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Roof Repair Cost: Minor & Major Repairs 2018

To repair a roof or not, that is the question. Actually, the question is based on whether the cost is worth doing it now, or waiting a while. In which case, it is more like a gamble. And a wager that each home owner makes virtually every day. Yet, when an obvious problem comes up, such as water trickling overhead, into your living space, the decision is easy: fix the leak! πŸ˜‰

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Our goal with this guide is to make sure you are better equipped for managing what really is an ongoing wager between your roof and the elements outside, along with the factor of time. Both are in essence sabotaging all the good will, value and lifespan of your roof.

Do nothing between now and the next time your roof needs to be replaced and the odds are against you. Sure you might get lucky, but you have ample opportunity to make your own luck. To be smart with the wager. To keep little problems as little and manage bigger problems with effectiveness.

We have lots of ground to cover. But let’s begin with the primary reason for this guide, the expected cost range for a typical roof repair:

  • $150 to $400 for minor repairs
  • $400 to $1000 for moderate repairs
  • $1000 to $3000 for major repairs

Did you know? Most home owners spend between $300 and $1,100 for a roof repair, or an average of $650 to fix a roof related issue.

Going beyond $3,000 is possible, but at that point a replacement roof could be your best bet. The average cost to install a new roof in 2018 for a moderate sized home is $7,500+. While this is the worst case scenario, in terms of cost, it does allow you to start anew. Still, our goal is to keep costs reasonable, while increasing value.

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How Long Does a Roof Last? Signs You Need a New Roof

If you are in the process of buying a new home, you probably want to know the age of the roof and how much longer it will last. Similarly, if you’ve lived in your home for a while, you are probably also wondering about the current condition of the roof and whether it’s time to consider some viable replacement options.

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This guide outlines the expected lifespans of most popular roofing systems for homes. Print it out and use it to assess the life expectancy of any roof when buying a new home or planning for future roof replacement needs in your own home.

Right Off the Bat: A typical asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years before requiring replacement.

That said, there are several different kinds of asphalt shingles, as well as other roofing materials to consider when estimating longevity of a particular roofing system. Let’s get started.

1. Asphalt Shingles

3 tab shingle is the most basic and least costly asphalt shingle option for slopped roofs. A typical 3-tab asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Cracks or thermal splitting in asphalt shingles

3-tab shingles are an OK option for temperate climates, but they are not at all suitable for storm-prone areas. The maximum wind-uplift a 3-tab shingle roof can withstand is 60 MPH to 70 MPH.

Note: When exposed to strong, direct sunlight and rapid temperature changes (thermal shocks) commonly associated with southern states and dessert climate zones (think Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada, and parts of California dessert), asphalt shingles can develop cracks, resulting in a greatly diminished lifespan and premature failure.

Architectural aka Dimensional Shingles are thicker and hence more durable and longer-lasting than their entry-level counterparts, three tab shingles. Most architectural shingle roofs will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, depending on their environment.

Maximum wind uplift for most architectural shingle products is 110 MPH. With a special installation method and roof-frame bracing, the wind uplift rating can be increased to 130 MPH.

Premium Shingles are normally fancier-looking asphalt shingles designed for premium homes. A premium shingle is normally thicker and will last longer than a mid-range architectural shingle. Expected lifespan of a premium shingle roof is anywhere from 20 to 30 years, depending on the environment.

GAF Premium Asphalt Shingles: Camelot Williamsburg Slate

Wind uplift ratings for premium shingles are similar to architectural shingles. Premium shingles can also include special properties such as enhanced solar reflectance aka CoolRoof rating and impact resistance for hail prone areas.

See more details on various types of premiums shingles here: https://www.roofingcalc.com/gaf-vs-certainteed-roofing-shingles/

Tell-Tale Signs to Consider Replacement: If the asphalt shingles on your roof have developed major cracks, lost a lot of sand granules, are chipping and look dried-up or curled up, then you know it’s time for a new roof.

If the shingles are still in a seemingly good shape, but the roof has sustained significant storm or hail damage, then it’s probably time to consider replacement or partial replacement.

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Owens Corning Shingles Options & Prices at Lowe’s 2018

Owens Corning shingles is one of the most popular types of asphalt shingles for homes on the market today. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or would rather choose to work with a licensed and trusted contractor, you will most likely hear about Owens Corning shingles as one of the top options for your re-roofing or new construction project.

What’s more, you don’t have to be a licensed contractor to buy this product, as it’s readily sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores near you. Before you head to Lowe’s to buy your 60 bundles of shingles, underlayment, trim, nails, and ladder, you will probably want to learn a bit more about the costs and options available to you as a homeowner.

There are several types of Owens Corning shingles available to homeowners at Lowe’s today:

Owens Corning Supreme: Basic 3-Tab, 25 Year Shingles

This is the bottom of the barrel, lowest-cost shingles option. You can often find this product on sheds, as well as double and triple-decker rental properties, or properties being flipped.

Some single family homes with a simple, gable-style roof can also sometimes have this low-cost/low end kind of shingles.

Other manufacturers such as GAF and CertainTeed also have similar 3-tab 25 year shingles, as well as 30-year dimensional more premium shingle types.

One major downside of a 3-tab shingle is that it’s only rated for 60mph wind uplift, meaning that if a strong storm occurred nearby your home, it could uplift and take away your roof and sprinkle the piece of shingles around the neighborhood! This is one key reason why you should not install this type of entry-level shingles, if you happen to live in a coastal area subjected to strong winds and/or a hurricane-prone area.

Performance: 60mph wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, 25-year limited warranty

Cost: $27.40 to $28.00 per bundle, three bundles per square

Owens Corning Oakridge: 3-Tab, 30 Year Shingles

The 30 year, 3-tab shingles is only a minor improvement over the less-costly 25-year shingle. It’s rated for up to 70mph wind uplift, which is a little bit better, but still not good enough for stormy areas.

Performance: 70mph wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, 25-year limited warranty

Cost: $34.23 to $35.00 per bundle, three bundles per 100 square feet

Owens Corning Duration: Architectural / Dimensional Limited Lifetime Shingles

If you are going to go with asphalt, architectural shingle may be a smart value choice. It features a thicker and longer lasting design/profile.

Did you know? Architectural shingles are also called dimensional because, once installed, these shingles appear thicker, fuller and more three-dimensional compared to their less-durable and flatter 3-tab shingle counterparts.

Owens Corning Duration shingles are rated for up to 130mph wind uplift, when properly installed. You should definitely choose architectural shingles vs. 3-tab, if you happen to live near the cost or an area frequented by storms and hurricane grade winds.

Performance: 130mph wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, limited “Lifetime” warranty

Cost: $36.61 to $38.00 per bundle, three bundles per 100 square feet

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$7,500
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$14,500
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$8,225
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