Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Main roof

1 bedroom property 2 bedroom property 3 bedroom property
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Main roof £2,000 £3,000 £3,500 £5,500 £4,500 £7,000
4 bedroom property 5 bedroom property 6 bedroom property
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Main roof £5,000 £9,000 £5,500 £11,000 £6,000 £12,000

The main cost consideration when installing a new main roof is the size of your home and therefore the size of the roof. The next cost to consider is the kind of tiles or slates that you will be using to complete the job. These come in a variety of materials with different finishes and varying costs. Most will do the job of keeping the water out of your home, but you should let your roofer know if there are particular colours or looks that you want and whether you want to blend in or stand out from your neighbours. They will then purchase the roofing tiles or slates for you and have them delivered to your home on the day that the job is to be done.

This is very much a job that you will need a professional to carry out, as it can be dangerous and it is essential that it is carried out well in order for you to keep a dry and warm home. Your roofer will first take your old roofing tiles and slates down before cleaning up, making any repairs needed and then laying felt and the new tiles or slates. These tiles or slates will be nailed down and interlocked. Areas around the top of the roof, such as where it joins the chimney, will be sealed and flashing fitted around the area to make it watertight. Flashing may also be installed around any gulley or guttering that runs along the roof. Special capping tiles may be added at the apex of the roof. Putting up a roof of this kind is a big job and it will take a whole day or more to complete, depending on the size of your roof.

Rated People asked 41 of our registered roofers across the country to give approximate prices for repairing roofs and for laying new roofs.

Please note these are average costs which vary according to the type of roof, the part of the property and the size of the property. Materials are not included and the cost guides are intended only to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact our local roofers.


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