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4 factors that affect roofing repair costs

You can’t ignore roof repairs – your roof is responsible for protecting you from the elements, after all.

So what happens when this vital piece of your home needs repairs? There are two questions you’ll likely ask yourself – “Who can fix it?’ being the first, and the second?

“How much is it going to cost?”

Well, that depends on a number of factors – unfortunately, we can’t give you a rough figure until we see your roof itself and evaluate its condition.

Your metal roofing is exposed to various weather conditions over the years.

Sunshine, rain, general wear-and-tear, scorching summers… over the years, each of these take their toll on the surface and condition of your metal roofing, necessitating repairs to restore it. Naturally, the more severe or complicated the issue, the more expensive the repair.

And it isn’t just the type of repair itself that can affect how much a repair job will cost.

There are also a number of other factors – including some that are inherent to the way your roof is designed – that can affect how much you may need to spend in order to get your roof back to its best condition so it can effectively protect you and the contents of your home!

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How do I estimate roof repair costs?

As we said above, there’s no way to accurately gauge how much a roof repair is going to cost you until you can get a metal roofing expert on-site to inspect your roof’s condition.

Having said that, there are a couple of general things you can look at to determine the scope of the tasks at hand.

What things are we talking about?

1. What is the scope of the roof repairs?

When thinking about the cost, the first thing you need to look at is the repairs themselves:

  • How bad is the damage?
  • What needs to be done?
  • How much life does your roof still have?
  • How old is your roof?
  • What material is it made from (tiles, shingles, metal)

Most importantly, it’s important to consider how much of the roof needs to be repaired, refinished or resealed. Larger roofs mean a larger area, which in turn comes with more repair work to be done.

2. Are there any existing roof issues?

Are there water spots and damp brown patches on your ceiling? 

If so, odds are you have an existing roof issue, such as a leak or other plumbing problem. Any pre-existing issues such as this can add cost to your upcoming roof repair.

The existing roofing problems that you may have accrued over the years will most likely affect the cost of your roofing repairs, as your roofing contractor may need to address these water leaks and issues first, before proceeding with the original tasks at hand. 

During our initial inspection, our roofing experts will evaluate your roof to determine if there are any additional issues that may have escaped notice, and will factor these into your quote, telling you upfront to help avoid that nasty shock that comes with an unexpectedly high bill.

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3. Roof type: how does roof pitch affect cost?

Labour costs would most likely be affected by the type of metal roofing that you have at home. 

In particular, it can be affected by how your roof is installed. For instance, steep and pitched roofs will most likely need careful planning and preparation to accommodate the more hazardous working conditions, which can affect the price compared to flat metal roofing.

4. Type of metal roofing

Many homes have extra features built into their roofs:

  • Skylights
  • Solar panels
  • Chimneys
  • Vent ports

Each of these can complicate roofing repairs, requiring additional preparation to ensure that the repairs are carried out properly.

How can I reduce the cost of my roof repair?

Depending on the issues that affect your roof, your metal roofing repair can be somewhat costly – however, it doesn’t have to be that way!

There are a number of things you can do with your roof to help it stay in good condition and thus bring down the cost of your roofing repair.

For instance, you can make any future metal roof repairs more affordable by…

Doing your part to reduce the chances of roofing problems in the first place

You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

When was the last time that you had your metal roofing checked?

While regular roofing inspections may cost you a little bit of money in the short-term, they can help you avoid a much worse (and not to mention, a more expensive) problem further down the line.

Roof inspections help you avoid a range of different metal roofing issues, helping us identify and catch minor issues before they snowball and turn into a bigger repair job:

  • Cracks and dents
  • Leaks
  • Gutter problems
  • Insulation problems
  • Storm damage

Keeping your gutters and drains clean to maintain the aesthetics of your metal roofing

While you may not spend too much time thinking about them, your gutters and drains play a critical role in the proper functioning of your roof.

In fact, when our specialists turn up to perform roof inspections and repairs, a lot of the time, it’s an issue with gutters and drains.

Gutter and drain cleaning are two of the essential parts of your metal roof. They also require regular and ongoing inspections by a qualified roof plumber, as dirt and debris build-up is especially prevalent and problematic here, and may cause:

  • Mould growth
  • Roof leaks
  • Damaged foundations
  • Rotting wood

Find out how often you should clean your gutters to avoid water and dirt build-up.

Make sure your home has a quality roof to begin with

Are you still at the design phase of your construction project? Great, we’ve caught you at a good time!

We get it; building or renovating a house is expensive. It can be natural to want to find ways of reducing your overall costs.

However, cutting corners on your roof is not the way to do it!

If you want a roof that won’t need repairs, you’ll want to start at the point of design and choose metal roofing that’s tough, durable and which is resistant to the many, many pressures that your roof puts up with on a daily basis.

Choosing a reputable metal roofing brand like COLORBOND (which is designed right here with Australian conditions in mind) can help your metal roof last for longer, and thereby help you avoid paying more for roof repairs.

Book metal roofing maintenance and repairs with Watermaster Roofing

It’s important that you keep your roof healthy – after all, it’s what protects you from the elements.

Whether it’s ongoing maintenance or metal roofing repairs, it’s important that you choose the right team to look after something so important.

And that’s where we come in.

Watermaster Roofing are experts in all sorts of metal roofing services, offering quality workmanship and repairs that can save you from the headache and additional costs that come with dealing with some serious roofing problems.

Our team of professional roofing contractors are dedicated to delivering high-quality roofing service by inspecting and repairing your metal roofing.

Watermaster Roofing provides various roofing services such as:

What’s more, we endeavour to make it more affordable as well.

Our team provides upfront quotes before every job for you to sign off on, and should we uncover any unexpected problems with your roof, we’ll come to you to ensure you understand the root cause of the issue and what’s required to fix it, instead of just adding it to your bill and handing it over once the job is done.

Book your annual metal roofing maintenance or arrange an emergency repair with Watermaster Roofing – call 1300 576 075 or request a quote from us for your next roofing project.

2021-07-19T03:44:08+00:00 April 15th, 2021|Metal roofing, Roof Plumbing|

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