Should you Repair or Replace your Roof?
Roofing repairs and replacements represent necessary investments in your home. Obviously, a roofing repair is generally the more affordable approach; but depending on the extent of damage, the age of your roof, and even your budget, roof replacement may be the more cost-effective long-term approach. Additionally, when it comes to maintaining the optimal performance of your roof, replacing your roof may be the most sensible choice. Nevertheless, homeowners often wonder if they should repair or replace their roof, so here are some guidelines that may help you make the right decision. Of course, you should always consult with a qualified roofing professional to ensure you’re making the best choice for your home.
Regular roofing repairs are a predictable cost of home ownership. Indeed, roofing experts recommend annual (and ideally biannual) roofing inspections to identify areas of damage and provide repairs before major leaks or structural issues arise. In particular, you should aim to have your roof inspected for maintenance needs before fall and after winter to ensure your roof is in optimal condition. Your roofer will inspect all elements of your roof from shingles, gutters, flashing, and other roof components and fixtures. When minor damage is identified, simple repairs are likely sufficient. Fortunately, regular roofing maintenance can often extend the lifespan of your roof and prevent the need for roof replacement which can be a very costly project.
On the other hand, if your roof is nearing the end of its warranty period and you’re planning on selling your home, it might be more advisable to consider roof replacement. Indeed, matching shingles and other materials on an older roof can be challenging, so even just for aesthetic purposes a new roof can increase the resale value of your home. After all, a patchwork roof is not going to appeal to potential home buyers.
Significant or extensive damage to roofing structures may not always be appropriate for repair. Indeed, though replacement can cost thousands of dollars, the cost of constant repairs of significant damage can likewise add up. In some cases, your roofer may suggest that a partial roof replacement will be sufficient, especially if you are concerned about finances; but bear in mind, the cost of partial re-roofing is actually higher in the long run.
The recommendation for roof replacement often comes when your roofer identifies that there is significant wear to roofing materials, particularly your shingles. Additionally, older roofs with signs of damage or decay in climates with inclement weather should often be replaced – both from the perspective of long-term costs and roof performance.
Ultimately, there are many factors that will influence whether your roofer recommends roof repair or replacement. Work closely with your roofing professional to ensure regular roof maintenance to extend the lifespan of your roof and also to determine the appropriate timeline for roof replacement.