Homeownership is fun until the air conditioning goes out in summer, your water heater stops working, and the roof starts leaking. Unexpected repairs can be enough to make you miss renting an apartment… (Well, maybe not that much.) Still, it may be tempting to panic the moment you realize something’s wrong with your home, whether it be a part of the interior or exterior. Well, we’re here to tell you that you can relax. We’ll walk you through the roof repair process so that when disaster strikes, you and your family will be taken care of.
When you notice a few missing shingles or a water stain on your ceiling, alarm bells should go off in your brain, signaling that it’s time for a roof repair.
It can be easy to want to delay getting roof repair work to save money, but forgoing repairs will almost always cost you more down the line. The cost of roof repairs shouldn’t be a surprise— let’s explore different considerations for roof repair costs as well as signs you likely need a repair so that you feel prepared as a homeowner.
Roof Repair Costs by Severity
All roof repairs are not created equal. Some are quick, inexpensive fixes, and others require more labor, time, and materials. The average middle-ground cost of roof repairs is $650 to $850. However, some repairs cost much less while others cost much more.
Let’s look at the price range for minor, moderate, and major repairs:
- Minor repairs: $150 to $400
- Moderate repairs: $400 to $1,200
- Major repairs: $1,200 to $3,500
If repairs go beyond the $3,500 mark, you’re probably better off getting a complete roof replacement at that point. Keep in mind that the average cost for a roof replacement is $9,500 or more, so if you want to put off minor repairs, you could quickly be looking at a $9,500 bill instead of a $400 bill.
If money is tight, ask your roofing contractor about financing options available to you.
Costs by Roofing Material
Most roof repair cost data is gathered with average-sized homes (1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft.) with asphalt shingle roofs in mind. Even though asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, there is a whole world outside of shingles.
Asphalt, wood, and metal shingles fall in the low to mid-range for repair costs, while clay, concrete, and slate tiles usually see higher costs. The average costs of moderate roof repairs by material are as follows:
- Asphalt shingles: $500 to $1,500 to repair a 10 x 10 square foot section
- Metal roofing: $750 to $2,5000 to fix loose seams, damaged fasteners, or improper installation
- Cedar shakes (wood shingles): $550 to $1,500 for most repairs dealing with built-up moss or damage from critters
- Flat roofs: $550 to $1,500 to repair pooling water with minor sagging or improper sealing of the underlayment
- Slate roofs: $550 to $2,500 to fix improper installation or leaks from propped-up tiles
Additionally, roofing fixtures may require specific repairs that vary in price but typically start at $500. Some specific roofing fixture repair examples include:
- Leaky chimneys: $750 to $950+ to remove the shingles, repair the chimney, re-add the flashing, and replace the shingles
- Leaky skylights: $1,500 to $3,500 to remove the shingles, repair or replace the skylight, re-flash the area, and re-shingle the area
- Damaged flashing in valleys: $500 to $1,500 to remove the shingles, replace the flashing, and replace and reseal the shingles
8 Signs You Need a Roof Repair
Okay, you have a solid understanding of how much various roof repairs cost on average, but when should you even call a roofing company to come and perform repairs? Your roof is subjected to wear and tear each day, but there’s no need to call your roofing contractor every time it rains or gets a little windy.
One of the best ways to keep an eye on the condition of your roof is to schedule regular maintenance with your roofing contractor. This way, a professional is consistently observing your roof and can find issues before they become apparent to you.
Your contractor will be looking for the following issues on your roof, and if you notice any of these problems yourself, be sure to call a roofing company right away:
1) Damaged or Missing Shingles
If you notice a stray shingle on the ground, your first thought is probably “that doesn’t belong there,” and you’d be correct. Missing, cracked, or curling shingles are a tell-tale sign that you need roof repairs. If the issues are only in one spot, you can likely get affordable repairs. However, if the problem is widespread, you may need a new roof altogether.
2) Clogged Gutters
If you notice drainage issues from your downspouts, or if you’re on a ladder clearing out your gutters and notice sludge and shingle pieces, this could be a sign of roof deterioration. Rain will often carry aging shingles into your gutters, so be sure to call for repairs as soon as you notice this issue.
3) Algae Growth
If you look up and wonder why your tan roof is now black, you could be dealing with excess moisture on your roof. Telltale signs are:
- Dark spots and streaks from mold
- Green, moss-like growth from algae
4) Interior Leaks
Keep an eye on the condition of your interior ceilings, especially in your attic. If you notice water stains or dripping water, you’ve got a roof leak on your hands. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t notice a leak until serious damage has been done, so be sure to keep a persistent eye on your attic and schedule regular roofing inspections.
5) Shingle Granule Loss
Shingles have outer layers of granules that look like coarse sand. Granules are shingles’ first line of defense against inclement weather and debris. If you notice a lot of those sand-like granules in your gutters, you’re likely dealing with granular loss due to worn-down shingles.
6) Sagging Roof Deck
Excess water can cause roof decks to sag downward. Sagging roofs are often scary for homeowners because they’re usually synonymous with a total roof replacement. However, if you have localized roof sagging in one small area, you might be able to get by with repairs.
You actually might not notice sagging from the outside, but it can be more clear inside your home. You’ll most likely notice it from the attic.
7) Light Shining Through
The only places you should get sunlight streaming through in your home should be through your windows and skylight. If you’re looking up at the attic ceiling and you notice sunlight peeking through, then your roof is in trouble. Even without rain in the forecast, you should address this issue promptly.
8) Higher Energy Bills
A properly working modern roof structure should be energy-efficient and actually lower the price of your energy bills each month. If you notice a spike in your heating or air conditioning costs, outside air might be seeping through your roof and affecting the heating or cooling of your home. Usually, this issue is solved by taking a look at your roof ventilation.
How to Take Care of Your Roof to Keep Costs Down
No one wants to deal with persistent roof—and especially not a premature roof replacement—and costs can quickly add up if your roof isn’t properly maintained.
Our best piece of advice is to find a reputable roofing company you trust and have them perform an annual roof inspection each year and after any significant storms. When you have a professional keeping a persistent eye on your roof, they can catch and fix minor problems before they grow into major, expensive issues.
Never put off a roof inspection after a big hail or wind storm. If your trusted roofing contractor spots roof storm damage, you can file a homeowners insurance claim and potentially win coverage for roof repairs or a replacement. You should never have to pay full price for roof service that could be covered by insurance!
Never Settle for Less Than the Best in Roofing
It can be easy to take a look at the average roof repair prices listed in this article and want to find the cheapest contractor around. However, with ultra-cheap prices often comes ultra-cheap results.
It’s absolutely worth spending a little bit more on a highly-respected roofing company like Monarch Roofing because you will get long-lasting and high-quality results that will keep you from having to pay twice for someone else to fix the issue yet again.
With hundreds of 5-star reviews, you can trust the Monarch Roofing team with your roof repairs in North and South Carolina. We guarantee that our team will provide the most professional roofing experience you’ve ever had.
Contact us today for a free estimate!