While the Twin Cities, MN has a fairly favorable climate many people enjoy, the weather can turn severe at unexpected times. Your roof can sustain extensive damage following bad weather and lead to potentially expensive emergency roof repairs. The question is, how do you plan for such emergency repairs and how much would it cost?

The majority of emergency roof damage comes from storms, high winds, hail, and heavy downpours. Additionally, debris can fall from trees too close to your house or they can be picked up by high winds. As a result, shingles and gutters can be ripped apart, exposing your home to outside weather elements. Knowing what kind of damage to expect can greatly help you prepare for emergency roof repair costs.

How Emergency Repairs Differ from Non-Emergency Repairs

Emergency roof repairs are urgent repairs made to your roof to make your home habitable following storm damage. The primary goal of emergency repair is to tarp over the damaged area to prevent further water damage to your home. Although this might sound easy to carry out as a DIY, remember climbing on to your roof is dangerous and should only be done by a trained professional.

Most tarp coverings can protect your home from outside elements for up to 90 days. In the meantime, you should have your contractor carry out a detailed assessment of your roof and recommended long-term repair. In other words, non-emergency roof repairs are done after your contractor has inspected the roof and issued an estimate. Depending on the type and extent of damage, non-emergency roof repair may include replacing damaged shingles, fixing damaged gutters, installing flashings, and more.

Emergency roof repair costs can vary widely based on several factors, and your contractor will take into account the following when making your estimate:

1. Extent of the Damage 

The extent of damage and the amount of repair required will significantly affect the overall cost. Generally, roofing contractors determine repair costs by the square footage of what needs to be repaired. In roofing terms, a square refers to a 10-foot-square area. 

2. The Depth of Damage

If a storm causes deeper damage under your roof’s layer, it is considered a high-end cost. On many occasions, storms can cause heavier damages under your roof’s underlayment, which results in huge repair costs. High winds could blow off your shingles, exposing parts of your roof to leakage. Additionally, a violent storm can throw tree branches and other debris onto your roof and puncture holes on it. The cost of repairing such deep damages can be much higher than fixing ordinary leaks.

3. Hidden Damages

Your contractor may find existing water damage under your roof’s underlayment and the deck underneath or damaged flashing around chimneys and skylights. Strong winds can lift up shingles and break sealing strips, causing leakage. These hidden damages can further add to the cost of emergency roof repair.

4. The Urgency of the Repair 

Emergency roof repair costs will also depend on how quickly you want the repair crew to come and fix the problem. If you want the repairs done on a shorter notice, the contractor will need to mobilize more resources and labor, which adds to the repair cost.

5. The Roofing Material on Your Roof

Emergency roof repair costs also depend on the shingles currently on your roof. Generally, roofs with asphalt shingles cost less to repair than those with wood, metal, stone, or slate. In some cases, your contractor may recommend a different shingle material depending on whether your current material is still available on the market or you just need something different.

How These Factors Affect the Repair Costs

All these factors influence the time, labor, and materials required for the job. For example, if you have a small repair which needs to be fixed quickly, it’s not going to cost your contractor more in terms of time, labor, and materials, but the urgency of the job may increase your estimate. On the other hand, more damage will cost more materials, labor, and time, but if you allow longer timelines, you could significantly cut down the cost.

Other than these, your roof type will also influence the total cost of emergency roof repair. Roofing materials will significantly vary in cost depending on the roof pitch you have. Again, roofs with higher pitches usually cost more in materials and labor than those with flatter pitches. They are also more dangerous to work on, which calls for more sophisticated equipment and expertise.

Did a fierce storm hit your roof in the Twin Cities, MN? Contact LB Solutions, LLC today for emergency roof repair services for a wide range of residential roofing systems, including asphalt shingles, flat, and metal roofing.