Roof repair cost

There are many factors to consider when working out a roof repair cost, such as the size of the damaged area and the materials involved.

However, most roof repairs cost anywhere from £100 to £1,000. If the repair is severe or structural damage needs to be repaired then expect to pay more.

Flat roofs are less expensive to repair due to the material that they’re made from.

Whether it is a pitched or flat roof, My Local Toolbox always recommends getting a roof repair estimate from one of our experts for the most accurate cost.

How much does roof repair cost?

An approximate amount for a roof repair cost is £100 – 1,000 in the UK. Roof repair costs will depend on several factors, with the main two being the type of material that your roof is made from and the labour costs involved.

Slate is one of the most popular types of roofing material in the UK, costing around £60 per square metre (m²). Other materials such as lead and tiles cost £80m² and £50m² respectively.

The table below outlines roughly how much it costs to repair a roof depending on the material used per m². It also provides an estimate of how much it may cost to complete a roof repair job over a total of 20m² as an example.

Cost of roofing repair materials per M²

Type of roofing Cost per m² Cost per 20m²
Felt £40 £800
EPDM rubber £45 £900
Tiles £50 £1,000
Slate £60 £1,200
Lead £80 £1,600
GRP fibreglass £90 £1,800

If the flashing has been damaged, which is normally used to protect delicate parts of the roof, that can also add an additional roof repair cost of £230.

roof flashing repair

My Local Toolbox always recommends getting a roofing repair estimate from our experts to give you the most accurate price.

How much does flat roof repair cost?

Flat roofs generally cost around £100 – 800 to repair. Most flat roofs are protected using torch-on bitumen felt as it’s an extremely cost-effective option and offers around 10-15 years of protection before needing to be replaced.

When roofers calculate a flat roof repair estimate, they’ll consider the size of the damage to work out how many square metres of your roof needs to be repaired and the labour it will involve.

You might need to include additional flat roof repair costs if additional damage has been caused to the guttering. This could add between £100 – 300 to your final bill.

What are the other potential costs of roof repair?

Other potential roof repair costs in the UK depend on the size of the issue. On all roof repair estimates, the cost of labour will always be factored in. A professional roofer will normally cost up to £250 per day, and their fee gets added to the final price of the repair.

The hourly rate of professional roofers will vary depending on where you are in the UK. Along with the cost of labour, you may need to pay for a skip to collect all the damaged materials. The cost to hire a skip varies greatly. However, an average-sized 6-yard skip will set you back around £250.

How much does roof tile replacement cost?

Roof tile repair cost depends completely on how many tiles need to be replaced and the amount of labour needed to complete the work.

However, as a rough guide, it costs around £1,000 to replace 20 m² of roof tiles. Another thing to consider is the accessibility of the roof which could add an extra cost. However, this won’t affect the roof tile replacement cost of most homeowners unless your roof is particularly difficult to access.

Occasionally, roof tiles can slip due to the likes of high winds, corrosion and the roofing structure that holds the tiles in place failing. The cost to repair slipped roof tiles can cost £100 upwards depending on any potential damage under the roof’s surface.

How much does roof leak repair cost?

There are several things to consider when working out how much it costs to repair a roof leak, namely the size of your roof and the damage that the leak has caused. However, it will normally cost around £500 to fix a roof leak.

Most roof leaks are caused because the surface of the roof has become worn, leading to cracks or holes appearing. Water seeps through the outer protection of the roof, making its way through the underlay, insulation and ultimately ceiling or walls.

The roof leak repair cost will likely depend on the damage caused to the roofing materials and flashing that protects the likes of the roof valleys and chimneys.

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Roof repair FAQ

Will I need planning permission for a roof repair?

You likely won’t need planning permission for a roof repair because the roof isn’t changing in any substantial manner. By repairing the roof, you’re simply improving the condition or mending what’s already there.

The only time you may need planning permission would be if you were getting a new roof which is a different type to your old one. For example, if you were switching from a flat roof to a pitched roof, the increase in height may have a detrimental impact on your neighbours home.

The pitched roof could obscure the sun or obstruct their view. As a general rule, it’s always best to check with the local council before undertaking any substantial work on your home.

Who should repair or replace my roof?

Whether you’re repairing or replacing your roof, it’s a substantial undertaking. Research has shown that a new roof can increase the value of your home by £10,000 on average, offsetting the roof repair cost.

That’s why it’s extremely important to choose the right professional roofer to carry out the work. Luckily, My Local Toolbox has you covered. If you have no roofing experience, attempting to carry out the job yourself could lead to more problems than it solves.

What roof jargon should I be aware of?

If you’re not a professional roofer, you’re likely to encounter some unfamiliar terms when working out a roof replacement cost or the cost of replacing roof felt under tiles, for example.

Although a roofing professional will help you understand the intricacies of the job, it always helps to be knowledgeable when undertaking a project such as replacing your roof. Use our jargon-buster below to learn the key roofing terms.

Roofing jargon Definition
Batten A secure frame used to fasten the roofing materials to the structure.
Dormer Typically a window that vertically protrudes from the roof.
Drip edge A preventative metal flashing that stops water getting under the roof.
Eaves The section of the roofing that overhangs the wall of the house.
EPDM A type of synthetic rubber used in a variation of roofing works.
Fascias The supporting wooden board that keeps guttering in position.
Flashing A protective metal layer that prevents water ingress at meeting points.
Flat roof A roof with a horizontal surface with a slope of up to 10 degrees.
Gutter A plastic trough on the side of the roof used to collect rainwater.
Pitched roof A roof with steep, sloping sides that meet at the peak.
Rafter Typically wooden beams that form the structure of the roof.
Ridge The point of a pitched roof where both sloping sides meet.
Hip A roof structure with all four sides sloping and no vertical sides.
Sheathing Roof decking made from plywood boards to strengthen the roof.
Shingle A flat, overlapping roofing material widely used on modern homes.
Slate A traditional roofing material made from natural rock.
Truss Wooden framework that provides support to the roof.
Underlay A protective layer between the roof and the insulation.
Valley The point where two slopes meet, normally at the corner.
Void The space between the ceiling and the roof’s surface.

To find out more about the other factors you should consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, visit our roofing page. If you decide to get a new roof rather than repair your current one, our cost of a new roof guide will give you an idea of what to expect.

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