Repair or Replace – What is the Best for Your Roofing Situation?
A new roof is a significant investment for homeowners, which is why some wait until it is absolutely necessary to replace their existing one. But what many don’t think about is how costly repairs can be. And also, if a repair is nothing more than a band-aid to a larger problem, they might be unwittingly leaving their home vulnerable and throwing money out the window. So how do you know when it is okay to call for a repair or when it is better to just rip it off and start anew? These are good reasons to replace your roof altogether.
Your Roof is Nearing its Lifespan
When your current roof was purchased, it came with an estimated lifespan of how long the roofing materials would last. If it is getting near to the time that it was promised to stay intact, then it might be a good idea to consider preemptively replacing it. Even if your roof appears from the exterior to be sound, you might be missing damage that could be lurking underneath. And, unfortunately, when it comes to roofs, you typically only find out it is failing after considerable damage has been done. The best thing to do is to call a roofer for an evaluation and see how well your roofing materials are doing.
You Have Storm Damage
Most homeowner’s insurance will pay for roofing if there is a major storm that causes damage. When possible, see if you can get your roof replaced instead of repaired. Since it will go against your deductible and be a claim against your insurance, it makes more sense to completely redo it than to just make a few repairs that may or may not solve the problem. If the storm damage was significant enough to claim it, push for a new roof.
An Old Repair Didn’t Hold
If you have had your roof repaired in the past and the damage persists, then it might be time to just have the entire thing replaced. There are times when damage can make your roof more susceptible to further injury and weaken its integrity. Instead of continually calling to have the repair, repaired again, consider just replacing it and starting new.
It Wasn’t Done Properly, to Begin With
Unfortunately, there are times when installers don’t follow the manufacturer’s specifications for roofing, like not doing the eaves or the valleys correctly. And if they aren’t done right, to begin with, then they likely have to be ripped off and redone. If you are going to go through all the work of having your roof replaced in sections, it makes more sense to just redo it altogether. If your roofer didn’t take the proper precautions in one spot, there is a good chance they didn’t in others too. And that might lead to more damage if you don’t take the roof off to investigate.
You are Renovating
If you are going through the expense of renovating and upgrading things like your siding, gutters, soffit and fascia board, it might be a good time to add a new roof. There is no sense in throwing money into making your home aesthetically pleasing only to have an outdated roof that overshadows all of our hard work. Go the extra mile, if you are going to upgrade the outside, and have your roof done too.
Although it would seem that it is always a better idea to repair your roof than to replace it altogether, that might not be the case. Your roof might be a significant investment, but it is one that is truly a long-term one. If your roof needs repair, examine which is more cost-effective before you hire someone to just put a band-aid on a gaping wound.
At Powell Roofing, we offer sound advice and honesty. We will evaluate your roof and advise you about which is the economically smarter way to go – repair or replace. Contact us today for a free evaluation.