or property.
First things first, how are high temperatures effecting your roof and is your roof compensating?
One thing that most people will know is that heat causes materials to expand. This means that during high temperature months your roof will be expanding on the hottest days, it’s not usually noticeable but it’s enough to have an effect on the roof’s surface. If your rooftop was not properly installed with the necessary materials, it will not be able to endure this expansion force. This can lead to many damaging issues to not only your roof but rooftop components, systems and the structure of your building.
A very important material for your roof is an expansion joint. “An expansion joint or movement joint is an assembly designed to hold parts together while safely absorbing temperature-induced expansion and contraction of building materials, and vibration, or to allow movement due to ground settlement or seismic activity.” This means that when your home or property was being built, it was built with the idea that it’ll need to compensate for when it expands and constricts with temperatures. Without this, your building structure is not safe, and is literally opening itself up to leaks and other damages.
What is something to consider when upgrading or replacing your roof?
When picking a colour for a metal roof, white and lighter shades will assist in reflecting sunlight and avoid your roof from attracting and absorbing an abundance of heat. Black and similar shades of roofs are expected to be at least 10 degrees hotter than other roofs. It’s important to remember the large volume of thermal energy that your rooftop will absorb during the hottest days. The heat will bleed into your home environment and make your air conditioning system work extra hard. This inevitably effects your energy costs, you are more than likely to spend more money on air conditioning costs, and energy costs to cool the interior of your home due to the fact that your roof is absorbing more heat and creating a hotter environment within your home or property. Also, for anyone without air-conditioning these homes will be more uncomfortable that it already is on an Australian hot summer’s day.
What particular Sydney climates actually cause damages to your roof system?
There are particular months that on average are hotter or colder than others, and ones to be mindful of once the season is over. With an average high-temperature of 25.9°C and an average low-temperature of 18.7°C, January is the warmest month in Sydney, Australia.  The coldest month in Sydney is July, with an average high-temperature of 16.3°C and an average low-temperature of 8.1°C.  However, it is when there are extreme fluctuations in temperature that your roof endures the worst effects of expansion and contraction. This is described as thermal shock, when air temperature varies greatly from day to night within a single day.  This also occurs when living in an area that has hot summers and cold winters, this is one of the main causes for failing details such as weakened nails, and cracked flashings.
As most of us are well aware, Australia is known for its storm season, and earlier this year in Sydney we experienced 30-year record breaking storms. This is one of the many reasons why a metal roof system is the better choice, as they are more endurable against moisture damages and leaks that typically come with storms and large amounts of rainfalls.
What do we know and what can we do to help?
Now that you have this information about how temperature can damage your roof, the best way to prepare for these situations or to find out if your roof has experienced these damages is to book an inspection through Ideal after the summer and winter seasons have passed so we can tell how well your roof has recovered from these effects.
If you have further questions about how your roof may be affected, give us a call. Our team will provide you with the answers for you to make the right decision. Call us on 1300 ASSET1 now!
Storm damage and atmospheric debris is one of the main reasons for roof leaks and damage to the interior of buildings, costing building owners thousands, if not millions of dollars over the lifespan of a roof system. Ensuring your building is watertight at any time is critical while weather continues to wear down details.
Thanks to years of accumulated data, we know there are evident patterns when it comes to the weather in Sydney, New South Wales. This allows us to know what to expect and plan ahead for those inevitable seasons and months. This is incredibly important information, especially for homeowners and property owners/managers; knowing which months will have the highest amount of rainfall/hail and strongest winds during the year can allow you to prepare your roof, protect your assets and plan your budget.
How much does it rain in Sydney, and what Months have the most rainfall?
In Sydney, during the entire year, the rain falls for 143.4 days and collects up to 1212.1mm of precipitation. Looking at the graph below, we can see that March through June is the period with the highest amount of rain throughout the year, with March accumulating 129.2mm. However, June is the month with the most rainfall in Sydney, Australia. Rain falls for 12.5 days and accumulates 131.9mm of precipitation. 
What is the windiest month in Sydney?
