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Asbestos Conversions

Transforming your roof from leaking asbestos to seamless Colorbond

Changing your asbestos roof to a new Colorbond one not only enhances the appearance of your home, it also gets rid of this toxic liability. Our roofers are trained in how to safely deal with this dangerous substance and ensure particles do not get into your roof cavity and inside your house. Most roofing companies do not have the ability to deal with this dangerous product but with decades of experience we are well aware of how best to handle even the most difficult of asbestos conversions. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and believe it is this attention to detail that sets us apart from our competitors. If you are shopping around for a quote and need more information on the options available to you one of our friendly staff would be happy to come out and give you a detailed explanation of what needs doing and the costs that would be involved.


 From the ugly, leaking asbestos roof above to the new, attractive and waterproof Colorbond roof below in just a week or two. The new Colourbond steel roof is low maintenance and provides a far safer and more sustainable option for your home and your family. Although an asbestos roof conversion may seem like a daunting task after you have done as many as we have you know how quickly and safely it can be achieved.

Tile Roof Conversions

Tiled Roof Conversions

We often get asked:  Is a tiled roof better than a steel roof?

Well there are at least 3 different issues to consider:

1) From the structure point of view:
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic, the average house size today is 264m2.  This means, after allowing for pitch and eaves, a tiled house roof with weigh 15.6 tons (excluding any timberwork), while the same roof in steel would weeigh merely 1,467kg – i.e. less than 10% of the tiled house roof’s weight.

Although the roof structure is designed to carry this kind of weight, its will be affected by the constant weight and the structural members will gradually deform over the years.  This is often evident at the gutter corners with regularly start to hold water after a few years, due to the hips being elongated.

2) From the utility point of view:
Tile companies claim that the additional weight of a tiled house roof makes storm damage less likely.  But, we think the big hailstorm that hit Sydney on 14 April 1999 hs dispelled this myth.  In fact, the lighter weight of a steel roof is absolutely not a concern as long as the house is properly constructed and tied down according to the Australian Standard.  On the contrary, steel house roofs are regularly used in cyclone areas!

3)From the security point of view:
A young mother of three, Judith, ‘broke’ into her own home through the tiled roof without using any tools when she left her keys accidently inside and locked herself out.

If Judith managed to ‘break’ into her own home easily, could you imagine how easy a ‘professional’ burglar can get into her house (or any house) through a tiled roof?

Tile Roof Restoration

Tiled Roof Restoration

There are many reasons to consider a roof restoration.

The roof is leaking and not economical to repair.
The roof is not functioning correctly.
The roof tiles let in too much dust and is too hot.
The roof does not look good.
You are extending and want a uniform look.

Whatever your reasons, we know enough about all the various options that we can work something out to suit your needs.

Why consider the change to colorbond roof?

Colorbond is a brand name of a coated steel product produced by Bluescope Lysaght. This product is essentially strips (coils) of high strength steel that has been coated with zincalume and then upgraded with factory applied paint on both sides and a final finish coat on one side.

For many commercial roofs, the unpainted zincalume roofing sheets are used. This is because of economy. A roof with colorbond material will look better and will outlast a zincalume one. Colorbond is the choice for most homeowners because there is not a big cost difference to get to pick your colour to match the rest of the house and to have it last longer.

Colorbond roofs in the different profiles has taken the imagination of homeowners and architects looking for a difference. It is lightweight. It can be used in more situations than the traditional tiled roof and the look is very modern. For flat roofs the use of metal roof sheets is the only viable roofing option. So why not upgrade to a colorbond flat roof. It can be used in pitches from 1 degree to 90 degrees and can offer better thermal qualities with the effective use of insulation directly under the roof sheets. This insulation also has the benefit of reducing the noise of raindrops – although most people do not notice this noise as being obtrusive.
More people are choosing to get rid of the dull boring tiled roof and replacing it with a colorbond one.

We get many queries about the advantages of colorbond roofs over tiled roofs. While both types of roofing material have their merits, we have been replacing many tiled roofs with colorbond mainly because the tiled roofs leak. A combination of trees dropping leaves and debris onto the tiled roofs and a low pitch of 25 degrees and less is a recipe for ongoing leakage problems that only a colorbond roof can solve.

Use zincalume on your gutters…and you will end up replacing them well before the roof. This is wasting money!

How long will my roof last?

Bluescope Lysaght guarantees their colorbond for 25 years. CSR has a 50 year warranty on their concrete and terracotta tiles. In reality, we have seen roofs of lower specifications last much longer than those time periods.

Built properly, a roof usually spans almost a lifetime.
But then, we have seen roofs last only as long as it takes for the next storm to arrive!

