Discovering a roof leak in your Omaha home can be distressing. These problems mean that your investment has already been subjected to some manner of water damage. More importantly, they may entail high repair costs. Whether you’ve got water dripping from the ceiling, blistering, bulging paint, or discolored building materials, taking care of the issue fast will keep it from spreading. Roof leaks and the water damage they cause are always progressive. Thus, if you’re worried about how much you’ll have to pay to fix a roof leak right now, you should know that putting the problem off isn’t going to save you money. Unfortunately, there’s no fixed price that applies to every roof repair. Roofers submit their estimates for roof repairs on a case-by-case basis. In addition to accounting for the materials and manpower that your project will require, they’ll also consider:
- The total roof area that must be addressed
- Any secondary problems that must be resolved to prevent the leak from recurring
- Structural damages that have impacted the roofing substrate
- The complexity of your roof design and the ease with which the targeted area can be accessed
On average, homeowners in the United States pay approximately $900 to have their roofs repaired. Minor roofing issues can have repair costs as low as $200 or even less. However, when leaks and the related structural damages are severe and widespread, you may have to pay between $2,000 and $6,000 to have them resolved. This is why it’s so important for consumers to take fast action when leaks are suspected. Tackling these problems early-on and long before they have the opportunity to progress is the surest way to keep repair costs under control.
Determining Whether or Not the Cost of Repairs Is Worthwhile
There are three options that every Omaha homeowner has when it comes to addressing roof leaks. These include:
- Trying to perform the needed repairs themselves
- Hiring professional roofers to handle the job
- Replacing their roofs entirely
If you’re handy and feel comfortable climbing a ladder to work on your roof, you may be able to successfully swap out a few damaged shingles on your own. This job will be even easier if your roofer or your builder has been kind enough to leave a few leftover shingles in your basement or garage. However, there are always drawbacks in DIY roof repairs, especially when they’re performed by people who have a limited knowledge of roof designs, common roof problems, and the various materials and layers that make their roofs up. Patching or replacing shingles on a roof that has significant damages at its decking or framing will invariably lead to problems with mold, and potentially to wood rot. Professional roofers have the training that’s necessary for accurately identifying the underlying causes of roof leaks and for determining the full extent of all resulting damages.
Paying for a total roofing replacement may be something that you need to do if your roof is constantly in need of repairs or if it’s already reached the end of its lifespan. As roofs age, they gradually lose more and more of their integrity. Years of sun exposure can actually alter the molecular structure of shingles in irreparable ways. Roofs are always exposed to the outside elements and this constant exposure to wind, rain, hail, sunlight, and snow is guaranteed to take an irreversible toll over time. As such, if you’re looking at repairs that will cost several thousand dollars, it may be time to think about getting a new roofing.
Some of the things to look for as your roofing ages include separating roof valleys, shingle granules in your gutters, and distortion of the underlying building materials. When a roof is well-cared for, it shouldn’t be necessary for homeowners to pay for costly repairs every year. In certain instances, opting to have a new roof installed will prove to be the best choice, and the cheapest one overall. Not only will doing so prevent future leaks, but roof replacement can additionally add tremendous value to a home.
If you’ve got a roof leak and need help in determining the best way to deal with it, we’ve got the answers you need. Call us today at 913-850-6556.