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The roof on your home provides both aesthetics and protects. It gives your home a distinct look while keeping out all the wind, rain, and debris. However, because of this, it’s also one of the first parts of your property that needs replacement. Unfortunately, if you want a high-quality roof that will last through many harsh UK winters, you’ll need to spend quite a bit.
Before you start ripping tiles off your roof, you need to know how to budget your money. There are a lot of costs, both evident and hidden when it comes time to reroof your home. Here’s what you should expect. So, how to replace roof for a UK property?
Look around your neighbourhood, and you’ll quickly see that most of the homes have tiled roofs. Although you may think all tile roofs cost the same amount, you would be mistaken. The most inexpensive material is clay tile, but if you want something higher-end, you may want to go with slate tile. While clay will last for around 50 years, a properly installed slate tile roof can last for up to 100 years.
If you only want to replace one or two missing tiles, you’ll pay between £100 to £200. However, for a completely new roof, the costs will be much higher. A clay tile will run about £4,350 for materials and labour. If you choose slate, expect to pay around £6,800. While a clay roof takes about 5-7 days to install, plan for a 9-day project if you select slate.
You’ll commonly find flat roofs on external buildings, such as garages or extensions. These roofs are very affordable. Most are constructed out of timber and covered with a waterproof felt. Although flat roofs do not last as long as tile, they are very durable against the wind. A high-quality, felt roof can last for 20-30 years.
The total cost to reroof a flat roof depends on the size of the building. For example, if you have a single garage, it may run around £780 to £1025. A more extensive conservatory roof will cost between £805 to £1,180. The lower end of the pricing spectrum reflects a felt roof, and the higher cost is for PVC or fibreglass. It only takes 1-2 days to install a new flat roof.
The figures stated above reflect the cost of labour and materials. However, these numbers are exclusive of VAT, which you will need to figure in your total budget. If the roofers need any scaffolding, which is highly likely, you’ll pay an additional £400 to erect, depending on how much is required. Any changes to the fascia, soffits, or guttering are also not calculated into the above estimates. Most roofers recommend replacing the items at the same time.
How to Save on Costs
Not everyone can afford a new roof, but you also can’t bear to be without a functioning roof. If you have a tight budget, ask a roofer if a few repairs will hold you over for now. Repairing a roof is much cheaper than installing a new one. However, if you go this route, start saving now for a reroof in the future.
Be sure to ask around and get several quotes before you hire a tradesperson. Most experts agree that three quotes are enough. Do take note, however, that the most affordable offer is not always the best one. Make sure the person you choose has plenty of experience and stands behind their work.