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Roof Repair Versus Roof Replacement

Committing to replacing a roof can be scary for homeowners. In the case of a surprise leak or an uninsured weather event, the sudden cost associated with a roof replacement can be a shock. Because of this, many homeowners opt to repair their roof rather than fully replace it. This article will cover what to look for when judging if your roof can be repaired and whether roof repair is a smart long-term investment.
Repairing a roof

There are a few scenarios in which a roof replacement makes sense. If the repair is minor and localized to a specific area of a roof, repair may be the way to go. Patching leaks, sealing flashing, replacing shingles or tiles that have been damaged, and mitigating small areas of rot may make sense depending on the severity of the damage. Roof repair can extend the lifespan of a roof and homeowners that are looking to postpone a larger job may find a benefit in repairs. It is a short-term solution that can buy time.

There are many situations where a damaged roof cannot be effectively repaired and should be replaced. Extensive, widespread damage from hailstorms or windstorms that have punctured the roof or created other structural damage should be replaced. Homeowners should review their home insurance policy to see if this kind of damage is covered by their plan. Any issues that affect the structural integrity of a roof should steer a homeowner toward a full roof replacement. Repair cannot address deteriorating rafters, extensive leaks, or rot. Some building codes and local ordinances may require roof replacement, particularly if the damage poses a hazard. A professional roofing contractor will be able to best assess damage and the condition that your roof is in and will make recommendations based on a roof inspection.

When thinking about roof repair versus roof replacement, a homeowner should consider the long-term financial benefit or a total roof replacement. Cumulative repair costs can add up and continually deferring a new roof by paying for multiple repairs can become a money sink. Replacing your roof will increase your home’s value and a contractor who can provide an attractive replacement can greatly increase resale value. Finally, old roofs lack energy-efficient designs. Replacing an old roof can lead to reduced utility bills and long-term savings.

The Equipter 4000 is a self-propelled trailer that is used to catch debris from roofing jobs. Whether you choose to repair or replace your roof, inquire with your roofing contractor if their crew uses the Equipter. The Equipter can limit the amount of time that crews need on the roof and ensure clean properties free of nails, shingles, and other materials.