Roof Repair Vs. Replacement: How to Determine Your Home's Needs
Your home's roof acts as an important defense against the elements. Without it, you wouldn't be able to keep out the rain, snow, or wind. But even if you have a roof, you might not always keep those weather patterns out. When a roof becomes damaged in some way, it may not protect your family and your possessions in the way you deserve.
But when that time comes, is it better to opt for roof repairs or do you need a new roof? There are a number of factors to consider here and it's important to take your roofing contractor's advice to heart. However, if you're quickly trying to determine the most likely scenario, you might want to keep the following considerations in mind.
What Matters When Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace Your Roof
Roof Age: The age of your roof matters quite a bit when making this choice. Different roofing materials can have vastly different lifespans. Asphalt shingles typically last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but you may need to start thinking about a replacement after about two decades. If your asphalt shingle roof is only a decade old, repairing a roof is probably the best course of action. Other kinds of roofing materials may have even longer lifespans, which means roof repairs may be appropriate. But if you know the roof hasn't been replaced since you've lived in your home, it's a good idea to consult with your roofing company to determine the estimated age and condition of the roof.
Amount of Damage: The amount of damage your roof has sustained will also play a key role in your decision. Around 65% of homeowners are likely to pursue roof repairs following weather damage. In some cases, this damage may be relatively minimal; a few lost or cracked shingles won't warrant a total replacement. But a major natural disaster could be an entirely different story. If the damage to your roof is too expansive (and too expensive!) for repairs, it makes a lot more sense to replace the entire thing. Conducting regular roofing inspections will allow you to determine how much damage exists and whether you should think about repairing a roof or replacing it within the near future.
Budget and Future Plans: Sometimes, the roofing help you need will come down to how much you can feasibly spend or whether you plan to remain in your home for a substantial period of time. If your roof has suddenly started leaking and you simply don't have the resources for a total replacement, repairs may be the best option until you can manage replacement. Alternatively, if your roof isn't due for replacement for another few years and you plan to move in the near future, it might not behoove you to replace the roof before you list your home on the real estate market. Talk to your roofers about the available options at your disposal and whether you could afford to wait on replacement in order to make an informed decision.
Whether your home needs some simple roof repairs or you're anticipating a complete replacement, we're here to ensure your property is protected. For more information about repairs or replacement, please contact Paramount Roofing and Siding.