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Control and prevent pests in your roof

The roof of your home provides a sense of shelter, security and safety. On the flip side, it can also be a haven for various rodents and pests to infest, grow and eventually create a nuisance. Pests such as possums, rats, mice and snaked are commonly found in the roofs of Australian households. Aside from jeopardising peace and quiet in the home, pests can also be a potential health hazard through the spread of disease, and may cause significant damage to your roof, electrical or plumbing works. If worse comes to worse you’ll need to call in a professional pest control service to eliminate and prevent the pests. But for now, let us look at other options of how to control and prevent pests in your roof.

For rats and mice, the most popular way of controlling them is by setting up traps.  These vary in size, capacity and dimensions to accommodate the different species of rats and mice found in roofs.  Alternatively, if you prefer chemical methods you can try sprays, baits and anticoagulants which are all effective ways to eliminate rodents from reproducing and replicating. If using chemicals ensure that you keep these out of reach of pets and children as they are poisonous. To prevent rats and mice from entering your roof, we recommend regular maintenance of the roof at least once or twice a year. This involves cleaning the external of the roof. Clearing gutters, and checking for cracked or broken tiles where pests may be able to get in.

For preventing possums from entering your roof space the method is much the same as above, regular maintenance is recommended. The thing to be mindful of is that possums are nocturnal creatures, so you need to pick an appropriate time to seal holes and gaps and set up traps in your roof so as not to seal them in. Unlike rats or mice, you don’t want to poison Possums. You could try putting spikes along fences, trimming hedges and bushes, or cutting down overgrown trees. Additionally, having a strong light source on your roof may also drive them away due to their nocturnal nature.

Birds can also become a pest if they nest in the roof.  The best way to stop them from entering is to use chicken wire, other wire systems or netting. Repellents, traps, destruction of their nest or using ultrasonic are also proven effective ways to prevent and control birds on your roof.

Snakes are also a dangerous pest that can be found anywhere in your home, including your roof, particularly during the spring and summer seasons.  Traps, repellents and sprays generally do not work in getting rid of them.  Therefore, it is important to make your property less attractive to snakes, by clearing out any rubbish or debris, trimming bushes and plants, sealing any gaps and holes, especially under doors, concrete or rocks, sealing any holes in your home and gaps around windows and doors.

Need to book a roof maintenance service in Brisbane? Call JMZ today or visit http://jmz.net.au/

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Preparing your home for sale

Before we know it, the sweet scent of Frangipani will be in the air as we head into Spring. When considering the right time to sell your home, many homeowners choose to sell in the Springtime as weather conditions are relatively settled, the temperatures are ideal (meaning no need to heat or cool the house) and the gardens are in bloom. All of these factors make Spring the ideal season to put your home on the market. Here are our biggest tips when preparing your home for sale.

Building & Pest Inspection

You don’t want any nasty surprises when it comes time for your Buyer to conduct a building and pest inspection. Any major issues could give your Buyer extra bargaining power or worse, they could pull out of the sale altogether. Consider a building & pest Inspection prior to going on the market. This will give you the opportunity to rectify any major problems with the home prior to sale.

Street Appeal

First impressions really do count. Ensure trees are trimmed, gardens are tidy and weeds removed. Keep your lawns well maintained and remove any clutter from around the yard. Restoring or re-coating your roof, driveways & pathways with a fresh modern colour can have a huge impact on the homes street appeal. A freshly restored roof alone can add tens of thousands in value to your home.

Clean & Declutter

We can’t stress this one enough. Start with de-cluttering. Pack away personal items such as photographs, children’s artwork, trophies and sports memorabilia, trinkets and ornaments, and any other items you don’t regularly use. Give the home a thorough spring clean including windows, blinds, skirtings and home appliances. Wipe down walls and doors with sugar soap, and wash insect screens. Eliminate odours from the home by cleaning or removing pet beds, rugs and freshen up kitchen & bathroom drains with a baking soda and vinegar. If you have carpet, consider professional steam cleaning to eliminate stains and odours.