Averaging at 13.8 km/h (8.6 mph), November is the windiest month, whilst March is the calmest at 11.3 km/h (7.0 mph).  Clients are often surprised to realise their roof area can be quickly covered in debris and require further cleaning shortly after completing roof washing. As the main protecting layer for your building against all elements, it can quickly collect damaging matter. It is important to notice when wind has recently been high; although you may not see it – a build of debris could be occurring causing blockage in gutters and drains leading to major drainage issues such as heavy ponding, that otherwise could have been avoided. High winds can also cause roof components to blow off or become loose leading to future leak areas from caused damage. There also can be cases where mechanical/electrical equipment becomes loose and blows around the roof causing damage leading to a leak.
What is the month that hail occurs the most in Sydney?
Hailstorms occur most frequently between October and February (spring and summer) in NSW, with peak activity in November and December. The hail season in Sydney begins 2 months earlier (August to February). However, during the last 14 years there has been a shift to November to March.  For metal roofs – if not taken care of immediately - hail can cause dents in the sheets and chip away at the top layer of paint, causing the life of your metal roof sheets and flashings to end prematurely. Early corrosion can occur in significant dents if ponding occurs, this can cause the paint to fracture and leads to structural weak points within the sheets. However, metal roofs don't suffer as much as tile roofs. In recent hailstorms, tile roofs have been damaged the most and needed more repairs, this further adds value to why metal roofs are better.
What are notable events we have experienced so far this year?
Between 7 and 9 February 2020, the Sydney metropolitan area received its heaviest rain in 30 years due to an east coast low (which is unusual in the summer). The storm brought vast flooding and strong winds that caused commuter chaos and left over 20,000 homes without power. The city recorded around 391.6 mm of rain within those three days, more than three times the average rainfall for February. Thousands of people living in depressed areas, such as those in Narrabeen and southwest of Sydney near Georges River, were told to evacuate due to billowing floodwaters and rising river levels. At least 200 people were rescued by emergency services during the stormy weekend. Warragamba Dam, which was only at 42% in capacity, reached as close to 70% after the deluge. The last time more than 300 mm of rain fell in two days in the city was in 1992, in addition to being the wettest four-day period since 1990.
In the late evening of 18 February 2020, over 60,000 lightning strikes hit the Sydney area, with wind gust over 100 km/h being recorded in some Sydney suburbs. The storm toppled trees, damaged properties and left tens of thousands of homes without power.
What do we know and where to we go from here?
Now that you have all this information, you now know the impactful months in which rain, wind and hail activity occur and how they can affect your roof. You can now prepare your home or property in advance to avoid costly emergency repairs and protect your assets. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prepare; designed to offer dynamic information for improve forecasting and budgeting while also preventing leaks and emergency repairs.
Be proactive and call us right away to ensure the repair costs do not become premium emergency repair costs and your investments stay protected. Our professional team is ready to service you right away and provide answers to any other queries you may have. Call us on 1300 ASSET1 now!
In light of the developments around the COVID-19 situation, we are wanting to announce that Ideal Roofing and Ideal Asset Maintenance will be operating business as usual.
We want to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our customers and employees continues to be paramount. We are doing everything we can with the current situation to continue to deliver our services, while taking strict measures to ensure the safety of our team and customers.
The situation around COVID-19 continues to develop, with many unknowns during this time. We want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely and following government updates.
Thank you for your continued support.
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BREAKING NEWS! We’ve recently launched our sister company Ideal Asset Maintenance; officially making Ideal a Single Source Roofing and Wall Cladding Contractor.
Why does this matter?
This is new to the construction standard and set to pioneer and elevate the standard by using cutting edge systems.
What does Single Source Roofing and Wall Cladding Contractor even mean?
As a certified roofing and wall cladding contractor, we can now take care of all your roofing and wall cladding needs for both construction and service. That means we can put a new roof on, replace the old, and then maintain it on-going to ensure long term savings for both Residential and Commercial/Industrial assets.
