For most of us who live in Brisbane, buying a house is the biggest purchase of a lifetime, and because the roof and guttering are the main protectors of a home, choosing the right material and contractor is the most important maintenance decision to make.
Because a roof is not used or seen in the same way as more obviously noticed parts of the building, it is sometimes forgotten about, or not considered as important as the floors or walls, for instance. Nevertheless, poorly installed or maintained roofing and guttering will affect the whole house; with foundations, the fascia, electrical wiring and fittings, paint, plaster or brick work being particularly affected.
What can go wrong?
If you choose the wrong material, or your contractor does not install the roof correctly, parts of your home can quite literally blow away if they are hit by the strong winds that often strike South East Queensland.
While losing your roof is an obvious problem, generally it begins in a more subtle way. When a roof is not installed correctly, a small leak that is not noticeable at first, will happen each time it rains. Over time a ceiling, eaves or fascia will being to gather mildew or a stain on paint work. As the leak worsens, paint will crack or bubble and nails begin to rust, eventually giving way. Once this happens the ceiling will start to bow and finally cave in.
Why Use Stark Roofing?
Russell Stark first kicked off Stark Roofing, a metal roofing company (e.g. ColorBond and Zincalume) in Brisbane in 1982 with the motto: If you want it to last, ring Russell Stark.
Even though it is over 35 years later, the motto and the idea behind it have not changed. Russell believes that a roof should be totally waterproof, so that you do not have to worry about leaks.
When you choose Stark Roofing to re-roof your home, you are choosing experience and a highly skilled team who have a solid understanding of the importance of roofing and guttering. Our aim is to provide you with the highest standard of service and tradesmanship with the least inconvenience.
Not only do we take into consideration strength and durability, but we also want you to have the best-looking roof line possible so that it will add value and beauty to your property. We therefore ensure that the work is done neatly, with laps and screws in line etc. so that it is aesthetically pleasing. This is important because you are probably going to look at your house thousands of time, and you don’t want to see the same fault over and over again.
A good-looking roof is also important if you are considering resale options in the future. A roof that looks smart, and is in good condition, enhances the value of your home. Savvy potential buyers will see this is not going to be a worry to them any time soon.
Yes, unlike many trades people, we still offer free, no-obligation quotes. If the job is small and straightforward, you might be able to receive an estimate over the phone. If it is more complicated, then we come to your home, measure it up, discuss profile options and other concerns, before giving you a written quote that you can compare to others.
Why Use Steel?
A roof is exposed to the weather 24/7, 365 days a year, and constant sunlight, interspersed with rain and winds, is extremely damaging to almost everything on the planet. Steel is an exception. It does not matter if the sun shines or not, or if it is hot or cold.
Steel can be cut, bent and shaped to the exact size and angle of any roof.
Steel can expand and shrink without causing a problem for a roof if it is correctly installed.
Steel does not crack, fade or blister in Queensland’s sunny weather.
Steel is fire-retardant and relatively light-weight. Both factors could be important in a house fire, as having a roof that will withstand fire and is less likely to break timbers, are safety features: fire fighters can enter the building if there is less chance of the roof collapsing.
Storms are not usually a problem for steel due to its waterproof and wind-resistant properties. Because each sheet of iron is attached to the house frame many times, it is usually as strong as the frame.
Due to its ability to speedily transfer heat, Zincalume or Colorbond roofs cool quickly when there is a bit of wind around, when the sun goes behind a cloud, or if you use a light colour or reflective silver. They do not hold heat for hours like concrete or terracotta.
Steel is truly the perfect material to put on a roof.
As well as being the perfect fit for any Brisbane roofing, or anywhere on the planet in fact, steel is good for the environment.
The Stark Roofing team are concerned about the world we live in and the effects global warming is having on the weather, as well as the importance of clean air and water. We are pleased therefore to use BlueScope steel that is manufactured in Australia in our roofing work.
When the thought of furnaces being fired up to such an extent that metal will melt is considered, it may seem unlikely that steel is a green, eco-friendly product, yet it is true. See Planet Ark's website for further support of this statement.
Steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled as many times as you like. When recycled, less energy is needed to turn steel into something else. Steel that is produced in Australia is made from approximately 20% recycled material, meaning that fewer resources are mined to produce roofing and guttering products.
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Steel is so strong and durable your roof should not need replacing for at least forty years. This saves the need for energy being spent on extra manufacturing and transport.
The Stark Roofing team not only buy Australian steel roofing products, but also recycle the roofing and guttering they remove from your home. This not only helps save our natural resources, but it reduces landfill, again helping the environment we live in.
What is the Difference between Zincalume and Colorbond Roofing?
The short answer is “Nothing except colour.” Zincalume and Colorbond are brand names describing steel roofing profiles that resemble the traditional silver or ‘tin’ roof (Zincalume), and one that has been painted (Colorbond). Each are strong and beautiful, adding character in their own way, and safety to homes.
What Stark Roofing Does
Stark Roofing contractors not only install gutters and metal roofing in Brisbane, along with the other items that move water off your roof, such as box gutters, flashings, downpipes and awnings. We also install:
- Roof insulation and ventilator systems that help to even out the temperature inside your home, reducing the need for additional heating and cooling of the interior
- New battens, as required, to meet modern building standards and legal requirements. This reduces the likelihood of damage to your home from seasonally high winds.
What will it cost?
At current Brisbane prices, re-roofing your house with metal roofing costs around 2 - 4% of the total value. If the chosen materials are suitable and they are correctly installed, this investment should give you 30 – 50 years of trouble-free protection.
What about Warranties?
The materials used by Stark Roofing are guaranteed by the manufacturer.
Stark Roofing provides you with a written warranty on the workmanship on re-roofing and re-guttering work undertaken by this company.
Our promise to you:
- All rubbish removed and site left clean
- We recycle as much of your old roofing and guttering materials as possible
- Asbestos removal is undertaken with care and as per the legal requirements set by City Councils and Workplace Health and Safety departments
- Full workmanship warranty on re-roofing and re-guttering.
Free, no-obligation quotes in Brisbane. If you want it to last, ring Russell Stark!