Repairs and Renovations

It’s a well-known fact that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. If your kitchen or bathroom is out dated, consider renovating these rooms. If the budget doesn’t stretch that far you could re-surface the cabinetry and add a new benchtop / vanity to give a fresh clean look. Wall tiles that are still in good condition can be revitalised by re-grouting. There is a lot to be said for clean grout, it can make a bathroom look brand new again. If the home needs re-painting, choose neutral tones, the same goes for the carpet and flooring. Repair any leaking or dripping taps, or choose new tapware / fittings and fixtures.

JMZ not only provide quality roof restorations, we also re-paint and re-seal concrete driveways & pathways. If you prefer to DIY, we sell quality Globalcote exterior coatings direct to the public. Contact us for more information today!

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Choosing the right materials for your new roof

When it comes to choosing a new roof for your home, you should consider your options carefully. Choosing the right materials for your new roof is important. You will need to consider What shape you want the roof to be, what materials should you use, how to choose the right colour, whether or not to install solar panels or a whirly bird.

A new roof is a huge investment and not something you want to change regularly. For this reason, when choosing a new roof, you need to make sure it will be built to last and stand the test of time. This is where your most important decision comes in to play, what materials should I use? The most common roofing materials in Australia are Concrete Tiles, Terracotta Tiles, and Metal / Colorbond Roofing.

Concrete tiles have been used for well over 100 years and generally have a lifespan of up to 50 years if well maintained. Concrete tiles are a good, budget friendly option as they are strong and can withstand harsh climate conditions. Regular maintenance is essential and in its lifetime the roof will require restoration / re-painting.

Steel or Metal Roofing these days is a fabulous option. It is lightweight very strong and will last for years. Most steel roofing today is finished with colour that resists chipping peeling or cracking and comes in a huge range of colours lasting a minimum of 25 years.

Traditional terracotta tiles can last up to 70 years and will withstand the test of time, requiring a lot less maintenance that a concrete tile. Terracotta tiles have a coating that helps withstand UV rays and the colour doesn’t fade unlike concrete or steel.

Whether you are building new or replacing a weathered roof, make sure you do the research and consider all of your options, and remember regular maintenance of your new roof will keep it looking new for decades to come.

Talk to JMZ about our roof maintenance solutions on 1300 76 00 76.

No substitute for quality

When it pays off to stick to a reputable company

While you might be tempted with an offer of a cheaper rate or the thought of saving cash by doing it yourself, sometimes you cannot beat the quality, care and service provided by a reputable company that has been in the industry for many years.

By engaging in the services of a reputable company, you are more or less purchasing an insurance policy for any project that you have been considering.

It happens in the news all the time, many trusting individuals and families have been caught out by the allure of cheaper costs only to find out that the work is of less superior quality, a dodgy material has been used, or trades that walk off the job leaving it incomplete, each case making the changes dangerous.

We have even heard that in some cases the work has not or maybe never will be started, and some dishonest person has run off with your hard earned cash.

Another reason why you should also engage with a reputable business is peace of mind, while you and your mates might be capable of doing the job with your handyman knowledge, you could potentially harm yourself or your property if things do go wrong.

Even if things do go wrong and you have used a reputable business, it will be ok as reputable companies are insured for a wide range of accidents, mishaps and unforeseen disasters that may occur on the worksite.

We here at JMZ Roofing take absolute pride in our name, and with that pride comes the assurance that our work is done with the best materials and expertly completed by a trade qualified staff members with years of individual and combined experience.

So why not contact one of Queensland’s most reputable roofing repair and restoration companies JMZ Roof Restorations, for superior service without the hassle or the large expense, click here.

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Roof Restoration: exterior painting is a facelift for your home

Whether you house is looking a bit worse for wear, or you want a new look to your current house. A fresh coat of paint is always a great step to gaining that facelift for your home! But don’t bypass the roof in the renovation as it too provides additional benefits.

We here at JMZ Roof Restorations have come up with a quick guide to help you decided what is the best option for you and your home.

First of all product, start off with a high-quality paint or acrylic paint. You will then want to decide on a colour, unfortunately if your house is made from brick it may be difficult to change colours, however depending on the colour set of your brick veneer you will be able to paint the roof, guttering, down pipes and other exterior fittings.

By choosing a complimentary colour to brighten up your house, you will effectively add street appeal which will certainly improve the overall property value. We recommend sticking with neutral colours as they are more likely to please yourself and appeal to the visual aesthetics for passers-by and potential future buyers.

