There are many factors that you should consider first before paying a contractor. Normally, a contractor will give you a quotation based on their evaluation of the problems with your current roof. Many contractors do not charge at all during this consultation stage, although you should be wary of certain companies who do.
Once your home has been evaluated, roofing materials will usually be priced per square metre. A contractor will evaluate the replacements needed per square metre and then give you the quotation.
The cost of the roofing varies depending on the roofing type that you prefer. Roofs made out of concrete tiles are the cheapest, followed by metal roofing, and then terracotta tile roofing.
Roofing made of concrete tiles typically costs no more than $60 per square metre. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is slightly more expensive, with prices stretching up to $70 per square metre. Terracotta tiled roofs are the most expensive, costs sometimes reaching almost $110 per square metre. These prices themselves vary depending upon how complex the roof will be to fit.
Restoration or replacement?
You should also weigh up your options in terms of what job you want to be done: do you just want the contractor to fix a few of the main damages, or do you need to install a new roof entirely? A full roof replacement could cost up to $20,000 - a quotation around that mark or below is typical for the industry. Restoration is, of course, less expensive. Therefore, before formally sealing a contract, you should make sure that the contractor gives you a price quotation that seems fair when compared with the amount of work to be done.
Additional work such as guttering installation will of course raise the price. These additional roofing features are very cost-effective in the long-run, so it is important that a contractor visits your home and gives you a quotation that takes into consideration all the work you want doing. This way, you won't be shocked by any unplanned expenses later down the line.