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How Much Does A Roof Replacement Cost?


A leaking roof exposes your home to various health risks other than tarnishing the attractive appearance of your house,and undergoing future replacement and repairs might be a bit costly

Renovating your roof is something that you might consider doing if it is damaged. It is also crucial to know the roof replacement costs and preparing in advance.

From this article, you will be able to find out the available roofing materials on the market, who can install them and how much it would cost you. 

Factors that affect the cost of a roof replacement

  • Your roof size in square meters
  • The type of roofing materials that you choose
  • Your roof angle
  • The charges of your roofing contractor per square meter

Types of roofing materials 

For tiled roofing, the following roofing materials can be used:

Concrete or slate, terracotta which comes in different finishes which are frost-resistant. If you are looking a non-combustible material, you could pick one of these as they are an ideal choice for bush prone fire areas.

Slate doesn't fade quickly or crack and can last for over a century if the roofers install it well. Concrete tiles can last for 50 years.

Steel roofing or metal; materials used here include untreated Zinc-aluminium and Colorbond or treated Zinc-aluminium. Metal roofing should have a warranty of at least 25 years. It is also durable and flexible.


What is the best option for metal or tiled roofing?

Metal roofing materials are budget friendly compared to roof tile prices. Before choosing any roofing material, you need to consider specific aesthetic factors. Before selecting any roofing, ensure that it complies with the Australian building codes and standards.


Is it compulsory to hire a licenced roofer?


The DIY method of roofing is not recommended due to the safety implications and the specialist skills needed.

You need to ask any roofing expert for a roofing licence before hiring him. Most states require licenced roofers.

A roofing expert should have a roofing licence like roof slating (NSW), roof tiling, roof cladding (Queensland) or a building licence.

Questions to ask before hiring a roofer?

To get the ideal roofer for your project, you need to ask him the following questions before hiring him:

  • Do you have insurance to work in my home?
  • Do you have a licence?
  • Do you have any referees?
  • Can you give me a written quote?

Always ask for a full quote of all the items and materials needed regardless of the size of your roofing project.

Factors that affect the cost of your roofing

Below are factors that might cause the price to replace a roof to go up:

  • Difficult to access sites
  • A roof pitch that is steep
  • An asbestos cement roof


What is the cost of roofing?


Roofing is priced per square metre. Removing and disposing of an existing roofing material might affect the cost of reproofing. Other factors include location and access and the roof pitch.

Concrete tiles are the cheapest roofing materials. High-quality metal roofing cost can be approximately $50-$70 per metre square. On the other hand, roof tiles cost anywhere between $80-$110 per metre square.

The complexity of the roof design and size of your roof determines the costs that you are likely to pay. It might cost you less on a simple gable roof than on multiple gables.

Below are the roof restoration cost per m2 that you should expect to pay:

  • Sarking: $8-$10 per square metre
  • Concrete tiled roofing: $40-$60 per square metre
  • Steel roofing:$50-$70 per square metre
  • Terracotta tiled roofing: $80-$110 per square metre
  • Traditional slate tiled roof: $200-$500

Below are the colorbond roof costs per square metre of stripping and replacing a three bedroom home.

  • Replacement of an existing asbestos cement roof with colorbond: $15000-$20000
  • Replacing existing tiles with colorbond: $20000
  • Replacing an existing metal skillion roof with colorbond: $6000-$10000


How do I get roofing quotes?

Would you like to replace your downpipes and guttering at the time when your new roofing is being laid? As you plan your budget, ensure that the quote provided includes the prices of removing the existing roof materials, disposal and replacement materials.

They should also include costs of sarking insulation and final cleaning up. You can find out more about roof tile quotes from local roofers to get an estimation of the current market rates.

Use the costs in this article as a guide as they are indicative and meant to be used as a guide. They vary depending on location and can be affected by market changes.

Looking for a roofer in your neighbourhood to help with a home maintenance? Simply list your job on Bricks+Agent, a convenient community hub to connect homeowners with local professionals. Register today for free and get the home help you need. 

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Topics: Repairs & Maintenance, Tradie Advice, Property Advice

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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