Roof replacement cost in Bulgaria
If your property is in needs of renovation it is important to start with a check of the roof first. We have reviewed this topic in previous posts like Old property renovation in Bulgaria and About roof leaks and roof repair.
We are often being asked with inquiries and emails “how much would a roof repair cost”. And our answer has always been – we would not be able to calculate the costs of the roof repair until we view the roof and its condition at the moment. Each roof is strictly individual by type and construction, and more important by current condition therefore initial viewing and check up is a must.
Sometimes, just before the sale of the property the previous owner takes some actions in order to make his old property looks more attractive and to catch the buyer’s eye by performing partial cosmetic repair which usually includes external painting of the property and the roof. This ‘refreshment” of the roof could surprise the new owners very unpleasantly once it starts raining and the roof begins to leak.
As it is difficult to find out what exactly the problem with the roof is and how it should be repaired, it is advisable that you use a professional to solve the problem, instead of trying to repair the roof by yourself.
Perhaps on buying the property, you have been told that the roof would need just a slight repair with minimum costs. So it could be a bit disappointing for you, when we give you a quotation quite different from what you expect, after we have checked the condition of the roof and have found the problem.
Timber roof construction
Cost of roof repair
The cost of each repair as well as of the roof repair depends on the quantity and the quality of the building materials that will be used and the labor itself. There is one important feature related to roof repair and namely that this repair requires quick and professional work in order that the property is being re-tiled in shortest terms in order to avoid problems that may occur due to bad meteorological conditions.
You can imagine what will happen to your newly renovated and furnished property if such roof repair prolongs for an indefinite period of time. This happens often when the services of non qualified builders are used to do the repair. Roof leak repair is difficult and responsible task and it is not like placing tiles in the bathroom, for example.
Having this in mind you could save troubles by calling a specialist to fix your roof who will do the job professionally and in short terms.
When we inspect the roof and decide the timber construction have become so badly decayed that it is quite unable to provide support then a complete repair is inevitable. This decision is accepted with reluctance from the house owners, but the fact remains the repair must be carried out.
Once the tiles has been stripped from the roof a throughout check can be carried out of the beams and boards. This will help to identify the places where damp penetration has damage the timber. Then the boarding and if necessary the rafters are replaced and the roof can be re-tiled again.
Recovering the roof
The process of stripping and recovering of the roof starts with carefully taking up the old tiles. Whether these can be used again depends on their conditions. We count usually with 20% to 30%, sometimes up to 50% broken tiles, these have to be replaced by new ones anyway. The problem is that new tiles are hardly compatible in size and shape with the old tiles. That is why we recommend to use new tiles for the recovering of the roof. They give the house a new look and guarantee the new roof sealed properly. If you wish to save some costs, the old roof tiles that are in a good condition could be used but in this case only one of the slopes will be covered with new tiles.
List of cost of the roof repair
Let’s go back to the cost of the roof repair. The calculation of the cost is based on the types of the works that such repair usually requires. The following list includes most of the works for complete re-tiling of the roof.
- Stripping the old roof – removing the tiles, cleaning the surface underneath – mud, calc, felt, etc.
- Repair of the timber construction – replacing the rotten beams and boards.
- Installing new gutters and down pipes, replacing the skirting and flashing around the chimney.
- Placing of bituminized felt over the boarding with laths nailed to the boarding.
- Delivery and placing of (new) roof tiles and ridge tiles.
- Installing face boards.
- Painting of the facia boards, down pipes and gutters.
The price of the new tiles varies – you may either use Bulgarian roof tiles that are cheaper with comparatively good quality or imported tiles that are more expensive. There are also different prices for felt, gutters and flashing.
As you see the cost of the roof repair is quite a relative term and varies from roof to roof. If you have a roof in need of repair you can contact us for a free quote. We cover the region of Bourgas and reply quickly to all enquiries. The viewing of the house can be arranged in shortest possible time – usually on the next day.
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