Most houses have pitched (raised) roofs covered in tiles or slate.
Many outbuildings and garages, and some extensions, have flat roofs. Felt is the most common covering but newer materials such as fibreglass and PVC are now used.
What you should look for
Spotting these early warning signs can prevent more expensive problems.
Stand back and check your flat roof from the ground periodically. If you spot uneven lumps, repairs may be needed.
An experienced DIYer may be able to fix small problems on one-storey buildings.
Cleaning out gutters at lower levels will allow water to flow away, but most jobs are best left to professionals.
If you do go up a ladder, have someone with you and make sure the ladder is secure.
How much you should pay
A property's height shouldn’t affect price much. If scaffolding is needed, it costs more.
Get advice from at least three roofing contractors on what needs doing and what it might cost.
This is what you should expect to pay for some of the most common jobs:
|Small roofing jobs||Typical cost|
|Clean gutters – front and back||£40-£75|
|Replace one to six broken or missing tiles||£50-£95|
|Replace a ridge tile (along top)||£40-£50|
|Replace about six ridge tiles||£100-£150|
Replacing a whole roof is only necessary when tiles have deteriorated beyond repair – if they’re crumbly or porous they won’t keep water out.
|New roofs||Typical cost|
|These guide prices include labour and materials.|
|New tiled roof on an average three-bed house||£8,500-£12,000|
|New flat roof on a typical 5m x 3m||£1,240-£1,750|
Annual roof surveys
It's a good idea to have your roof and gutters inspected each year. We charge £60 and we clean the gutter at the same time. Photos can be done on request.