Most roofers don’t do repair work and only focus on the higher ticket roof replacement. Doing a roof repair is a lower dollar volume. But this is the secret to saving thousands of dollars on your roof–simply having regular maintenance checks and having repairs done whenever needed.
The Cost of Repair Vs. Replacement
There’s a significant difference in cost between a repair and a replacement. The average roof repair can be completed for $400 to $500 to stop a leak in a home. The average roof replacement is anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 for an average home and can go considerably higher for more difficult, steeper roofs.
Don’t Get Taken Advantage Of
For one, you need a roofer that you can trust. Having a trusted contractor that you know will lead you in the right direction can make all the difference.
You can look at a roof that had a leak, for example. The roof can have stains on it, so it looks as if the roof needs to be replaced. But in reality a simple roof cleaning and a few shingle replacements is all that’s needed. With some general roof maintenance, your roof looks like new again and you’ve got another 8 to 10 years left in the life of that roof system.
Here are some simple steps you can take to save thousands on your roof:
Have a roof inspection done once or twice every year.
Keep an eye on the roof yourself, making sure that things aren’t changing, you’re not getting shingles that are lifting up, missing shingles, things of that nature.
Have a contractor take pictures of your roof, and take pictures of any problems. Keep those pictures on hand.
Have whoever is out meeting with you explain why something needs repair.
Always get more than one opinion.