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Queensland Roofing Choosing Colours

This is a video brought to you by Queensland Roofing, quality materials and quality tradesmen since 1978. This is a video just in relation to how to choose colours for your home and some of the technologies that we have available to do so.

Look in the top right hand corner, you see me about to click on Viola! A colour. This colour sampler gives me the ability to move between different colours and I have found that something people really enjoy doing is just looking at the different colours as a shuttle between different settings. So, whilst I can do this and this is available to you, we also do if you see there on the top right hand corner, we also have pre-programmed the COLORBOND® colours pre-selected, so all of your standard COLORBOND® colours, you know including heritage reds, wilderness, all the COLORBOND® colours. So, obviously this is we’re looking at sort of a re-roof here, but it does work for tile as well. So, once again playing around with some different, just some different ideas here with the colour for fun, but if that’s not enough, we can look at the house, the roller doors and you can see there just a change in colour and the difference that that makes to getting a visual perspective of what you would like. So for more information call Queensland Roofing 1300902037

Led Nail Roof

Good day. David here from Queensland Roofing. If you have a led nail roof then this is probably what we’re going to find. The led nails very rarely will hold on into this day and age. Most of them will put on to galvanized roofs long time ago and in short we get situations now where they lift up. Look, you can see here, actually you probably can’t see, so I have to explain it, this is a hole where a led nail should be. The led nail is on the old roofs, they rust, they come out of the timber work and really there’s no point trying to pull them out and try to re-screw back in because most of the time around the screws is rusted. Not only that is most of the roofs that led nail are now so old, very rarely would you want to actually keep them.

A lot of them also double run roofs. What I mean by that is that the team does not go all the way from the top to the bottom. They are more so a roof where you may have only 2 or 3 meters and another 2 or 3 meters of the sheet on top, so you’ve got two sheets basically going from top to bottom, in between those two sheets because the water can’t get out fast enough you get rust and if you’re getting rust on the inside of the roof regardless of how much you paint it and trying to do things on the outside, the fact is the roof is falling apart around you.

So, if you don’t feel that that’s enough proof by getting on the roof and having a look, best way to do it is take the manhole out and shine the torch on the inside the roof and have a look at the sheet laps and when you shine the torch up inside the roof through the manhole or from what you see is the rust on the under lap of the sheet, so you’ve got the sheet on the top and the sheet going down the bottom, on that bottom sheet you can shine the torch up and look up into that sheet and see the rust from there. Hope that helps and that – look, in most situations, I got to admit that we would replace a led nail roof, more so than we would any other metal roof, if it’s led nail it’s hammered down by now, there ain’t nothing really holding it down because in this day and age everything is screwed in and the fixings are tight.

So if you got a led nail roof, seriously consider how you are going to fix that roof and in most situations the reality is a roof replacement, not all but most situations. Anyway, Dave from Queensland Roofing, hope that helps, thanks.

Leaking clips

Hey, Dave from Queensland Roofing, shooting a really tight video here at the moment because I need to bring you in to have a look at this quite closely. This is your tile roof but this is a little latch, a little hook that goes over from the timber work on your roof and it holds down the tile. It can be seen in a couple of different angles and you can see it here. It’s the same thing. This is looking down when a tile has been slid up on your roof. You can see this is holding onto the timber work and this goes up and over and hooks onto your tile. Now, the reason this can be a complication or an issue for roofs with this hook is because this problem here. If water catches on that hook it will run down the latch that it is attached to the nail that is known as the timber and boom! drips down, creates a patch in the shape of a circle. Why a circle? Because it’s like a stone in a pond, basically they drip, it drips down and then it spreads itself out, drips again, spread itself, drips again, spread itself out. So you get circular patches on the roof and it’s really easy to work out what’s happening when I walk into someone’s house and I see random patches, old little circle patches, and look, the unfortunate issue with it is, look, you’ll be told it’s maintenance, we end up having to strip roofs and re-laying them with a different type of clip. We can talk about that another day, but I want to get the point across this. You’ll be told that its maintenance and you’ve got to clean out the channels in your tiles, in between your tiles. When someone works out how to do that then we will be in a completely new industry but till then I’ve seen situations where clean as can be those hooks are still catching water and we have found no other way than to unhook that hook or to put a different clip in.