Lastly for a better finish on all your painting jobs, this largely depends on the existing surface and the condition of the exterior areas being painted. We always recommend that you clean, sand and remove as many impurities as it is possible to have a paint coating that is bubble free, clean and most importantly long lasting.

Our teams of professionals at JMZ Roof Restorations know how important it is to get the job done the first time, every time. We offer a range of services from roof restorations for metal, tiled and terracotta roofs, to roof repairs and re-roofing your house, alongside a range of other services from exterior painting to driveway resealing.

Contact one of our friendly staff members today to discuss the best options for you and your home’s roof, click here.

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Benefits of installing a skylight!

Do you feel like a dark cloud is always over your home? Maybe the quality of your home life would improve if you simply had more light coming through the lounge room, hallway, kitchen or living areas. Then you may wish to consider the benefits of installing a skylight for you and your property.

Skylights are ideal for the following five reasons:

1. Natural Lighting – even though its in the name, skylights help your home capture and utilise all the natural light that is provided during the day. By allowing that natural light to come in provides that homely vibe and overall brighter spaces.

2. Extra Lighting – some houses during the day may not get much natural light due to obstruction of the sun by trees or neighbouring properties. A skylight is an excellent option if current windows aren’t working as efficiently as they should be.

3. Going Green – by installing skylights, you will use less electricity than before removing the need to flick lights on and off all day, which means you will notice a reduction in your electricity bill, not only is this great on your back pocket but it is also perfect for the environment with your house using less electricity.

4. Value of your Property – Generally speaking, skylights (especially if they are installed for dark areas in the home) will only add value to your property, as it improves the overall aesthetic of the house and will attract homebuyers as the walk into a naturally well-lit homely environment with the bonus of green energy for them too.

5. Health Improvements – It has been proven humans need sunlight everyday to improve our quality of life, by installing a skylight you are bringing the natural benefits of filtered sunlight directly to you and your family.

If you decide a skylight would be perfect for you and would like to have installed for your property get in touch with the JMZ team. We aren’t just about skylights either we are your local roofing specialists offering services from roof painting and restoration, done by our qualified and professional tradesmen, your home will be in the best of care so contact JMZ Roof Restoration today, click here.

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Leaking Ceiling or Roof – What may be causing this?

Do you have signs of a leaking ceiling or roof? Sooner or later it is going to happen; weather or prolonged heavy rain may reveal your roof or ceilings overall condition.  This will most likely appear in the form of a leak or crack. Being able to identify the cause is imperative to avoid extensive damage that could cost you thousands of dollars.So what may be causing this?

The main perpetrator for leaks and cracks is simply an old roof that hasn’t been maintained. Over time, roofing materials deteriorate from continual expansion and contraction, and extreme weather conditions. The fierce Aussie sun can cause tiles to become brittle, and steel roof surfaces can buckle in the heat eventually allowing rainwater to enter through the gaps.

If you have recently installed a skylight (either DIY or through a contractor) this could also be a contributor to the cause. Improper installation of a skylight can cause long-term damage to your ceiling by allowing moisture and condensation to occur over time.

Another possibility could be your gutters over flowing with organic debris. A blocked channel can cause rainwater meant for the drains to spill over and cause damage to your roof or ceiling.

All of these issues are difficult for the novice DIY homeowner to fix, and improper repairs can cause even further damage. This is why it’s best to leave it to the experts and call in a professional.

JMZ Roof Restoration specializes in roof restoration, roof repairs, and roof maintenance treatments. We will make sure these issues don’t occur again in the future with regular maintenance check ups and expert advice you can trust. Call JMZ today on 1300 76 00 76 or click here for a quote today.

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Is your roof storm ready?

Storms are coming thick and fast this summer, and with the plentiful supply of good quality rain, it’s important to ensure your roof is in prime condition.  Is your roof storm ready? Are you struggling with water leaks, rusty guttering or the threat of loose tiles moving?  Here are a few tips to ensure your roof with withstand our summer storms.

Look for any signs of water damage, mould, or leaks.  Once the roof has reached this stage it means that your roof restoration is well overdue and in urgent need of repairs.  Water damage can be extremely destructive to your home, so never delay having your roof repaired, especially if there are any signs of water penetrating your home.

