In 2023, roof repairs can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500 on the low end to $1,500 to $7,000+ on the high end. Now, this wide range is due to several factors:
These are the three greatest determining factors of both repair and replacement costs. But we’re going to help lay out everything you need to know so you can be prepared the best you can for the inevitable roof repair down the road.
Sadly our roofs aren’t built to last forever, and even if they don’t need a replacement for 50+ years, they may require repairs at some point. Often this is due to storm damage or other issues outside of regular wear and tear. But what are the signs of a roof requiring repair? Well, it can look like many things, such as:
These are all issues that can occur over time, or sometimes all at once. If you suspect any of these problems, it’s best to call a professional roofing company for an inspection (or do the inspection yourself) sooner than later. But any of those issues are a good jumping-off point to getting your roof repaired. But you still have one question: how much will this cost? And the short answer is: it depends. But that’s where this guide comes in. This resource can give you a better idea of what you can expect for roof repair costs.
While the range of average roof repair costs is vast, we can narrow it down by figuring out how much certain repairs cost based on materials or the issue at hand. This comprehensive list can help you plan for repairs and decide whether you want to DIY your repairs or hire a professional.
Shingle repair will vary greatly by cost, mainly because it relies on the type of roofing material that needs to be repaired. Replacing the shingles themselves are often relatively simple enough, but here’s a brief cost breakdown of each:
A minor roof leak can be easy to spot and relatively easy to repair. It’s often due to a damaged shingle, which we covered above. But a roof leak can be caused by a slew of things that cost anywhere from $0-$500:
While all of these repairs are fairly low cost, the end total greatly depends on the extent of the damage. Unclogging your gutters is completely free to do, but if the frame of the skylight is starting to rot, now we have a different story.
Your flashing is one of the most common roof repairs you can make. And it’s also very DIY-friendly and cost-effective. In fact, it can be a good idea to keep some flashing on hand just in case you need to repair or replace it.
If you go down the DIY route, you can probably get away with a $30 repair, but make sure to keep an eye on it over time. If you choose to go the professional route, the repair can cost around $100 – $200.
This repair truly depends on how extensive the damage is. If just a few shingles experience hail damage, you can expect to pay for a few new shingles, underlayment, and sealant. But more widespread hail damage may require a total replacement which can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $40,000, depending on your roofing material.
Debris or other damage can penetrate your roof, leaving a hole behind that can quickly and easily cause water damage. But a simple patch will do the trick. A roof patch is easy and very simple to install. It can be spreadable or sprayable and simply goes over the hole after filling it with caulk.
If your roof vent gets damaged or cracked, your best bet is to replace the entire thing. Vents cost anywhere from $10 to $200; then, it will be a matter of removing the old one, replacing the flashing, and retacking the shingles around it. This is a relatively simple roof repair which can be DIY, but if to ensure the job is done right, it is best to leave it up to the pros.
If your roof has dormers, you should check their flashing for leaks regularly. This is one of the most susceptible areas for leaks and wear and tear. But if you’ve replaced one flashing, you can handle just about anyone. Dormer flashing is no different; the only thing is you will need to lift up or remove enough shingles to gain access to the step flashing along the dormer window. Then replace the shingles gently and snugly against the newly replaced flashing.
The fascia is the horizontal board that runs along the edge of your roof. And the soffit is the area beneath your roof overhang. These areas are susceptible to water damage and wood rot, spreading quickly if left unchecked.
The best way to repair this issue is by replacing any damaged boards with new lumber or PVC materials. But make sure to treat the new lumber with a waterproof sealant before installing it. The cost is higher because it’s often best to hire a professional roofer to get the job done right.
The peak of your roof is covered and protected by a ridge cap. If damaged or blown loose, rainwater can leak through the peak of your roof, causing massive water damage. The ridge caps are often one long piece or a few long pieces that must be overlapped and adhered using adhesive or mortar to stay in place.
Plumbing boots come directly from your bathroom, kitchen, or other areas that require a plumbing pipe to vent out the top. If this leakproof device is compromised, you can have water leaking into your home.
They are relatively cheap and can be purchased online or any hardware store. You will need to be sure to replace the flashing around it and retack any shingles you move to install the new boot.
If your skylight is leaking, this is nine times out of 10 caused by damaged flashing. Purchase some new flashing and remove and replace the damaged portion. If the skylight is cracked, you may want to refer to a professional roofer or window contractor to remedy the situation.
If you notice your gutters leaking, first check to see if they’re clogged. A clogged gutter can cause enough water to back up that it leaks into your roof or over the sides of your gutters. Cleaning them out should do the trick.
However, if your gutter is loose or cracked, it will require repair. You can repair one portion of gutters which is easy enough to DIY. Or, you can replace the entire system, which can cost a bit more, but then you can ensure no further issues, and your gutters will match.
A sagging roof is highly unstable and unsafe for you and your family. This can occur on older roofs after being neglected for decades of wear and tear. This isn’t a scenario where repairs will do the trick. This will require an entire roof replacement and reinforcing of the roof decking. It can get quite expensive, so to avoid this, regularly inspect and maintain your roof to catch issues before it gets to this point.
The biggest mistake you can make is attempting to repair your roof on your own to save money, but only make matters worse. Some roof repairs require a professional roofer’s diligent and expert hand— like Dreamworx Exteriors.
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