The easiest way to tell if you need a roof is to safely get up onto your roof and inspect it for the following


Asphalt Shingles – The shingles are peeling off or appear to be sun faded or have some crack.

Concrete – Your concrete tiles are chipped and/or cracking in multiple places.

Decramastic – Your tiles are dented, rusty or the chip appears to be coming off.

Longrun (Iron) – Your roof is rusty or dented.

When making the decision to put a new roof on your home, it’s good to know what to look for and what is involved. Also if you’ve never been through the re-roofing process before, you likely have a number of questions, such as:

  • How to tell if you need a re-roof?
  • If you do, where do you start?
  • How do I find the right installer?
  • What should you look for in a quote?
  • Will the roof installation disrupt my life?

These are great questions. We want to help you prepare, so in this blog we walk you through the re-roofing process and provide all the answers. The good news is that it’s probably more straightforward than you think.


It’s a smart idea to do a little of your ow research before talking to a roofing professional. This way you’re prepared with questions and know what to look out for. Below are some things to consider:

Timing – Re-roofing is often weather dependent so for a timely re-roof, you should choose a time of year that’s usually dry and calm in your area. However, if the work has to be carried out during the wetter months your roofers will use a waterproof sheet (tarpaulin) on your roof to prevent any water damage. They’ll only work one section at a time, replacing each section before moving on to the next one just in case it rains.

Your roof style – Know the style of your roof – this will influence which roofing materials will be best to use.

Your Location – The weather and other environmental conditions should also greatly influence your roofing material choice.


Now that you have an idea about what your roof needs – the next step is to look for a great installer that you can trust to do the job. A roof is a long-term investment so looking at warranties and using experienced installers is really where your focus should lie. Try asking friends for recommendations or try a google search for roof installers in your area, if you are interested in pressed metal tiles for your home you can find a list of Metrotile installers get in touch and we can provide you a list of installers for your area.


A key thing to look for in a quote is total transparency – know exactly what you’re being quoted for so you’re not surprised by extra costs later on. Some things that are required for the re-roof but might not be in your initial quote are skip-bin hire, edge protection and scaffolding hire and install.

Pro tip: Calculate your total quoted amount against how long the roof is guaranteed (warrantied) for. This will give you some perspective on value for money between different roofing materials or installers. That last thing you want to do is go to the expense of re-roofing only to need to do it all over again in 10 years because it wasn’t done properly or covered by a warranty.


It’s comforting to know that while your roof is being fitted it will cause minimal disruption to your everyday life. We are often asked how long will it take? Do I need to move out? What else do I need to prepare?

How long will it take? You may be surprised to learn that the average time it takes to re-roof a home from go to woe is between 3 days and 1 week, depending on the weather as well as the size and complexity of the roof. A good idea is always to ask the installer prior to installation for an estimated time frame.

Do I need to move out? Don’t worry there’s no need to move out of your home during this process and there shouldn’t be any damage inside as your roofer should work in sections, removing all of the old tiles or sheets, disposing of them, then replacing each section before moving on to the next one just in case it rains.

What else do I need to prepare? Your roofer should take care of most of the preparation however, it is good idea to check with them what they will organize and what you might have to do. The main thing is to allow clear access to your home for easy arrival and removal of roofing materials.


Once the project is complete, the contractors will remove guard rails and scaffolding from the site, before cleaning up and disposing of work materials. The roofing company will carry out a final inspection of the new roof.

As the homeowner, you will also get a chance to check your new roof at this stage and confirm you’re happy with it. This is a good time to discuss how to maintain your roof and warranties, so you have peace of mind that your new roof will last for you and your family.

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Roofing is not cheap. Whether you’re installing new roofing, reroofing, or doing repairs, you should expect a relatively costly bill. Affordable roofing Auckland says that regular roof maintenance can help you save money where the roofing is concerned but does it? The short answer is yes. Here’s why:

It Ensures Longevity

The roof’s primary job is to maintain a watertight seal on your home, which prevent the elements from raining into the building. If your roof can’t keep leaks from forming, then technically, it’s failing at its most crucial task. If your roof can’t maintain its waterproofing system, you’ll have leaks springing up everywhere. Before you know it, you’ll have watermarked ceilings in every room. The water damage might be so extensive that you’d need to do a full roof replacement – which doesn’t come cheap and could have been avoided.

It Provides Positive Damage Assessments

If your roof is insured, you can expect your insurance company to arrive twice a year to perform inspections. They want to ensure that you’ve been maintaining your roof. If not, and you try to claim to finance for repairs, you might forfeit your right to do so because you’ve been negligent. Remember, your insurance costs are expensive already, but they’re there for a good reason. When you claim from them because your roof has been damaged from inclement weather, you don’t need to foot the bill for the repairs. However, if you’ve neglected your roof, they won’t pay for it.

It Ensures Functional Roofing Elements

The ventilation and insulation within the interior of your roof don’t only keep you fresh in summer and warm in winter. They also protect your shingles from the inside out. How? When you have poor insulation or ventilation, the heat inside the house rises (because science) and builds up in the attic. The heat then radiates through the roofing structure to the shingles.

When shingles are under immense heat, they can curl, crack and break, leading to water damage and more leaks. In this situation, you’d need to pay for better insulation or ventilation if you don’t maintain your roof at all.

Performing regular roof maintenance does mean affordable roofing in Auckland. If you think that the maintenance is too expensive, or is a waste of money, you’re going to get a shock when your roof needs extensive repairs. Remember to get your roof inspected and repaired regularly now, or you’ll have some major problems later.

When your roof needs to be replaced, generally it is not a job you will be able to do yourself. It is a very specialised task and it needs to be done right, to excellent standards and offer a robust longterm warranty when complete.

There are many Auckland based roofing businesses you could employ to do the task and finding them is not difficult; a quick search engine hunt will show you many pages of options. How to choose the right one is often more difficult. Advise on your roof is vital if you are not an expert in the field and finding an unbiased company to give you the information you need can often proove tricky. There are often a few different materials to choose from and when you have decided on the material you want installed there will be different prices from different companies to explore.

You need to ensure that you are comfortable with the company you finally decide on as they are providing the shelter your family will live under for decades to come. The company should be a member of the Roofing Association of NZ and preferably should have been established for many years. It is advantageous to get quotes from several different companies and compare them. Feel free to ask a lot of questions, the company you select should not have any problems explaining roofing terms, processes, materials and warrantys. Ask several times if you feel you dont understand as a new roof is a large investment, probably one of the biggest cost you will incur when maintaining your home.

Do listen to friends and family who have had good experiences with roofing companies in the past, usually this is a sign of a good track record. Often people who have had a house reroofed will return to the same company when they move house and require reroofing of the new property.

The company you choose should value the safety of their workers and as such will insist upon scaffolding or an Edge Fall protection system that will keep everyone on the roof safe.

Ask the roofing companies if they can recommend other materials, or if they are aware of a better material than is currently on your roof, as things are always changing and it never hurts to have all the information.

Generally you are also able to view before and after photos on a companies website, or a gallery of work they have done. Request a drive-by list if you would like to see some in person.

Consider a quote from Cooper Roofing when you think you need your property reroofed, we are happy to give you an unbiased opinion of whether you need it done now, or if there is a few more years of life left in the roof.