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Roofing: Should You Repair or Replace?

When you discover roof damage, you have a choice to make: Should you repair the damage or replace the entire roof? A trusted roofing contractor can help you decide which option is best for your home.

Here are some factors to consider before you decide.

How old is your roof?

The age of your roof can be an important factor when choosing what material to use. For example, pre-painted metal roofs can last 30 years or more if properly maintained. Asphalt roofs usually last between 12 and 20 years while clay roof tiles can last about 60 years but are prone to cracks.

Should You Have Your Roof Repaired?

Repairing your roof will be the most cost-effective option in the short term. If you can extend the life of an older roof and get you through until it's time to tear off your old one and replace it with a new one, then you should consider getting repairs done instead of replacing your entire roof right away.

If you experience any of the following, you may want to consider repairing your roof:

  • Leaks around the Pipe Boot

  • Leaks Around the Chimney

  • Missing shingles

  • Air Gun Nailing Mistakes

  • Nail pops

  • Fascia Replacement

  • Punctures and Holes

  • Cracking and Blistering

  • Poor Installation

  • Tree Damage

  • Weather Damage

  • Granule Loss

  • Splitting

  • Shrinkage

  • Poor Maintenance

  • Ventilation Problems

Roof repairs can extend the life of your roof, which is cheaper than replacing it. Some components on your roof don't last as long as the roof itself does. If there's no reason to replace it, ask your roofer about the various types of repairs you can do to extend its life even further.

Should You Have Your Roof Replaced?

While a new roof is generally more expensive upfront, it may save money in the long run by avoiding the added-up costs of multiple repairs or additional damage.

In addition, a new roof offers the following benefits:

  • Aesthetics and curb appeal: A new roof will make your home more attractive to potential buyers. A new roof is 40% of your home's curb appeal and plays a major role in determining whether or not someone will want to buy your house. With a replacement, it's much more likely that you'll get more money for it.

  • Energy efficiency: Today's roofing materials have greatly improved their energy efficiency, allowing you to keep out the elements and reflect sunlight.

  • Peace of mind: Knowing that your home is protected from the elements during heavy rains and high winds can help you sleep better at night.

When trying to decide whether you should replace your roof or repair it, don't forget to consider the cost of replacement and other factors.

A good service roofer can be a valuable resource. They can do a thorough inspection of your roof and identify how the factors we've just mentioned apply to your situation.


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