5 Things That Can Impact Roof Repair Costs
No two roof repairs cost the same amount. Many factors can influence the cost of a repair. The following are just a few examples of those factors.
1. Repair Type
If extensive repairs are needed, you may be given the option to replace the old shingles or to reroof over them. Reroofing can save money since there are no labor or disposal charges for the removal of the old shingles. Instead, the new shingles are installed right over the top of the existing roof. A reroof is only an option if there is currently only one layer of shingles on the roof, and the damage is minor enough that the decking doesn't require repairs.
2. Extent of the Damage
Minor damage, such as that which only affects a few shingles, will naturally cost much less than damage over a larger section of the roof. A small leak that only requires a shingle replacement will also cost less than a larger puncture that requires the replacement of one or more decking boards. You can minimize the extent of the damage by having small repairs made before they become too extensive.
3. Roofing Material
An asphalt shingle roof is the least expensive when it comes to repairs, in part due to lower material cost but also because repairs are typically straightforward and can be performed by any roofer. Other roofing materials, like tile, may be more expensive to repair because of higher-cost materials and the fact that there may be fewer available roofers with the experience to fix a tile roof.
4. Slope and Style
It can be more complicated to complete a repair on a roof with a steep slope, so the grade of the roof can increase repair costs. Lower slope roofs are easier and safer to access, so repair costs are typically much less. The style may also affect costs. If a roof is complicated with multiple peaks and hips, then costs may be higher due to more difficult access and extensive repair needs.
5. Secondary Structures
Secondary structures on a roof can often be the cause of damage. Flashing around chimney, pipe and vent boots, and roof valley seals may need to be repaired. The type of secondary structure damage impacts the cost of the repair, particularly if there is damage to both the structure and the shingles surrounding it.
Contact a roofing repair service to learn more if you suspect damage on the roof.