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Garage Roof Repair Price

Garage Roof Repair - Can Be Simple

I took a much-needed break and traveled to Down East Maine a few weeks ago never dreaming I'd be thinking about a garage roof repair price! 

My wife, oldest daughter, my son-in-law and I saw brilliant fall color in the trees at Mount Desert Island. A neglected detached garage stared at me as I parked on the gravel drive in front of it.

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The garage roof looks really bad, but a good carpenter can restore it in a few days. (C) Copyright 2017 Tim Carter

It’s important to realize the roof of this garage was in horrible shape. I estimate the shingles were at least sixty or more years old. The colored ceramic granules on most of the shingles were gone.

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In addition I could see wood rot on the right side and front edge of the roof. The wood shakes covering the exterior walls needed some tender loving care as well.

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This overhang is in the worst shape. It can be rebuilt in a few hours. (C) Copyright 2017 Tim Carter

Valuable Garage Space

The second home I purchased back in 1976 had a nearly identical detached garage. Garages are valuable. To put it differently, there are quite a few uses for detached garages other than getting cars and trucks out of the weather.

In spite of the wretched exterior condition, the bones of the garage were still in great shape when I peered in through the windows. The roof was not sagging. The walls were not bowed out. The hinged garage doors didn’t fit quite right, but that’s a small job all things considered.

I walked outside walking around the garage within 30 minutes of arriving. All of a sudden I started to, imagine what the garage roof repair price might be. I approached this problem like I had done with hundreds of my past remodeling and building jobs for paying customers.

Garage Roof Repair Checklist

Here’s the simple list of what needs to be done to stop the decay of this gorgeous garage:

  • Remove existing shingles exposing wood roof sheathing
  • Remove rotted roof sheathing
  • Install new roof rafter tails or complete rafters where necessary
  • Replace rotted roof sheathing where necessary
  • Bolster interior collar ties if needed
  • Install new roof eave and fascia boards
  • Install metal drip edge at all fascia boards
  • New asphalt shingles with thin 12-inch copper ridge cap to extend the life of the asphalt

I quickly wrote on a piece of paper a fast material list and came up with about $1,200.00 worth of materials. The new shingles were the largest single cost item on the list.

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A point often overlooked is the time it takes to clear around the garage so you can work efficiently and safely. Out-of-control bushes on the right side of this garage needed to be trimmed back in my opinion.

Labor Costs Are Variable

Labor costs for garage roof repair are a moving target. It depends on the type of company or tradesperson you hire. I prefer to just go step by step and try to estimate the time for each of the tasks that need to be done.

I estimated it would take a seasoned carpenter and his trained helper about five total days to complete the entire job. This garage roof repair is much more labor intensive than it it material intensive. If the total cost per hour for these two workers is $120 per hour, then the labor cost is going to kiss up against $5,000.00.

Certain Jobs More Labor Intensive

Some jobs are the exact opposite. Take for example replacing a front door on a home. An expert carpenter can install a door almost always in one day. The door being installed may cost five times or more what the labor charge might be.

Get Lowest Price Using Specifications

Produce a simple set of specifications to get the best prices. Give these specifications to the carpenters and roofers who will be looking at your garage roof.

You must tell the bidders what you want. Here’s a simple list of things you need to list on your specifications:

  • brand, type and color of shingles
  • number of roof rafters or rafter tails that must be replaced if known
  • type of fascia or eave board that will be used
  • brand and type of any paint used to paint any and all repaired / replaced surfaces

When you go to this effort, it’s going to be far easier to compare the quotes as the material costs should be very similar if the bidding contractors sharpened their pencils!

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