Your roof is often one of the most overlooked aspects of the house. Since you rarely climb up there, as long as there is no leak, you think it is still in perfect form.
More often than not, however, a leak is a symptom of a worse disease. You can bet that your roof repair costs would already multiply because you failed to call a roofing contractor beforehand for inspection and maintenance.
According to Home Advisor, you will likely spend between $350 and $1,400 for roof repair. However, the national average is $849, with labor costs running from $45 to $75 per hour. Among the most common reasons for contacting a contractor include:
1. Missing or blown-off shingles
2. Sagging roof
4. Roof flashing damage
5. Chimney flashing leak
6. Damaged valleys
8. Ice dams
Now, the price may be steep, but it does not compare to when you have to replace a roof, which will cost five digits.
Ideally, you should set aside 1% of the total cost of your property to pay for housing repairs and maintenance. For example, if your house costs $250,000, your budget per year should be around $2,500.
Here are some things to consider so you can avoid expensive roof repair costs:
1. Get regular inspection — If you have an older house, you should inspect the roof twice a year. For brand-new homes, you can wait at least a couple of years before hiring a professional. It also depends on the material used for your roof. An extensive inspection will only cost you around $200-300, so you can quickly come up with the money every six months.
2. Patch holes immediately — When you notice water spots on your ceiling, do not wait for it to develop into a full-blown leak. Get a professional to patch the hole while it is still small. Doing so will only cost you a few bucks.
3. Trim trees — Mature trees offer excellent curb appeal and shade. On the downside, their branches and twigs are also hazardous. You should always trim the heavy branches so that they do not fall on top of your roof and cause damage.
4. Clean your gutters — You should always take time to clear your gutters of leaves and other debris. When they clog the drain, the stagnant water can bring the whole component down, taking some shingles along with it. Replacing your entire gutter system will cost you between $500 and $1,400.
5. Install mesh or nylon guards — One way to help you avoid going up to the roof often is to install nylon screen or mesh to cover the entire length of your gutter. The guard will help keep away the leaves. You can also replace your standard filter with a dome-type downspout strainer.
6. Watch your slope — The rule of thumb is that the deeper the slope, the higher the likelihood it would be for your roof to withstand strong winds. For a subtropical climate, a 15-degree or 30-degree slope would be ideal.
Your roof is one of the overlooked parts of your house, but it is also the most expensive to repair. If you follow the tips above, you can avoid the costly roof repair and reappropriate your budget on other things.