With cooler months often comes harsher weather conditions, which means more potential for roof damage. If you do run into a situation where you need roof repairs, it’s not uncommon for things to get costly, which is why it’s important to know what to expect. In this article, we will cover some simple ways to find out if you’re overpaying for roof repairs.
Repair vs. Replacement
As a general rule of thumb, your roof should be replaced approximately every 15 years. There is a slight exception to this rule, if you find yourself spending a lot on frivolous repairs, it may be time to just consider a new roof altogether. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you spend more money on repairs than you would on an entirely new roof. That defeats the purpose of repairs and can end up costing you far more in the long-run.
Material Will Cause Price Variances
It is important to educate yourself on your roof’s primary material. Each material is better for a different climate, has different durability, and comes at a different price point. For example, slate roofs are very expensive to repair. Their repair is much more time consuming and requires a high degree of skill, as a result, slate roof repairs can be incredibly costly. With this in mind, it is wise to thoroughly educate yourself on your roof’s material. This further ensures you will avoid being overcharged for any services.
Roof Repairs May Be More Costly Than You Think
While it is critical to ensure you are paying a fair price for the work you are receiving, roof repair from a reputable company is more expensive than most people expect. For example, our base cost for small repairs is $500 which includes the first two hours of labor plus materials. If the repair is more labor-intensive and requires more than two hours, we charge an additional $83/hour per person. While this may seem like a hefty cost, this pricing is actually on the lower end of industry standards. There are less expensive options out there but when you opt for a company that isn’t reputable, you risk ending up with less than desirable results. Are you in the Rhode Island, Massachusetts area and looking to make repairs to your roof? Click here to get in touch with our team. We look forward to speaking with you about the most cost-effective ways to repair your roof.
Ensure You Are Not Under Warranty
Many companies provide a warranty on the installation of your roof. It may not be clearly stated in your contract, but it is a common practice among roofing companies. Due to this, it is important to make sure your roof is not currently under warranty before paying for any repairs. If a customer requests services from us and their roof is less than 10 years old, we encourage them to contact the original installer first to ensure their roof is not under warranty. We don’t want our customers paying out of pocket for any repairs if they don’t have to.
Our warranty provides a 10-year guarantee on any roof installations we complete (repairs are typically not included in our warranty, only installations). We are confident in the quality of the work we do and the materials we use so if any problems arise we take care of them free of charge to provide the best possible experience for our customers.
Expect Different Ranges for Chimney and Skylight Repairs
Although these are both parts of your roof, the cost for repair of both chimneys and skylights are separate from the cost of roof repairs. These repairs can be more expensive than typical roof repairs due to the specialized knowledge they take to complete.
All things considered, the most viable way to ensure you aren’t overpaying for repairs is by staying educated and doing your research. If you are well-informed and aware of market standards, you will greatly avoid the chance of overpaying. When you partner with The Roofing Doctor, you can be assured that we will help you find the most cost effective solutions for you and your home. Click here to get in touch with our team.