A Roof is one of the features of a home that plays an essential role in keeping your home and family safe – but often gets overlooked.
Many homeowners don’t realize what an essential asset their home is until it needs a repair. When your roof begins to leak and those family heirlooms you’ve been saving in the attic get damaged, you realize how vital roof maintenance is.
When you notice the signs of a roof leak or damage, you must call a roofing contractor right away. They can properly diagnose the issue and save you from further repair costs.
But in an industry where companies aren’t transparent with their pricing, it can be difficult and frustrating to find out how much you have to plan to shell out for a roof repair.
If you’re frustrated by this process, you’re not alone. Rescue My Roof has spent a decade in the roofing industry educating homeowners about roofing prices and guiding them through the buying process.
In this article, we will cover the average cost of a roof repair and how different services can impact those prices. You’ll have a better idea of what you’ll pay, and you’ll feel more secure.
Roof Repair Pricing
A roof repair can range anywhere from $350 to over $1,500. Nationally, the average is $949 for a roof repair.
Repairing a roof is cheaper than replacing a roof (which is an average of $8,000). However, the prices vary depending on their location, roof accessibility, and how much labor is required.
Shingle repair is one of the most common repairs in the roofing industry. Shingles can crack, loose granules, or fall off altogether if an asphalt roof is installed incorrectly or has experienced damage.
If asphalt shingles are near the end of their lifespan, they can even begin curling and cupping.
If you notice bald spots on your roof, it has lost its first layer of protection against the elements. Now is the time if you’ve been considering calling for a roof estimate.
Depending on the number of shingles that need to be replaced, the national average for a shingle repair is $710. It should be noted that this number is not exact and can fluctuate from home to home.
Roof Leak Repair
Roof leaks can be caused by many issues like damaged flashing, skylights, gutter clogs, and more. That is why the price for repairing a roof leak varies depending on what diagnosis you’re dealing with.
The repairperson usually pulls off affected shingles and replaces them to repair a roof leak. They may also have to replace the underlayment to ensure your roof is watertight.
Most basic services like ice dam remediation, flashing repair, or skylight repairs start at $300 and go up based on roofing conditions and materials.
Depending on how damaged your roof is, the price can be $3,000. At that point, it might be ideal to consult a roofing expert to determine whether or not replacing your roof would be a better investment.
Patching a roof is similar to repairing a hole in the roof. Depending on the size of the area that needs to be repaired, the price can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000.
Patching a roof may be a quick way to repair it, but often it is only a temporary option. Eventually, your roof will require further repairs or even a replacement.
Talk with your roofing expert at the time of your roof estimation to determine which option is best for you.
Hail/Storm Damage Repair
Hail and storm damage can damage your roof, regardless of how new it is.
Hail damage can dent or crack your shingles, ruining your roof’s first line of defense. Additionally, it can cause granule loss that worsens over time.
Strong winds during a storm can also rip the shingles off of your roof. These issues will need to be repaired as soon as possible to ensure your roof is in good condition.
Depending on the severity, storm damage can range anywhere from $700 to $4,000. However, there is good news! Insurance typically covers “Acts of God” and may be able to cover that cost entirely.
To prevent standing water on your roof, it is designed to be flat from edge to edge. If you are looking at your roof from the street and notice dips anywhere in your roof, it may indicate roof sagging and underlying damage.
Sagging can be caused by broken rafters, rotten decking, or snow build-up.
Repairing roof sagging can cost from $750 to $2,000. If there are structural repairs needed, this cost may be even higher.
Roof Vent Repair
We’ve said it before: roof ventilation is essential. It allows air to cycle through your attic and home, consistently keeping the interior dry and mold-free.
However, external vents are exposed to the elements and are subject to wearing out over time. When it comes time to repair or replace them, you are looking at $75-250.
Chimney Flashing Repair
Flashing is a metal strip secured around the edges of penetrations in your roof (like a chimney). Flashing helps prevent water from leaking into the crack between a roof and other materials.
Over time, the flashing can get damaged by the elements or contract and expand in extreme temperatures. As a result, the watertight seal will be broken and must be repaired.
The cost to repair a chimney flashing is typically $200-300.
Pipe Boot Failure
Every home has a plumbing system that manages your wastewater and moves it into the sewer system.
This system is made possible by the vent pipes installed in your home that make their way up to your roof.
The boot for that vent pipe (a.k.a. a pipe boot) protects your vent pipe and does its job to waterproof that penetration.
Because a pipe boot is exposed to the elements and changes its temperature, it expands and contracts. These changes will eventually lead to cracking or being ineffective and needing to be replaced.
Replacing a pipe boot typically costs $350.
Skylights are a beautiful feature to add to a home – until they leak.
If a skylight is designed or installed incorrectly without a rubber gasket (seal) or a metal pan protected by shingles, it may leak over time.
If a skylight needs to be replaced, it will cost upwards of $1,000 for the repair.
The Next Steps For Repairing Your Roof
If you’ve noticed any signs of roof leaks, sagging, or missing shingles, it may be time for a repair.
In this article, you learned the different price points for different services, and it’s not time to take the next steps.
You can continue learning about the roofing process with “What to Expect At Your Roof Estimation Appointment” and “9 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor.”
If it’s a repair that needs to be done ASAP and you’re located in Southeastern Wisconsin, you’re in the right place. Rescue My Roof has been repairing and replacing roofs for over a decade, and we’re here to rescue your roof.
Contact us today to schedule your free, fast, and honest roof estimate.