How Much Are Roofers Charging For a New Roof?

Are you looking to replace the roof on your property? Obviously, this is a significant project to undertake but what is the going rate for this type of work? What are roofing companies in the United Kingdom charging for a new roof?

On this page will we explain:

  • who we are and how we got these figures
  • what work is involved with a replacement roof
  • how long the work takes
  • what the average price is, based on our unique insights

What is Quotation Check?

For visitors to our site that have never heard of us before; Quotation Check is a price research service based in the UK.

We have over one hundred “average” home improvement prices on our site (see the entire list here).

The process is simple but yields insightful and helpful results:

We send out quote requests to tradespeople and businesses around the country for common projects such as roofing or plumbing work.

We then calculate an average cost and display the figures on our website.

Because every job is different we also provide details of the project for comparison.

How You Can Save Money

Chances are you have come to this page because you are unsure of how much a new roof will cost and want a ballpark figure.

We actually go one step further and instead of taking a guess at how much a new roof will set you back, we will provide you with a fully costed average figure.

Visitors to our website have consistently given us good feedback; some have avoided companies that are charging outrageously inflated prices while others use our suggested price as a negotiating position when dealing with salespeople.

How Many Roofers Responded to Our Quote Request?

In total there 18 respondents to our quote requests:

The Specifics of Our Roof

Clearly, every roof is different but the roofs we sourced quotes for were all of similar shape and design:

  • a 3 bed house
  • up-and-over roof design
  • 65-70 square metres
  • new concrete brown roof tiles

What’s Included in the Price Below?

Below you can see our average figure for a new roof.

When we sourced the quotes, we asked our chosen companies a few questions, such as how long the work will take and the process involved.

Several of the businesses provided us with a works schedule.

What you see below is all included in the price:

Day 1 – Preparation – Get the scaffolders in, arrange for skip hire, arrange for delivery/collection of materials to the site.

Day 2 – Remove existing tiles, cement, timber batons and underfelt. Lower all to ground, salvage any tiles that are in reasonable condition. Supply and install new breathable underlay/felt. Install new timber batons.

Day 3 – Cart tiles up to scaffold. Lay roof tiles and secure to the roof with fixings. Secure cement under boards to gable ends.

Day 4 – Cement tiles to ridge and gables with a 3-1 sand/cement mix. Tidy up in preparation for lowering of the scaffold. Sell any old tiles to reclaim yard.

As a guide: an “up and over” terraced house or semi can be done in 2-3 days. An “up and over” detached will take 3-4 days because of the extra cement work involved.

Notable Exclusions

To keep things simple, we didn’t include the cost of any of these. You may want to consider having them replaced as it’s much cheaper to do it when the scaffold is already in place:

  • new gutters
  • new roofline boards
  • repointing chimneys
  • new leadwork around chimneys

A Breakdown of the Average Cost

Below you can see a breakdown of the average cost.

This is handy as you can see where your money goes:

  • Cost of materials – £1200 (roof tiles, ridge tiles, batons, felt, fixings, sand/cement, cement under cloak)
  • Sale of old tiles to reclaim yard saves around £100 (depending on type of tile/condition)
  • Scaffold costs – £800
  • Waste/skip hire costs £200
  • The labour costs are variable and will depend on location. Assume minimum £250 per day for both a roofer and labourer.
  • Company profit covers expenses such as insurance, sick pay, admin, advertising, vehicles etc and then leaves a taxable profit for the company. Assume minimum £300 per day.

The Cost of a New Roof – Based on 18 Quotations

Redland 49 roof tiles and felt

Redland 49 – affordable, long lasting and blend in well to any roof

In the table below you can see the average cost of a new roof based on prices from 18 roofing firms.

Don’t forget this price is for:

  • up-and-over roof design
  • 65-70 square metres
  • concrete roof tiles such as the Redland 49 (see photo)

We last updated this page in January 2017.

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London Area£4250.00£4750.00
South, SW and Midlands£4000.00N/A
Outer Region and North£3500.00£3750.00

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Optional Extras You’ll Want to Consider

As previously stated, there are some optional extras that you’ll want to consider:

The above list of jobs can add several thousand pounds to the cost of a new roof on a detached home.

