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How much does a Roofer actually cost?

This guide will detail how to work out the cost of a roofer, as it's not as straight forward as you might think.

Your roof is definitely one of the most essential aspects of your home, as it’s what protects your property from the elements and gives you shelter. Unfortunately, roofs don't last forever and from time to time will get damaged and might need to be repaired or even replaced.

In order to work out the cost of a roofer we need to consider the following:

  • Where you live
  • The Materials required
  • The age and condition of your home
  • How it will your project or job will take to complete
  • How easy it is to gain access to your roof
  • Whether or not scaffolding is required

Anytime you get a quote from a roofer they will usually break down the quote in quite detail so that you know what you are being charged for.

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The Cost of Small Roofing Repairs

It is important to note that unless specified, prices usually include labour and materials but exclude VAT. Keep that in mind when working out a quote because it can make all the difference.

Job Explained Typical Cost
Clean gutters Clear out all gutters at front and back of property. £40-£80
Replace standard tiles Replace one to six broken or missing standard roof tiles. £50-£100
Replace single ridge tile Put in a new ridge tile (along the top of the roof). £80-£100

The Cost of a New Roof

Keep it mind that for a new roof things like type of material used and size of house will determine the time and cost it will take.

Job Explained Typical Cost
New tiled roof Replacing the entire roof on an average sized 3 bed house. £5,000-£8,000
New flat roof (using felt) New flat roof on an average sized single garage. £800-£1,200
New flat roof (using other materials) New flat roof on an average sized single garage. Using new boards and modern products such as PVC / rubber EPDM. £2,000+

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How to keep costs down

One great tip is that many contractors will carry out free inspections. So use this opportunity to ask about costs in advance. It is recommended to have your roof and gutters inspected at least once a year.

Another great way to keep costs down is to clear out gutters at lower levels yourself. Be advised that this is only if you are able to do so safely. That said if you are unable to then it is best to leave these roofing jobs to professionals. Clearing out your gutters is important as it allow water to flow properly and prevent future issues.

Furthermore it is certainly worth inspecting your own roof from time to time, as spotting early issues can prevent problems getting worse therefore becoming much more expensive to fix later down the line.

Here is a list of common warning signs that caught early on will mean a drastic amount of money saved:

Slate or Tiled Roofs

  • Internal damp or leaks: this may indicate that there is a cracked or slipped tile somewhere.
  • Missing tiles: if you notice a gap, get the tile replaced as soon as possible. This is to prevent water from getting through down to the felt underneath. In addition to this, a gap can also make it a lot easier for even more tiles to be dislodged in high winds.

Flat roofs

  • Cracks or splits: Get this replaced fairly quickly to prevent water from coming through.
  • Uneven strange lumps: These can be caused by air pockets/moisture (blistering) or age.
  • Sagging: Usually this means that water has built up above.
  • Damp patches (on the ceiling): Typically this means that the roof has a tear somewhere.

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