Roof repair costs and tips

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Don't let a leaky roof put a damper on your wallet. While roof repair may seem like a...

Don't let a leaky roof put a damper on your wallet. While roof repair may seem like a daunting and expensive task, it might not as bad as you think. There are several reasons why your roof could be leaking without having to replace it entirely.

1. Missing shingles. You might find that the source of the leak in your roof is a result of old shingles that have fallen off. This is typically a quick and easy fix. If the tar paper is still visible where the shingles used to be, all that you'll need is enough shingles to replace the old one(s). However, if bare wood is visible, you'll want to take a closer look. Check your attic underneath where the missing shingles are to make sure no water damage occurred on the inside. The average cost for a pack of shingles is approximately $40. A roll of tar paper is about $15. So, if you decide to do the repair yourself, it'll cost roughly $55. But if you decide to use a contractor, the price will increase due to labor charges.

2. Bad or damaged flashing. Another common cause for roof repair could be old or damaged flashing. Typically made of aluminum or galvanized steel, flashing is used to cover joints and angles on your roof to prevent water from seeping through and causing damage. This could be the reason for the leak in your roof. Flashing costs range from $7 to about $25, depending on the particular type of flashing needed.

3. Damaged skylight. The average cost for repairing a skylight depends largely on what type of skylight you have. The extent of damage is another factor to consider: Is the flashing corroded around the edges of the skylight? Or is there a more serious issue that will require replacing the framing and sheet rock? The average cost to repair the flashing for skylight windows ranges from approximately $300 to $500.

4. Hail damage. Atlanta can receive some nasty weather, especially during spring. Hail damage can be a big concern. The issue with hail is that it doesn't cause damage immediately. It breaks down the granules and over time the shingles become weak and ineffective, so it might be months later when you realize your roof has a leak. Fortunately, insurance companies provide coverage for hail damage. Check with your insurance company to determine what your plan covers.

5. Clogged or ineffective gutters. As a homeowner, being proactive is a surefire way of preventing water damage to your house. One of the best things you can do is clean out your gutters every few months. Over time, everything from leaves to pine straw to the granules from your shingles get trapped in gutters. Be sure they are debris free.

When assessing water damage to your home, always take precautions to make sure no mold has occurred. If you need help assessing or fixing damage, contact a local Atlanta roofing contractor.

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