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Proudly Serving Southern Indiana

Contractor ID #ME40788

4.9 Star Rating ★★★★★

Out of 126 Reviews

Mon-Fri: 7am – 6pm

Saturday: 8am – 12pm

Factors That Determine the Cost of a Roof Repair

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When it comes time to schedule a roof repair in Bloomington, you want to know the cost upfront. You have a firm budget, perhaps a few thousand dollars total, that you can put towards roof repair or roof replacement services.

But even with a budget in mind, some factors determine the cost of a roof repair, not to mention that you will want to hire a professional, not an amateur, for your roof repair service. It‘s best to know the cost and why that cost is what it is. 

Let’s take a look at some things that could affect or determine the cost of a roof repair.

The Type of Roof

First and foremost, the number one factor that affects the cost of a roof repair in Bloomington is the type of roof. A residential roof may feature a noticeable slope, high or low pitch, and various materials, including metal, asphalt, or shingles of multiple types.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of residential roofing today. It is also one of the cheapest options when it comes time for new roof installation or roof repair. On average, installation for asphalt shingles cost about $120 per square foot. Slate shingles come at a much higher cost of between $800 and $1,000 per square foot.

Depending on the severity of needed roof repairs, you may not need to replace many, if any, of your shingles whatsoever.

Read: 5 Signs Your Roof Is Asking For A Repair 

Slope, Shape, and Pitch of the Roof

As we briefly mentioned before, your roof’s slope, shape, and pitch dramatically affect the total cost of repairs. If you have a steep roof with a high peak, roofing technicians require additional materials, more time, more significant safety measures, and special precautions. All of these things can add to the cost of your roofing repair.

If your home has a unique roof, with a design unlike any of your neighbors, it can add time to the repair process, which in turn can add additional costs.

Furthermore, if your home is wedged between your neighbor’s house or surrounded by foliage, more equipment, and further safety precautions are necessary to assure the safety of the roofing technicians, as well as your home.

Necessary Permits

Most people forget that the city or town where you live may significantly affect the total roofing repair costs and timeframe. A roofing company may require special permits to complete any repairs. If so, you will eat the permits’ price, which is often based on the size or value of your home. Some offer a flat rate.

If your area is prone to storm damage, additional bracing is a must-have for your roof, which requires a separate permit adding a few hundred dollars to the total cost of repairs.

To be more specific, here in Bloomington, the local government requires a building permit when any roofing work on an existing structure is involved. The price varies, but Bloomington’s Building Department does require a minimum fee ranging from $50 to $125, depending on the service.

Scope of Roof Repairs

How bad is your roof? Did it endure recent storm damage? Or has age taken its toll? No matter the reason, the scope of roof repairs is one of the most significant factors, alongside the type of roof.

Most roofing technicians consider square footage when determining roof repair costs. That’s all well and good, but what if the damage is more severe than the surface level? What if the underlayment is severely damaged?

If existing water damage is present, it may not be immediately apparent. The contractor you select may soon discover the water damage once they start removing asphalt shingles. But they cannot install new shingles over the existing water damage. It must be addressed.

Unfortunately, water damage is often more expensive to treat than merely replacing shingles or standing seam metal roofing pieces.

Chimneys and Skylights

Does your home prominently feature a chimney or skylight on the roof? Any unique rooftop elements, such as these, will raise the cost of roofing repairs. Depending on the damage’s scope and location, you may find that merely replacing shingles is not enough. It would be best if you replaced the chimney or skylight, too.

The cost to replace either is high, especially a chimney. But if all that is necessary is to repair the flashing surrounding either one, you can expect to pay between $200 and $500. Now, that cost is relatively high on top of your other roof repairs, but it’s better than fully replacing either feature.

Wrap Up

To schedule top-rated roof repairs in Bloomington, call us to request a quote. These estimates may vary significantly between local roofing companies, but you’ll find that with over 20 years of experience, Cornerstone Roofing is the top and trusted choice of many homeowners. For roof repairs, give us a call at (812) 300-0147!

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