How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

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Although it's something most people don't give much thought about, the roof is one of the most important parts of any property. The roof of your home keeps you warm and dry all year round. It's not until you notice something wrong that you begin to ask yourself questions such as how much does a new roof cost? 

If you are wondering how much does a roof replacement cost, then don't worry Roofing Association are here to help. This article will give you a good idea about the average costs of replacing a roof.

Roof Replacement Cost

How to Calculate the Roof Replacement Cost

Roofers calculate the cost of a roof replacement by figuring out what they need to do the job. For example, if a roofing company wanted to calculate a roof replacement cost, they would need to figure out Labour costs, scaffold hire, disposal of the existing roof, and the cost of slate or tiles to cover an entire roof.

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Scaffold hire£750 +
Remove the current roof (skip hire included)£900 - £2500
New roof frame£2300 - £4300
Tiled roof (membrane included)£2700 - £5000
Roof insulation£350 +
New soffits and fascia boards£1800 +
New guttering£700

Roof Replacement Quotes

A roof replacement is one of the biggest jobs you'll ever carry out on your home. The cost of replacing a roof isn't going to be cheap. It's essential to get a few roof replacement quotes before giving anyone the job.

We recommend getting at least five roof replacement quotes from professional, local roofers. 

Getting a new roof quote isn't difficult. You can scroll through all of the local roofing companies in your area (and hopefully find a good one) or use our handy quote form.

When you get a quote for a roof replacement, make sure the tradesperson visits your property so they can give you an accurate quote. Don't waste any more time with them if anyone tries to give you a quote over the phone by looking at a satellite image.

Roof replacement prices will vary depending on the type of roof and its size. The price of replacing a roof on a house is likely to cost a lot more than a conservatory or garage roof. When getting a new roof quote, it's important to let the roofing company know which type of roof you need replacing.

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What Factors Affect the Cost of a New Roof?

A roofing contractor will have to visit your property to be able to give you an accurate quote for a new roof. The roofer will assess your existing roof and consider the following factors:

  • Removal of an existing roof
  • The size of your home
  • Roof pitch
  • Roof materials
  • Labour costs
  • Waste disposal

The easiest way to break down a quote for roof replacement costs is to split the quote into two categories:

  • The amount you pay the roofer to install a new roof (approximately 60%)
  • The cost of roofing materials for a roof replacement (around 40%)

Roof Replacement Cost Breakdown

The cost of reroofing a house in the UK can be anywhere between £5000£17,000, depending on its size and complexity. Here's a breakdown of a typical roof replacement cost in the UK:

  • Old roof removal: the cost of removing an existing roof is usually somewhere between £900 and £2500. The costs of removing an old roof are usually included in the final roof replacement cost.
  • Using a different material to reroof a property: if you are thinking about swapping a tiled roof for a slate roof, you can expect to pay an extra £3000-£7,000. Slate roofing costs more for materials and labour.
  • Labour: the average cost of hiring a professional roofer in the UK is around £200 per day. Labour costs are around 60% of the total cost.
  • Roof covering: your choice of roof covering will determine the final cost of a new roof. Most homeowners choose between concrete roof tiles or slate. Solar roof tiles are becoming much more popular but are more expensive than traditional roof coverings. Materials make up around 40% of new roof costs.
  • Roof repairs: If you have a damaged or rotten roof structure, it might need replacing. The cost of replacing roof timber can be anywhere between £400 and £1800. The price is dependent upon how much wood needs replacing. 
  • Additional costs: waste disposal, roof insulation, fixings, flashings and sealants.
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How do You Know When You Need a New Roof?

If you constantly have to repair your roof, that's a good sign that you need a new roof. There comes a time when it just doesn't make economic sense to keep repairing a roof. The cost of multiple roof repairs could have been used towards the cost of a new roof.

The cost of a new roof installation can be pretty daunting, but it might not cost as much as you think. If you factor in the cost of not having your roof repaired, a new roof will pay for itself over time.

