Residential Shingle Roofing: Deciding to Repair vs. Replace

Residential Shingle Roofing: Deciding to Repair vs. Replace

When it comes to fixing your roof, the decision whether to repair or replace it can be overwhelming for homeowners.

The cost of replacing a roof is much higher than what you’d typically pay for repairs, however, you need to consider future expenses as well when deciding which way to go. At the same time, it’s not just about the cost involved – there are other factors to consider – and this is the topic of today’s post.

The “Repair or Replace” Dilemma: Factors to Consider

Experts recommend that you perform a thorough roof inspection at least once a year to determine if there are any underlying problems that need to be addressed. If you catch any such issues early enough, you’ll be able to address them properly with a repair job. Left unchecked for an extended period of time, minor problems can grow into major nightmares, leaving you with little choice but to undertake a more expensive and laborious replacement project.

Generally speaking, repairing your roof makes more sense if:

  • You have a minor problem, such as a leak or crack, that can be fixed without affecting adjacent and underlying systems
  • You have localized damage but the structural components are intact
  • You’re addressing purely cosmetic issues

If your roof has been damaged by a weather-related event or accident, your homeowners’ insurance policy may cover the cost of the repairs. Review your coverage and contact your insurance provider if you have questions about specific perils named in your policy.

On the other hand, a full roof replacement is likely a better idea if:

  • Major structural problems, such as damaged roof decking, rotted or unstable rafters, or ineffective insulation, are present
  • Your existing roof is more than 15 to 20 years old; in this case, it will probably make more sense to replace it outright while the contractor is on-site, since you’re likely to have to install a new roof in the near future anyway
  • Signs of serious wear are present
  • You’re experiencing ongoing leaks or other issues with your current roof

Work With Local Roofer

The “repair or replace” decision is one you should make with the help of some professional advice and guidance.

Bottom line: having a professional roof inspection is a good place to start if you’re unsure which path to follow; this is a low-cost and reliable way to diagnose the extent of your roof problems and choose the best course of action for addressing them.

If you live in in Delaware or southeastern Pennsylvania, consider calling All Roofing Solutions, a full service contractor with over 15 years in the roofing business. Family owned and operated, we pride ourselves with excellent workmanship and great customer service!

Don’t let minor damage turn into costly roof replacement. Call today at 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for your FREE estimate.

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