I better be careful what I say here because I know this upsets a lot of people and this is probably the most controversial video that I could possibly do. So I have to be mindful of what I’m saying, but I can tell you this. The proof is in the pudding and I have shot after shot, situation after situation where we take roofs off, we go through these roofs and we see directly underneath the hook, directly underneath, on hundreds and hundreds of different little patches, directly underneath the roof, where the hook is, where that nail is nailed into the timber there’s a leak and it’s not even a maybe where it’s coming from, we know exactly where it’s coming from but then there is this sort of confusion – is it because that the roof hasn’t been cleaned properly? Come on. Let’s have a look at how that sits there. Let’s be serious and have a look at how that sits on the roof. That hook sits right in between the channels of the tile. Now you’re telling me that the channels of the tile have to be perfectly clean for that hook not to catch water? That hook will catch water in heavy rains and that’s what there is to it. That’s the truth behind it. So, look, it’s something I’d probably want to speak to someone who’s got this in a bit more detail privately but I got to put it out there and say, if you have circular patches on your ceiling and you have a tiled roof this is the place we’re going to be starting. Thanks for that.

HOW TO MATCH NEW ROOF TILE TO OLD – Queensland Roofing

In today’s video, I’m going to talk about how to match roof tiles when they just won’t match. Have a look at the photo you see behind me. See these strange-looking tiles placed randomly over the roof? What’s happened is the roof that has gone out there, he said he can replace the cracked and broken tiles but when going to do so, has had trouble sourcing an exact match. He’s got the type but he hasn’t got the colour. See, replacing cracked and broken tiles can put roofers in a situation where sourcing an exact match is difficult. So what should have been done? Well, the tiles that were going to be replaced should have been replaced by current tiles existing on the roof. Those tiles are sourced from the very bottom row. The reason it’s sourced from the bottom row is because that’s the row that’s difficult to see from the ground. We replace the cracked and broken tiles with the same age and colour but then when we get the new tiles we put them out of sight. I’d love to show you what it looks like but there’s nothing to see. You can’t see the new tiles because they’re out of sight. That’s the whole point.

HOW LONG ROOF REPLACEMENT – Queensland Roofing

Today I’m going to do my absolute best to try and answer the question of how long it takes to replace a roof. The reason that some people tiptoe around the answer of how long it would take to put on a roof is because there are a few variables that need to be considered and the biggest one is how many people are going to be on site working on the job. We like to look at having a team that enables us to do the majority of the work based on the roof not being oversized or too big between one to two days.

Now taking into consideration we like to have the materials usually there a day or two before the job starts, on top of that we’ve got to put scaffolding or edge protection around the job site. That’s another day we like to have prior to the job commencing allowed for that scaffolding to go up. So, if you look at that, you could be looking at potentially one to two days of prepping the site, one to two days of taking the roof off and replacing with the new roof and then after that you’re looking at probably another day or two days again of the scaffolding or edge protection coming down, all the rubbish being removed and the final site inspection done. I hope that helps.

GUTTER GUARD TYPES – Queensland Roofing

In today’s video, I want to go through some of the experiences we’ve had with Gutter Guard and also why we believe there are so many different types on the market. One of the biggest reasons I believe there’s so many different types of Gutter Guard out on the market is because it’s a balance that’s never been found. One, a product that works and two, a product that’s affordable to the average homeowner. Past experience of installing many different types of gutter guard has taught us that while it might work initially it can cause problems down the track. Going back to a roof after five years can mean it’s difficult for us to access the gutter, difficult for access to the roof and sometimes even difficult to access the broken-down debris and matter that’s got through the grill of the gutter guard and now it’s sitting in the gutter. Where does this leave us? Well, one of the products that I believe is probably the future of gutter guard is a product called GuttaFilta. It is exactly that. It’s a filtering system that is used inside the gutter as a foam insert. The filtering allows the water to go through but stops the leaf matter on top. It’s fantastic product as a roofer because if we do need to work on the roof at a later date we can still access the gutter, we can still access the roof and most importantly it’s extremely affordable.