The benefits of a roof replacement far outweigh the costs. A roof replacement will soothe your anxiety and calm your nerves if you're in a high state of anxiety every time there are high winds. There's nothing worse than high winds ripping slates off your roof, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Reroofing your home will give you peace of mind during the winter and add value to your home if you were to put it up for sale.

6 Warning Signs that You Need a New Roof

Unfortunately, there comes a time when a roof cannot continue to be repaired. If your roof constantly needs repairs, take it as a warning sign that there may be a much bigger problem lying underneath. The only solution for a roof that continually needs repairs is a roof replacement.

Here are a few warning signs that let you know that you might need to replace a roof: 

You can see daylight 

If you go up into your attic, it should be dark. If you can see daylight in between slates or roof tiles, it's a good indication that you will need to have your roof replaced.

Ageing roof

If you have been fortunate enough not to have had any roof repairs on your roof for over 20 years, we recommend you have a roof inspection. You may have problems with your roof that you are not aware of.

Chimney flashing 

If you have the old-style roof flashings made out of tar or cement, it will be a good idea to have them replaced with lead flashing.

Water damage

If you have noticed wet patches on your ceiling or water running down the walls, there's a good chance you have a leak in your roof.

Roof valleys 

If you can see tiles or slates missing near your roof's valleys, you will need a roof repair or possibly a roof replacement.

Missing or broken tiles

If you have broken or missing roof tiles or slates, this can be a good indication that you might need to replace your roof.

The cost of a new roof might seem expensive at first, but have you considered the cost of having multiple roof repairs over the last decade? If you had hired a roofing contractor to replace your roof several years ago, you might have actually saved money by not having your roof repaired multiple times.

If you are thinking about replacing your roof, you won't just be saving money on repairs; you will be future proofing your roof for at least the next 20 years. A new roof is a wise investment that will only add value to your property.

Are you wondering about the cost of a new roof for a residential property or commercial property? Roofing Association has the largest database of professional roofers in the UK. 

If you want to hire a professional roofing company and avoid rogue traders, you can get a free no obligation quote for a new roof by filling out the form below. Whether you need a roof quote for your own home or a business, we will connect you with the right company at the right price!

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What are the Benefits of Having my Roof Retiled?

There are many benefits to having your roof retiled. The harsh British winters can certainly take its toll on your roof tiles. Retiling your roof would give you peace of mind knowing that your roof isn't going to submit spring a leak right in the middle of winter. 

The last thing you would want during a cold British winter is your roof leaking and causing tremendous water damage to your property.

Below you will find the most common problems caused by water damage from a leaking roof:

· Sagging ceilings

· Bowed woodwork

· Mould

· Damp

Although this is not a comprehensive list of damage caused by a leaking roof, you can get an idea of how much work it will take to repair these problems. It will take roofers, plasterers, joiners, decorators, and possibly electricians to fix the damage.

Should I Hire a Professional Roofer to Replace my Roof?

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of hiring a trusted professional to replace your roof. The last thing you want to do is hire someone who does not have the skills and experience to replace a roof to professional standards.

If you are considering having your roof replaced, click here to get a free, no obligation quote from some of the best roofing professionals in your area. If you are thinking about having a loft conversion, you can get a quote for that too!

Once you have shortlisted a few roofing companies for the job, your next step would be to compare prices. As well as comparing prices, it might be a good idea to compare each of the services they offer. Some roof companies provide more services than others.

How Much Will a Roof Replacement Cost?

The average cost of replacing a roof in the UK is usually somewhere around £5500. 

This is only a rough guideline; the actual cost of replacing your roof will depend on the age and condition of your roof.

The cost of reroofing a house will depend on several different factors, which you can find below:

· The style and shape of your roof

· Whether your roof needs any structural changes

· The style and shape of your roof

· The overall size of your roof

· Which roofing company you choose to carry out the work

For example, the cost of replacing the felt on a shed roof would be around £600. The average cost of re-slating a three bed, semi detached house would be around £1000 and £1200.

