When to Choose Roof Replacement Instead of Roof Repair

The roof is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, financial investment in your house. And it’s only logical that you want it to serve you for as long as possible. Most roofs last between 50 to 75 years depending on quality and the weather conditions. When you pass the 50-year benchmark, roof repairing becomes more frequent. And, at some point, you think of roof replacement.

Roof repairing is far less expensive than roof replacement. They take less time and energy from you. However, when you combine all the financial resources that you put into monthly repairs, then it becomes apparent that roof replacement is a much smarter thing to do. How do you make that decision? What factors determine that it’s time for a roof replacement? If you are asking yourself the following questions then you are in the right place. In this article, we will go over the pros and cons of replacement. We will also discuss cases where the best solution is a replacement.

How old is your roof?

The very first question that you should be asking yourself is – how long have we had this roof? If you are moving to a new house or commercial property, then definitely check with the owners on the current age and condition of the roof. It will spare you a lot of trouble in the future.

If the roof is in the new and middle years of its use, then go for a repair. But, if it goes beyond 50  years, then long term roof replacement will benefit you a lot more.

How urgent is the problem?

Is your ceiling leaking? Is a part of your roof falling apart? Before making a decision, you need to quickly assess the urgency of the problem. With leakages, a temporary solution is always for the best. After you’ve done some damage control, have professionals over to evaluate the scope of the problem. And, if you are under the risk of another emergency, then go for a roof replacement.

What is the cost margin?

Roof repair can be expensive, and some of the complicated repairs can cost as much as an entire replacement. Ask your roof contractor for a pricing list and about all the problems that your roof currently has. Add all of it and compare it with the price of a roof replacement. If the difference is not significant, then replacement pays off in the long run.

What is the scope of the roof repair?

For certain roof repairs, technicians will have to remove shingles or other additional preparations that make the whole process so large scale that the roof replacement will seem like a small and easy procedure. Consider the size of your repair project and if it takes the same amount of time and mess, and your roof is already reaching its limit, then consider a replacement to spare you further hassle.

Should you tear off the old roof or add a new layer?

This is another common question among homeowners who are exploring the option of re-roofing. Replacement is not your final decision yet. You will need to choose between tearing off and roofing over. It all comes down to money and time – tearing off the old roof takes more time and money but overall it’s a safer option, whereas roofing over will save you time and money but you’ll never know what’s hidden under your new and beautiful roof.

Do you have a warranty?

Roofs come with warranties and for many homeowners, repair and replacement come down to whether the warranty cover the expenses. We are talking about a fair amount of money and it’s only logical to delay the replacement because the warranty covers repairs. On the other hand, if your 18-year-old roof with a 20-year warranty has serious damages and needs constant roof maintenance and inspections, then a replacement is more logical and efficient.

Are the materials still in the market?

Some roofs have been made a long time ago. Since then, a lot of things have changed in the roofing industry. You may not find all you need for repair especially when you are worried about the aesthetics of your property. Research if the materials you need are still in the market and how the prices have changed. You’ll be surprised to find out how many homeowners had to reroof because of lack or prices of materials.

Repairs are good as long as you are smart about them. Be open to the idea of roof replacement and you will save more money and time then you think.

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