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Your Top Roof Replacement Questions Answered

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Like all elements of a property, the roof has a limited lifespan. No matter what material the roof is, it will eventually need to be repaired, upgraded, or completely replaced. If you are considering a roof replacement, you likely have some questions about what to expect. Therefore, we have pulled out the most asked questions from our clients when exploring a roof replacement.

How much does it cost? 

The cost for a roof replacement can vary widely. This will depend on the materials and size of the home. Therefore, there is no actual standard price for a re-roofing job. However, most house projects in Australia can cost anywhere between $15,000-$25,000.

How long will a roof replacement take? 

The timings of a roof replacement may vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. However, the average project generally lasts around 2-4 days.

It is unlikely that you will need to vacate the home or building during this time. Professional roofers will use tarps and other barriers to protect the property.

What is replaced? 

Each roof replacement job is different. It depends on the level of wear or damage, as well as the chosen roofing material. Apart from the roof material itself, some other elements may need replacing:

  • Roof materials:  The metal placed anywhere your roofing materials will sit against something, such as a wall or valley.
  • Roof framing: The wooden boards that make up the structure of your roof.
  • Roof vents: If you have existing roof vents in good condition, you may choose to keep these. However, if they don’t suit the new aesthetic of the new roof, for instance, if you change colour, you may want to replace these.
  • Vapour barrier: If required, a new vapour barrier will also be supplied and installed.

Can I replace the roof myself? 

As with any home repair, we recommend that you seek a properly licensed and experienced tradesperson to undertake the work. In the instance of a roof replacement, this is even more important. Roof replacements can be dangerous. Therefore, it is best to hire a roofing specialist with the necessary licenses and credentials. The contractor will comply with safety standards and have the experience to conduct the job safely.

A secure roof installed correctly will also ensure the safety of your home and avoid damage caused by storms. A licensed contractor will install the roof correctly to prevent any risk of damage. In addition, engaging a licensed tradesperson will also come with a parts and labour warranty to cover any necessary repairs.

Why does a roof replacement cost so much? 

Replacing a roof is one of the more costly repairs you can do to your property. This comes down to several factors:

  1. The growing cost of materials:  Australia’s construction industry grows from strength to strength. The demand for building materials, however, has had a subsequent effect on costs. Building materials continue to rise as demand increases. Furthermore, materials have become scarcer due to the impact of Covid. In addition, freight costs have increased significantly and raw materials like steel, timber, copper, are also in short supply.
  1. The cost of labour:  Due to the high-risk nature of a roof replacement job, the cost of labour is more expensive than other jobs. The job itself can be labour intensive.  It requires a more measured approach to health and safety. In addition, the required permits and insurances for roofers are high due to the dangerous aspect of the job.

How do I know if I need a replacement rather than a repair?

The lifespan of your roof will vary depending on the material used. But it could last anywhere from 20-50 years or even more. A licenced and qualified tradesperson will determine whether you need repairs. Or they may determine it is better to conduct a complete re-roof. Even if you are experiencing issues like water leakage, it may just require some simple maintenance.

If you are unsure, give Daklen Building a call. We will visit your home or commercial property and assess the best course of action.

 

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