Deciding Between Roof Repair and Replacement

If the roof of your house has played a good role of protecting your property and building dutifully for a few years, you can be sure than in a little while it will begin showing signs of aging. The roof will have borne the brunt on different weather changes; blowing winds, heavy rains, snow storms and hail, all of which will wear down the paint as well as any protective materials that were put there at the beginning. When the roof begins showing signs that it has seen better days, it will be time for you to decide whether you will do repairs or it will require a complete roof replacement.

Most people will face the problem of making the choice between doing repairs or whether it will actually make economic sense to actually do a replacement. There are several important features you need to consider before making such as important decision, especially when you have it in mind that roof replacement can be one very costly affair, even though it will depend on the size of the entire project.

The age of the roof: The age of the roof is normally the first important consideration you will give the roof; a roof that is anywhere between 8 and 10 years will most likely do with some repairs. The metal roof or the shingles will actually still be under warranty. However, if the roof has clocked more than 12 years, you may want to replace it with a more durable option such as a metal roof which will last you much longer.

The level of the damage: Another important aspect worth consideration will be the level to which the damage has taken place. This can be especially true if the roof has conceded considerable damage especially after a storm. Sometimes you will discover that what you thought was some little leakage will have spread to vast areas that will not just do with some simple repair job. When that is the case, you will definitely have to think about a replacement but if the damage only covers a few small patches, you can just do with some repair job.

Your future in the house: You must look ahead and put into consideration your plans for that particular house. If you have plans to sell it off in the near future, all you need to do is spruce it up a little bit before you decide to sell it. But when that roof is so terrible you can be sure the best thing to do is simply bring it down and replace it with a durable metal roof that will definitely last more than 50 years after which you can put the house on sale. Such a move will actually enhance the value of the home because a brand new roof will definitely attract any potential buyer; who doesn’t want a house whose roof they won’t worry about for the next 50 years?

Timing: Last but not least is the issue of timing. It is not possible to do any repairs in a season of heavy rains or extended snowfalls and, as such, ensure that any repair or replacement works are done before hurricanes, winter or hailstorms.