How much does it cost to replace your roof?
The cost of roof replacement will vary depending on a multitude of factors – find out more about roofing costs here.
One of the key decisions you will need to make regarding the cost of your roof replacement is what material you plan to use. There are so many options available, from what it is made out of to the style. So whether you want a cute country cottage or an eco-warrior roof there will undoubtedly be something out there for you.
When do I replace my roof?
You will need to keep your eyes peeled for any warping,sagging or missing shingles. If you have a composition roof you will need tomake sure that the shingles are in good shape, that is to say, they shouldn’tbe curled, cracked or lacking in granules. If you have a flatroof check for worn patches with cracks, blisters or tears. Should you havea wooden roof, make sure there isn’t any sign of mould or decay. If you do spotany of the above problems, or anything else suspicious it would be best tocontact a local professional roofer for more advice.
How much will a roof replacement cost?
This can vary hugely depending on the size of your houseand the materials used. An average detached house with 200m2 of roofcould cost anywhere from £4,000 to £20,000. More detailed price estimates willbe outlined under the material section below.
What type of material should I go for?
This depends on your budget and what style of roof you want. Below is a list of some common types of materials used for roof replacement and an approximate cost outline.
This is the most common type of roofing material in the UK and for good reason too. Roof tiles last well and definitely add a nice homely touch to your property. The price for roof tiles ranges from affordable to more expensive options, so there is something for every budget.
Interlocking tiles are one option you can go for; they are usually made of concrete and are the most cost-effective way of covering a pitched roof (favoured by supermarkets). Being quite large tiles they don’t need a very big overlap, as little as ten can be used to cover one square metre, making them cheap and very quick to lay. If you have an oddly shaped roof it might be worth avoiding interlocking tiles, as they are no longer cost-effective; due to their size they will need to be cut to shape which adds time and cost. There is also a variation called pan tiles, they areparticularly popular in the east of England and are flexible as they work with both traditional and modern designs.
Plain tiles are much smaller than the aforementioned. You can get these tiles at both ends of the cost spectrum. Handmade plain tiles are a particularly nice option for a lovely rich texture and a unique feel. You could also opt for the above types of tile in concrete or even clay. Concrete is the cheaper option, but clay deals far better with the elements and even looks better with age, as opposed to concrete which tends to look drained after a few years.
Slate is also a great option for replacement roofing. Favoured by the Victorians, but still popular today, slate looks fantastic on older and newer homes alike. If slate itself is a bit too costly for your budget there are a number of alternatives around, both concrete and reconstituted slate (which is made of slate dust and resin) can be made to look like the real thing.
Approximate cost of roof tiles:
Plain tiles, natural slate: £60m2
Interlocking, pan tiles, artificial slate: £40m2
2. Metal roofing
Zinc and copper roofing are the most used types of metal roofing. Laid in sheet form, this is a very specialised type of roofing material and not seen very often. Steel roof tiles are also available which could be used instead of the previously mentioned tiles. Metal is a very hardy material and therefore it is great with the elements.
Approximate cost of metal roofing:
Zinc, copper: £100m2
3. Grass roofing
Ok, perhaps not a very common roofing material at all – but it is happening! Scandinavia and Scotland have been using it for ages, although today’s green roof is a bit different. Grass roofing is good for insulation but can be costly to install.
Approximate cost of grass roofing:
Should I install solar panels on my roof?
Yes! This is a great idea that will save you money on your energy bills; however it is worth checking out if you have a suitable house for a solar roof first. To be suitable your home should meet the following criteria:
- The roof should face within 90 degrees of south and should not be overshadowed by trees or other buildings
- Your roof should be strong enough to take the weight of solar panels
- You will need to get planning permission if you live in a listed property of you live in an area of conservation.
Solar panels will cost you around £12,000 for the solar electricity system (this goes up as you increase the kW), however you must factor in the money it will save you on your household bills over time. You could also make money from your roof by selling excess energy via a scheme called Feed in Tariffs.
Hiring a roofing contractor
You should ask friends and family for recommendations when hiring a roofing contractor, or failing that contact at least three local roof contractors in your area and get a quote. Then make sure the contractor you choose is licensed, contact a few references, or at least look at examples of previous work to make sure they did a good job. It is also worth drawing up a written contract so you both know what to expect from one another.