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When to Repair Your Roof and When to Replace

Roof repair and replacements are both large projects that are not only expensive but time-consuming, too. This makes it even more important to carefully consider whether you need a replacement or a repair.

You don’t want to spend money on getting the shingles replaced only to find out that your roof is in a worse state than you thought. Similarly, you don’t want to shell out a lot of money and tear down your roof when it only really needs minor repairs. 

So how do you decide if you should replace or repair your roof? And when is it time to call a Frisco contractor to take care of your roof? Here’s everything you need to know.

Replace or repair?

The easiest way to decide whether you should get your roof replaced or repaired is by considering the following questions:

How old is your roof?

Each roofing material has a certain lifespan, after which you should consider a replacement. For instance, lower-end shingles last for around 15-20 years, while heavy and high-quality singles don’t need to be replaced for around 40 years! Similarly, metal roofing materials and clay roof tiles can take longer to show signs of wear and tear.

As your roof crosses its sell-by date, it will show clear signs of aging and will also deteriorate. In such cases, it’s better to get your roof replaced instead of paying for repairs after every few months. A replacement is also a better investment if you plan to put the house on the market or stay in the same house for decades.

Is your roof leaking?

Water spots running across the ceiling can be a sign of a leaky roof, and if not treated immediately, they can cause bigger problems like wet insulation and mold.

If the damage is limited to only a small area like your bedroom, a repair is better. But if the leak is spread over half your house, it’s best (and more cost-effective) to replace the entire roof.

How badly is your roof damaged?

Different roofing materials show different signs of roof damage, but generally, damage can either be aesthetic or structural. The former includes worn down roofing material and moss and algae growing over the roofing material, while the latter involves damaged, missing, or dented shingles, tiles, and other roofing components, perforated or cracked asphalt, and rusted panels, shingles, and metal components.

In some cases, like if there are large holes in your roof due to a storm or falling trees, getting the roof repaired is a waste of money. If your roof is extensively damaged, it’s best to just go for a replacement.

Meanwhile, if the damage is minor and has only affected a limited part of your roof, a repair can take care of it. Consult an expert first because the extent of damage might not be visible, and you might be dealing with a more severe problem.

What is your budget?

Your budget is one of the most important factors in deciding between a repair and a replacement. Of course, repairs cost less than a roof replacement, but you need to think long-term.

If you have to pay for some kind of roof repair every year, the total cost might exceed getting the roof replaced. And while roof replacements have a higher up-front cost, it’s better than not shelling out a considerable amount every once in a while, especially if there are signs of visible damage to your roof.   

Before deciding, consult a roofing contractor and get estimates for both jobs. He can also help you weigh all your options and make the right decision. 

When a roof repair makes more sense

Getting your roof repaired is a better option in case of:

Minor damage

Repairing just a small part of your roof or replacing shingles damaged due to high winds in an isolated part of the roof is much simpler and cost-effective than a roof replacement. For instance, it’s easy to replace missing, torn, or damaged asphalt shingles with new ones. However, replacing other roofing materials like metal panels might be tricky and expensive.

The only problem with going for roof repairs in case of minor damage is matching the new roofing materials to your existing roof. For example, the color of your new shingles might not match your existing shingles, especially since the latter has been exposed to the sun and other weather elements for years. 

Moderate damage

You might be tempted to go for a roof replacement in case of moderate damage, but it’s better to get it repaired if it is confined to just one side. But again, aesthetics might be a problem. You might not be able to match the new roofing material to your existing one, making the former stand out.

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When a roof replacement makes more sense

A roof replacement makes more sense in the case of:

Water damage or moisture

If there are visible signs of water damage throughout your house, like mold, peeling paint, and brown spots on the walls and ceilings, you should consider a replacement instead of attempting a repair.

A storm

Disasters like storms, tornados, and hurricanes can severely damage your roof. In this case, you’re better off with a roof replacement, especially if the damage is extensive. You should especially consider a replacement if your roof is old and your neighborhood was hit by an extremely harsh winter.  

An old, leaky roof

Not all leaky roofs need to be replaced. If your roof isn’t too old, it could be leaking because of poor installation or defective materials. But if your roof is over 20 years old and is leaking, it could be because of wear and tear and should be replaced.

Making the right decision

You now know how to determine whether you need to replace or repair your roof. Remember, both projects involve a substantial amount of money and time, so make sure you consult roofing contractors before deciding!

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