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Roof repair: possibilities and prices

Lots of roof work falls under the term roof repair. There’s new roof covering for example, or the placement of roof insulation. Whatever kinds of roof work you need, depends among other things on the state of the roof. In this article you can find more info and prices for the different types of repair you can do when renovating your roof.

Go to: possibilities – skylight – things to consider

Renewing your roof: which works can I do?

In the table below you can find an overview of different kinds of roof work often done while renovating a roof, and their respective prices.

Type of roof renovationPrice*
Remove old roof covering, place new onesFrom £ 45 per m²
Remove roof covering, insulate from outside, new roof coveringFrom £ 65 per m²
Remove roof covering, place inner roof, new roof coveringFrom £ 90 per m²
Completely new roofFrom £ 155 per m²
* Prices depend on lots of different factors, for example roof surface area or choice of material. the above-mentioned prices are starting prices, and can still increase. Are you looking for a tailor-made price offer for your roof? Request your quotes here.

 

1) New roof covering

It’s possible that your roofing wears out over time. In that case you can replace the covering. If you don’t intervene in time, the risk of leaking and damage to your roof structure increases, as a result of which you’ll have to deal with much higher costs. The price depends, of course, on the type of roofing material. A summary of the different types of material can be found in this article.

Re-roofing over your old one is an alternative to replacing it. In this case you place light panels that look like roof tiles over the existing roofing. We also speak of a roof over a roof. Discover more about roofs over a roof here.

2) Placing roof insulation

When you renovate your roof, you could just as well invest in an outer insulation layer. Insulating your roof from the outside is quite easy, if the inside of your roof is already finished. Moreover, you don’t lose any space inside and your roof is much better protected from temperature fluctuations.

In case of outer roof insulation, one often uses hard insulation boards. The old roof tiles could be recuperated, but finishing your roof with the old tiles could prove quite difficult. More on insulating pitched roofs can be found in this article.

3) Placing an inner roof

Even though an inner roof, or roof underlay, is an important part of your roof (it acts as a protection layer between the insulant and the roofing), a lot of old buildings don’t have one. The inner roof makes sure that the insulant and the underlying construction are not affected by water, dust or wind.

In order to offer good protection, your roof underlay should of course be wind and water resistant. Aside from that, it should be vapour permeable. That way it can still prevent the moisture from inside to evaporate to the outside. More on inner roofs can be found here.

4) Complete roofing repair

New roofs are not only placed during new building projects. It could be necessary to replace the whole roof during renovations, for example when the construction starts sagging or when it’s affected by moisture. Since the placement of a new roof is a drastic job, the costs could rise quite easily.

The wall plate, that divides the weight of the roof over the underlying walls, has to be replaced as well from time to time. More info on roof works related to completely renewing the roof construction can be found in this article.

Planning on repairing your roof and in need of a professional? Via our quotation service you can request tailor-made price offers from our roofers for bot small and big roof works, and this completely free and non-committal. That way, comparing prices becomes very easy! Click here to request custom made price offers for your project.

For quotations on roof insulation, you’ll find what you need on this quotation page.

 

Tip: attend to more light while repairing your roof!

Repairing your roof is the perfect opportunity to provide more light in your home, especially when you use the spaces under the roof as living areas. By adding more natural light, you brighten up your home and raise your living comfort.

There are all kinds of constructions to add more light through your roof. With flat roofs a roof dome or skylight is a popular choice, as for pitched roofs people often go for a roof chapel or a classic garret window.

Things to consider while repairing a roof

  • Airtightness: don’t hesitate to ask your roofer to take into account the airtightness of the construction. Not only the thickness of the insulant, but the air circulation as well could have a big impact on your heat loss.

 

  • Gutters and the renewal of zinc: When your old roof is in dire need of a replacement, the gutter and zinc work will have passed their prime as well. It would be a shame not to renew them, now that the roofers are working anyway. That way you won’t have to worry about that roof for years and your home will look brand new. Not only that, think of the money you’ll save compared to having to call the roofer again in a few years!

 

  • Keep down the costs: if you want to save money during your renovations, you can always do a lot of it yourself. You could, for example, remove the old tiles yourself, or reuse them after you place a new roof underlay. It goes without saying that they need to be in good condition, and you could take the opportunity to clean them. It’s important to note that you have to arrange everything with your roofer so that you don’t have to live without a roof for longer than is needed.

 

  • In need of an architect and/ or construction permit? If it concerns a roof repair that could influence the stability of your house, it will be necessary to consult with an architect. It’s also recommended that you ask for the necessary permits with your local council.