When to Repair your Roof

May 7th, 2014

Roof repairThe choice between roof repair and replacement is a question frequently asked by many homeowners.  While many roofing problems require a quick fix, delaying replacement could have significant and costly consequences.  

Homeowners often defer to the judgement of a qualified, experienced roofing contractor however the following are a few factors that can help you better understand when to repair your roof, and when to replace it:

  1. One of the obvious examples where roof repair is usually your best option is when your roof is damaged in a storm. Wind may strip shingles and fallen limbs can damage your roof and its structures. If your roof is in generally good condition, your contractor will likely recommend repair in these instances. Torn or damaged shingles will be removed and replaced, damaged fixtures will be repaired, and your roofer can inspect for other signs of damage.
  2. If more significant damage is found, your roofer may recommend replacement. Sometimes damage will be confined to one area, and a partial roof replacement will suffice. While the cost per square foot of a partial can be more than a complete replacement, if you only need to fix a small portion, these types of repairs can be significantly cheaper.
  3. Sometimes a complete new roof is the best and most economical long-term option. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not have the expertise to determine when repairs are enough and when their roof should be replaced. As such, it is always important to discuss your options with a well-respected local roofer. Even if only part of your roof appears damaged, it may be more cost effective to do a replacement while your contractor and crew are on site with their equipment. Doing a partial today and needing additional work done soon afterwards will be more expensive than simply installing a new roof at one time.

There are many factors that will guide your decision whether to reroof or replace parts of it. First, consider the age of your roof and its current condition. You’ll also want to think about your climate and the potential for future damage. If you live in a stormy climate and you are regularly making repairs to your roof, it may be appealing to replace the entire structure with more durable materials.

Finally, if you are trying to decide whether to install a new roof, you need to consider your budget. A new roof can be a sizable investment in your home, although one that may be necessary. Your roofing professional can provide you with the facts necessary to make an informed decision on what the best outcome for your roof’s integrity will be.