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Roof Repairs Vs Re Roofing

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Though shingle roofs do tend to have a decent lifespan, they will begin to break down eventually. Rain, wind, snow, and UV rays take their toll over time, wreaking havoc on your roofing material. If it seems as though a roof leak is immanent, as a home owner you must act quickly to prevent any further damage. But what is the best course of action in this situation, is a roof replacement necessary? Or can you make do with a quality roof repair? Which option is the most cost-effective solution both now, and in the long run?

What needs to be taken into consideration in order to make the right decision?

Many things should be considered when deciding between a re-roof, and a repair. Such as:

  • Age – If your current roofing system was installed less than 8 years ago, a quality repair may be most beneficial for you. Both from a financial standpoint, and a stress reducing one. Your roofing material may even be warrantied still. If your roofing system was installed upwards of 12 years ago, a replacement may be in your best interests. If your roofing system is in between those ages, you will have to make an educated decision based on other factors.


  • How Severe is the Damage? – You may need a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the issues. If you have gaps around your skylights, chimney, or vents, a roof repair is probably all you’ll need. But if you have a significant amount of shingle damage, whether they are curled, broken or missing altogether, a large-scale repair could be quite costly. Depending on the severity of the damage, a repair may not even be an option at this point. If the damaged area is small, and simple, a repair should work just fine.


  • Your Plans for the Future – What you choose to do with your roof will probably be dependant on how long you plan on staying in your home. If you will be residing there for the foreseeable future, the best investment may be a complete re-roof. Though if you plan to put your home on the market sooner rather than later, a roof repair may be the most logical option for you. If that is the case however, its best to have the repair completed by a competent and reputable company, and you should make the buyers aware.

The Time of Year Should Also Be a Big Factor In Your Decision

The ideal situation would be to notice the issue prior to any major damage occurring, though this isn’t always the case. Unnoticed leaks can cause significant damage both within your attic space, and throughout your living space. How long it takes you to notice the problem will determine whether you need a re-roof, or simply a roof repair.

If your roofing issue is noticed in the springtime, or throughout the winter you should receive an immediate roof repair to ensure that the issue is contained until a proper inspection can be provided. If a larger issue is discovered during the repair process, you may need to schedule a roof replacement for the summertime. Roof replacements are difficult to perform in the winter, due to the weather, and safety concerns.

If your issues are noticed in the fall, immediate action is required as the problems will only be exacerbated throughout the wintertime. Depending on the severity of the issue, a roof replacement may be your best option, in order to provide yourself and your family with adequate protection from the weather. If you choose to repair this issue instead, you run the risk of the repair failing over the winter, and significant damage being caused.

The Cost

The cost of a re roof can be small, or it can be significant depending on the size and structure of your roofing system and the material in which you choose. Clearly the size of your budget will be a large factor in your decision to repair, or to re roof should an issue arise. If your roof is in need of a roof repair this year, you may end up needed a full roof replacement the next. As some roofing companies offer financing, and payment plans, it may be best to re roof now, and pay it off over the next twelve or so months. If your chosen roofing company does not offer this service, many banks offer loans towards home improvements. Depending on the severity of the issue, these options may need to be considered.

The state of your home interior should also factor into the repair vs re roof decision. If your attic space is rife with mold growth, or you have water damage on your ceiling or walls, you may want to consider a roof replacement in place of a repair in order to put the issue to bed once and for all. 

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