Roof repair can be a cost-effective way to breathe more life into your roof. There are times when it makes more sense to hire a roofing contractor to install a new roof or replace your shingles, a process known as re-roofing. Here are some factors to consider as you decide what’s right for you.
Age of Your Roof
An asphalt roof, which is what’s found in most homes in the United States, can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. If your roof has been well-maintained over the years, roof repair could make sense even if you have an older roof. However, if your roof is clearly showing its age, and there are multiple problems to tackle, replacement may be more cost-effective.
Frequency of Repairs
Most homeowners need to call on a roofing contractor now and then. But if you find yourself frequently needing repair work done on your roof, it may be time to explore your options with replacement. The severity of the repairs is also worth considering. Rehabilitation is generally advisable if the main problems with your roof involve:
• Leaks limited to one area
• A few blown-off shingles
• Minor storm damage
Future Home Plans
If you know, you’ll be moving soon, and your roof only needs some minor attention here and there, turning to a roofing company for the necessary repair work makes sense. However, if your roof is in dire need of extensive repairs and looking its age, you may want to go with a replacement. Yes, this is an investment, but it could pay off if you end up getting a better offer for your home.
Other Home Improvements You’ve Already Made.
It’s not unusual for homeowners to spread out improvements over several months or years. If this is what you’ve been doing, you may not have paid too much attention to your roof if your improvement efforts involved windows, doors, siding, and other parts of your home.
When all other work is done, however, your roof may suddenly stand out in all the wrong ways if it’s no longer a beautiful and functional feature of your home. Of course, if your roof still fits right in with your home’s other features and there are only minor issues to fix, the repair would be the better option.
Roofing repairs can certainly involve environmentally-friendly materials. Going with a full replacement, however, allows you to explore your options with eco-friendly shingles and related features. While it may be more of initial investment to have an environmentally-friendly roof installed, you may qualify for local or federal tax credits to offset costs.
The extent of Storm-Related Damage
Most of the roof damage that occurs due to a storm comes from high winds. If the only issues you have after a storm are some blown-off shingles and a few roof punctures, you’ll likely benefit from repairs. But if a storm has damaged your roof’s surface layer along with underlying and supporting parts, like your fascia and soffit, replacement may be the better option.
Be aware that some types of roof damage, such as what can happen during a hailstorm, may deceptively appear to be minor. The main signs of severe hail-related damage to look out for include:
• Cracked shingles
• Denting or pockmarks on your roof’s surface (bruising)
• Bubbling on your roof’s surface
• A significant loss of granules (on asphalt roofs)
• Exposed parts of your roof below the surface layer
Your Recent Utility Bills
Repairs to your roof are generally focused on areas where there is visible damage. However, repairs can’t make an inefficient roofing system more efficient if you’ve been noticing a gradual increase in your utility bills without an apparent reason, considering having a roof inspection.
The details from the inspection should give you an idea of just how efficient your roof is. If the results show issues with materials that were never all that efficient in the first place, replacement may be worth considering.
The Final Verdict
There is no clear answer here. Having your roof repaired is going to be more affordable. It could be nothing more than a temporary fix if your roof has other flaws that will contribute to ongoing repairs costs.
Since we’re a customer-first roofing company, we’ll gladly perform an inspection of your roof and offer an honest opinion so you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on with your roof and what options you have available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.