Here’s what you can look forward to:
Roof and Wall Preventative Maintenance
Designed to offer dynamic information for improve forecasting and budgeting while also preventing leaks and emergency repairs. Our cutting-edge program is the first of its kind in Australia and is based on a proven formula that yields significant return on investment within the first year of implementation, let alone over the lifespan of the building.
24/7 Emergency Repairs, Scheduled Repairs and Retrofit Services
Our team is designed to be there any time, any day you require emergency service whether it be mother nature or unforeseen activities that may jeopardise the integrity of your building and lead to heavy costs from damages and downturn.
Roof & Wall Cleaning
Many building owners overlook their roof and wall warranty which specifies roof washing at least every six months is recommended to ensure your warranty remains valid. Roof washing not only can extend the life of your roof system but also improve drainage by preventing natural debris build-up.
Building owners are forced to ensure all roof areas not only be current with today’s Building Code but also today's safety standards, otherwise they run large risk of fines and damages should an audit take place or injury on site. With this in mind, our goal is to ensure all our clients are protected and compliant with today's safety standards, and clients are informed with all alternatives for maintaining safety compliance.
Ideal Asset Maintenance was derived from extensive global research, and client feedback where there was a clear need for a roofing and wall cladding contractor that can deliver on all levels. It is critical to have the ability to keep up with today’s fast paced and forever changing environment, including improved forecasting and decision making, and the desire for more dynamic information regarding an asset for higher return on investment. Whether you’re a homeowner in a local community or investor with numerous industrial properties, Ideal Asset Maintenance has the technology and services to bring peace of mind and value that has never been seen before.
Learn more about Ideal Asset Maintenance or give us a call on 1300 ASSET1
Roof Preventative MaintenanceWhether you own or maintain a domestic, commercial or industrial property the cost of replacing your roof prematurely is always going to be more than maintaining it. The upkeep of roofs is important and in this article we will dispel some of the myths and discuss major dos and don’ts of roofs.
Inspect Your Roof
To maintain the longevity of your roof and address any problems before they cause more significant structural damage to your building, inspect your roof regularly. Look for anything unusual or irregular, mould, mildew, pooled water or visible damage. It is safer to do this with binoculars than to attempt climbing on your roof, not only is it dangerous but climbing on your roof can damage it.
Do Not Power Wash
A common roof cleaning misconception is that power washers are a good idea. Generally speaking power washers have the potential to cause more damage than they clean. They run at such pressure that they can strip microscopic and transparent protective layers and additionally they can drive water into crevices and fittings. While this might leave your roof looking great, using a pressure washer can create a pathway for future problems to develop.
If you do need to clean your roof, there are specialist roof cleaning products available but it is usually a better idea to hire a qualified professional to make sure the job is done right first time around. The added bonus of hiring a professional is that they can give you an appraisal of any other roofing issues that might need attention.
Leaves, branches and other debris should be removed from your roof at your earliest convenience. Blocked guttering can cause a multitude of problems including pooling. Pooling in gutters creates excess weight that will wear down on the structural integrity of the roof over time. Additional organic and non-organic debris can accumulate moisture and lead to the propagation of mould. Be particularly wary of valleys in roofing between two joining slopes as debris here can lead to pooling during storms that increases the likelihood of water finding a way through your roof.
Fix Problems Early
The cost of reroofing is usually going to be greater than the cost of repairs unless you have several problems. It is worth considering reroofing if you do have an old roof with lots of problems but it is better to let an expert make this assessment. Some roofing problems can be fixed relatively cheaply, but all roofing problems run the risk of developing into more serious problems if they are not dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Contact Ideal Roofing to Inspect, Maintain and Repair Your Roof
Learn more about our preventative maintenance program at idealroofing.com.au/prevent
Ideal Roofing have more than 40 years of experience with roofs in Sydney. We are one of the largest companies in the industry and work with commercial, industrial and residential properties. We offer a complete range of roofing services and can give you a free quote today. Call us on (02) 9525 2066 or contact us online.
