There inevitably comes a time in a roof’s lifespan when, whether due to age or damage, replacement becomes a necessity. Faced with this prospect, one of the first questions asked by homeowners is: “How much will a roof replacement cost?” The answer can vary depending on several factors, including the size of your home, the pitch of your roof, the type of roofing material you choose, and the contractor you hire. This blog post will highlight the critical factors that determine the cost of a roof replacement in Adelaide and provide some ballpark estimates to give you an idea of what to expect. If you’re on the hunt for a new roof, be sure to read on!
Size isn't everything
At Oz-Roof, we don’t rely on square metres to price our roof replacements. We investigate the entire work site for access before providing a formal quotation. A roof replacement is not just about the roofing material required. It’s also about how long it will take our experienced team to complete the job and ensure that we protect your home from any potential damage. Consequently, an arbitrary rate per square metre often doesn’t work. This is because some of the more significant factors affecting price are the roof’s pitch and the access to the roof edge. These two factors alone have a more substantial impact on price than the roof’s dimensions.
Key factors: pitch and access
Roofs with a low pitch are easier to access and require reduced labour. The opposite is valid for roofs with a steep rise. One of the most influential factors when analysing a roof’s access is finding the most efficient way to remove 12 – 20 tonnes of old roof tiles and get them in a skip and off-site. Under optimal circumstances, roofers can drop old tiles straight into skip bins positioned close to the roof’s edge. However, we occasionally come across a site that may have no access to a skip bin near the roof edge. We must develop other ways of getting the waste roof tiles off-site when this occurs. Sometimes, this can mean using a crane to lift out the skip bins, which adds to the project’s overall cost.
The cost of roof replacement
The price of roof replacements can vary significantly from one job to the next. A roof replacement in a low-pitched, easy-to-access home will be much cheaper than a replacement on a two-storey property with a steeply pitched roof. That said, here are some ballpark figures to give you an idea of what you can expect:
- A roof replacement on a smaller roof with good access and a simple roof design could be $18,000 – $20,000 + GST.
- A roof replacement on a moderately sized roof with reasonable access and a typical design could be $20,000 – $25,000 + GST.
Remember that the above is just a guide, and the exact specifications of the new roof need to be also considered. Options like roof Insulation upgrade, leaf mesh and replacement gutters are all possible when undertaking a roof replacement.
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Oz-Roof finance options
If you need a roof replacement but don’t quite have the finances, Oz-Roof has you covered. We have secured Handypay’s flexible finance options to help make your roofing dreams a reality. Handypay’s application process is seamless and straightforward. You can visit our website to apply, or scan the QR code on your quote. Handypay offers several options when it comes to financing for your new roof replacement and allows a client to finance as little or as much as they choose.
Deposit and upfront charges
Beware of roof replacement companies that charge a hefty up-front deposit. Many companies charge 30% – 50% of the quoted price upfront to book the job. These tactics lock the client in and provide the roofing contractor with great cash flow. Deposits of this size are illegal. Under South Australian law and in most states of the country, the rules are:
- Contract amount of between $12,000 and $20,000 – no more than $1,000 deposit
- Contract amount of $20,000 or more – no more than five per cent of the total.
Visit the official SA.GOV website to learn more about deposits and payments rules.
To sum things up
There are many elements that contribute towards the cost of a roof replacement. By understanding the different factors that can affect the price, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to go ahead with the project. If you do decide to proceed, be sure to get several quotes and choose a reputable contractor who is licensed and insured. If you would like to discuss the costs of a potential roof replacement for your property, then give us a call or send an enquiry. We take pride in our quick response times and the accuracy of our quotes.
All the best
The Oz-Roof Team