Frequently Asked Questions
Are you licenced and Insured?
Yes, Roof & Render SA is fully licenced and insured. You can view all our certificates and licences here on our website
How long have you been in the roofing and guttering industry?
Our family has been in the roofing business since 1921. Running the family business today is 3rd and 4th generation Michael Mann & his son Ben. Michael & Ben are passionate about their family business and are focused on ensuring every customer gets the best service and a quality long-lasting product. The Mann family have maintained a strong reputation over the past 99 years and continue to do so today.
What should I look for when hiring a Roofer?
It is hard to choose a professional roofer by only looking at an estimate and comparing prices. Allow yourself an hour, more or less, to sit down with each contractor in person. You might be speaking with a salesperson, roofing specialist or even the owner. All of which you need to take time with to ask the right questions and explore the possibilities.
We have made this process easy for you and put together a booklet 5 questions you must ask a roofer before you sign.
What is better, a tiled roof or a Colorbond® roof?
Depends who you ask is one answer but each has advantages and disadvantages.
- A new Colorbond® roof is lighter than tiles so it is a good option on old roof where the roof or building structure has begun to sag, crack or twist under the weight of the old tiled roof.
- A new Colorbond® roof will also tend to tie the whole roof together making it stronger.
- A tiled roof is more susceptible to severe hail damage than a metal roof as even new tiles can crack with good size hail, whereas the metal may be dented, but not break.
- Steel roofing is also more versatile. It can be used on any pitch and made into all kinds of shapes.
- And arguably, a new Colorbond® roof just looks a lot better!
How much does it cost to replace my roof?
The cost to replace your roof can vary considerably depending on a whole range of factors such as access, how steep the roof is, whether guttering and insulation is to be done at the same time to name a few. Basically, every roof is different so an experienced estimator will come out, at a time that suits you, and provide a free quote that will tell you exactly how much it will cost to replace your roof.
How much does it cost to restore my roof?
Again, the cost to restore your roof can vary considerably depending on a whole range a factors such as access, how steep the roof is, what condition it is in, and any repairs that need to be done first. As licenced metal roofers we are able to advise and complete any repairs that are needed to Australian standards. Some roof restoration companies are actually just painting companies who do roof painting and call it roof restoration. We do what is needed to restore your roof and the paint we use is Aztec Energy Star Heat Reflective Paint specifically developed for roofing applications.
Are there imitation Colorbond® roof sheets?
Yes, there is! And they are cheaper than Colorbond® which sometimes explains a cheaper quote. Don’t be fooled by the cheaper quote, imported products don’t come with a warranty and are not Australian made or tested to Australian conditions. Imported products have a tendency to fade quicker, which means the money you saved in the first instance will need to go towards fixing or recolouring your roof; this can be avoided by using a certified installer. Roof & Render SA only use BHP Australian made Colorbond® steel to ensure our customer expectations are met every time and the longevity of your roof is guaranteed.
What types of Roof Sheeting do you use on residential homes?
We use and strongly recommend using Tru Oak Colorbond® Roof Sheeting as it is 40% deeper and 40% stronger which minimises the risk of the roof sheets denting. We are a certified Tru Oak and Colorbond® installers. Being backed by the manufacturer enables us to supply a 20-year water tight guarantee along with a Colorbond® warranty of up to 36 years.
How many Colorbond® colours can I choose from?
Colorbond® steel comes in a range of 22 designer colours and offers a classic and contemporary colour palette to enhance the beauty of your home. Now you can choose a roof colour that sets the theme for your whole home or complements it.
Your dedicated Roof & Render SA consultant can help you ‘mix and match’ colours with your gutter, fascia and down pipes made from Colorbond® steel, or you can get started by downloading the brochure and be inspired.
Why should I use Colorbond® steel?
Colorbond® steel is Australian, made in Australia and is built for Australian conditions. With the Australian climate facing some pretty challenging weather conditions from extremes of heat and cold, to dust, rain, wind and hail, it’s good to know that Colorbond® steel undergoes extreme testings in these environments.
Colorbond® steel is great for fire protection, energy efficient, durable, easy to maintain and is backed with a warranty of up to 36 years.
How does heat reflective paint work?
Heat Reflective Paint works by reflecting the suns energy before it can hit the roofing material – kind of like a reflective shade for you roof. This means that your roof is cooler, meaning your roof space (if any) is cooler which in turn keeps your house cooler! And it is surprisingly effective in doing so. There is a lot of technical information and test results available from Aztec paints if you would like more information.
How much will I save on my electricity bill if I use heat reflective paint?
A typical household can save at least 50% of their air conditioning power bills as they will tend to use the air conditioner a lot less. Some clients have reported no longer needing to use their air conditioner at all, but a lot depends on your specific location and building type among other things to consider.
Will our living be affected whilst our roof is being replaced?
No, you can carry on with everyday life whilst your roof is being replaced.
What about water damage whilst the roof is off?
Work will not commence if rain or severe weather is forecast. We will always ensure your roof is watertight before we leave each day.
What kind of paint is used and how many coats do you apply?
We use a Teflon based paint allowing a longer lasting finish. One coat of a tile sealer is used, one coat of cap sealer and another 2 coats of paint.