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Repair Roof Cost

The average cost of repairing a roof is around $650.

In this guide

Signs that your roof needs repair
Cost factors
Repair vs replacement
Type of roof
Repairs
Labor
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to repair a roof?

Part of owning a home means giving it constant care and attention. The roof adds to your curb appeal and home value, while also providing protection from the elements. Eventually, weather and time will start to cause damage, including leaks or worse. Even small leaks should be fixed immediately before the problem escalates, so plan on addressing roof issues as soon as you see them.

If a square of asphalt 1 roof (100 square foot section) needs to be replaced, which is a common form of repair, it will cost about $650. Roof repairs can cost as little as $150, but when major repairs start to approach the cost of a new roof, you may want to consider a total roof replacement.

Signs that your roof needs repair

A visual inspection will help you determine if your roof needs repairing. Some signs that you may need repairs include:

  • Leaks.
  • Cracks in seals surrounding chimneys and skylights.
  • Missing/damaged shingles 2.
  • Materials that are 15 years old or more.

Cost factors

There are a lot of variables that go into the cost of roof repairs, and a roofer is usually able to assess the damage to tell you if it is going to be a minor, moderate, or major repair.

  • Type of roof: there are different roof types that can impact the cost of the repair. For example, a hip roof has more complex angles and will take more time to repair than a standard ranch-style roof.
  • Slope: if the roof has a steep slope 3, you may have to anticipate a 20% premium on repairs. This is because extra safety precautions have to be taken and it takes more time to work on a steep roof.
  • Permits: your HOA or local government may require a permit, depending on the scope of your project. Many permits cost an average of $75, but more significant repairs or roof replacement could require a more expensive permit, which may cost $250-$500.
  • Scope of project: roof repairs range from small leaks and missing shingles to major repairs that can cost thousands of dollars. A professional inspection will help you identify the scope of your roof problem.
  • Water damage: if a leak has existed for a while, it may start to cause damage to the insulation under the roof, which can lead to mold and mildew. Insulation costs $0.25-$1.45 per square foot, plus $0.95 per square foot for labor; this does not include the cost of removing the old insulation.
  • Chimneys and skylights: the more complex your roof is, the more crevices and angles need to be reinforced and possibly be repaired. That means that the more chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys you have, the more complicated the roofing project. Roofers typically charge by the hour ($45-$75 per hour) and these complications will simply take more time to repair than a simpler roof.

Repair vs replacement

The terms repair and replace are sometimes used interchangeably. To repair a roof, new material may be placed, including flashing 4, plywood 5, and shingles. Sometimes the same shingles are reused, depending on the type of repair. A replacement essentially means the same thing, although a replacement may also refer to replacing the entire roof. The average cost to replace a 1,500 square foot asphalt roof is $6,750, so if your estimated cost to repair is more than half of that price, you may want to consider a full replacement.

Type of roof

The type of roof will also factor into the cost of the repair. Asphalt shingles, for example, are very common and easy to replace, whereas slate 6 shingles require more experienced care.

Roof typeCommon repairsCost

Slate

Broken tiles

Nail failure

$200-$300

per square of material

Metal

Cracked flashing

Loose seams

$400

for flashing

$45-$75

per hour to repair seams

Composite

Damage due to weather

$400

per square of material

Tile

Replace tiles

Underlayment 7 replacement

Corrosion

$400-$950

per square of tile shingles

Flat

Leaks

Mold and mildew

Cracked flashing

$500-$1,000 per square of material

Wood shake 8

Replacement due to rot

Splitting

Leaks

$650-$1,100

per square of material

Asphalt

Damage due to wind and hail

Loose nails

Curling

$150-$400

small repairs

$650-$3,000

moderate to severe damage


Repairs

There are many different types of repairs, and the costs can vary significantly based on the amount of damage and number of difficult components to the project (chimneys, etc.)

