Here at CJS Roofing, we are faced with all sorts of questions regarding roofing, and so we wanted to talk about some of these and break a few things down. Whether you are enquiring about some damage, getting a roof replacement, or certain materials and styles to suit your house and to make the best investment, roofing has a whole depth to it and it involves lots of different factors and elements.
It’s important to ensure that any questions you have are answered before making decisions or remaining unsure. Some things in roofing such as damage can present danger, so seeking advice and help on the matter is key in protecting your home and making sure that you’re taking the right measures.
So, let’s answer five of the most common questions in roofing…
What do I do if my roof gets damaged?
As soon as you notice any damage to your roof, we strongly advise that you contact a local professional roofer, such as ourselves, as they will be able to advise you on the problem and come out to take a look and provide the appropriate solution. The longer you leave the damage, the worse it can become which is why we urge you to take action immediately. The sooner the damage is seen to, the less work it will require, and therefore the less impact of damage and smaller cost.
How much does a roof replacement cost?
This is arguably the most common question in roofing. Whether you are looking to invest in a new roof to upgrade your home, or you have experienced some damage and want to make a comparison in the price of getting it repaired or replacing the roof completely, knowing the cost of a full roof replacement is something that we get asked a lot.
The truth is, the price of a roof replacement is entirely dependant on a lot of different factors, this includes things such as the size of your house, the quality of roofing material used and more. Of course, the larger the scale of the project, and the higher quality of materials used, the more money it is going to cost. On average, the price of a full roof replacement will cost you somewhere around the region of £5,000. However, you will often find that this is a great investment for your home, and the roof itself will have a long lifespan, ensuring that your home will be safe and protected for many years to come.
Smaller replacements, such as a few missing tiles, will cost you much less, often falling in and around the price of £100-£300. This is good if you are only dealing with a small amount of damage, as it leaves your roof looking as good as new. However, if there is a lot of damage and your roof is quite old, it may be more worthwhile to have a full replacement.
How long do roofs last?
Although this can differ depending on a number of factors, the average lifespan of a residential roof is about 20 years. Of course, it is always good to know how old your roof is when you move into your house, so that you are aware of it aging and roughly when it may require being replaced. Different roofs including metal ones can last for much longer, however no matter what kind of roof it is, the lifespan can be impacted by a number of things including climate change, bad weather and damage.
Do I need a new roof?
When you don’t know much about roofing, it can be hard to decipher whether or not you need a new roof. Again, the best solution we would suggest for this, is to contact a professional roofer. They would be able to carry out an evaluation and advise you on the best and most cost effective solution. Furthermore, you can base part of this decision off how old your roof is. For example, if it’s only 5 years old and has little damage, you would not need a new roof, whereas if it was around 15-20 years old with some severe damage, it’s possible that the best solution would be a replacement.
Is my roof insured?
Basic homeowner insurance will cover a lot of things regarding your roof, which will protect it from most kinds of damage including fire and vandalism. However, smaller issues, such as broken tiles or shingles aren’t always covered on home insurance, but in fact would come under warranty. When you get a new roof, most roofers will give you a minimum of around 10 years’ warranty. This is different with every roofer which is why it is important to know what you are covered for in the event of any damage, and who you would turn to for help.