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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˜‰


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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Skylight Installation Costs, DIY Options, Pros & Cons

A skylight can be a much-welcomed addition to your home. It is a great source of natural light and a beautiful way to watch the stars at night.

bedroom-skylight via Velux USA

Similar to a 3-seasons room, a skylight can provide extra warmth during the day. It can also act as a natural alarm clock in a bedroom every morning. Some skylights even open to provide an excellent source of ventilation into a room.

Costs in a Nutshell:

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,100 to $2,800 to have a new fixed or vented skylight installed. — This is the base cost which includes materials, professional installation, and warranty. It assumes the job is carried out as part of a roof replacement project.

Note: Installing a skylight as part of new construction will generally cost less that doing so during re-roofing.

Material Costs: base prices for most skylights range from $250 to $450 for a fixed unit, and from $350 to $1,200 for a vented skylight.

Cost of professional installation: $500 to $1,500 per skylight, or more, depending on the complexity of your roof, ease of access, and your home’s location.

What about installing a brand new skylight on the existing roof?

Cutting in a brand new hole and installing a new skylight within the existing roof will involve additional re-shingling and re-flashing expenses. — This additional expense can add anywhere from $500 to $1,500 to the total cost of a project.

When hiring a pro for the job, it’s important to get multiple bids from specialist installers. Your main concern when evaluating the bids should be the perception of quality and evidence of contractor’s expertise in installing skylights.

Did you know? Your home’s location and ease of access to the installation area on the roof will play a large role in determining the total cost of your project.

Needless to say, the total cost of the job should be a secondary consideration weighed against the perceived quality of installation.

Selecting the right company for the job is critical given the high cost associated with a potential premature failure of a poorly installed skylight.

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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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