Roofing 101: Repair or Replace?

Roofing 101: Repair or Replace?

Roofs are an essential, and expensive, part of protecting your family and home. When something costs as much as a roof, you’d expect it to last. For the most part, they do! You can expect your roof to last for decades, protecting your valuables from the fiercest weather conditions. As your roof approaches the recommended replacement date, it becomes more vulnerable to damage as your system begins to break down. 

Time and time again we hear the question “do we repair or replace our roof?”

The honest answer is that it depends! Even after 20 years of use, your roof may only need minor repairs to continue reliably protecting your home. On the other hand, if you went with a budget roofing contractor that lacked experience and know-how, your roof may not make it to 20 years. Let’s take a look at some things to consider that will help you decide whether to repair or replace your roof.

 


The Damage Area

If you notice damage to your roof, such as raised or missing shingles, in a small confined area of your roof, we’ve got good news. It can be repaired! Don’t panic, just give us a call and we’ll have your roof back on track in no time. 

On the other hand, if you notice damage across wide ranges of your roof or other problems like moss growing or droopy areas, you may have a serious problem. More good news- we’ll insect it for free!

Architectural Integrity

The architectural integrity of your roof is an important factor in deciding whether to attempt repairs or replace your roofing system. If the integrity of your roofing system is compromised, you will need to replace your roof. Here is some good news: you can prevent the failure of your roof’s structural integrity by regularly checking your attic for moisture and leaks. Moisture build-up can be addressed and prevented by smaller, less costly roofing repairs.

Age

Age is an important factor in deciding whether to replace or repair your roof. If your roof has minor damage but is quickly approaching that 30-year mark, it may make more financial sense for you to go ahead and replace the entire roof rather than double dipping into your savings account. If your roof is on the older side but remains in overall good condition, there is no need to replace it. Ultimately, the decision is yours. 

How To Prevent Damage

Regular roof inspections are key to preventing both minor and major damage to your roofing system. Check your attic for moisture, look for disturbed shingles, and watch out for drooping areas of your roof. If you notice something of concern, give our pros a call and we will inspect your roof for free.

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Happy Roofing!