A big concern among homeowners is whether they need to repair or replace their roof when there is damage. Repairs are often the first-choice solution for homeowners but in some cases, it is may not be the best option.
Many factors must be considered when choosing the best option for your home. Here are a few things you need to know before deciding on repairing or replacing your roof.
Factors To Consider
Even though roofs are built to last, they will eventually need some form of maintenance. Before determining if you need a replacement or repair, you need to familiarize yourself with these factors.
- Age – Age is a major factor to keep in mind. The older your roof is, the harder it is for repair jobs to be sustainable for your roof. A properly installed and strong asphalt shingle roof should last for more than 20 years. If you’re unsure about your roof’s age, contact a roofing contractor so they can tell you how long your roof can still last.
- Roof Damage – Roof damage can sometimes be seen but also can go unnoticed for a while. If the roof looks old that can be due to age but that can also be due to past damage that is just now becoming visible. Other signs of damage can be curling shingles, cracked shingles, and missing or bent shingles. If you see any of these signs we recommend calling a professional right away.
- A Leaking Roof – Leaks are always one of the worst signs that homeowners can find. If you see a leak repair or replacement needs to happen immediately before further interior damage or mold occurs. Leaks can appear as dark spots or shadows on your ceiling or walls.
Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?
Age and type of damage are what should always be considered when deciding to repair or replace your roof. Some types of damage can be repaired and others require a replacement. Also, the age of the roof dictates whether repairs will be lasting or cause future damage.
Roof repairs are generally less expensive but if you are having to pay for multiple repairs across your roof, it may be more cost-effective to have the roof replaced. You may also want to consider how long you plan on staying in your home. If you plan on staying in that home for years to come then a replacement may be a lasting solution for your home.
Always keep in mind that if there is damage from storms the majority of the burden of the cost may be covered by your insurance company so we always recommend you calling a professional to inspect your roof and see if an insurance claim is a viable option. If the damage on your roof is only minor and your roof is still structurally sound, then a repair might be the most cost-effective option.
If you suspect you might have damage to your roof or are ready for a fresh clean look please consider giving Plumlee Construction a call. Our professional staff can give your home a new and improved roof in no time. Avail of our roof replacement services today. We specialize in insurance claims and roof installations of all sizes.