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What is The Cost of Replacing My Roof?

An image of a roof replacement by Ecosafe Group, experts in Roofing Services in Poole, Bournemouth and across the whole ofDorset

We’re here to guide you through the daunting task of roof replacements. Your home is a valuable asset and your roof plays a crucial role in protecting it from the weather.

When your roof starts deteriorating, it's crucial to address the issue promptly. But how can you estimate the cost of a roof replacement, and where do you start?! This blog details some of the elements you need to consider when replacing your roof.

This summer is likely to be one of the wettest on record and we’ve already had a lot of rainfall. This has led to unexpected issues with some customers' roofs, resulting in more damage than anticipated. In some cases, they've had to completely replace the roof. Stories like these underscore the significance of regular roof maintenance and prompt action for replacements.

How to Calculate Roof Replacement Costs

Understanding roof replacement costs can feel like navigating a maze. Let's simplify it:

  • Scaffold hire: £750+

  • Removing the old roof (including skip hire): £900 - £2500

  • New roof frame: £2300 - £4300

  • Tiled roof (with membrane): £2700 - £5000

  • Roof insulation: £350+

  • New soffits and fascia boards: £1800+

  • New guttering: £700

Factors Affecting Roof Replacement Costs

Several factors that influence the cost, include:

  • Removal of the existing roof

  • Size and pitch of your home’s roof

  • Choice of roofing materials

  • Labour costs

  • Waste disposal

If we could predict the exact prices, that would be great! Unfortunately, roof replacements come with variables, but understanding these factors can help you prepare.

Cost Breakdown of Roof Replacement

In the UK, reroofing a house typically costs between £5000 - £17000.

Here’s a closer look at those costs:

  • Old roof removal: £900 - £2500

  • Material change (e.g switching from tiles to slate): £3000 - £7000 extra

  • Labour: Around £200 per day (60% of total cost)

  • Roof covering: 40% of the total cost

  • Roof repairs: £400 - £1800

  • Additional costs: Waste disposal, insulation, fixings, flashings, and sealants

If your roof is old or you see water damage inside, it's probably time for a new roof. Ignoring these signs could lead to more severe and costly damage.

An image of a roof replacement completed by Ecosafe Group, experts in Roofing services across Dorset.

Average Cost of a Roof Replacement

On average, replacing a roof in the UK costs around £5500. Factors like the roof’s age, condition, style, and necessary structural changes will affect the final price.

Example Roof Replacement Types:

  • Tiled roofs: Most widely used

  • Flat roofs: A great and affordable option, often used for extensions, garages and sheds.

  • Slate roofs: A more expensive choice but durable, ensuring longevity.

Tips to Lower Roof Replacement Costs

  1. Research materials and equipment thoroughly.

  2. Compare multiple quotes.

  3. Schedule replacements between March and September to avoid winter rates.

  4. Ask about alternative materials.

Reroofing vs. Roof Restoration

Reroofing involves replacing the entire roof, whereas roof restoration focuses on repairing specific parts. If your roof leaks frequently, reroofing is likely necessary.

Many people patch their roofs multiple times. However, they still end up with another leak, ultimately leading to spending much more money.

Reducing Roof Replacement Costs

Hire a professional roofer at a fair price without compromising quality. Consider second hand tiles from a local supplier to save money.

Hidden Roof Replacement Costs

  • Gutters & Fascias: Often billed separately

  • Waste Disposal: Skip hire around £200

  • Scaffolding: Around £1000

Ask yourself, does your budget account for these hidden costs? Being aware of them can prevent unpleasant surprises.

Is Replacing Your Roof a Good Investment?

Absolutely! A new roof can last over 20 years and increase your home’s value by £6000-£15,000. Think of it as an investment rather than an expense.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Get at least four quotes from local contractors and compare their prices and services. Beware of quotes that seem too low, and research companies to see their previous work.

Think of hiring a roofer like choosing a babysitter – you need someone reliable and trustworthy.

How Long Does a Reroof Take?

The time to replace a roof depends on the roof size, materials, and availability of resources. It can range from 1-2 days to several weeks.

Save on Roof Replacement Costs

Choosing the right roofing material is a decision that protects the importance of your home. Below is an overview of various roofing options available in the UK:

Roof Tiles

Clay roof tiles are more expensive than concrete tiles. Although they may be costly, these materials are highly resistant to fire and weather. They have a lifespan of over 100 years, making them a valuable investment for any property.

Concrete roof tiles are less expensive than clay tiles and can last for 30-50 years. This makes them a good option for those with limited funds.

Other Materials

  • Slate: Ranks among the higher priced options available.

  • Galvanised Steel Panels: Ranks at a lower cost compared to conventional materials.

  • Asphalt Shingles or Bitumen Roofing Sheets: Offering a slate like appearance at a lower cost.

  • Plastic Roof Tiles: Made from recycled materials, offering an eco friendly and cost effective solution.

  • Felt Roofing: Offering strength and affordability compared to other flat roofing materials.

  • EPDM Rubber Roofing: Ideal for flat roofs with low maintenance costs over time.

The Most Economical Roofing Option

So, what’s the most cost effective option for your roof? Bitumen roofing is less expensive initially. Concrete roof tiles provide a good balance between cost and long-term value for pitched roofs.

Roofing felt is less expensive initially for flat roofs. However, EPDM membrane is more durable and performs better over time. EPDM membrane is a better long-term investment for flat roofs.

In Summary

Choosing the right roofing material depends on your budget, aesthetic preferences, and the specific requirements of your property. It truly comes down to what you can afford, the size and shape of your home, and any special features you might need. Finding the right balance will help you get the best value for your money.

Choose Ecosafe Group

Ecosafe Group provide high quality roofing services in the Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth and across the South Coast. We provide a personalised service with a fully insured, experienced, and accredited team for your peace of mind.

To discuss your requirements in greater depth, you can complete a contact form on this page, dial 01202 017 917, or send an email to and we'll be happy to help!

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