When their roof is damaged, a lot of homeowners are faced with an important decision: whether they should repair the roof or replace it entirely. Roof replacement is an expensive and time-consuming option. So, it’s normal that a lot of people will hold back on replacing their roof until it is an absolute necessity. However, this can be actually cost you more money in the long-run. If your roof needs constant repairs, then it would be better value to just get the whole roof replaced.
Here are some factors that you should consider when making a decision.
How old is the roof?
The first thing homeowners should take into account is how old their roof is. If your roof is very old and nearing its approximate lifespan, which is about 20 years for an asphalt shingle roof, then it would be wiser to invest in a brand new roof. In case the roof is not that old, there’s a huge chance that the damage isn’t significant. So, you should try to get the roof repaired and save some money.
Tip: Before you invest your dollars, be sure to check out your warranties. If you had your roof done by an Owen’s Corning Preferred Contractor such as Prime Roofing, then you would get extended coverage that will save you money and get your leaky roof and other issues sorted out.
How extensive is the damage to the roof?
Another factor to consider is the extent of the damage that the roof has. If debris from a tree or heavy winds broke and/or tore off a few shingles, then a repair is suitable. Superficial damage on the top layer of the roof is not usually a significant enough problem to warrant a total roof replacement.
On the other hand, if there’s a problem with multiple layers of shingles, the gutters or the roof’s flashing, then a replacement is almost inevitable. You can’t really patch up a deep gap which is causing moisture to enter into your home. In addition, if your roof is sagging, curving, or drooping, then it is indication of moisture having made its way through your entire roofing structure. This is a HUGE issue, and you must get your roof replaced ASAP before it collapses.
Sometimes, you can get a reroof rather than a roof replacement, where new layers of shingles are built upon the existing shingles. This could be a suitable and cost-effective option when you notice damage to one section or side of your roof. However, it really depends on the square footage, as the cost per square footage is higher with a reroof than a roof replacement.
It’s always important to get professional advice when dealing with any kind of damage to the roof. Call a licensed and insured roofing contractor to navigate these issues.
We at Prime Roofing will do everything in our power to help you inspect the damage and advise you on the best option. Our team has been working in the Northeast Florida region for over a decade now, and we’ve seen it all, from extensive storm damage to leaky roofs.
Call (904) 530-1446 to schedule a free estimate on your roof repair or replacement.