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Cost guide: roofers

Avoid rip-off roofers with this advice on how to keep down the cost of roofing jobs such as ridge tile replacement, guttering replacement and dry verge protection systems.

Ridge tile replacement

Type of job

Remove existing ridge tiles and perished mortar, then re-bed and re-point to a high standard.

What adds expense?

“Using additives in the water, such as frostproofer, waterproofer or cement dye adds cost,” says roofer Shane Calton from Which? Trusted Traders-recommended Palace Roofline Ltd in Chesterfield. “Ask your roofer if these are really needed.”

How can I make it cheaper?

“If the existing ridge tiles are in good order,” says Shane, “ask your roofing company if they can be reused and re-bedded.”

Your roofer should use a 3:1 mortar mix and rapid hardening cement during winter months.

Fascia, soffit and guttering replacement

Type of job

Remove existing wooden fascias and soffits plus all existing guttering and downpipes, then replace using Freefoam fascia and soffit boards together with a Freeflow rainwater system.

What adds expense?

“Use of foil products such as rosewood, mahogany and black ash adds cost,” says Shane.

How can I make it cheaper?

“Save money by having white fascia and soffits installed,” suggests Shane.

 

You can also save money on roofing jobs by using a roofing firm that has its own access equipment. Subcontracting scaffolding companies can add a lot of expense.

Dry verge protection system

Type of job

Protecting the property verges against rain penetration using a high quality Manthorpe dry verge protection system.

What adds expense?

Cheap products which are installed poorly will fail. “Avoid roofing companies that use doorstep selling. They’re often cowboys and may damage your property or install low quality products that don’t last,” says Shane. “You’ll then have to pay for repairs and professional installation of a new product.”

How can I make it cheaper?

“Get quotes from three roofing companies,” says Shane. “Read online reviews and remember that the cheapest quote may not be the best.”

His final tip is "When looking at online reviews for roofing companies, look for evidence of the business having undertaken work that is similar to your job. That way, you’ll feel reassured that you’re dealing with an experienced and competent roofer."

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