The average lifespan of a roof usually ranges between 25 to 50 years. However, a roof’s life expectancy ultimately depends on the quality, durability and type of material chosen. More importantly, roofs are often taken for granted by homeowners until they realize how these silent damages are going to affect their wallets.
It is important to evaluate what type of repair your roof needs to properly assess the cost.
They are classified as Minor and Major repairs:
Minor repairs: ($150-$1,500)
They require basic tools and materials and do not require specialized knowledge or training in order to perform. It is possible to repair these without prior experience, but a minor repair can easily escalate to a major one if neglected or performed incorrectly.
Common minor repairs:
- Gutter cleaning
- Patching small leaks
- Replacing missing or cracked shingles
- fixing a puncture or a hole
- Getting rid of pooled water
- Flashing (small holes,corroded spots,resealing)
Major repairs: ($1,500 and $7,000)
They require professional expertise and specialized materials. Depending on where you live, they may also need permits and inspections throughout the repairing process. We offer free inspections and we can let you know about any repairs needing extensive electrical, plumbing, HVAC or engineering work that are considered major repairs. Repairs for structural failures (potential and realized), any renovations to your roof or the structure of your house and any fixing of safety hazards are also included with these as well.
Common major repairs:
- Electrical wiring problems
- Extensive water damage
- Extensive treatment of environmentally-caused issues (mold, gas, etc.)
- Roof shrinkage or roof sagging
- Chimney repair
- Flashing (total replacement)
Get it done as soon as possible
Whether it’s a minor or major repair, we always recommend getting your roof repaired as soon as possible. Sure, it could probably last another week, month or year without repair. But at what cost? Your roof’s function is already compromised. There’s never a better option than to put it right.If your roof is visibly at its last straw after 20 years or more of damage, you may need to replace the roof in its entirety. If you haven’t decided between roof replacement or roof repair check out “Roof repair vs. Roof replacement”.
Is it cheaper to roof over existing shingles?
Yes, but it will be more expensive in the long run. Saving a thousand dollars from a simple re-roofing may sound appealing now, but the costs from a later replacement due to the poor foundation certainly won’t.