House Maintenance

How Much Does Repairing a Roof Cost

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cost to Fix Roof

roof-repairingHaving a leaky or broken roof makes thunderstorms a complete nightmare. Placing buckets and pans around your home to catch all the water leaking in can be a real hassle, not to mention the fact that a leaky roof can create mold in your ceiling from excessive water damage. A leaky roof can be caused by repeated abuse from the elements such as wind, snow, rain, and extreme cold and hot temperatures. Damages can be complicated to fix so it’s recommended to hire a professional contractor who will know the best method of fixing the problem.

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Factors of Cost

Depending on the size of the damage causing your roof to leak, a contractor could charge you anywhere from $200 up to $1000. Most contractors charge by the size of the area which needs renovation and price the job in sections measuring 10×10. Besides just the size of the work area, the type of shingling which is being used will also affect the cost. They must use a certain time so that the entire roof matches.

There are many different types of roofing materials such as asphalt, wood, and slate shingling. Asphalt shingling will be the cheapest as far as material cost starting at only $75 and going no higher than $400. On the other hand, wood shingles are more expensive costing almost $600 to replace.

Additional Costs

Most contractors have an area of coverage that they typically work within where they don’t charge a service fee. With the rising prices of gas and labor, contractors may charge you a travel fee if your home is outside of their typical area of service. If this company has lower quotes than closer companies, you still may make out better even with the extra service fee.

Many companies also offer emergency services at an expedited rate. If you need a rushed job, be ready to spend about 20% more than you would on a normal job. These rats of course depend on the contractor so it may not be that much or it could be more.

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Ways to Save Money

Call around and speak to multiple companies. Find a few that do not charge an inspection fee and get at least 3 quotes. Comparing companies’ prices could end up saving you hundreds in the long run. This also allows you to compare the services they offer for the price. Maybe you don’t choose the lowest cost but you choose the company who has the best value for the cost.