How Much Do Roof Repairs Cost?

Julia Pelly
Written by Julia Pelly
Reviewed by Ami Feller
Updated April 22, 2022
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Homeowners can expect roofing repair costs to run between $360 and $1,550

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What Factors Influence the Cost of Roof Repair?

A professional roofer can inspect your roof and provide you with a quote for roof repairs. Within that quote, the roofer will consider a series of factors that determine the estimate provided. These factors include:

  • The size of the damaged portion of your roof

  • How long the repair will take

  • Labor costs in your area

  • The type of repair and any specialized tools or knowledge needed for an effective repair

  • The materials needed for the project 

  • The cost of a warranty

Common Roof Repairs and Their Costs

Nationally, the average cost of roof repair is $940. Patching a leaky roof, repairing broken shingles, or replacing flashing are tasks you should address before you need to handle an emergency roof repair. When these minor problems go unaddressed, they can turn into much larger (and more costly) problems later on. The most common roof repairs and their average costs are: 

Repair TypeCost
Repairing a leak$360 – $1,550
Repairing damaged gutters$180 – $560
Repairing flashing$200 – $500
Repairing a sagging roof$1,500 – $7,000
Repair a damaged roof ridge cap $200– $750

Cost to Repair Roof Leak

A leaky roof can cause severe structural damage to your home’s roof, if not to whatever happens to be below the leak. Roof repairs range in cost between $360 and $1,550. Hiring a roof repair company is your best bet to get damage diagnosed and repaired without ever stepping on a ladder.

Cost to Repair Damaged Gutters

You may need to repair your gutters  due to storm damage, a lack of regular cleaning or maintenance, improper installation, or regular wear and tear. The average cost to repair gutters is $370, with an average range from $180 to $560. The total cost of repair depends on house height, gutter length, the type of repair, and type of gutter. 

Cost to Repair Flashing

Roof flashing is designed to protect your home from costly leaks by directing the flow of rainwater away from sensitive areas and off of your roof. Roof flashing is usually found in areas that would otherwise be prone to puddling or leaks like corners, and crevices near chimneys, skylights, and vents. Most homeowners can expect to pay between $200 and $500 to repair their roof flashing. Full flashing replacement can run up to $2,000

Cost to Repair a Sagging Roof

A sagging roof is often due to structural issues, wear and tear, weight, or rot and is unstable and unsafe. Repairing a sagging roof is best handled by a pro and tends to be a more expensive repair, costing between $1,500 and $7,000.

How Much Do Roof Repairs Cost Near You?

Roof repair costs can vary by company and materials, but they also fluctuate by region. Call several professionals in your area to get quotes. Regional price variations are affected by demand, permitting requirements, and even the weather. Your roof has a major role in protecting you from the elements. In return, it takes a beating from the sun, rain, snow, and wind common to different regions of the United States.

StateCost
Oregon$361 – $1,430
Colorado$279 – $874
Iowa$225 – $874
Arizona$771 – $2,825
Louisiana$516 – $2,046
Ohio$306 – $1,196
New York$450 – $1,927
Massachusetts$408 – $1,855

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Roof Yourself?

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Leaky roof repair costs range from $10 to $120. Roof repairs require proper research and safety protocols. However, there are a variety of maintenance routines and repairs that can be done yourself, including:

  • Gutter cleaning (Free, but not fun)

  • Replacing bent or cracked flashing ($20)

  • Replacing broken or missing shingles ($30)

  • Repairing cracked vent booting ($10–$20)

  • Mitigating ice build-up ($50–$120)

  • Sealing around skylights and chimneys ($25–$80)

Some homeowners may head to the hardware store in search of a bucket of tar or roof sealant to stop a leak, but pros advise against that. 

“This can work for the short term, but it is not a permanent solution—it's a bandaid fix,” says Ami Feller, Expert Review Board member and owner of Roofer Chicks in New Braunfels, Texas. “UV light breaks down tar in 2 to 5 years. A reputable roofer won't use exposed tar in the repair as the primary fix.”

Repair or Replace Flashing

Metal flashing protects against and channels water away from the edges and seams of your roof. Over time flashing can rust and become damaged. Flashing costs around $20, far below the cost of a roofer. However, repairing flashing requires a lot of skill, so it’s best to call a pro for this job. 

Replace Damaged Shingles

Shingles protect from the elements and allow moisture to sheet off your roof. When a shingle is damaged, it should be replaced. A hammer, nails, prybar, and shingles sealant will cost you around $30. Plus the shingles themselves will cost about $30 to $40 for a bundle

Replace Vent Boot

A vent boot seals around vent piping. It is made of rubber and keeps water and debris from entering your roof around the vent pipes. The boot costs around $20. Loosen the shingles surrounding the boot to free it. Grab a razor knife to assist in cutting the caulking away from the vent.

Roof Repair Cost Breakdown

Repair TypeCost
Average roof repair$365 – $1,550
Labor$45 to $75 per hour
Cracked flashing$20, plus labor
Broken or missing shingles$30+, plus labor
Cracked vent booting$10 – $20, plus labor
Ice dams$50 – $120, plus labor
Skylight leaks$25 – $80, plus labor

Other Roof Repair Costs

Repair TypeCost
Garage roof repair$1,500
Fascia and soffits repairs$3,300
Repairing roof trusses$1.50 – $4.50 per square foot
Roof gutters$2 – $4 to patch gutter holes

How Much Do Shingles Cost by Style?

Shingle cost varies by style and each has different advantages. Asphalt shingles are most common, and slate and tile run on the high end.

Shingle StyleCost
Asphalt$500 – $700
Metal$1,300
Composite$450
Wood Shake$750
Tile$1,000
Slate$1,350
Flat$400

FAQs About Roof Repair Costs

Should I repair or replace my roof?

As the number of small repairs continues to crop up, it might save you time and money in the long run to replace your roof rather than continue to repair it. Factors that may necessitate a roof replacement include: 

  • Inspection reveals more than 20% damage throughout your roof

  • Your roof is approaching its stated life span (roughly 20 years)

How do I repair or replace roof shingles?

Roof sealant applied to the underside of a cracked shingle can effectively repair asphalt shingles. If you’re wondering how to replace a roof shingle, follow these steps:

  • Use a pry bar to loosen the shingle row, as well as the row above it

  • Remove the nails that are holding down the broken area along with the row above

  • Remove the portion of shingles

  • Fit the new shingles into place

  • Secure with new nails

  • Add sealant to the bottom of disturbed shingles and nail holes

  • Press down hard to engage the sealant

How should I pick shingles for my roof repair project?

If simply making repairs on your roof, simply match the replacement shingles to the existing ones. Each roof shingle material offers advantages and disadvantages, along with more significant costs.

Preservation societies, homeowners associations, and local municipalities may have rules and ordinances that determine the type of roof shingles owners can add to their roofs. Be sure to double-check with the appropriate organizations if your home is considered historical, in a covenant community, or in a region with heightened risks like wildfire.

What should I consider when hiring a roofer?

Roof repairs can be complicated and present safety hazards. Roofing repairs should be attempted with experienced individuals trained to work on roofs. A reputable roofing company should inspect your roof and provide you with a quote for needed repairs or replacement of your roof. Common price quotes are provided “per square.” A square is equal to a 10’x10’ area or 100 square feet. 

A reputable roofing company will know if your insurance may cover your roof damage. Consider requesting quotes from a few different roofers. Finally, request information on warranties offered on materials and labor.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

While repairing shingles, a professional roofer can take a look at the base of your roof. A softening or damaged portion of your roof might require replacing plywood. You may also want to add new sealant to create a waterproof coating to repel water.

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