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Home Living : March 8th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 5 Keep on top of your roof maintenance » ADVERTISING FEATURE Australian property-owners will spend more money on roof repairs in future, an architects' group has predicted. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, said recent intense storms had highlighted the importance of roof maintenance, which is often ignored as the roof is usually out of sight, and difficult and dangerous to access, especially after a storm. With thousands of Australian homes already severely damaged through recent storms, Archicentre said there would be a major spike in the number of roof repairs, leading to a potential shortage of skilled tradesmen and a drop in the quality of some repairs. Archicentre ACT & NSW manager Ian Agnew said the recent extreme weather patterns which have seen less -- but more intense -- rain have put house roofs and plumbing fixtures such as guttering, downpipes and drainage under great stress. ''It is clear the recent storms across Australia, with record rainfall resulting in massive floods, will be the catalyst for a re-think in the size of guttering and the number of drainage points and downpipes required for a home,'' he said. ''Often overflowing guttering, especially internal guttering, can fail and flood the interior of the home, causing major damage running into thousands of dollars.'' Mr Agnew said, in the case of tiled roofs, once a couple of tiles had blown off and air pressure increased in the interior of the roof space, it could lead to the entire roof being stripped of tiles, leaving the house and its contents vulnerable to water damage. ''Poor drainage at ground level can also lead to water being left under homes, causing problems such as damp, timber rot and encouraging termites,'' he said. ''In some cases flooded homes can break down termite barriers, requiring systems be completely renewed.'' Archicentre has prepared its Top 10 checkpoints for roof faults: 1. Look for dislodged tiles or flapping sheets of iron 2. Check guttering is not rusted or blocked with rubbish 3. Check the roof ridge visually to ensure no sagging 4. Check the flashing around chimneys and skylights is secure 5. Look out for cracked mortar holding ridge tiles in place -- a source of leaks 6. Check for freshly painted corrugated iron on the roof 7. Inside the roof, look for sagging beams or roof props 8. Check the interior for any water stains 9. Check downpipe drainage points 10. Look for renewed sections of guttering which suggests minor repairs Archicentre's latest Building and Renovation Cost Guide is available for download at: archicentre.com.au HOMELIVING www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2128208i 1/2 built-in WARDROBES N Lifetime Warranty N Free Measure & Quote N Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes N Renovation of existing Wardrobes N Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames N Hinged or sliding Federation Doors N We now do kitchens SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SUMMER SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2136579m 4/1 Come and visit one of Sydney's largest showroom 998 Victoria Road, West Ryde (cnr Station Street) www.bathroomeffect.com.au Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Open 6 days Licence No. 144928C Ph 9809 0852 HANSA Vantis • Piccolo Wall Mixe • Pin Lever was $310 NOW $260 BATHROOM EFFECT METHVEN Stamford atinjet Rail Shower Lifetime Warranty Wels 4 Star Rating was $380 NOW $249 was $630 NOW $475 SIENNA Bari Wall Faced Suite • Wels 4 Star Rating HANSA Vantis • Basin Mixer • Pin Lever • Wels 4 Star Rating was $275 NOW $235 Bathroom ware at affordable prices Best LOW PRICES was $615 NOW $440 750mm China Top Vanity • Other sizes available RAM Tapware Park Pin was $295 NOW $235 Basin Set WELS 3 Star was $285 NOW $225 Shower Set WELS 3 Star Bath Set was $265 NOW $210 was $1200 NOW $1050 Sanctuary Bath •1700x850 2191019 k wk31 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2178848i 1/3
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