What’s involved with getting a new roof?

Getting a good idea of the costs involved with a new roof

If you’re thinking you probably need a new roof, or you’ve been told by an expert that you really can’t put it off any longer, you’re undoubtedly thinking about how much it’s all going to cost. A new roof is a significant investment and is justifiably so. It protects your home and the people who live in it.

No matter how well you take care of your roof, it will inevitable be damaged by weather, general wear and tear, and climate change. If you have a hole in your roof it can lead to expensive structural damage, and if your roof has been patched up a few too many times, it may be time to get a brand new roof installed.

Small repairs can be done but should not be considered a permanent fix. Waterproofing a structure can be difficult and even the smallest hole can let in water. This can have terrible consequences by rotting the wood and weakening the entire structure, leading to more costly repairs.

Depending on the size of your property, a brand new roof can cost upward of £2,000, and there are several costs you need to take into consideration, such as materials and labour. Some of these costings are covered below.


The larger your roof the bigger the price, as a larger area will need more wood, more slates or tiles, and more time to cover. This is the most influential factor in the cost of a new roof.


If you live in a simple terrace with a basic pitched roof this will cost less than a mansion with several wings or a semi-detached with dormer windows. Depending on the amount of fixtures, valleys and dormers, gutters, soffits and fascias, these all require different materials and contribute to the cost.


A house in a more exposed location will be prone to more weather damage than a house in a sheltered area. A house that will be weather beaten will need stronger materials which in turn can be more expensive.


The cost highly depends on how badly the roof is damaged. If rain has penetrated through into the underlying wood then this may all have to ripped out and replaced. If you are lucky and it is just the slates that are a bit wobbly the bill won’t be as  bad.


Again, quality comes to mind with any large investment, and cheaping out on materials for something as critical as your roof isn’t a good plan. Even if you have to shell out a bit more for materials that will last a bit longer it’s worth it in the long run. If you talk to your roofing professional they will be able to advise you on the best materials to use for your property.

If you are thinking of getting a new roof, contact Total Roofing Solutions. They know all about roofing in Preston and will be able to advise you on the best course of action.


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