Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. If it gets damaged, it can be expensive and time-consuming to repair, but it’s worth it because of the role it plays in protecting your family and valuables. The first step in the process is getting multiple estimates for the roof repair or replacement. Here are five items that can affect the cost of this work.
- Type of Roof
Whether you have a gable, hip, mansard, gambrel, flat or other roof, estimates can fluctuate by type of roof, with more complex roofs being more expensive to fix. Larger roofs are also generally costlier to overhaul. A roof is more than just it’s topmost layer. Additional layers can add to the cost too.
- Work Required
The extent of the damage will dictate the amount of work required. The more severe the cracks or leaks, or if total replacement is required, the more materials and labor will be required. This can raise the estimate.
- Roof Access
In order to fix roof damage, contractors need safe access to the roof. If the pitch of the roof or the house’s location make it more difficult to reach the roof, your quote is likely to be higher.
- Custom Roof Components
Whether you have existing custom components, such as chimneys or skylights, or want to install a new one, this will cost you. Anything that adds to the complexity of the project can add to cost.
Neighborhoods and cities often have regulations around large construction, especially when it comes to highly visible projects like roof repair. Contractors will include the cost of securing the necessary permits in the quote.
Estimates may vary widely from contractor to contractor, so be sure to evaluate what is included in the quote. Taking time to understand the estimate can help you select the best contractor for your roof repair needs.