The only way to know for sure how much your roof repair costs are going to be is to get an estimate from a qualified roofing professional. If you’re able to discover some things about the problem that needs to be repaired, however, you may be able to get a general idea of what the final cost is going to be before you call.
According to dallaxroofrepair.com, the national average cost of roof repairs is around $652, with most homeowners paying between $316 and $1,015. The total spread in costs, however, can extend from about $150 to $1,900.
This amount of variation in the costs of roof repair is largely due to several factors including:
- Where you live
- Whether it’s the shingles or the flashing that needs to be repaired
- What material your roof is made of
- How accessible the area to be repaired is
- How widespread the damage is
Typical Causes of the Need for a Roof Repair
The need for a minor roof repair is fairly common, however sometimes roof construction, has been done poorly, but this is often not the case and there are several different things can affect your roof and cause a need for repair at any given time. None of these problems is extremely serious on their own; left alone, however, the damage could spread and cause the need for a total roof replacement, rather than a simple repair. If your roof is leaking or showing signs of water infiltration, take a look for any of the following:
- Missing shingles: No matter what material you roof is made of, you may lose some shingles over time. They could be knocked off in a storm, or blown off by a heavy wind.
- Cracked, dented, or damaged shingles: Tile, asphalt, and slate shingles can also be cracked, dented, or damaged in a storm or due to things like falling tree limbs or hail.
- Leaking flashing: Sometimes it’s not the shingles themselves that are the cause of the problem, but the flashing that surrounds things like skylights, chimneys, and windows.
- Ice dams: Melting snow and ice on your roof can refreeze at the edge causing an ice dam. This can allow water to back up under your shingles, causing them to deteriorate at a faster rate.
- Valleys: Water can collect wherever you have a valley or a low spot on the roof, causing shingle deterioration and leaks.
- Low pitch roofs: A roof with a low pitch is more likely to sustain damage during storms.
Any of these types of damage, as well as unseen damage that leads to water coming into your home needs to be addressed right away. We recommend hiring professional sometimes these signs can’t be seen from the ground, but you may find signs of water damage, mold, or mildew in your attic which can indicate a problem.