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Roof Repair VS Roof Replacement
It can be hard to tell if a roof repair or replacement is the best option if your roof is showing signs of damage. Trusted roofing contractors can help you choose the best option for your home.
There are five things to consider when replacing or repairing your roof
These are some considerations when making a decision between a roof replacement or a roof repair job.
1. Age of Roof
Do you know the date your roof was built? Depending on the roofing material used, it may indicate when it is time to replace your roof.
It may be worth considering replacing your roof if it is showing signs that it is aging, has suffered storm damage, leaks or any other issues. It is worth spending money to replace an old, worn-out roof rather than paying for repairs every year.
2. Roof Leaks
Leaky roofs are one of the leading reasons homeowners require roof repairs or re-roofing. A leaky roof could be the reason you have water stains in your home. It can be difficult to find the cause of a roof leak, but a licensed roofing contractor can assist you.
No matter what the source of your roof leak is, it’s crucial to fix it as soon as possible. A small leak can lead to larger problems such as: Mold, rotting roof sheathing and framing, ceilings that are damaged
3. Roof Damage: The extent
When you are deciding whether to repair your roof or replace it, chances are that your roof is either damaged in some way and/or looks worse. A trusted roofing contractor will help you assess the extent of roof damage so that you can make the best decision for your home.
Although signs of roof damage can vary between roofing materials, they generally fall under two categories: structural damage and aesthetic damage.
Roof material is worn and old.
On or between roofing materials, there are dark streaks, moss, or algae.
Asphalt or wood shingles with curved or cupped edges
Asphalt shingles missing granules or bald spots
Broken or cracked asphalt, tile, or wood shingles
Perforated or dented asphalt, tile, or wood roofing components
Panels or rusty metal shingles
4. Geographical Area
Are you in an area that is susceptible to tornadoes, hail storms, and hurricanes? To prevent roof leaks and other problems in the future, you should immediately replace any missing or damaged roofing materials.
Hail and other debris can cause damage to your roof’s performance, appearance and ability form a watertight deck.
5. Roof Replacement Costs
When it comes to a repair or a reroof, homeowners must consider the cost of a new roof.
Roof repairs will generally cost less than a new roof. However, if you have to pay for multiple repairs over a period of time, it might end up costing more than a whole roof replacement.
A roofing contractor will provide an estimate to help you decide which solution is best for your budget. They may also be able to offer financing options.
Although a total roof replacement may be more costly upfront, you won’t need to make subsequent repairs if your roof has multiple problems. A new roof can provide you with peace of mind knowing that your most important items are protected from the weather.
When is it time to have your roof repaired?
It is possible to replace damaged material in a small section of your roof, or repair only a portion of it.
Asphalt shingles that are damaged, torn or missing can often be replaced quickly. Metal panels, for example, can be more difficult or costly to replace.
This approach has one drawback: it is difficult to match roofing materials to ensure that the area being repaired blends in with the rest. If you have shingles from an earlier job, for example, you may find that the colors are close, but not exact due to exposure.
Another option is to ask your roofer to order shingles that match the existing color as closely as possible.
Partial reroofing is an option if the damage to your roof has been more severe but it is limited to a single area or side of your roof. It will likely cost less than a full re-roofing job.
Another downside to partial reroofing is the aesthetics. It might be more difficult to match the colors of new roofing materials with existing ones. Rooftop material can fade over time from exposure to the elements. The newly roofed section may be visible from the rest of your roof.
When is it time to get a new roof?
Although it is more costly upfront, a new roof can save you money over the long term by avoiding additional repairs and damage.
A new roof also offers these perks:
Curb appeal and aesthetics: Your home’s roof is a significant part of its exterior appearance. A new roof looks great and you can choose a different color or style of Shingle, such as Owens Corning Duration(r), Series Shingles.
Energy efficiency has improved: Roofs today are more efficient at reflecting the sun and keeping out the elements.
Peace of Mind: Knowing that your most important people and possessions are safe from the elements under your roof can help reduce stress in times of heavy rains or high winds.
RoofWorks And Construction is available to help you decide between a roof repair or a reroof.
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