Common Slate Roofing Installation Mistakes

I love slate roofs but it is one thing that people can screwup on. Slate roof installation or renovation isn’t your average DIY job. You need to have the right skills, knowledge and tools to do it properly, in order to make sure the roof is going to be durable and waterproof. Here are the four most common mistakes people do when installing or renovating their roofing.

1. Poor Flashing Installation

Flashing needs replacements more frequently than the roof itself. In order to reach it, you need to remove the individual slate tiles, install the new flashing, and put the tiles back in their right positions. When the slate isn’t properly installed, it may lead to broken slate tiles. The consequence will be a leaking roof.

2. Cracked Slate Tiles

Some slate tiles and more vulnerable than others. Eventually, they are all prone to breaking. This is why you have to avoid walking on your slate roof during installation or maintenance and repair works.
A damage to a slate roof may not be obvious right off the bat, but will cause a lot of hassle a few years later, when your roof is going to suffer water damage.
Prevent such situations by using scaffolding and hook ladders to get to the roof.
If walking on the roof is a must, the professional slate tradesperson will know the correct way to do it without affecting the slates.

3. Motley Or Stained Roof Colour

Your slate roof tiles may have slight differences in colour from one pallet to the other, even though, in theory, they should be similar. This happens quite often in case of low quality suppliers.
Homeowners who lack experience can’t notice such issues. On the contrary, a slate roof specialist will know how to blend the tiles in a way that’s esthetically appealing even when such colour differences exist.
There are some slate types that develop rust-like stains over time. This is something you should discuss with your slate roofing specialist before buying them.
It would be a shame to have to replace your roof at some point in time only because you don’t like its colour anymore.

4. Wrong Headlap Positioning

Headlap is a technical term describing how the head of the slate tile is overlapped by the adjacent courses of slate tiles.
When the headlap is correct, water can’t enter your house. The standard headlap is three inches, but this value may vary with the roof pitch and the

specific climate conditions in your area. This is why you need help from a professional slate tradesperson in order to avoid water damage and leaking roofing.

This is a slate roof done properly by Gerard at slateroofingsydney.com.au

Roof Restorations in Geelong

Roof Restoration Geelong At Home in the CoveThis blog post is not really related to my renovations and my super duper investment property. But it sort of is. This article is about the guys from Roof Restoration Geelong and how to provide a proper professional service.

Firstly, yes, another plug for a local business (maybe I should have my site themed around local business reviews), but I feel that small local business have it tough (I know, I used to own one and now have another) and need as much help as they can. So if someone in Geelong reads this article and finds it appropriate to give the guys a call at Roof Restoration Geelong, then my goal has been kicked.

Having just had my roof restored, I’m also somewhat of an authority on roof restorations and related work (hahaha just kidding – I’m no authority at all).

I honestly think that the roof is one of the most important component to a building. When you think about it, yeah I know – whoever thinks about roofs right, but going back in history, the one component of any habitable place or structure was a roof. For example, a cave, a hut, a gazebo, etc., etc. So there’s no need to build a case about how important a roof is, but when I think about things I need to do around the house, roof maintenance never comes to mind. That’s just me. And my mates – we never talk “roofs” while we’re having a beer. I guess roofers and their mates do.

So my point is sometimes your roof is worth thinking about and some maintenance is in order. Like anything, and this is the crazy part, a roof neglected and left not looked after for years and years will result in a hefty project at some point. And with hefty projects comes hefty price tags.

A Geelong local roofing company called Roof Restoration Geelong pointed out some of these tips and more whilst on a job at my mate’s place, funnily enough, in Geelong. I recently caught up with my mate for a few beers and his experience with this company came up in conversation (hahaha turns out we do need to talk more about roofs when having a beer with mates!) and he had nothing for praise for them. Being a small business, I then asked my mate to send me an email with some of the finer details so I could chuck up a blog post about them. Little did I know he would send me an essay, but I’ll condense it here for the benefit of the casual reader.

My mate has a decent size house in Geelong so consequently the roof is quite large. As with most buildings in Geelong, the place is getting a bit aged and the roof especially is dated. The roof is a tiled roof and the there are some broken/cracked tiles, along with some ridge capping that needs re-doing but it’s mostly the look of the roof my mate wasn’t happy about.

In come Roof Restoration Geelong and Simon. First thing he did was took time to listen to the concerns my mate had and take notes (very unusual I know). He seemed intent on knowing exactly what the issues were that my mate thought and what other things he would like addressed. Following the discussion, Simon was up on the roof in a flash and checking out things that I’m sure are best left for the professionals.

Following the inspection was another discussion about findings. Thankfully for my mate it wasn’t going to be too bad for him. A day or two later and he received an email with a quote attached. Easy as!

The rest is history. The quote was accepted, and the job done as planned and exactly to the quote. No hidden surprises and the guys finished off by cleaning everything up behind them.