Roof replacement costs will depend on your location, the materials used, and labour costs.

Rough Estimates for Reroofing

The average reroofing costs for a home in the UK can vary between £3200 and £7200. The actual cost can only be determined when a roofing company comes to assess your roof. 

We have compiled a small list of example roof prices below so you can get an idea of how much each job might cost. Example prices include the cost of labour and VAT.

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Tiled roofs

The most widely used material on roofs is roof tiles. Keep in mind; you are not limited to roof tiles as your choice of roof covering. There are other types of roof covering available, although the size, quality, and price may cost more or less than standard roof tiles.

Although slate costs more than standard roof tiles, it has a longer shelf life because it is a lot more durable. A slate roof will usually last a lot longer than cement and tiled roofs.

Flat Roofs

House extensions, garages, and some sheds usually have a flat roof. Although a flat roof doesn't cost as much to replace, they are susceptible to problems such as pooling and leaks.

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Here's 5 Ways You Can Lower Roof Replacement Costs

·Spend some time reading about roofing. Find out what equipment and materials are required and how much it costs. Once you understand what the job involves, you will be able to make some adjustments to the quotes and possibly save some money.

·Never accept the first quote. Get roof replacement quotations from several different roofing companies so you can compare them. If you receive a suspiciously low quote, be on your guard.

·If you receive a quote that goes over your budget, ask the roofing contractor if there is anything that could be altered? Some roofers are more than happy to suggest alternative materials to help reduce the roof replacement cost.

·Try to avoid having a roof replaced during the winter. Roofers are usually very busy during the winter and are likely to charge more. The best time of year for a roof replacement is between March and September, when roofers are not as busy.

· Save money by doing some of the work yourself (as long as you have the skills, knowledge, experience and equipment). Replacing your own roof is not suitable for a DIY enthusiast. Putting your life at risk to save some money isn't a good idea. Besides, a DIY roof will probably cost you more money in the future if you don't know what you're doing.

How Much Does it Cost for a New Roof on a Garage?

The cost of a new garage roof will depend on the size of the garage and what type of roof. The average cost of a bitumen felt roof for a garage is about £800. Labour costs for installing a felt roof would be around £350, and the cost of materials would be around £450. 

Remember that these are only guide prices and are not to be taken literally. There are many factors that need to be taken into account when calculating the cost of a flat roof replacement such as:

Location: the location of your garage will determine the cost of labour. If you live in London, you should expect to pay around 20% more than anywhere else in the country.

Garage size: a double garage roof would require twice as many materials and labour as a single roof making it more expensive.

Condition of existing timber: If the roof was leaking, the existing timber roof frame may have wood rot and need replacing. The cost of replacing a timber roof structure for a garage would be around £500.

Choice of roof covering: bitumen felt is one of the most popular materials used on a flat roof because it costs less than slates or tiles.

Completion time: A roofer should take about one day to replace a flat garage roof. If felt is not the material being used, it will likely take longer.

What is Reroofing?

If your home or business needs a new roof, a roofing contractor is likely to use the term reroofing. A roof replacement and reroofing are the same things.

New roof, roof replacement, and reroofing are all the same. If you are talking with a roofer and you hear any of these words, they all refer to the same thing. If your roof is always leaking or needs a lot of repairs, a roofing company might recommend reroofing.

The cost of reroofing your home will depend on what type of roof you have, the materials you use, and the roofing company you choose. You can expect reroofing costs to be higher if your roof needs any structural repair.

What is Roof Restoration?

In some cases, a roof restoration would be a better option than reroofing. As long as your roof's condition isn't too bad, a roof restoration might suffice.

When a roof is being restored, the roofing contractors will assess your roof's current condition and salvage everything they can. If the roofing contractors cannot repair a specific part of your roof, it will be replaced with brand-new materials. 

Once a roof has been restored, the roofing company will make sure the roof passes all structural safety procedures, and it will be just as good as a brand-new roof.

The cost of a roof restoration is considerably less than the cost of reroofing because there is less work and materials involved.

