Replacing your roof is probably one of the least exciting of all the improvements you can make to your home or property yet its arguably the single most important. Hopefully this article will help anyone that would like to keep an eye on their roof condition, prevent scenarios which I will mention below but mainly to educate customers on when to a replace a roof and average roof cost and other important things to think about before you phone a roofer.
The Importance of a Healthy Roof
Buying your home or business premises is likely to be one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, with the average property value in the UK currently sitting at a whopping £268,000 yet many property owners still grudge and will put off paying to replace the very thing that protects that huge Investment from our cold and wet (Scottish) weather. Until the elements start creating damp patches in ceilings and water damaged loft spaces some clients will turn a blind eye to what’s going on above their heads or like most people they simply don’t know what to look for.
My Clients and I have always joked that replacing your roof is much like putting new tires on your car for a few reasons and if we stick to that example Its easy to explain why;
- The bigger the Car (House), the bigger the Tires (Roof)
- The bigger the Tires (Roof), the more expensive its becomes…
- Your tires are arguably the most important part of the car (house), it’s the only part of the car (House) that’s in direct contact with the road (elements).
- Without a good set of tires your car would fail an MOT and be deemed un roadworthy. So why if we have an old and weather-beaten roof do, we wait until the last minute to do anything about it?
For so many reasons and I completely understand if you’re a first time homeowner or its your first time replacing a roof it’s a daunting thing to do. Where do you start? Do you call a roofing company? What Will it cost? What’s Involved? Follow my Guide and I promise you’ll be better equipped should you ever need to replace your roof and by the end you will at least know when to replace your roof and the average roof cost
When to Replace your roof?
Every few months, especially after bad weather. Have a look inside your loft space and check for the following signs of a bad roof;
- Damp Smells, Patches, water marks or staining on the underside of your roof, what we call the boards these are mostly made of timber or plywood.
- Very cold or overly draughty loft spaces
- Check around any chimney breasts or skylights (velux style windows) these are very common areas for leaks.
- Soggy or wet Loft insulation
- Cracking or bubbling plaster on ceilings
- Sagging or beveled boards, if the timbers or plywood is misshaped or sagging under the weight of the tiles on top this can be a strong indicator that your roof is on its way out.
If you can see maybe one or two of these signs, I wouldn’t start panicking yet but might be worth further investigation for a repair. A mixture or more than a few of these signs might be serious cause for concern and it might be time to think about replacing or repairing at the very least.
What’s involved in the process of replacing a roof?
I can’t speak for every company however best practice is to strip the roof right back until you can see the loft or attic space. We then build it back up from scratch. This involves replacing the following.
- Timber or plywood boards. (underside bit you can see from inside)
- Breathable roofing membrane (waterproof sheet that prevent water getting in but lets your house breathe)
- Battens and counter battens (wooden strips your tiles will hang on, that make a grid like pattern on roof)
- Clients choice of tile or slate (slate less common now and more expensive)
- Ridge tiles (peak of the roof) & verge caps (end coverings to cover exposed end tiles)
- Most Companies will include scaffolding and skip for waste.
How long does it take?
Dependant on size but as an average not often more than 2/3 dry days.
What will it cost? Average Roof Cost UK
The cost for a replacement roof in Scotland or the UK, can vary massively depending on size. The national average roof cost is around £5000 – £7000 or between £80 – £160 per square metre for tiled roofing.
A self-employed/man in a van likely being at the lower end of the spectrum and larger national companies at the top end. We find ourselves somewhere in between yet can still offer the same guarantees and quality as the big guys, as can a lot of self-employed roofers too but it’s always best to ask about warranties, guarantees and proof of quality work. Like most things in life cheapest doesn’t always mean best and neither does expensive for that matter.
Slate tends to be more expensive due to a higher material and labour cost and can vary on the type of slate used.
If you found this article on “when to replace your roof and average roof cost” helpful I will also be posting additional articles that you may also find useful on the topic of roofing.
- Common roofing problems and how to avoid them
- How to extend the life expectancy of your roof
- Best roof tiles and roofing material
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Thanks for reading!