Metal Roofing – the Latest Australian Roofing Trend
The Sydney roofing market has been dominated by a trend that is fast sweeping across the whole country; metal roofing. Metal roofing has been gaining immense popularity over the last several years for both practical and aesthetic reasons, resulting in a huge percentage of new roofs being constructed out of metal roof sheeting. This new shift towards the use of aluminium, steel and tin roofing has occurred due to a number of factors that we would like to discuss.
PERFECT FOR THE HARSH AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE
Australia's environmental and geographical diversity is what truly makes our country so special. In every corner of our country, there is a new world with distinctive characteristics and character. The lush rainforests of Far North Queensland, the sprawling metropolis of Melbourne, the harsh deserts of Central Australia; we truly have it all.
It is for this reason that Australian homes and businesses require roofing materials that can stand up against a diverse range of weather conditions. Metal roofing is the perfect solution to any and all of the challenging weather conditions that properties face throughout Australia, providing a safe, comfortable home all year round. Their weather resistant properties have led to a surge in popularity for all areas of the country.
Living in a hot, climate susceptible to bushfires? No problem at all; steel roofing is non-combustible and, therefore, fire resistant. Are you sick of those cold winter nights in the country? Simply install aluminium roofing for its heat conducting properties. Worried about hurricane level winds? Metal roofing will keep you safe with uplift ratings generally ranging between 180 – 260 km/h. Metal roofing sheets are also superior when it comes to protecting your dwelling from rain, hail or snow thanks to their moisture-shedding systems.
Unlike other traditional roofing sources, metal sheeting is an extremely lightweight material. This sleight yet sturdy material has proven to be a hit thanks to how easy it is to transport and install. For example, most varieties of sheeting are approximately one eighth of the weight of traditional concrete tiling used for roofing. This makes roof installation a breeze for contractors, saving you time and money. In most cases, you can even install steel sheeting directly over your old roofing instead of completely dismantling your old roof.
GET THAT INDUSTRIAL LOOK
Metal sheeting also provides aesthetic benefits for your home if used appropriately. Using roofing sheets throughout your home for different applications can transform bland living spaces into ultra-modern chic areas. This new and innovative usage of metal roofing is sure to increase the value of your home in no time at all.
In need of a new roof or extensive roofing repairs in Sydney?
Contact Ideal Roofing to discuss your available options and to learn more about the finer points of metal roofing.
ContactGive Your Home an Industrial Makeover with Metal Roofing
Roofing sheets can be used in a number of ways to help give your home a more industrial look and feel.Adding an industrial look to your home is all about combining unpredictable and gritty urban elements into your home and breaking away from the traditional housing mould. By strategically fitting and placing metal sheets inside and outside your property, you can bring a modern chic element into otherwise clean and classic home designs.
The team at Ideal Roofing has compiled a list of great tips on how to turn your seemingly innocuous roofing sheets into the lynchpin of your new industrial property.
UPCYCLE OLD FURNITURE
Upcycling is the practice of repurposing old, unused things around your home into new and exciting household items. A great way to add an industrial feel to any home is by upcycling old furniture by adding metal roof sheets for that chrome urban aesthetic that you’re going for. Taking a more traditional, upmarket piece and transforming it into steampunk-esque home décor using metal roofing will give your pad the fresh, industrial look that you’re after.
Using materials in your home for functions that they are not originally intended can add a new element to any space. For instance, use metal sheeting to create utensil holders in your kitchen or use them to craft a magnetic frame board that gives off industrial vibes.
CAREFULLY PLAN YOUR DESIGN
One of the keys to maintaining an industrial look is to carefully plan and design your home while still maintaining a sense of listlessness. Carefully curate your home by choosing the right location for your metal sheeting. Make sure that your additions are in a place that will be seen while still not making it too obvious to the naked eye. Ensure that it doesn’t look like a centrepiece, while still not seeming like an afterthought.
USE ROOFING SHEETS AS A CONTRAST
By using metal roofing as an accent against more traditional furniture and décor, your home will get a fresh shakeup that guests will adore. Take areas of your home that are on the posh side and add a roofing sheet to give them the slight tinge of grunge that you desire.
