Repairing a roof can be both expensive and time-consuming, especially for a roof near the end of its life. If your asphalt shingles roof has lasted 20 to 25 years, it could be time to replace it. A hostile storm could also have recently damaged your roof, raising the need for a professional roofer to inspect the roof and recommend if it is better to repair or replace.
The cost of repairing a leaking or damaged roof can vary widely depending on the extent of the damage. Here is what goes into the roof repair costs.
The type of roof is a huge contributor to the cost of repair. Residential roofs can be flat or sloped, shingle or metal, or something customized to suit your needs. The cost of roofing materials also varies depending on the roof type, with others taking up more materials and labor than others. Generally, asphalt shingles are the cheapest material o replace followed by metal and tiles, with slate roofs being the most expensive.
Size of Roof
The size of your roof will equally determine the cost to replace it. Roofing companies give estimates based on the square footage of the roof called squares (a 10-foot square area). The bigger the roof the more materials will be needed, in addition to more labor.
Existing Water Damage
When a roof is damaged, water can quickly penetrate your home’s structure and destroy the decking underneath. This type of damage may not be obvious during the initial inspection. Once the shingles are removed, your roofer may detect wet or rotten decking materials or mold growth. Repairing such water damage can significantly escalate your replacement costs.
Chimney and Skylights
Special rooftop elements such as chimneys and skylights can also influence the cost of a new roof. Flashings around these elements need to be replaced at the same time. Your roofer should check for any signs of damage on skylights.
Keep Receipts from Roofing Projects
You should always keep all receipts from any work done on your roof for insurance and tax purposes. The IRS allows homeowners to add the cost of home improvements to the original purchase price of the home.Work with a reputable local roofer for added convenience and cost-saving. Moss Roofing has been serving the Indianapolis, IN community for several years. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote on your roofing repair.