Refurbishing or Renovating

REFURBISHING OR RENOVATING THE ROOF COVERING – PREPARING YOUR ROOF FOR THE FUTURE

According to current estimates, there are more than 4 million single-family buildings which have roof coverings that need refurbishing. Some of these roof coverings have simply aged and ceased to be watertight due to wear and tear or damage to the materials. 
Buildings also change ownership over time. Given this, conversion and extension measures are often necessary, especially when buildings are passed down from generation to generation. 
Modernisation, refurbishing or renovating the roof is a significant part of the technical, energy and visual aspects of updating residential buildings, as well as long-term protection.

Did you inherit or buy an old building or do you want to update your property according to current technical standards? Does the roof of your building require refurbishing or renovating? - Here are some aspects to consider.

7 REASONS TO RENOVATE OR REFURBISH YOUR ROOF COVERING

Roofs require renovation for very different reasons. 
Technical and visual aspects can play an important role in this regard.

- Energy/thermal renovation - to save energy costs
- Repair of damages related to the age of the roof covering – related to damage or infiltrations
- Conversion and expansion of the attic to enlarge the existing space
- Visual renovation - for example, remodelling the entire house
- Damage due to extreme weather events, such as snow, hail or stormsvv
- Removal of physical defects which result from insufficient planning or incorrect implementation - for example, mould
- Installation of a solar or photovoltaic system

What is the approach to take when renovating or refurbishing roofs?

Planning phase

• Is partial or complete renovation necessary?
• Is a building permit required for the renovation work?
• Does the project require the involvement of a specialist or designer?
• What material should be used in the future?
• What is the best time for a renovation?
• How much does the roof renovation cost?
• Are there any subsidies available for renovating the roof?

Trading Phase
• What work needs to be done and what the negotiations involved?
• What are the ideal partners for the project?
• What should be taken into account when checking the proposal and selection of appropriate experts?
• What is the best material? What should be taken into consideration when selecting products?
Implementation Phase
• Do you need a project manager or can you supervise the work alone?
• What rights and obligations do you have as the owner of the building?
• How does the renewal process can be managed without problems?
Post-Completion Phase
• What aspects to take into account during the construction inspection?
• What maintenance work is likely in the future?
• What assurances do you have regarding materials and workmanship?

Guide to the Design and Installation of Ceramic Roof Tiles

– Removing anomalies;
– Removing causes;
– Concealing anomalies;
– Protecting against aggressive agents;
– Replacing affected elements;
– Functional reinforcement.
It is critical that the strategies are selected after an exhaustive survey of the existing pathologies and a structured assessment of the most beneficial alternative to be adopted in each specific case.

MAINTENANCE AND REFURBISHING OF ROOFS

“The performance and longevity of ceramic tile roof coverings are strongly influenced by the type and frequency of maintenance work and the connection of this to careful refurbishing actions.
In order to successfully carry out maintenance and refurbishing actions, it is necessary to plan for an inspection and diagnosis phase and learn of any anomalies as well as the main intervention strategies”.
Guide to the Design and Installation of Ceramic Roof Tiles
 

Principles and Care to take in any refurbishing intervention work

Extending the intervention work, decided according to the situation (one-off, generalised, heterogeneous or homogeneous);
– Architectural and constructive coherence, particularly for changes in shape;
– Reversibility of the intervention works;
– Preservation of identity;
– Promotion of a sustainability perspective;
– Calculation/sizing/verification of existing solutions or those to be introduced;
– Description of works and materials in appropriate technical discourse;
– Description of the works including an architectural and/or construction design;
– Description of the works including a work execution schedule;
– References to specific technical documentation;
– Skilled labour in the field concerned;
– Specific climatic or protective conditions for carrying out the work;
– When it is unusual, prior reflection on the advantages of the envisaged intervention in relation to current alternative solutions;
– Estimate durability and maintenance planning.
 
As in the case of maintenance strategies, and based on these principles and concerns, it is essential that refurbishing work on roof coverings includes all the measurements and techniques necessary for its success, as understood in a broad sense, and result from a detailed design, supported by a careful survey and by assessing and diagnosing both the structure and the covering.

What is the Ideal Material for Refurbishing or Renovation Works?

When selecting the material for the refurbishing or renovation of your roof covering, it is necessary to ensure that the new roof covering material adapts to the character of the house. 
Also important are the technical issues that need to be taken into account:

RENOVATING THE ROOF, INCLUDING THE ROOFING STRUCTURE

Almost complete flexibility and infinite choice, since the roof structure can be adapted to the material you prefer.

 

RENOVATING THE WHOLE ROOF WHILE KEEPING THE EXISTING ROOFING STRUCTURE:

What matters here is flexibility in the tile adjustment range so that the new tiles can fit into the existing battens. 

RENOVATING PART OF THE ROOF COVERING:

In a partial renovation or link to an existing surface such as the neighbour's roof, the priority is to know if the required tile model is still available and / or which alternatives are available.
 
Learn about our ceramic roof tiles. – make a link to the ceramic roof tiles page.

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WHAT MAKES CLAY AN EXTRAORDINARY CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL? WHAT BENEFITS DOES THE RENEWAL OFFER WITH CERAMIC ROOF TILES?

• Clay has a useful life of more than 50 years and is an investment for the future.
• The structural and natural properties of excellence create a pleasant indoor climate particularly in the interior spaces of the house and protect - vapour permeable, fire resistant, UV resistant and very high resistance to frost and moisture
• UMBELINO MONTEIRO ceramic roof tiles in combination with the accessories and components line result in a roof covering with great visual appeal and consistency.

HISTORICAL CONSERVATION - THE SPECIAL CHALLENGE OF HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

The renovation of historic buildings is a particularly great challenge and often presents the building owner with technical, legal and financial difficulties. UMBELINO MONTEIRO is a partner specialized in historical conservation issues:
 
• professional advice and experienced specialists,
• historically accurate roof tile models,
• Wide range of colours and high quality finishes,
• customised and individual production - perfect service coverage.
 

RENOVATION OF ROOF COVERINGS WITH ASBESTOS - CLARIFICATION AND SUPPORT FOR THE SENSITIVE ASBESTOS QUESTION

RENOVATION OF ROOF COVERINGS WITH ASBESTOS - CLARIFICATION AND SUPPORT FOR THE SENSITIVE ASBESTOS QUESTION
 
So far, many home-owners have been hesitant to deal with the renewal of asbestos-contaminated roofing. Many negative articles in the media led to the existence of great uncertainty. Above all, the elimination of this problematic building material plays a decisive role in this process. Many home-owners associate this with incalculable costs and prefer not to assume what they consider to be a high risk.
You can get professional advice from our application technicians by email tecnico@umbelino.pt or if you prefer you can leave us your message.
 

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