How Can I Lower the Cost of Replacing my Roof?

It's surprising how much it costs to maintain your home. By the time you've paid the mortgage, gas and electric bill, food bill, car insurance, fuel for the car, clothes for your family, dog food (if you have a dog), and pocket money for the children, there might not be much left for your roof.

Fortunately, there are a few ways you can lower the cost of a roof replacement.

Hiring a pro roofer (at the best possible price) should be the first thing on your list. You don't want to skimp on quality workmanship. If you are tempted to lower the quality of workmanship to try and save money, it will only cost you more money in the long run.

A professional roofing contractor will be able to thoroughly assess your roof and recommend the best materials to use for the job. If you mention that you are on a tight budget, they might be able to get you second-hand roof tiles from a reclamation yard. Using second-hand roof tiles or slates is likely to save you some money.

Do Roofers Have any Hidden Costs?

Apart from the usual roof replacement costs mentioned above, there may be other costs involved that you have not thought about, such as:

Gutters & Fascias

When you receive your quote for a new roof, you might want to check if it includes replacing soffit and fascia and new gutters in the price. Usually, the cost of new fascias and gutters would be an add-on and billed separately.


You will need to hire a skip to remove the waste from your old roof. Most roofing companies will include the cost of skip hire within your quote, but you might want to check it is included for your own peace of mind. You should expect to pay around £200 to hire a skip.


Most reroofing jobs will need scaffolding erected around your property. Have a look through your new roof quote and see if scaffolding has been included within the quote. Hiring scaffolding for an average three bed semi-detached house costs around £1000.

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Is Replacing Your Roof a Good Investment?

It is much wiser to think of roof replacement costs as an investment rather than an expense. The cost of replacing a roof might seem quite steep at first, but it adds value to your home. A new roof will last at least 20 years and increase the value of your property by at least £6000-£15,000.

If you cannot afford to pay for a new roof, you might be able to get some help. If your roof has been severely damaged during a storm, your home insurance may cover the cost of a new roof. Another good option is to get a low interest loan and spread out the payments over several years.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor 

If you want to hire a roofer to replace a roof, it's good practice to get at least four quotes. Getting at least four roof replacement quotes from local roofing contractors allows you to compare the quotes and ultimately get the best price for a new roof.

If you notice one of the roof replacement quotes is much lower than the others, be on your guard. If something seems too good to be true -it usually is. Most professional roofers have an idea of how long a complete roof replacement will take to finish and the cost of materials. An inexperienced roofer is likely to underestimate the amount of work involved and possibly make mistakes.

Professional roofing estimates are usually within £2000-£4000 of one another for the same job. If a roof replacement quote falls outside of this margin, you might want to check with the roofer that all of the costs have been accounted for in your quote.

It's always a good idea to do some research before finally choosing a roofer to replace a roof. Look for the name of the roofing company online and look at the ratings and reviews. Do they have good ratings? Do they have plenty of positive reviews? Your mind will be much more at ease knowing that you are hiring a professional roofing contractor and not a rogue trader. Don't be afraid to ask questions about their experience and qualifications.

Save Money on the Cost of a New Roof

If you are browsing the Internet trying to get an idea about the cost of a roof replacement, then we are here to help. Let's face it, you can pick up the phone and call numerous roofing companies in your local area, but how do you know they have a good reputation? You have no idea how much a new roof cost, so you are relying on trust.

Wouldn't your mind be more at ease if you knew you were hiring a roofing company that has plenty of positive reviews and completes work to the highest standards? What about having full public liability insurance in case of an accident?

The Roofing Association have the largest database of trusted, professional roofers in your area. Most of the roofing companies where you live are on the database.

If there's a shortage of roofing work in your city, you could benefit by having the different roofing companies competing against one another on the price to get your job. It's possible to save as much as 30% off roof replacement costs.

By entering your details into this form, you can get free, no obligation quotes for a new roof installation from trusted, reliable roofing companies in your area.

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