BENEFITS OF METAL ROOFING
USING METAL ROOFING SHEETS ON YOUR ROOF IS THE ULTIMATE STATEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN. AS WELL AS THIS, YOUR BRAND NEW ROOFING WILL BOAST A NUMBER OF GREAT BENEFITS.
Looking to add an industrial look to your Sydney home?
Contact the experts at Ideal Roofing today to discuss your home makeover.
Dealing with Asbestos in Your Roof
If you suspect that you’ve found asbestos in your home or place of work, it is imperative that you act straight away to ensure the safe removal of the material. Exposure to asbestos can be potentially fatal through a raft of respiratory diseases, but this is only after prolonged periods of time. If you have found asbestos in your walls, tiles, garage or attic, it is essential to not panic and to follow a few simple steps we have put together.
At Ideal Roofing, we specialise in professional asbestos removal and roofing replacement, having dealt with numerous cases of asbestos. Through our professional experience, we have gained a unique insight into the proper procedures and methods of asbestos recognition and removal.
Here is our advice for what to do next.
DO NOT TOUCH IT
ASBESTOS THAT IS NOT DAMAGED OR FRACTURED IS NOT LIKELY TO CAUSE ANY IMMEDIATE THREAT TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN ITS VICINITY. THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS TO NOT TOUCH THE AREA AND DEFINITELY DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE ANY OF THE SHEETING. SAWING OR CUTTING THE ASBESTOS WILL MAKE THE FIBRES AIRBORNE, LEADING TO A HAZARDOUS SITUATION.WHAT IF I ACCIDENTALLY BREAK ASBESTOS?
If you do accidentally shatter any of the asbestos, releasing fibres into the air, the safest way to deal with it is by wiping up any dust with a damp paper towel or cloth, place it in an isolated garbage bag and throw it in your bin. Please do not use a normal vacuum cleaner when cleaning up any debris.
CALL AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL
We do not advise anyone who has found asbestos to try to remove it themselves. This job should be left to a licensed professional who has experience in prudent asbestos removal practices. This is a point that we cannot stress enough.
Instead of attempting removal, call professional asbestos removalists. They will properly assess the area and devise a plan for removal and replacement.
Ideal Roofing has been dealing with roofing asbestos removal in Sydney for well over a decade, having successfully managed numerous clients through this difficult period. Our experienced team is always more than willing to guide you through every necessary step and provide the services you need.
ASBESTOS IN PUBLIC AREAS
If you have found asbestos in a public area, you have a civic responsibility to report your findings to the appropriate bodies. In New South Wales, it is commonplace to contact the necessary State and Local Government bodies to alert them to the problem. We suggest looking up the Environmental Health Officer of your council as a first port of call. If you have found asbestos in a workplace, the best course of action is to management and their work cover if nothing is done.
Contact Ideal Roofing for further enquiries and assistance regarding asbestos removal in Sydney.
In this day and age it is both timely and necessary that everybody is aware of the environmental impact of the materials they use and surround themselves with. Naturally, this extends to roofing and interestingly the type of roof a structure has can play a significant role in determining how environmentally friendly that building is due to factors like energy efficiency and the greenhouse effect. In this article we will briefly explain and discuss some of these key points.
If you are considering building a new roof or replacing an existing one, definitely consider having solar panels installed to reduce the environmental impact of the building. Producing your own electricity means you depend less on polluting fossil fuels.
The Greenhouse Effect
The Greenhouse Effect describes what happens when radiation from the sun becomes trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere. We are taught to think about this from the perspective of gases in the atmosphere that trap radiation but the effect is more nuanced than that. The Greenhouse Effect can also be used to describe how much solar radiation is absorbed or reflected by your roof. If it is absorbed it will cause the house to warm, which has the added impact of potentially requiring more cooling, demanding more energy usage.
Reflecting solar radiation back into space is therefore not only good for the planet but also good for your property and your electricity bill. Traditionally, this approach would imply that a white roof is a better choice than a black one, and there is some truth to this idea but the reality is that solar radiation covers a much broader spectrum than just visible light.
