How much does it cost to re-roof your home on a basic budget in Australia?

Whether it's past its use by date or for aesthetic purposes, you might be wanting to replace your roof. This is what you can achieve with a basic budget.

Corrugated iron roof being installed
ARTICLE Jenna Moore

Re-roofing your home, as the name suggests, involves replacing your roof, either because it’s past its use by date or for aesthetic purposes. This is done by putting a new one over the old one (not common practise) or removing the old and replacing it with new (recommended). If you’re on a tight budget, $12,000 is usually the minimum starting mark.

What do I need to know before re-roofing my home?

There are a few things to consider before you begin making adjustments. It’s important to be aware of your local building regulations surrounding roof removal and installation - a Refresh specialist can help you with this. The structure of your building and any preparation work your roofing project might require also needs to be thoroughly thought-out. If you are planning on changing your roofing materials, e.g. replacing iron with clay tiles, the weight difference will also impact the work required in the installation.

How much does it cost to re-roof my home per square meter?

Expect to pay at least $60 - $150+ per square metre for your roofing installation, with corrugated iron being one of the most affordable materials. Asphalt and clay tiles are other roofing options that sit on the lower price range. With the average size of a new home in Australia sitting at just under 190m2, a realistic re-roofing cost - using affordable materials - is likely to be within the range of $12,000 - $30,000.  
Modern corrugated iron roof

What do I have to consider when installing a new roof?

When it comes to financial outlay, first and foremost you need to consider the size of the roof followed by materials; most pricing is based on a square metreage. You usually need to factor in upfront material costs as well as installation costs. It’s important to look at the long-term. It’s always best practise not to cut costs on quality and professional installation as you could well end up having to dole out again in just a few years. Plus the pro’s will meet legislative and building code requirements.

Should I repair or replace my roof?

That will entirely depend on the state of your current roof. If it only requires a few minor quick fixes, repairing it will, of course, be the most affordable option. However, if your roof is clearly nearing the end of its life, a complete replacement might be the most cost-effective option. Leaving it longer will only lead to further expenses.  

Note: prices are rough approximations only, and Renovate Magazine or Refresh Renovations cannot be held accountable for their accuracy. All prices in this article are exclusive of installation costs and any variations unless otherwise noted. 

If you have a more substantial budget, read about re-roofing on a Mid-range budget or a High-end budget.  

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*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed-quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Refresh Renovations specialist. All Refresh Renovations franchises are independently owned and operated.

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