If you notice water spots scattered all over your ceiling, that is proof that your roof is bad and needs urgent attention. Shingles lying around your yard is another indication of a bad roof. When you notice these or any other related problem, it’s a clear indication that your roof is due for a repair or replacement.
Factors To Consider To Determine If You Should Repair Or Replace Your Roof
Deciding whether you should repair or replace your roof is not an easy decision to make. If you are at crossroads, consider the following factors to help you make an informed decision:
The roof’s age is an important factor in determining whether to repair or replace it. Some high-quality roofing sheets, such as asphalt shingles, are designed to last for decades. So, if the shingles are relatively new, you may opt for a repair.
Conversely, roof sagging, bald shingles, water spots, and missing shingles are old roof signs. If you are unsure, contact a local roofer to assist you with assessing the situation. If the roof is old and badly damaged, replacing the roof may be the best option.
- The degree of damage
This is a no-brainer. The degree of damage done to the roof will swing your decision in either direction. If the damage is minor and the roof can still serve you for years without any serious issues, you may opt for the less expensive repair.
Most minor damages are done to a small area of the roof. A tiny leak somewhere in the roof won’t warrant a total replacement since a simple repair can fix the problem.
On the other hand, replacing the entire roof may be a wise decision if the roof is hit with major damage that may undermine its strength and ability to serve you beyond a few months.
- Your budget
Your budget plays a crucial role in determining whether to settle for a repair or invest in a roof replacement. If you are not financially buoyant at the moment or have already made some financial commitments that may eat deep into your budget, you may settle for a repair and save yourself the stress of sourcing thousands of dollars for replacement.
- The sell-by date
Roofing materials have sell-by dates, akin to an item’s expiry date. If the roofing material is close to its sell-by date, a repair may be nothing but a waste of money.
- Natural disaster
Tornadoes and hurricanes have a terrible reputation for their destructive tendencies. If either of these two hit your home and do a lot of damage to your roof, buying a new roof isn’t contestable. The natural disaster may have compromised your house’s structural integrity, necessitating a complete roof replacement. You can minimize the damage done to your roof by replacing it.
Generally, consider the repair option under the following conditions:
- If there are leaks around the chimney and pipe boot.
- If you notice nail pops, holes, and punctures.
- Poor installation or weather damage.
- Cracking and tree damage.
- Granule loss.
- Any ventilation problem.
Not sure of the right decision to take? Contact Us, we’ll be happy to inspect your roof, and provide you our professional recommendations.