Thankfully, to make the task of reflecting solar radiation easy, some very clever scientists have invented roof coatings that are designed specifically to reflect a broad range of solar radiation. These coatings come standard with modern metal roofing although they can also be applied to almost any roofing material and are a very smart investment.
When roofs made of stone, terracotta or asphalt degrade there is little chance of recycling that material back into roofing material. Metal, on the other hand, is almost infinitely recyclable under the right conditions. Given enough time, however, every roof will need to be replaced so the question of what happens to that material afterwards and where it came from is worth considering.
If you fancy yourself a complete devotee to the environmentally conscious movement, you should consider the possibility of a living roof. This could mean living partially underground in a home fit for a hobbit or actually growing a garden on your roof. Beware though, most existing houses and roofs are not designed to handle the extra weight or stress of having a garden retrofitted and therefore this idea should only be considered in close communication with an architect.
Contact Ideal Roofing for Expert Advice on Roofing
Environmentally conscious innovators are constantly redefining the market of what is possible in roofing and Ideal Roofing is one roofing company in Sydney that is staying on top of the ball. We are excited by innovation and keen to implement it so if you want to make your roof an environmentally friendly one we are keen to help. Call us today for a free quote on (02) 9525 2066 or contact us online.
Deciding on your ideal roof might seem like a challenge. It is a big investment and it will be strikingly visible to the outside world. It’s easy to spend a lot of time debating fittings, cupboard handles and sink design but choosing the right roof is often a decision that gets left to the last minute. In this article we will discuss some key considerations for getting the perfect roof for your house.
In some respects, colour is a topic that is quite individual. It will depend upon the colour of your walls, your neighbourhood and how much you want your house to stand out, both from the street and from the air.
Despite that, some colour choices are definitely more environmentally friendly than others. A white roof will reflect more solar radiation back into the atmosphere and space than a black roof. This also means a white roof will heat up in the sun more slowly, and this is important for Sydney where it can get quite hot as a hot roof means the air conditioner will probably be running more in summer and that is going to cost you money.
There are plenty of different materials you could employ to build a roof, but for the sake of this article we will only discuss three of the most common. If you are interested in other options talk to a roofing specialist.
Slate is a popular choice for roofing because it can last a very long time and is resistant to rot and mould. The main drawbacks of slate roofing are that it requires extra framing to support the extra weight and can be quite expensive.
Asphalt shingles are the cheapest and most common roofing tile choice. They are relatively lightweight, come in a great variety of colours and are easy to install. However, due to their weight they are also liable to blow off in windy conditions.
Metal is extremely lightweight, recyclable and highly reliable. They are fire-safe, durable and require significantly less maintenance than roofs with tiles. They also have an extremely long life span and can be coated in a range of environmentally friendly radiation reflective coatings.
The lifespan of your roof is directly related to two key factors. Professional workmanship and choice of material. If your roof is installed by an amateur it probably won’t last as long as the material should.
Metal, cedar and slate roofs should last in excess of 50 years. Asphalt tiles might be cheaper but can only be expected to last in the vicinity of half of that time, so consider that you will be purchasing another one in the lifetime of the building.
Major weather events and falling objects can naturally significantly affect the lifespan of your roof. If you are worried about overhanging branches, contact an arborist.
Professional Installation is Key
Once you have decided on the perfect roof for your home it is imperative to have it installed by a roofing professional. It is the only way to ensure safety and durability because roofing is very much a trade where you don’t know what you don’t know. Poor installation can damage materials, and greatly increases the risk of the roof failing and letting water into your home.
Additionally, choose a quality company that has a wide range of experience across the roofing sector. A company that installs commercial, industrial and domestic roofing products is good, and a company that also maintains and repairs all roofs is better.
Contact Ideal Roofing to get your Ideal Roof Today
If you would like an expert roof consultation from one of Sydney’s biggest roofing companies, look no further than Ideal Roofing. Not only can we build and install the finest metal roofs, but we also service, maintain and repair them to the highest standard. Contact us today and we will set up an appointment right away. Call us on (02) 9525 2066 or use our online form.