If you’ve recently experienced a major storm with hail and high winds, heavy rains, or another catastrophic weather event, your roof may likely have suffered some damage, particularly if it is on the older side or if it has already been significantly repaired or fixed in the past.
What’s more, serious devastation or destruction may mean that it’s time to tear off your current roof and replace it with a new one or layer a new roof on top of the existing structure; that said, if the damage is relatively minor chances are you can get away with simply making some repairs – or hiring an experienced roofing contractor or construction company to do the job.
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When Does My Roof Need to be Inspected and Repaired?
You should have your roof checked out annually as well as after any major weather event like a hail storm or wind storm – even if there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong.
If you are thinking of selling your home, you should also make sure that your roof is in good condition before you put it on the market – make all the necessary repairs first so you don’t get any unpleasant surprises when potential buyers examine the condition of your roof and property.
The National Roofing Contractors Association typically recommends having your roof checked out after any major storm (a hail storm, wind storm or tornado, or even a major rainstorm or thunderstorm) as well as in the fall or spring every few years.
A shingled roof of any kind (composite, asphalt, or wooden) should be checked every 3 years while a metal or tiled roof should be inspected every 5 years.
Think of having your roof inspected like going to the doctor for your regular check-ups – even if everything seems fine, you still should know if there are any potential problems so you can nip them in the bud.
How to Tell If You Need to Repair Your Roof
If there are missing shingles, cracked or curled shingles, loose granules of asphalt or bare shingles (if applicable to your type of roof), dark stains from algae, mold, fungi, or moss, leaks in the roof, torn or sagging gutters, damage to the flashing around the chimney, vents, skylights, or other features, then it is definitely time to call in a roofing contractor to inspect and repair your roof.
Another way to check if you need to fix your roof is to climb up in the attic or space immediately under the roof with a flash light or daylight hours and check if you can see the light shining through.
You should also check for stains or streaks on the inside of the roof, which could be signs of damage or problems like water, algae, mold, or moss leaking through.
Any sagging or drooping is also a reason to have your roof checked out and repaired or replaced, since that is a sign that moisture is making its way into your roof and interior spaces, causing dampness, rotting, and leaks.
Reasons You May Need to Repair Your Roof
The aforementioned storms and disasters are some of the most common reasons you may need to fix your roof – a hail storm, wind storm or tornado, a house fire (even a minor one), or flooding can all result in the need to have your roof inspected and any leaks fixed, missing shingles replaced, and other repairs performed as needed.
Furthermore, sometimes simple wear and tear to the roof can result in the need to repair problems with your roof.
If your home’s asphalt shingled roof is more than fifteen years old you certainly want to have it looked at; wooden shingles or shakes, metal roofing, tile roofing, or slate roofing can last longer.
But of course, when in doubt bring in a roofing inspector or roofing contractor that you trust to check things out.
Types of Roofing Repairs
The kind of roof repair work that you need depends on the severity of the damage, the sort of roofing system that you have, and even the climate in your region.
For instance, replacing a few missing shingles is relatively simple and can be quite inexpensive, while patching up leaks tends to cost more.
If gutters or other elements of your roof need to be replaced, the cost of the roof repair job increases as well.
Of course, roofs with complicated features like gables, cupolas, skylights, and anything else beyond the basics will add to the total price of your roof repairs, especially if you want to change or add a new feature to your roof.
In general, homeowners tend to spend between $300 to $1,100 for a roof repair, but it is more than possible to spend more depending on the features that you have and the materials used.
If you are spending more than several thousand on your roof repair, however, it might be best to invest in a brand-new roofing system, particularly if your current roof is more than 10 years old.
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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Roof?
The price of roofing repairs varies depending on the issues at hand and the kind of roofing material used as well as the amount of labor involved.
For instance, replacing an asphalt shingle roof typically costs around $6,000 to $8,000, but if you want cedar shingles or shakes, slate, or other more costly materials, the expense increases.
Depending on the circumstances that caused the damage to your roof, your homeowners’ insurance policy or flood insurance policy may cover the costs of fixing your roof – always check out your individual policies and consider working with insurance adjusters and public adjusters in order to get the best deal.
Roofing grants or government funding may also be available in some instances for individuals in a vulnerable position after a major disaster like a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wild fire, or similar disastrous occurrence.
Can I Repair My Own Roof?
While you may think that repairing your own roof looks easy when you watch DIY channels on YouTube and similar sites (this goes doubly so if you are handy around the house already) it is nearly always advisable to consult professional roofing contractors before climbing onto your roof and starting to patch things up.
Remember that if you are not experienced with roof repairs that plenty of things can go wrong and you could potentially cause more damage to your roofing system – and yourself, since clambering about on a roof can lead to falls and other safety hazards regardless of how confident and agile you are.
Moreover, having a professional roofing contractor or company patch up a leak or replace some shingles can be fairly inexpensive, so why risk your safety and the integrity of the roof over your head?
Roof Repair Vs Roof Replacement
Can your roof be repaired or does it need to be replaced altogether?
The choice to mend the problem areas on your roof versus getting a new roof is determined by several factors, including the extent of the damage, the age of your roof, and even whether or not you are able to make an insurance claim that will cover the costs.
Small leaks or missing shingles often don’t necessitate replacing the entire roof; rather, the leaks can be patched up, the flashing reinforced, and missing shingles can be replaced.
The same goes for problems with the gutters or siding near the roof.
That said, if your roof is on the older side or there are a lot of missing shingles or other damage, it might be time to tear off the current start and start anew.
On the other hand, if the damage is limited to a small area of the surface of the roof, you can likely patch it up without replacing the entire roof.
Regardless of the age of your roof, if you notice shingles that are curling or buckling, missing shingles, bald shingles (e.g., the asphalt granules have come off due to wind damage or other elements), shingles that have blistered due to the sun and heat, asphalt granules in the gutters and on the ground near your roof, moss or algae growing on the roof, or if your roof is sagging in places, then it might be time to at least consider replacing the roof as opposed to repairing it.
Another aspect to consider is whether you plan on staying in your current house for a while.
If the roof you are contemplating replacing is part of your long-term home, then investing in a high-quality roofing system makes sense.
On the contrary, if you plan on selling and moving soon, you may want to hold off on replacing the roof unless it will significantly increase the value of your property.
Will My Homeowners’ Insurance Cover My Roof Repairs?
Depending on the cause of the damage to your roof and your individual homeowners’ insurance policy(s), insurance may or may not cover the costs of having your roof repaired by expert roofers.
If the problems with your roof occurred as a result of a major weather event or a calamity like a house fire, your homeowners’ insurance policy will cover it.
Note that flooding and any subsequent issues are not typically covered by a standard homeowners’ policy, so if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you’ll want to carry separate flood insurance.
At the end of the day, keeping up with the health and general state of your roof is essential for your and your family’s safety as well as maintaining your property value – so make sure you understand the repair process, get your roof inspected regularly and after any big storm or other catastrophic event, and when in doubt, always consult professional roofing contractors.
If you’re thinking about filing a roof repair claim, read our latest roof insurance claim guide.
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