How much will your roof repair or maintenance cost?

Ashburn, VA 20149

Roofers on Thumbtack cost$40 - $80

Average fixed price

  • Lowest price:$20
  • Most common low price:$40
  • Most common high price:$80
  • Highest price:$300

How much does it cost to repair a roof?

By Evan Crowther

The national average cost to repair a roof leak is anywhere from $223-$775, including materials and labor. The final cost of roof repair depends on the specific repairs as well as the type of roof.

For example, roof leak repair costs an average of $502-$775 in the U.S. Repairing roof flashing costs an average of $233-$359, and repairing an issue with the roof vent or vent pipe costs an average of $503-$660.

Winterization repairs like ice damming damage cost, on average, $502-$775. Fixing a roofing plumbing vent costs $517-$724 on average. Homeowners can expect to pay $523-$717 per slate to repair slate roofs.

Roof repair costs:

Type of repair

National average cost range

Repair leaky roof

$502-$775

Repair roof flashing

$233-$359

Repair roof vent/vent pipe leak

$503-$660

Repair roofing ice damming damage

$502-$775

Repair roofing plumbing vent

$517-$724

Repair slate roofing

$523-$717 (per slate)

Replace missing shingle

$5-$6 (per square foot)

All prices include materials and labor.

To get an idea of prices in your area, get a free estimate from a nearby professional. Many factors can affect the actual price for roof repairs, and the above figures are just national averages. Read on to learn what considerations can affect the total price of roof repair.

Compare prices from roofers near you.

Roof repair cost considerations.

roof leak repair cost and roof repair cost estimatesWhen you hire a professional to repair your roof, you’re paying for more than just the time or labor. Roofing contractors set their prices based on many factors.

Type of repair.

Before a roofing specialist can provide a cost estimate, they need to know the scope of the repair. Smaller repairs (like replacing a few asphalt shingles) will cost less than more extensive or structural repairs. Many roofing companies will inspect the roof to assess the extent of the damage before offering a quote.

Roof type.

What type of roof do you have? Do you have tiles, slate, asphalt shingles, or wood shakes? The type of roof you have is a big factor when it comes to repair costs. Some roofing materials cost more to fix and replace than others.

Materials like wood shakes and metal roofing are popular for their resistance to high winds. However, the cost to repair these materials is often higher than more affordable materials like asphalt shingles.

For example, a slate roof is more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. It costs about $21-$32 per square foot to replace a slate roof and roughly $5-$6 per square foot to replace an asphalt roof.

Cost of labor.

The labor costs associated with roof repair vary based on the required skills and experience and your location. The national average hourly wage for roofers in the U.S. is $24.96, while roofers in the 90th percentile earn $36.51 hourly on average.

Areas with a higher cost of living tend to also have higher labor costs for roofing professionals. Roofers in states like Florida and New Mexico have an average hourly wage of just over $20. In more expensive states like Massachusetts and California, roofers earn an average of more than $30/hr.

Minimum service fees.

To cover the cost of labor and travel to your location, some roofing contractors may charge a minimum service fee for inspections and repairs. Ask your contractor about minimum service charges before accepting any services.

Equipment costs.

Roofers use specialized equipment to perform roofing repairs safely. This equipment often includes the following:

  • Fall protection equipment
  • Ladders
  • Hand and power tools
  • Protective gear
  • Scaffolding

The amount of special equipment needed to perform a repair will also impact the total cost.

Removing existing roofing materials.

Whenever sections of roofing need replacement or repair, roofers have to determine if it’s necessary to remove the existing materials. The process of roof removal is time-consuming and labor-intensive, so it will likely factor into the final cost of repair.

Roof repair vs. replacement costs.

Depending on the size of the roof and the extent of the damage, it may be necessary to replace the entire roof. Roof replacement costs may be greater than the cost of a repair, but in some cases, a replacement can prevent further repairs and save money in the long term.

Your contractor will perform an inspection to determine if replacement is the best option. This may include a water damage roof inspection and looking for missing or damaged materials.

