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The roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and one that is constantly exposed to the elements. In this guide, find out more about the average roof installation cost and the different factors affect the overall price you’ll pay.
Whether you’re extending their home, replacing a damaged roof or building a new property, it’s always sensible to do research on the cost of your roof installation.
There are various factors that will affect the price you pay for your roof installation, including:
The average roof installation cost in the UK is around £5,000-£8,500.
We spoke to the online estimators at My Build Estimate – a professional estimating company monitored by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This guide features estimated average costs from them for roof installations.
When repairing a roof, you have two main options: re-roofing or a new roof installation.
Re-roofing involves adding a new layer of shingles onto the existing shingles. Not removing the existing shingles saves time and money, and so re-roofing is often said to be the cheaper option. That said, re-roofing isn’t always suitable for every roof installation project.
With a new roof installation you remove everything from the roof to leave just the deck structure. From there new shingles and roofing materials are added, so you can guarantee both deck and roofing materials are all in great condition with no underlying damage.
Although the initial cost of re-roofing might be cheaper, the price of a new roof installation is nearly always the safer and longer lasting option.
|Roof installation costs||Average UK costs|
|Supply and fit of plain tiles||£22-£25|
|Supply and fit of clay tiles||£26-£28|
|Supply and fit of rubber roof||£80-£100|
|Supply and fit of tin roof||£50-£65|
|Supply and fit of flat roof||£40-£55|
|Extra cost for scaffolding||£25|
|Skip hire (per skip)||£220|
*These are estimated, average costs. Our prices have been researched widely online by the Checkatrade team and represent a ballpark average for your proposed project. Costs may vary by region, the scope of the project and indeed by the products you plan to use.
Choosing the right material is important to give your roof the style and quality that suit you and your budget.
Plain roof tiles are a popular choice in the UK as they tend to look good and are compact in size. This means they can be layered to provide triple depth protection.
Plain tiles are usually made from concrete or clay. Interlocking versions are also available, which can speed up the roof installation and help keep costs down.
Average cost of plain roof tiling: £22-£25 per m2
Clay tiles are fast becoming the number one choice of many homeowners and property developers. Their style creates a Mediterranean feel for your roof, and there are a wide variety of shapes and patterns available to choose from.
Average cost of clay roof tiling: £26-£28 per m2
Rubber roof tiles are one of the more recent options available. Usually made from recycled rubber and featuring an interlocking design, rubber tiles are quick and easy to install.
One of the main drawbacks is their appearance, which tends to be less natural than other roof materials.
Average rubber roof installation cost: £80-£100 per m2
Corrugated steel is one of the most popular materials used for tin roofs in the UK. They’re generally very durable and well-insulated. Commonly used for outbuildings like garden sheds, workspaces and garages.
Average cost of tin roof installation: £50-65 per m2
A pitched roof is the typical sloped roof that is common on most houses in the UK. Their shape helps water and debris to run down the sloped sides and into the gutter.
As the name suggests, a flat roof does not have sloped sides. Popular on garages, modern apartment buildings and homes that want to make the most of having a living space on the roof, i.e. a roof terrace.
Average flat roof installation cost: £40-£55
In addition to the roofing materials and labour, there are a number of other costs that you may need for your roof installation project:
The amount of time to replace your roof will depend on the size and complexity of the job. The roof of an average 3-bedroom house with medium/large roof tiles will take about 3-4 days. Replacing rafters, guttering or other additional work would be extra.