Roofing Cost Guide – How Much Does Roof Repair Cost
Keeping your roof in good repair helps protect your entire home, and can help put off the need for a roof replacement any time soon. There are a lot of things that can cause your roof to require the need for repair, and depending on the size of your roof, its basic condition, the materials it’s made of, and what’s causing the need for repair, the cost of those roof repairs can vary tremendously. While the only way to know for sure how much your roof repair is going to cost is to have a professional estimate done, you can help determine what your final cost will be ahead of time by looking at various factors.
National Average of Roof Repair Cost
The national average cost of roof repairs ranges from between $316 and $1,015 according to HomeAdvisor, with most homeowners paying around $652. The total range, however, which takes into account how large your roof is and how widespread the repairs are, can extend from about $150 to $1,900.
Factors such as where you live, whether it’s the shingles, the flashing, or other materials that are causing the need for repair, and what type of roof you have all go into determining the final cost of your roof repairs.
Average Cost of Roof Repair in the Washington DC Area
The area where you live can also have an impact on the cost of roof repair. This can be due to climate, the average cost of labor per hour, and the most common types of roofing material used there.
In the Northern Virginia and Maryland area, the average cost of roof repair ranges from $284 to $829 with most homeowners paying around $556 – a little bit less than the national average. Remember that the only way to get an accurate idea of what your roof repairs will cost is to have a formal estimate done by a roofing professional.
Causes of Roof Repairs
There are several main causes of roof repair that most roofs will fall into. On their own, none of these is that terrible, but if left alone and not repaired, the damage could spread to other parts of the roof, necessitating a need for a roof replacement.
- Missing shingles: No matter what type of roof you have, you may lose some shingles over time, particularly if you have lighter shingles such as asphalt on your roof, as these are more prone to being blown away in a storm or high wind situation.
- Cracked, dented, or damaged shingles: Your shingles may also be damaged while remaining in place on your roof. For example, a hail stone may knock granules off a shingle causing it to deteriorate more quickly, or it could crack or break a roof tile or slate.
- Leaking flashing: Flashing surrounds your pipe vents, chimneys, and skylights, and it may crack or develop leaks separate from the rest of your roof.
- Ice dams: Ice dams are made of water that melt and refreeze at the edge of your roof, forcing water back up under the shingles and damaging them.
- Valleys: Wherever you have a valley or a low spot on your roof, water could collect there, damaging shingles and flashing.
- Low slope roofs: Low slope roofs are more likely to sustain damage in high wind situations, particularly if they use shingles, which could be lifted away.
Any of these signs, including water coming into your home from the roof, or signs of water damage in your attic should be addressed right away.
Finding the Leak
Sometimes you have water coming in or you see evidence of water stains, but aren’t aware of where the water had been coming from in the first place. Sometimes it’s possible to locate the leak, which can help you get a better estimate of how much work will need to be done, the cost, and will allow you to cover the leak with a tarp if the roof repair contractor can’t get out to deal with it right away.
If at all possible, take a look at the underside of your roof to see if you can locate where the water is coming in. Remember, though, that even if you find evidence of the leak, it doesn’t mean that the damage is confined to that one area; your contractor should still examine the entire roof for other signs of damage before letting you know what the cost of your roof repair will be.
Typical places to look for leaks include:
- Beneath skylights
- Around chimneys and other areas where flashing is installed
- In valleys and other low areas on the roof
- For slits between the shingles themselves
- For missing granules on the surface of your shingles (your gutters being full of granules is also a sign that your shingles are degrading and may require repair)
Common Roof Repairs for Different Materials
Ultimately, what’s causing your leak and what has to be done to fix it, as well as what it will cost, is determined by what type of material your roof is made of. Roofs can be made of many different materials including slate, tile, metal, wood, and asphalt, and all will require specific types of repair.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
According to Home Advisor, an asphalt shingle roof will cost around $250 to repair the most common types of problem. The most common problem is shingles being torn off by a high wind, necessitating a replacement.
Metal roofs typically cost around $300 to repair. This is usually due to a problem with the seams, either because they were not fastened and sealed properly when they were installed, or because expansion and contraction has caused them to loosen and lose their seal over time.
Wooden shake roofs cost about $360 to repair on average. The most common problems are either due to moss build up, which can cause the shakes to deteriorate, or due to insect activity on shakes that were not properly treated or made with cedar to help prevent issues.
Slate roofs are among the most expensive to repair at $530 on average. The most common problem with slate roofs is improper installation, which could cause a tile to stick up slightly if it is nailed down to hard. Slate roofs are also prone to ice dams, which can damage the roof deck below the slates if water backs up beneath them.
Tile roof repairs cost around $350 on average, and there are several common problems that can befall tile roofs. Tiles can deteriorate in the heat of the sun, cracking or breaking, which can allow water to infiltrate. Some tile roofs also leak right from the time they are installed, allowing water onto the underlayment below them that covers the roof deck. Over time, this underlayment could fail, letting water into the house.
Flat Roofs – All Types
Flat roofs made of tar, foam, or vinyl will cost around $400 to repair on average. Any aging flat roof may begin to sag slightly in the middle, which can lead to a puddle or build-up of water that can’t run off. Some types of flat roofs may also develop cracks in the roofing material, or if the roof wasn’t cleaned properly before the material was applied, it might not adhere properly, leading to failure and leaks over time.
Other Common Roof Repairs
In addition to the roofing material itself, there are numerous other places where water could be infiltrating your home, which would necessitate a roof repair.
- Fascia and Soffits: The fascia and soffits below the edge of your roof, which help protect your roof deck may begin to deteriorate or rot over time due to insect activity or water damage. These are fairly easy to repair, and cost around $10 to $30 per board.
- Roof Trusses: The roof truss is what holds your roof up. Over time, water damage could weaken or soften the truss, which could undermine the integrity of your roof. Your roofer can determine if repairs to the trusses are necessary, and can quote you the repair cost after assessing the damage.
- Roof Gutters: Your gutters are an important part of your roof, helping to funnel water away from the edge. Over time, they could begin to pull away or develop cracks or rust that will necessitate their replacement or repair. Roof gutter repair will typically cost anywhere from $4 to $7 a section.
- Flashing: Flashing is sometimes the cause of a leak, and will cost around $200 to $500 to repair depending on its location. Flashing can be found around chimneys, vents, and skylights, and it may develop cracks or holes over time.
After taking into account the materials cost of your roof repairs, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of labor. Most roof repairs cost between $45 and $75 an hour, with pricing varying by location, access to the roof, and what kind of damage needs to be repaired.
Get an Estimate
The only way to truly find out the extent of the repairs your roof needs and to get an accurate idea of the cost is to have an estimate done by a reputable roofing company. While you may be able to see some damage and get an idea of what needs to be done, your roofer may see damage that you aren’t aware of.
To find out how much your roof repairs will cost, call today to set up a time for a free estimate, and take care of your roof before small problems can spread.
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