Whether you’ve got a few slipped roof tiles or your guttering needs replacing, these jobs are important to ensure water doesn’t get into your home or build up in your foundations, causing extensive damage to your property. Read our cost guides to find out how much you should budget for your roofing and guttering projects.
If you need a new roof, you know it’s not going to come cheap. That’s why it’s best to shop around for the cheapest quotes. We’ve seen roofers’ hourly rates as low as £21, but the average across the UK is £29. A typical day rate is £207, but a roofer’s day rate can range anywhere between £165 to £242 per person.
Remember, it’s not always best to go with the cheapest quote. Make sure you gather a range of quotes from local roofers and assess their qualifications, reviews and references from other customers. Beware of unusually cheap quotes – the roofer may not have the experience to handle your project or they might not have the correct insurance. Always do your research on each roofer before engaging them for any work.
Clay-tiled pitched roofs generally need to be replaced every 20-25 years, but it depends on the quality of the installation and how well your roof is maintained – for example, you keep gutters clear, keep chimney stacks in good states of repair and get any problems fixed as soon as you notice them.
Slate roofs could last up to 100 years if maintained properly, while flat roofs have a shorter lifespan – 15 to 20 years when looked after correctly.
The main thing to do to prolong the life of your roof is inspect it at least twice a year and after any bad weather to get any problems fixed immediately.
It will take around a week to reroof a house, but it of course depends on how big your roof is and whether there are any additional complexities or issues that need fixing. However, it could take as little as 2 days or up to 2 weeks to replace the roof on a house, so make sure you discuss the timespan with your roofer before going ahead. You may want to leave your property while the roof is being replaced, but you don’t have to.
You don’t always need scaffolding to replace guttering, but sometimes it’s necessary. If you need lots of work done to your guttering, soffits and fascias or your gutters are up very high, it may be safest for your roofers to use scaffolding. This will increase the cost of the job, but if it’s unsafe for your roofers to work, you and they could get in a lot of trouble if something goes wrong.
If your gutters are easily accessible or at a lower height, your roofer can use ladders and other safety equipment to replace your guttering.