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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Roof Leak?

October 27th, 2023 | 8 min. read

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Roof Leak?

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A roof leak is one of the most stressful situations a homeowner faces. The interior damage it’s causing is stressful enough, but you also have to pay to get the problem fixed. 

Unfortunately, roof repairs aren’t cheap. That’s why the first question most homeowners ask before even talking about the cause is, “How much is this going to cost me?”

For over 30 years, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been transparent with homeowners about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the roofing industry. And it doesn’t get any uglier than talking about pricing. 

That’s why I want to help you understand how much your leaky roof will cost to repair. 

This article answers the following questions:

  • How much do roof repairs cost generally?
  • How much does it cost to repair common roof leaks?
  • What factors impact the cost of roof repairs?

How much do roof repairs generally cost?

Most roof repairs generally cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500. However, you could be looking at roof repairs costing $2,000 or more if you have a major problem. 

large roof repair with rotten decking and missing shingles(Large roof repair)

If you replace an entire section of the roof and/or have structural damage, it could even be closer to $3,000 or much more, depending on severity. I know this is a wide range, and it’s honestly intimidating. 

However, you’ll find most roof repairs fit into the price range above. Just know that where you fall depends on different factors that determine a roof repair’s cost (more on this in a minute). 

How much does it cost to repair common roof leaks?

Now you have a general idea of the cost to repair a roof. While having a general price range is a great start, there’s room to be more specific. 

Let’s look at the most common roof leaks and how much it costs to repair them. 

Improperly driven nails 

If a nail isn’t driven in far enough or driven in sideways during installation, it works its way back up through the shingle (often called nail pops). When it rains, water catches the head as it comes down your roof and follows the nail inside your home.

nails coming through asphalt shingles

How much does it cost to repair the roof leak? 

To repair this leak, the roofer breaks the seal on the shingle, lifts the shingle up, pulls the nail out, and moves it or re-nails it properly. Depending on how many there are (around 5-10), you can expect to pay around $325 to repair this roof leak.

However, having a lot of backed-out nails is usually a sign of improper installation. If this is the case, you have a larger problem on your hands. 

Cracked pipe boots

A pipe boot is a type of flashing that goes around the base of the pipes coming through your roof. While there are different types (lead, plastic, copper, etc.), the most common leak is when a neoprene (synthetic rubber) pipe boot fails.

cracked neoprene pipe boot around plumbing vent

As the years go by, UV light cracks the neoprene and water runs down into a closet, kitchen, bathroom, or whatever room the pipe is above. 

How much does it cost to repair the roof leak?

This roof leak is repaired by either sliding a rubber collar over the top or replacing the entire pipe boot. It will cost around $250-$550 to repair a roof leak from a failed pipe boot. 

PipeBootReplace(Pipe boot replacement)

If you’re replacing it, the cost will be on the higher end due to the labor and materials needed. However, you’ll be looking at even higher repair costs if the leak damages the surrounding decking. 

Missing asphalt shingles

Missing asphalt shingles are pretty self-explanatory. If your roof has missing shingles, water can catch nails or get underneath the shingles in the surrounding area.

missing shingles on an architectural asphalt shingle roof

Depending on how many missing shingles you have, it could need extensive repairs or a full roof replacement. However, missing two or three is a pretty standard and inexpensive repair. 

How much does it cost to repair the roof leak?

Repairing missing shingles is simply installing new shingles where the existing ones used to be. If you’re only missing a few (up to 5), it’ll cost anywhere from $200 to $500 (depending on the roofing contractor and type of shingle).

If you have a large section of missing shingles, this roof repair can cost up to $1,000 or more. If you have to do a partial roof replacement, you’re looking at $2,000, $3,000, or more, depending on the size. 

Chimney leaks

There are multiple ways a chimney can leak. It could be the metal flashing that goes under the shingles surrounding the base of it.

ChimneyLeaks(Top left: saturated chimney; Top right: damaged flashing; Bottom: siding)

If it’s brick, it could be the mortar joints. If it’s the chimney siding, water can get in the corners, which rots both the outside boards and the ones behind you can’t see. 

How much does it cost to repair the roof leak?

The cost to repair a chimney depends on its size, the type, and the problem causing the leak. If the leak is from the flashing around the chimney, the cost to reflash the area starts at around $500. 

If it’s leaking because of the mortar joints, sealing them with a high-quality masonry water repellent starts at $500 and could go up to $2,500. Repairing the leaks in chimney siding can cost $500-$4,000, depending on the extent of the damage.

You’ll also probably have to find a competent carpenter or siding company, so their pricing has a big impact on the final cost. 

What factors impact the cost of roof repairs?

Roofing contractors generally know the price for certain repairs, especially common ones. But every roof is different, so pricing is specific to your roof, the problem, and the roofing contractor you hire.

Below are the main factors a roofing contractor considers when determining how much it’ll cost to repair your roof leak. 

Labor and time

Labor and time are two of the main factors a roofing contractor considers when calculating the cost of a roof repair. I listed them first because labor and time play into all other factors. 

The more time and labor it takes to complete repairs, the more it adds to the price. While everything else plays into these factors, the repair’s complexity and the roofer's skill level play a big part in determining labor costs.

The extent and size of the damage

The most obvious factor is simply the extent of the damage. It takes less time, labor, and materials to repair something like nail pops or missing shingles. 

On the other hand, replacing a full section of shingles or repairing a major leak with structural damage is a full project. It could even require replacing multiple components, which gets expensive quickly if the damage is all the way down to the decking

The type of roofing material

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have asphalt shingles, which is the easiest material to repair. However, premium or luxury roofing materials cost more to repair.

For example, repairs on a standing seam metal roof are more difficult and require certain tools, years of experience, and more specialized skill than an asphalt roof and some other roof types. The same goes for slate and tiles that require the right training just to walk on them correctly. 

Your roof’s complexity

The last factor that impacts repair costs is your roof’s complexity. Roof repairs will cost more on a hard-to-access roof that’s cut up with multiple facets, has a steeper pitch (angle), and is higher off the ground. 

complex roof being installed(Roof with a lot of complexity being installed)

This is simply because it’s more labor intensive and takes more time to move safely, which increases labor costs.

Does your roof leak mean you need repairs or a full roof replacement?

After reading this article, you have an idea of how much roof repairs cost in general and more specific pricing on the most common roof leaks. Unfortunately, you’ll never know how much a roof repair costs until after a roof inspection and getting an estimate.

But that’s not the only thing you won’t know until after a roofer gets up there. You also won’t know if the leaking roof actually means it’s time for a roof replacement. 

Once you need a new roof, repairs are just throwing money at problems that won’t go away until replacing it. Some homeowners do this and actually end up spending more money in the long run.

I don’t want this to happen to you. That’s why I wrote another article that helps you determine if your roof leak needs simple repairs or if it’s a sign that you need a new roof. 

Check out Should I Repair My Roof or Replace It to learn what your leaky roof needs.  

repair or replacement quiz

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