When your roof shows signs of damage, it can sometimes be difficult to know whether a roof repair is entirely sufficient or if a roof replacement is more appropriate. Here’s why roof replacement is sometimes better than a roof repair.
A roof replacement involves tearing off everything on the roof down to the deck, then putting on new felt paper and shingles. A roof replacement can be done no matter how many layers of shingles are already on the roof, so it can be done even when reroofing is not an option. Because of the extra labor involved, it can be more expensive than repair.
Aesthetics and Curb Appeal
Roofs typically make up a large portion of your home’s outward appearance. Not only does a new roof look attractive, but it also gives you the opportunity to choose a new color or style.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Today’s roofing materials have improved greatly in regard to keeping out the elements and reflecting sunlight.
Peace of Mind
Knowing that the people and things you value most are protected from the elements, a new roof helps lessen stress during heavy rains and high winds.
Roof repairs focus only on the damaged areas of the roof. If the damaged areas aren’t widespread, repairing can seem like a good option. Because there is no tear-off, a repair can go much faster and be much less expensive than a complete roof replacement.
Repairing your roof can be more expensive per square foot than a replacement. Since it’s usually a small area, you lose out on the bulk pricing for materials, and the labor involved is usually the same.
Although repairs can often be done quickly, it’s important to remember that they are temporary. The original roof is still limited by its age and quality.
Repairing your roof may not address underlying issues. Sometimes, the repair can only deal with what’s accessible without removing the old roof. Replacing the roof allows for inspection of the deck and structure.
Replacing missing or damaged shingles will rarely result in a perfect match. As shingles age, they lose some of their granules, and they may fade. Even if you have shingles left over from the original installation, a perfect match is unlikely.
If you’re looking for elite roofing and siding contractors, be sure to contact Blackstone Exteriors. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today, please feel free to give us a call at (515) 344-1323, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.