How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Roof?

Repair a Roof Costs
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Average reported costs:
$969
based on 23,910 cost profiles
Most homeowners
spent between:
$777 - $1,161
Minimum cost:
$200
Maximum cost:
$1,607
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Maintaining a sound roof tops the list of crucial home repairs. It keeps your home interior warm and dry from the elements. Damage or signs of wear should call for immediate action to keep water from seeping in and rotting the wood sheathing beneath. Ignoring a problem, even what appears to be a small one, will accelerate the need to redo the entire roof.

Roofing Materials

Roofs can be made from many different types of materials and designed in various styles. These include wood shake or composite roofing, asphalt shingles, metal, flat, foam, or single ply roofing. You could also have a type of tile or slate roofing as well. The type of material and style that your roof is will dictate the cost. For example, shingle roofs are considered easy to repai,r while slate or tile roofs are among the most difficult.

Repair Causes

Most roof leaks are similar in nature and leak due to same type of problems. These include:
  • Blown off or missing shingles
  • Bad or leaking pipe flashing
  • Chimney / skylight step flashing
  • Valleys
  • Ice dams
  • Low slope / inadequate roof pitch
If you notice any of these signs, you should call a roofing specialist immediately to get the problem fixed.

Finding the Leak

Sometimes it's relatively easy for your contractor to find the leak because it is already leaking into your home. There are other leaks you might not see, but that are there because of odor or damage to wood. On a flat roof it's relatively easy to find leaks. On a sloped roof, sometimes it might take a bit more investigating to find the cause. Sometimes it may not be your roof that's leaking at all but the metal flashing around your chimney or vent pipes. Your gutters could also be causing the leaks. Be prepared to pay some labor costs for the inspection. Even if you think the leak is obvious, your contractor should do a thorough examination to ensure that there aren't more trouble spots.

 

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