Here's an example of how much it costs to replace a roof:

 

Roofing type

Average total cost

Asphalt shingle

$12,129-$14,313

Cedar shake

$43,526-$51,552

Copper

$58,132-$101,631

Metal

$19,570-$22,068

Rubber (EPDM) 

$14,165-$18,825

Slate

$52,286-$79,148

Tile

$21,914-$31,277

*All figures represent costs for 2,500-square-foot roofs.

Search local roofers and check prices.

How to save money when fixing your roof.

Cost-conscious homeowners will want to find ways to save on roof repair costs. Here are some strategies you can use to get the best price:

Get more than one estimate.

When you first start consulting with roofing professionals, you should get a free quote from a few different companies. Keep in mind that some companies may charge for an inspection.

Rather than just hiring the contractor that gives you the lowest offer, you can sometimes negotiate with a contractor you’d prefer. Use quotes from other companies as leverage to see if they’ll match their competitor’s price.

Check your insurance policy.

Depending on the cause of the damage, your home insurance may cover some or all of the roof repair costs. Factors that affect whether insurance will cover the repair include:

  • Age of roof. Most policies won’t cover roofs over 20 years old.
  • When the damage occurred. It’s best to keep documentation of repairs and notify your provider of damages immediately.
  • Cause of the damage. While insurance often covers natural disasters and severe weather, damage resulting from normal wear or neglect is usually the homeowner’s responsibility.

Coverage also varies by provider and specific policy, so check with your provider to see what they’ll cover.

Related: How to submit a claim for a roof replacement.

Government programs.

Eligible homeowners may qualify for government assistance with the cost of home repairs, including roofing projects.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development also offers special home improvement loans for qualifying residents. Check with your local government for programs in your community as well.

Preventive maintenance.

One of the best ways to save money on roof repairs is to prevent damage with routine maintenance. Preventive maintenance not only protects your roof from severe damage, but it can also extend the roof’s lifespan. This can prolong the need for roof replacement and often saves money over time.

Related: 5 signs that your roof is in need of repair ASAP.

Find the best roofer in your neighborhood.

Roof maintenance tips to save money in the long run.

Routine maintenance and inspection can keep your roof in good condition and prevent costly repairs. Keep these factors in mind to maintain your roof:

Design.

The shape and style of your roof will determine its maintenance requirements. For example, gable roofs are one of the most common roof designs. They have slanted panels that need to be checked for damage on the ends. And flat roofs have rafters and structural decking that you should check regularly for damage.

Material.

Different materials also require different kinds of maintenance and cleaning. Pressure washing may work well for tile roofs, for example. However, worn asphalt shingles may not be able to withstand the pressurized water.

professional roofer will be able to advise you on the best method of cleaning your roof.

Inspections.

Perhaps one of the best ways to catch signs of damage early is with regular roof inspections. Because the roof is so often out of sight, it’s easy to forget about. However, regular inspections may reveal issues like leaks that wouldn’t otherwise be apparent.

Gutters.

Cleaning your gutters is another relatively easy way to prevent damage to your roof. As your gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, they can stop draining water effectively. This, in turn, can lead to water overflowing into your roof, where it can cause leaks, water damage, and mold.

Trim and siding.

In addition to the roof itself, you should check the exterior materials that connect to your roof. Look for signs of damage where the siding meets the roof. You may also find problems with the trim, which can expose roofing materials to the elements.

Roofs are notoriously difficult to access, so cleaning and maintaining them yourself isn’t always possible. Instead, homeowners should focus on regularly checking for damage or signs of wear. Contact a professional for an inspection if you notice cracks, leaks, or missing roof materials.

Related: 13 home exterior issues to watch for during the cold seasons.

Cost to DIY roof repairs vs. hiring a roofer.