SCAFFOLDING, EDGE PROTECTION and HARNESSING – Queensland Roofing

In today’s video I just want to establish some clarification in relation to the safety of workers on your roof. Due to the fact that roofing is a job where we are often working at heights, we have to put a plan in place to make sure safety of our workers is considered. The three main things that you see when people are working on a roof is, one, scaffolding. Most people understand and know what scaffolding is, but it’s often confused with edge protection. Edge protection is simply a fence that goes around your roof so that should a worker fall they hit the fence. The third thing is harnessing. We can put harnessing in place where either scaffolding or edge protection is either too expensive or not necessary. As long as we can ensure that the safety of the workers, are not going to risk falling at heights, we have ensured the safety of the workers on your roof.

Leaking tile clips

The topic of leaking tile clips or leaking hooks (whichever you wish to call them) deserves its own dedicated blog. Explaining to a home owner why the very design that is holding their tiles down is the same thing that is now causing their roof to leak is difficult to believe and rarely well received. Luckily it is simple to understand. The biggest thing we hear from homeowners when we tell them they have leaking clip syndrome is “I’ve been living here for a long time why would the tiles be leaking now? I’ve never had a problem before”. This is a great clue as to the problem often being something that forms over time. So that I can create a fast but detailed explanation, lets answer these 3 questions.

  1. What causes leaking tile clips?
  2. How do I fix leaking tile clips?
  3. Do I have options to fix leaking tile clips?

Leaking tile clips occurs when the hook that goes over the edge of the tile can (often with the involvement of external factors) create a blockage in the water flow between tiles. If for many years there has been debris and dirt on the roof, the result is blockages in between the tiles. This occurs because, rather than the dirt and debris passing between your tiles and being flushed down into the gutter, the dirt and debris gets caught on the hooks and starts to build up like a dam in a river. The water then backflows over the edge of the tile and into the ceiling.

Leaking tile clips Brisbane

Notice the crack on the water channel. This can occur and be mistaken for leaking clips.

Leaking tile clips Brisbane

This photo perfectly show the hook over the edge of the tile and how the nail at the bottom holds to the timber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I fix leaking tile clips?
Remove the clip by unhooking it, brush out the dirt and debris from the watercourse, and then use a differently designed spring clip different clip, (refer to the picture below). The ‘spring clip’ does not use a flat strap and allows the water to pass around both sides of the clips. Due to Australian building standards you cannot simply leave the hook off, as tiles still need to be held down to the timber structure.

Do I have options to fix leaking tile clips?
The options for fixing leaking clips on a tiled roof depend on the severity and the extent in which the clips are leaking. In some situations only a few clips will be leaking, however, there have been many instances when we have started pulling up tiles and have found that the vast majority of clips are leaking. The reason that the homeowner may not know this is because a clip can cause a leak into the ceiling but it may be a very slow leak. Therefore, when the rain stops, the ceiling dries and the mark/stain does not show up visually on the homeowners ceiling inside the home. It can take years for a leaking hook to actually appear as visible damage on the underside of the ceiling. While it may not appear on the ceiling inside the home, from the other side (inside the roof space), you may find that a very different story is told. Sometimes drip marks are seen throughout the entire ceiling.

