Roof Repair or Replacement…Which is Right for You?
It’s important to note that if you notice or suspect damage to your roof you should have it inspected by a licensed contractor right away. This will help identify the issue and give you helpful information about the extent of the damage, what your options are and how quickly it should be rectified. So should you just repair an issue or is a whole new roof required? That depends on several factors.
This is a big one for most people. A new roof is expensive so repairs are often appealing. Things to consider with cost are how many times have you repaired your roof already? Those repairs add up and if you’ve done that a few times it may be time to consider a new roof. Depending on your area and what caused damage to your roof you may be able to file an insurance claim and all you would pay is your deductible. A roofing contractor would be able to give you your options, estimates and may even be able to help you with your insurance claim.
EXTENT OF DAMAGE
This is the obvious one. If it is a small area with minimal damage such as a few missing shingles then a repair is probably sufficient and generally an easy repair. If you have a metal or tile roof this may be a bit more difficult.
If the damage is a small area and caused from a wind storm it is a good candidate for a repair as well. If it’s from hail or rain and you experienced leaking, this may also be repaired but identifying the leak and extent of water damage becomes important now.
The main issue with doing a repair is matching materials. Depending on the age of the roof, the specific shingle or color may no longer be available. This brings us to our next consideration, age.
AGE OF THE ROOF
If your roof is fairly new then a repair may be an easy and inexpensive option. It’s easier to match materials and there’s likely to be less chance of structural damage unless the current issue you’re experiencing was caused by a severe storm. If your roof is older, has been leaking, has been repaired repeatedly or looks really bad then maybe you want to consider a full roof replacement. This option has several benefits to consider.
BENEFITS OF A NEW ROOF
The most obvious benefit of a new roof is aesthetics. It looks really nice and can really freshen up the overall look of your home. In addition to that, it can improve the energy efficiency of your home especially if your roof is older. Materials today have been greatly improved over what was used years ago and can benefit you by reflecting light and withstanding the elements. And lastly, if you are planning to sell your home in the near future a new roof can increase the value of your home. When buyers see a new roof it gives them peace of mind knowing their investment will be protected.
Something to keep in mind if you decide on a new roof is how that is accomplished. While many areas allow contractors to roof over an existing shingle roof essentially creating 2 layers of roofing materials the Colorado Springs area is not one of them. If a contractor tries to tell you that you can save money by doing so choose another contractor. That is against code in this area.
If you are concerned about the condition of your roof whether from a recent storm or you’d just like it looked at for peace of mind contact Allegiance Roofing for a FREE inspection today. You can also reach us by calling 719-470-3939, visiting us on Facebook or Instagram or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving you for your roofing needs.