How to Know if it’s Time to Replace your Roof
Water stains on your ceiling, reoccurring leaks and damaged roof tiles are signs that your roof might need replacing. Even if you haven’t noticed any of these signs, but have had your current roof for more than 25 years, it is worth taking a closer look at your roof and considering a replacement.
How to Choose Who will Repair your Roof
Ask your neighbors for recommendations and choose someone local. This allows you to check your roofer’s reputation within the local community. Ensure that the roofer you choose has liability insurance and worker’s compensation – you can request to see their certificates before they start working. Maintain the mind-set that ‘you get what you pay for’ and never choose a roofing company just because their prices are cheap. A reputable company will have standardised prices to cover the cost of their insurance.
What can Influence the Cost of a New Roof in Ireland?
It is important to remember that the cost of a new roof in Ireland will vary greatly from building to building, depending on the size, the tiles you choose and where you live. Other influences to bear in mind include whether or not you will need scaffolding erected, which can cost up to €1000 alone or new guttering, which can cost up to €100.
What Type of Roof Should you Choose?
The cost of your new roof will also be affected by the material that you choose to cover it with. Most roofs in Ireland have pitched (raised) roofs which are covered with either titles or slate. Tiles are the cheaper option of the two, costing around €1 per tile for cement tiles, which last 40-50 years. Slate is less frequently used because it is expensive at around €1.60 per tile, but it will last longer and is harder wearing than tiles. For flat roofs, felt is most often used and they tend to last longer than other roofs, but cost a similar price.
How Much Should you Budget?
We recommend budgeting between €2,700 and €6,425 to have a roof replaced in Ireland.To get a more realistic idea of how much it will cost you, check out this Online Tool. Always ask for a quote in writing from your roofer and make sure that the cost provided covers everything, including scaffolding and skip hiring. Although it is expensive part of maintaining a house, a new roof can add value to your home when you decide to sell it and will also prevent the reoccurring costs that are involved with repairing an older roof.
How Long Does a Roof Replacement Take?
The average amount of time it takes to replace a roof is three to four days – but you should allow up to a week, accounting for bad weather which may make it unsafe for roofers to work. Have a conversation with your roofer before they start work about what your agreement will be if the weather means they are unable to work and get it in writing.
Protecting your Home in Ireland
Having a strong and stable roof may be essential but it is also important that you protect your home and belongings with home insurance and that your level of cover will protect you against accidents and theft. If you are looking for home insurance quotes in Ireland, the AA offers an extensive level of cover, including alternative accommodation, should you not be able to stay in your home due to fire or damage.