Experienced do-it-yourself enthusiasts may find it appealing to take on roofing repairs themselves. There are pros and cons to the DIY approach as opposed to hiring a pro. Here's what you need to know:

  • Potential cost savings. DIY-ing your roof repairs can cost half as much as hiring a professional. However, make sure you perform the repairs correctly. If not, you could end up paying for more repairs down the line.
  • Convenience. Roofing repairs are often noisy, and you may need to work with the contractor to fit within their schedule. Rather than waiting on a contractor to finish the job, you can address the DIY repairs whenever you want.
  • Safety. Roofing is extremely dangerous without the proper equipment and experience. Make sure you have everything you need before you attempt to DIY the repairs. Or, hire a roofing contractor — they know how to handle roof repairs safely.
  • Quality. Without the help of a professional, there is no guarantee of the quality of a DIY repair. More complex repairs should be left to a pro.
  • Accountability: You’re responsible for your DIY repairs, so the cost of fixing a mistake falls to the homeowner.
  • Warranty. Many roofing companies offer a warranty for their work, which covers the cost of incorrectly installed materials.

Get free price quotes for roof repairs.

With all the variables that affect the total cost of roof repair, it’s difficult to know exactly how much you can expect to pay. Getting a quote from a roofing contractor will give you a better idea of the repair cost.

The best way to find a contractor and get a free estimate is with Thumbtack. Download the Thumbtack app today to contact nearby roofing professionals.

FAQs.

What is the life expectancy of a roof?

Most roofing materials have a life expectancy of at least 25 years with proper care and maintenance. That said, higher-quality materials may last 30 or more years.

How much damage does a roof need to be replaced?

Several types of damage call for a roof replacement if severe enough. One of the most irreparable types of damage is water damage.

Trapped moisture can lead to mold, rot, and water stains. If you catch a leak quickly, a minor repair is often enough to stop the problem. Over time, however, a leaky roof can lead to water damage bad enough to call for a replacement.

Missing or severely damaged roofing materials may also necessitate a replacement. Replacing one or two missing shingles or tiles is a simple task. If you see exposed fasteners, however, it may be a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy.

The only way to know for sure if your roof needs replacing is to have a professional inspection done.

How do I know if my roof is rotting?

A rotting roof usually results from the buildup of moisture due to some type of damage. Common types of rot include brown rot, white rot, and dry rot. Despite its name, dry rot actually results from moisture as well.

Most instances of rotting wood involve fungal or bacterial growth. Rotten wood often has a discolored appearance or a foul odor.

One of the easiest ways to identify advanced decay is known as the “pick test.” Using a screwdriver or small knife, break off a thin section of wood. Healthy wood will break cleanly with a snapping sound, while rotted wood has a dull sound.

Is it better to patch a roof or replace it?

Whether you should patch a roof or replace it depends on the extent of the damage. If an inspection reveals signs of decay or warping, it often points to a structural problem that a patch won’t fix. If the decking seems to be in good condition, a patch is usually more than sufficient to safely repair the roof.

How long does it take to patch a roof?

Exact times will vary based on accessibility, materials, and the extent of the damage. However, many companies can perform minor repairs in one day. A typical minor roof repair like a patch takes roughly five hours or less for most roofing companies.

All project cost estimates included in this article were provided by Xactware’s pricing data (unless otherwise noted). For more information, visit Xactware’s pricing methodology page.

*A note about project costs featured in this article: Figures represent national average cost estimates using data provided by Thumbtack pros and additional research. These figures are provided for educational purposes only and are subject to change at any time due to various factors. Details about your specific project and local rates can impact costs.

How do we know these prices?

Millions of people ask Thumbtack for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, conduct our own research and then we share those prices with you. The prices reflected in the article above are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time. Contact a professional near you to receive a personalized cost estimate for your project.

5m

Customers this year

300k+

Pros this year

20k

Projects a day

Get a free estimate

How it works.

Search.

Browse profiles, see prices and use filters to find pros who match your project.

Chat.

Contact the pros you like to discuss project details.

Hire.

Check pro availability and book appointments right in the app.