Roofs – Repair or Replace?

If you are looking at a full roof replacement it is a huge project that most homeowners would like to postpone. With materials and labor costs consistently rising, installing a new roof is a high investment and unexpected expense.

Most roofs have long-life spans which can last for 20 to 30 years or more, depending on the quality and the type of materials used. Harsh weather and fallen debris can speed up when you need to purchase a new roof.

Are you looking at whether to install a new roof or simply repairing the one that is on the house now? Here are four considerations while making that decision:

Age of the roof

Consider the age of your current roof? 

Under 20 years?
You may be able to fix the roof with a less costly solution and add another 10 to 20 years onto your roof’s life.

Over 20 years?
Your roof is already nearing the end of its life span and you have considerable damage. It is probably a good time for a roof replacement.

What’s the damage?

It could be as simple as wind that caused a shingle(s) to come off which can be easily repaired. If you assess that there is more damage such as shingles that appear to be buckling, an increased amount of shingle granules in your gutters, or damage to flashing, it could be time to have your roof replaced. What percentage of the total roof surface needs repair?

Bob Villa says it is important to determine “whether to simply patch leaks and damaged areas or whether partial or complete reroofing is in order. If you choose the latter, you’ll also have to decide whether to roof over your existing roof or whether to remove it. There are cost consequences either way”.

Was there a recent disaster in your neighborhood? This could push an older roof over the edge and require a new one to be installed.

Climate in your area

A big factor for susceptibility to future damage and how well a roof can hold up is the climate in your area. Do you get hurricanes, tornados, high winds, etc.? If this is the case, you’ll want to reroof with a durable shingle that has strong adhesives. “The fact that the new shingles would have six nails per shingle instead of four, as now recommended by the shingle manufacturer for high-wind areas, was also an incentive”, says Bob Villa.

Repair versus replacement costs

Small roof repairs can typically be done quickly and easily with lower costs. Partial reroofing may be the answer depending on the damage. This can save you a ton of money. On a cost per square basis, it tends to be a bit higher than replacing the entire roof. Make sure your shingles blend seamlessly. Occasionally, it is the best choice and less expensive option to replace the entire roof at once even with only partial damage.

A roof can be a huge expense but should last you for decades. Do it right the first time and you’ll be in good shape when the winds blow or a storm comes in. In the long run, you’ll also end up saving money making the right decision for you. Make sure you contact a qualified roof specialist to help you make that decision.

No. 1 Home Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company conveniently located on US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. Contact us for an appointment and/or estimate at 727-781-7663.

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