The great thing about having a new roofline is the work can completely transform the outward appearance of a house. If your house isn’t to your taste, a new roofline could be exactly what you need to fall in love with it.
The extent of the building work needed for a new roofline, and the cost of such a project, depends on what you want doing.
There are five main types of project with new rooflines:
- Raising the roof to create more space
- Adding a second story
- Adding a dormer to an existing floor
- Raising the pitch from flat to low slope or steeper
- Changing the elements of the roofline to modernise it
Most roofline projects fall into ‘raising the pitch’ i.e. an aesthetic change which can also yield several practical benefits.
Here are some of the benefits of a new roofline:
- More space
Raising the pitch of a roof can yield considerable attic space. You could use this space for storage or to raise the internal ceiling of the top floor.
- Another room
If your house would benefit from another floor level but your existing roof is too shallow, then raising the roof pitch is a potential solution. Raising the roof would allow you to have an attic conversion with no limitations.
- A new look
One of the common complaints we hear from homeowners is they don’t like the exterior appearance of their house. If this is the case with you, a new roofline will transform the look of your home, helping you fall in love with it.
- Adds value
If your roofline is a downside to your house, then having work done to correct it and make it better will translate to a higher valuation in the future, because the work you have had done is something the new owner won’t have to worry about.
- Aesthetic changes
Sometimes, a new roofline doesn’t involve any changes in pitch. You can change the fascia, soffits, dry verge and trims on a roofline to renew its appearance. For example, old wooden elements can be modernised with UPVC or aluminium.
- Not as expensive as you’d think
It’s a given that wholesale changes to your roof’s pitch and overall design will incur high costs, with £300 per linear metre a good starting point. But if you intend to only modernise your roofline, £100 per linear metre is about right.