A roof is a home's first and most important line of defense against the elements. Fortunately, homebuilders are well aware of this fact and the structure is the last thing they would ever skimp on. On average, a new roof can last for decades with only minor repairs. Of course, this depends in part upon location and the number of serious storms in the area.
A Few Small Repairs
The most common roofing costs are for simple repairs, which can either be handled by the homeowner or a professional. If the job consist of simple shingle replacement, most homeowners who do not suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights) should be able to do it on their own. However, if the problem is a leak, an expert should be called in.
Believe it or not, many roofers are not too keen on making basic repairs. The fact is that fixing simple leaks is a thankless task. More often than not, the homeowner will expect free estimates, which takes time and expertise. As a result, a professional is far more likely to take the job if costs are high and a total replacement is needed.
To find a good roofer that will complete a small patch up or repair job, it may be necessary to tell him or her that you will pay for an initial opinion or estimate. And if it turns out that your home needs a new roof, contractors will often waive those fees.
One of the most common conflicts between roofers and their clients has to do with the simple fact that when roofs get old, leaks become more common. Oftentimes, a professional will repair a leak and then be called out to fix another only a few months later. The homeowner might then expect the roofer to do this work gratis, even if the leaks are unrelated.
Homeowners also tend to be unresponsive or skeptical when a roofer tells them that repair costs may be high because their abode needs a new roof. As we mentioned, leaks are an unmistakable sign that the structure is unsound and may need to be replaced. Putting up new shingles simply will not do at some point.
It may not be cheap, but putting on a new roof is not quite as expensive as many homeowners fear. On average, a new one costs between $ 2500 and $ 5000, depending, of course, on the size of the home and the materials that are used. Metal roofing, for example, is more expensive than standard materials.
Hiring A Professional
The first and most important step when it comes time to replace the structure is to receive a reliable estimate – whether you have to pay for it or not. Like most home projects that require experienced contractors, it is important to get several opinions about expected costs. And while the low bid will obviously be the most attractive, make sure you feel comfortable with the contractor before you sign anything.
Even though it might cost a pretty penny, a new roof is one of the best investments you can make in your home. The structure can last for decades without worry and will add value and curve appealing to your property.