Re-roofing might sound like a daunting project to tackle, but luckily it doesn’t need to take too long. Read on to find out why you don’t need to run from a leaking roof.
You need a roof over your head. But what if that roof is missing shingles, showing signs of cracking, or simply just old? You’re probably wondering how long you can afford to go without parts of your roof. Though, the questions should really be if you can afford not to fix your roof.
Too often homeowners in Brisbane leave roof repairs till it’s too late, and a bald spot is turned into a roof-related emergency. And, as Murphy’s law works, that would typically happen over a weekend amid the worst storm of the century, right?
In some instances, you’ll need more than just a quick repair. If your roof is already quite old and the issues return, it might make more sense to opt for re-roofing. Luckily, it doesn’t take that long. Let’s break down the most important considerations when tackling this type of project.
What does re-roofing entail?
In short, re-roofing refers to updating the roof of a property without removing the whole roof. This means that you’ll leave the base layer as it is, and you’ll replace only the damaged roof deck. Though, once the work is underway and it reveals that the base layer can’t be used as is, you might have to opt for a roof replacement instead.
How long does a re-roofing project take?
Let’s say that everything goes according to plan (and the weather plays along). In that case, the re-roofing project can take on average between three to seven days. If you opt for metal re-roofing, it might even be completed in as little as two days.
First, there will be an initial examination. During this key step of the process, installers will inspect your roof, take the measurements, and identify the repairs that have to be completed. Based on their findings, they will also be able to draw up a quote.
If the quote is in order, the team can start with the prep work. Before any installation can be completed, any safety precautions must first get identified and the environment prepared accordingly. Then the actual replacement of the roofing materials can occur, with larger roofs taking longer than smaller or less complex ones to complete, of course.
What can you expect to pay?
Considering that they will work for about a week at your property on your roof, you’re probably stressing over the amount that this intensive labour will amount to. The good news is that re-roofing is usually cheaper than a roof replacement.
That said, there are a number of factors that can impact the pricing. Not only will the size of your roof play a role but also its pitch. The type of material that you opt for will also play a role. You have three options: metal, zincalume, or colorbond. Colorbond and zincalume cost more or less the same and pricing for both these materials start at $50 per square meter. Metal is the most expensive option and can set you back almost double the amount with pricing ranging between $90 and $120 per square meter.
Is it worth it?
Cost aside, the idea of having workers on your property for possibly a week is enough to make most homeowners want to run for the hills. For this reason, many property owners in Brisbane delay re-roofing. While you can simply repair a particular section that continues giving you problems, you’ll find that the problem will most likely just return. In fact, this approach can end up costing you more time and money in the long run. So, if there’s signs of significant wear and tear, it might be better to get it over and done with and go with re-roofing instead of the periodic repairs.
Plus, considering that a metal roof can last for longer than 30 years, it is a worthwhile investment. In fact, with the right care and the occasional repair, it can last between 60 and 70 years. Compared with how long re-roofing takes, that’s quite an investment.
Choosing the best re-roofing service
Considering that the contractors will need to work on your roof, you’ll want to work with a team who has done it successfully countless times before. The last thing you want is for one of the contractors to fall and damage your property in the process. So, experience is critical.
Though, don’t take their word for it. Be sure to ask for references and follow up with them. It’s also a good idea to ask if there’s an available portfolio with photos of completed re-roofing projects.
Even with a list of five-star reviews and a high-quality portfolio to back it up, you’ll want to ask about warranties. There are two types of warranties. One covers material, while the other deals with workmanship. Not all roofing companies offer workmanship warranties, but there’s no harm in asking, right?
Let Vincent Roofing re-roof your home while you get on with life
While there are quicker jobs than re-roofing your home, your roof is one area that you don’t want to neglect. Come rain or shine, it offers you protection against the harsh Brisbane climate. The whole project might take as long as a week, but the roofer will generally only enter your home when he needs to inspect for leaks. After this initial inspection, the team will work outside. So, you can get on with your life while the team is busy with the repairs.
If you’re searching for reliable roofers that you can trust, look no further than Vincent Roofing. Our team is licensed, insured, and has years of experience working specifically with metal roofing in Brisbane and surrounding areas. In fact, we’re so confident about our work that we offer a seven-year warranty.
Don’t postpone your re-roofing project any longer. Call us on 0432 660 047 or fill out a form for a fast, free quote.