When it comes to your roof, making the right decisions on whether to repair or replace your roof will eventually save you headaches and unnecessary worries.
One key element in all major home improvements is making the right call at every turn in order to minimize short/long term costs and consequences, and reroofing falls into this category. Before you start hiring contractors, you must first answer one crucial question "Should I get my roof repair or replace?." This means you have to decide whether you want to patch leaks here and there or you want to get rid of the entire thing and get a new one.
Down below, you will find helpful information to guide you towards the right decision for your particular case.
Reasons why you need to repair the roof.
If you are unclear about whether your roof could be repaired or replaced, take a look at the following scenarios and see if any of them fits your current situation.
- Minor Damages.
If there are only small, manageable damages, then having a complete replacement may be both excessive and expensive, considering that roofs are built to last for years and endure cruel weather conditions. When the damage is contained to small areas, roofing experts can easily fix them. For example, a leak in the kitchen or a bathroom can be patched, avoiding the need to install a new roof.
- Tight Budget.
The option of repairing your roof may be your only choice if your budget doesn't stretch too much. What at first sight may seem like a major problem that could cost you thousands of dollars, it might actually end up being repaired with a few hundred. And even if you have the money for a full roof replacement, repairs are still more advisable.
- Keeping the Design.
It may sound like a superficial reason, but it is still a valid one. For some homeowners, maintaining the architectural integrity of their homes, is of the utmost importance. Any major improvements, especially one like replacing the roof, will alter the look of the property. However, roof repairs will allow you to maintain architectural integrity.
- Fast Solution.
Another factor that may persuade you to repair your roof instead of replacing it is the time factor. We often have to work with customers who have planned a holiday vacation, only to discover a few days before that they have a leaky roof. They want a quick solution, and nothing is faster than addressing the problem directly and fixing the leaks.
Reasons why you need to replace your roof.
If you find yourself in a situation similar to the scenarios described, then a roof replacement is what you need.
- The roof has reached the end of its useful life.
All good things must come to an end at some point, and roofing materials are not extent from rust and decay. While some materials can last for centuries, like metal or clay. Others, like asphalt, will only last for a couple of decades.
- The roof is not up to code.
Building codes aren't always changing, but they do get a facelift every once in a while. It isn't uncommon for homeowners to have their roof replaced to be in compliance with building codes. Sometimes, changing pre-existing shingles fixes the problems, but this isn't always the case.
- Major Damages.
Roofs and roofing materials are designed to withstand inclement weather conditions, but sometimes, the forces of nature prove to be a little more overwhelming. For example, a tree could fall right into your house, damaging the roof beyond repairs.
- Costly Repairs.
At times, the total amount you have to pay for several repairs could be as high as the total cost of having the roof replaced. If so, you'd do better opting for a complete replacement and avoid future emergency repairs-on-repairs.
- You want a new roof.
Sometimes, homeowners just want to get their homes a new look. They renovate the kitchen, the bathroom, paint the outside a different color, or replace the roof with a new one with a different design and materials.
On a final note, you as the homeowner have the final saying on whether you want to repair your roof or replace it. Before you make any decision, make sure you take all of the above into account, and it does not hurt to consult with a roofing expert.