Factors That Can Increase the Price

Our price guide on this page was for one of the simplest and cheapest roof designs; a simple up-and-over roof design. We also choose Redland 49 tiles as they are cheap, readily available at all roofing stockists and quick to lay.

The following should be taken into account when sourcing prices for a new roof:

Choosing small tiles, such as Plain tiles can add a couple of days to the job as they take so much longer to lay on the roof.

Choosing natural slate will add a lot more to the cost of a new roof as they are so much more expensive.

Our quotes are for a simple “up and over” roof design. If you have hips or roof valleys, then this will add between half a day and three days to the project. If you have a more complex roof design then naturally, the overall cost will increase.


A typical hipped roof

A Typical Hipped Roof

Roof With Barn End

Roof With Barn End

M Shaped Roof

“M” Shaped Roof

Gable Roof (up and over)

Gable Roof (up and over)

Roof Brow/Eye Brow

Roof Brow/Eye Brow

Hip and Valley Roof

Hip and Valley Roof

A Rough Guide to Roof Replacement Charges

The figures below are based on our research but as there are such wide variations in both labour charges and material costs that you should get a fixed quote for your specific requirements rather than relying on this data.

Pricing for an “up and over” roof with cheap concrete tiles is fairly simple, the cost is based on a per square metre rate. But all other roof designs have so many variables that these figures should be seen as ballpark only:

Up and over roof, concrete interlocking tiles on a 2-bed terraced house – £3500.00

Up and over roof, concrete interlocking tiles on a 3-bed semi-detached house – £4000.00

Up and over roof, concrete interlocking tiles on a 3-bed detached house – £4500.00

Roof with two valleys,  concrete interlocking tiles, 3- bed detached house – £5000.00

Roof with two valleys, concrete plain tiles, 3-bed detached house – £6000.00

Roof with valleys and hips, concrete plain tiles 4-bed detached house – £8000.00

Up and over roof, Welsh slates on a 3-bed detached house – £9500.00-£12000.00

Simple Guide to Tiles and Slates

Concrete Interlocking Tiles

Redland 49 concrete interlocking roof tile

Redland 49 concrete tile

These tiles are made from concrete and cover a large area. The are dipped in a coloured dye.

These tiles are one of the cheapest per square metre. Expect to pay around £11.50 per square metre supply only.

Concrete Plain Tiles (coloured surface)

Concrete Plain tile with dyed surface

Concrete Plain tile with dyed surface

Plain tiles are concrete tiles, again coated with a coloured dye.

They are produced by several different manufacturers to the same/similar specifications.

They are small tiles but are still fairly cheap per square metre. Expect to pay around £19.00 per square metre supply only.

Concrete Plain Tiles (through-colour)

These concrete tiles are different in that the concrete itself is coloured, not just the surface of the tile. They will maintain their colour for the life of the tile.

Unlike tiles that are dipped in dye, their colour wears off after 10 years or so. Through-coloured tiles are slightly more expensive but still cheaper than clay or slates. Expect to pay £22.00 per square metre, supply only.

Clay Plain Tiles

Machine pressed clay tile - the cheapest clay tiles you can purchase

Machine pressed clay tile – the cheapest clay tiles you can purchase

There are two types of clay Plain Tiles; machine pressed and hand-made. Machine pressed tiles are all identical.

Handmade tiles are all slightly different in shape and cost considerably more. They are popular on period roofs in conservation areas. Machine pressed clay tiles cost around £28 per square metre. Hand made clay tiles vary, but Marley Ashdowne clay tiles are £39.00 per square metre supply only. Handmade tiles can get much more expensive than this, though!


Welsh slate - one of the most expensive slates in the world.

Welsh slate – one of the most expensive slates in the world.

Slates can be put into three categories; cheap man-made “fake” or “fibre cement” slates that are made from cement and resin. They are supposed to look like real slates but rarely do. Mid-priced imported slates (typically Chinese) are also popular.

Welsh slates are considered the apex of roofing slates, but expect to pay through the nose for them.

Welsh Cwt Y Bugail slates cost £68.00 per square metre, supply only. Fibre cement “fake” slates normally cost around £17.00 per square metre, again supply only.

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