If your roof has started to show signs of damage, then you should have it taken care of immediately. There could be leaks, missing shingles, and some visible damage to the foundation of the roof. Your first step will be to determine if you can only repair the roof, or if it requires a full replacement. Get in touch with a qualified roof contractor ASAP so they can guide you through if it’s appropriate to have a roof replacement or repair.
Ask a Roof Contractor: Repair or Replace?
When You Should Repair It
You can have small issues (such as addressing missing tiles or torn shingles) fixed with a quick roof repair. This is the most cost-effective solution to a small problem. Many roof contractors offer free inspections, so you may want to consult with professional roofing repair experts to ensure the damage is not significant.
When You Should Replace It
If your roof is older and reaching the end of its lifespan, then it is probably time to replace your roof. Asphalt shingles typically have a lifespan of 15 years, and clay and concrete shingles last 30-50 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its timeline, then you cannot delay a full roof replacement project.
If you notice that the damage on your roof is spreading, then it is an indication that you need to have your roof replaced. For example, if those few missing shingles mentioned above have caused water damage to your walls or ceiling, then this is a sign of significant or increasing damage. You should consult with a professional roof contractor to determine the full extent of the damage and discuss how best to proceed.
For those who may want to sell their home within a few years: it is a financially-sound decision to replace your roof. Missing tiles are difficult to replace with an exact color match, something that could bother potential buyers. Conversely, a new roof will increase your property value and help you to sell your home.
The Dangers of an Uneducated Decision
It is important to make the right choice when it comes to the roof over your head. Choosing to repair your roof when a full replacement was best can end up costing you more in the long run. Some of the dangers include your roof causing structural damage to your home, your roof collapsing and someone getting hurt, and your home insurance being void for not addressing the damage earlier. A professional residential roofing specialist can guide you through the right decision for you and your home.
Should You Consider Partial Reroofing?
Homeowners may consider partial reroofing when the damage is all in one area. While this may seem like a cost-effective solution, it often costs more money in the end. Partial roofing costs more per square foot, as you are not getting “bulk discounts” for ordering greater amounts of materials. Additionally, it will be difficult to perfectly match the old side of the roof with the new, both in the colors of the shingles and in layer thicknesses. We do not recommend partial reroofing as it can be more expensive and can give your roof a lopsided and mismatched appearance.
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