When you are searching for a credible roofing company it is always important to find the right contractor that is reliable and licensed. It is also important to do research before choosing a roofing contractor. Unless you have a leak and need emergency repairs, take your time in hiring the right professional. Respectable roofing contractors have the knowledge, skills, tools, and equipment required to perform the job safely and successfully. It is important that they carry insurance to cover them and their crew in case of an accident or injury while on the job. Choose a roofer that is local. Experience goes a long way. Roofers who have had years of experience are more likely to provide a quality job. Reputation, on the other hand, is everything. Don’t take their word for it; ask for any references. It never hurts to do your homework and check with previous clients the contractor has worked for in the past. In the end, always choose a roofer who offers you the best value for your money. Cheaper isn’t always better. Keep in mind that the most expensive roof is the one that has to be repaired most of the time.
Roof repair can cost thousands and most of us homeowners haven’t set money aside for a problem that substantial. The following is a list of common roof repairs and how much it costs to fix them.
- Damaged flashing – Flashing protects the space between chimneys or skylights and the roof. It is made of sheet metal or plastic. Flashing that is cracked, loose, or worn becomes unprotected to moisture.
Solution: ($20) Remove and replace with the new flashing. Shingles need to be removed and cleared and reinstalled.
- Worn sealant – This is sealant that is put around the edges of skylights. The cracked and old sealant will not work right, causing a leak.
Solution: ($6 cost per tube) Recaulk or apply new tar. You will need to remove the materials around the area temporarily, to effectively apply the sealant.
- Punctures – Weather, branches, and animals create major holes in the material. These repairs are best handled by professionals. They involve steps and you may need to reframe part or all of the roof.
Solution: ($300 to $1000 labor and materials) After the roofer has done the necessary reframing, they install a layer of covering. Next, install the felt paper and then the shingles. Make sure not to temporarily fix with roofing caulk or material because it will only cause moisture to flow through and cause any larger problems.
- Damaged vent boot – This seals the area around the vents against moisture. A damaged vent boot may be the cause of a leak.
Solution: ($10-$20 for materials) Remove and replace vent boot. This involves tearing away any materials and nailing and recaulking the boot.
- Damaged or missing shingles – It is common to find damaged or missing shingles. Bad weather may have blown them off or pried them loose. Even Animal activity could have cracked or broken them. Ice blocks and pools of water could possibly weigh them down.
Solution: ($30 cost per bundle) Remove old shingles and replace them with new ones. When dealing with ice and pools of water, think ahead to stop any future damage. Remove snow to prevent ice buildup and keep the gutters clean for proper draining.
- Corroded vertical slits – The opening between each roofing tile can corrode easily. As water runs through the openings, it exposes the underneath of the materials.
Solution: ($30 cost per bundle) Replace corroded shingles as quickly as possible to eliminate further damage.
Leaks and other damage can more than likely be fixed without replacing the whole roof. When listing your home for sale it is wise to install a new roof. It is also a pretty good idea to have the roof inspected for quality if it is over 20 years old or has multiple leaks.
From loose shingles to constructing foundations or sealing leaks, roofers stay busy. They make sure it’s all done right. Whether you’re an expert at fixing roofs, it takes both knowledge and skill to call yourself a roofer. Whether you’re a homeowner with a roof problem or a professional looking for parts and tools to get the job done, roofing is a skill that is obtained by anyone and it can be used throughout life in many different ways.