Replacement vs. Repair: What Is The Best Decision For Your Roof?

Regardless of the type of roofing material in your home, breaking down is inevitable and the roofing system will require repairs or a complete replacement after several years. Factors such as age, exposure to rain, snow, wind and sun will always deteriorate the roofing system. When an inspection is done, you’ll need to determine whether to invest in a roof replacement or simply schedule the necessary repairs. We’ll help you make a smart decision that eventually saves you time and money.

How old is the roof?

If your roof is not older than 8 years, you can consider scheduling for repairs. Sometimes the roofing material used such as shingles are still covered by a warranty. You may want to check with the installer to determine if it’s still valid. Roofing materials like asphalt shingles often deteriorate when they reach 12 years so they need replacement. Others can last for decades. Check the recommended lifespan of your roofing system.

Is it severely damaged?

If your roof is extensively damaged, you may want to consider a complete replacement. Severe damage can occur due to natural disasters such as hurricanes. However, if the damage is minor such as broken vents, leaking skylights and cracked shingles, you may want to call for roof repairs. Sometimes you can tell whether the roof has been extensively damaged by the amount of money it takes to do the repairs. For instance, shingles that are completely crumbled are usually costly to repair so a full roof replacement is often recommended.

Do you intend to sell the property?

If you are planning to stay in the home for a long time, investing in a complete roof replacement is a great idea. However, if you are planning to move and sell the home, hire a roofing contractor to perform the necessary repairs. Just ensure that any repair or replacement work is done by an expert. A replacement will cost more than repairs but it’s always a worthy investment that instantly boosts the value of the property.

Timing of the year

When did you discover the roofing problems? If you noticed the roofing issues during winter or early spring, it’s best to perform the repairs as soon as possible. Should the problem continue to escalate afterwards, you can schedule for a full roof replacement during summer. The reason why roof replacements are best done during summer is because the cold and wet weather can cause extensive damage.

What’s your budget?

The decision to go for a roof replacement or repairs will ultimately lie on the amount of money you’ve set aside for the project. Depending on the size of your roof as well as the material that is installed, roof replacements can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $30,000. Don’t just think about the high cost of replacing a roof. Think of the money you will spend on roof repairs year after year. It would be better to invest in a new roof that will serve you for years with no major repair demands.

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