Made changes to your roof? Solar Panels? Aircon units? Read on…January 20, 2016
As Melbourne houses become more modern and energy efficient, there are many home owners adding solar panels, sky lights and air conditioner units to their roofs. This is a great idea to improve not only your standard of living but to reduce the impact on the environment and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
The problem is that not too many of these installers are not roofing tradesmen. As a result we are seeing time and time again damage left by trades and deficiencies in roofing structures. This can be something simple like damaged grout or a cracked and dislodged tile. The most serious and common issues are improper flashing around the unit being installed and voids being created.
When anything is placed on a roof, the roof structure must remain sound and caution exercised not to damage any component keeping water out. Holes or voids must not be created which will enable pests to enter and nest in your roof. Such voids will also reduce the homes ability to retain heat in winter.
Casey Roof Care is regularly checking and repairing the flashing around poorly installed skylights and air conditioner units, cracked tiles and damaged grout. Here is a common example of voids being created around air conditioner units. This void is approximately 6cm high and 60cm long which makes your roof a potential home for possums, rat’s, birds and anything else that finds its way in there. The frustrating part being that this was easily avoidable.
Another common occurrence is the use of silicone around metal flashing. Silicone should never used used on a roof as it will decay over time and leave a roof system vulnerable. There is no need to use silicone as the flashing available will do its job when installed correctly by a roof professional. Air Con unit installers and in particular solar panel installers are not roofers, while this may look fine to them in reality it is anything but.
At the end of the day you pay good money to have these units and systems installed. Lets say that most of these guys do the right thing, but if you have a suspicion that something may not be right, Casey Roof Care is here to help. If we are working in your local area one of our tradesmen will gladly take a quick look for you, free of charge. To find out where we are just give us shout on either (03) 9028 8795 or 0487 472 511 and chances are we wont be too far away.
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