ProblemDescriptionRepair

Missing or damaged shingles

($4.50-$11.00/square foot )

Shingles are either missing or damaged

Due to an incident or age

Replace shingles

Fascia repair

($6-$20/linear foot )

The decorative and functional edge of the roof that faces outwardReplace section of damaged fascia

Soffit 9 repair

($20/linear foot )

The covering for the underside of the roofReplace soffit

Ice dams

($50-$100/snow rake)

Buildup of snow and ice on a roofRemove snow and ice from roof after snowfall

Underlayments repairs

(Starting at $150)

Membrane between shingles and plywood baseReplace membrane, reseal, possibly replace shingles

Cracked vent boot repair

($150-$200)

Plastic, metal, or rubber gasket 10 that seals the roof ventReplace cracked vent boot

Leaking or cracked flashing

($400)

The metal roofing material used to seal valleys, chimneys, and other cornersReplace flashing and reseal

Roof vent repair

(Minimum $450)

Areas surrounding roof vents, chimneys, or skylights

Reseal roof vent area

Possibly replace flashing

Valley repair

($200-$600)

The angled part of the roof that funnels water down to the guttersPossibly replace flashing, shingles, or underlayment

Dormer repair

($200-$600/valley repair)

Small roofed areas that have a window built inReplace underlayment and possibly shingles or flashing

Leak

($150-$650/minor leaks)

A gap in roofing material that causes water to enter the house

Seal leak

Replace underlayment and shingles

Low slope

($600-$3,000)

Roof that is slightly sagging

Replace plywood, underlayment

Possibly replace shingles

Truss repair

($1,000-$4,500)

Structural frame of the roof

Replace trusses 11

Possibly replace plywood, underlayment, and shingles

Walls

($1,500-$3,000​)

Area that extends beyond the roof

The walls of the house

Replace external wall material and reseal


Labor

Roofers charge $45-$75 per hour on average, and even small repairs take about 2 hours. Any pro that you hire should be licensed and insured. That’s to protect you from legal action if there is an accident. Labor costs will increase if you have an unusual roof or if the slope is steeper than normal.

The roofers will visually inspect the roof and determine the repair plan. Repairs may involve replacing full sections of the roof, including the underlayment and shingles, but smaller repairs may not require replacement.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Roof inspection

If you’re not sure how to spot a roof problem, or you aren’t able to access your roof, a roof inspection is recommended. Homeowners should visually inspect their roof after a storm and generally every six months. Once a year you should have your roof inspected by a professional to see if anything needs replacing before it becomes a bigger issue. Roof inspections cost $250-$650.

Emergency repairs

Sometimes a repair needs to happen immediately in the case of an emergency. Contact a roofer to come assess the damage, but be wary of anyone who offers to do an inspection for free. The roofer needs to be licensed and insured before they get on your roof. The cost for an emergency repair will vary, but you can anticipate an extra $100-$300 for work that needs to be completed immediately. Emergency repairs due to storm damage may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance.

Chimney tuckpointing

The mortar 12 in between the bricks on your chimney can start to loosen and create gaps that water can get through. Repairing this is called “chimney tuckpointing.” Chimney repointing requires scaffolding 13 and time for the pro to remove and replace the damaged mortar and seal the area to offer further protection. The average cost of tuckpointing is $500.

Gutter repair

Gutters sometimes need repairing, too. Depending on the gutter material, whether it’s vinyl 14, galvanized, or aluminum, the cost of the gutter is $3-$9 per linear foot. Roofers charge $45-$75 per hour for repair work.

Additional considerations and costs

  • When a storm has struck your area, you’ll want to visually inspect your roof for any obvious signs of damage. Look for puncture holes, missing shingles, and broken shingles. If you are experiencing leaks or see any signs of damage, you may wish to have your roof professionally inspected or have the damage repaired right away. Your homeowner’s insurance usually covers storm damage.
  • Depending on where you live, and the extent of your repairs, you may be required to file for a permit with your municipality or homeowners’ association. Permit costs vary based on the scope of the project, but $75 is the average. Your local permit costs may vary.
  • If you choose to hire a roofer to repair your roof, it’s important to have, in writing, a guarantee of service or a warranty of sorts. The last thing you want is to have a repair that doesn’t stick.
  • The roofer you hire needs to be licensed and insured. Accidents may happen, and this insurance and license means you won’t be held liable for any incidents.
  • While it’s certainly possible to do some roof repairs yourself, it’s not ideal. Pros are experienced with the variables that come with roofing and can work quickly. If you’re a true DIYer, however, here are a few tips for a successful project. Have all of your materials within reach, you don’t want to keep going up and down a ladder. You’ll need tools such as a flat pry-bar for removing shingles, caulk 15, a hammer, and rubber washed screws for roofing. Work on a day with good weather and a clear roof; knock off any snow and ice that may have accumulated.
  • Homeowner’s insurance may possibly cover the cost of your roof repairs. Policies cover instances of peril, such as fires, wind, and hail. Check your policy to see what is specifically covered. Normal wear and tear is typically not covered.

