You might think about fixing things up around the house, but are you prepared to repair or replace what sits on top of it? Roof repair costs can vary, and our guide can help you sort out how to budget your resources for a roof emergency.
Signs of Damage
How do you know if your roof needs attention? Take a look at your ceilings and roof for signs of the following, especially after heavy rain or snowfall:
- Shingles that are curled, cracked, or missing
Roof leaks are one of the top reasons for repair; depending on the extent of the damage, it could be large or small. According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a roof repair in the United States is around $950, but the following factors could cause you to pay a higher price:
- Living in a more expensive area
- Owning a roof with added features, such as chimneys or skylights
- Needing repairs in inclement weather
- Needing repairs in parts of the roof that are difficult to access
Minor Roof Damage
Sometimes your roof only needs a small amount of work to be as good as new. Minor maintenance and repairs, such as hiring someone to clean your gutters or to replace cracked flashing, can cost as little as $150 or climb as high as ten times that amount.
Major Roof Damage
Major roof repairs can be caused by things like extensive water damage and mold. These repairs can come with a four-figure price tag, but can be worth it when you consider not having to worry about the damage spreading and potentially causing a host of other issues. If the damage is too extensive, though, it may be time for a new roof altogether.
Roofs typically last a long time (around 20 years), but when the damage becomes too great (.e.g your roof sags or has lots of missing shingles), replacing your roof may be the best option. With most roof replacements typically falling between $15,000 and $25,000, it’s best to be ready for that price tag in advance.
For many homeowners, roof repair and replacement is best left to the professionals. With this information, you can be more prepared to address roof issues sooner than later, which can also save you money and headaches in the long run.