How much it will cost to fix your roof depends on the type of material it is made of, how much of it needs repair, and the actual problem. If the entire roof needs replacement, it will obviously cost more than a simple patch job. For all but the simplest roof repairs, get quotes from several contractors. Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations for quality roof repair companies. Given all the variables involved, the range of roof replacement costs is broad, but the job is never cheap. According to the information site RoofingKey.com, you can expect to pay $2,000 to $12,000 to replace the roof on a house, depending on the size and complexity of the job.
If your house has a flat roof, you have won the roof repair sweepstakes. That doesn't mean your roof can be fixed for free, but it is considerably less expensive than roofs with any sort of pitch. If your roof has a low, medium or high slope, expect to pay more the higher it goes. Other factors the contractor uses in determining the price are the height of the house and the number of stories, along with the level of difficulty in reaching the roof. If your house has a lot of dormers or other complicated roof situations, expect to pay more.
If replacing part or all of the roof, a lot of debris will have to be removed. Getting rid of all that old roofing material is another cost factor when the contractor prepares his estimate. It usually must go to a landfill, and the fees charged to dispose of it along with the hauling are reflected in the estimate.
Permits and Fees
Besides the money you are paying the contractor, most repairs and replacement jobs require a permit and associated fees from your municipality. The licensed contractor usually makes the arrangement for the permit with your local government's building or construction office, but passes the fees on to you.
One of the biggest costs depends on the type of roofing material. Asphalt shingles, which can last for decades, are generally the least expensive type of roofing. Metal sheets or wood cedar shingles, while completely opposite in appearance, are similar in price. If your roof is made of tile or concrete, expect to pay top dollar for replacement or repairs. There are variations among all these types of materials, and price might also vary by region and availability.
If your repair problem consists of a minor leak, expect to pay an hourly rate plus the costs of associated materials. However, remember the Boy Scout motto — be prepared. That minor leak could be a sign of bigger problems down the line, especially on an older roof. Ask the roofer about the overall condition of the roof, so you can prepare for replacement costs before it becomes an emergency.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.