As a property owner, one of the most significant decisions you will ever make is whether to repair your roof or replace it. It is no secret that roof repairs are significantly less expensive than a complete replacement. However, this won’t necessarily be a long-lasting solution to your problem, especially if your roof is old or has sustained severe damage. If this is the case, a roof replacement will be a preferable and more cost-effective option. So, if the roof felt under your tiles is showing signs of advanced wear and tear, it is best to have it replaced. But what exactly is the cost of replacing roof felt under tiles?
How Much Will it Cost to Put New Roof Felt Under Tiles?
If you own a residential property, it will cost approximately £200 to replace a small patch of roof felt under your tiles. However, if the damage is extensive, you can expect to pay a lot more. For example, if your entire roof needs replacing, it can cost anything from £2,300 to £7,300.
There are several other factors that can add to the overall cost of your roofing project, including:
- The reason for replacing your roof felt
- The process of re-felting your roof
- The cost of support materials
- The extent of the damage
- Labour charges
Always Ask for a Quotation
Unless you are in the roofing business or a DIY expert, it is always advisable to seek professional help when repairing or replacing your roof. In fact, it is strongly recommended that you hire experienced roofing contractors such as Kingsley Roofing Services as this will ensure that you obtain high-quality results. Nevertheless, before you hire any professional roofer, make sure you ask for a quotation. In order that you are fully aware of exactly what you will be paying for, your chosen roofing company should provide you with a breakdown of the estimated cost of the roofing project. This should include:
- Scaffolding – the cost of setting up the scaffolding and its eventual dismantling when the project has been completed.
- Felting – previously, roofers would use actual felt; these days, however, modern materials such as a breathable membrane are utilised.
- Battens – they help secure the felt to the rafters.
- Tiles – in terms of labour, it is more expensive to strip your roof and put the tiles on than to dump them in a skip and install new ones.
- Skip hire – the cost of waste disposal (including labour).
Besides the items mentioned above, other factors could also affect the overall cost of replacing roof felt under tiles.
1. Your roof’s complexity
Compared to roofing systems with simple designs, it usually takes longer to re-felt and re-tile complex roofs. For instance, if your home has a chimney, your roofer will have to replace the flashing at the spot where the roof tiles and chimney stack meet. This will require additional time and materials.
2. Unexpected damage
Sometimes, a simple leak repair can lead to something more problematic. When stripping a roof, it is not uncommon for roofers to find additional problems, such as rotten timbers. If your roofing system has extensive ‘hidden’ damage, it is advisable to fix everything at the same time before completing the project.
3. Heritage property
If you have a heritage or period property, it is better to re-use the existing tiles and patch any broken or chipped ones in order to maintain the unique look. Similarly, if your house is in a conservation area, any roofing work that is carried out should be in keeping with the property’s style and age. Unless the roof only requires minor repair work, it may be necessary to seek listed building consent before proceeding with the project.
4. The timing of the repairs
The timing of the work can also have an impact on the overall cost of replacing roof felt under tiles. For instance, it is usually cheaper to start a project in the autumn or winter months as roofing companies are generally less busy at this time of year. However, it is important to remember that there is a risk that inclement weather could delay the work which could in turn increase the time required to complete the project. This would also affect the cost of labour.
Always Do Your Homework
A high-quality roofing project can have a significant impact on the value and look of your property. For this reason, you must do your homework and calculate the estimated cost before you begin the work. Not only will this ensure that you get value for your money, but it will also mean that you will enjoy a considerable return on your investment.
Need help replacing the roof felt under your tiles? At Kingsley Roofing Services, we will be happy to offer you all the advice and assistance you need. Contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation.