Roof Sarking and Blankets – Do You Need It?
Roof sarking/roof blanketing – what is it and do I need it?
Depending on when your home was built, you might or might not have had roof sarking (tiled roofs) or a roof blanket (metal roofs) installed prior to the roof covering being laid. The majority of roofing contractors will include this in their price, however it is not mandatory to install, and a cheap or less professional installer may choose to skip this step.
At Choice Roof Restoration, we’re here to let you know why you should check if you’ve had it done or not, and the problems it can lead to if you don’t.
Sarking, also called sisalation paper, is designed to keep water and debris seeping through your tiles and into your roof cavity. Some newer models of sarking also have heat reflection options that can add to the effect of insulation. Tile roof sarking is a foil that is laid over the top of the roof structure from large rolls and kept in place by tile battens that are screwed in. The purpose of this is to add protection from outside elements such as rain, snow, and other debris if a tile or tiles should come loose and leave gaps.
Unfortunately, here in QLD, we are known for our major storm season. These storms can cause the roofing tiles to lift up and allow water, leaves, dirt etc to get through. Without roof sarking, it will end up pooling inside your roof cavity. If you have sarking installed, the rain and other debris will be reflected off and end up being diverted into your gutters. This keeps it outside rather than inside your house and causing issues such as ceiling sagging and mould.
It’s issues like these that make regular roof inspections very important, and a job that Choice Roof Restoration QLD take seriously. If a loose or broken tile/tiles are left unchecked, it can cost you a lot more money in the future to not only repair the roof, but also any damage that has occurred within your house as a result.
Metal Sheet Roofing
Metal roofs are, more often than not, installed with a roof blanket or foil under the sheeting. However, with this type of roof, the blanket is more designed to reduce noise inside the house, rather than a strong weather repellant. Depending on your budget, you can choose a roof blanket for noise reduction or a foil for heat reflection. Roof blankets come in several thicknesses, most with a foil facing. The all-foil products can end up being a little pricier but in hot climates is probably the better option for reducing heat inside your house.
If you suspect your roof may not have this level of protection, why not contact us today? Not only can we check the condition of your roof, but we can also talk with you about the options available.