Everything you need to know about finding a Roofer
Your roof is one of the largest and most stand out aspects of your home so it pays to take the time to carefully consider your needs before making any decisions. Employing suitably qualified professionals will ensure that your roof is safe, looks great and stands the test of time, no matter what material you choose.
There are several types of roofing material available. Your roofing professional will be able to advise you on the most suitable for your home; however, the two most common roof materials are as follows:
Steel roofing – Types of steel roofs include treated zinc-aluminum, such as Colorbond, and untreated zinc-aluminum. Steel roofs are very flexible so are great for harsher weather conditions. Make sure that you get a warranty of at least 25 years.
Tiles – Tiles may be either terracotta, concrete or slate. Terracotta tiles come in a variety of finishes and are frost-resistant. They are also non-combustible, making them a good choice in bushfire-prone areas. Concrete tiles are extremely durable and should last for at least 50 years. Slate will not fade, crack or discolour and can last for over a century if properly installed. It is ideal to use when you want to make your roof a feature.
Other elements that you will need to consider for any roofing project include sarking - a reinforced foil material that is laid underneath the actual roofing surface. Its purpose is to help keep out any water as well as to provide insulation against the heat, cold and sound.
You can also choose to install insulation after your roof has been completed. Your roofing professional will be able to advise you on which insulation materials are best for your requirements. Finally, before erecting a new roof or renovating your existing one, it is always wise to check with your local council and familiarise yourself with their regulations. For example, some councils will only allow certain materials in certain colours.
How Much Does Roofing Cost?
What can you reasonably expect to pay for your roofing project? The first step is to have an idea of the area or size of your roof. This can be determined by using house plans or physically measuring the perimeter yourself. Once you have a square meter figure a roofing specialist would be able to give you a quote. This could range from $80 to $110 depending on where you live, and would typically include removal of your existing roof and installation of all the new elements - roofing material, blankets, battens, sarking etc. Expect to pay more if your roof is especially steep or your property has difficult access. In terms of roofing materials Colorbond is generally the most costly type of roofing followed by terracotta and concrete tiles.
In some states roofing contractors need to be licensed to carry out their work. There is more information about the licensing requirements for roofers on Licensedtrades.com.au.
Why not use our handy Get Quotes service to source three local roofers to quote on your job? This will allow you to assess which is the right contractor and most cost effective solution for your needs.
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