Shout out to a very professional outfit, thank you Roof Restoration Geelong. Other roofing services that they provide include;

  • Gutter repairs, replacements and installations
  • Roof repairs
  • New roofs and roof replacements
  • Roof cleaning
  • Roof painting
  • Roof restorations.

Renovating and Locksmiths in North Brisbane

Locksmith North BrisbaneOne can be excused for assuming that the order of my blog posts correlate to the chronological order of events associated with renovating (not sure I am qualified to use that word) my yew-bewt-make-me-a-fortune investment property. Because a normal person would do that. I’m actually blogging (not sure I’m qualified for use of that word either) as the events come to mind. I’ve also got to feel like writing about that particular event at the time too.

Not that the order of blog posts is really that important. Just don’t want anyone thinking my little site here is some well thought out and structured strategy for renovating houses.

So this little story is about locksmiths and in particular Locksmith North Brisbane (you can get their contact details from their website Locksmith North Brisbane). We’ve all heard of the traditional emergency locksmith who is always on call, happy to come help the poor homeowner who unwittingly locked themselves out of their home. And this is one of the services that Locksmith North Brisbane provides, but not the service I required.

Mine was a more managed and planned project. Because as it stood, pretty much anyone over 4 years old could gain access into my most prized investment property. So I had Stephen (owner) come by and give me some advice.

Right now you’d be correct in thinking that I had previously written that my plan was to do everything myself to save money and get this place rented out on the cheap. Well funnily enough, I did spend some time looking at the work I needed done and considering doing it myself. But I have heard that replacing locks, securing windows and other openings can be at times quite tricky – especially when things have to be aligned just as they were to work perfectly. So I opted for the easy way out on this one – call the locksmiths.

Stephen from Locksmith North Brisbane was super helpful. Even though I can imagine this guy is super busy, he still found time to come over for an on-site inspection and give me a written quote. I walked him through the house and discussed my requirements (cheap please!) and being the professional that he is, he was able to sort out a solution quick smart.

We agreed on price and estimated time for completion and all was good. Just had to make sure the rest of the world didn’t know how insecure my house is and decide they could help themselves to what they wanted in the meantime. Actually, I wasn’t too worried about that, there wasn’t too much valuable stuff in the house that would justify a break and enter charge.

Now in my head, I thought I had something a bit more exciting to add to this story but it turns out to be pretty boring. Not sure what I was thinking there except that it’s another step I took to getting this house completed and fit for rental.

Stephen and his team came by and completed the work with out incident, as you would expect from professionals. My investment property was now well secured.

While chatting with Steve, I asked him about some of the services that he provides and have summarized them here for anyone that is interested. I highly recommend Stephen (obviously or this article may have actually been a little bit more interesting with my whining and moaning). If you’re in the North Brisbane area looking for a locksmith then you can get all Stephen’s contact details by going to his website – Locksmith North Brisbane.

In summary, some of the major services offered by Stephen include;

  • Emergency entry service
  • Lock repairs and replacements
  • Deadlock installations
  • Window locks
  • Automotive lock service
  • Barrel changing
  • Key cutting
  • Commercial locking solutions
  • File cabinets lock services

I’m pretty sure though if you have anything related to keys, locks, etc. that Stephen and his team will be more than happy to help. Now that I’ve given them a decent plug I think I’ll need to give him a call and ask for some sort of commission.

G.

Roof Restoration Newcastle

Roof RestorationJust a quick recap on my last (and first/introductory) post; I had bought this yew bewt investment property with some faults that I was totally confident in being able to repair and renovate myself, saving heaps of bucks and in the end once rented out this place would give a decent return.

Not so. First issues were that I couldn’t decide on where to begin repairing and renovating. However, once I got passed my indecision and procrastination, I started looking at the roof. Figuring that the roof is probably one of the most important parts of a building, it made sense to get that sorted first. I was faced with broken tiles, dislodged tiles, dirty and moss ridden tiles – and it just totally looked terrible.

So I grab the ladder, get up on the roof and conquer my fear of heights. Once on the roof I was okay. The height was the least of my problems. I was facing what looked to me like a roof hit by a meteorite, an atom bomb, and a teenage boy with a hatred against roofs.

Yep, as always, things were worse than they first appeared. My first thought was that this roof could not be water tight so I climbed back down the ladder to go inside and check ceilings and walls for water damage. How did I not notice this when I initially inspected the house – yep, water has been pooling on the ceiling, there’s water marks throughout and then my heart sank. Water damage in the roof. Nothing worse. Perhaps time to call in the professionals.

So as you do in these situations, I’ve turned to a mate and asked him if he knew of any decent roofing companies. Straight up, he recommended Roof Restoration Newcastle.

Not ever heard of them before but if it’s a mate’s recommendation you’ve got to run with that.

