Roof Replacement vs. Roof Repair

Do I need a new roof? Maybe you don’t need a new roof, but a repair will do just fine. There are certain indicators of needing a new roof vs. just repairing it. Continue reading to find out what those are.

Roof Repair Indicator

Here are some indicators for when to repair roof issues.

Slight Damage

Maybe you notice damage, but it’s not severe. Maybe you just need to have a small area of your roof fixed or a few shingles replaced. In this case, you can get away with just a simple repair. If you notice that your shingles are missing or torn, they can easily be replaced with new ones. But, depending on the materials, sometimes they need to be replaced individually if they cost too much. These are normally metal panels.

A disadvantage of using this approach is not being able to match the roofing materials so that the repaired area mixes in with the remainder of the roof. Maybe you have some additional shingles left over from a roofing job that was done in the past. These colors may not directly match, even though they may be close.

Either way, it is wise to talk to your roofing professional about purchasing some shingles that match the existing color.

Fair Amount of Damage

If you notice damage and it is more limited to just a certain area or side of your roof, you may not need to replace it entirely. Instead, your roofing contractor may just do partial reroofing. This is a cheaper option compared to an entire reroofing job.

A disadvantage to this option is that partial reroofing jobs involve aesthetics. It is not easy to match the colors of your existing roofing materials to new ones. The roof material can wane eventually after being exposed to different elements. This means that the newly constructed area may be more noticeable than the remaining roof.

Roof Replacement Indicators

Are you wondering how to replace roof or certain signs that it is time to replace your existing roof?

First, you should understand that the cost will be a bit steeper than just repairing your roof. But, it can also save you money in the long run since you will no longer need additional repairs for damage that occurs.

A new roof will provide you with an enhancement in curb appeal and aesthetics. It will also provide an increase in energy efficiency. Finally, installing a new roof will give you peace of mind.

If your roof is old, it may be a good indicator that it is time to replace the entire roof. It may have begun to show signs of leaks, damage from storms, and even significant aging. It is always better, in this situation, to replace the entire roof versus spending more money constantly repairing an old roof.

If you notice leaks in your roof that have resulted in bigger problems, such as mold, destroyed insulation, damaged ceilings, rotting framing, and more, it is time to replace your roof.

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