When it comes to roofing expenses there are traps people often fall into. Make sure you do not become a victim of one of these lies:
- A roof is a roof even if it is cheaper: If you need to reroof a cheap new roof in 15-20 years you will be paying more at the end. In the long run you pay less if you are investing once for a GERARD roof with 50 year warranty. And you save yourself all the hassle that comes with a major reroofing project.
- Square meter price of tiles is all that matters: Tiles of some manufacturers are often positioned or discounted at an attractive low price deliberately but their roofing accessories (e.g. barrels, valleys, flashings etc.) will come extremely costly. Installation cost can make a cheap looking roofing tile expensive as well. Always compare the whole cost of the roof of different brands.
- Preparations are not part of the new roof cost: Well, what about removing the old wooden roofing structure and build a new one to make it strong enough for new heavy clay or concrete tiles? In case of a GERARD roof none of this extra, unexpected expenses will eat up your budget. GERARD is seven times lighter than a clay or concrete roof and your old wooden roof structure may be strong enough to hold it. It can even be placed straight onto the old roof saving you lots of money and time.
Further factors that influence the cost of any roof:
- New home or re-roof: Re-roofing has additional costs, such as removal and disposal of the old roof.
- Should I replace the insulation in the ceiling space? It’s a lot easier and quicker to install insulation when the roof is off. Insulation in the ceiling is where you can make the biggest difference in keeping your home warm. Replacing your insulation when your roof is off is easier and often cheaper than replacing it through the ceiling. Your insulation may need replacing if it is under 12cm thick, has holes or pieces missing, or has gotten wet and damaged.
- Size: Larger, more complex roofs are generally more expensive; however, the cost per square meter can reduce with a larger roof.
- Product choice: The profile, finish and color you choose can affect cost, because some choices are more expensive than others are.
- Design complexity: As a rule, the more corners your roof has, the greater the cost. Roof style also influences cost.
- Location: Freight costs and proximity to your nearest installer will affect cost.
- Site access: Unusual sites may require special equipment for access.
- Roof height: Some sites will require more scaffolding and edge fall protection during installation.
- Roof pitch and rafter spaces: Roofs with a higher pitch or larger rafter spaces generally cost more. With two-store homes, the cladding and pitch govern the type of flashings required for the top store.
- Extra complexities: Chimneys, skylights, narrow hips and raking cuts will increase roofing costs