There’s no doubt about it: Having your roof repaired can be quite pricey. But what actually goes into the determination of that price? There are actually many different factors that are taken into consideration in the preparation of the estimate for roof repair Ottawa citizens will receive. Let’s look at each of these factors in turn, to get an in-depth look at why the estimate is what it is, and what it includes.
Type of roof to be fixed/installed
There are so many different kinds of roofs. From the shape of the roof (such as gabled roofs, hipped roofs and mansard roofs) to the type of material needed to repair the roof (asphalt shingles, tiles, or metal, for example) the particulars of the type of roof to be repaired can dramatically affect the price of your quote. The difference can be as little as $1 per square foot or as much as $10 per square foot, depending on the materials needed and the difficulty level.
Depending on where you live, you’ll have to secure certain permits before any renovation or construction can begin on your home. The cost of these permits can be either a flat fee or they can be determined according to the size of your home. When your roof repair contractor secures these permits for you (which is usually the case) they will factor the cost of the permits into your quote.
Size and extent of repair
Just as it would cost more to install carpet in a large room than it would in a small one, the cost of repairing or replacing a roof is also contingent on the size of the area to be repaired. Generally, a quote will be based on the square footage of the roof. The extent of the repair to be done also impacts the price on the estimate. For example, a small leak that is confined to one area of the roof will be much less expensive to fix than missing shingles, structural damage and significant water damage that could compromise the stability of your entire roof. Therefore, the extent of the damage is another factor that is included in the estimate.
Features of the roof that could make roof repairs more challenging for the contractors will cause the price on the estimate to go up. Things such as chimneys, skylights, solar panels and other things that could make the repair more costly, particularly if these features are included in the damage that needs to be fixed. Because specialized tools and expertise could be involved in fixing these features, the cost of doing so adds to the overall price of the repair.
You can see, then, that there are actually many factors that go into the calculation of a roofing repair estimate. It’s important to know as well that not every roofing company will charge the same for the same roofing repair. For that reason, it’s important to get a quote from at least three different companies before you choose a contractor for your repair, so you can be sure you are getting the best deal possible.