Spots on the ceiling leaking roof

Spots on the ceiling showing perfect proof of leaking clips on a roof Brisbane

Leaking roof Brisbane

Leaking clips leave really evident marks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nail clips are designed to hold the tiles down to the timber structure of the roof. There are other methods to hold the tiles down including wire and nails, but unfortunately maintenance on these tiles can prove more difficult. Lifting tiles that have been nailed down to timber can often result in damage to the tile. Removing tiles with wire is extra work as it means cutting the wire or untwisting the wire, which has to be done from underneath. While a lot of leaking nail clips fail due to maintenance of dirt and debris, there are also situations where we have seen the nail clips leak without any debris in the watercourse. Put simply, there are a few different factors that can cause nail clips to leak. While I have kept specific with dirt and debris in the article, be sure to call us for further information.

Roof Repairs in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast. Tiled Roofs

Finding leaks in a leaking roof.
As someone that would consider themselves extremely experienced in the area of finding and tracking leaks on roofs in Queensland let me start by saying this. If you are looking for assistance in what direction to take when trying to find the cause of your leaking roof I want to warn you that some leaks will be relatively easy and open to success by the D.I.Y home handyman. However, some with be extremely difficult, involved and will most certainly require professional involvement by someone that has had experience with your particular issue. Due to the complexity of leak tracking on different roof styles, I have dedicated this article to the tracking of leaks on tiled roofs and the more common issues that occur on tiled roofs in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast. I have written another article on tracking leaks on a metal roofs so if your roof is metal please refer to that blog. As mentioned the level of difficulty in tracking the leak will have a lot to do with the type of roof you have. A basic four bedroom house with a tiled roof and easy ceiling access can mean light work in relation to leak tracking. However a flat metal roof on a commercial warehouse with no ceiling can mean leak tracking and leak repair can be extremely difficult. I hope that this article my be able to assist you with where to start in tracking the leak on your domestic home with a tile roof.

Broken Tiles.                                   

Yes I know it sounds simple but there are many ways in which a tile can be broken and some of them you can’t see from the top. A basic break will break straight down the middle while a break on the under lap of the tile will not be visible from the top. When locating the general area of the leak of possible pull out half a dozen tiles and see if you can line up the tile or tiles you think are a problem with the water damage in the ceiling. If you are not confident in pulling tiles out them see if you can track the leak from the inside by climbing in through the manhole.

 

Ridge Caps & Pointing 

Observations over time have confirmed for me that this is a very misunderstood area of tiles roofs. Just because some of the old concrete is showing cracks doesn’t mean that they are the cause of the leaks. Please don’t go filling up cracks with silicone. While loose  caps can lead to leaks, and do need maintenance, the most common problem we see is actual lack of proper drainage or what the roofing industry calls ‘weep holes’. Lack of ‘weep holes’ is the main cause of leaks along the ridge line of leaking tiled roofs.

 

Leaking Clips.                                    

If you have on or more circular patches on your ceiling this could be a sign that you have leaking clips. This is a particular problem that requires special attention and special discussion. In a nutshell the hooks that are holding your tiles down are causing a blockage in water flow between your tiles. It can be brought on with dirt build up between the tiles but can also occur with no build up between the tiles at all. As mentioned it requires special attention so please call Queensland Roofing if you feel the cause might be the leaking clips.

 

Valleys & Debris.                               

A very common and easy to fix issue with leaking tiled roofs in Brisbane Logan and the Gold Coast is debris from trees blocking the flow of water down the valleys. Blocked valleys can lead to quite severe leaks as the valleys are designed to carry quite a lot of water off your roof and into your gutters, so to block them can mean large amounts of water backing up and over flowing from the valleys into your house.

 

Rusted Valleys

If your tiled roof has rusted valleys then all you need is heavy rains for extended periods and a hole the size of a pin head cause start causing you problems. The reason is because the amount of water that is directed from the roof to the valleys and the fact that during heavy rain the valleys do not get a rest and a holding water the entire time. Like there close brother ‘your gutters’ valleys are designed to hold water and therefore the smallest hole in them will most certainly start to leak. For more information check out our video about  Valley Repairs.