Having tiles to protect the roofs over our heads creates a very reassuring feeling especially when the tiles are new. With time however, even these hardy protectors succumb to the forces of nature and they suffer natural wear and tear. They become rusty, collapse beyond repair and become a nuisance to those occupying the house. In many cases, the problem becomes so acute that the only thing to do is to replace the tiles and if that is the case, questions inevitably arise on how it should be done and how much it will cost.
Making the right choice
Making a change to your roof is not a task to be taken lightly as it needs a thorough and meticulous approach. You need to carefully inspect the condition of your tiles and ascertain the kind of work that needs to be applied. If the situation involves only a few worn out tiles, the correct approach will be to replace them with new ones. But be warned that you shouldn’t take it upon yourself to carry out repair work before you have fully discussed the matter with an expert roofer. They will assist you in assessing the roof and advice you on how best to approach the issue. They can advise you on whether to repair, renovate or replace your tile roof.
The cost components
There are many components that make up the total cost of your roof when you are thinking of doing something to it. Steepness of the roof is a critical determinant of how much the cost will be. Your need to have guttering and insulation installed is an additional cost component and so is the difficulty level of accessing the roof. Finally, the ultimate cost will also depend on the type of tiles you prefer. Roofing experts estimate the cost of completely replacing every tile with new ones of somewhere between $12,000 and $20,000 or above, but the cost of dislodging your old tiles and removing them from the site will also need to be added to these figures. Replacing all the tiles is therefore a major financial undertaking.
The actual total cost
The task of approximating the actual cost of a newly installed tile roof is difficult if not impossible. Every house is different and preferences for maintenance or replacement materials often differ, roof designs also vary and so also roof accessibility. Nevertheless, roofing experts have come up with between 2% to 4% of the total value of the property as being the best estimated cost for replacing all the tiles with new ones. To get an accurate quote, you should personally consult roofers.
The matter of deciding whether to repair, renovate or replace your tile roof is entirely up to you but you are cautioned that in doing so, you should avail yourself to the help of expert roofers. They are the only ones who can provide you with accurate advice and figures.