The roof of a property can often be seen as being the most important aspect of a facade, whether simply because it can be referred to as the ‘crown’, or because it offers the main protection from the weather. That protection is also why roof maintenance is so common, and why there needs to be a certain care taken in order to ensure complete efficiency.
When performing repairs on a roof, there are two (main) options for the extent of this work; these choices being complete reroofing or roof restoration. Since there is often confusion between what these terms mean, AJ Scutchings and Sons run you through what they mean below.
What is Reroofing?
In essence, reroofing is the removal and replacement of all roof materials, sometimes even stretching to the support structure itself, which is why it’s often referred to as roof replacement. This process is reserved, generally, for seriously damaged roofs that would not benefit from replacing some tiles and resurfacing.
Oftentimes, the roofs that need to be reroofed are those with documented history of persistent problems that are not being fixed with restoration, so they need to be replaced in order to find the source of the issue and eradicate it.
What is Roof Restoration?
Rather self-explanatorily, roof restoration is the act of restoring aspects of a roof: so, fixing the issue itself. This could be tile replacement, or plugging a leak, but the concept is that the problem is minor and doesn’t require complete renovation. Essentially, restoration can be thought of as ‘patchwork’.
Which Should Be Used When?
Although you might have a rough idea yourself, a professional inspection is required in order to decipher the proper course of action when it comes to roof repairs. The inspector will take into consideration the history and severity of the roof and its problems, and then judge this against the need for replacement or restoration.
As a general rule, reroofing is going to be more expensive than restoration, so it’s important to make the most of the situation. This could be with utilising more energy efficient materials or even changing the style of your roof, but it’s going to cost more than restoration due to sheer scale so make the most of it.
Over to You
Now it’s time for you to take it into your own hands, and address that leaky roof. Speak to a professional and resolve the problem, whether it requires replacement or restoration, and your home will be more efficient, more appealing, and more complete for it.
AJ Scutchings and Sons
If you’re based in and around Hertfordshire, then AJ Scutchings and Sons are the ideal company to handle your roof restoration or reroofing project. We work on almost all kinds of properties – traditional or modern and commercial or domestic. To hear more, please call us on 07778 188 952 or fill out our simple contact form.