Recently our plumbing estimator, Matt, attended a home in Brunswick after receiving an enquiry to replace sections of their existing metal roof and gutters which were leaking.
The owner required the quote to be broken up into sections, so he could budget for the roof repairs and prioritise which areas would be completed first according to the need and their budget.
Site Inspection & Quote
Matt organised a site inspection so he could complete a free detailed roof quotation. There were various areas of corrugated metal roof, metal flashing and gutters that all needed varied levels of repair. Matt accessed the roof area to enable him to provide an accurate quote that would provide long term repair solutions.
Matt explained to the owner that they would receive the quote via email, and we would follow it up with a phone call to make sure they understood what was involved and how the works would need to be carried out.
Once received, the owner wished to proceed with the quote in stages and the first stage was to replace a section of metal corrugated roof sheets that were badly corroded and leaking.
Arrival on Site & Site Safety Inspection
Ben and Kasey, two of our professional roof plumbers, were allocated the job.
The first thing they did when arriving on site was to carry out a site inspection and complete a safe work method statement “SWMS”, which they both had to sign off to carry out the work in a safe manor for them, the owners and the general public.
Once the SWMS was established, they proceeded to set up access to the roof so they could load up their tools and all the material.
Removing Roof Sheeting
Ben and Kasey began by removing the section of roof sheeting that needed to be replaced. The old roof sheets were secured by a mixture of old spring head nails and new tech screw fixing, so it took some elbow grease to remove the old sheets, but their persistence paid off in the end.
Once the roof sheets were removed, they quickly realised the old timber battens supporting the roof sheets needed to be packed up and re-secured in certain locations to allow the new sheets to sit flat and square. Once the battens were repaired Sisalation paper - or Sarking Foil – was installed to sit between the roof sheets and ceiling space below. Sarking foil is installed to assist with regulating moisture and condensation, reducing heat and heat loss.
Installing the New Roof Sheets
The new roof sheets were then prepared for installation. The end of each sheet needed to be cut on an angle to suit the angle of the gutter it was flowing into, so each sheet was measured and cut individually to achieve a straight waterproof installation.
Once the roof sheets were installed the flue penetration for the log fire needed to be made watertight, roof flashing installed, and the roof sheets completely screwed off, leaving just the site clean to complete the job.
Cleaning the Metal Roof
When cleaning a roof after a new install or modification, it’s extremely important to remove all metal swarf, metal off cuts, screws and pop rivet heads. If any of these items are left on a metal roof and it rains, it will cause corrosion to start immediately and reduce the life span of your new roof and gutters.
So, our plumbers cleaned the roof, and all the old roof sheets and rubbish was loaded onto the trailer and removed from site.
Ben and Kasey ran through the job with the owner to make sure they were happy with the outcome before leaving for the scrap metal plant to recycle the removed roof sheets.
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