Does My Roof Replacement Need Scaffolding?

As a common feature of many roofing jobs, scaffolding is an easy way to spot when a building is having its roof done. But if you’re looking to save money on your roof replacement, you might wonder whether the job actually needs scaffolding.

In this post, we’ll explore the role of scaffolding, whether it’s necessary and some other important considerations.

What’s the point of scaffolding?

Scaffolding isn’t just a needless eyesore on your home or commercial property. Far from it. It provides roofers with safe, temporary access to your roof. The structure can also support materials, allowing roofers to work from the top of the scaffold rather than having to go up and down all day with bits of materials.

While it might seem inconvenient for you simply because of its appearance and cost, scaffolding is hugely beneficial for roofers as it makes a roof replacement much easier, safer and quicker.

Is it necessary?

As you can imagine, the answer to whether or not scaffolding is necessary is a clear yes. The only time when scaffolding isn’t needed for a roofing job is when the roof can be safely accessed from inside the building, with stairs up to a flat roof for example or a low pitched roof.

There are also some instances where scaffolding isn’t suitable. On particularly awkward, hard-to-reach areas or buildings with more than two storeys, a powered access platform might be a better option. Typically reaching up to 90 feet, it is a quicker and more cost-effective option when access is difficult and for emergency jobs.

How much does it cost?

The cost of scaffolding depends on the size of the building it’s being used on. It starts at around £400 on a small, terraced home, where scaffolding is only required at the front and back. However, it can go upwards of £2,000 on larger detached homes where scaffolding will need to be erected around the sides.

What’s important to remember is that this cost is worth every penny. First and foremost, scaffolding is essential to complete a roof replacement safely. It also makes sure roofers can do a proper job without having to cut corners.

The main benefit from your point of view is that it allows them to do it quickly and efficiently. If a roofer attempted to replace a roof without scaffolding, it would take so much longer, and the results would be pretty shoddy. That means a huge added cost for the extra time and probably more costs in getting the job done again.

With all of this in mind, it’s worth making sure any roofing quote you get includes the cost of scaffolding. This will avoid any unexpected extra costs and also sidestep the possibility of a roofer attempting a job without scaffolding!

Roof replacements in Leeds

Scaffolding is just one of many important considerations when it comes to roof replacements. Accreditations, experience, top-quality materials – the list goes on. At DPR Roofing, we tick every box to provide flawless, long-lasting roof replacements across Leeds.

If you’re looking to get your roof replaced, don’t hesitate to contact our team for a quote.