When to Repair Roof Shingles

Neglecting roof repairs can prove a costly gamble.

How much does it cost for roof repair?

Roofs are a big investment and you can expect most to last 20 to 30 years. Of course how long your roof lasts depends on how well you maintain it. Neglecting roof repairs too long is a gamble. You might save on a few hundred dollars now if you neglect to fix that handful of aged and cracked shingles. But, in the long run, you are risking more problems like leaks or structural damage that can be costly if roof repairs aren’t tended to.

Roof repair costs will vary depending on the size of the house and the type of material used. For a moderately sized home of around 1,500 to 2,000 square feet with asphalt shingles, most homeowners spend an average of about $650 in repairs. Minor repairs cost anywhere between $150 and $400, while major repairs could run between $1,000 and $3,000 or more. If your roof repair cost runs more than $3,000, it’s probably time to consider a roof replacement.

Before you get roof repairs or to find out what repairs might be necessary, you will want to have a roof inspection. Roof inspections not only let you know what repairs you need, but they can also provide you with the age of your roof if it isn’t known.

When you need a roof inspection or repairs in Oklahoma City, OK, look to McRoof. Learn more about our services by calling (877) 492-9383.

Remember, it’s a gamble to neglect roof repair in the same way it’s a gamble to ignore when your appliances go out. When your refrigerator or air conditioner needs repair, you look for appliance repair services. So look to us when you need roof repair services.

How do you fix a leaking roof?

One of the most common repairs roofers make is for leaks. Roof repair leak service is one of our specialties.

To fix a leaking roof you have to track down the source of the leak first. You can do this by looking for water stains or mold, especially in the attic. Stains and mold can lead you to point on the exterior of the roof where the water is getting in.

Another sign of leaks is the condition of the shingles. If you have curled, cracked or missing shingles, that’s where the water is usually getting in. You might be able to patch or seal gaps in one or two shingles, but if there are large sections in need of repair, a professional roofer should be consulted.

You may also see cracks around joints, chimneys or vents that could be letting water in and causing leaks. You might also see bubbles, blisters or cracks in the asphalt or rubber roll roofing material that indicate water is present. Bubbles and blisters will have to be cut to release any water before splits can be mended.

While minor leaks can be repaired on your own, if the repairs are extensive, a roofing professional can help.

How long should a roof last?

Most asphalt shingle roofs, with regular maintenance and repair, should last anywhere between 20 to 30 years. Some roofing systems like synthetic slate can last longer than 40 years.

Regular roof inspection and repairs will help your roof last, preventing a need for early replacement. An inspection can determine your roof’s age and it’s condition to give you a better idea of how long it will last.

How do I know my roof needs to be replaced?

In general, even with regular maintenance, once your roof has weathered 20 or more years, it’s probably time to have it replaced. By this time you may be spending more in repairs than it would cost to replace it.

A roof over 20 years old may need replacing.

Roof repair vs. replacement

Here is a list of a few reasons why you might choose roof repair or why you might choose roof replacement:

  • Age: For asphalt roofs—the most common material used—once a roof is over 20 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement
  • Amount of repairs: If your roof is damaged and only needs spot repairs, then there is no need for replacement. If damages are extensive you probably want to replace the roof.
  • Cost of repairs: Minor repairs will cost in the hundreds of dollars. Moderate and major repairs can run into thousands of dollars. As a rule of thumb, if repairs are going to cost more than $3,000, you should probably get the roof replaced.
  • How long you plan to stay: If you are only staying in the home for a short time, you may want to hold off on replacement.
  • Insurance concerns: Some homeowners policies offer discounts if roofs are replaced with materials that better resist fire, wind or hail damage.

How long does it take to replace a roof?

A full roof replacement could take no longer than a day or it could take several days. Much of this depends on the size of the roof and the materials used. Weather such as wind, rain or snow could also cause delays.

Roof repair insurance

In some cases insurance will cover roof repairs. Anything damaged caused by peril such as fire or wind and hail damage is usually covered by insurance. This insurance may also cover damage to the contents of your home caused by damage to a roof. Usually, with most policies, a deductible must be met before repairs are paid for. Individual policies may vary.

Need repairs?

Why gamble if you see some cracked or missing shingles or have a leak in your roof? For roof repairs in Oklahoma City, OK, you can rely on McRoof. Give us a call at (877) 492-9383 to see how we can help you.