When it comes to maintaining the health and functionality of your roof; you may be faced with the decision of whether to repair or replace it when it is damaged. While both options have their benefits, repair jobs can end up being temporary and more repairs might be needed. There are also certain situations where a roof replacement is the most cost effective option in the long run. What should you look out for and consider when deciding how to treat roof damage? Let’s discuss some of the most common problems and what to do about it.
Repair or Replace?
You should have your roof inspected every year and after big storms. An inspection will reveal any issues your roof has before it becomes a problem. Some common issues are raised or missing shingles, broken tiles, and rusted metal screws which can lead to leaks inside your house. Weak flashings or seals can also lead to leaks. Your roofing contractor can repair those issues before any major damage occurs. These kinds of yearly maintenance repairs are recommended to keep your roof and decking strong and healthy which will extend its lifespan to the fullest.
Common Roofing Issues
raised or missing roofing shingles
broken clay roof tile
rusted metal roof screw
The other kind of repairs happen after noticeable damage has occurred. If you find a leak in your ceiling, the roof has probably been damaged for a while. A slow leak in your roof can cause considerable damage to the deck and attic before it reaches your ceiling. Your contractor will be able to tell you if the damage is isolated and can easily be repaired or if a roof replacement is necessary.
Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof
Age of the roof: If your roof is approaching the end of its lifespan (typically 30 to 50 years depending on the roof material), it may be more cost effective to replace the roof rather than continue to repair it.
Extent of damage: If your roof has sustained significant damage, such as from a storm or other severe weather, you may need to replace the roof rather than repair it.
Frequency of repairs: If you have been frequently repairing your roof, it may be best to replace it than continue repairing it. All you’re doing is postponing the inevitable replacement job. Do it now before more damage happens to the rest of the house.
Overall condition of the roof: If your roof is in poor condition and has several issues, such as multiple leaks, missing shingles, deteriorating flashings, and sagging; it’s definitely not worth repairing anymore. You’ll spend more money trying to repeatedly fix it than you will to replace it.
Benefits Of Roof Replacement
One of the main benefits of a roof replacement is the increased energy efficiency it can provide. An old or damaged roof will allow heat to escape during the winter which will cause your energy costs to rise. A new roof will help to seal in the warmth, keep your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills. The same goes for summer by keeping the cool air inside so you won’t have to constantly run your AC. Another benefit of roof replacement is the improved protection it offers your home. A roof that is in disrepair or has reached the end of its lifespan is more prone to leaks and other problems that can cause damage to your home’s structure and contents. A strong new roof will also stand up better to severe weather and ensure your family’s safety. In addition to the practical benefits, a new roof also improves the appearance of your home. It raises your home’s value and curb appeal which is important if you ever decide to sell your house.
Benefits Of A New Roof
Increase Energy Efficiency
Better Weather Protection
Increased Home Value
Ultimately, the decision to repair or replace your roof will depend on the specific circumstances of your home. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional roofing contractor to assess the condition of your roof and get a recommendation on the best course of action. They can provide you with a detailed estimate of the costs and benefits of both options so you can make an informed decision. Contact Kresta Roofing today for a free roof inspection, professional advice, and a quote on repairs or replacement.