A major concern among homeowners is the question of “Whether I should repair or replace my roof.” Making these important decisions can be the saving grace you never knew you needed when you’re looking to minimize long-term home improvement costs. In this case, it is always highly advisable to consult with a roofing contractor. This is helpful in determining whether the best course of action is to patch leaks and damaged areas or whether an entirely new roof is in order.

However, to help homeowners with their decision on what to do with a potentially unstable roof, RT Roofing Specialists Inc. have provided the following tips to help you determine which route you may have to embark on depending on the age of your roof as well as its current condition.

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Reasons to Consider Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

For homeowners who are heavily considering repairing vs. replacing your roof, we recommend taking into account the following factors:

1. Is the damage minor?

A complete roof renovation could turn out to be a costly and unnecessary endeavor if the damage sustained by your roof is minor. This kind of damage could mean a leak over your bathroom space or any type of damage that is limited to a small area, such as minor holes that can be easily patched up. For these types of damages, light repair work can be the solution that saves you plenty on roofing costs.

2. Do you have a sufficient budget?

A full roof replacement can be a financially burdening undertaking if you’re not prepared. Take this scenario for instance. If you’ve already dedicated funds to–let’s say, a down payment on a new car or to repay your loans, but are now faced with an unexpected leak in the roof, then this roofing problem could certainly hurt one’s wallet. This is where you may have to consider a roof repair rather than a roof replacement, as this will be a much more cost effective method. You should also keep in mind that while some roofing issues may appear to be a financial disaster, they might only amount to a few hundred dollars worth of repair work.

3. Do you require immediate roofing services?

A roof leak can happen unexpectedly and at the most inopportune time. So what can you do if you’ve already booked a vacation that’s going to take you out of town for a few weeks?
There will be cases where you must choose between a cancelled vacation or a persistent leaky roof which could run the risk of turning into a much bigger problem in the long run. The roof replacement process can take time, but a roof repair on the other hand, could very quickly resolve your issue on short notice. This can be a temporary solution until you have the chance to really tackle a roof replacement.

4. Was your roof recently replaced?

If the roof on your home was recently installed several years ago, it’s likely in your best interest to cash in on this investment. Just because a roof has seen some minor damage, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s ready for a complete replacement. The odds are pretty slim that you would require only one new roof once in the entire lifetime of your home–or even twice in more drastic cases.

When to Replace a Roof

Still wondering, “Should I repair my roof or replace it?” To assist in your decision-making, our roofing specialists suggest a roof replacement if these items apply to you:

1. The roof has reached the end of its lifespan

Although roofs are meant to outlast the average residential occupancy, all roofing materials possess its own sell-by date. For example, wooden shingles will age and discolor over time and asphalt roofs tend to expire within two years, while metal roofs can last for centuries.

Consequently, the pre-existing wood shingles on a given roof will inevitably look different from a new shingle set. If you have a portion of the shingles replaced, the patchiness will be evident to the naked eye. If visual consistency is important to you, you’ll probably want to go for a complete roof replacement if your current shingles have leaks. Then again, it might not matter to you. Visual consistency tends to be most important to owners of homes that are more visible to passersby.

2. Your roof is non-compliant with the building code

There will be times when you have no other choice but to resort to a complete roof replacement because it’s necessary if you want to be up-to-date with current building codes. In some cases, you can cut back financially by installing new shingles over pre-existing ones to give it the maximum two layers in order to stay compliant with the building code. However, if you’ve already exhausted the maximum amount of shingle layers on your roof, then you’ll most likely have to consider a roof replacement when hit with your next series of roofing problems.

3. There is significant damage to your roof

In other cases, you’ll find yourself face-to face with a roof that’s far too damaged to be salvaged with only repair work. A good rule to follow is to consider damages that encompass 30% or less of your roof to be repairable and any damage beyond that should have you resorting to a roof replacement. For instance, if a tree or powerline were to fall down onto your roof, the damage would be too serious for mere repairs.

4. The roof was recently damaged in a natural disaster

In this situation, you may also be left with no alternative than to look towards the construction of a new roof when your house has been severely afflicted by a hurricane or tornado. Natural disasters can compromise the structural integrity of your roof even if the damage appears to only be surface level. In the case of a natural disaster, we recommend getting a roof inspection to assess whether you’ll have to replace your roof after taking on damage.

5. Repair work would only be a temporary means to an end

A full roof replacement will often cost more than the cost to simply repair a roof, however, given the chance that it is not, one might consider a new roof if it’ll cost just as much to repair. If the roof is already on its last legs, any repair work from this point on will only act as a temporary treatment. This could be a problem that you’ll have to shoulder in the near future anyway, so it might be in your best interest to get it squared away now to avoid subsequent issues.

6. You’re in the market for a new look

Maybe it’s that time to spice up the look of your home and bring new life to your current property. A new roof replacement can be one of those elements that elevate your home to a whole new level. A new roof can revitalize a dull property and even increase the value to your house.

To adequately determine if you should repair or replace your roof, it is always best to inquire with a roofing contractor or specialist for a proper assessment before proceeding with any major changes. At RT Roofing Specialists Inc. we take pride in each of our roof repair and replacement work to ensure that every home meets building standards for a safe and livable environment. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a roof inspection if you’re in need of a professional assessment!