Compared to freshening up the paint of your room or changing how it looks, replacing and repairing a roof are both large home improvement projects that require careful consideration. You should carefully decide what process is best for ensuring you get more than just an aesthetic change while spending as little money as possible on each project.
How do you decide whether to repair or replace your roof? There are many factors that go into this decision, so it is important not to rush. We can fix a little damage in one spot with a patch of shingles, rather than tearing apart the entire thing and spending lots of money. Before deciding what needs to happen with your house’s roof, here are some things you should think about:
Asphalt roofing shingles typically last for two decades, while other materials like slate can last up to six times longer. Therefore, you should replace asphalt roofs every couple of decades if it is nearing the end of its lifespan.
To determine when you should replace your roof, consider how long it takes for different types of materials to wear down. For example, metal roofs can last much longer than asphalt shingles before they start deteriorating. Once the lifespan ends and a house’s exterior starts showing signs of aging, such as cracks or leaks due to deterioration. Replacing an entire roof rather than repeatedly fixing small problems is usually more beneficial regarding safety and cost-effectiveness.
An initial question to ask yourself before deciding on a roof repair is the extent of the damage. Does it look old or does its physical structure appear damaged beyond repair? If your roof has suffered an extreme amount of damage, repairing may not be possible and you might need a total replacement for your home’s exterior.
For example, if high winds carried down trees onto your house, causing several large holes in the shingles that can’t be fixed with simple patches. Consider replacing most (if not all) of the external material like metal panels and wood trusses, directly under them instead.
Roof Area Affected
If you notice a leak over your bedroom or dining room, there’s a chance that the roof has minor damage. Moreover, it is isolated to only one area of your house, then repairing may be an option for you and will save money in contrast to replacing the entire roofing.
If the damage to your roof is more than 30% of its total surface area, it would be better for you to invest in a roof. Damage that affects less than this should only require repairs and patching up efforts if necessary.
So, what should you do Repair or a New Roof?
Now that you know how to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement, schedule a free inspection with us. This is the best way for our team of expert technicians to assess your individual situation and recommend an appropriate solution.
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