Roofing 101: To Repair or to Replace
Most homeowners, when dealing with a roofing problem, often like to put off a replacement for as long as possible. This is understandable given the cost of both materials and labour that one has to pay for such problems. However, you should keep in mind that harsh weather, fallen debris, and similar factors can cause damage to your roof over a period of time. When these issues occur, you may be faced with the decision to have your roof simply repaired or replaced.
Check out these factors that you should take into consideration when deciding:
CONSIDER THE AGE OF YOUR ROOF.
If your home’s roof is under 20 years old, then it is a good idea to find out whether repairing the damaged part of the roof is all you need or not. If so, then you may be able to get a less costly solution and still get up to 10 to 20 years of your current roof. Meanwhile, if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan and you also have considerable damage, then it is probably a good time to consider a roof replacement.
IDENTIFY THE DAMAGE.
You might simply be looking at a missing shingle caused by a fallen tree limb or wind damage which can be repaired quickly and easily. If, however, you have more complex problems such as numerous missing shingles, shingles that appear to be buckling, damage to flashing, or an increased amount of shingle granules in your gutters, then you probably need to have your roof replaced.
CONSIDER THE LONG-TERM COSTS OF REPAIR VERSUS REPLACEMENT.
Some minor roof repairs are usually not cost-prohibitive, and they can be done quickly and easily. If, for instance, the damage is more extensive but limited to just one side or area, then partial reroofing might be an option. However, if you are looking for the cost per square basis, it could be a bit higher than just replacing the entire roof. You also want to make certain that you have a good match to make sure that the shingles blend seamlessly. Sometimes, it could turn out that even with only partial damage, it is still wiser and less expensive to have your roof replaced at once.
The decision between having your roof repaired or replaced is not always an easy one. There are different factors that should be considered. This is why it is important to be working with a reputable roofing contractor as they will inspect the damage and know exactly what you are dealing with. For any roofing concern or question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our roofing experts here at SW Roofing!