Roofs and Gutters

gutter western side of house
gutter western side of house original roof

The roof of the house was not in the best of condition. No leaks just flaky brown paint, some sheets starting to lift and no insulation or sisilation.

The gutters and fascia boards on the other hand were in very poor condition, in fact on the Western side we did not need downpipes, the gutter went straight from the roof to the ground.

We started to research in the Yellow Pages, on the net and the Home Ideas Centre, Launceston as who to use to put a new roof, gutters, sisilation and gutter guard.

After about four weeks or more of phone calls and promises we ended up receiving four quotes. Two were in the vincinity of $18,000 and two around the $11,000. We found out that the two higher ones were only measured from the ground and did not get up on the roof, the other two climbed onto the roof and measured properly.

Tas Roof Restoration at work

Tas Roof Restoration at work

Our energy efficiency man, Wayne, had mentioned when he was at the house that it would be better from an energy efficiency point of view to get a thermal blanket fitted whilst the roof was off. This is a layer of insulating material that is already glued to a layer of sisilation and comes in different thicknesses and R ratings. You can get environmentally friendly thermal blanket but we decided to go with the fibreglass because that was what the company we chose were used to using.


Of the two lower quotes only one was willing to use the thermal blanket and mentioned that it was becoming quite popular. The other company gave us a quote for pink batts in the ceiling. Pretty pointless as they are already there.

The company we chose was Tas Roof Restorations from Launceston run by Dan 0417 162 186 or .

 Now we had to choose colours. We were sticking with Colorbond as the material of choice for the roof and gutters. We chose Slate Grey for the roof as this was a light colour that would reflect heat well, Bushland Grey for the fascias as a darker contrast and Manor Red for the Gutters. The Gutter Guard was matched in slate grey with a red trim that went on the gutter for a really neat finish.
In our research we came across this very helpful little web tool that allows you to see how the colour combinations of roof, fascia, gutter and downpipes work ….. or not.  The roofing steel and guttering came from The Roofing Centre  in Launceston, they also have branches in Hobart and Devonport.

Two very professional guys with a labourer on some days. They got stuck in and had the whole job done in about a week. They only took off each day what they could replace with new and cleaned up everything as they went. Fantastic job and alot warmer. The roof was started on 26/08/08 and finished by 02/09/08 for a complete price of $10,750 inc GST. Bloody excellent.



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  1. Pingback: How the house is behaving thermally !! « A green Tasmanian renovation

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