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Roof Replacement: Everything You Need to Know

Roof replacement is a major home improvement project that can enhance the appearance, comfort, and value of your property. However, it can also be a daunting and costly undertaking, especially if you are not familiar with the process and the options available. That’s why we have created this guide to help you understand everything you need to know about roof replacement, from the signs that indicate you need a new roof, to the types of roofing materials you can choose from, to the steps involved in hiring a professional roof tiling contractor.

Signs That You Need a New Roof

How do you know if your roof needs to be replaced? There are some obvious signs, such as leaks, missing or damaged metal or tiles, sagging, or mould growth. However, there are also some less obvious signs that may indicate that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. Here are some of them:

  • Age: The average lifespan of a roof depends on the type of material, the quality of installation, and the environmental factors. However, a general rule of thumb is that metal roofs can last for about 50 years, and slate or tile roofs for about 100 years. If your roof is older than its expected lifespan, it may be time to consider a replacement.

  • Flashing damage: Flashing is the metal material that seals the joints and edges of your roof, such as around chimneys, skylights, vents, and valleys. Flashing can get damaged by corrosion, cracking, or loosening over time, which can lead to leaks and water damage. If your flashing is damaged, you may need to replace it or repair it along with your roof.

  • High energy bills: If your energy bills are higher than usual, it may be because your roof is not insulating your home properly. A poorly insulated roof can allow heat to escape in the winter and enter in the summer, which can increase your heating and cooling costs. A new roof can improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.

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He showed up promptly, educated us on all the options without any upsell, did a superb job on the new roof installation, all at a very fair price.

Jane.S - Sydney

Types of Roofing Materials

One of the most important decisions you will have to make when replacing your roof is what type of material to use. There are many types of roofing materials available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Slate or tile roofs: Slate or tile roofs are made of natural stone or clay. They are elegant, durable, fire-resistant, and low-maintenance. They can also last for centuries if properly installed and cared for. However, they are also very expensive, heavy, and require special installation and framing.

  • Metal roofs: Metal roofs are made of steel, aluminium, copper, or zinc alloy. They are durable, lightweight, fire-resistant, and energy-efficient. They can also withstand harsh weather conditions and reflect solar heat. However, they are also more expensive than other materials, require professional installation, and can be noisy during rain or hail storms.

Steps Involved in Hiring a Professional Roofing Contractor

Replacing your roof is not a DIY project. It requires skill, experience, and safety precautions that only a professional roofing contractor can provide. Here are some steps involved in hiring a professional roofing contractor:

  • Do your research: Before you hire a roofing contractor, you should do some research on their reputation, credentials, and portfolio. You can check online reviews, ask for referrals, verify their license and insurance, and look at their previous work. 

  • Ask questions: Once you have narrowed down your list of potential contractors, you should ask them some questions to ensure they are qualified and trustworthy. Some of the questions you should ask are:

    • How long will the project take and what are the possible delays or complications?

    • What are the terms and conditions of the contract and warranty?

    • How do you handle payments and deposits?

    • How do you dispose of the old roofing materials and debris?

    • How do you protect my property and landscaping during the project?

    • Who will supervise the project and who can I contact in case of any issues or concerns?

  • What type of roofing materials do you use and recommend?

  • How long have you been in business?

  • Review the contract: Before you sign the contract, you should review it carefully and make sure it includes everything you agreed upon with the contractor. The contract should include:

    • The contractor’s name, address, phone number, and license number

    • The scope of work, materials, labour, and timeline of the project

    • The total cost, payment schedule, and method of payment

    • The warranty details, including the coverage, duration, and limitations

    • The contractor’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance

    • The contractor’s cancellation policy and dispute resolution process

    • Any other terms and conditions that apply to the project

  • Prepare for the project: Once you have signed the contract, you should prepare for the project by:

    • Informing your neighbours about the project and asking for their cooperation

    • Clearing the area around your home of any obstacles or valuables that could be damaged by falling debris

    • Covering your furniture, appliances, and electronics inside your home to protect them from dust and dirt

    • Providing access to electricity and water for the contractor’s tools and equipment

    • Staying away from the work area and keeping children and pets safe

How We Do Roof Replacements

At Five Star Roofing, we have a fast and effective process for re roofing your home. We follow these steps:

  • Install safety rail: We install guard rails around the perimeter of the roof as per the WH&S legislation and Work Cover law. This provides our team with fall protection during the re roofing process.

  • Remove old roof: We remove the old roof battens, insulation, and tiles or metal. We endeavor to recycle all recyclable materials and dispose of other materials in an environmentally friendly way.

  • Install new roof: We install new roof battens, sarking, and selected roofing material. 

  • Clean up: We clean up the site and remove any leftover materials. We leave your property in pristine condition.

Why Choose Us for Your Roof Replacement?

If you are looking for a reliable, professional, and cost-effective roofing contractor in Australia, look no further than us. We have been providing quality roofing services for over 20 years, and we have the expertise, experience, and equipment to handle any type of roof replacement project. Whether you need to replace your existing roof, repair your damaged roof, or install a new roof, we can help you achieve your goals. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose us for your roof replacement:

  • We offer a free inspection of your roof to assess its condition and recommend the best solution for your needs.

  • We use only quality materials from reputable brands 

  • We offer a wide range of roofing options to suit your budget, style, and preferences. Whether you want a metal roof, a  slate roof, or a tile roof, we can install it for you.

  • We have a team of skilled and licensed roofers who can perform the roofing work with efficiency, safety, and professionalism.

  • We provide a comprehensive warranty on our roofing work and materials to ensure your peace of mind.

  • We offer competitive prices and flexible payment plans to suit your financial situation.

  • We complete the project on time and within budget without compromising on quality or customer satisfaction.

Contact Us Today for a Free Quote

If you are ready to transform your home with a new roof, contact us today for a free quote. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a detailed estimate of our roofing services. Don’t wait any longer; get in touch with us today and let us take care of your roof replacement needs.

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Why Choose Five Star for Roof Replacement?

We are Five Star Roofing, the experts in re roofing in Sydney. We have been providing quality and affordable re roofing services to residential and commercial customers for over 20 years. We guarantee that you will be more than satisfied with our quality finish.


We offer:

  • Free inspection and quote: We will inspect your roof and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote within 24 hours that includes all the details of the re roofing project. We will also advise you on the best products and techniques to achieve a stunning and durable roof.

  • Flexible payment options: We accept various payment methods, including cash, bank cheque, credit card, bank transfer and EFTPOS.

  • Quality workmanship and materials: We only use the best brands and products in the industry, sourced from reputable suppliers. We also employ qualified and experienced roofers who are trained in the latest tools and techniques. We guarantee our workmanship and ensure that your new roof meets or exceeds Australian standards and regulations.

  • Customer satisfaction: We are committed to providing you with the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. We will communicate with you throughout the process and keep you updated on the progress of the installation. We will also follow up with you after the installation to make sure you are satisfied with our work.


Don’t let an old or damaged roof ruin your home or business. Contact us today for a free inspection and quote and let us help you transform your roof with our re roofing services.


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