When Do I Need To Hire A Roofer?

Here are a few reasons you might need to hire a roofer and replace your roofing system:

  • Installation or replacement
  • Damage and repair
  • Maintenance and inspection

Many companies, especially the independent contractors, are specialists in repairs or replacement but may not be the best at new installs. On the flip side an installer might not have as much experience with repairs. When hiring a professional choose the right expertise for the job.

Installing  or Replacing A New Roof

The typical roof will last 20 to 50 years. At this point it will need replaced completely for safety and longevity reasons. The typical roofing replace cost between $5,000-$10,000. Be prepared when the time comes. Here are some considerations for hiring a pro:

Does the pro have experience with new construction?
Can you coordinate the installation with other contractors working on the home?
Who’s responsible for which parts of the structure?

You may need to know if the contractor framing the house will also install the decking, or if the roofer will be the one to do it.

Roofing Repairs

The price to repair a roof runs $350 to $1,300. If it is leaking, sagging or showing other signs of damage, you may need a pro to fix it. Many professionals will perform this work on one they installed. If you need to a hire a pro different from the installer, be sure to look for companies that offer repair.

Roofing Maintenance and Inspections

If you are hiring a roofing inspection or routine maintenance, you can potentially increase the lifespan of your roof. The expense to hire a roof inspector averages about $200. You may want to arrange service every 6 to 18 months, depending on the material. Some companies offer maintenance plans when you get a new one, but many don’t perform this service.

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