Like everything, it’s always worth asking your roof contractor about any additional costs. You don’t want to get your final bill and get a shock because you haven’t budgeted for certain expenses. So, always ask your roofing expert for a complete quote with everything included.
Here are a few things to consider.
Older homes may not have desired (or in some instances, required) structural integrity to support a re-roofing project. In many cases, structural timber battens could be water-damaged or rotted, meaning they also need to be replaced. In certain areas with high winds, you may even be required to use steel battens.
It’s not always possible for your roofer to know this until the removal of the old roof takes place, so you should always maintain constant contact in case an issue such as this occurs.
Removal of the old roof
Most roofing contractors would include the removal and disposal of old roofing materials in their initial quote. But on the off chance they don’t, make sure you ask if this is part of the service. If not, you may need to search elsewhere, such as hiring a skip bin or arranging another way to get rid of old materials.
If your old roof had ventilation products such as whirlybirds, you’ll no doubt want something similar on your new roof. There is a range of different ventilation options these days, so talk to your roofing expert to decide what will work best. But naturally, the old ones need to be removed and replaced, so this will add to your costs.
Finally, solar panels often get forgotten when planning the re-roofing cost. Much like ventilation, solar panels need to be taken down and put back up when the new roof is installed. As there is likely to be wiring involved, you’ll need to hire an electrician for both the removal and re-installation. It shouldn’t be a huge expense, but naturally, you’ll be paying a solar expert for two visits that need to be accounted for in the budget.