I called them up, and wow. The owner, Dave Beach, answered the phone and was both sympathetic and professional in his advice. Not once did I get the feeling he was trying to take me for a ride, he never tried to tell me that my problems are going to warrant a re-roof and potentially a rebuild of the whole house as some of these guys try to get you into.

So booked an inspection with Dave, and yet again, blown away as he turned up as expected, on time – another rarity for tradies. Dave took no time to get up on the roof, carried out his analysis and then he got inside the roof to further check out what was happening.

During this time I start getting a bit nervous, particularly because he is taking so long. The longer he takes the more problems I have right? Nah… I learnt that this is just him being very thorough and working on providing me the most accurate report he can. Given that I might not even engage his company, this is an impressive gesture.

After the inspection, he spent time with me discussing his findings. And I wasn’t too surprised. Apart from technical issues that I would never have known about, he didn’t present too much to me that I wasn’t aware of. So, hey, in my mind this guy’s a winner – he’s not trying to sell me a new roof, house and block of land to go with it.

So after his report and quote, which I was quite happy with, I did some research into his company. His website, aptly named Roof Restoration Newcastle, provides useful information about the services Dave provides, and the areas they cover.

Just in case you need some roof work, here’s a list of their services and you’ll find a link to their website somewhere in this post;

  • roof restorations
  • roof cleaning and roof painting
  • roof repairs
  • roof replacements
  • new roofs and re-roofs
  • gutter installations
  • gutter replacements.

They also will carry work out on all types of roofs including metal roofs, tiled roofs, and colorbond roofs.

Areas serviced include Newcastle, Port Macquarie, and the Hunter Valley.

After being suitably impressed by the professionalism and price, I decided to engage Dave Beach and his team from Roof Restoration Newcastle to carry out the necessary repairs to my roof. Dave assured me his work would be guaranteed and also backed by a 10 year limited warranty.

A short period later and they were into it. Now I can’t explain the details of the work they did, mostly because I don’t know as clearly I’m no roofing expert, however the inspection of the work completed that Dave took me through was more than impressive.

The guys got the work done in an impressive amount of time, which obviously helps me because that’s one more thing off my list of projects that need to be done to my new found investment. Equally impressive was the lack of “hidden surprises” – the bill came to the amount which was quoted. And what’s more, the guys even cleaned up after themselves.

So all in all, I was highly impressed with my mates recommendation and the professionalism of this company.

First step into fixing my poor investment home has been a success, thanks for the help from Dave Beach and his team.

For those interested and/or needing some roof work done, here’s the link to their website – Roof Restoration Newcastle.

G.

What You Learn When You Renovate

What You Learn When You RenovateIn case you didn’t read about it on my About Me page, three years ago I decided to purchase an investment property. And what a great decision that was!!! That was sarcasm.

I found this place that was very run down and thus going for a bargain. So cheap. I couldn’t lose on this one, so I thought. I’ve had brain waves before which have not been so successful but this was going to be the start of my entry into property investment.

I consider myself to be a little bit of a handy man. Probably a little bit over confident which is normally the reason I find myself in tricky situations. So I figured with all these problems with this prospective property purchase that I could handle them, fix them myself and in the process saving a fortune and ending up with a decent investment property.

So I make the decision to take the plunge and get into it. Over to the mortgage broker I head and start discussions about an investment loan. I’m going to leave this story for another post but lets just say the hoops I had to jump through for the loan should have been a warning sign (or maybe a stop sign).

Finally the loan was approved and I was able to snap up this bargain. I’m now the proud owner of an investment property – I’ve made it big time – in the big league now. Settlement followed and keys handed over. Time to get to work, I needed tenants in asap to start getting return on this “investment property”.

Now, when I inspected the building I knew there were some problems. There were plumbing problems, roof issues, door lock and window lock issues, and the list continues – no wonder it was a bargain. But nothing too serious that I couldn’t repair myself, it was just going to take some hard work and a bit of time.

In I go with my tool belt and my labour and my knowledge. Not being a professional, it was a struggle to work out the best course of action here. Did I start with the roof, the plumbing or do I go around replacing door & window locks first? I mean it all had to be done, but I just had a moment of hesitation trying to decide where to start. Procrastination kind of got in the way too – big dreams, so much to do.

I eventually got started and with the help from various tradies and services, I finally got the house in a suitable condition to put up for rent. During the process I learnt so much about renovating a house. I learnt about plumbing, roofing, locks, carpets, and even from right at the beginning, investment property finance.

At some point, and I can’t recall when, I came to the realisation that some repairs were beyond my capabilities. I then learnt how to source a tradie or a service and have trust in their abilities and not be worried about being ripped off. Some of these guys got me out of such situations that I felt so thank full for their help and service.

I’ll write about these guys in this blog site, I believe I owe it to them. Stick around for my posts on what I learnt, mistakes I made, tradies that I love and all my other thoughts that I decide to put in writing….

G.