Regular roof repairs are essential to keep a home safe and protected from the weather and wildlife. Depending on the type of repair, roof repair costs can range from $150 to $400 for minor repairs and up to $7,000 for major repairs. The current national average of roof repairs in America is $950. The final cost of your repair will also depend on factors such as roofing, labor costs, and the size of your roof.

NOTE: Due to labor and material shortages, caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, all prices in this article may be below current market prices. Lead times for both labor and materials may also be longer than usual. Plan your roof repairs well in advance and be prepared for delays, especially during the warm months.

Types of repairs

Roof repairs are generally classified into minor and major repairs. Before you spend a lot of money on your roof, decide what category your repairs fall into.

1. Minor repairs

Minor repairs vary between $150 and $1,500. These types of repairs require basic tools and materials and do not require specialized knowledge or training to perform. While many people prefer to do minor roof repairs, if you are unsure about any aspect of the repair or have concerns about safety precautions, you should contact a professional. A minor roof repair can easily turn into a major one if neglected or done incorrectly.

Common minor repairs include:

  • Cleaning gutter
  • Fix minor leaks
  • Replacement of missing or cracked shingles
  • Repairing a flat tire or puncture
  • Remove accumulated water
  • Flashing (small holes, corroded spots, resealing)

2. Major repairs

Major repairs require professional expertise and specialized materials and, by extension, can $1,500 and $7,000. Depending on where you live, they may also require permits and inspections during the repair process. Any repairs that require extensive electrical, plumbing, HVAC or engineering work are considered major repairs. Also included are repairs for structural failures (possible and realized), any renovations to your roof or the structure of your house and the resolution of security risks.

Common major repairs include:

  • Electrical Wiring Problems
  • Extensive water damage
  • Comprehensive treatment of environmental problems (mold, gas, etc.)
  • Roof shrinkage or roof sagging
  • Chimney repair
  • Blinking (total replacement)

3. Replacement

If your roof is over 20 years old and has sustained significant or recurring damage, it may be necessary to completely replace the roof. A roof with little to no damage can last more than 30 years. If you are not sure whether your roof needs to be replaced or if it could continue without replacement after repair, contact a professional roofing company. Representatives will often provide an initial assessment of your roof for a small fee. A total roof replacement can cost much more meer $8,000.

If none of these things sound quite right for your roof situation, you may just need to get your roof cleaned. Cleaning your roof regularly, at least once a year (or more often, depending on the climate) will reduce future repairs, maintain your roofing and keep your home looking attractive. It also saves you money in the long run as you can spot and fix future problems long before they need to be repaired.