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5 Common Factors of Roof Repair Cost

A roof repair can sometimes seem like an expensive process, but by understanding the factors that go into the repair of a roof you can be better prepared. It’s best to have a roofing contractor come give you a free estimate to determine what damage you may have.
Annual maintenance can help limit your overall roofing expenses because the longer you allow a problem to persist, the more complicated and more expensive the repair can become. The following five factors are some of the most common things that can affect your roof repair costs.

  1. Roof type
    The type of roof on your home greatly influences repair costs. Factors such as the pitch, slope, and roofing material type all play into the cost. Roofing material costs have significant variances based on roof types and certain roof types, like a steep roof, unusual design, etc. will require more material and labor. For example, a very steep roof may be more difficult, and require additional safety measures to protect the workers. When there are additional measures to be taken it may increase the time it takes to repair the roof and therefore the cost of the roof repair.

    2. Roofing Repair Permits
    The location where you live can have an affect on the roofing repair costs as well. If the Roofing Contractor needs to pull permits for repairs then the price of the permit may be a flat rate or based on the home size or value.

    3. Scope of Roof Repairs
    As you might expect, the size of the repair is one of the biggest factors that determines the price of the job. The roofing contractor will often price the repair based on the square footage of the area to be repaired. Depending on the amount of damage, sometimes a roof replacement can be more cost effective if there are multiple large areas that need to be repaired.

    4. Existing Water Damage
    A minor repair will obviously cost less than a more extensive one. A minor leak that is only in one area of your roof will be easier to repair and cost less. Unfortunately, water can quickly damage a home’s structure and sometimes you won’t be able to see the extent of the damage until the shingles or other roofing materials are removed. Repairing water damage can increase the cost but can’t be overlooked as it can easily lead to secondary problems such as mold, rot, etc. and can lead to the eventual need for a roof replacement.

    5. Chimney and Skylights
    Chimneys and skylights, and other unique rooftop elements can increase the cost of a roofing job. The roofer will need to work around them and this may increase the labor costs. Sometimes these things need to be replaced, or the flashing that seals the skylights, chimneys, etc. will need to be replaced which may increase the cost of repairs anywhere between $200-$500 or more.

As with any home repair, it’s always best to get quotes from at least three roofing contractors before you make your choice. Estimates can vary greatly between roofing companies. Be cautious if an estimate seems exceptionally low because it could mean the roofer isn’t operating legally. Contact us today to set up your free inspection and estimate today.

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