Roof repair cost: How much does it cost to repair your roof in 2017?

23-February-2017

Like most questions around cost, figuring out how much it costs to fix a roof has a lot of variables. So, while we can’t give a straightforward figure, we can outline the different factors that will contribute to your total roof repair cost.

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Why might your roof need to be repaired?

The purpose of your roof is to protect your home from the elements and retain heat. Damage to your roof could have a huge impact on your home, so it’s important to tackle them as soon as possible.

You may have noticed some cracked or missing tiles, or maybe your gutters have started to slump. These are early signs that your roof needs repairing and, if you’ve caught them before you see any interior leaks, the cost to repair your roof and home will be relatively lower.

Unfortunately, if you notice the leaking first, the most common possible causes are:

Keep in mind that if the problem isn’t obvious from the ground (noticeable sagging mounts caused by overfilled gutters, for example), you’ll need to factor in the cost of a consultation. In order to get a quote from a tradesman, they have to assess the damage. You might be able to do this yourself, but always be careful when working at height.

What factors will affect your roof repair cost?

Firstly, the size of your roof and how much of it needs repairing will help you determine potential roof repair cost. If you need a full roof replacement, find out the square footage of your roof. This will help you calculate roughly how much you’ll spend on materials and compare prices. If the repairs are small, such as a few tiles, just the fascias and soffits, the guttering or lead flashing, this will bring costs down significantly.

Another thing you’ll need to consider is the type of materials being used. If it’s just a few tiles, you’ll probably want to replace like-for-like. But if you’re replacing the entire roof, you may opt to upgrade the material to one more efficient or fitting the style of your home. Typically, concrete roof tiles will be the most moderately priced and should last up to 50 years. Slate is usually the more expensive option, but is often chosen for its aesthetic appeal and lifespan of around 75 years. Wood shingles are the easiest to install, meaning the cost of labour is lower, but have a relatively short lifespan of about 20 years.

The cost of labour is probably the hardest to estimate. Start by finding a few trusted tradesmen, either in a local or online directory. If you’ve already identified the source of the leak or the damage to your roof, you’ll have an easier time researching typical labour costs for the job. However, if you’re not able to find the problem yourself, make sure the tradesmen you speak to are reliable.

When comparing quotes, try not to be swayed by the cheapest or quickest estimated working time. At the same time, it shouldn’t take a week to replace 10 tiles. Consider the extent of the job and how long it will take to carry out good quality repairs. Also consider whether your roofer will include the cost of scaffolding or skips needed.

For more help and advice on roof repair costs, get in touch with us using our enquiry form or visit your nearest Bradfords branch