Roof tiles and iron sheets are extremely vulnerable during a storm if they aren’t secure or have any signs of damage.  The strong force of winds could result in major damage to your home with the loss of your roof in a storm.  Rooves deteriorate with age, screws may by rusty and need replacing for sheeted roofing and new sealants applied for tiles.

The guttering of the home also needs to be inspected; leaves cleaned out and checked for any signs of rust.

It is advisable to seek the support of professionals to conduct a thorough inspection of the roof condition and carry out roof restoration work to prevent your home being damaged during our wild storms.

JMZ Roofing offer prompt and professional services to cater for all roofing requirements.  It is advisable to call in the professionals to inspect and repair your roof.  JMZ Roofing have the right safety equipment required for working at heights and the specialised knowledge, tools and products to perform the job to the highest of standards.

If you are unsure if your roof is storm ready, then contact JMZ Roofing for an inspection.

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Prepare your roof to be ready for fire and storm season

With all the warnings we have already been hearing of regarding Queensland’s heatwaves this summer, ensure you are prepared for the storm and fire season which is now upon our doorstep. It is essential to be prepared now as temperatures have already started to rise and the risks of storms and fires have increased dramatically. There are a few simple steps to take now, especially with Christmas fast approaching to be ready this summer.

Inspect your roof for any signs of wear, look for any loose tiles or sheeting, rusty screws or indications that your roof may be at risk of leaking. The summer storms really put our roof to the test, and if there are any areas of concern, you can guarantee that the Qld summer storms are going to reveal any problems and put you at risk of having water damage into your home from these problems with your roof. Preventing such issues by inspecting the roof and having problems repaired urgently will save a great deal of hassle and potentially extra expenses.

Additionally now is the time to carry out maintenance of gutters as leaves and debris may have accumulated since last summer. Clear the gutters out and inspect their condition. Leaves and other dry material that builds up in the gutters are a dangerous fire hazard. As such any trees or overhanging branches should also be trimmed to reduce the risk that the fire and storm season brings.

JMZ roofing professionals can perform high pressure cleaning and roof restoration work where required. Make it your weekend project to ensure your roof and guttering is ready for the coming heatwaves and associated fire and storm season. JMZ roofing will gladly assist you with any roof restoration requirements.

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Care and maintenance after a roof restoration

The roof is such a large and important part of the home’s structural integrity. An investment in restoration services ensures your home will be protected and will bring your roof back to life again. Care and maintenance after a roof restoration will extend the life of the roof restoration and ensure you don’t void any warranties through misuse or neglect.

Top tips in protecting your roof after having a roof restoration include:

  1. Inspect the roof regularly to ensure it is in good condition. Ideally an inspection should be conducted twice a year. Avoid walking on the roof where possible. It is advised to ensure the right equipment is always used such a firmly braced ladder and the correct safety equipment used.
  2. Check guttering and ensure it is free of any leaves or other debris. It’s important to always ensure your guttering and downpipes are working effectively to ensure water is being drained away from the roof. Blocked water can cause mould and algae to grow. Remove anything trapped and ensure all drainage is in good working order.
  3. Keep trees maintained that are around the home. Branches should be well trimmed and kept well away from the house to avoid leaves and branches falling onto the roof and into guttering.
  4. Check the integrity of flashings around chimneys, vents, skylights.
  5. Carry out regular roof cleaning to maintain its surface. With any roof cleaning make sure you adhere to the recommended cleaning procedures provided by the roof restoration company, ensure the suitability of cleaning materials used, and do not use any harsh equipment that may scratch or damage the roof surface. Any sheltered areas of the roof that are not cleaned by rainfall will need particular attention to control growth of organic material.
  6. Pest and animal droppings can be problematic for paint, particularly if acidic. Remove any build up of bird, bat or animal droppings.
  7. A maintenance application of paint after a period of around ten years is advisable to once again restore the roof’s lustre.

Your roof restoration will last a long time if well maintained. By following these recommendations in caring for your resurfaced roof you will ensure it is maintained in prime condition for many years to come and your warranty will remain effective. For additional information on roof restoration requirements contact JMZ Roofing, click here.