The serviceability and durability of the roof depends on how the materials are put together. That is why the manufacturer’s warranties always state that their products must be installed to their specifications in order for their material warranty to be valid.

The secret to a long lasting roof? Get it done by the roofing professionals.

Leaf Protection in Adelaide

Choosing a product that works for you and is guaranteed by us!

In order for your guttering system to work consistently year after year, you need regular maintenance. Gutters are a likely target for every type of debris that is carried by the winds. Leaves, twigs, pine needles, buds, seeds and dirt all wind up in your gutters at some time or other. Once that happens, the neighbourhood birds, squirrels and mice will find their way to your gutters and set up housekeeping.

That’s why we created our unique Leaf Protection. This system protects your gutters from all types of unwanted debris and vermin. If you’ve invested good money in a top-notch guttering system, then you’ll want to protect it from all the hazards that can weaken and damage it. When a big rain storm comes, you’ll know that your home is ready.

Guttering systems are great for protecting your roof but when they get clogged up or damaged, it can quickly cause multiple problems. At Joe Haffer –  Adelaide Roofing, we have worked with customers throughout Adelaide and all over rural South Australia providing them with high quality guttering and leaf protection systems.

During some seasons of the year, it can be a constant battle to prevent leaves and debris from cluttering up your gutters. With a leaf shield installed, you will no longer have to worry; your gutters will be protected. Our Leaf Protection System has been proven to extend the life of your gutter system and keep it working properly year-round. Many people believe that after they have installed a gutter guard, gutter cleaning will be a thing of the past.  Unfortunately this is not the case.  Although our leaf protection will keep out all leaves and about 90% of pine needles, there is still small dirt and dust will that will collect at the bottom of your guttering.  This means you should still flush out your gutters every one or two years.  And our system makes this easy to do.

Our Leaf Protection System has a unique design that gets fixed to the front of the gutter with a Colorbond® angle and follows the slope of the roof.

Because of this leaves will regularly get blown off pitched roofs, however it is far less effective on flat roofs and boxgutters. Our customised Leaf Protection System is the best gutter protection known to us.  The opening in the mesh is available 3.5 x 3.5 mm2 and unlike other gutter guards it will keep out 90% of pine needles and nearly all gum nuts.

As dust and some small dirt will still collect at the bottom of the gutters, the clever installation of inspection points allows flushing out of the gutters if and when it is required.

Unlike many other gutter guards, our leaf protection system can also protect your valleys and boxgutters.  Because of the location of the vallyes and boxgutters over your home, keeping them in proper working order is most important.  Overflowing valleys and boxgutters can create untold damage to the inside of your home.

Our team assists homeowners in finding the right products that will work best for their home and needs. We can make recommendations if you’re unsure what to buy. There are many highly marketed products that really aren’t worth the money and we take pride in helping our customers avoid making a costly error.

Our team has assisted thousands of families and know what products work best in different situations – we also know which highly marketed popular products barely work at all! The quality of the system will make the difference between it being a long term investment and a short term headache. Although we could give you plenty of short dubious sounding quotes about the quality of our work we think the email below beautifully encapsulates our clients response to the work we perform. Many thanks for the reference Pam, means a lot to us.



If you’d like to learn more about our leaf protection, then please contact Joe Haffer – Adelaide Roofing. We’ve been helping Australians for many years with all their roofing and gutter needs. We take pride in our work and have many excellent reviews and testimonials from past customers. We use only the best quality products and fully guarantee all services and products. Please call us today!

Contact us so that we can assess your individual situation and come up with a customised solution:

Call us on 1300 915 850 to book your free inspection

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Gutter Replacement

The choices, the challenges – we have seen them all

When considering gutter replacement there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. The first step is to ensure that you actually need to go down the route of a complete gutter replacement as opposed to a simple repair. Once our staff help you make this decision it is time to choose the correct gutter shape for your property while making sure we comply with the Australian Standard.  Then we move to the installation phase which is critical to ensure that the gutters are falling correctly toward the downpipes and have the right number of downpipes. We have had decades of experience in this area and are able to help you decide on the structure and setup of your new guttering system. If designed correctly not only will it prove more effective, it will also increase the useful life of the product. While this may seem like quite a dull area of home improvement it does have quite serious consequences for a house, especially the effect it can have on the rest of the roof.


So if your wondering whether it is time for a complete gutter replacement give our friendly staff a call and we will help you choose a product and a system that is not only compliant with the latest Australian Standards but also make an attractive addition to your home.  Contact us today to inspect your home to and design a solution for your situation.