How Much Does It Cost To Replace Your Home’s Roof?
Tired of leaks and small holes? Changing your home's roof involves investing in the right material.
Can you imagine a home without a roof? While the idea seems unique, a house can never be complete without sturdy roofing materials protecting those who live in it. The roof is like a security blanket that keeps us safe from the harsh weather and other elements. “It’s also an investment material and an important part of the home because it can withstand the test of time, winds, extreme heat, heavy rains, and even storms. Aesthetically speaking, the roofing is the crown of the house so it’s ideal to consider the type and color that will match the structure and design as secondary consideration,” says architect Angelo Siochi.
Since it’s exposed to different elements on a daily basis, it’s not surprising to see signs of wear-and-tear a few months after renovating or building the house. To keep the home safe and in good condition, it’s essential that you replace the roof when temporary solutions don’t cut it anymore. “If the roof is already leaking, if there are cracks that may cause structural damages, and if it’s already sagging, then you need to replace it. [These indicate] that there are problems concerning the structural foundation or truss,” shares design consultant Grace Moslares of Magara Designs.
How will you know when it’s time to invest in a new roof and how much will it cost? We asked Angelo and Grace for a couple of expert tips. Be guided by the reminders below:
Know when it’s time to replace your roofing.
Are there leaks, holes, and sagging as Grace mentioned? Many of us are guilty of delaying this task by opting for temporary solutions like repainting the roof, dealing with only the damaged area, or sealing the affected part. “The roof needs regular maintenance to avoid replacement and bigger expenses. Always secure the joints, connections, and other entry points of water. With proper maintenance, the roof can last for many years without costly damages and replacement,” says Angelo.
With the help of a trusted professional, check your roof regularly for damages and make sure you act on it as soon as possible. Don’t dismiss minor damages and small cracks as these can lead to bigger problems.
There are different types of roofing available in the market today so it’s important that you invest and choose wisely.
According to Grace and Angelo, there are different kinds of roofing you can look into. One of the most practical and commonly used are the Galvanized Iron (G.I.) sheets. “It can be plain, corrugated, or longspan,” says Angelo. For country-inspired homes, many prefer asphalt roof shingles which are affordable, available in different colors, and help reduce the heat inside the home. “The most expensive but elegant are the roof tiles. These don’t burn, rust, and can withstand the heat. However, these materials need structural consideration, especially doing the trusses for this type,” adds the architect.
Choosing the best type of roof for your home depends on the design of your space and budget.
Take into consideration the look of your house and how the roofing can complement the aesthetic. “G.I. sheets are commonly used in the country as these are practical and water-resistant. Meanwhile, asphalt shingles are durable, easy to install, and often seen in big houses. These last up to 20 to 30 years. Concrete and clay materials are more expensive. You need a structural foundation that is load bearing as these are heavy materials,” explains Grace.
Costing depends on your chosen material, labor, and other necessary tasks needed to install the roof.
Grace and Angelo share that the cost of roofing depends on the size of the home and type of roof you will choose. “It’s best to source at hardware stores and depots to ask for a quotation,” Grace suggests. G.I. sheets are the cheapest and most practical, with a 10-feet roofing priced at P700 per piece.*
“For the cheapest roofing, it will cost around P1, 000 per square meter and it includes labor and materials. The price of G.I. sheets are higher depending on the gauge and if it’s pre-painted. For small homes that measure around 30sqm, it will cost around P40, 000 to P50, 000 including the truss. It all depends on the material you’ll use and the support it needs,” adds Angelo. The price of asphalt shingles depends on the color, quality, and per square meter; while tiles are available at P115 to P250 per piece.
*Cost depends on the store and supplier. Make sure you visit different stores and consult with a professional to get the best material that's within your budget.
Regularly check your roof for damages.
Grace says that leaks and other signs of damage must be repaired right away. “Cut tree branches that may damage your roof or detach it from its bearing. Make sure you clean the gutters and downspouts at least twice or thrice a year and remove dry leaves that may clog and cause leaks,” shares the designer. Consult with a professional to see if you can install a waterproof seal to keep water from penetrating the seams and joints of your roof.
Architect Angelo Siochi and design consultant Grace Moslares are part of RL's Style Spotters. Do you have home- or renovation-related questions? Get in touch with Angelo through email at angelo.agsdesign[at]gmail.com or email Grace at magarainteriors[at]yahoo.com.
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