A roof is one of the most important parts of your home – it keeps you safe, warm and protected from the weather. Eventually, every house needs re-roofing.
An old, tired roof ends up costing hundreds, if not thousands, of euros in repair and maintenance costs over the years. Your reasons for re-roofing your home might be to increase its value or simply to keep your property waterproof.
When Should I Re-Roof My home?
Generally speaking, re-roofing is done when the current roof is damaged beyond repair or the repair would be too costly.
The New Roof Checklist
If your roof is ticking one or more of these points, it’s time to consider getting a new roof installed.
- It constantly gets new leaks that need fixing
- Your roof is older than 20-25 years
- Your shingles look curled or they’re losing granules (keep an eye out for dark patches as a sign of lost granules)
- Your shingles are falling apart/missing near the roof valleys
- There’s moisture or daylight coming through the roof board
- There’s interior water damage or water stains on your ceilings or walls
The Benefits of a New Roof Installation
There are many benefits to fitting a new roof on your property, including:
- Having a weather-proof home
- Increased property value
- Re-roofing costs can be cheaper than constant roofing repairs
- Modern roofs are more secure
What Happens During A Re-Roofing Project?
Not all roofers follow the same procedures, but here at D Hennessey Roofing, we have over 25 years of experience in re-roofing Dublin homes and these are the steps we find produce the best results:
1. Erect scaffold and prepare site
2. Remove ridge tiles, slates and battens
3. Clean off the rafters
4. Replace wall plates
5. Treat existing rafters if required
6. Fix new breathable membrane
8. Re-bed ridge tiles
9. Remove rubble and scaffolding to leave property clean and tidy
For some roofs, there can be hidden issues that are only discovered during step 2 of the re-roofing process. When the old tiles, slates and battens are removed, the underlying ridge ports or gable could have rot. This can’t be seen from an initial roof inspection and it can be an urgent issue to fix. Its essential that any rotten timber is replaced and you should always make sure your roofing company have done this.
For a lot of Dublin properties, there is no access to the roof area outside of the re-roofing process to insulate. Our expert roofers will also insulate your roof for free when you purchase a new roof from us.
During the roof’s first inspection, our roofing team will take extensive drone footage to fully understand the scope of work needed during the project. This will include a full chimney inspection to check for any damage or cracks to the cement, flashing and flue.
After the new roof is fully installed, we complete another full drone inspection to ensure everything is 100% as it should be. We provide both the before and after footage for the property owner to keep.
Things That Can Influence the Cost Of A New Roof In Dublin
- Size and type of materials: i.e. smaller tiles take more tile to install and therefore increase labour fees and natural slate tiles cost significantly more than man made
- Waste/skip hire (We include this for free with all of our new roof projects)
- Labour costs (this can vary around the county and between roofing companies)
- Company costs: This covers things like insurance for the workers, sick pay, administrative costs, vehicles, etc.
These costs include anything that could be replaced, but doesn’t have to be. This can include:
- Replacing pipe sleeves and other leadwork
- Repointing the chimney
- Replacing fascia, soffits and rainwater guttering
- Installing roof tile vents or rigid eaves felt
- Replacing soil pipe sleeves
Replacing your roof is not a simple, easy job but it is well worth the effort in the long run.
Roof replacement is not always more expensive than roof repairs because extensive, repeat repairs could easily add up to the cost of roof replacement.
The thought of re-roofing your property might cause heart palpitations, but it doesn’t need to.
It is incredibly difficult to estimate the exact cost of a new roof, but as a guideline starting price, you’ll want a budget of at least €2,700.
The cost of a new roof can change a lot based on the materials used, size of the roof, the height and roof pitch, the location and accessibility, scaffolding style needed and the labour required.
Our expert roofing contractors offer residential roofing services in Dublin, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are one of the best roofing companies in Dublin and we have a five star google rating from our many happy customers.
For a free roof inspection and quotation, get in touch today.