Do I Need a Roof Replacement in 2024

Replacing a roof is a significant commitment, in terms of money and the scale of the work. However, as well as addressing any serious damage to the roof, a replacement can have several long-term benefits, including potentially increasing your property’s value.

Before you take the plunge, it is important to be aware of when a roof might need to be replaced and to understand what is involved. So, in this guide, we look at whether you should consider replacing the roof on your Barnsley property this year. We also outline some things to think about before undertaking the work.

Roof replacement vs. roof repair

If you are experiencing ongoing issues with your roof, the main options are repair or a full replacement. However, it can be hard to know which to choose. Indeed, while repair is usually cheaper and less hassle in the short term, it can simply stack up larger problems for the future. In addition, while roofs are sturdy structural components of a property, they do not last forever. In order to decide whether to go for repair or replacement, here are some things to consider:

Roof tiles/slates

Worn or damaged roof tiles or slates can be an indication that your roof is ready to be replaced. If you notice water leaking into the property via the roof, this can mean the tiles have cracked, slipped or become worn. The problem may be isolated, in which case the damage can be repaired. However, if the damage is more extensive, a full roof replacement may be the wiser choice.

Timber condition

Timber trusses and battens are vital to the structure of your roof. If water has been slowly penetrating your roof, it can lead to decay which weakens these vital structural components. This is another area for roofers to consider when assessing your roof.

Flat roofs

If you own a property with a flat roof, issues of concern include sagging, cracks, holes and splits. Often caused by the weather, damage such as this is serious and can lead to water leaking into the property. In extreme cases, it can lead to the structure becoming unsafe. This means a roof replacement will be required.

Roof lifespan

In general, a roof has a maximum lifespan of around 25 years, so if yours is nearing this milestone, a replacement might be due. However, this is just a rough guide and will depend on certain factors. A roof which was professionally installed and has been well-maintained is likely to have a longer lifespan than one which is in poor condition. However, even the most well-looked-after roof will eventually need to be replaced.

If you are unsure whether your roof is ready to be replaced, it is advisable to seek expert advice. We offer survey and inspection services across Barnsley and the surrounding areas, which can give you a thorough assessment of the condition of your roof.

The advantages of roof replacement

As well as the immediate benefit of fixing any outstanding problems, there are several long-term advantages to a roof replacement which can make it an attractive option for all homeowners.

  1. Property value: Installing a new roof is a great selling point for your home, meaning that investing in the work now could pay off later.
  2. Energy efficiency: Heat escapes through a property’s roof, so a new roof expertly fitted and insulated can keep the warmth inside.
  3. Kerb appeal: If you are considering selling your property, the addition of a stylish new roof can enhance its appeal to potential buyers.
  4. Health and safety: A new roof can help to reduce the risk of mould and mildew in the home, while incorporating modern fire-proofing materials.

Roof replacement FAQs

Before you move forward with your Barnsley roof replacement, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

What does a roof replacement actually involve?

The work entails removing and replacing all your current roofing materials. These include, among other things, the tiles/slates, felt and lattes. The process begins with the old roof being taken down in sections and your gutters being cleared out before the replacement materials are installed and the site is cleaned up. Given the nature of the work, it is important it is undertaken by qualified and accredited roofers.

How long does a roof replacement take?

Depending on the property, the work should be completed within one to three days. More complex jobs or factors such as inclement weather or access challenges may mean the work takes longer. This will be discussed with you before the work commences.

Will the property be usable/habitable during a roof replacement?

In general, yes. Of course, there will be some disruption while the contractors are on-site, with scaffolding erected to give the workers external access to the roof. It will also be noisy.

On the day(s) of the work, ensure the contractors have easy access to the property, with driveways kept clear and all items removed from areas where debris might fall. If you have any concerns, you should talk these through with your roofing contractors prior to the work taking place.

What time of year should I schedule my roof replacement?

Whatever time of year you schedule a roof replacement, there are benefits and drawbacks. These include the cost of materials, weather conditions, and availability of the contractors. The winter months, in particular, can present challenges (not least spending a day or more in a house without a roof!).

What does a roof replacement cost?

There are many factors which determine the cost of a roof replacement. Therefore, the best advice is to contact a specialty roofing company for a bespoke quote, which will take into account your property’s specific requirements.

Talk to the experts

We offer expert roofing services and advice to residential and commercial building-owners across Barnsley, including Cawthorne, Silkstone and Dodworth. So, for all your local roofing needs, including roof replacement, contact DPR Roofing today on 01226 670 008.