FAQ

  • What is the average cost to repair a roof?

Roof repairs vary, but an average repair to replace a 10’ x 10’ section of roof is $650.

  • How do you fix a leaking roof?

In general, to fix a leaky roof, flashing is placed to seal the leak, the flashing is sealed, and then shingles are replaced and sealed.

  • Is a roof leak an emergency?

Not right away, but when a leak is left unrepaired, I will only get worse and more expensive to fix as time goes on.

  • How much does it cost to replace a roof on a 1,400 square foot house?

A full roof replacement will cost an average of $4.50 per square foot; a 1,400 square foot roof will cost $6,750 on average.

  • How much does it cost to patch a roof?

If the issue is simply just a few missing shingles, you can hire a contractor for about two hours of work to patch the area. This would cost about $150, not including the cost of shingles.

  • Is a leaking roof covered by insurance?

Not if the leak is from normal wear and tear. But if your homeowner’s insurance covers incidents due to fire, wind, or hail, your insurance will cover the repair after the cost of the deductible.

  • How much does it cost to repair asphalt shingle roof?

At minimum, a patch on an asphalt roof will cost at least $150. On average, it costs $650 to replace and reseal a 100 square foot section of asphalt roof.

  • How much does a roofer charge per hour?

A roofer may charge by the hour for small repairs, which averages $75 per hour. For larger projects, the roofer will often charge by the ‘square’ (or 100 square foot section). The cost of the square will depend on the level of damage, roof material, and pitch.

  • How much does it cost to fix a leaking roof?

It depends on the size of the leak and the damage to the roof. It can cost as little as $150 for a small patch or as much as $1,750 to repair a larger leak on an asphalt roof. ​

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Bitumen 1 Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads
glossary term picture Shingle 2 Shingles: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
3 Steep slope: Pitch of a roof having a vertical rise of 3 inches or more for every 12 inches of horizontal run
glossary term picture Flashing 4 Flashing: Pieces of sheet metal used on roofs to cover joints, such as where the roof meets the wall, or around a chimney or skylight, to protect them and prevent water leaking through
glossary term picture Plywood 5 Plywood: An engineered construction material manufactured from thin slices of wood glued together in alternating grain patterns for strength
glossary term picture Slate 6 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material
7 Underlayment: Roofing material laid underneath roofing tiles to seal the roof, preventing leaks
glossary term picture Shake 8 Shake: A rugged flat piece of wooden construction material with at least one grain-split face, generally made of either redwood or cedar, laid in a series of overlapping rows and used to cover the outside of roofs and walls to protect against weather damage and leaks
glossary term picture Soffit 9 Soffit: Construction material, typically composed of vinyl or aluminum, used to enclose the underside of eaves and ceilings
10 Gasket: A seal that fills the space between two or more surfaces that are joined together, allowing a tight seal even when the surfaces do not fit against each other perfectly
glossary term picture Truss 11 Trusses: Structural framework used to support a roof
glossary term picture Mortar 12 Mortar: A mixture of Portland cement or lime or a combination of both, sand, and water used to bind bricks, stones, and concrete masonry units together
glossary term picture Scaffolding 13 Scaffolding: A temporary structure used during construction/maintenance/painting projects to raise and support workers (or one worker), required materials, and equipment
glossary term picture Vinyl 14 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture Caulking 15 Caulk: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant

Cost to repair a roof varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Allen, TX
+23%
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Augusta, GA
-13%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Avon, NY
-14%
Beacon, NY
+6%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Brownville, ME
-48%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Collins, CO
-11%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fountain, CO
-4%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Glendale, CA
+14%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jackson, MS
-10%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Katy, TX
+63%
Lafayette, LA
+20%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Macon, GA
+20%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Menifee, CA
-6%
Miami, FL
+1%
Middletown, CT
+9%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Newton, NJ
+1%
North Pole, AK
+28%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Olympia, WA
-15%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
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