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Regular roof repairs are essential to keep a home safe and protected from the weather and wildlife. Depending on the type of repair, roof repair costs can range from $150 to $400 for minor repairs and up to $7,000 for major repairs. The current national average of roof repairs in America is $950. The final cost of your repair will also depend on factors such as roofing materials, labor costs, and the size of your roof.
NOTE: Due to labor and material shortages, caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, all prices in this article may be below current market prices. Lead times for both labor and materials may also be longer than usual. Plan your roof repairs well in advance and be prepared for delays, especially during the warm months.
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Types of repairs
Roof repairs are generally classified into minor and major repairs. Before you spend a lot of money on your roof, decide what category your repairs fall into.
1. Minor repairs
Minor repairs vary between $150 and $1,500. These types of repairs require basic tools and materials and do not require specialized knowledge or training to perform. While many people prefer to carry out minor roof repairs, if you are unsure about any aspect of the repair or have concerns about safety precautions, you should contact a professional. A minor roof repair can easily turn into a major one if neglected or done incorrectly.
Common minor repairs include:
- Cleaning gutter
- Fix minor leaks
- Replacement of missing or cracked shingles
- Repairing a flat tire or puncture
- Remove accumulated water
- Flashing (small holes, corroded spots, resealing)
2. Major repairs
Major repairs require professional expertise and specialized materials and, by extension, can $1,500 and $7,000. Depending on where you live, they may also require permits and inspections during the repair process. Any repairs that require extensive electrical, plumbing, HVAC or engineering work are considered major repairs. Also included are repairs for structural failures (possible and realized), any renovations to your roof or the structure of your house and the resolution of security risks.
Common major repairs include:
- Electrical Wiring Problems
- Extensive water damage
- Comprehensive treatment of environmental problems (mold, gas, etc.)
- Roof shrinkage or roof sagging
- Chimney repair
- Blinking (total replacement)
If your roof is over 20 years old and has sustained significant or recurring damage, it may be necessary to completely replace the roof. A roof with little to no damage can last more than 30 years. If you are not sure whether your roof needs to be replaced or if it could continue without replacement after repair, contact a professional roofing company. Representatives will often provide an initial assessment of your roof for a small fee. A total roof replacement can cost much more $8,000.
If none of these things sound quite right for your roof situation, you may just need to get your roof cleaned. Cleaning your roof regularly, at least once a year (or more often, depending on the climate) will reduce future repairs, maintain your roofing and keep your home looking attractive. It also saves you money in the long run as you can spot and fix future problems long before they need to be repaired.
Price of repair per material
The cost of roof repairs is highly dependent on the type of roofing you have. The more expensive and unusual the roofing, the more expensive and difficult the repair. Some types of roofs are also more susceptible to certain types of damage.
REMARK: Roofing material costs are measured “per square,” or how much material is needed for 100 square feet of roofing material.
1. Asphalt Shingles
As the most popular roofing material, the quality and longevity of asphalt shingles depends on the manufacturer, type, style and climate. However, in general, three-tab asphalt shingles cost about $90 per square.
Current National Average Cost of Repairs: $710
Common repairs: Replacing missing or damaged shingles, repairing curled corners and repairing cracked shingles with roof sealant.
2. Flat roofs
A flat roof is a roof designed to have few or no angles, usually found on large commercial or industrial buildings. These roofs cost between $250 and $350 per square and require regular maintenance and repairs to remain functional. Water damage from standing water is a particular concern with these types of roofs.
Current National Average Cost of Repairs: $400
Common repairs: Leaks, mould, water accumulation and subsidence of old roofs.
3. Metal roofs
Metal roofs come in a variety of alloys and pure metals, with steel being the most cost-effective and common. Steel shingles cost between $350 to $450 per square. Metal roofs can last more than 50 years, but only if they are regularly inspected and maintained.
Current National Average Cost of Repairs: $1,300
Common repairs: Corrosion, oil canning and stress ripples (caused by improper installation) and dealing with scratches, scuffs or color fading.
4. Wood Shaking
Wood shakes, or wood shingles, are made from cedar or other evergreen trees. They average around $600 per square. Although they require ongoing maintenance and inspection, repair costs are typically low compared to initial installation or replacement costs.
Current National Average Cost of Repairs: $750
Common repairs: Moss growth and insect damage, debris removal, adding preservatives and sealing and water damage.
5. Tile roofs
Tiled roofs are available in clay, concrete and terracotta. Clay is the cheapest, starting at $300 per square, while terracotta is the most expensive. With proper installation, tile roofs are easy to maintain, but they are more fragile and fragile than other types of roofing.
Current National Average Cost of Repairs: $1,000
Common repairs: Brittleness and cracks, broken tiles and leaks.
6. Slate roofs
Slate roofs are one of the most expensive roofing materials you can buy. They cost between $1,000 to $3,000 per square, including labour. While these roofs are long lasting, especially natural slate, which can last up to 200 years with proper maintenance, they are extremely heavy, take a long time to install and can be very expensive to repair.
Current National Average Cost of Repairs: $1,500
Common repairs: Chipped or broken tiles and loose tiles.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does it cost to repair a roof?
In general, a roof repair is around $150 to $1,500 for a small repair and in between $1,500 and $7,000 for a major repair. The national average costs are: $950. However, the cost of repairing a roof depends on a number of factors, including materials needed, extent of the repair, and whether or not you hire a professional.
Can a roof be repaired instead of replaced?
Depending on the damage the roof has sustained, it is entirely possible to repair a roof rather than replace it. If your roof would still be in good condition after a repair, replacement is not necessary. Your roof should only be replaced every 20-30 years (plus 50 years for metal roofs) or if there is extreme damage.
What is the cheapest way to repair a roof?
The cheapest way to reduce roof repairs is to choose inexpensive but low-maintenance materials, such as asphalt shingles, and perform regular inspections to catch and repair anything that could become a more expensive problem later on. Doing this will reduce the number of repairs you have to do in the long run. Minor repairs are usually easy to do yourself if you know what you’re doing, cutting costs even more.
How long does it take to repair a roof leak?
Roof leaks, one of the most common minor roof repairs, typically take less than an hour to complete. Depending on the size of the leak, a leak can be sealed in just 20 to 30 minutes. Other minor repairs and basic maintenance tasks, such as removing debris or checking the roof for damage, can also be done in half an hour.