Did it start when you hauled those buckets out during a recent storm? Did you hear shaking sounds overhead that were anything but wind? Maybe you are gearing up for sale and seeking to boost your curb appeal and add value? Perhaps you realised that your skyline is the worst in a street of horizontal masterpieces?
Whatever your circumstance, a roof repair or replacement may be in order. Roofs are the unassuming pinnacles of the structures in which we reside. Although we may not always see them, we know when they are – and are not working. They complete the architectural vibe of buildings, provide structural integrity, protect from the elements, and keep temperatures at bay.
But sometimes things do not go as planned. Canberra’s storms and wild weather can cause serious damage; or even just time and exposure to elements can do the trick. And quite often, by the time you have noticed the symptoms, the damage has already been done.
The good news is that Canberra is also home to some great roof repair specialists. However, finding the right roof repair specialist can be quite daunting. Just like any trade, there are bad roofers and then there are good roofers. A lack-lustre repair or poorly installed roof can be disastrous for both your home and contents.
That is why finding the right roof repair service the first time around is so important. Now, how do you separate a good contractor from a bad one, and where do you find the best in Canberra? Keep reading to find out!
What makes a great roof repairer?
The best roof repair services know that quality roofing is the capstone to a sound and beautiful home. They deliver expert craftsmanship, finishing premium materials against all manner of pitches, angles, and spaces. Their roofs are watertight, sturdy, and look magnificent too. Here is what we think separates the best roofers from the rest:
- Qualified and licensed. As roofing is hazardous work there are a few things to keep in mind with qualifications and licensing. Firstly, roof installers within the ACT must hold a C or D class building license issued the by the ACT Planning and Land Authority. Secondly, installers can also require a high risk work license issued by WorkSafe ACT, along with a white card. As for qualifications, the prerequisites are generally Certificate III in Roof Plumbing or Roof Tiling or a Certificate II in Metal Roofing and Cladding. Finally, be mindful that roofing is subject to several building codes and standards. For a professional finish that is also compliant ensure your trade has the appropriate credentials.
- Insured. Any vertical work is serious business in terms of safety. Scaffolding and ladders present hazard risks, particularly when navigating upper stories and restricted spaces. As such, always ensure that your roof repairer or installer is covered by an appropriate level of public liability insurance. This will ensure any accidents are covered appropriately, and provides peace of mind for you as the buyer.
- Manufacturer certified. Great roof repairers use premium materials and are certified contractors for the products they are installing. This means that manufacturers have effectively given contractors a seal of approval. To gain this certification a contactor must adhere to the highest of standards and deliver quality installations. Why is this important? Well, it validates the manufacturer warranty, which is often carries the most weight in terms of guarantee tenure. With some manufacturers offering guarantees of 25 years or more do your homework if a roof replacement is on the cards.
- Clear quotes. As with most trades, it pays to invest some time into obtaining quotes from various contractors. These quotes should stipulate all the detail you need to assess the quality of products, and of course workmanship. Quotes should include a description of the work, material specifications, start and completion dates, payment terms, and warranties. These small details should all be easily answered and included on the contract for transparency.
- Warranties and after care. In addition to manufacturer warranties, great roofers will also guarantee their workmanship. Any roof repairer or installer that is prepared to back their offer with formal warranties in writing are worth considering. Moreover, contractors who offer after care services like repairs and maintenance allow you to conveniently shop under the one roof.
The best roof repairers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
A family run business, Canberra Roofing has over 29 years’ experience in all areas of roofing, including replacements, restorations and repairs. The company is fully qualified, licensed and insured. No roofing project is too large or too small. Free, no obligation, quotes are provided.
Melinda Gonczarek wrote on Google, “We used Canberra Roofing to fix and replace broken tiles, replace ridge capping, gutters and facias and match an existing roof to a new extension, involving painting and sealing. The results are perfect …”
Leaky Roof is a family owned and operated business delivering roof repairs and restorations in the Canberra region for over twenty-five years. Leaky Roof are well regarded for the quality of their workmanship, and the personable service provided to customers.
Offering full restorations for tile and metal roofs, they also offer comprehensive roof repair services. From missing tiles and cracked gutters to all manner of leaks their skilled team has got it covered. With a seven-year workmanship warranty, Leaky Roof offers peace of mind for a sound roof.
Khai McPherson shared this review on Google, “Rang Justin on a Monday morning as my roof was leaking. He was quick to respond and send out Jason to have a look at my roof. They found the leak quickly and the quote was a good price. Since Jason came out to do the work NO MORE LEAKS!!!!”
A family owned and operated business, Look Up Roof Restoration is directed by Canberra local Keven Brown. With over thirty years in business, they have been restoring tile and metal roofs with expert care and quality craftsmanship.
Whether you’re seeking to repair or replace your roof Look Up Roof Restoration will ensure that works are completed on time and on budget. Their qualified, licensed, and insured team will be the safe hands you need to bring your roof back to life.
Forest Green shared this praise via Google, “Thank you for assisting with our roof repair and restoration. We are very happy with your service and quality.”
Home Project Solutions Pty Ltd is a locally owned family business providing quality workmanship and customer service. One specialty is roof maintenance and replacement, as well as roof ventilators and guttering. All work is fully guaranteed. Home Project Solutions provides free quotes and 24-hour emergency callouts.
On Google, Margaret Spratt wrote, “I would thoroughly recommend Home Project Solutions. Steve Law is the owner … His quote was very reasonable, and I found him to be a very approachable and friendly tradesman.”
Locally owned and operated, MC Roofing & Guttering have been servicing Canberra and surrounds for over 15 years. With a specialising in roof maintenance and replacement services, they work with clients to create custom solutions that befit needs.
They are fully licensed, accredited, and insured and pride themselves on being the dependable experts that clients can rely on. With a two-year workmanship warranty and clean operation promise this team is hard to beat.
Katherine shared this great feedback on Google, “Mike did a great job restoring my roof. He was friendly, professional and prompt. Highly recommended. Thanks Mike!”
If you’re looking for more information on repairs services in Canberra, you might like our article on the best gutter repair and replacement services, the best drain relining services, or the best builders and renovators Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with roof repairers in Canberra
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