Roofers take a number of things into consideration when estimating the cost of roofing repairs. It’s first important to evaluate the entire roofing system to make sure all parts are functioning and that the damage isn’t bad enough to warrant a roof replacement.
If you get the good news that you simply need a repair, here are the characteristics of your roof that could play into your repair costs.
Type of Roof
Asphalt shingles are the cheapest roofing material to replace or fix. Metal and cedar shake tiles are more expensive materials but last longer than traditional shingles. The cost of materials is one obvious factor in a myriad of repair scenarios.
Shingles are sold by the “square” — which covers a 100-square-foot area. So if your damage is less than that, you’ll still have to pay for the square of shingles. Ask the roofer to leave some of the leftover material behind for future repairs.
The pitch or steepness of your roof also plays into the cost of repair and labor charges, as well as special considerations that must be made for flat roofs, those with several dormers or any other unique features.
Scope of Repairs
Fixing water damage to your roof sheathing is a more expensive repair than just replacing a few shingles, but it’s a critical step in keeping your roof safe and effective. A roofer must also address the cause of the leak to prevent future damage.
If some of your fascia, soffit or roof vents need to be replaced or repaired, it will up your repair bill. However, those are essential components of the roof, so don’t skimp on them.
Chimneys, skylights and plumbing vents can all be the source of roof leaks. They’re also protrusions roofers have to work around when replacing a portion of your roof, so they can increase your price. If they are leaking, it may be time to shell out some money to replace the flashing that goes around the base to create a watertight seal.
While there are many factors that roofers must consider when submitting a repair bid, it’s best to hire a roofing contractor who doesn’t just patch the obvious problem, but also examines the other areas on the roof and is honest about the scope of repairs you require. It will save you a lot of money and headaches down the road!