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Save money with adequate insulation and ventilation in your roof space

Save money on cooling your home this summer with adequate insulation and ventilation in your roof space.

Insulation and ventilation are the most cost effective ways to make your home more energy efficient.

In summer insulation keeps the warm air from heating up your home, and in winter it keeps the warm air in your living space and stops it from transferring out of your roof. Ventilation allows hot air to escape from your roof in summer, and regulates the temperature and moisture in winter.

Ways to improve your insulation and ventilation

  • Install a whirlybird ventilator
  • Whirlybirds remove trapped heat in your roof in the summer and moisture in the winter

A whirlybird is a ventilator designed specifically for the roof. They have fins that scoop the wind and as this wind blows through the turbine, it causes the vent to rotate which results in the hot air from the interior of the roof being sucked out like a vacuum. Basically, the hot air in the roof gets drawn upwards and the hot air is expelled through the whirlybirds vents.

Whirlybirds are suitable for most roof types and JMZ Roof Restorations can install Edmonds Windmaster Ventilations in a large range of colours to suit any roof.

Repaint your roof

If your roof is due for a repaint, considering JMZ Roof Restorations as they use the Globalcote Roof Membrane Coating System for climate protection. Globalcote has been designed to withstand the highest of temperatures, tolerating the harsh Australian weather conditions. The heat resisting roof coating means that homes will be cooler during the summer months and energy consumption will be reduced.

Improving your insulation and ventilation is essential to regulate the temperature of your roof – which is a trap for heat and moisture. In turn this reduces your energy consumption and lowers your energy bills. Contact the team at JMZ Roof Restorations today to discuss how your insulation or ventilation needs.

References:

http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/insulation

 

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Restoring your roof? The importance of choosing the right colour.

It is one of the largest elements of a home, so deciding on the colour when restoring your roof is a decision that needs some careful consideration.

The roof plays a substantial role in the overall look, and climatic conditions inside the house, so it’s important to choose the right colour for your home.

When restoring your roof, the chances are you won’t want to invest the time and expense in changing the colour again any time in the near future, so here are some things to consider to get it right the first time.

Be mindful that colour’s always appear lighter when on the roof, compared to a colour chart. This is due to the colour on the chart being on a light background, so appearing darker. Once on the roof, the angle of the roof and the large space the tile occupies will make it look lighter. Considering this, when choosing the colour, opt for one shade darker on the colour chart than the one you like, this will be closer to the colour you are wanting when it is on the actual roof.

Choose complementary colours to the colour of the main structure of your home. Also consider whether you are planning on changing the colour of your home in future to ensure the roof will still match, if your home has a painted exterior for example.

Consider climate conditions. If you live in a hot climate, dark coloured roofs tend to absorb heat, so unless you live in a cooler climate it is advised to stay away from the darker colours and opt for lighter colours which will have less impact on indoor temperatures.

Repeat the roof colour in less desirable elements of the house such as gutters that you don’t want to stand out. You can also repeat the roof colour in smaller elements around the home, for example, a mailbox or fence. This will balance the colour and tie different aspects of the exterior together.

When considering restoring your roof, the team at JMZ Roof Restorations will discuss your thoughts and offer you personalised advice and recommendations for your home, based on your ideas combined with their extensive knowledge and experience.

 

References:

https://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/what_roof_colour_for_my_home

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Choosing a roof restoration company

If your home is more than 10 years old and it hasn’t had any remodelling done over the past decade, it is likely that wear and tear is beginning to show. If the time has come to consider renovating one of the most important structural elements of your home not to be overlooked is your roof. Whilst the roof of a home provides shelter and security it is also the part of your home that is most exposed to the environment and harsh elements of sun, rain, wind and storms. Over time, the roof will begin to fade, tiles may become brittle and loose or steel roofing may begin to rust, causing leaks and damage to your ceiling. A roof restoration is an elaborate and time-consuming process. Roof coatings today are far more specialised and require a very specific application by a trained professional to maximise performance, ensuring your roof lasts for many years to come. You’ll want to make sure you hire a reputable company who will do the job right the first time. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a roof restoration company:

Choose a licensed company who employs qualified tradesmen

By hiring a fully licensed roof restoration company you’re more likely to get a quality restoration by professionals with good customer service. Check that the company employs qualified tradespeople who proudly represent their company as opposed to a company who uses independent contractors.

Ask about insurance

A roof restoration company should have the appropriate insurances to protect both themselves and their clients against any loss or damage to the property, materials and protection in the case of accident, injury or death.

Warranty

Choose a roof restoration company who offers a minimum 10-year warranty on both materials and workmanship. A dual warranty gives the customer assurance that the roof coatings and materials used are of high quality carried out by an experienced professional who knows what they’re doing.

Initial Inspection and quotes

Ensure that the roofing company thoroughly inspects your roof before supplying you with a written fixed quote. You don’t want any nasty surprises halfway through your restoration when you are already committed and can’t back out.
If your roof could use some serious TLC and is due for a roof restoration contact JMZ Roof Restorations at http://jmz.net.au/about-jmz/choosing-roof-restoration-company/ to organise an inspection and obtain a written quote.

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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.