Next, talk to the person who will be doing the roof repair job and get a written estimate. The estimate should include the materials needed, labor charges, and installation costs. It is also a good idea to ask for a copy of any inspection reports the contractor has completed on other homes in the neighborhood. Finally, discuss what steps the roof repair will take and any precautions that may be required. It is usually necessary to seal the area where the repair will be done because the exposed wood is susceptible to decay. In some cases, it may be necessary to use tar paper instead of regular roofing materials.