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Roof restoration is a vital part of keeping the exterior and interior of your property safe. It’s also a great way of keeping your property’s market value up.

The roof is your property’s first defence against weather events–especially Sydney’s, insect and pest damage, water damage leading to mould, rot, or electrical fires.

Maintenance and repair can only be taken so far, when it’s time for a full restoration, you’ll want to know what to watch out for. How is the cost determined? What does the process look like for your roof? How much are you going to be paying in the end?

In this article, we’ll discuss how a roof restoration cost is determined, what factors determine the cost of roof restoration, and ultimately how much you can look to spend on updating your roof.

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Roof Restoration - Signs You Need One

1. Your Roof is Ageing

The first sign a roof is due for a replacement is its age. Generally speaking, roofs will have a 25-30 year warranty, and depending on the roofing material, can last between 50-150 years.

Regular maintenance can put off a complete replacement, but ultimately it’s impossible to avoid the needed replacement after your roof has aged past its limits.

2. Your Roof Looks Old

Whether it’s wear and tear, and subsequent patch jobs or the style of the times have changed, it may be time to completely restore your roof.

If your roof is looking outdated, especially when compared to the roofs of surrounding properties, restoring your roof might be your best option if you want to preserve or increase your property’s value.

3. Water Damage

A sturdy roof is built to withstand heavy rain, high winds, and extreme weather conditions.

However, if your roof becomes significantly damaged from water or a storm, its structural integrity can be compromised and you may need a roof restoration.

One saving grace here is that your insurance policy will likely be able to cover part, if not all, of the roof restoration cost–check with them.

4. Cracks and Holes in Your Roof

Your roof and all of its parts should be properly repaired and maintained so that it can continue to protect your property.

If the cost of maintaining and repairs specific parts of your roof comes close to or exceeds the cost of a complete restoration, you’ll need to seriously consider the latter.

5. Sagging Roof

If your roof is sagging or is experiencing severe corrosion, it’s definitely time to consider a roof restoration. 

Once the roofing materials begin to wear to the point of sagging and corrosion, the entire structure is vulnerable to collapse. If this happens, you’ll be looking at much more than a simple restoration job.

6. High Energy Bills

If you find your energy bills going up, your roof might be the cause.

Either the vents on your roof–which are responsible for regulating airflow–or your roof itself might be responsible for your increased energy bill.

Determine whether it’s simply your roof vents that need maintenance and repair or if your roof needs a much-needed restoration.


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Factors that Determine A Roof Restoration Cost

Giving an accurate roof restoration estimate involves many factors. It doesn’t matter what type of roof you have or in what condition, the process for calculating a metal or tile roof restoration quote is the same.

Let’s go over some of these roof restoration cost factors.

Scope of Project

Your roof contractor will consider the overall scope of the project when giving you an estimate. This includes how much labour is involved, the time it takes to complete the job, and any unforeseen complications along the way.

The entire project may not be a simple roof restoration. The scope might expand to include repairing or replacing other components of your property–load bearing beams in your attic or upper space for example.

If it’s determined that work needs to be done on other components before your roof can be restored, the overall cost estimate for the project will increase.

The project timeline also plays a key role in the final price. The longer the repairs and restorations are projected to take, the higher the final bill becomes.

Accessibility and Safety of Roof

How accessible your roof is will influence the overall roof repair cost estimate.

If it’s difficult for the contractors to get their equipment into the worksite or simply navigate your roof’s design, the added labour will increase the final bill. Complex and steep roof designs can make it precarious for roofing contractors to easily get around, whereas simpler roofs are the opposite case.

If the roof is in a relatively poor condition and thus more hazardous, this can increase your final bill as well.

Roofing Materials

The roofing materials needed to complete the restoration will of course influence the final bill of sale.

Depending on the quality of material, current economic conditions, and materials not just needed, but suggested to complete the job properly, roofing materials can be the second most expensive item in the estimate–behind labour of course.

Always make sure to speak with your contractor for accurate, market competitive quotes before making final decisions.

The Roof Design

One significant contributing factor to roof restoration is what type of roof you’re restoring.

How is your current roof designed? Sloped, flat, gable, or hip designs all come with added complexities and therefore different costs.

The more complicated the design, the more expensive commercial roof replacement will be. Flat roofs are generally the most basic designs, and require the least amount of work, and therefore will be the cheapest.

Roof Accessories

Any additional roofing features can contribute to an increase in your roof restoration costs.

This includes guttering, guttering accessories, skylights, chimneys and roof vents.

Unforeseen Costs

As mentioned in ‘Scope of Project’, if it’s found that other damage either related directly or indirectly to your roof needs to be handled first, that work needs to be remedied before work can begin on the restoration.

For example, if the damage to your roof is severe enough that there has been damage to your roof’s rafters or trusses, that critical work will need to be completed first.

Additionally, if you’re property is found to have mould, you’ll need to hire professional cleaners to make the area safe for construction work. Removing mould generally ranges from $500 to $4000.

How Much Does Roof Restoration Cost?

The answer to questions like this is always, “It depends.”

It depends on the extent of the damage to your roof, the contractor your choose, any unforeseen complications, the cost of labour and materials on the market at the time…

Generally, for the average cost of roof restoration, you’re looking at $2,500 for an average-sized Australian home. Roofing companies typically charge by the square metre, with the price per square metre decreasing for larger areas in some cases

While some roof contractors can provide approximate prices over the phone or online, the actual cost of roof restoration can only be determined after a professional contractor completes an on-site inspection.

We absolutely recommend you hire a professional. Any errors in trying to restore your roof yourself can lead to damages that can leave parts of your roof exposed to the elements. This can lead to water leaks which can lead to mould, rot, electrical fires, or complete structural failure.

If you need any guidance…

We are the best providers of roofing and gutter cleaning services throughout New South Wales so please don’t hesitate to call our trusted team of roof and gutter experts. We’re here to help.

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